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The Letter of Last Resort!

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The Letter of Last Resort was originally a radio broadcast on BBC’s Radio 4.  Try as I may, I have not been able to catch a replay of the program.  However, Ron Rosenbaum wrote a fascinating article on Slate.com regarding the issue.  The gist of the article is that at the bottom of the ocean, there is a nuclear Royal Navy submarine with a letter from the British Prime Minister with instructions on what should be done in the event that Great Britian is obliterated by a nuclear attack.

It gets into the morality and horrors of nuclear weapons.  It also points out something you may not know about Jewish law and their use and ownership of said weapons.  Anyway, I’d love to hear your comments on the issue.  I’ll be back tomorrow, hopefully with some original thoughts.

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Lines in the Sand!

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It never ceases to amaze me why America has such a vested interest in the state of Israel.  Maybe it is because America’s and Israel’s history have familiar parallels.  In America, white Europeans slaughtered and displaced millions of indigenous peoples on the basis of white superiority and the Christian notion of Manifest Destiny.  In Israel, hundreds of thousands of white European Jews immigrated to Palestine, under British rule, to escape the clutches of Adolph Hitler.  That, in and of itself, was a pretty smart thing to do.  But the Zionist’s were under the impression that they had a legal right to the land based on a promise from God.  And you know the rest of the story…

I could rail on about the oppressive Israeli government and I could equally rail on about the stupidity of Hamas and its delusional leaders.  For Hamas to claim a victory over Israel is akin to John McCain claiming victory Over Barack Obama.  So today, I heed the words of our newly elected president and will put away childish sentiments and thoughts.  I’ve tried to reduce the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to its lowest denominator.

These things are all ingredients to a successful peace between the two parties.  First and foremost, the equitable distribution of land must be returned to the original 1948 United Nation’s partition plan.  The Palestinian’s must accept the refusal of the right to return and that Israel has a right to exist.  A viable Jewish state must include a sizeable Jewish majority.  In return, the Jews must agree that Jerusalem is not its Capitol city and belongs to Palestine.  And lastly, the United States must end all military aid to Israel.

It’s a bitter pill that both sides have to swallow.  If not, the Palestinians will continue to live in poverty and misery.  On the Israeli side, they will always have to be their toes.  Human existence can be so simple.  Far too often we make shit harder than it has to be.  For two groups that are so intertwined and similar, they both better wake up and smell the coffee.  I shudder at the words of the late great Albert Einstein.

He said that “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”  Please!  Let’s not make him a prophet!  The conflict between fourteen million people is not worth the lives of close to five billion…

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Conflict in the Middle East! Part 2

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Bodies of Hamas policemen lie on the ground of their destroyed police compound following an Israeli air strike in Gaza today

 

Mourners watch over the bodies of Palestinians at Shifa hospital in Gaza City

Mourners watch over the bodies of Palestinians at Shifa hospital in Gaza City

 

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A Palestinian security force officer walks outside the former headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after it was hit in an Israeli missile strike

The Gaza Strip has been effectively sealed off from the rest of the world for many months, leaving stocks of surgical equipment, drugs and other essentials very low.

Among those who bore the brunt of the ferocious attack were 40 Palestinian cadets who had gathered for their passing-out parade at the police headquarters in Gaza City.

 

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Smoke rises after an Israeli bomb exploded in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip

Palestinians carry a body from the rubble following the missile strike

Palestinians carry a body from the rubble following the missile strike

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Hezbollah supporters and Palestinian supporters of ‘Hamas movement’ burns the Israeli flag during a protest against Israel’s attacks on the Gaza strip

A Hamas general, who was due to take their salute, was among the pile of bodies after a massive explosion – possibly from a laser-guided bomb – tore through the parade ground where families were about to watch the ceremony.

Several of those who rushed to help the dead and injured beat their heads and shouted: ‘Allahu akbar’ [‘God is great’].

 

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An explosion from an Israeli missile strike in the northern Gaza Strip on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. It was the bloodiest day in Gaza in decades.

Palestinian firefighters try to assist at the site of a security compound used by the Islamic group Hamas

Palestinian firefighters try to assist at the site of a security compound used by the Islamic group Hamas

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Palestinians run from tear gas thrown by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israeli strikes in Gaza in the West Bank town of Hebron

 What the fuck is going on over in Gaza?  Are the Israelis trying to exact revenge on Pharaoh and Hitler at the same time?  I get that Israel has the right to defend its self but there is a striking difference in U.S supplied precision weapons and a couple of handmade bottle rockets.  And all the United States government can say is “Try not to hurt civilians,” while we are bombing the shit out of civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan!  You’d like to think that a group that lost six million people in World War II would know something about human compassion.

But now I am going to drop some more truth on you.  If you read my post Conflict in the Middle East, you’d remember that Israel receives about a third of all American foreign aid.  Most of this aid is in the form of military aid.  What is not military aid is shifted back to the United States in the form of campaign contributions and the funding of Jewish lobbyist groups.  The most powerful lobby in America only behind the Aerospace lobby which is responsible for the weapon sales to Israel.  In retaliation to the sophisticated weapon sales to Israel, the United States is responsible for 80% of weapon sales to the rest of the Arab world trying to keep pace.

