30 July 2014

More rockets at UNWRA place? Guess what...

The story is getting somewhat boring by now:

The United Nations agency that looks after Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday it had found a cache of rockets at one of its schools in the Gaza Strip and deplored those who had put them there.

United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness condemned those responsible for placing civilians in harm's way by storing the rockets at the school but he did not specifically blame any particular party.
Frankly, I don't blame Mr Gunness or his colleagues from UNRWA for being unable to name the party involved.
After all, when a person is dressed like this, it's difficult to name him/them.

Anyway, there is somebody to blame for the rockets staying where they are:
Gunness said the body had called in a U.N munitions expert to dispose of the rockets and make the school premises safe, and added that he could not get to the site due to fighting in the area.
You know what it means...

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to check thousands of websites for breaking news.
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29 July 2014

An attempt at a dialog with people who think differently

There are different kinds shades of criticism leveled at Israel during the Gazan war. Some of it, of more virulent category, couldn't and, possibly, shouldn't be answered at all.

Some of it, on the other hand, is of more benign character, produced by well meaning people who just want to see us (Israel) behaving differently. Exchange of opinion with people of this category sometimes ends in flaming, usually mutual, with accusations of fascism from one side and antisemitism from the other and other such "accessories" of a spirited discussion, when people lose patience or are simply out of arguments.

A typical environment of such exchange of opinions, frequently spiraling into an exchange of insults is Facebook. Its format discourages a sedentary preparation of arguments, being rather more suited to short sentences and short tempers.

So what I've decided to do is to try and marry the short tempered dialog of FB with a rather more free flowing Blogger. I have chosen a lively discussion from Facebook to start with. I'll try to faithfully copy the parts I disagree with, including the original post and all comments up to the last available at this point and respond to the salient points. Without flaming, with the possible minimum of undue sarcasm and personal "notices" of any kind.

Of course, it is up to the participants to respond or to ignore this post, but it may be interesting to see whether we can proceed from here. So:

Lisa Goldman

So I gather the new narrative is that the army "suddenly" discovered the tunnel network in Gaza and saved the people of Israel from hordes of armed, murderous terrorists poised to swarm up through holes in the ground and kill or abduct everyone in sight. Dudes. This is bullshit. Pity no-one's paid attention to the fact that (a) the army has known about those tunnels for well over a year now; and (b) there's no way to destroy all of them, or to destroy them permanently. On the other hand, if there were no blockade there'd be no need for tunnels.
There are two different statements in the first sentence:

The first one about whether the army discovered the tunnels only right now. As far as I know, no one claims so. Besides, it is impossible to support, at least not since the abduction of Gilad Shalit. The army certainly knew about the tunnels, but there are three reasons that caused it not to act earlier: 1) they underestimated the number of tunnels, as witness this article, helpfully provided by Ari Remez (in 2013 they talk about 3 [three] tunnels); 2) the usual Israeli slovenly "Ihie Beseder" ("it will be OK") and 3) lack of ability to discover the tunnels, as it appears.
The second statement in this same sentence, re the swarming up hordes of terrorists. Since the beginning of the war, there were already several cases of such "swarming". Which ended in quite a few of our soldiers dead. And I just don't want to think about what might happen if  even five or ten well equipped terrorists succeed to infiltrate a defenseless kibbutz or moshav. Let alone "hordes".

 "there's no way to destroy all of them" If there were a way to detect/discover all of them, I am sure the way to destroy all of them could be found. It is the detecting part where we failed so far.
"On the other hand, if there were no blockade there'd be no need for tunnels."
Lisa Goldman

End the blockade and treat Palestinians like human beings.
Lisa Goldman

Doesn't anyone pay attention to the fact that the blockade hasn't stopped the rockets?
I have chosen to group the three above statements together, since they have one common theme: the blockade as the source of the strife between Gaza and Israel. Unfortunately, this is a clear attempt to resolve the chicken and egg issue in a way that suits the solver. There is a (very short) history of blockade of Gaza that doesn't require a long study, since it started in 2005 - not a long time ago, as anyone would agree.

