• Andrew

    Frankly, I’m getting really sick of hearing about the fucking “Israelis” and fucking “Palestinians” and their inability to get along with each other.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Fear is an easy thing to unleash, much more difficult to reign in.

      1. Allow fear to overtake your judgment

      2. Commit “pre-emptive” violence over a hypothetical threat, thereby

      3. Create an actual immediate threat which the counterparty cannot ignore

      Lather, rinse, repeat.

      Americans have much less excuse for our behaviour. We aren’t immediate parties to the action, so you’d hope that our wonderfully “wise” leaders would try to bring a little objectivity to the situation.

      Nope.

      We’re stonewalling Hamas because they’re a terror organization. Even if you’re inclined to gloss over the question of whether the IDF might equally qualify given the disproportionality of their actions, Hamas still has to be respected as the only party really capable of enforcing a cease fire.

      Netanyahu made a BIG mistake in taking advantage of “peace” negotiations to off the only guy capable of fulfilling any deals.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eric.fischer.73 Eric Fischer

        Unless he whole point of taking out Jabari was to prevent any ceasefire before israel had a chance to flex its muscle a bit.
        New column from the War Nerd gives the best analysis I’ve heard yet (as usual)
        http://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/lucian-truscott-iv

    • Haystack

      The Palestinians are suffering under a military occupation of their land, economic blockade and system of military checkpoints that makes it impossible for them to lead normal lives. The idea that this is simply about the two sides learning to “get along with each other” is just a rationalization. Were these same excesses being committed by China, or Iran, we wouldn’t have any trouble naming it for what it is.

      And when unfettered Israeli militarism starts creating tensions with Russia and Russia’s allies–that’s something that can get us all nuked if we don’t put a check on it.

  • emperorreagan

    Next headline: Israel bombs everyone with a camera.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      I’m sure that fits the bill from Murdoch’s point of view–also distracts from some domestic unpleasantness.

      Just read last night that 3 new criminal charges were filed against former News International execs–meaning that Rupert could be forced to give up his American media holdings under The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

      • Rex Vestri

        On a related note:
        Murdoch wants to get his mitts on the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is trying
        to change the agency’s ownership rules to pave the way for Murdoch to
        get exactly what he wants. Worse, Genachowski and Murdoch are keeping
        this all very hush-hush, hoping you won’t notice.

        If the FCC proposal passes, one company could own the major daily
        newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in your town.
        And that one company could be your Internet provider, too.

        Here’s a petition to sign telling the FCC to stop it:
        http://act.freepress.net/sign/murdoch_powergrab/?source=share

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Thanks for the link to the petition. Shared on FB.

  • InfvoCuernos

    I don’t think this issue would even be resolved if someone detonated a nuke in Jerusalem. I’m sure the blame train would just provide reason for the US to go into Iran. Maybe if there were simultaneous detonations in Terran and (hate to even say it) DC. What a mess. Thanks Britain.

  • Par

    Hmm… too goddamned bad.

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    I’m still wondering why Israel has been sitting in Gaza launching rockets at itself.

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