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(Note, this column refers to Netanyahu's comments on July 20.)
Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday, on CNN, addressing worldwide sympathy for the civilian victims of Israeli violence in Gaza: "They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can. They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better."
One can say many things about a military operation that results in more than 75 percent of the dead being civilians, many of them children, aimed at a population trapped in a tiny area with no escape. The claim that there is no intent to kill civilians but rather an intent to protect them is most assuredly not among them. Even stalwart Israel supporter Thomas Friedman has previously acknowledged that Israeli assaults on Lebanon, and possibly in Gaza, are intended ”to inflict substantial property damage and collateral casualties” because “the only long-term source of deterrence was to exact enough pain on the civilians” (which, to the extent it exists, is the classic definition of “terrorism”). The most generous claim one can make about what Israel is now doing in Gaza is that it is driven by complete recklessness toward the civilian population it is massacring, a form of intent under centuries of well-settled western law.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Jul 27, 2014, 09:52 PM (3 replies)
It is difficult to believe Israel lacks the ability to avoid excessive civilian casualties. Amira Hass reports one example that confirms Israel's ability to identify, with precision, what and who, is being targeted. Miss Hass is the columnist for the Israeli daily paper Ha'aretz. Born in 1956 in Jerusalem, both of her parents were Holocaust survivors and her mother spent 9 months in the Bergen-Belsen camp during World War II. She attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she studied history, but dropped out and went to work for an Israeli newspaper. She covered the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from Gaza and has received both criticism and praise for her critical attitude towards the Israeli government.http://www.opednews.com/articles/Israel-Defends-Itself-By-by-James-Wall-Hamas_Israel_Israel-Attacks-Gaza_Israel-Killing-With-U-S-Weapons-140725-363.html
Posted by Divernan | Sat Jul 26, 2014, 03:26 PM (2 replies)
For months before the 1939 invasion, German newspapers and politicians, including Adolf Hitler, accused Polish authorities of organizing or tolerating violent ethnic cleansing of ethnic Germans living in Poland.
from Wikipedia link above.
Casus belli - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Casus belli is a Latin expression meaning "An act or event that provokes or is used to justify war"
Posted by Divernan | Sat Jul 26, 2014, 01:22 PM (0 replies)
Thus started WW II. If social media had been on their asses, their lies/propaganda would have been promptly exposed and doubtless motivated immediate opposition from the get go.
The Gleiwitz incident (German: Überfall auf den Sender Gleiwitz; Polish: Prowokacja gliwicka) was a false flag operation by Nazi forces posing as Poles on 31 August 1939, against the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (since 1945: Gliwice, Poland) on the eve of World War II in Europe. The goal was to use the staged attack as a pretext on the basis of which to invade Poland.
This provocation was the best-known of several actions in Operation Himmler, a series of unconventional operations undertaken by the SS in order to serve specific propaganda goals of Nazi Germany at the outbreak of the war. It was intended to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany in order to justify the subsequent invasion of Poland.
Much of what is known about the Gleiwitz incident comes from the affidavit of Alfred Naujocks at the Nuremberg Trials. In his testimony, he states that he organized the incident under orders from Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Müller, chief of the Gestapo.
On the night of 31 August 1939, a small group of German operatives, dressed in Polish uniforms and led by Naujocks, seized the Gleiwitz station and broadcast a short anti-German message in Polish (sources vary on the content of the message). The Germans' goal was to make the attack and the broadcast look like the work of anti-German Polish saboteurs.
To make the attack seem more convincing, the Germans brought in Franciszek Honiok, a German Silesian known for sympathizing with the Poles, who had been arrested the previous day by the Gestapo. Honiok was dressed to look like a saboteur; then killed by lethal injection, given gunshot wounds, and left dead at the scene, so that he appeared to have been killed while attacking the station. His corpse was subsequently presented as proof of the attack to the police and press.
In addition to Honiok, several other prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp were kept available for this purpose. The Germans referred to them by the code phrase "Konserve" ("canned goods"). For this reason, some sources incorrectly refer to the incident as "Operation Canned Goods." In an oral testimony at the trials, Erwin von Lahousen stated that his division of the Abwehr was one of two that were given the task of providing Polish uniforms, equipment and identification cards, and that he was later told by Wilhelm Canaris that people from concentration camps had been disguised in these uniforms and ordered to attack the radio stations.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Jul 26, 2014, 01:18 PM (1 replies)
And that hell is bought and paid for to a substantial extent by our US tax dollars.