The so called "disengagement" led by Arik Sharon was supposed to create a new era of neighborhood relationships and a happy free Gaza. But road to hell is paved with good intentions, and for the rest you better read this Wiki entry and the article It's time to bust the ‘Israeli blockade led to Hamas rockets’ myth, from which I shall only quote a bit:
Here is the widely believed fallacy: the Israeli blockade of Gaza led to the firing of Hamas rockets from Gaza.

And here is the little known truth: it was the firing of Hamas rockets from Gaza that led to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

The fallacy distorts our understanding of why these escalations keep happening and what will make a durable peace possible. The fallacy frames the Israeli blockade of Gaza as motiveless and cruel at best, demonic at worst, while it presents the firing of Hamas rockets on Israeli civilians as acts of resistance. The fallacy makes us think that if only Israel "lifted the blockade" then peace would break out.

The fallacy spreads because of ignorance.
And I warmly recommend to all to read this Agreement on Movement and Access to finesse the point. Unfortunately, it was in another era, the one of hope...
Gary Spedding

The closure of Gaza dates back to well before 2006 though.

Gary Spedding

The blockade on Gaza began long before Hamas came to power | +972 Magazine
But you see, Garry, the article you linked to doesn't mention the first two years since the "disengagement", nor does it go into the plans for the future, nurtured by both sides at the time (such as the above linked Agreement on Movement and Access). So how can you take it as a gospel?
Ghazala Mehboob Irshad

It's so simple & obvious: Why not end the siege that spawned the tunnels in the first place? I really want to know why Israel doesn't get this, or why they are deliberately ignoring it if they do??
If it only were that simple and onbvious, Ghazala. How do you think Hamas (and Islamic Jihad and other smaller gangs) will use the free access to foreign goods? How do you think an organization that has in its charter the goal of destroying Israel will use that freedom? Don't you think that it will be used for getting better and more murderous weaponry flowing into Gaza?
Ghazala Mehboob Irshad

Thanks Mira & Uri for helping me better understand where Israel may be coming from. Mira, did you know that this weekend Khaled Meshaal told CBS that Hamas wants to coexist with Israelis, so long as they are not occupiers.
I am afraid that you have misread what Meshaal really said, Ghazala, here is a quote from the article:
"I'm ready to coexist with the Jews, with the Christians and the Arabs and non-Arabs," he said. "However, I do not coexist with the occupiers."
There are two points I would like you to consider:
  • First of all, he said "with the Jews" and not "with the Israelis".
  • Second point is that term "occupiers". It is well known that the whole territory of Israel is considered by Hamas to be "occupied".
If you put both points together and consider this as well:
Pressed on whether Palestinians could recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state, Meshaal reiterated Hamas' position -- the group does not recognize Israel.
, you shall see that nothing effectively changed in the hardcore Hamas position. Maybe, just maybe, Hamas will consider to have some dhimmy Jews living under its rule in the future "greater Palestine" - from the river to the sea...
Ghazala Mehboob Irshad

But again, what do hospitals like Al Shifa, housing hundreds of patients & also serving as a refugee camp, have to do with tunnels? I can't think of any justification for multiple incidents like this. This doesn't look like a pinpoint operation to me.
Please consider this, Ghazala:
At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling “unity government” in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.
Clearly the use of a hospital as a war time HQ is a war crime, wouldn't you agree?
Ari Remez

and (c) if these tunnels reach Israel, then theoretically there is no need to invade gaza in order to destroy them.
Tunnels you mention, Ari, run from a few hundred meters to a few kilometers under the Gaza territory. If you destroy only the parts that lie under the Israeli territory, these much shorter parts could be dug again in a very short time.
Lisa Goldman

