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  • Israel Bombs Gaza back to Stone Age: Razes only Power Plant & Plunges Strip into Darkness
    • Here are a very revealing question and answer: Question: Which crowded cities can you fire into? Answer: link to mondoweiss.net

    • Unfortunately, this and similar comments are more likely to be proved as wishful thinking.

      At least in the short term. The moral rot is already embedded in the governing powers in Israel and the United States so in the long term the decline and fall of both nations could be inevitable.

    • I believe we are witnessing the true end days for Israel, the tide of world opinion CAN turn against Zionism.

      Unfortunately, this and similar comments are more likely to be proved as wishful thinking. People with sufficient power can commit the worst of crimes against humanity and do so with impunity. Think Chile and Iraq's estimated half million children who died because of the sanctions and the untold numbered who were slaughtered and maimed in the illegal war on that nation. Many of the promoters of those crimes are honored and admired by many people and remain in positions of influence.

    • Israel Bombs Gaza back to Stone Age:

      and drags the United State deeper into a cesspool of barbarism.

  • U.N.: One Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza
  • Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future
    • The problem for the Israelis is that they would have to terminate the Zionist program of ethnic cleansing they have been working on for generations. They are not about to do that.

    • Better link for Obama and AIPAC - link to electionspeeches.com. Also try a search for "obama aipac speeches" for more

    • Obama has many levers to use, if he had the will. Instead, we continue to enable this horror, as we have done for decades.

      Check Obama's speeches before AIPAC and you'll understand why he goes along with Israel's right wing. - link to americanrhetoric.com

    • ...you’ll get your rights and your freedom if and when Israel decides to give them to you,..

      Or when some Arabs outbid the Israel Lobby for the favors of the political courtesans in Congress.

    • Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue,...

      If Israeli tourism revenue is affected badly enough, the lobby will just have to shake Congress for more aid.

  • Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians?
    • Well said. These unanimous votes make the senate and the house complicit in the slaughter in Gaza. Instead of calling for a diplomatic resolution, Congress essentially said, "Go ahead and do your thing" knowing full well what Israel's "thing" would be.

    • MSNBC hired Cenk Uygur, but when he showed some ethics and backbone he was fired. The days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite are long gone in the mainstream media.

    • ... the extremely pro-Israel John McCain.

      No surprise there. McCain would feel a kinship with any warmonger whose friends donate to his political campaigns. Then there was the time when his father helped to cover up the attack on the USS Liberty by the Israelis.

    • The problem is not only that pro-Likud people and their allies get so much face time on television, but it is compounded by complicity of anchors who let Israel's mouthpieces get away with their distortions. Has any anchor on the fawning corporate media ever responded to "Israel has a right to defend itself" with "Don't the Palestinians have a right to resist oppression"? Or, "What would the people of Israel do if they were under the jackboot of some repressive regime"?

    • Tariq Ali notes pro-Israel bias in the British and French media: Blinded by Israel, Visionless in Gaza: The Power and the Ignominy by TARIQ ALI - link to counterpunch.org

    • I actually think NBC is better than some others on this issue,

      Make that "NBC is not as bad as others."

      Apropos from Mondoweiss:

      Dear American media, I’m asking you to simply tell what’s happening in Gaza by Emily Manna - link to mondoweiss.net

      and

      CNN headline: “100 people killed today in Israel, Gaza fighting” by Adam Horowitz - link to mondoweiss.net

  • From Kerry to Selena Gomez & Rihanna, Israel's Claims of Precision, Compassion are Dissed
    • Maher lost me a long time ago when he said he admired Colin Powell - after Powell's contemptible speech at the UN on February 5, 2003 and the subsequent carnage from shock and awe in Baghdad.

    • We might all hope that your prognosis for a better future proves to be true, but I wouldn't bet on it. Shakespeare had Hamlet say, "Frailty, thy name is woman." It would have been more accurate if he had said, "Frailty, thy name is humankind." As long as the mainstream media are owned by supporters of Israel's right wing, there is little cause for optimism for future prospects.

    • And she is a university graduate. Clearly, U of NM didn't do much in moral enlightenment.

    • You always wonder where John Kerry the anti-Vietnam War activist went, who compared the US campaigns in Southeast Asia to the predations of the Mongols. It turns out he is still in there somewhere, just not allowed to appear before the cameras.

      John Kerry's body and mouth are obviously still around. The question is, "Where did his soul go?" Or, perhaps, "To whom did he sell his soul?"

  • Gaza meets the New Politics of the Middle East: "Islamic State," Egypt, Turkey
  • Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach & Israel's Precision War
    • "NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children" by Glenn Greenwald - link to firstlook.org

    • It looks like Mohyeldin in doubling down and may become persona non grata with the mainstream media for telling the turth.

      "‘Hamas… is putting their own people at risk’ — State Dep’t on Israel killing 4 boys on Gaza beach
      Philip Weiss " - link to mondoweiss.net ...

    • Nothing will change.

