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6 comments16 Jan 2009 @ 00:29 by vaxen : Kuwait Summit
Gulf Arabs say Kuwait summit to focus on Gaza
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:41pm GMT
RIYADH (Reuters) - Facing public calls for action over Israel's attack on Gaza, U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders said on Thursday an Arab summit next week would discuss the offensive and that president-elect Barack Obama may change U.S. policy.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah had called Thursday's meeting of Gulf leaders, pre-empting a bid by regional maverick Qatar to host an Arab summit on Friday that Saudi Arabia and Egypt have refused to attend.
The two Arab heavyweights, whose policies on the Israel-Palestinian conflict have become more closely aligned with Washington in recent years, have said they would prefer Arab leaders to discuss Gaza during an already-scheduled January 19-20 Arab Economic Summit in Kuwait.
The tug-of-war over whether, when and where to hold a summit reflects the Arab divide between Egypt, Saudi and their allies on one side, and Syria, Qatar and their allies on the other.
Syria and Qatar, which recently patched up once-frosty ties with its Saudi neighbour, are more sympathetic towards Islamist group Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007 after routing fighters from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah group.
"The important thing is not where there is a summit but what is discussed," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference after the leaders had left.
"What was going to be discussed in the emergency summit in Qatar will without doubt be discussed in the economic summit in Kuwait," he said.
Qatar's proposed summit failed to garner the support of 15 Arab League members, a quorum needed for official endorsement.
"There is a united position to make the Kuwait summit a success on all levels. The biggest success of this summit was returning unity to the Gulf over the Gaza crisis," he added.
Prince Saud said the Kuwait summit would have Gaza at the centre of its agenda, an apparent sop to Qatar which has insisted Friday's meeting would go ahead.
Most Gulf Cooperation Council countries -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates -- had stood with Saudi Arabia, the regional leader.
Israel says its attack on Gaza since December 27, which have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians, aims to crush Hamas' ability to fire rockets into the Jewish state.
The veteran Saudi foreign minister expressed hope that Obama, who has talked of his concern at the civilian suffering, would alter U.S. backing for Israel.
"We have to wait until the new administration takes over and we really hope there will be a really be strategic shift in the American policy," he said, accusing Israel of ignoring an Arab land-for-peace initiative to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.
World capitals have seen daily protests over the attack on Gaza, a densely populated strip sealed off by Israel and Egypt for fear of refugees and militants. Arab televisions have carried a non-stop flow of harrowing images of Palestinian civilian suffering.
16 Jan 2009 @ 00:36 by vaxen : Interesting link:
16 Jan 2009 @ 03:10 by vaxen : Message:
I noticed vnighthawk had logged in and not having seen that name around here before I clicked on it to go to his profile. This is what I found. Very inspiring in lieu of all the delusions and illusions we face daily in the media. I must say that this is how I truly feel, in many respects, as well. A hearty welcome Mr. VNIGHTHAWK.
There is no beginning, there is no end,
There is only change.
There is no teacher, there is no student,
There is only remembering.
There is no good, there is no evil,
There is only expression.
There is no union, there is no sharing,
There is only one.
There is no joy, there is no sadness,
There is only love.
There is no greater, there is no lesser,
There is only balance.
There is no stasis, there is no entropy,
There is only motion.
There is no wakefulness, there is no sleep,
There is only being.
There is no limit, there is no chance,
There is only a plan
Right now I'm a realist, and I try my best to avoid/not become involved in any of humanities endless "belief systems." or it's illusions. Today I consider myself a "Personality". Yes, a:
As I know the Ineffable, the
psychopathologist the unspeakable. :)
I'm a debtor.
And for the present time "be-ing", dedicated to serve the Earth, the Cosmos; aided and abetted by my "Command Center" which is comprised of all my previous thousands[plus] personalities, including other connecting "clusters". My sum being greater than my parts.
I know the INEFFABLE; and do not know of, or believe in any "God[s]".
This, our Ineffable:
. is beyond our comprehension as long as we remain human
. is the designer of the ongoing process of which we are a part
. has a purpose for such action beyond our ability to understand
. makes adjustments, fine tuning, in this process as needed
. establishes simple laws that apply to everyone and everything
. does not demand worship, adoration, or recognition
. does not punish for "evil" and "misdeeds"
. does not intercede or interdict in our life activity
16 Jan 2009 @ 07:21 by vaxen : More...
Ari Shavit / Gaza op may be squeezing Hamas, but it's destroying Israel's soul
By Ari Shavit, Haaretz Correspondent
On Thursday it happened, conclusively - Operation Cast Lead turned insane. Attacking any densely populated city is a serious act at any time, but when Israel's international legitimacy is being ground to dust, such an attack is nothing but madness.
Shelling a United Nations facility is something not to be done at any time, but doing it on the day when the UN secretary general is visiting Jerusalem is beyond lunacy. The level of pressure the Israel Defense Forces has been exerting on Gaza may be squeezing Hamas, but it is destroying Israel. Destroying its soul and its image. Destroying it on world television screens, in the living rooms of the international community and most importantly, in Obama's America.
