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Gaza Massacre by the Jewish State of Israel

by Oui Wed May 16th, 2018 at 08:55:45 AM EST

The great ally for decades of the United States. Only George Herbert Bush with Secretary of State James Baker III and Barack Obama with John Kerry had the courage to follow through on Internationl Law and the UN Security Council resolutions to confront the state of Israel. Both the Republicans and Democrats lost the the next bid for presidency in the election. For President Bush it was more clear-cut due to a sluggish economy and his broken promise of no tax cut than it was for the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton after wasting an 19 points lead from mid-August.

    Bush's most publicized successes as President came in foreign policy.  In an almost bloodless campaign, he authorized the use of military force to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from power.  And when in 1990 Saddam Hussein annexed Kuwait as a possible prelude to invading Saudi Arabia, rather than fulfilling Margaret Thatcher's fears that he might "go wobbly", Bush instead put together a domestic and international political and military coalition that drove Hussein out of Kuwait in less than a month of combat and with a minimal loss of American lives.

Removing the Democrats from power became a major goal for PM Netanyahu, Israel lobby groups and to undo the nuclear deal with Iran sealed by the UN Security Council. The US has become itself a pariah state within the global community of nations and spreading terror across te Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In the next decade, Europe will need to adjust its reliance on the capital infrastructure which has it embeded in Wall Street, trade treaties and the financial banking system. A next step will be to remove the dominant US dollar currency in favor of a basket of foreign valutas. The Brexit should expediate the separation of mainland Europe with the AngloSaxon empire of pure capitalism, warmongering and policy of regime change by force as seen during the last twenty years.

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Afghanistan: the longest military engagement of the US Forces

The U.S. has been in Afghanistan for 16 years now, making it the longest war in our history, and still many Americans support the presence. Why? Because they fear that if we leave, Islamic terrorists will come back and threaten us again -- basically, the fear of another 9/11. Here's why that thinking is misguided.

1. US Presence Has No Effect: Set aside ego and look at the situation objectively. 16 years of US presence, 2300 dead US soldiers, 20,000 wounded, and $800 billion later ... the effort to contain Taliban and Islamic terrorists has been an abysmal failure. Taliban now controls larger areas today than in 2001. And guess who else is there now that wasn't there before? ISIS. Third, Afghanistan's opium production is at record level. So, more Islamic terrorism and more drugs after 16 years. This is not working. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

Fighting Israel's war of attrition following the PNAC project leads to further isolation of the Jewish State ...

Completing the Neocon PNAC Project
#HimToo - Iran Deal Scrapped

Family mourns baby killed by Israeli tear gas | The National - UAE |

In her final embrace, Mariam Al Ghandour hugs the tiny body of her daughter Leila tight, tears rolling down her face.

The health ministry in Gaza say baby Leila, only eight months old, died after inhaling tear gas along the border with Israel on Monday as major protests escalated into the bloodiest day in years, with at least 61 Palestinians killed.

The vast majority have been killed by live ammunition fired by Israeli snipers but Leila was caught up in a cloud of tear gas, only temporarily painful for adults but potentially more dangerous for infants.

Mariam, herself only 17, explained that she had a dentist appointment "so I left Leila with my brothers at home. My little brother took her and went to the border ..."

[I have no idea if this is a true story or part of propaganda - Oui]

World community slams Israel's barbarity in Gaza | Gulf News |

Thousands protest across the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba | Mondoweiss |

BETHLEHEM -- Thousands of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip participated in massive demonstrations on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or "catastrophe", when an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes when the state of Israel was established in 1948.

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Over a million Palestinians fled or were expelled from what is now Israel in the wars of 1948 and 1967. (Photo: gnuckx / Flickr)

In the West Bank, Israeli forces suppressed protests largely with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and sound bombs, though some cases of live ammunition were reported.

    "We will never give up our right of return"

In the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, around 600 Palestinian protesters marched peacefully from the southern end of the city until they reached the Israeli separation wall and a permanent military base and watchtower on the northern end of the city.

Protesters waved palestinian flags and black flags with images of keys saying "return," as they chanted slogans saying "America is the head of the snake," and "Jerusalem is Palestinian, and will stay that way forever."

Dozens of Israeli soldiers were deployed outside the wall, and almost immediately dispersed the protesters with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Protesters remained in the area for hours, as some youth burned tires and through stone at the soldiers.

Israeli Brown-Shirts "Celebrate" Jerusalem Day | Tikun Olam |

Jerusalem is one of the strangest cities in the world. Let's leave aside all the tourist promotion about "Jerusalem of Gold" and "a city holy to three religions." And the Israeli claim that it is "Israel's capital, eternal and undivided." All that is window dressing for what Jerusalem really is. A city which has been fought over for thousands of years by scores of armies fighting on behalf of scores of religions and nations. It's possible that over time more blood has been shed over the city than any other in the history of the world. And now, it is a city filled with hatred, with extremists eager to kill the Other. It is a city divided as few other cities in the world today are.

Frankly, I'm not sure it's worth it. In David's day it was a small city inhabited by Jebusites, who were eventually exterminated. Possibly, located high in the Judean desert, it made for a good defensive position. But how did it become what it is today: an icon of religious hatred and strife?

I question the ultimate point of all this suffering over this city, as someone who's lived in Jerusalem, studied at its universities, worshiped at the Western Wall, shopped in its markets, walked its streets, davened at its shuls, spoken its language, celebrated its holidays. Nevertheless, I come back to my oft-repeated response to this veneration of the Holy City. Jews were never much for worshipping stones and ruins. Jews, especially those in the Diaspora, were far more taken up with finding modes of survival outside Israel.

