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Twitter Battles

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on September 24, 2011

I’ve taken a few days off from cyberspace to reflect…

They say the political battle for 2012 is going to be fought in cyberspace and twitter, we have already seen the impact of the age of information and instant communication.  We have watched the Arab Spring unfold before our very eyes starting with a vegetable vendor in Tunisia lighting himself on fire out of frustration.  The world sat transfixed for 18 days and watched the now world famous Tahrir Square Revolution, and the demise of a tyrant.  Bahrain a tiny country still struggles, they have not given up.  Libyan freedom fighters with the help of NATO are taking back their country.  In Syria, a vicious battle rages, we rely on You Tube Videos and tweets to tell the story since no journalist are allowed.  Finally we watched as the Palestinians took their hopes for dignity, freedom and justice to the UN and asked for statehood.  We also watched Pres. Obama threaten a veto, and did nothing short of wrapping himself in the Israeli flag and dance the Hora.   The US threatened countries who supported the Palestinian bid with cutting off funds, as well as the Palestinians themselves.

What happened to the Barack Obama who was in Cairo a few years ago encouraging the Arabs to embrace democracy, self determination?  He was playing to the the domestic market, he was playing to AIPAC, he was playing to the powerful Jewish lobby and the mis-information that the right has sent out – claiming that Barack Obama didn’t support Israel.  Which was far from the truth.   Winston Churchill said “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”  We’ve seen that with the birther issue.

In the midst of the Arab Spring, the Arab Awakening and the shifting sands of diplomacy and power in the middle east, Barack Obama has chosen to be on the wrong side of history.

One of the dangers in not blindly supporting Israel is one is automatically labelled as anti – Semitic.  The truth is the narrative that most of us have heard regarding the Palestinian issue has largely been framed by the Israelis – with a background always touching the holocaust. In no way do I deny the Holocaust, we as human beings cannot forget the horrors that occurred.   We cannot remain silent when we see ethnic cleansing going on…and that includes when the victim becomes the victimizer.  The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories is at a tipping point.   Nothing short of a slow holocaust has been occurring.   It is no longer a back story in a newspaper as it was 10 years ago, the new information age has made sure we see it all.   9/11 brought the middle east to the forefront.  There is no excuse for us as Americans not to be educated on the entire issues, from the beginning, and here’s a surprise, that is before  1948.

I am absolutely disgusted with Pres. Obama on this issue, when I voted for him I was voting for a change, not the same Bush policies towards the Palestinian issue that did nothing but cause the US to lose credibility in the middle east.  We were making significant headway in restarting our relationships in the middle east until  now…we have just lose the battle at the most crucial time.

Does that mean I don’t support Pres. Obama for re-election?  No.  I support him for re-election, because the alternative is unthinkable.

When I watch a Tea Party audience cheer at an uninsured man dying, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I watch a Tea Party audience boo a gay soldier serving his country, and not one Presidential candidate called them on it at the time…in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I listen to people like Michele Bachmann hype lies on cervical cancer vacines, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

The list goes on..I will support Barack Obama for re-election,  he is the lesser of two evils.  The other evil is so vile and vicious, the founding father’s must surely be turning in their graves.

But what you will hear me tweeting and blogging about more is the Palestinian issue, and it is not anti Semitic to tell the truth.  It is a long complicated history, and there is enough blood on everybody’s hands.  Nobody is innocent,   as one of my favorite people in the twitterverse @ilikewoods in  says in her bio .. I believe the truth is out there, and I am going to spread it like mustard!   That is exactly what I intend to do.  I know I am going to make some people uncomfortable, I know I am going to lose some followers, and I’m ok  with that.  If the truth makes you uncomfortable, then don’t read my blog, don’t follow me on twitter.  If you want to understand, engage in productive dialogue, challenge the  false narrative that has been pounded into you with the truth and facts, then welcome.

