Iran has not attacked another country since before the United States gained independence. However, after WWII America has found various excuses to meddle in, subvert and invade dozens of countries. Israel, the main Middle East ally of the U.S., has been at war with every one of its neighbors. The encirclement of Gaza is the longest blockade of a major population center since the Nazis laid siege to Leningrad. The Zionists, having illegally accumulated a sizable arsenal of nuclear weapons and other WMD's, have now expanded their scope of agression by regularly threatening to bomb Iranian facilities.
This juvenile, propaganda-streaked article merely highlights the author's dubious political roots.
You forgot to mention that it's one of the 'Stans, that can't bode well for the country.
...and what about the cozy arrangemen our government has with Pakistan? Drone and kill innocents in Afghan and Pakistan using air space in "sovereign" Pakistan, whose gov't. objects but does nothing as its all pre-mutually scripted since they are working together... and for what? An oil pipeline through Afghanistan, which was pre-planned pre-9/11 pre-Osama "hunt", in the late 1990's. Clearly Pakistan is feigning objections to U.S. drone activity otherwise it would threaten to consider using it's nuclear defenses.
Andisheh continues his diatribe against Israel. The Israel Defense Forces deny the use of White Phosphorus in the Cast Lead campaign. Andisheh has somehow come up with the notion that Hamas rockets fired at Israel are harmless unless they directly hit someone. It is all one sided misinformation. Hamas which completely controls Gaza, not partially as is said in the article, is a vicious terror organization that gets its deadly sophisticated weapons from Iran. They are killers similar,and in conjunction with Al Queda. Wakeup Andisheh, and smell the reality, and stop misleading people with your lame explanations.
I think there are 3 reasons for her appointment:
1. Better to have a powerful and devious enemy inside the tent pissing out, than in the Senate pissing in. The Dems didn't get 60, and it is predicable that Hillary would have manipulated the complex Senatorial power structure to put her name on two issues. Health Care. And Middle East peace. But she might have been in a position to support Obama, while ensuring "no cigar" unless their campaign differences were closed in her favor.
2. Hillary is about the last person I would send out to manage the complex issues of Middle East real politic. But her husband is another matter. The great unfinished business of Bill's administration was Arafat's refusal to sign on to Bill's brokered peace. Some one is going to need to sell Israel on some serious concessions. This will be his last chance to put his name on a giant "next step" past Oslo.
3. All of our Secretaries of State have, to one degree or another, parlayed their foreign relationships for economic advantage. (Remember Albright and the Iraqi/Kuwaiti debt? Henry the K. and the Shah? Baker and anybody with a buck? Everybody and the Saudi's?) But Bill and Hillary's influence is only as good as Obama's approval. And, I suspect, whatever influence they may "pedal" will also need Biden's approval.
Before the election Obama needed Hillary. Now she needs Obama. And, make no mistake, she will run again.
Picking Clinton was a brilliant, though a bit machivallian, move by President Obama. As Sec-State she can not run against him in four years in the primary elections. Remember that Carter almost lost his own party's ticket in 1979 before losing to Regan later that year.
In 8 years she well be John McCain's current age and thusly a bit old to seek the presidency. Looks like her window of opportunity to be president has passed.
Using white phosphorus indiscriminately in heavily populated areas is not legal in any sense and is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. IDF officers have been forbidden to travel outside of Israel because they face war crimes charges in (currently) 6 western European countries.
Any country that uses white phosphorus bombs - bombs which are totally indiscriminate and burn straight through human flesh including bone, any country that shoots children with white flags trying to run from the conflict in the back of the head, any country that forces people into buildings and then bombs and pushes those buildings down on the women and children inside is a country that is totally depraved and morally bankrupt.
Any country that financially supports these actions, such as the US, is equally so. Neither group is worthy of the term human. This is sheer unvarnished evil.
Supporters can write all the words they want to in defense of these monsters, but it means nothing. The behavior speaks for itself.
Israel used White Phosphorus against HAMAS targets in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. This violated no international laws or conventions.
White Phosphorus (WP), known as Willy Pete, is used for signaling, screening, and incendiary purposes. White Phosphorus can be used to destroy the enemy's equipment or to limit his vision. It is used against vehicles, petroleum, oils and lubricants (POL) and ammunition storage areas, and enemy observers. WP can be used as an aid in target location and navigation. It is usually dispersed by explosive munitions. It can be fired with fuze time to obtain an airburst. White phosphorus was used most often during World War II in military formulations for smoke screens, marker shells, incendiaries, hand grenades, smoke markers, colored flares, and tracer bullets.
The most effective thing that America could do right now for its own safety and for world peace in general, would be to completely remove itself from the middle east. America needs to remove all of its foreign aid from all countries in the region, Israel included.
With the end of the cold war and our need to wean ourselves from middle east oil anyway, we no longer have a dog in this fight.
Thank you for explaining exactly what white phosphorus (WP) is and the horrendous results of its application. Thank you, too, for pointing out - saying it out loud - that Israel is using WP on the Palestinians. Why does the U.S. support Israel at this time and under these circumstances and considering the facts you have provided? That's my question for you.
