Category: Foreign Policy

Faux news

 You’re taking the Washington Times to task for helping smear Valerie Plame?  That’s like chastising the New York Post for helping Israel attack Jimmy Carter, or Faux News for helping keep George Bush’s insanity hidden from his shrinking pool of doting admirers.  In the interest of triangulating the truth from multiple “news” sources, you have to occasionally sip the poison cool-aid that these propagandists dispense, but their “signal” is at best vague and distorted by static.  Honing in on the … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/03/17/faux-news/

Flying spittle

 I can imagine that in Mr. Greenberg’s mind, any modern comparison to the Holocaust is tantamount to its diminution/dilution and therefore an insult to the Jews’ well-documented suffering.  Also well-documented is the rage provoked by exposing the hypocrisy of Jewish nationalists.  Just ask Jesus…

If Greenberg didn’t like your comments, I’m sure he’s thrilled with fellow Jew Norman Finkelstein, who equates the Holocaust with an “industry” designed to rake in billions of dollars in perpetuity.  Arabs are supposed to get … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/03/14/flying-spittle/

Close call

 Friends,

Four years ago this week, I forwarded this now-prescient speech by Ray Close:

https://levantium.com/2003/02/09/war-coming/

It’s a long read, but remarkable in how accurately he anticipated the problems that would arise from this administration’s folly.  Well worth reading a second time (or a first, if you’re relatively new to this list).

I called Mr. Close this morning, after re-reading his speech.   I was curious about a section in it where he more or less restates the administration’s spin on Iraq’s … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2007/03/12/close-call/

Pray for the little ones

The concluding paragraph of Fisk’s end-of-year summary:

If Lebanon survives into next year, it will be the only “democracy” in the Arab world to have done so. Afghanistan is crumbling, Iraq is already a mass grave. The Palestinians face their own inter-factional catastrophe. But desperate for the help of Syria and Iran to ease his trapped legions from Iraq, Bush is now urged to deal with Israel’s Arab opponents. By year’s end, the UN’s tribunal investigator was no longer blaming … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2006/12/29/pray-for-the-little-ones/

Space: the final affront

I’ve been thinking about your theory lately, that the never-ending war in Iraq exists because GW needs/wants to avenge his father’s honor after Uncle Saddam tried to kill him (can’t imagine why, can you?)…  It’s an interesting idea, but I just can’t accept that a US President can order the world’s most lethal military into action on such a whimsical notion.  There has to be a cabal surrounding him who are equally motivated in selling such an adventure by wrapping … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2006/10/31/space-the-final-affront/

Shock & awe

Shocked!  World leaders are “shocked” by the outcome of the Palestinian democratic elections.  Cable TV’s faux news experts are breathlessly analyzing “what it all means” when people half a world away won’t vote the way we want them to…

Let’s  see if we can break it down:  With great fanfare and general acclamation (by those same world leaders) Fatah assumes management of an occupied Palestine after Israel tires of the administrative headaches, the expense, and the really bad PR that … [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2006/02/05/shock-and-awe/

Lines, lines, everywhere lines

I noticed the other day that the border between Israel and the Sinai is not a straight line.  About halfway across, between Gaza and Aqaba, the border has a couple of protrusions into the Egyptian side (there are other places, but these are the most noticeable).  Does anyone know the history of how this border was decided?

Photograph is of an Israeli border check.  http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2011/05/02/our-stories-overlap-passover-in-palestine/ or http://bit.ly/qZF1Ef or http://tinyurl.com/3ha7j5k [more]

Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2005/12/10/lines-lines-everywhere-lines/