      Make that in the short term. CNN has been running a series on the Sixties (1960s, that is) in which the civil rights struggles were featured. There were many blacks in the South who believed nothing would change, but they proved to be wrong even if the job isn't complete.

      In those episodes there were scenes of brutal violence being inflicted on the blacks by the bigots. Those scenes were shocking, but they were minor compared with what the Israelis are inflicting on the Palestinians and have been inflicting on them for decades.

      One way to help make a change would be for some profile in courage to rise and emulate Joseph Welch at the McCarthy hearings in 1954 who said to that abysmal senator, "Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyer's Guild... Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator; you've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

      We would do well to start by posing that question to our politicians in the White House and Congress, " At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

    • The Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 should have been given to the doctors and other medical staff in Iraq who coped with the carnage there. The Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 should be given to the doctors and other medical staff in Gaza now coping with the consequences of Israel's vile, obscene and criminal barbarism.

    • That is, NBC just called the Israeli military bald-faced liars, because there were no Hamas militants on that beach, just children playing.

      I guess better late than never. One interesting aspect of this is the abhorrence provoked by the killing of these boys. There were "only" four boys killed. What about the dozens of children killed before them in this latest assault? And what about the hundreds killed during Operation Cast Lead?

      As for Israeli "intelligence" that is one of the most overrated qualities attributed to the Israelis. A few have had the sense to warn Israel it is on the path to bringing about its own demise, but the mass of Israelis go along with their mad leaders. This could end like Nazi Germany's end, but instead of the leaders committing suicide they might just make releasing their atomic bombs their a final act.

  • Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles
    • After the second Second World War there were no innocent Nazis there were only Nazis who were useful or no longer useful in the conflict that was about to develop between other two somewhat less nasty alternatives to the Nazis.

      There is room for debate on this point. There were Germans who were offended by the Nazi party but joined it to survive. Probably, many of them avoided practices they found offensive if they could. Oskar Schindler was a member of the Nazi party. No doubt Schindler and others in the party who avoided practicing immoral acts were in a small minority.

    • The vindictive and unfair treatment of Germany after WW I

      Clemenceau + Foch = Netanyahu + Avigdor Lieberman

  • Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send US Troops to an Iraq that Won't Defend Self?
    • I agree, but on domestic issues he at least puts up an appearance of adhering to the Constitution more than Bush2 did or Obama is doing. On Israel, unfortunately, he recently let the lobby know he was on their side. But, as I said, he would be the least evil - not the best choice.

    • If a poll were taken now among people capable of thinking for themselves, Rand Paul would have a very good chance of being considered the least evil of all likely early contenders - and that includes Hillary.

    • The only good idea Perry came up with was to have Texas secede from the Union.

  • The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu
    • Add this to Bibi's rap sheet:

      "Israel’s war crimes in Gaza: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu knows he has Official Washington so deeply in his pocket that he can get away with almost anything including the stealing of Palestinian land and the slaughtering of civilians in Gaza. Whatever his war crimes, Netanyahu will be excused, as Marjorie Cohn notes." - link to consortiumnews.com

    • @Chester C: Using "k" in "korporate Amerika" is a way of expressing dissent similar to flying a flag upside down. I'm in good company when I do it.

    • You are ignoring lessons that can be learned from the past.

    • Identify all the crimes against humanity committed by Israel and in many, if not most, cases you will find America complicit even, as in the case of the USS Liberty, when the victims were Americans and the crime was covered up by Americans at the highest level who sold the victims down the Mediterranean.

    • ...the US has paid and continues to pay for those crimes.

      The US has paid to some extent in the form of blowback, but I submit the punishment has been lighter than the crimes might call for - something like the slaps on banksters wrists for their crimes.

      An estimated half million children in Iraq died as a consequence of US-crafted and -maintained sanctions and the administrators at the highest levels are admired by many people, especially Washington's and korporate Amerika's elite - and raking in lots of loot.

    • As vile as the histories of Netanyahu and his predecessors are they come up short on crimes against humanity when compared with Uncle Sam. Four hundred years of slavery, ethnic cleansing of Native Americans, banana republics south of the border, on through Iraq sanctions and wars, with no end in sight.

  • The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted & Speaking Truth to Power
    • As if that old calumny has any purchase for anyone who knows something serious about the actual views of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, more bigoted persons than whom would be difficult to find.

      But if we look at Congress and the fawning corporate media nothing would be easier than to find equally bigoted lackeys.

  • Israel's Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn-Mowing
    • I do not know what the internal or external trigger event will be that causes the US to completely screw Israel,

      How about campaign finance reform?

    • I would have expected President Obama to call Israel and tell them to stop,

      Surely, you must be facetious or sarcastic. Accomplices rarely ever, if ever, try to change the way of arch criminals they align themselves with. And with elections coming up very few in Congress will risk the wrath of the Israel lobby.

  • Stop Saying 'If X fired Rockets at U.S.': It's Racist, & assumes we're Colonial
    • A democratic theocracy?