Forgetting 70 years of occupation and land theft on the West Bank. The deft of US Ambassador Nikki Halley to defend acts of inhumanity that should be condemned by people of good will ...

Nikki Haley Speaks at UN Security Council Meeting Before Walking Out - US Vetoes Resolution for an Independent Investigation

Israel massacres almost 60 Palestinians in Gaza | Electronic Intifada |

Only George Herbert Bush with Secretary of State James Baker III and Barack Obama with John Kerry had the courage to follow through on Internationl Law and the UN Security Council resolutions to confront the state of Israel.

What happened to Eisenhower?.....

In an almost bloodless campaign, he authorized the use of military force to remove Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega from power.

How can around 3.000 civilian deaths be "almost bloodless", while 60 in Gaza is a massacre?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 16th, 2018 at 09:58:16 AM EST
Correct during the Suez crisis.

Poor comparison ... an invasion by US  military to an occupation by Israel of Palestinian territory. The International obligations placed on Israel places the burden on the occupier, not on the protest movement of resistance.

Modern Law of Belligerent Occupation
The Occupied Territories and International Law

In recent years it has caused quite a stir when civilians are targeted by military, especially murder by sniper fire. Killing over 60 protesters is truly a massacre in its own right!

In italics is a quote btw, are not my words.

Manuel Noriega - from US friend to foe

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 16th, 2018 at 01:12:28 PM EST
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My problem is not with your comments on Gaza, but with your minimazation of Panam. As far as international obligations go, I'm not sure was the justification under international law for the Panama invasion.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 16th, 2018 at 01:25:33 PM EST
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When in doubt, go to the official story recorded by the official Cold War stenographers. We do have the technology.

Long story short: Manny owed Unca Sam some money.

"A massive U.S. military invasion force dispatched by President Bush to end Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega's "dark chapter of dictatorship" yesterday took control of much of Panama and shattered Noriega's Panama Defense Forces but failed to capture the military strongman."
"The U.S. invasion of Panama began inauspiciously early on the morning of Dec. 20 when a dozen planeloads of paratroopers missed the landing zone in one of the few tactical glitches of an otherwise successful military operation, according to knowledgeable military and civilian sources."

The night after U.S. forces invaded Panama seeking to spread democracy and capture Gen. Noriega I was invited to give my reaction on network television. I begged off, partly because of family obligations and partly because I regarded the invasion as a mistake that I was reluctant to criticize while American forces were still positioning themselves.

PPoP: At the time I commemorated this military uh success by painting two portraits of Noriega. One as plywood cut-out (verso Cracker Jack Ollie North), one on canvas.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 16th, 2018 at 06:28:56 PM EST
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[G.H.W.]Bush, in his only public statement throughout the long day of military action, told the American people in a nationally televised speech at 7:40 a.m. that he had undertaken the military action, the largest and most complex since the Vietnam War, "only after reaching the conclusion that every other avenue was closed and the lives of American citizens were in grave danger." The administration said its goals for the mission were to capture Noriega and return him to the United States on drug charges, protect the lives of the 35,000 Americans in Panama, secure the Panama Canal and restore democratically elected government there. Despite Noriega's escape, the president claimed success for the action. "Key military objectives have been achieved," he said. "Yesterday, a dictator ruled Panama and, today, constitutionally elected leaders govern."
The 101-page indictment focuses on White House efforts to evade a two-year statutory ban on military aid to the Nicaraguan rebels.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 16th, 2018 at 06:42:14 PM EST
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3000 dead to capture a drug dealer strikes me as even more "disproportionate" than Israel's actions. At least Israel pretends that their enemies are terrorists,
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 17th, 2018 at 04:57:50 AM EST
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Contrary to the false accusations towards Iran by Nikki Haley in the UN Security Council session, both Qatar and Turkey are Muslim Brotherhood states linked to funding the Hamas group in Gaza. This has been made clear during the rise of Morsi in Egypt who had the support of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a corrupted move for regime change during the Arab Spring stretching from Tunisia, Libya, Egypt into Syria. The Shia axis runs from Tehran through Baghdad, Damascus into Beirut, Lebanon.

There is nothing new where Erdogan and Netanyahu trade barbs in the (social) media. Barack Obama managed to put pressure on both in a wasted effort to restart peace negotiations to advance the plight of Palestinians. Israel did a fantastic job to undermine both John Kerry and president Obama. With a US Congress majority backing Israel on all occasions, there was futile hope for a Democratic administration to succeed in the Middle East. Of course Hillary Clinton was wedded to Dennis Ross as advisor and "negotiator" on a pro-Israel preferred outcome.

Iran president raps some Arab, Muslim states for silence on Israel's Gaza crimes | Presstv - Iran |
Gulf Arab states rebuke Israel, but alliances inch closer behind the scenes | Dawn - Pakistan |

Israel and Turkey ramp up tension with tit-for-tat diplomat dismissals | DW |

Turkey has ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul, Yosef Lefi-Sfari, to temporarily leave the country, in the latest development of an ongoing spat between the two countries, Turkish state media reported Wednesday.

The move comes after Israel's Foreign Ministry summoned a top Turkish diplomat to be reprimanded for his country's "harsh" treatment of Israel's ambassador in Ankara, Eitan Naeh, who Turkey temporarily expelled on Tuesday.

The spat between the two countries has seen Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan exchange heated words on Twitter.

Arab foreign ministers to hold talks

Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting at the Arab League on Thursday to "confront the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people," state media reported Tuesday.

Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted an Arab diplomatic source as saying the meeting was also "to confront the illegal decision taken by the United States to move its embassy to occupied Jerusalem."

Pope condemns Gaza killings, says Middle East needs justice, peace

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 16th, 2018 at 06:47:59 PM EST

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