Dont Say That Hamas Is Harming Gaza, Yes They May Have taken a more violent approch by fireing rockets but the Palestinian people were happy with hamas as their government HAMAS WAS ELECTED! Its no other countries bussiness. Is Palestine quiestioning why Gordon Brown Was Elected President? No ! EXACTLY ! ..
Israel is WRONG! No matter how much jews try and defend what their leaders in Israel are doing their WRONG! THE KILLING OF INNOCENT PEOPLE CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED. THERE IS MORE CIVILIAN DEATHS THAN HAMAS MILITANTS.
Isreal are trying to wipe out the muslim population of Palestine
THEY ARE WRONG FULL STOP.
They Have angered muslims around the globe. You'd think from experience of this kind of torture they wouldn't want to cause suffering to any other human being.
Jews have time and time again backstabbed muslims. At the time of the prophet when they got into a peace treaty with the prophet they agreed to help the muslims when at war and live peacfully with them BUT NO THEY BROKE THAT PEACE TREATY (GOD HAVE MERCY ON THEM) ! ...
Jews have no mercy on muslims. They See us as their enemies and they are making muslims see them as ours. They are wrong ! WHY DID BRITAIN PLUNK THEM INTO PALESTINE. WHY? BRITAIN DOESNT OWN PALESTINE!! ITS NOT THE BOSS.. THE ONLY BOSS IN THIS WORLD IS GOD (ITS ALLAH)! All Palestinians want is peace, tranquillity and their LAND WHICH THEY DESERVE, WHICH IS THEIRS! WHY HAS ISRAEL BEEN BLOCKING THEIR ACCESS TO .............??
JEWS HAVE ALWAYS HAD MONEY AND THEREFORE HAVE ALWAYS HAD SUPPORT OF THE RICH COUNTRIES;; AMERICA + BRITAIN..!
THEY INFLUENCE THE MEDIA
THEY FEED POISION IN PEOPLES MINDS
THEY ARE AGAINST MUSLIMS
THEY CANT HANDLE ANY MUSLIM SUCESS.
GOD HAS GRANTED THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES OIL WEALTH...BUT THESE WEALTH GREEDY WESTERN COUNTRIES (SUCH AS AMERICA) GO AND STEAL WHAT DOESN'T BELONG TO THEM!
THATS CALLED TERRORISMM ! AND THEN WHEN MUSLIMS FIGHT BACK THEY SAY OOO TERRORISTS! STOP & THINK WHY ARE WE MUSLIMS REBELIING?! WHAT WOULD U DO IF UR PEOPLE ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED, ABUSED, ROBBED...AMERICA COMES TO IRAQ PRETENDING TO HELP BUT YET STEALS THEIR OIL ! ! HOW IS THAT JUSTIFIED YET NO1 QUIESTIONS AMERICA,, O NOOO ITZ THE BIG BOSS! SHALLOWW, AFRAIID, NIAVEEE PEOPLE...MAY ALLAH HAVE MERCY UPON YOU ! X GOD BLESS...X PEACE...X
One need only read the hamas charter, a piece of hyperparanoid Jewhate, to see why Israel must defender herself from hamas.
And make no mistake: just as Israeli arms come from the US, the US also funds the UNRWA, which in turn funds hamas.
Let us also not forget that the wealthiest foundations in the world, created by the 'international community' that crammed Jews into the ovens during WWII (Soros, Ford Foundation, EC), fund all kinds of 'big lie' spewing NGOs that have attacked Israel nonstop since 1948.
Hamas is a nazi derived fascist government that uses gestapo forces to brutalize its own people. Hamas is the one that oppresses gazans--not Israel.
Andishae basically roots for the continued oppression and backwardsness for palestinian Arabs. This was a policy of the Western imperialists that began around 1920, when the British antisemites appointed only the most genocidal fascist Arab to Mufti--Hajj Amin Al Husseini.
Yes, while the 'big lie' tellers say that it is all about this 'stolen land', they can't quite explain why the beloved Hajj Amin was killing so many Serbs and Roma during WWII. Genocidal Islamism is currently, and always has been, sponsored by outside elites, who simultaneously slander the progressive-ideologied victims of their puppets.
Israel is a tolerant and multiethnic society, where Arabs live quite well.
Further, all non-fiction news articles detail the fact that Israel is starving no one. Israel has a right to engage in self defense just like any other country.
Hamas has intensified all the problems between Israelis and Palestinians. However, Israel has bombed and tried to get rid of Palestinians since much before. Right now, as I am typing this Israelis are getting into civilian houses killing whoever is there.
Palestinians have rockets...a very limited number and have killed militants, 5-10 at a time....Israel is bombing and firing missiles, attacking by air, land, sea
They are NOT targeting Hamas militants, they are murdering Palestinians.
"It Is Good To Know The Truth But...
