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Gaza is a combination of Fallujah, Iraq, and the Warsaw Ghetto. Of course, the Israeli Jews can’t march everyone off to an extermination camp. But the malice is there. The use of white phosphorus shells on civilian neighborhoods is a war crime. Of course, the US won’t say this since we do it, too. Treating imprisoned populations as a battleground is wrong in every possible way. But then, nearly all of WWII was fought in civilian neighborhoods. And treated as a glorious thing. This is quite different from previous wars. Even WWI wasn’t fought nearly entirely in cities.
Israel is believed to be using controversial white phosphorus shells to screen its assault on the heavily populated Gaza Strip yesterday. The weapon, used by British and US forces in Iraq, can cause horrific burns but is not illegal if used as a smokescreen.
As the Israeli army stormed to the edges of Gaza City and the Palestinian death toll topped 500, the tell-tale shells could be seen spreading tentacles of thick white smoke to cover the troops’ advance. “These explosions are fantastic looking, and produce a great deal of smoke that blinds the enemy so that our forces can move in,” said one Israeli security expert. Burning blobs of phosphorus would cause severe injuries to anyone caught beneath them and force would-be snipers or operators of remote-controlled booby traps to take cover. Israel admitted using white phosphorus during its 2006 war with Lebanon.
The use of the weapon in the Gaza Strip, one of the world’s mostly densely population areas, is likely to ignite yet more controversy over Israel’s offensive, in which more than 2,300 Palestinians have been wounded.
People like to pride themselves on becoming increasingly ‘civilized.’ The word comes from Latin for ‘city’. The earliest cities discovered they had to defend themselves from outside invaders. The history of humanity is all about building cities and then seeing them destroyed in wars. During the Age of Enlightenment , after the horrors of religious warfare swept through Europe leaving huge swaths of devastation and starvation, military and social critics and philosophers pondered, how to wage war without that level of utter devastation.
Many Jewish thinkers joined in this effort since the Jewish community, virtually all urban, suffered tremendously whenever ethnic/religious wars roared into fire. A large body of work grew up from 1600-1800 about how to have humane wars. Of course, this humanity was not extended to non-Europeans. The savage wars in Africa, South and North America and Asia continued unabated. Much of this featured the annihilation of whole civilizations. But in Europe itself, a truce was called.
In addition, the battle tactics of the Mongols who swept Asia and the Middle East and all the way to Vienna and Warsaw, was to wipe out ALL cities, totally. This draconian method of warfare was roundly condemned not only by Europeans but especially, Muslims. The memory of this was particularly strong in the Middle East and Russia.
For 200 years, everyone strove to fight wars outside of cities and towns, not inside them. A feature of the Napoleonic wars was how nearly all the battles occurred outside of cities. There is one major, major exception, of course: the sneak attack on Russia. Napoleon tried to keep the cities intact so he could exploit their services. But the Russians either torched their cities or abandoned them and the French allowed them to burn down. The destruction of Moscow was considered not just a war crime by other rulers in Europe but also was considered foolish in the extreme. For the loss of the city forced Napoleon’s Grand Armee to swiftly flee Russia and 90% of it perished doing this.
Sentiment moved towards sympathy with Russia and eventually, Russians entered and occupied Paris, itself. They didn’t burn it down. After that, the wars between the empires of Europe were confined to other people’s territory: the fringes of the Ottoman Empire, the Chinese Empire, Africa, etc. Killing natives armed with sticks and stones or feeble empires that had no firearms was normal. When the Chinese rioted against foreign invaders, the European troops would loot palaces and burn parts of cities but even then, the razing of cities was discouraged.
Sherman’s march through Georgia was a revival of Mongol warfare techniques. Burning all the habitations and driving the populace before him, he ruthlessly destroyed everything in his path. A number of observers were appalled. Yet, that was a harbinger of what was to come. WWI saw increasing battles centering on cities. But not to the degree that Sherman used. After WWI, the victors wanted to chop up the German and Austro-Hungarian empires so they introduced a new concept that was kicking around the attic of European politics: ethnic nationalism.
Of course, the British Empire had no truck with ITS ethnic/religious victims asserting sovereignty! Ireland managed to force Britain to accept the fact that at least half of Ireland should be free of British rule. But the other half is still in the firm grip of the Empire. A century of warfare and ‘terrorism’ has led to a stalemate which the Irish hoping that sheer demographics will gain them the rest of Ireland at last. The fury of this particular fight was so intense that in both WWI and WWII, the Irish refused to lift a finger to help the British Empire.
