Elaine Meinel Supkis
As if we are all falling into a black hole, the news in the Middle East grows grimmer by the day. After demanding the USA censor the internet just as if this were China, Israel hands us the bill for their stupid war. The Gaza ghetto sees more painful action. Muslims set off bombs at banks in Thailand as that insurrection burns brighter. And after all that screaming, the USA decides to negotiate more with Iran.
By Yossi Melman
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is urging the United States government to disconnect an Iranian news site from American Internet servers, charging that the site has ties to terrorist organizations. The allegation is based on a report published by Haaretz last month.
According to the Haaretz report, the site, Baztab, published details about a month ago of what it termed "an interrogation" of the two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah on July 12. Baztab's report claimed that the soldiers had admitted that Israel planned a military attack on Hezbollah in September or October, and the kidnapping had foiled this plan.
We get so little news here as it is. Thanks to the internet, we get all sorts of tidbits our rulers don't want us to see. The news out of Israel's little ghettos is very, very censored. It used to be, I could get film clips and photos all the time. Now it is like pulling teeth. When Israel was bombing Lebanon, I found a host of Lebanese bloggers who put up pictures. This was vastly more informative than the ones posted by the American propagandists working on behalf of Israel (not America).
When Israel kidnaps or captures people they torture them and then proudly post the 'confessions' and such, online. This is amusing for the Jews but when the shoe is on the other foot, it infuriates them and they demand censorship.
By ARON HELLER, Associated Press Writer 8 minutes ago
JERUSALEM - Israeli police commandos stormed the British Embassy late Thursday and captured a Palestinian gunman who had scaled the fence and demanded political asylum. There were no reports of injuries.
The gunman, who had burst into the embassy several hours earlier, was disarmed, said the police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to the media.
The man, identified as Nadim Injaz, had burst into the embassy in Tel Aviv by jumping a fence. He threatened to commit suicide and demanded asylum, fearing Palestinian militants will kill him if he returned to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
There is something very odd about this story. Not that we will hear of it. I do miss having full access to the news online. I know our government is now censoring all sorts of stuff, thanks a lot, AIPAC.
Thursday 31 August 2006, 11:32 Makka Time, 8:32 GMT
At least 22 bombs have exploded in southern Thailand killing at least two people and injuring more than 28 others.
Thai police said that eight of the bombs went off in the capital of Yala province while seven exploded in the province's outlying districts on Thursday morning.
Bush gave al Qaeda a lease on life. He turned a small gang into a global powerhouse. He took a mouse and conjoured it into an elephant to scare us only now it is an elephant. And so it goes. The violence will only grow. The more we choose the military model, fighting it, the more effective it becomes.
Ever sharpen a sword? You take a piece of steel with a few hatches in it, called a file, and then rub one against the other! And so it is here: our military is the file and it is sharpening the sword wonderfully, as bin Laden planned and talked about so much in the past.
By YAAKOV KATZ
According to ministry estimates, Israel spent close to NIS 30 billion on ammunition, fuel and other expenses during the war. The defense establishment has already asked the Treasury to be compensated for that amount. The US provides Israel with military assistance of more than $2b. annually.
"A request has not yet come," the US official said. "But we would consider it seriously."
According to diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, the government was considering asking for additional aid - one report said a request might be for $2b. There was also talk in Washington of a large-scale financial package to help rebuild southern Lebanon, in part to keep the Iranians out of the process. Israel was apparently hoping to fold its aid request into this package.
He said the US viewed Israel as the victor in the war from a military perspective, although not from a political standpoint. "Militarily, Israel did more damage to Hizbullah," he said. "Hizbullah suffered greater damage."
But the more Israel struck at Lebanese civilian infrastructure, the more damage, he said, it actually caused itself. "The people in Lebanon did not understand and that allowed Hizbullah to say Israel was punishing them... and that damaged Israel politically," he said.
Gads, first of all: I told you so! I knew they could barely wait a month before sticking us with the bill. Even as they whine that Bush forced them to wage this wasteful war, they then demand we pay for it all. And we will pay for 'fixing' Eretz Israel. And in Haaretz, there is talk about government officials refusing to to spend on shekel on Arab citizens of their sorry fascist state. Discrimination is what Israel is all about. Religious and ethnic bigots. How charming.
It is really pathetic how Americans and Israelis in the miltary are working day and night to somehow pretend we won. I really like 'the people in Lebanon did not understand' the generous, kindly Israeli murders and mayhem.
People this clueless should be put in a psychiatric ward. Message to the IDF: you guys are jerks. You are also murderers and everyone around you hates you.
By John Lehman
Thursday, August 31, 2006; Page A25
The greatest terrorist threat on the home front is, of course, the use of weapons of mass destruction by Islamists. Here the president has moved to establish a national counter-proliferation center to share and act on intelligence, and he has recently initiated a cooperation agreement with Russia and our allies to work together in preventing nuclear materials from getting into the hands of the Islamists and to undertake joint crisis management if such an attack takes place. These are real accomplishments.
So, we send Bush out to insult Putin and then Putin stops the spread of nukes? HAHAHAHA. This is funny. And false. Putin is playing with us. We are enabling India and Pakistan to have nukes and nuke delivery systems. If Lehman looked at my cartoons, he would see the truth. Russia, Iran and Venezuela are the new Axis of Oil. And they are allies of China! The owner of the world's biggest FOREX funds.
By NICK WADHAMS, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 29, 7:10 PM ET
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council will need until mid-September before acting on its threat to punish Iran if Tehran's leaders flout a Thursday deadline to suspend uranium enrichment as is widely expected, Britain's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday.
Ambassador Emyr Jones-Parry's prediction seemed to rule out the immediate threat of sanctions against Iran if it disregards the council's demands — spelled out in a resolution adopted this month — to suspend enrichment by Thursday. Iran has already said it would reject the deadline.
The air in the 'Stop Iran' balloon is leaking out. Bush and Olmert keep trying to pump it up but everyone else knows this means WWIII and even the dumbest Euro rulers are ruling this option out because even today there are people there who remember WWII.
This is very sensible. Iran with nukes won't start any wars. The USA and Israel nuking Iran will start WWIII. Period.
The game is over. We lost. Long ago.