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.  ~Emily Dickinson

(http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/09/23/Palestinians-US-bullied-to-get-its-way/UPI-34431316763000/)

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Egyptian – Israeli – Turkish Dynamics or Shifting Sands

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on September 10, 2011

Israeli Embassy in Cairo

One of the first things that strikes you when you look at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo is that it is in a residential building.  I remember the first time the embassy was pointed out to me I was somewhat shocked.  I thought about US Embassies, and the level of security surrounding them, and wondered what the people who lived in the building thought about an Embassy being located there, virtually being used as human shields.   I didn’t think much more about it until recently…..

Before I address last night’s rampage on the Israeli Embassy, we need to review history.  I offer a brief snapshot of a very complicated part of the world.  Each of the areas plays a part in the events of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo being  attacked.

Egypt – Israel Peace Agreement

Egypt was the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.  This bold move cost then President Anwar Sadat his life,  and Egypt was ostracized from the Arab community.  The peace treaty also cost Yitzhak Rabin his life.  Both  men were assassinated by extremist from within their own countries.   The agreement paved the way for the return of Sinai to Egypt.  For over 30 years peace has been maintained, Israelis have often commented that it was a “cold” peace, but peace is peace.

The Gaza Factor

Gaza Strip

The ever evolving borders of  Israel since its inception has led to the Gaza strip being in essence sealed off – between the Mediterranean Sea,  Israeli borders on two sides and an Egyptian border on the other.  The population is about 1.6 million people in an area approximately 140 miles, most of them descendants of refugees.  In March 1979 when the peace treaty was signed between Israel and Egypt, the treaty provided for the withdrawal by Israel of its armed forces and civilians from the Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had captured during the Six-Day War, to the 1906 international border. The Egyptians agreed to keep the Sinai Peninsula demilitarized. The Gaza Strip remained under Israeli military administration until 1994  when under the Oslo Accord a phased transfer of governmental authority to the Palestinians took place.   In February 2005, the Israeli government voted to implement a unilateral disengagement plan from the Gaza Strip. The plan began to be implemented on 15 August 2005, and was completed on 12 September 2005.   You may recall George W. Bush calling for free and fair elections in the middle east, and that is exactly what happened…in a twist of irony the US kicked in the door of democracy and Hamas came to power.  The US wanted democracy, but didn’t like who showed up.   As Israel continued to choke the people of the Gaza Strip by not allowing supplies in, the now  famous Gaza tunnels were a natural outcome.  Everything from food, medicine, livestock and yes, arms runs through the tunnels.

The Gaza War or Operation Cast led was a three-week bombing and invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel, and hundreds of rocket attacks on south of Israel which started on December 27, 2008 with a surprise air strike from Israel.  Israel’s stated aim was to stop rocket fire into Israel and arms import into the Gaza strip.  Israeli forces attacked police stations and other Hamas government buildings in the opening assault, striking in the densely populated cities of Gaza, Khan Younis and Rafah.   An Israeli ground invasion began on January 3.  Infantry commanders were given an unprecedented level of access to coordinate with air, naval, artillery, intelligence, and combat engineering units during this second phase.  Between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths, 4 from friendly fire.  In September 2009, a UN special mission, headed by the South African Justice Richard Goldstone, produced a controversial report accusing both Palestinian militants and Israeli Defense Forces of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, and recommended bringing those responsible to justice.  In January 2010, the Israeli government released a response criticizing the Goldstone Report and disputing its findings.   In 2011, Goldstone wrote that he no longer believed that Israel intentionally targeted civilians in Gaza. The other authors of the report, Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers, rejected Goldstone’s reassessment.

As a side note, with all the promises including, from the US to rebuild Gaza, it hasn’t been done.  Hard to rebuild when Israel won’t allow cement in.

