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robert shore

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  • Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians?
    • It is absolutely outrageous how organizations like AIPAC and the World Jewish Congress have convinced Congress that they are the spokesmen for Jews in this country, whereas in fact there are thousands of Jews like myself who hold diametrically opposite views, and are utterly appalled at the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza, and the dreadful current Israeli massacre of Gazans. Tikkun recently quoted an American rabbi who said that his congregation would have no problem if he criticized God in addressing them, but that he would lose his job if he dared say one word critical of Israel. Our Congress has been sold a bill of goods to the effect that poor Israel wants nothing more than peace and now has to fight for its survival against the Hamas terrorist onslaught, necessitating the slaughter of hundreds of Gazan civilians and unbelievable destruction of the impoverished and barely functioning Gazan infrastructure including hospitals and water supply. What an utterly shameful state of affairs. Our heartfelt thanks to Juan Cole for his efforts to present a truthful view.

  • Will Avigdor Lieberman's return as Israeli Foreign Minister scupper Talks with Palestinians?
    • Dear Juan,

      Following up on your writing today, "Avigdor Lieberman, the Moldovan night club bouncer, is now foreign minister of Israel. [The charge against Iran that it threatened to wipe Israel off the map is untrue.]", would you consider writing a brief letter to the New York Times refuting this charge which keeps coming up over and over again even though it has been pointed out numerous times that it was a mistranslation (perhaps intentional) of a statement by Ahmandinejad. In today's NYT here is Roger Cohen writing: "For a country like Iran that has threatened Israel with destruction and engaged in international terrorism, the bar must be much higher on the right to low-level, highly monitored, peaceful enrichment." Please consider writing such a letter. It would be doing a great service.

      My thanks and best regards,
      Robert

  • Pakistani family testifies to empty room on Hill about US Drone that killed Granny
    • What I can't understand is if the Pakistani government really does not condone the drone strikes why doesn't Pakistan do something about them? Surely the Pakistan army or airforce is capable of shooting down drones. It's very difficult for me to believe that Pakistan isn't complicit in the drone strikes which clearly violate Pakistan sovereignty.

      Robert Shore

  • Elites Stick together against Us: Feinstein Slams NSA Merkel Tap
  • Why our Hair is not on Fire about Cutting Emissions, and what to do about it (Giesen)
    • Tom Giesen states ten cogent and completely valid reasons why so little is being done to counter the enormous threat to the world posed by the inexorable rise in emissions of greenhouse gases. I have no argument whatsoever with these rational explanations. To them, however, I would like to suggest the existence of irrational forces at work in our psyches that may also play a role. There is a a strange kind of desire to witness, for example, an increasing frequency of extreme weather conditions and coastal flooding of increasing magnitude, a kind of fascination and excitement in contemplating a coming global catastrophe of enormous proportions. One reason for this may be the horror we all have of our own deaths and the closing of the small windows in time in which we are conscious, with the world continuing on in its richness without our being here to experience it. Some of this horror may be reduced if the world as we know it will be coming to an end. We won't be missing so much by not being alive. These are speculations, of course. I don't know how big a role, if any, these irrational forces may play in making it more difficult for concerted action to be taken in countering global warming. But I sense them at work in myself and would not be surprised to know that they are present in many of us although we may not want to admit to ourselves that they are there.

  • Historic UNSC Condemnation of Israel, and of Gaza Blockade;
    World Body Demands release of Aid Activists, Ships
    • Dear Mr. Cole,

      This is not directly related to your splendid piece on the Israeli attack on the Gaza-aid flotilla. The online SundayTimes (not the NYT) reported that Israel is stationing three submarines armed with nuclear cruise missiles off the coast of Iran (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7140282.ece). This is truly horrifying if true. I've not seen this reported elsewhere and wanted to ask you if the article is verifiable.

      Many thanks.

      Best regards,
      Robert Shore

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