I have stated on many occasions that the United States must act as an honest broker in the peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  But the United States has a vested interest in perpetuating the conflict between the two parties, always casting the oppressed as the villains.  I only hope that you had time to view my post “Occupation 101.” 

On October 3, 2001, I.A.P. News reported that according to Israel Radio (in Hebrew) Kol Yisrael an acrimonious argument erupted during the Israeli cabinet weekly session last week between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his foreign Minister Shimon Peres. Peres warned Sharon that refusing to heed incessant American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger Israeli interests and “turn the US against us. “Sharon reportedly yelled at Peres, saying “don’t worry about American pressure, we the Jewish people control America.”
“I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it.”  Ariel Sharon to Shimon Peres, October 3rd, 2001, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio. There is a lot of debate as to whether this is statement is true or not.

Whether you think the statement is true or false, the following is definitely true:
— Senator Fullbright, Chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee: 10/07/1973 on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.
“I am aware how almost impossible it is in this country to carry out a foreign policy [in the Middle East] not approved by the Jews….. terrific control the Jews have over the news media and the barrage the Jews have built up on congressmen …. I am very much concerned over the fact that the Jewish influence here is completely dominating the scene and making it almost impossible to get congress to do anything they don’t approve of. The Israeli embassy is practically dictating to the congress through influential Jewish people in the country”

That statement made over thirty years ago still rings true today.  I don’t care what side of the issue that you are on, the Palestinians must be treated as human beings.  I was very concerned when Obama went before AIPAC and basically pandered to their cause.  I only hope as President that he will have the fucking cajonnes to recognize that all people need to be treated equally.  We’ve already had genocide with the Jews, in Rwanda, and now Darfur.  We cannot let the extermination of the Palestinian people become the next victims.

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Occupation 101! Documentary on Israeli Oppression!

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Middle East Crisis!

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In the latest Middle East crisis, U.S. supplied Israeli F-15 fighter jets are blowing the shit out of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.  My personal opinion is that Israel is using disproportionate force against the Palestinians in their never ending conflict.  I realize that Israel has the right to defend its self but this shit is starting to get real old.  President Bush has sat on his pasty ass ever since Hamas was voted into power.  By not recognizing the legitimately elected government, it meant one thing only, business as usual.

Israel receives approximately one third of all U.S. foreign aid despite having just .001 percent of the world’s population.  I am beginning to believe what political analyst Pat Buchanan said that “Capitol Hill is Israeli-occupied territory.”  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has got to be the most successful lobbying group ever formed.  AIPAC has an annual budget of $15 million dollars, 150 employees, and registered lobbyist who manage to visit every member of congress at least once a year.

With the new incoming Obama Administration Obama must make it clear to Israel that in order to continue the vast amount of aid that they receive that they must cede the land captured in the 1967 war and start laying the foundation of a separate state of Palestine.  I am not naive enough to believe that it will be easy but money talks and bullshit walks.  The Palestinians must have a self determining government.

It is time to put this ridiculous conflict behind us.  The Egyptians and Jordanians have already made peace with Israel with the Syrians making strong overtures.  Israel must cede all territory captured during the 1967 war in order to make a meaningful peace.  I am not anti-Zionist but pro peace!  There will be those on both sides that never give into the notion of peace but sooner or later people get tired of killing one another.  I weep for every unnecessary death because the greatest fundamental right is for each and every one of us is to live a life  unimpeded by the threat of war!

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al Qaeda Endorsed McCain!

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I read somewhere the other day that al Qaeda was actually endorsing John McCain for president believe it or not.  The premise was that McCain would continue Bush’s occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan thus keeping the terrorists organization with a long and steady flow of recruits willing to blow themselves up to go see Allah and get their freak on with 72 virgins.  I myself would prefer 72 whores who knew what they were doing.  But that’s just me.

With Obama’s plan to drawdown the troops, a recruit might be more inclined to wait it out and get his pussy here on earth.  “You get the fuck out, I get the girl” is a much more preferable option than one of our troops catching an IED in his six. 

By endorsing McCain and there were some threats posted on some of the jihadist websites that never materialized, the terrorists hoped to exhaust the military and the treasury while we are in the midst of a financial crisis.  Fortunately, the whack jobs were unable to deliver, which on some level is an indicator that they don’t have the ability to carry out the rumored attacks.

The real beneficiary of our continued presence in the Middle East is Iran as we continue to spend $10 billion a month in the region.  I’ve seen reports but can’t remember the name of the book, that Iran is halfway through its plan to help bankrupt America.  Like Iraq before, Iran has stopped using the Dollar as its oil trading currency, instead opting for the Euro that sealed Saddam’s fate.  Iran has been unable to convince the Saudis from doing it also but the Saudis are nothing more than our lap dogs who like to fly our F-15 and F-16 fighter jets.

When I initially wrote about the Euro being the real reason we went to war with Iraq I was called a cook and a conspiracy theory whack job.  But guess what?  We are now in Iraq and guess what currency is being used to trade that commodity?  I’ve already got my countdown clock running to see how long it is before we let the Israelis do our dirty work. 

This is the kind of shit that happens when you refuse to negotiate.  I am glad that we now have a president who will act like a president is supposed to act instead of that twisted emperor with no clothes on that currently resides in the people mansion!  Change the world Obama!  I‘ve got your back!

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