25 thoughts on “Yet another guilt trip

  1. E pronto. Lá estão outra vez os marotos dos Judeus, que nunca mais se calam com essa lengalenga dos 6 milhões. Será que eles não percebem que isso é coisa do passado, e que eles hoje em dia estão rodeados de gente séria que só lhes quer bem?

  2. The UN humanitarian chief, returning from a visit to Beirut, has accused Hizbollah of being “cowardly”.

    Jan Egeland blasted the group’s strategy of “blending” in among Lebanese civilians, causing the deaths of hundreds.


    Speaking to reporters at Larnaca airport in Cyprus on his return, he slammed Hizbollah for hiding among civilians.

    from the Hizbollah heartland, my message was that Hizbollah must stop
    this cowardly blending… among women and children,” Mr Egeland said.

    “I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this.

    “I don’t think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men.”


  3. Palavras de um Libanês:

    Hezbollah didn’t only take 2 Israeli soldiers hostages, but he took
    Lebanon hostage and gave it to its masters (Iran & Syria) as a
    bargaining chip. Do we Lebanese have a saying in all this? Did Hassan
    Nasrallah ask us, the Lebanese, if we agreed on such operation? He
    doesn’t care. He thinks he is untouchable and any decision he makes, we
    the Lebanese, must obey it. After all he is a Muslim religious leader
    and Allah path is the right one. He threatened every single Lebanese,
    right after kidnapping the Israeli soldiers, he asked all Lebanese to
    stand by his resistance or else. Or else, what? You will pull your Imam
    Ali sward and cut our heads?


  4. «On July 28, 1989, we kidnapped Sheikh Obeid, and on May 12, 1994, we kidnapped Mustafa Dirani, who had captured Ron Arad. Israel held these two people and another 20-odd Lebanese detainees without trial, as “negotiating chips.” That which is permissible to us is, of course, forbidden to Hezbollah.»

    Ze’ev Maoz, in Haaretz

    «B’Tselem’s initial investigation indicates that, during an incursion by Israeli forces into Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, on 17 July 2006, soldiers seized control of two buildings in the town and used residents as human shield.»


  5. Já ninguém se lembra da família massacrada numa praia de Gaza, que me parece bem que talvez tenha sido o detonador de toda esta crise.

    E já agora aqui vai o comentário de um anti-semita israelita.

    Morality is not on our side
    By Ze’ev Maoz

    There’s practically a holy consensus right now that the war in the North is a just war and that morality is on our side. The bitter truth must be said: this holy consensus is based on short-range selective memory, an introverted worldview, and double standards.

    This war is not a just war. Israel is using excessive force without distinguishing between civilian population and enemy, whose sole purpose is extortion. That is not to say that morality and justice are on Hezbollah’s side. Most certainly not. But the fact that Hezbollah “started it” when it kidnapped soldiers from across an international border does not even begin to tilt the scales of justice toward our side.

    Let’s start with a few facts. We invaded a sovereign state, and occupied its capital in 1982. In the process of this occupation, we dropped several tons of bombs from the air, ground and sea, while wounding and killing thousands of civilians. Approximately 14,000 civilians were killed between June and September of 1982, according to a conservative estimate. The majority of these civilians had nothing to do with the PLO, which provided the official pretext for the war.


    In Operations Accountability and Grapes of Wrath, we caused the mass flight of about 500,000 refugees from southern Lebanon on each occasion. There are no exact data on the number of casualties in these operations, but one can recall that in Operation Grapes of Wrath, we bombed a shelter in the village of Kafr Kana which killed 103 civilians. The bombing may have been accidental, but that did not make the operation any more moral.

    On July 28, 1989, we kidnapped Sheikh Obeid, and on May 12, 1994, we kidnapped Mustafa Dirani, who had captured Ron Arad. Israel held these two people and another 20-odd Lebanese detainees without trial, as “negotiating chips.” That which is permissible to us is, of course, forbidden to Hezbollah.