Gaza Humanitarian Aid, Flotillas and Turkey

There have been many humanitarian groups inside Gaza the past 10 years, one of which is the International Solidarity Movement.  A young American woman named Rachel Corrie had taken a year off to travel to Gaza and join the ISM.   She was killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was standing or kneeling in front of a local Palestinian’s home,  acting as a human shield, attempting to prevent the IDF from demolishing the home. The IDF stated that the death was due to the restricted angle of view of the IDF Caterpillar bulldozer driver, while ISM eyewitnesses said “there was nothing to obscure the driver’s view.”  Her family has had a wrongful death suit in the Israeli courts, where they have accused the IDF of withholding information.  (Read more about Rachel Corrie and her family at http://rachelcorriefoundation.org )

Part of the humanitarian efforts have also been Freedom Flotillas to Gaza.  Ships including one named after Rachel Corrie have attempted to land in Gaza and offer aid.   The the Mavi Marmara aid ship was bound for Gaza on May 31, 2010, was intercepted in international waters by IDF, 9 people were killed, including a Turkish  American Furkan Dogan, who was shot with four bullets in his head and one in his chest at close range.   The UN has released its findings, which in short say both parties were wrong, Israel had used excessive force, and they had a right to stop the flotilla.  The report of course is being challenged. ( http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/09/2011978161147706.html)  Turkey has dismissed the Palmer-Uribe Report because its conclusion about the siege contradicts previous statements and reports by the United Nations, including the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council and statements by the U.N. secretary-general. Furthermore, the Palmer Report, contrary to some claims, is not a legally binding document to be voted on at the U.N. nor is the panel a court that can issue a juridical view on Gaza. But by giving a carte blanche to Israel’s piracy in international waters, it has disregarded international law and undermined the fundamental principles of justice and freedom for all including the Palestinians.   Turkey has asked for an apology from Israel.  Israel has refused.

The Netenyahu government’s refusal to issue a formal apology to Turkey has led to a swift reaction from Turkey. Prime Minister Erdoğan ordered the implementation of five measures against Israel including the lowering of diplomatic relations and freezing of military agreements. “No country is above the law,” said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, referring to  the Israeli exceptionalism in regional and global politics.  PM Erdoğan described Israel as acting “like a spoiled child in the face of all U.N. decisions.” The prime minister also said Turkey has no quarrel with the people of Israel and Jews around the world. Refusing to apologize and then claiming to want to repair relations with Turkey, as Mr. Netenyahu said recently, is not only an oxymoron but also self-delusional. As PM Erdoğan has declared on various occasions, Turkish-Israeli relations will not be normalized until and unless Turkey’s three conditions are met. Turkey keeps the door of diplomacy open, but it is up to Israel to pass through it or close it.  Turkey has also announced it will beef up its naval presence in the Mediterranean  – Egypt and Turkey will hold a joint naval maneuver in Turkish territorial waters by the end of the year. Erdogan is scheduled to go to Egypt on Monday.. Erdogan, meanwhile, continued to up the ante, saying in an Al Jazeera interview that Turkish warships were directed to protect Turkish ships bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, and that from now on “we will not allow our ships to be exposed to Israeli attacks, as was the case with the Mavi Marmara, because if this happens Israel will meet the appropriate response.”

Now let’s go back  to the Rafah Border

On Aug. 18, in violation of the peace treaty, Israeli forces crossed into Egypt in pursuit of  “militants” – ultimately this claimed the lives of five Egyptians.   This is not the first time Egyptians have been killed by Israel.  It happened quite often, and was always given minimal press coverage under Mubarak – as if Egyptian blood was cheap and plentiful.  Things have changed.  Egypt wanted an apology, seems like a reasonable request.   The response?  Israeli Def. Min. Ehud Barak  said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 News, Israel’s most widely-watched TV news network … “I didn’t apologize to Egypt, I expressed regret.”    Barak’s exactly statement was:  “Israel deeply regrets the deaths of the Egyptian officers.”  This was not enough for Cairo.  Egypt threatened to pull its ambassador.   Barak noted the importance of the Israel-Egypt peace agreement and expressed appreciation for the “discretion and responsibility” shown by Egypt.  “The peace agreement between Israel and Egypt is of great importance and strategic value to stability in the Middle East,” Barak said.  Barak’s statement came after he held a special situation assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and other security and intelligence officials.   Barak ordered the IDF to investigate the incident after which a joint investigation will be conducted with the Egyptian military to determine the circumstances of the incident.