Uri Zaki, that's right: if there were no blockade, there would be no need for tunnels. In fact, if there were no blockade Hamas would not be in power and would probably not even have the money for the tunnels--much of which they accumulated via the 20% tax they impose on the smuggling tunnels, which are only there because the Israeli blockade prevents free import/export.
To remind you, Lisa, Hamas was a democratically chosen political force, elected by majority of Gazans a way before the blockade started. As a matter of fact, the election and its consequences was what triggered the blockade to starts with. The statement "no blockade - no Hamas" is fanciful to say the least.
Ari Remez

The tunnels have become no doubt the new argument for everything. The people in Gaza are poor? it's because of the tunnels!!! The evil Hamas spent all their money on the B-movie scenario Lisa wrote above... ooops but the Shin Bet say the Hamas spend less than 14% of their budget on security,,,,, this coming from a state that spent 10bil NIS anually on it's plan to bomb Iran alone. (not to mention nuclear weapons and the rest of the miltary budget).
Do you think, Ari, that had Hamas spent 0% of its budget on what you call "security", these Zionists would have continued attacking the Gaza Strip and blockading it? I think not. And I hardly know anyone who thinks differently.

By the way, all that concrete that went into tunnels could have built a hell of a lot of new housing and all these pipes that went into Qassam and M75 rockets could have served as a hell of a lot of water and sewage conduits. And Gaza constantly complains about the lack of building materials and water and sewage piping. As you probably know.
Ari Remez

The army is showing off with these hi tech gizmos they use to locate the tunnels from ground level. I just don't understand why the same action cannot be done from within Israel.
The two articles linked above amply illustrate the inability of IDF to locate the tunnels.
Lisa Goldman

Because the popular appetite is to smash Gaza.
I can only cringe at this statement. And I promised no flaming earlier, so... let it stand alone.
Lisa Goldman

I hesitate to take the word of experts like Roni Daniel or any other military correspondent. These guys are simply not independent journalists, especially not during this war. They are just parroting what the IDF tells them to say.
I think that mentioning Roni Daniel as an expert on anything wasn't necessary, anyway I can only again point to the above linked articles on the subject, one of the two from Haaretz.
Lisa Goldman

Hamas is not weak - at least not in Gaza, and especially not now that they've established themselves as the "resistance" to Israel. Abbas has no power. Israel has no desire for a ceasefire at the moment. And Sisi is not in a rush to stop Israel from pounding away at the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood for a while longer. It serves his purpose quite well.
Either Hamas is weak and will be discarded by the people of Gaza the moment the blockade is over or it isn't weak - can't be both at the same time.
Gaylen Ross

What's more upsetting is not whether Bibi is right but that his ratings are soaring. What does this say not about the right wing but the majority of Israelis not? I don't think that the numbers were like this in support during the 2008/09 incursion or am i wrong?
You are not wrong, Gaylen, but the explanation is quite clear: the greater Tel-Aviv area, which is a place where half (or more?) of our country, including about 80% of the country's lefties (rough guesstimate) are located, wasn't a target of Hamas rocket scientists. Until now.
Nasser Weddady

At this rate, the debate will be: "Is Gaza occupied above or underground?" beyond that rhetorical jab, the fact is that tunnels or no tunnels, the current israeli government will never ease its grip on Gaza until Hamas gives entirely on its armed wing. Even then, experience shows that the Israeli establishment will shrug and still say... but they hate us, so we're not going to change our policies. Otherwise, what's the endgame here?
I am not sure, Nasser, which experience you have in mind, but if I could assume for a moment the role of an average Israeli, I have to say: stop trying to kill us and then do what you want with your freedom of movement, free trade, free seaport, free airport etc. Just like it was planned in 2005.

This is it more or less, I have ignored repetitive statement or references to fascism, antisemitism etc., of which there weren't a whole lot, thank goodness.