Anyway, the contagion of ethnic identity politics spread like wildfire. The Germans picked it up, of course, and gave birth to National Socialism whereby only the people of ethnic purity gets social services or are citizens! This idea, far from dying, is thriving. And the main pushers of this sort of ideology are the Jewish thinkers, writers, movie makers, etc. They openly endorse the concept that there are no nations, only ethnic identities. This, in turn, is causing mayhem far from the troubled waters of Galilee.
Thanks to national socialist beliefs, WWII saw the focus of fighting shift from open fields of the Napoleonic era to the burning of cities of the Mongols and Sherman school of warfare. The Luftwaffe and Japanese planes didn’t bomb armies fighting on fields. They bombed cities. And in return, the Allies did the same. With increasing ferocity. Soon, all the civilian centers of the warring parties that were not protected, were bombed ruthlessly. The US was not bombed only because no one could reach us. But we showed NO mercy at all, when hitting civilians.
Indeed, unlike the field warfare of the 1600-1864 period, virtually all the major battles in Europe were fought in or around cities. Paris was one of the very few cities that was spared this. WWII ended with a dual war crime: the complete and utter and INSTANT annihilation of two major cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The message was clear: if people don’t surrender, ALL CIVILIANS would be killed without mercy.
So, in Desert Storm I, the US bombed fleeing Iraqi troops. They weren’t fighting, they were trying to pull back into Iraq. We butchered them. After that, we invaded in Desert Storm II which should be called ‘Desert Sturm Truppen Zwei’. We bombed the cities mercilessly. When they surrendered, after a small gang killed four US mercenaries, the US punished the entire city of Fallujah by encircling it and then destroying, not allowing the populace to flee.
This was far worse than Napoleon burning Moscow. He didn’t surround Moscow, pen in the population, then burned it. This is what the Mongols did. Today, we are witnessing modern Mongols destroying systematically, a city. All, in the name of ethnic nationalism socialism for Jews.
On Sunday, the day after Israel began its ground invasion of Gaza, Fida found Hanin at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. One of Hanin’s legs, her sister was told, had been amputated.
“I want her leg now!” Fida screamed at her mother, blaming her for moving them to the concrete house. “God has no mercy! You get me her leg now!”
Her uncle lost both legs in the missile strike on Sunday. Another woman found only half of the body of her 17-year-old daughter in the Shifa morgue. “May God exterminateHamas!” she screamed in a curse rarely heard these days. In this conflict, many Palestinians praise Hamas as resisters, but Israel contends the group has purposely endangered civilians by fighting in and around populated areas…..
Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian who was allowed into Gaza last week to give emergency medical aid, and who has worked in many conflict zones, said the situation was the worst he had seen….
The Israeli government says it has allowed 10,000 tons of essential humanitarian aid, mainly food and medicine, to be delivered to Gaza throughout the past week, even as Hamas has fired its longer-range rockets into major cities in Israel’s south.
Among the donations were 2,000 units of blood from Jordan, five ambulances from Turkey and five transferred on behalf of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society from the West Bank.
In recent days, most of those arriving at Shifa appeared to be civilians. On Sunday, there was no trace here of the dozens of Hamas fighters that the Israeli military said its ground forces had hit in the past few hours in exchanges of fire. The reason was not clear. Many ambulance drivers refused to go near the fighting. It also seemed possible that Hamas and Israeli fighters were still battling at some less lethal distance. It was difficult to know whether fighters were at other hospitals.
90% of Hamas rockets fell on open countryside. Only after Israel attacked the cities in Gaza, did they aim their rockets to population centers. They knew these rockets, which are very small and quite feeble in power, were statements, not warfare. The Israelis, on the other hand, can kill all the people in Gaza using their airplanes and tanks. Israeli missiles are the most potent on earth and are raining down on civilian populations. The US media seldom mentions the fact that the Palestinians were bombing fields while the Israeli forces are bombing cities. We can see this with our eyes, of course.
The NYT takes delight in seeing that the Palestinians, whipped from pillar to post, are divided about how to fight the Jews. In any urban war, the victims curse anyone and everyone. They want peace. This is normal. What is abnormal in the present case is this fact: the poor woman cursing Hamas has no champions who will protect her. The West wants her DEAD. Or at least, to shut up and wither on the vine so her grandchildren cease to be a ‘people’ and become ‘stateless’. In a world where ethnic and religious identity equals citizenship, this woman has no hope of a homeland.