The idea that Egyptian blood is cheap, is a seminal point.  Under Mubarak no protest would have ever been tolerated at the Israeli Embassy…but on Aug. 23 there came a new folk hero, dubbed the Egyptian Spiderman or Flagman.  He climbed  13 stories… with nothing  to assist him to remove the Israeli flag and replace with the Egyptian flag.  “This is for Palestine. This is for Egypt. This is for every Arab. This is for every free person,” one Twitter user posted.

About Last Night…

Now let’s look at what happened last night.  Another Friday, another protest.  This time under the heading of  “Correcting the Path of the Revolution” .. frustrated at the slow pace of change, and for some let’s be honest protesting has become a career and lifestyle.   Some have found fame in Tahrir and simply cannot move forward.  The military has been in my opinion,  been wrongly accused by protesters.  It was the military who saved this revolution.  All you have to do is look at Libya and Syria to see what happens when the military doesn’t side with the people from the beginning.  The military deserves much more respect than it is getting from the protestors.  They have done exactly what they said they would do.

The revolutionaries deserve so much credit for having the guts to stand up to tyranny, but they do not have the ability to speak with one voice, the demands change day to day, and there is no readily identifiable leader.  This is a problem.  The continual sit ins and tent city erected in Tahrir was a problem, it would be like putting a tent city on Wall Street.  It would not be tolerated in the US.  It was an obstruction to business and movement forward.  Finally, the military said enough and cleared out Tahrir.  The military never denied the protesters the right to protest peacefully, let’s be very clear about that.  The military not wanting to be accused of using excessive force on civilians pulled out of Tahrir Square completely for Friday’s protest.

Enter the mob mentality….as the day progressed marches began to the Interior Ministry and to the Israeli Embassy.  Things quickly got out of control as the mob mentality ensued.  The beautiful thing about the revolution is it was about Egypt, about Egyptians.  There was no hating America, no hating Israel.  Last night was about wanting the world to know that Egyptian blood is not cheap…and then something went terribly wrong.  The embassy had recently been barricaded by huge cement slabs after the “Flagman” incident.  The barricade was destroyed.  The embassy was entered.

JERUSALEM, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Israel appealed for American help in guarding its Cairo embassy after Egyptian protestors stormed the building housing it on Friday.

A statement from Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said that in conversations with U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta and Obama administration envoy Dennis Ross he had “asked them to protect the embassy from the demonstrators”. (Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Jon Boyle)

This absolutely inflamed me.  Why is it the United State’s responsibility to protect an Israeli embassy in Cairo?

In essence, there are two  diplomatic ties under severe strain with Israel and both critical to Israel.  Why?  Because Israel has refused to apologize.  That spoiled child, digging their heels in and refusing to acknowledge they were wrong.  This is a self inflicted wound on Israel.  From the beginning of the Arab Spring they have refused to acknowledge the neighborhood is changing.  Let me be very clear, this is not about being anti Semitic, or not believing Israel has a right to exist in peace, this is about the facts.  This is about Israel growing up, moving from the victim archetype to the empowered survivor archetype.  The world is changing, there is a new paradigm in place.  You can either embrace change and be part of a positive outcome, or you can stand against it and watch your own downfall.

Israeli ambassador Yitzhak Levanon, staff and family members arrived home on Saturday but one diplomat stayed in Egypt to maintain the embassy, an Israeli official said.  Four officers and 42 soldiers were injured in the Israeli Embassy clashes between protesters and security forces on Friday evening. There are three dead and 1049 injured, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday.  Egypt is on high alert.  Rumors are flying the Egypt’s Prime Minister may resign.