    Hezbollah crossed a border that is recognized by the international community. That is true. What we are forgetting is that ever since our withdrawal from Lebanon, the Israel Air Force has conducted photo-surveillance sorties on a daily basis in Lebanese airspace. While these flights caused no casualties, border violations are border violations. Here too, morality is not on our side.

    So much for the history of morality. Now, let’s consider current affairs. What exactly is the difference between launching Katyushas into civilian population centers in Israel and the Israel Air Force bombing population centers in south Beirut, Tyre, Sidon and Tripoli? The IDF has fired thousands of shells into south Lebanon villages, alleging that Hezbollah men are concealed among the civilian population. Approximately 25 Israeli civilians have been killed as a result of Katyusha missiles to date. The number of dead in Lebanon, the vast majority comprised of civilians who have nothing to do with Hezbollah, is more than 300.

    Worse yet, bombing infrastructure targets such as power stations, bridges and other civil facilities turns the entire Lebanese civilian population into a victim and hostage, even if we are not physically harming civilians. The use of bombings to achieve a diplomatic goal – namely, coercing the Lebanese government into implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1559 – is an attempt at political blackmail, and no less than the kidnapping of IDF soldiers by Hezbollah is the aim of bringing about a prisoner exchange.

    There is a propaganda aspect to this war, and it involves a competition as to who is more miserable. Each side tries to persuade the world that it is more miserable. As in every propaganda campaign, the use of information is selective, distorted and self-righteous. If we want to base our information (or shall we call it propaganda?) policy on the assumption that the international environment is going to buy the dubious merchandise that we are selling, be it out of ignorance or hypocrisy, then fine. But in terms of our own national soul searching, we owe ourselves to confront the bitter truth – maybe we will win this conflict on the military field, maybe we will make some diplomatic gains, but on the moral plane, we have no advantage, and we have no special status.

    The writer is a professor of political science at Tel Aviv university.

  6. 1. Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559 of September, 2004, calling for the disarmament of Hezbollah. Eiland said that it could be implemented in two stages: Hezbollah withdraws northward, and then is disarmed.

    2. Resolving the territorial/border disputes over Shaba Farms and the village of Ghajar. Israel could present a minor concession, and Lebanon can claim a major success.

    3. Deployment of the Lebanese army along the border, and setting up a mechanism for direct security coordination between Israel and Lebanon.

    4. Mutual respect of sovereignty, which would include an end to Israel Air Force overflights of Lebanon.

    5. Resolving water disputes.

    6. Humanitarian issues: releasing IDF and Lebanese prisoners indirectly, to the custody of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora; South Lebanon Army refugees would be allowed to respectably return home.


  7. The latest fatalities on the Israeli side were in Nazareth: two brothers aged three and nine killed by a katyusha. That Hizbullah would target this city says a great deal about its professed solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Nazareth is a predominantly Arab city in which most of the inhabitants are ethnically Palestinian, but Nasrallah rained rockets on it as he did Haifa and Nahariya. If anyone still believes that Hizbullah’s cross-border raid (was it only a week ago?) was done in order to help its Palestinian brothers, this should disabuse them of the notion. Unlike the Qassams being fired from Gaza, katyushas don’t hit a city by accident.

    Nazareth, of course, isn’t the only Arab community in Israel that’s being shelled. The north has a large Arab population, and the villages of Majdal Krum and Peqi’in have also been hit. And just as the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon has caused Lebanese citizens to pull together despite ethnic and political differences, Lili Galili reports that the bombardment of northern Israel has had a strangely unifying effect on many of its inhabitants

  8. I don’t know what to make of this, but I was out picking up lunch from a small middle eastern restaurant near the university when three men, their faces partially obscured by green and yellow bandanas, launched an orchestrated strike on me using heavy falafel balls and what I think must have been shanklish.