On the other hand, the entire business of Hamas is, ‘YES, Israeli Jews are right. States should be cleansed of minorities and citizenship should be based ONLY on blood relations!’ And this is the real tragedy. The two sides are fighting for the same monstrous ideal. Just like all parties in the dismemberment of Yugoslavia embraced Jewish national philosophical values of Naziism. Of course, we are ordered to never compare the Jewish terror state to the German terror state. Yet both have the exact same philosophy and beliefs. So they are the same. The TARGET of the two groups is not the same. But the beliefs are a perfect match.
Before the British and French empires conquered the Middle East, the people there considered themselves to be the subjects of the Ottoman Empire. But even that was predated by another ethnic cleansing episode that was horrible: the Armenian Christian massacres. The seeds of the ‘ethnic identity’ century was sown by the Ottoman Empire, itself. Even as Russia’s czar was trying to ethnically cleanse the Khazar Jewish populations trapped inside of Russia.
NEWS MIDDLE EAST Civilian deaths mount in Gaza war
Women and children are among the many
Palestinian casualties [AFP]
Palestinian civilians are continuing to suffer as the Israeli military pushes deeper into the Gaza Strip.
At least 540 people have been killed in the territory in the last 10 days, with more than 80 deaths reported since the Israeli ground offensive began on Saturday.
Among the dead on Monday was a family of seven from Shati refugee camp, who were killed by Israeli navy shelling.
Three siblings from one family, as well as a girl and her grandfather, also died in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza during artillery shelling.
Emergency medical services have also come under attack with the al-Awda hospital in Jabaliya being hit by two Israeli shells, foreign human rights actvists said.
The heart breaks, looking at any ethnic wars. These are very merciless. The Communist ideology was supposed to repudiate ethnic identity and replace it with class identity. Even so, communist nations fell prey to the same ethnic tensions as plagued the perimeters of the European empires. When this horrible Jewish invasion of a helpless Gaza ghetto ends, we will have to count the bodies. The vast majority of the victims will be, like Fallujah or Afghanistan, civilians. In Afghanistan, they are peasants in the countryside.
Gaza has no real standing army. No navy, no air force. They are nearly 100% civilian just like the armed Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, even if they served in armies in WWI, for example, were STILL civilians! Pretending that all males in Gaza are military is propaganda. Nearly all males in Israel ARE military and are part of a military organization that has an army, navy and air force. Therefore, any male casualties are not civilian casualties.
OF COURSE, they are not counted this way! Only in Gaza. And this is how the US operates. We are still holding prisoners, young people from Afghanistan who fought US military invaders. We accuse them of being ‘terrorists’ because they fought us. They are civilians who picked up arms. But are not part of a government waging war on the US.
The entire Al Qeada business was about being a civilian fighting force. In WWI and WWII, it was legal for armies to kill non-uniformed fighters only in battle. You couldn’t torture them, for example. We torture them. The Israelis torture Muslims who are often mere children throwing rocks at armored tanks. Israeli militias wearing masks regularly attack Muslims openly, in daylight, and are not punished. Nor are the illegal settlements that disgorge these members of the IDF reserves, get surrounded and bombed to destruction by the IDF. They are allowed to practice terrorism. They get this right because they are Jews. And in any good national socialist ethnic state, this means they are legal and anyone resisting them are terrorists.
NEWS MIDDLE EAST Jordan ‘reconsidering Israel ties’
Protesters have called for diplomatic ties to be frozen and the Israeli ambassador expelled [EPA]
Jordan’s prime minister has said his country may review its diplomatic ties with Israel in the wake of the offensive in Gaza.
“Jordan will look into all options, including reconsidering relations with Israel,” Nader Dahabi told legislators on Sunday.
“There is no way we would remain silent when this threat affects the security of the entire region.”
Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab states to have normalised relations with Israel. Amman also has strong ties with the US.
The US and Israel can see the unwinding from afar. They are both indifferent to this force. They figure, we can buy off the rulers of the Muslims and they, in turn, will turn a blind eye to this ethnic cleansing episode. Of course, many Muslim populations have been driven into endorsing national socialist ethnic identity politics! So we get raging mobs spreading across the land, seeking to wipe out all other people. In turn, the Jews complain that their people in other lands are being persecuted.
The logic of ethnic warfare demands that anyone of the wrong groups should be killed or removed, after all. If Israel thinks this is bad and I think it is horrible, then we have to endorse US-style citizenship. Anyone can be an American! So anyone can be an Israeli or an Egyptian, etc. How simple is that? Well, ask the British!