There is no such thing as democracy in a box.  Egypt will get there, there are going to be some serious bumps in the road.  We saw one last night.

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Iranian Warships Pass Thru Suez Canal – Israel Angered

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on February 22, 2011

This will be a relatively short posting.  Iranian warships have passed through the Suez Canal, and Israel is angry.  And?  While Israel is concerned about the  new Egyptian government honoring its peace treaty with Israel it evidently doesn’t extend that same concern to honoring any other international treaties?  The bottom line is: Under international treaty, it may be used “in time of war as in time of peace, by every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.  Period. End of Story. Deal with it.

 

 

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Israel Eases Blockade – Exactly What Does That Mean?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 21, 2010

Israel Easing Blockade?

Bowing to international pressure Israel has decided to “ease” the blockade.   “From now on, there is a green light of approval for all goods to enter Gaza except for military items and materials that can strengthen Hamas’ military machine,” Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said. Great, but  what does that mean exactly?  Does that include cement to rebuild homes?  Or would that be something that would be deemed military use?  Of course the list is not published yet.

What about the goods flowing the other direction?  What about allowing the Palestinians some type of economic empowerment?  I often think of George W. Bush and his statement about Japan being one of our strongest allies.  Yes, after dropping two nuclear bombs on them, that is quite a feat – and no I am not being flippant.  Once people are economically empowered alot can happen.  The US currently has an unemployment rate hovering around +-10%, and people are angry.   Take that 10% and multiply it by 4, over 40% of the people in Gaza are unemployed.  They do not have the option of moving to look for work, they are trapped.  If you are unemployed in Texas, you can always pick up and go look for work in California.  If you are unemployed in Gaza, you can’t pick up.  When you have 80% of the population relying completely on charity for daily living, you have removed dignity, you have removed hope.

Give people economic empowerment, and dignity you give them hope.  I am a skeptic, I admit, nothing ever seems to be in the “light of day” with Israel, there is always an alternate agenda in play, but one can always hope.

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. ”
Thomas Jefferson

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US Warships Pass Thru Suez Canal – Political Muscle Flexing?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 20, 2010

US Warships Thru the Suez Canal

Rumors…traffic in the Suez Canal was halted for several hours in order to allow US Navy vessels, which included an aircraft carrier – some say the USS Harry Truman, which carries infantry troops, armored vehicles and ammunition, to pass from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

It was further reported that eyewitnesses detected an Israeli warship among the vessels. No confirmation has been received from Egyptian authorities.

This report has been circulating for the past 24 hours, the origin is attributed to an online newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi, published in Arabic in the UK.  The facts around all of this are rather murky at this point.

While this in itself may not be an unusual event, given the current political and regional tensions brought to the world by Israel and their blockade on the Palestinian people, it may just add more heat to a fire that has been steadily simmering.

Other reports earlier in the week indicated that Egypt allowed an Iranian flotilla full of humanitarian aid thru the Suez Canal – even tho Israel had asked Egypt not to let the Iranian ship thru.  Further rumors say at least one if not two aid ships from Lebanon were headed to Gaza.  Egypt said it could not legally prevent the flotilla from using the canal due to international treaty laws.

Other reports have indicated that on the flotilla from Iran there are Republican Guards – keep in mind those reports are coming from Israel, which would give a perfect excuse for using any force “necessary” to stop the flotilla.

If in fact, the above rumors are true, then this is lighting the fuse on a powder keg just waiting to explode.  Israel may have succeeded in finally uniting the Arab countries – at the expense of the USA.  It begs the question, will the US “engage” the Iranian flotilla?   What role does the US Navy have in this event?  Are we prepared to light the fuse for the sake of our “special friendship”?  Are we just flexing political muscle?