    I wasn’t seriously injured—one of the falafel balls grazed my shoulder, while the shanklish overshot me and landed on a table to my flank, causing a bit of shawarma to lodge in a toddler’s ear and some tabbouleh juice to blind his mother momentarily—but unfortunately, in the ensuing chaos the three attackers were able to flee the scene on a pair of old, dirt-crusted Vespas.

    But the really strange part of all this was that I hadn’t even begun to wipe the fried chick pea detritus off my Fubu madras before a nattily dressed gentleman claiming to be from the State Department slipped me his card and told me that, should I wish to respond to the attack, I’d have roughly ten days to do so.

    After that, he said, I would either have to go back to being a Zionist oppressor hated by the vast majority of the world, or else “come up with some of that really funny Jew stuff like Larry David does.”

  9. When the Arab Muslims, a collection of backward, nomadic warrior tribes who did not even have a fully developed script, conquered Egypt, Syria and Iran, they took control over some of the world’s largest centres of accumulated knowledge. To say that “Muslims” or “Islamic culture” created the civilizations of the Middle East can be compared to an illiterate person storming into the planet’s largest library, killing all the librarians and then claiming to have written all the books there. The cultural superiority of the Middle East in relation to Europe did not begin with Islam’s entry into the area. In fact, it ended with it… Islam’s much-vaunted “Golden Age” was in reality just the twilight of the conquered pre-Islamic cultures, an echo of times passed.

  10. The EU elites see themselves as Julius Caesar or Octavian, but end up being Brutus, stabbing their own peoples in the back. They want to recreate the Roman Empire on both sides of the Mediterranean, bound together by some vague references to a “shared Greek heritage.” Instead, they are creating a civilizational breakdown across much of Western Europe as the barbarians are overrunning the continent. The EU wants to recreate the Roman Empire and ends up creating the second fall of Rome.

  11. Bin-Jiddu] You told them [Lebanese government officials] that you would kidnap Israeli soldiers?

    [Nasrallah] I used to tell them that the prisoners’ issue, which we must solve, can only be solved through the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.


    [Nasrallah] Clearly. Nobody told me: no, you are not allowed to kidnap Israeli soldiers. I was not waiting for such a thing. Even if they told me no you are not allowed [nothing would change]. I am not being defensive. I said that we would kidnap Israeli soldiers in meetings with some of the key political leaders in the country. I do not want to mention names. When the time comes for accountability I will mention names. They asked whether this would resolve the prisoners issue if this happens. My answer was that it was logical for such an act to solve the prisoners’ issue. I assure you that our assessment was not wrong. I am not being stubborn. In the entire world, tell me about any state, any army, or any war that was waged because some people kidnapped two soldiers, or even took hostages, not military soldiers. Tell me about a war that was waged against a state because of two soldiers. This has never happened in history. Nor has Israel done it anytime before. However, what is happening today is not a reaction to the kidnapping of two soldiers. I repeat that this is an international decision and an Arab cover. It is a decision that has to do with…[changes thought]. I stress to you that had we not captured two soldiers in July, which could have happened in August, September, or some other time, the Israelis would come to this battle and would create for it any pretext and any excuse. The issue of disarming and finishing the resistance could not be achieved domestically, regionally, nor at the negotiating table. The Americans were well aware that this issue cannot be addressed domestically. Therefore, the Lebanese were told to step back and to let Israel terminate and disarm Hezbollah. But a cover was needed. So they provided an international and an Arab cover. This is what the issue is about. Finally, I will tell you how any resistance in the world operates. If I want to kidnap or capture two Israeli soldiers, the political leadership would make the decision and hand it to me, but even my brothers [in the leadership] should not know that this would happen at such a time and such a place. If 60 to 70 people know such details, would a capt uring operation be successful? No, no such operation would be successful, let alone when informing a government of 24 ministers, three key leaders, political forces, and political blocs. On the table of dialogue, we hold discussions, and only one hour later the minutes of the sessions become available to [foreign] embassies. So do you expect me to tell the world I am going to capture [soldiers]?

