Saturday, August 19, 2006

from haaretz

Ten theses for the committee's examination, by Tom Segev

In one of the television reports broadcast this week, we saw − strange but true − an officer briefing his soldiers that there is no more important mission than preventing kidnappings: If necessary, the soldiers should shoot one another, anything but becoming hostages of Hezbollah.

And that's how I was wounded, by Yonatan Nir

The orders were being changed all the time and lacked all logic. Confusion was everywhere and there was the feeling that the soldiers were just not ready, while the guys with the suits and ties who were appearing on the air were rattling sabers and the top brass was spouting lofty language and dryly presenting the whole horrible mess as if they were in total control...

With their clumsy and completely uncreative patterns of thinking and with their enthusiastic gung-ho attitude, they were declaring that we had won, that we had captured all our objectives, and that we were in control from the second day of fighting. And when the dust had settled and the truth emerged, did they still expect us to believe them and to carry out their orders without question?

Hezbollah foils Israeli raid

"Fears over cluster bomb clean-up"

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cashola from Hezbollah

Retro-Post: Einstein et al on Israeli Terror, 1948

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times

December 2, 1948

Maybe Einstein and his friends were on to something, especially where it's stated in the letter that:

"Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions...and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement...

Today they speak of freedom, democracy, and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future."

Relatively speaking, I think it's safe to say that Einstein deserves some credit here.

"Experiencing" Muslims at the 7-Eleven

U$ green with envy

Thursday, August 17, 2006

"Hizbullah has achieved what Arab states only dreamed of"

Bar The Countries That Voted Against The UNHRC Resolution From Participating in UNIFIL!

The countries that voted against the UNHRC resolution have not condemned the violations of human rights by Israel in Lebanon, and have therefore implicitly supported such violations.

These countries should not be accepted to participate in the UNIFIL.


The eleven countries that voted against the resolution and that should be barred from participating in UNIFIL are: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

Read the Statement by Ms. Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Remarkable ignorance...

The creation of "Hezbollywood", by Andrew Ford Lyons, Electronic Lebanon, 16 August 2006

The Stench

I made the mistake of going to Haret Hreik this afternoon without a gas mask. I got out of the car for a minute to photograph a scene, but it was too sunny, so I had to take a few steps back into the shaded parking lot behind me to take the picture. Another mistake. I can't describe the smell, but I'm pretty sure it was more than just decomposing civilian bodies. It's been an hour and I still feel sick.

I couldn't stick around for too long, and I didn't photograph anything really. I would have liked to photograph the stuffed animals that littered different parts of the neighborhood. It was a terribly graphic reminder of how many children had been killed.

The photo below is the one I decided to post. A banner in Haret Hreik. It's a terrible photo, but zoom in and you'll be able to read the writing on what used to be a wall.

Shto-za Nasrallah! (As they say in Russia)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Bush makes fashion 'faux-pas' after historic ceasefire

"Israel's Failed Strategy of Spite"

William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security

EARLY WARNING, by William M. Arkin (Washington Post)

"It was pure punishment."

The General's War

Monday, August 14, 2006

General: Troops lacking food may steal from Lebanese stores

Sunday, August 13, 2006

From 'The New Yorker' Fact...Is this war a "Test Case"?


Washington’s interests in Israel’s war.

by SEYMOUR M. HERSH, for The New Yorker
Issue of 2006-08-21
Posted 2006-08-14

...The United States and Israel have shared intelligence and enjoyed close military coöperation for decades, but early this spring, according to a former senior intelligence official, high-level planners from the U.S. Air Force—under pressure from the White House to develop a war plan for a decisive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities—began consulting with their counterparts in the Israeli Air Force.

“The big question for our Air Force was how to hit a series of hard targets in Iran successfully,” the former senior intelligence official said. “Who is the closest ally of the U.S. Air Force in its planning? It’s not Congo—it’s Israel. Everybody knows that Iranian engineers have been advising Hezbollah on tunnels and underground gun emplacements. And so the Air Force went to the Israelis with some new tactics and said to them, ‘Let’s concentrate on the bombing and share what we have on Iran and what you have on Lebanon.’"...

While you're here, see How a secret Pentagon program came to Abu Ghraib, also by SEYMOUR M. HERSH for The New Yorker

You've changed, America. You're starting to resemble Saudi Arabia.

The land of the free - but free speech is a rare commodity

You can say what you like in the US, just as long as you don't ask awkward questions about America's role in the Middle East

Henry Porter
Sunday August 13, 2006
The Observer

...At Harvard, a few weeks after what was called Summers's 'mis-step', a much greater row ensued when John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard published a paper called 'The Israel Lobby'. Brave because the alleged distortion of US pro-Israel foreign policy is unmentionable in American public life...

Read 'The Israel Lobby', by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt.

UN ‘Israeli War Crimes’ Vote Reveals the West is Isolated

Vive La Resistance!

Nobody's victory, but in the end Israel could not defeat Hizbollah

by Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor
Sunday August 13, 2006
The Observer

...Whatever Israel does now, it is seriously diminished. In military terms it has been confronted successfully for a second time by the guerillas of Hizbollah...So who has won? Not Israel...

Neo-con baby crap...

Suddenly, I'm an 'Islamic Fascist'

by Jonathan Cook

Thank God, my skin is fair, my name is unmistakenly English, and I know how to spell the word "atheist"...My friends in Nazareth, and those Pakistani neighbors I never knew in High Wycombe, are less fortunate. They must keep their views hidden and swallow their anger as they see (because their media, unlike ours, show the reality) what U.S.-made weapons fired by American and Israeli soldiers can do to the fragile human body, how quickly skin burns in an explosion, how easily a child's skull is crushed under rubble, how fast the body drains of blood from a severed limb...

...This is something President Bush and his obedient serf in Britain, Tony Blair, need to learn. But of course, they do not want to understand because they, and their predecessors, are responsible for creating those patterns and for writing that epic tale in blood...