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Political Housekeeping – Random Thoughts of the Past Week Politically

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 18, 2010

Let’s see it’s been a busy week politically…where to start?

Wink Wink Sarah Revising History

Sarah Palin

This has to be one of the best quotes of the week…

And you can quote me…

“As Andrew Halcro, the bright and witty Anchorage based businessman who ran against Palin for governor in 2006, said: “Listening to Sarah Palin talk about the oil-and-gas industry is like listening to Bernie Madoff talk about safe investing; zero credibility.”  The Times Blog 6/16/10

Would somebody just stuff a salmon in that woman’s mouth, and turn off her computer?  The absurd things that comes out of this woman’s mouth is amazing, and one has to question what is it Fox is getting out of having her as a “host”?  Her exaggerations, and spins on reality leads one to believe she really is pathological.  This week she is professing to be an expert on energy issues.  How?  Expert?  Whom ever is handling Sarah before her talk show appearances obviously gives her a set of phrases to work into the interview.  These phrases are full of half truths and spins.  O’Reilly feeds her the lines as well,  this week her set up from O’Reilly was “there is not a governor in the United States who has more experience than you do dealing with the oil companies.”  First, she is not a governor, she quit, remember that, half way thru her term… and was found guilty of abuse of power.  Second, she also quit her appointed position to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after serving little more than a year.

Back to her expertise, when O’Reilly asked her how to stop the spill…her response: The Dutch. They are known… and the Norwegian. They are known for — for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills. (Do you suppose Sarah they could lend us the little Dutch to plug the leak with his finger?)  She then when on to outright lie – evidently she thinks that nobody will check her facts…she stated: I had to set up our Petroleum Systems Integrity Office [PSIO] so that we could be there on the front lines making sure what the oil companies were telling us was legit when they were dealing with their corroded pipes that we find out and other lax maintenance issues.  That’s not exactly true is it Sarah?  The previous governor Frank Murkowski, established the Arctic Pipeline Technology Team to “ensure the integrity of oil pipeline infrastructure and continued crude oil production.”  Long before Sarah was ever governor.  With all the revisionist history Sarah is pouring out, what could she be positioning herself for?  Will the American public continue to applaud like trained seals when she tells yet another lie? Wink Wink

Defender of Oil Company Campaign Contributors

Joe Barton and Rand Paul

Really when Rand Paul can commiserate with you, you know you screwed the pooch..”I don’t want to pile on him… I know what that feels like. What I will say is I have never liked the tone of the president when he said things or his administration says things like he is going to put the boot on the throat of BP… If we put BP out of business, they can’t pay for the cleanup.”  Wouldn’t it be nice if life was just so simple Rand?

According to CNN .. Joe Barton eventually apologized for his “shakedown comment”.  House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, delivered the pointed demand to Barton, a Texas congressman. “He was told apologize immediately or you will lose your position immediately,” said a Republican leadership aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The aide added, “Now that he’s apologized, we’ll see what happens going forward.”

One does have to wonder exactly how much money that Texas Congressman has received over the years as contributions to his political campaigns?

Emote for me!

Obama and Emoting

I was shocked to see how much time and effort the media was pouring into this whole idea about Pres. Obama not being angry enough, showing enough emotion.  Grow up!  I don’t care if he emotes or not, we all want results.  Results in this case are painfully slow in coming, agreed, but it is not for lack of trying or emoting.  This is  an unprecedented spill, Obama did not cause it, he did not blow up the rig because he had nothing else to do.  What he has done is keep his foot on the neck of BP, and rightly so.  His moratorium on off shore drilling is being met by cries of fear, we need that oil, it is the economy.  Let’s review – this oil spill has destroyed the economy of the gulf coast, and you think that it is wise to just go right on doing what has obviously failed miserably?   Of course if you listen to any of those “Conservative folks” he does nothing right, if he had not set up the fund for paying damages, they would have been outraged that he did not, but since he did he is now accused of destroying capitalism.  Here’s a newsflash for all those self proclaimed capitalist lovers, there is a cost of doing business, inherent risk, when you screw up, you pay.  That my Conservative capitalist lovers is capitalism, pure and simple.