River In China Turns Bloody Red Overnight, Zionists deny involvement



Check this out:
Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau said they have not found the cause of the incident, although water samples seem to indicate the suspicious color was a result of illegal dumping in the river.
A spokesperson for the Elders' HQ stated:
  • This natural phenomenon has nothing to do with the alleged predilection of certain people to consume food items that include human (gentile, for preference) blood.
  • There are definitely no grounds for the malicious rumor about the said people cleaning up their blood reservoirs once a year in preparation for intake of freshly collected gentiles' blood.
  • The author of the Facebook post that promoted the theory about a malfunctioning valve that caused the blood from the said (non-existing) reservoir to spill into the Elders' underground network of waterways, crisscrossing the whole world to enable the movement of Elders' six foot lizards, was located and punished.
  • The so called "map" of the said waterways, attached to the Facebook posting, appears to be in fact the map of Schiaparelli canals on Mars.
  • The promotion of the inspector from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau to the post of Inspector-General of Wenzhou Environmental Protection has nothing to do with traces of blood or any other such nonsense.
So there.

Keep tweeting, Ayatollah Khamenei, just keep it up

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei admitted to providing support for Hamas in Gaza, in a series of hateful tweets against Israel on Sunday and Monday.
Nice to know, so what else is new? Oh, possibly this:
The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country in which a consensus on the Palestinian issue exists between the regime and its people. Together with popular support for the Palestinian fighters, the [Iranian] regime also provides important aid to the Palestinian fighters, including military weaponry… This measure by the Islamic Republic – arming the Palestinian groups – is carried out publicly, and not in secret, and has even been publicly emphasized by the leader [Khamenei]
Nah, that's fairly old stuff too.

Slow day or something?

28 July 2014

He came, he saw, he muddled.

This is not bad, not bad at all.

Oh - and this is crap, pure undiluted crap.

Ruminations of a male chauvinist pig (or Left, Right, Left, Right...)

Mira Bar Hillel, an ex-Israeli lady that resides in UK for the last 40 years or so, earning her wages by publishing piss-poor anti-Israeli crap in rags like Intependent and Guardian, went public with a scary advance notice to the people of Israel:

Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport

So what is the reason Ms Bar Hillel provides for this fateful decision? Here it is, in the lede:

I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children

Continued with the following harangue:
She is young. She is pretty. She is a university graduate and a computer engineer. She is also an Israeli Parliamentarian - and the reason why I am on the brink of burning my Israeli passport. Because behind that wide-eyed innocent face lurks the Angel of Death.
Pompous, envious and, most important, dumb, like the rest of this piece. Dumb like many other similar pieces authored by her (you can easily find them on the intertubes).

As for Ms Shaked: I am not sure that she condones the deaths in terms Ms Bar Hillel ascribes to her, but I did learn one thing about the lady: she is unpardonably stupid. So stupid that even our august parliamentary body (that has its share of IQ-challenged ladies and gentlemen), got hit hard, as far as its average IQ* is concerned, with addition of Ms Shaked.

Now I am in a quandary here. One is supposed to take sides in such debate, but how does a man choose between exceedingly dumb and extraordinarily stupid? So, like any male in my position (and you know what it is that men think about most of the time, don't you?), I fell back to visual aids:

Mira Bar Hillel
Ayelet Shaked
So, after some more ruminations, I think I have a decision.

Go ahead, Ms Bar Hillel, burn the darn passport! You don't really need or want it anyhow, do you? I know we all here will suffer the consequences, but I hope it is not terminal.

Oh, and ladies: pox on both your houses, if I am allowed to express a wish.

(*) I wonder, shouldn't we replace the IQ measure for all politicians with SQ?

P.S. and a short historical reference.

And a few replacements of that burned already (I hope) passport:

Rule 5 corollary: power of observation


After reading the text, I am simply ashamed to ask...

27 July 2014

Lisa Goldman and the art of clipped narrative

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce
It is absolutely normal for two persons to disagree about politics. For two Jews it is absolutely normal to have four contrary opinions on one subject and argue all four vehemently, foaming at the mouth not excluded. However, there is one element of the debate that should be preserved intact: the factual base (the history, if you will) the debate is about. When one side of the debate starts manipulation of the facts, there is no knowing where it will end.