Look at the maps showing how the Israelis have continuously and voraciously appropriated more and more Palestinian lands over the decades. Look at the gross disproportionality of the weapons, attacks, wounded and killed. Listen to Netanyahu arrogantly stating he will never agree to a two state solution. Consider the Israelis' illegal sea blockade of Gaza.
Genocide by any other name, by any religious or political "justification" remains genocide.
Posted by Divernan | Fri Jul 25, 2014, 06:43 AM (0 replies)
Yes, this Mother Jones article is from 2007, but have no doubt MJ will update it when HRC declares her next candidacy. And be sure to catch her position on immigration - in stark contrast to her currently stated position on sending the Central American children back to their countries.
It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate forum in June, hosted by the liberal evangelical group Sojourners, Hillary Clinton fielded a softball query about Bill's infidelity: How had her faith gotten her through the Lewinsky scandal?
Posted by Divernan | Tue Jul 22, 2014, 07:23 AM (1 replies)
July 19, 2014 12:15 AM
Max Radwin / The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Billionaire Tom Steyer and his Super PAC, NextGen Climate, are making big moves in Pennsylvania this year.
The organization aims to call out elected officials who deny the existence of climate change while working with those who are fighting to stop it. In Pennsylvania, it has its eyes on the gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf.
During a 2011 budget speech, Mr. Corbett said he wanted to make Pennsylvania “the Texas of the natural gas boom.” In May, during an interview with StateImpact — an NPR-affiliated policy news site — he said the reality of climate change was “up for debate.”
A spokeswoman for NextGen Climate said it is working to show voters how Mr. Corbett “stood up for powerful energy companies (who are significant contributors to his campaign) at the expense of Pennsylvania voters’ best interests.” Last week, NextGen sent a Right-to-Know request for all correspondence between Mr. Corbett and oil and gas companies, plus campaign finance records.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2014/07/19/NYC-billionaire-to-spend-money-in-Pennsylvania-gubernatorial-campaign/stories/201407160044#ixzz380OXKFPp
Posted by Divernan | Sun Jul 20, 2014, 07:02 AM (5 replies)
Party hopes lead in governor’s race will bring majority
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2014/07/20/Democrats-expect-gains-in-state-Senate/stories/201407200171#ixzz380NNep8I
See the article for a more detailed analysis of each seat considered to be up for grabs.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Jul 20, 2014, 06:57 AM (2 replies)
(This story is dated by The Independent as Thursday, July 17, 2014. I posted it as LBN
at 1:52 .am. on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The reporter had written it on an unspecified time on Wed., July 16, 2014, but it was published on 7/17. Even allowing for the international time difference, it was possibly published within the 12 hour limited period for latest breaking news. I think, when in doubt, allow the thread, and responded to the moderator, with a request my comments be forwarded to Skinner or whomever. I believe this to be particularly the case when the OP is re an incident of international importance regarding the at best negligent and wanton and at worst deliberate instance of the violent killing of children. Because it's not just a simple matter of reposting - it's that a number of comments will likely not be reposted on the new thread. Here's that link:http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014848069
"This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by Rhiannon12866 (a host of the Latest Breaking News forum). If you believe this was done in error, please contact Rhiannon12866 to appeal."}
Posted by Divernan | Thu Jul 17, 2014, 08:27 AM (0 replies)
Source: The Independent (UK)
As Israel’s continued air offensive against Gaza saw the Palestinian death toll rise above 200 on Wednesday, a leading human rights organisation has warned a fifth of those who have died in the nine-day conflict are children.
Save the Children has become the latest body to voice its concern over the Palestinian death toll, which rose to 211 on Wednesday afternoon when an Israeli airstrike killed four boys from the Bakr family on a coastal road near a beach in the Gaza Strip. A further seven adults and children were wounded.
Last week, five children from the same family died in a pre-dawn bombardment.
In light of the violence, the group predicts that at least 25,000 children will need psycho-social support to cope with the trauma they have experienced since violence in the region restarted last Tuesday.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelgaza-conflict-children-make-up-a-fifth-of-palestinian-deaths-9610425.html
Posted by Divernan | Thu Jul 17, 2014, 01:52 AM (13 replies)