They locked out Catholic Irish for centuries. In Northern Ireland, until very, very recently, Catholics were not allowed to be police, just for one glaring example. For 300 years, the Irish Catholics could not buy land! Or build houses, only huts. This is EXACTLY how Israel is run today.
A rocket exploded a few hundred yards from Mateb Abu Nasr’s house, driving home the message that tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs living within range of militant attacks from Gaza are just as vulnerable as their Jewish neighbors.But there’s a difference: When the wailing sirens warned of an incoming missile, Abu Nasr’s family had nowhere to hide.
Homes in Jewish towns and settlements are required to have one room with reinforced walls and a steel door. Public bomb shelters are accessible, and protective barriers even have been erected in rural areas.
The Arab town of Rahat, population 45,000, is about 24 miles from Gaza and is situated on the outer perimeter reachable by the long-range rockets that Hamas has unleashed for the first time. Few homes here have a safety room, and there are no public shelters
“This is clear discrimination,” said Hassan el-Rafia, an Arab regional official, who says the lack of defenses is typical of the way Israel treats its Arab citizens. Arabs comprise about 20 percent of Israel’s population of 7 million people…
Like many of the Palestinians of Gaza, the Abu Nasr clan and thousands of other people were displaced after the 1948 war that led to Israel’s statehood. Unlike the Gaza Palestinians, they stayed in Israel and became citizens. But land disputes were never settled, and many live in simple homes built illegally and under constant threat of having their homes bulldozed.
This happens in every war in Israel: the Jews are protected, the Palestinians are left outside to bear the brunt of the fighting. I can’t imagine how the Jews here in the US or in Israel sleep at night. How can they ignore this obvious racism? This obvious throw-back to Naziism? For the Nazis only allowed ‘echt Deutsche’ into bomb shelters. Foreigners, enslaved workers, Jews, anyone who was not a good German was left outside. And the very clever lawyers who infest the Israeli court system have written neo-Nazi laws that make it nearly impossible for the natives of Palestine to build or enlarge homes or to buy land from Jews. They can sell, not buy.
With hospitals overwhelmed by the shortage of supplies caused by weeks of on-and-off blockades and the enormous number of casualties, the need for foreign aid workers, in particular doctors, is greater than ever in the Gaza Strip. Why then, is a Red Cross team of doctors and nurses unable to enter the area?
The organization says the team has been waiting at the Erez Crossing for three days now. Initially their entry was denied by the Israeli military, citing security reasons, and while that decision was officially reversed the crossing has been closed ever since, keeping the team unable to provide aid to Gaza’s thousands of wounded.
Neither lawyers, reporters, medical doctors, food or the Red Cross can come in. The Jews know that this is what the Nazis did, too. They can’t help themselves. They talk big about being humane and even pretend to be a DEMOCRACY that obeys LAWS. But when the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that 12 reporters could go into Gaza, the Israeli Nazis said, ‘Nope. Can no do.’ And ignored the courts! So, is Israel a democracy or is it a military police state?
Ask any Muslim.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was touring this rocket-battered town on Sunday when a public-address system warned of a fresh attack. Chairs were knocked over and frantic shouts — “Get inside now! Move!” — could be heard in Hebrew and English as the mayor was whisked by Israeli guards and his own security detail into a protected room.
The rocket, and a second one, missed the town. But they gave the mayor a visceral taste of the conflict the world has been watching from a distance for more than a week: rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza, and Israel’s sweeping air and ground assault in response.
Calm but somber as he emerged from the safe room, Mr. Bloomberg played down the moment of panic. “I feel exactly the same way I do when I’m in New York City,” he said. “You are worried about it, you turn to the professionals, and I think what is obvious is that the Israelis are as well trained as the N.Y.P.D.,” he said….
Mr. Bloomberg’s stops included the pediatric department of the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, which has been transferred to an underground, bombproof ward. There he met with children, including Palestinians from Gaza whose illnesses were being treated. He passed out stuffed toys — Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Elmo.
“Do you have ‘Sesame Street’ here?” he asked a Palestinian toddler who looked at him blankly as the mayor tucked Big Bird next to his small hands.
Has the Jewish mayor, Bloomberg, demanded to know why Muslims have no bomb shelters? Did he demand to see the victims of masked Jewish marauders in Galilee? And the ‘well trained as the NYPD’ business? HAHAHAHA. Good grief. When I lived in NYC, I joined with a number of black community leaders to demand that half of the police be black. Not even 5% was aback in 1970. And these white, often suburban cops were horrible. They abused everyone in the inner city. When I tried to get them to patrol my neighborhood sanely, they snidely said, ‘Why don’t you move away?’