I have already described some differences of opinion on various subjects I have with Lisa Goldman. Mostly on interpretation of events, some wildly "creative", but not on the substance of the facts the creativity is based upon.

The latest opinion piece by Lisa in Globe and Mail The Gaza war has done terrible things to Israeli society is a troubling example of such manipulation - an artful clipping of a narrative that not only changes the tone of the story but impacts our ability to adjudge its protagonists. Here comes a list of the relevant elements of the latest Gaza war story (I will omit, for example, the decision by the writer Sayed Kashua to leave Israel for greener pastures), as recorded in this article. I shall also withhold my personal opinion of the whole for now, leaving it for somewhere down the post, if at all:
  1. Mobs of hyper nationalist youth rampaged through Israel, the rampage culminating in the abduction and horrific murder of a 17 year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, from East Jerusalem.
  2. This orgy of internecine violence was sparked by the mid-June abduction of three Jewish teenage boys – Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and and Eyal Yifrah – who were hitchhiking in the West Bank. (1)
  3. Violent demonstration on both sides of the divide ensued. The rage spread to the Galilee and other regions of the country. (2)
  4. ...oops, something is missing here, methinks.
  5. "And then the Israeli military announced its third military assault on Gaza in less than six years. The purpose of the operation, announced the government, was to destroy Hamas’s military capacity..." etc.
If you read the above narrative, without noticing that missing item #4, it becomes quite clear what happened: Israeli government decided to avenge the death of three Jewish boys by a bloodbath in Gaza - isn't it straight and simple?

Yes, as clear as the fact that a cop shot a criminal without a reason (if you didn't know that the criminal shot at the cop first).
As clear as the fact that Israel increased its territory allocated to it by UN in 1948 by going to war with its neighbors  (if you are unaware of the fact that it is Arabs who initiated the war in the first place).
As clear as the fact that Israel easily won the 1967 Six-Day War by dastardly attacking its neighbors first (if you weren't told that Egypt blocked the Straits of Tiran quite some time before the war started, practically and legally declaring war on Israel).

Etc. And all that because the author of the article omitted one (item 4) vital pertinent fact: that Hamas switched from the usual daily drizzle of Qassams (3) to a massive bombardment immediately after the (horrific, indeed) murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir(4). Which bombardment continued for several days before IDF made some serious steps toward entering the war. A person (even living as far as New York) who is interested in goings-on in our neck of the woods and didn't see the pictures of our soldiers cooling their feet near the border day after day, waiting for the command, must be really detached...

So that's it for the main point on our menu. Now for clarifications and a general response to that article.

(1) Interestingly, Lisa has chosen to start the narrative of the events preceding the war from the murder of the Arab boy, which chronologically follows that of the three Jewish boys. In literature flashbacks are a useful tool sometimes, in history lessons - I wonder about the purpose of it. I don't wonder about the effect on the reader, though.

(2) For some reason there is no reference to the gruesome fact that during the violent events mentioned, the Israeli Arab "protesters" (e.g. in the Arab "corridor" of Wadi Ara) stopped the passing cars, asked whether the passengers/driver are Jewish and in case of a positive answer beat the passengers and burned cars.

(3) How many rockets, launched at Israel per day, should be considered normal? Just asking...

(4) Doesn't the author feel that there was a lack of proportion between Israeli citizens' response to the murder of three Jewish boys and Palestinian citizens' response to the murder of Arab boy?

And now to the main thread of the article, which is aptly covered by its headline, to remind you: "The Gaza war has done terrible things to Israeli society".