  12. But Saudi-Egyptian-Jordanian opportunism on Palestine has caught up with them: It’s finally dawned on them that a strategy of consciously avoiding resolution of the “Palestinian question” has helped deliver Gaza, and Lebanon and Syria, into the hands of a regime that’s a far bigger threat to the Arab world than the Zionist Entity. Cairo and Co. grew so accustomed to whining about the Palestinian pseudo-crisis decade in decade out that it never occurred to them that they might face a real crisis one day: a Middle East dominated by an apocalyptic Iran and its local enforcers, in which Arab self-rule turns out to have been a mere interlude between the Ottoman sultans and the eternal eclipse of a Persian nuclear umbrella.


  13. “Lebanon’s Hizbollah movement on Thursday denied that a massive Israeli strike on the southern suburbs of Beirut had hit any of its leaders.” vs. “The Shia fundamentalist group took reporters on a visit to its devastated stronghold of Haret Hreik in south Beirut but did not provide access to an adjacent neighbourhood where Israel said it targeted a ‘leadership bunker.'”

    And, “A Hizbollah spokesman ridiculed Israeli claims that it had severely damaged the group’s military capabilities in nine days of attacks, in which more than 300 people have been killed – the overwhelming majority civilians – according to Lebanese sources.” vs. “A Lebanese military expert also said he doubted that Israel had made much headway against the group. ‘Hizbollah has no visible personnel infrastructure on the ground. They are organised in cells, they look like civilians, they move fast and they are trained to hide.'”

    And, “In the south, Hizbollah fighters were engaged in fierce clashes with Israeli soldiers on the border for a second day. The group’s spokesman in Beirut said this underlined that Israeli claims that only military targets were hit, were clearly wrong. ‘We have no fighters here in Beirut, they are all in the south, on the front.'” vs. “On the edge of the bombed-out southern neighbourhoods of Beirut, some Hizbollah supporters have remained. One expressed his pride in the movement. “We are only a small group standing up to a mighty nation. I hope that they will come in with ground troops so that we can face them.”

    So, let’s take count: Hezbollah denies that the massive attack did any damage to their leadership and infrastructure, yet they refuse to show the actual damage; they claim that the casualties are mostly civilian, yet they [sic, it was a “Lebanese military expert”] also confirm that “they look like civilians” so it’s easy for an outside observer to mistake dead Hezbollah troopers for civilians; and they claim that they have no fighters in Beirut, yet their supporters in Beirut are goading on the Israelis into a combat.


  14. O Partido Nacional Renovador insurge-se contra as operações militares levadas a cabo pelo exército israelita, com o apoio político e logístico dos EUA e a apatia do “ocidente”, contra os países do Médio Oriente.

    Depois de em 1982 incursões semelhantes no Líbano terem resultado num dos maiores fracassos, e derrames de sangue, dos chamados “ataques preventivos contra o terrorismo”, as tropas israelitas continuam a bombardear e a invadir países vizinhos impunemente, sob o guarda chuva da abstenção norte-americana no Conselho de Segurança da ONU, e desta vez com a desculpa do rapto de dois soldados por parte de “movimentos terroristas”.

    Só em Junho de 2006 foram assassinados 3.000 civis no Iraque e esquecem-se os “democratas do ocidente” – ou talvez não… – dos milhares de raptos e prisioneiros sem culpa formada existentes em Israel e noutras partes do globo, vítimas da chamada “sobrevivência sionista” apoiada internacionalmente pela política externa dos Estados Unidos da América e com a indiferença dos restantes países ditos “ocidentais”.

    O PNR interroga-se de qual a diferença entre os ataques patrocinados pelos Estados Unidos e Israel e a reacção dos chamados “movimentos terroristas”; será o “terrorismo de Estado”, com a indiferença da restante comunidade internacional, legítimo? Será que o “selo da democracia” justifica toda e qualquer agressão, sobretudo quando não é respeitado o direito internacional, quando já foram mortos centenas de milhar de civis, homens, mulheres e crianças?

    Os políticos da chamada direita liberal e capitalista apressam-se a tentar justificar esses ataques dizendo que “é necessário observar a origem do problema”, sendo que para eles a “origem” desse problema está no facto dos povos do Médio Oriente reagirem à invasão sionista (sionismo: movimento nascido no Séc. XIX com o objectivo de criar o Estado de Israel). Esquecem-se – talvez… – que foram eles, os políticos da gravata, que a partir dos seus gabinetes e munidos de régua e esquadro decidiram ali instalar o Estado de Israel, na ex-colónia britânica, sendo essa a “origem do problema” e não a reacção dos povos que lutam há dezenas de anos pela sua sobrevivência e contra a agressão e ocupação sionista.

    Os partidos da chamada esquerda socialista ou revolucionária apressam-se a condenar “o fascismo e o sionismo de Israel”, como diz o PCP em comunicado, não porque estejam preocupados ou interessados na sobrevivência de qualquer Povo mas por uma questão meramente política, por fazerem parte da família ideológica dos chamados “movimentos terroristas”.

    O PNR, que já se tinha insurgido oficialmente contra a guerra no Afeganistão e no Iraque, vem mais uma vez apelar ao fim das ocupações, invasões, e bombardeamentos fora do direito internacional. Não há pior terrorismo que o terrorismo oficial levado a cabo por Estados que se dizem livres e democráticos mas que na realidade demonstram o contrário.

  15. Like today, the Children of Israel, these followers of the 1500 denominations of false religion, collectively known as “Christianity”, are whores to false religion, prostitute is not just a word for a hired whore, but a spiritual sodomite, a follower of false religion. Moses ordered the execution of members of his own race, they violated Yahweh’s laws, and they need to die. Religious tolerance is an evil in Aryanity, the Bible makes no excuses, and takes no excuses for spiritual sodomites, it simply tells us to kill them, Jihad also includes our own kind, those who will not follow Yahweh’s laws, will not live to continue. This is Jihad in its purest form, as a means of self-survival, and self-preservation, the use of Jihad for the removal of any cancer in our racial body. Here also is revealed the abomination of Adultery, the adulteration of the race, mixing the bloodlines with non-assimilative racial pollution. Race mixing is a crime worthy of death, and it must be carried out, or the cancer may spread.

  16. THERE HAVE BEEN rumblings of late about the developing alliance between Islamic radicals and neo-Nazis. In late May, Israeli president Moshe Katzav gave a speech before the German parliament in which he warned, “Let’s not be surprised if terror organizations use neo-Nazis for carrying out terror attacks.” And on August 5, WorldNetDaily reported, “Neo-Nazi skinheads are working with radical Islamists in a growing unholy alliance that has European law enforcement officials concerned about a new front in the war on terrorism.”

    Such an alliance seems unlikely on its face; after all, neo-Nazis view most Muslims as racially inferior, while Islamic extremists believe that neo-Nazis are just another flavor of infidel. However, a closer examination reveals that many white-supremacist groups have expressed solidarity with Islamic terrorists recently, and in turn some white supremacists and far-right Holocaust deniers have found newfound supporters among the Islamists.

    THE MOST PROMINENT recent example of white supremacists’ vocal support for Islamic terrorism came from August Kreis, the new head of Aryan Nations. In an interview with CNN earlier this year, Kreis said of al Qaeda, “You say they’re terrorists, I say they’re freedom fighters. And I want to instill the same jihadic feeling in our peoples’ heart, in the Aryan race, that they have for their father, who they call Allah.” Going a step further, Kreis told CNN that he had a message for Osama bin Laden: “The message is, the cells are out here and they are already in place. They
    might not be cells of Islamic people, but they are here and they are ready to fight.”


  17. The Nazis began by attempting to exploit Arab resentment of the British and French colonial rule that they were under during the 1930’s, colonial rule which, in light of the subsequent bloody and tyrannical history of the region, it is hard to condemn today as worse than the likely alternative. The promised the Arabs “liberation” from the French and British, a promise which the naïve Arabs, not grasping the character of a Nazi regime that would likely have reduced them to slaves in its own empire, took at face value. This gave rise to a curious Arab ditty rendered in English thus:

    “No more monsieur,

    No more mister.

    In heaven Allah,

    On earth Hitler.”

    Hitler himself was even given an Arabic name: Abu Ali. But Hitler’s Germany went further and sensed the demonic potentialities inherent in the mythology, reliably emotionally satisfying to persons crazed with resentment, of radical anti-Semitism. It made a concerted, and remarkably successful effort to plant modern anti-Semitism in the Arab world.


  18. Iran’s axis with the Third Reich began during the prewar years, when it welcomed Nazi Gestapo agents and other operatives to Tehran, allowing them to use the city as a base for Middle East agitation against the British and the region’s Jews.

    Key among these German agents was Fritz Grobba, Berlin’s envoy to the Middle East, who was often called “the German Lawrence,” because he promised a Pan-Islamic state stretching from Casablanca to Tehran.

    Relations between Berlin and Tehran were strong from the moment Hitler came to power in 1933. At that time, Reza Shah Pahlavi’s nation was known as Persia. The shah became a stalwart admirer of Hitler, Nazism and the concept of the Aryan master race. He also sought the Reich’s help in reducing British petro-political domination.

    So intense was the shah’s identification with the Third Reich that in 1935 he renamed his ancient country “Iran,” which in Farsi means Aryan and refers to the Proto-Indo-European lineage that Nazi racial theorists and Persian ethnologists cherished.


  19. Europe’s moribund extreme Left has found a new lease on life thanks to hundreds of young Muslim militants recruited from the poor suburbs of Paris and the Islamic ghettos of northern England.

    The Islamist groups, for their part, are learning many tricks from the Left about how to exploit the inevitable weaknesses of an open society.

    In Britain, the new Marxist-Islamist alliance is the offspring of the so-called anti-war coalition set up two years ago to prevent the liberation of Iraq. The coalition has a steering committee of 33 members. Of these, 18 come from various hard Left groups: communists, Trotskyites, Maoists, and Castroists. Three others belong to the radical wing of the Labor party. There are also eight radical Islamists. The remaining four are leftist ecologists known as Watermelons (Green outside, red inside). The chairman of the coalition is one Andrew Murray, a former employee of the Soviet Novosty Agency and leader of the British Communist Party. Co-chair is Muhammad Asalm Ijaz of the London Council of Mosques.


  20. The peculiar bond between white nationalist groups and certain Muslim extremists derives in part from a shared set of enemies — Jews, the United States, race-mixing, ethnic diversity.

    It is also very much a function of the shared belief that they must shield their own peoples from the corrupting influence of foreign cultures and the homogenizing juggernaut of globalization.

    Both sets of groups also have a penchant for far-flung conspiracy theories that caricature Jewish power.

    But there is more. Even before World War II, Western fascists began to forge ideological and operational ties to Islamic extremists.

    Over the years, these contacts between Nazis and Muslim nationalists developed into dangerous networks that have been implicated in a number of bloody terrorist attacks in Europe and the Middle East.

    Wealthy Arab regimes have financed extremists in Europe and the United States, just as Western neo-Nazis have helped to build Holocaust denial machinery in the Arab world.

    In the 1970s, Saudi Arabia hired an American neo-Nazi as a lobbyist in the United States. In the 1980s, U.S. neo-Nazi strategist Louis Beam openly called for a linkup of America’s far right with the “liberation movements” of Libya, Syria, Iran and Palestine.


  21. Na verdade, perante um conflito tão exasperantemente surdo, ocorre dizer muita coisa. Eu limito-me a sublinhar que o passado é imprevisível.

    Até já.

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