Israel

Israel is easing the blockade –  gee thanks, do you think now those 1.5 million Palestinians can just go out and fill up their refrigerators?  How about being able to re-build their homes?   How about drinkable water?  The one thing that Israel may actually succeed in doing is uniting the Arabs – which would be quite an achievement, as I am convinced the only thing they agree on is that they don’t agree.  But there are some strange, and potentially strong alliances being formed..Iran, Syria,  Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt has opened the borders indefinitely.

Then of course there is the investigation into the flotilla, the fox in charge of the hen house.  But they have conceded to have two international observers on the panel.  I wonder if anybody who does not find in favor of Israel would be considered a self hating jew, like the Goldstone report.

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Helen Thomas – A Woman with A Pair! Get the hell out of Palestine!

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 7, 2010

This monkey has a new hero, her  name is  Helen Thomas and she has covered the white house for almost 60 years, the woman is living history.  She is probably one of the few individuals who remembers, and actually covered the creation of the state of Israel.   She was known for her famous press conference closing line, “Thank you, Mr. President.” – but as of late and in her most recent books she is direct, and her directness came into play on May 27, 2010…she was asked for any comments on Israel…she responded with “Tell ’em to get the hell out of Palestine, remember these people are occupied  and it’s their land, not German, not polish…”

She is absolutely right, and maybe that is the biggest lesson for EVERYBODY, diplomacy is not working with Israel, it is time for the world, it is time for the US to be direct.  She stated it beautifully and to the point, since when is it a problem to be direct? I’ll tell you when, when it comes to Israel, because we – the US in particular feel some type of misguided empathy, some type of responsibility for the holocaust, and Israel wears this badge with honor and has fully immersed itself into the “we are the victim” mentality.  The world has many badges of disgrace to wear, from the American Indians,slavery,the holocaust, the Rwanda massacre, Serbia, the list goes on.

Perhaps some day the world will wear the badge of shame with regards to the Palestinians, I wonder how many of them have to die before we do something?  Is there a magic number that makes us say stop it?  Is there a magic event that has to happen for the world to say enough?  During the holocaust, the world was not fully engaged of the actual horrors that were occurring, death camps hidden away.

George Patton, that great American hero, when he entered into Buchenwald, was encouraged by one of his aids to leave, reminding the General that he still had a war to fight.  Patton responded with…”wait I want to make sure I understand.”  It was horrific, without a doubt. So disgusted that he immediately enacted a strict policy forcing all German citizens in neighboring cities and towns to tour the camps to witness the result of their hateful nationalism, other generals followed Patton’s lead when liberating  other concentration camps.

Patton later acted as  a military governor he spoke of other violations of principle, “Today we received orders . . . in which we were told to give the Jews special accommodations. If for Jews, why not Catholics, Mormons, etc? We are also turning over to the French several hundred thousand prisoners of war to be used as slave labor in France. It is amusing to recall that we fought the Revolution in defense of the rights of man and the Civil War to abolish slavery and have now gone back on both principles.”

In today’s world it is hard to hide things away, the internet brings the world to your doorstep, we no longer have the excuse of “I didn’t know” .  We do know.  We are witnessing a slow holocaust, it is playing out in front of us every day.  The victims have become the oppressors, and where is the cry for justice?

Perhaps it was the spirit of Patton the possessed Helen, or perhaps it was simply she had seen enough and it was time for somebody to speak the truth.

Here’s the video – although I confess I wonder what was edited out, I wonder if this is in fact the full video…and of course the title of video has a nice spin…but none the less here’ssssssssss Helen!~

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Update

HELEN THOMAS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.

Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.

Thomas later issued a statement: “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.’’

Thomas will mark her 90th birthday on Aug. 4.

Yea but Helen you went out with a bang!  Hats off to you!!!

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The Jewish Lobby AIPAC – or Welcome to the United States of Israel

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 4, 2010

I have repeatedly stated the reason we – the US has this “special relationship” with Israel is PAC money, political influence.   I invite you to get a large cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and sit down and watch, listen, learn.

John J. Mearsheimer, PhD  an American professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.  He is a New York Times Best Selling author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. His co – author Stephen Martin Walt is a professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Along with a host of other politically prominent people speaking out on the realities of the influence of AIPAC.

(There are many versions of the following documentary online, chopped into smaller segments, I choose this one, simply because the video quality is the best)

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How Many Americans Will Be Murdered By Israel? American Shot 5 Times on Flotilla

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 3, 2010

As the passengers on the flotilla arrive home, more and more of the story unfolds.  Of course we had the edited film and version offered by the Israeli government, complete with subtitles.  I have held my tongue, mostly…but now the facts are coming in….from people who were there, the bodies are coming home, and one of those bodies is an American.  A 19 year old American who also held Turkish citizenship living in Turkey, Furkan Dogan.

Furkan Dogan was struck by five bullets shortly before dawn on Monday while atop the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara ship, according to friends who were on board at the time of the Israeli raid and attended the funeral for eight of the nine Turks who died.

The website of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan listed Mr. Dogan’s nationality as American. A State Department spokesman confirmed a dual US-Turkish citizen was killed and said the embassy in Turkey had offered consular services to the family.

“Furkan was my friend,” said Ali Yunusoalu, who went with Dogan for pre-dawn prayers on the top deck of the Mavi Marmar on Monday. Israeli naval boats soon approached the ship, he said, and then commandos dropped from helicopters.

“The soldiers started shooting and bombing” with bullets and percussion grenades, said Mr. Yunusoalu. “It was a big sound – you can’t hear a thing because of the noise.”

Dogan ran “everywhere” before he was killed, recalled Yunusoalu. “We were very afraid.”

Furkan Dogan had four bullet wounds to the head and one to the chest, said Omer Yagmur of the Foundation of Humanitarian Relief (IHH).

Five bullets?  Five bullets for an unarmed person?  Were these bullets paid for by the USA?  Were these bullets funded by your tax dollars?  Did these bullets have inscribed on them “to our special friends, love the USA”?  Bullets used on American citizens.

Let me be clear, all of the loss of life on this flotilla is horrific.  No one life is any greater than another, each of those people who died were somebody’s family and friend.  I am focusing on Furkan because he was an American, I am an American, I don’t care where he lived.  He was an American.

It is time to end our “special relationship” with Israel.  The only thing our relationship with this country does is cost us, it costs American lives, American money, American influence.  If this were a business deal, one would look at it and say, cut it loose, you can’t afford it it any more.  America cannot afford a friend like Israel.

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Mystery: How Do You Say Self Defense When You Are the Invader?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 1, 2010

As this continues to unfold I am absolutely horrified..how..how can you say that it is self defense Israel?

Let’s review..the peace flotilla  was in international waters…you used helicopters to board it, you were not invited on board, and then you killed people..how does that make it self defense?

Let’s bring it down home, let’s pretend you are sitting on the couch, scratching your private parts, flipping thru the channels on the TV, all of a sudden, commandos arrive on your roof and come into your home….is it self defense when the invader into your home kills you?

I just don’t know how Israel can put a spin on this…what have they found on the flotilla?  WMD?  in the form of medicine, diapers, wheel chairs, and food?  Keep in mind 80% of the people living in Gaza NEED help to survive on a daily basis,  unemployment is 42%, trade is choked off by Israel.

It is time that our special relationship with Israel comes to an end.  I didn’t think we supported terrorism, terrorist or rogue governments who have no respect for the international rule of law?


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