Sorry, the headline is false and misleading - no less than the omission of a pivotal fact described above. It is not just the Gaza war (which one is meant, by the way? - go figure) that has done these terrible things to our society. It is the long line of events following the Oslo accords - the two Intifadas, the incessant lies and double tongue of late Yasser, the events that followed our "disengagement" from Gaza, the ascendance of Hamas with its (really) genocidal charter, the incessant rockets. As one of the former Israeli left, who waved the flag and cheered the peacemakers of Oslo, who applauded Sharon, the implacable warrior who decided to give Gaza its independence, I vouch for the total falsity of this headline, and so will thousands (nay, hundreds of thousands) of other Israelis, our hopes crushed to hell by this period. If the "let's all just get along" left has been decimated in Israel, it is not because of some mysterious ascendance of the diabolical right wing, but mostly because of disillusion and loss of faith.

On emotional level, here is what counts, and it is said by a better man (with all due respect) than Sayed Kashua - David Grossman:
Today, in an Israel that has known so much disappointment, hope (if ever mentioned at all) is always hesitant, a bit timid, and apologetic. Despair, on the other hand, is utterly confident and self-assured, as if speaking on behalf of a law of nature, an axiom that states that between these two peoples there shall never be peace, that the war between them is a heavenly decree, and that altogether, it will always be bad here, nothing but bad. As despair sees it, anyone who still hopes, who still believes in the possibility of peace, is at best naïve, or a deluded dreamer, and at worst, a traitor who weakens Israel’s wherewithal by encouraging it to be seduced by false visions.
And now to more logical arguments from another good man, who, accidentally, is not a  right-winger: Jonathan Zausmer's article To my friends on the left (truth is sometimes a bitter pill):
There is no easy way forward. The conflict is greater, deeper and more problematic than the previous operations in Gaza. Resilience is the word. Israel has all the means to create a changed reality but at this early time, the other side has generated initiative. Things will change but there is no place for a gentleman’s draw. If and when Hamas is demilitarized or the rocket capability eviscerated, options for meaningful negotiation may follow. So for those of you my friends on the left, who are leaning back on familiar formulas, please find a place in front of the herd, not behind it. After this conflict a lot of creative thinking will be needed to move peace onto the urgent agenda of our national priorities.
I don't know whether I shall live to see that which is mentioned in the last sentence. I wish to, though...

And the last remark: one of the things that bothers the Western lefties is the current Israeli consensus. Especially the point about Bibi's sky-high poll numbers. Well, tell you what, my leftie friends: the greater Tel-Aviv area, which is a place where half (or more?) of our country, including about 80% of the country's lefties (rough guesstimate) wasn't a target of Hamas rocket scientists. Until now.

Capisce?

P.S. And here is a typical result of the clipped narrative of the kind described in this post:

Open letter to all the evildoers: time to shit or to get off the pot


Via Louise.

Your Words, Not Mine


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26 July 2014

It's all about the goblin - for lovers of fantasy

A goblin is a legendary evil or mischievous creature, a grotesquely evil or evil-like phantom.

The author of this fantasy is Petr Borisovich Mordkovich, an author and an Israeli citizen. For reasons unnecessary to explain, he writes in Russian. He keeps a blog under pseudonim Bormor.


The fairy tale is butchered translated using Google Translate with some assistance from yours truly.

A word of caution: don't start reading if you don't intend to get to the end of the story, since the lesson (every fairy tale has a lesson, you know) is in the last sentence. So:

***

- The ad says that you have a quest to offer - half-elf said to the Burgomeister, - But it doesn't explain the essence of the quest. Could you clarify?
- Well, everything is simple - the Burgomeister shrugged . - Do you see that hill? There is a goblin there with a mortar. And he shells the city periodically. That's the whole problem.
- Yeah, of course, I see. So we have to kill the goblin ...
- What you are saying, no, G_d forbid!? - Burgomeister waved his arms in panic. - In no case could the goblin be killed!
- Why? - the Dwarf asked, surprised. - It's just a goblin!
- That's it exactly! If we kill him, the world community will say that it is genocide, and that we are racists...
- So what? Let the world community say what it wants.
- And send troops - grimly added Burgomeister.
- Hmm ... thought the half-elf aloud. - You mean, this motherfucker is shooting at you from a grenade launcher, and you suffer and do not dare to fight back?
- We don't dare - shrugged Burgomeister. - Otherwise, we'll be called aggressors.
- Well, and if, for example, instead of killing the goblin, you drive him away somewhere far enough?
- From his hill? Impossible. They will call us occupiers.
- Catch him and take away the launcher?
- Robbers.
- Lock him up with his mortar? .. Okay, okay, do not answer, - half-elf added quickly when Burgomeister opened his mouth. - I get it. Indeed, an interesting case.
- Well, what do you want from us? - Princess broke into the conversation. - You can't kill, can't disarm, to catch or to chase impossible too, so what is left? Re-education? It is not our profile.
- No, of course not... For re-education to work we would have called a psychologist. But, by the way, then the world community would blame us in applying psychological pressure.
- And desecrating indigenous traditions - added Gnome, shaking his head. - Shooting at humans from a grenade launcher - it's goblins' holy and sacred tradition!
- That's it - happily exclaimed Burgomeister - now you see what I mean.
- Well, so what is required by the quest then? - The Princess barged in again.
- Deliver the parcel - Burgomeister sighed.
- To whom? To the Goblin?
- Well, yes. For there, on the hill, there are no food reserves. So about an hour from now, the goblin will get hungry, declare a truce and begin negotiations. He does so every day. Demands that he be brought food, wine, weapons, sometimes other things... And then, when he feels full, he declares that the peace talks have stalled and he was forced to resume fire. World public opinion is very sympathetic to him. The world community believes he is a goblin of principle.
- And if you refuse to provide him with food and weapons...
- Then the world community will...
- Okay, okay, we see - waved his hands half-elf.
- ... and send troops - Burgomeister mumbled.
- Fine, but why do you need us? Why don't you send one of yours to carry that bag?
- We've sent ours already. Nobody returned.
- What, the goblin killed them all?
- He claims that he hadn't.
- Oh...
- And the world community believes him.
- Ah...
- And they say that we are provocateurs. You see, apparently he, the goblin, comes up with these peace initiatives, it is his gesture of goodwill. And if something goes wrong, it is only our fault. It is obvious! And you are... well, sort of like outsiders, he can't touch you.
- Well, - summed up the half-elf. - If we discard the political crapola, all we are required to do is to pick up the package at the customer's premises and take it to the addressee, right? A normal postal quest. But everything else is your problem. Correct?
- That's right - confirmed Burgomeister - so it's okay, then?
- It's a deal - half-elf nodded. Burgomeister breathed a sigh of relief.
- Can I ask a question? - The Princess raised her hand. - Here you are, so afraid that the world community will call you aggressors or warlords or even worse than that - So how do they call you now?
- Idiots - replied the Burgomeister sadly.

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Is Hamas using human shields in Gaza? The CNN answer is "complicated"

The headline of CNN's mumbling and stumbling article is Is Hamas using human shields in Gaza? The answer is complicated.

Here is what Jeff Dunetz aka Yid with Lid compiled (not being a highfalutin CNN guru):

So You Want Proof Hamas Uses Civilians As Human Shields? Here Are Ten Examples.

Check it out.

And watch this too:



And look at this, if time allows:


Still complicated, CNN?

P.S. But yes, there are some difficulties with truthful reporting of such activity from Gaza.

The Council Has Spoken!

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

25 July 2014

Hillel Neuer of UN Watch busting Syria's scumbags in UNHRC

Just a part of the remarkable speech and a remarkable exchange of opinions:

Syria: We’re used to hearing this NGO creating divisions among the speakers, and speaking out of turn. It is strange to hear an NGO defending the killing of women and children, and the destruction of infrastructure in Palestine. I would hope that the speaker is no longer allowed to continue his statement.

President: I give the floor back to UN Watch.

UN Watch: Thank you, Mr. President. Let the world note: that in a session purportedly on Palestinian human rights, the government of Syria objected to us mentioning the 1800 Palestinians that they starved and murdered.
And to enjoy the whole on video: