Category: The Middle East

The shoah must go on…

 On Friday, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai threatened a “shoah” on Gaza in response to qassam rocket fire directed at Ashkelon. “Shoah” is a Hebrew term for “big disaster” and is often used to describe the Holocaust. Vilnai’s comment to Israeli Army Radio (according to a CNIF bulletin): “The more Qassam fire intensifies and …

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Plethoric pandering

 I had hoped, in part because he seemed like a nice-enough guy, that Mike Huckabee would not descend to the level of pandering epitomized by the other Republican candidates.  There were warning signs last fall, when he revealed he was getting up to speed on Middle East issues by reading books written by far-right messianic …

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Breaking the Silence

 Yehuda Shaul is live on C-Span now.  He’s a former IDF commander and co-founder of Breaking the Silence.  He’s showing slides and talking about the systematic degradation of Palestinians by the IDF.  Very interesting and hopefully helpful.  The follow-up questions seem to indicate a friendly/sympathetic audience, but I missed a few minutes (and just noticed …

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Jacob Heilbrunn

 Here’s the comment I left yesterday on the Washington Post’s ridiculous opinion piece “5 myths about neoconservatism” by Jacob Heilbrunn, a senior editor at The National Interest (founded by the grandaddy of all neocons, Irving Kristol)… +++  Asking a senior editor of The National Interest to debunk neocon myths is about like asking Stalin to …

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Clinton, Obama, and Cluster Bombs

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-rees/clinton-obama-and-clust_b_84811.html For those of you who will be voting tomorrow on “Super Tuesday” and days following, this post has some relevance to the wee little “droppings” Israel left all over south Lebanon during the last days of its war with Hezbollah (or, as I still call it, “The Rape of Lebanon”)… +++ Clinton, Obama, and …

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To an Israeli friend

 I like Barak more for what his election would say to the world and about us as Americans, than for his positions or his personality.  I think Arun Ghandi stated something similar.  I have seen Mrs. Bill Clinton (really, that’s her only credential, isn’t it?) operate for many years, and am unimpressed.  The victimized female …

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A rough guide to Hebron

 Yehuda Shaul sounds like an interesting (and courageous) fellow:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/a-rough-guide-to-hebron-the-worlds-strangest-guided-tour-highlights-the-abuse-of-palestinians-773018.html

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