It Is Better To Speak Of Palm Trees"
Your war in Gaza piece was yet another oversimplification of the events in question, with convenient omissions of facts that would have negated the points you wanted to make. To paraphrase, wow, if ONLY Israel wouldnt have put that economic blockade in place, then Hamas wouldnt have been forced to fire rockets into Israel. Um, how about explaining why the blockade was in place to begin with? Perhaps that had something to do with trying to thwart the stated aim of Hamas to eradicate the State of Israel? The vast majority of Israelis, on the other hand desire a two state solution and to live in peace. (Does unilateral withdrawal from Gaza ring any bells?) Im curious to know how you would feel if your kid was on the receiving end of the Hamas rockets for months at a time, and, for the record, Israeli civilians have been killed by those rockets. Where is the disgust at the fact that Hamas is using Gaza civilians as human shields and firing rockets from schools, mosques and rooftops of residential buildings? Exactly what is Israel supposed to do to stop the rocket fire from Gaza when Hamas refuses to recognize Israel, and, accordingly, to negotiate with the Israeli government?
James Alec Gelin, Avondale Estates
Israel has for years blockaded and occupied Gaza and the West Bank, making sure there is never quite enough power, food, clean water or medical supplies. Under the Geneva Convention, Israel as occupier is responsible for the health and well being of the occupied population. Gazans are constantly hungry, sick, thirsty and dying. They cannot leave because of visa restrictions in all other countries of the world, so they are trapped there. Babies are the most at risk. Gazan mothers are reduced to feeding them 'herbal mixtures' with dirty water and then when they become sick there are no medical supplies at the hospitals.
Gazans are effectively a ready supply of slaves to the Israeli economy. Then when Gazans reach the point of complete despair and react to this slow genocide, Israel uses the worlds most sophisticated and modern military machine (paid for completely with US taxpayer dollars - so remember next time you write a check to the IRS what that money is going to be used for) to murder at random and calls itself the victim.
This has nothing to do with Hamas. It was this way before Hamas and when Hamas is gone, some other terrorist group will fill the vacuum caused by Israeli indifference.
As far as the cease fire goes, it was actually Israel that violated it first when they went in last month, before the rockets began, staging an incursion with a cover story about closing down a tunnel being used against IDF forces.
Haaretz has completely debunked that cover story: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050426.html
I have to take exception with Andisheh Nouraee's ignoring of the facts. Israel targets terrorists - Hamas targets civilians. Israel drops leaflets and sends messages warning of attacks to reduce civilian casualties - Hamas sends inaccurate rockets at indiscriminate targets to increase civilian casualties. The Israel people have great regret that non-combatants are hurt and mourns the deaths on both sides - Hamas takes great joy in every civilian casualty and parades them on TV. Israel treats POWs with care allowing the Red Cross access - Hamas does not as demonstrated by the example of Gilad Shalit. Israel forced 10,000 of it's own people to move out of Gaza - Forced Israelis to give up their jobs, homes and communities to give the people of Gaza their own country in a land for peace deal - Hamas has turned this sacrifice into a slum and used the absence of Israel supervision to become a lawless zone for terrorist training and launching attacks: Just like Afghanistan. There is a seven mile border between Egypt and Gaza which could be open - But is not: Israel does not control this border.
This is a totally contrived situation that Hamas uses to portray themselves as victims: The reality to quite the reverse. If Hamas combatants dressed as civilians use women and children as human shields as they fire weapons, how can civilian casualties be avoided? For years Israelis have lived in fear of Hamas rockets, entire towns have been evacuated, and an entire generation of children suffer from battle fatigue.
Enough is enough! Israel has the right and responsibility to her people to defend them. We all regret innocent casualties but until the missiles stop, until the hostage taking stops, until Hamas agrees to peace this regrettable and terrible tragedy will continue. If Hamas agreed to peace, Israel would stop fighting today. Enough is enough!
Speaking of bedwetting, liberals only come out of the woodwork when their beloved terrorists are the ones being hurt.
Try to find a CL editorial that speaks out against 9/11.
Try to find a CL editorial that speaks out against Hamas killing and bombing Israelis.
Don't hold your breath.
Liberalism is a mental disorder. Any wonder that CL filed for bankruptcy?
This topic is a sensitive subject for so many, that if nothing else I respect your willingness to write about it and "try" to objectively report facts while still making your personal views known. The fact of the matter is that enough harm has been done on both sides historically and recently to make a valid argument in support of whichever side of the situation you agree with. That is why, although I support the Israeli side of the conflict, I could read your article and your well-educated arguments and respect and appreciate your viewpoint. However, I must tell you that I appreciated your article a lot more until I read the ridiculously lame final three sentences. If you want to support or sympathize with the Palestinian cause, than you certainly have every right to do so. But to make a smug, smart-ass remark about how Palestinian children are maimed while Israeli kids piss themselves, in a weak attempt to demonstrate your understanding of the suffering that goes on on both sides was not only inappropriate, it cheapened your argument. I expected more from you...
Thanks A.N. for your columns. I've been a fan for years and look forward to the insights & info you provide. You are appreciated. Don't listen to the naysayers, you are unbiased, as far as I can tell and your added humor makes it all the more palatable. We need that.
Happy New Year & Thanks. You should be syndicated nationally. Pass it around.
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