The fight to integrate continues! White cops gun down black civilians all the time. Quite famously so! The Israelis are ten times worse than the NYPD when it comes to racism. Bloomberg, of course, thinks it is cool that Jewish cops in Israel can stand aside while masked Jewish marauders ethnically cleanse neighborhoods. Many a neighborhood in Brooklyn or Queens lusts for equal powers! Our own city can end up a flaming ruins if ethnic warfare breaks out! I have witnessed this in the past!
That poor Muslim child from Gaza, brought into Israel for a propaganda photo shoot. This obviously Jewish guy hands the poor tyke a toy and is asked if he has ‘Sesame Street’? How about a sesame BUN to eat at HOME????
The U.S. and the EU gave the greenlight to Israel for the attacks on Gaza, says George Galloway, a member of the British Parliament representing the Respect Party.
Following a day of debate, the U.N. Security Council could not agree on language for a statement condemning the deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip. From U.N. headquarters in New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer has more.
The draft statement circulating among the 15-member council expresses concern about “the steep deterioration of the humanitarian situation” in Gaza due to Israel’s continued closure of all border crossings, and the cutting of electricity and reduction of fuel to the Palestinian territory’s one and a half million residents. But it fails to mention the hundreds of rockets Hamas militants have fired into southern Israel in the last week.
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said he could not support the Libyan-authored draft as it stands.
“As is, it is not acceptable,”said Zalmay Khalilzad. “Many other colleagues have spoken also in the council that it does not talk about the rocket attacks, the attacks on innocent Israelis.”
Libya’s U.N. Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi, who is also the Security Council’s president this month, told reporters following the marathon session that the council would meet again Wednesday afternoon to discuss a revised draft and hopefully it would be adopted. Passage of the non-binding text requires approval by all 15 council members.
All the might and majesty of US power is being used up rapidly, throwing ourselves in front of the Israeli ethnic cleansing machine, trying to protect it until it finishes its dirty work. We are running out of time. We need the world’s sympathy, not hatred. We gain NOTHING from this activity. And the danger that ethnic warfare will come to the US rises every hour. The more we endorse, protect and enable ethnic cleansing, the more likely it will RETURN here. For we did this in the past! As Europeans colonized this land.
The United States opened its new embassy building in Baghdad on Monday, a step meant to symbolise its transition from occupying power to an ally of a sovereign Iraqi government.
In recent weeks U.S. diplomats have gradually moved into the $592 million newly-built compound, the world’s largest U.S. embassy building, leaving behind a sprawling palace they had inhabited since toppling Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in 2003.
U.S. officials ruled Iraq directly from the same palace for more than a year after taking Baghdad.
The opening of the new embassy is in line with a change of power that was effected on New Year’s Day, when U.S. forces in Iraq officially came under an Iraqi mandate.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani attended the opening ceremony.
In a courtyard between two wings of the new building, the Iraqi national anthem was played, then U.S. Marines raised an American flag to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner.
We move into this fortress, hoping to control Iraq. We don’t control Iraq. The internal ethnic battles still rage nearly totally out of control. The Shi’ite alliance with Iran grows stronger by the hour. Our days are doomed there in Baghdad. And look at the money we spent! Half a billion dollars? And the biggest embassy on earth? HUH? Some ’embassy’. And big as it is, it is as futile as the big one we built in Pakistan, way out in the countryside so angry Pakistanis can’t storm it.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here Sunday that with the U.S. presence in Iraq, no peace can be expected for the Iraqi people, the website of state TV (IRIB) reported.
He made the remarks in his meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
“Our aim is peace, dignity, independence and advancement to Iraqis and will do anything needed to implement this goal,” Khamenei said.
Referring to the U.S. presence in Iraq, he said that “The U.S. is treacherous and reneger and is not a good friend even for its close allies in the region, therefore, its promises cannot be trusted.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said on Saturday that it was Iran’s duty to stand by the side of Iraq.
“Our Islamic and humanitarian duty requires us to be incessantly by the side of Iraqi people,” he was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.
Israel and the US pray that Iran comes to the aid of the Palestinians so we can bomb Iran, too. And this is how world wars begin! The US is rapidly losing economic and political power and our military heft is being halved each generation. We can barely fight off waves of partially or barely armed civilians as they fling themselves upon our armored vehicles. We know we can win the way we won in Fallujah: kill them all. And this is the miserable end of the American Dream.
An ethnic nightmare.
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