      Not possible. A theocracy is supposedly governed by "divine guidance" that is not given to considering the wishes of the people - as is supposed to be the case in a democracy. A theocracy is much less tolerant of the people than even our ruling oligarchy.

    • That ended in 2005. Also, native Gazans do not experience settlement of any confiscated land of theirs from any Israeli colonists, as there are no settlers in Gaza presently (again, ended in 2005).

      That's wonderful. So other than the stranglehold (low calorie allowances, restricted movement, etc.) Israel exerts what do the Gazans have to complain about?

    • The Zionists planned to take over the Palestine Territories long before the Holocaust. The Holocaust became an event Israelis used to bolster their agenda of transfer of Palestinians out of their homeland.

    • How does the “civilized world” (UN, US, EU, etc.) allow Israel to get away with this?

      The UN, US and EU are part of the civilized world?

    • Just a reminder that there are some Israelis who are still civilized.

      Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport: I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children by Mira Bar Hillel - link to independent.co.uk

      Unfortunately, none appear to be in the leadership.

    • How many more children must die before this barbarism is brought to an end?

      Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas by Kim Sengupta - link to independent.co.uk

    • Apropos of this topic:

      On Israel, Ukraine and Truth: The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s War by JOHN PILGER - link to counterpunch.org

      CNN: Palestinians Want to Die: Covering for Israeli War Crimes by DAVID SWANSON - link to counterpunch.org

    • The point is that firing rockets is a provocation that requires a severe response.

      If the Israeli responses over the years had been proportional, Israelis would not have been so vehemently criticized. It is because their response is so often in the order of you-kill-one-of-us-we'll-kill-a-hundred-of-yours that the international community - at least it's civilized members - are so hostile to Israel. The 100-to-1 formula was considered a war crime at Nuremberg.

      As for the "provocation" part is it not reasonable to see the oppressive occupation of Gaza as a provocation?

    • Consider that Iraq under Saddam Hussein didn't attack the US but Iraq was nevertheless viciously attacked only on the basis of lies generated by our neocon community who are now advising us on what to do about the Middle East and Ukraine. As for attacks coming from south of the border it is surprising in a way this hasn't occurred other than through the drug cartels if we consider how horribly and for how long the people of Central and South America have been abused by the United States - possibly much more than the United States has done to people in the Middle East.

  • ABC News' Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis
    • Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009 cost the Israeli government $1 billion for the military invasion...

      If I recall correctly, Congress rushed through a special measure to replenish the spent weaponry used by Israel to slaughter 1,300-plus Gazans.

    • She had to know. Or is a total numb skull.

      Could be either. There was an incident several years ago when a former beauty queen was transitioned into a media person. She asked for an opportunity to interview "that Gandhi woman" who at the time was the late Indira Gandhi.

  • Top 5 Reasons US Aid to "Moderate" Syrian Fighters is Quixotic
    • Given the competence of US attempts to build a democratic Iraq, there is no cause for optimism anywhere we are involved in the Middle East.

      Veterans not surprised Iraq's Army collapsed: Veterans who built, trained and advised the Iraqi Army explain why it crumbled so fast - link to america.aljazeera.com

      This article indicates some people were aware of the apparent theft and other forms of corruption in Iraq so why was nothing done about it? Potential whistleblowers aware of what happened to Bradley/Chelsea Manning?

    • Guerrillas need resources and admire winners, so groups with more resources that have more victories will pick up allies over time even if they are horrible groups.

      Nothing new there. In his history of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides noted that the smaller and weaker towns would align themselves with the side they considered the more powerful

  • Hardliners in Israel & Iran Resist US Pivot to Iran over ISIS
    • Anyone else noticing how many of the Iraq war pushers are making it back on MSM outlets with amazing ease.

      There has always been a continuing presence of Iraq war promoters on television and in the mainstream media with some of the more prominent culprits invited to give commencement speeches at so-called institutions of higher learning.

    • I really wish her voice of reason was more prevalent ...

      Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett are frequently featured at http://www.consortiumnews.com. Some of their work is archived at link to original.antiwar.com

    • "... and the Neocons are still trying to sow."

      Jim Lobe has noted a waning of influence in the neocon camp: "Neo-cons, hawks fail to gain Iraq traction: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East just as Sunni insurgents in Iraq extended their reach and captured a key border post with Syria. Back home, the hawks who propelled the US into war in Iraq 11 years ago are falling short in their efforts to persuade the public and Congress that the troops need to return. Click here for the latest news developments on Iraq." - link to atimes.com

      And, when Fox Newz challenges Cheney, we could be in for a brief spell of sanity or lessened insanity: "The Dick Cheney Problem: What Megyn Kelly Should Have Asked" by GARY LEUPP - link to counterpunch.org

    • But John Kerry, after his resounding success with the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, will now bring peace and reconciliation to Iraq.

  • Flashback: All the Ways the Neocons were Wrong about Iraq
    • And they are still given prominent stages to voice their unrepentant opinions.

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