Israel is not Russia and Gaza is not Chechnya. Israel cannot deal with its enemies the way belligerent superpowers deal with theirs. Wars must be just and proportional.
Without being just, Israel cannot triumph on the battlefield. Without a sound moral foundation any Israeli victory is Pyrrhic.
Twenty-one days ago the campaign against Hamas was balanced and right. About a week ago it started slipping and in the last few days it has crossed every line. True, Hamas is in distress, its leaders are being killed, its prestige is dwindling. But this cannot change the fact that what began as a vital, calculated military operation has become a riotous rampage in a populated area. At any given moment the rampage could end in disaster.
The prime minister has apparently decided to act like some kind of Putin. If he ended his first war with no clear conclusion, he will end his second one with a scorched earth. But one should also ask, where is Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who is supposed to "look the truth in the eye" in his election campaign? And where is Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who claims to have the courage to change things?
After two weeks of serving their state, they are now in cahoots with licentious military moves.
In a few days the fire will cease and the fog will disperse, revealing the horror. Hamas will be crushed, but pictures of outrageous destruction and killing will flood the world. Beirut's "Waltz with Bashir" will pale by comparison to Gaza's waltz with Olmert.
Then we'll discover that we will not be paying the price of the past week's belligerent escapade only in Obama's America. We will be paying it with the damaged souls of our sons and daughters.
First Published 2009-01-15
I write as an Israeli. Some of us, as Israelis, are grieving over what we have become. Blaming the other side with a roster of rehearsed clichés cannot mitigate the grief, says Anat Biletzki.
I write as an Israeli.
In the past two-and-a-half weeks Israeli forces have killed over 900 people in Gaza. Palestinian rockets have killed four Israelis and Palestinian fighters have killed six soldiers. As the assault began, Bibi Netanyahu, the leader of Israel's definitive right-wing party, Likud, said that talk of comparative numbers is not pertinent to the validity of Operation Cast Lead. That might be true, but the grotesque proportions of one to one hundred in counting the dead should give us pause, should make us reflect on the mantras of the conventional wisdom.
We are told by the mainstream media that Hamas broke the half-year truce agreed upon in June and refused to extend it past the December expiration date. Whether or not the truce was adhered to in its first four months is a question of interpretation rather than fact.
Israelis will tell you that the Palestinians did, in fact, launch some Qassam missiles into Israel. True.
Palestinians will tell you that Israel did not, in fact, live up to its side of the bargain and continued, even intensified, the siege of Gaza, stopping the electricity, water, fuel, food and medicines crucial for decent survival. True again.
But no one denies that on November 4, Israel carried out an incursion into Gaza, killing seven Palestinians and setting off the renewal of violence - Qassam launchings into Israel by Hamas and Israeli killings of Palestinians in Gaza - that was in full swing by the time the truce expired.
We are also led to believe that Hamas refused to extend the half-year cease-fire. But even the mainstream news - in the ten days before the attack started - clearly reported that Hamas's positions just before the expiration date were vague and divided; and that starting on December 21, it made several overtures to Israel, via Egypt and Turkey, to discuss and consider continuing the truce. Israel refused.
Then we are urged by most conventional media, buttressed by "experts" on Israel, that no nation on earth would tolerate the rocketing of its civilians. That might be true. But such legal posturing, deriving from supposed expertise in the laws of war, seems to forget that the option of going to war, not to mention bombing indiscriminately from on high, is prescribed as a last resort after all other alternatives have been tried and exhausted. Refusing to engage with Hamas, Israel has, instead, put Gaza under blockade. To quote Michael Walzer, who taught us long ago about just and unjust wars -- siege is the oldest form of total war.
As to indiscriminate bombing and shelling, we are fed the constant diet of "collateral damage," as if killing of civilians (now estimated as most of the dead, with over half being women and children) can be so effortlessly explained or excused. So, on the one hand, Israel is touted as having amazingly sophisticated methods of targeting while, on the other, it is facilely pardoned for missing the targets.
The adage of collateral damage goes a long way -- as long as sixteen people, most of them women and children, dying when one Hamas leader is targeted and killed; or forty people seeking shelter in a UN school. And note: In order to count as a bona fide civilian, in order not to be a legitimate target, a person living in Gaza mustn't be in the police force, in a university, in a mosque, or in a hospital run by the Gazan authorities.
So indiscriminate is Operation Cast Lead that several Israeli human rights groups and organizations have mounted a wide campaign, crying "Civilians Are Not Cannon Fodder." Neither in Gaza nor in Israel. But that impartiality between Gaza and Israel brings us back to comparing the numbers. Over 900 people, out of a population of 1.5 million, have been killed in Gaza. That is equivalent to 180,000 Americans being killed -- in two weeks.
Walzer himself has recently, in The New Republic, accused those using the proportionality argument of incautious lack of judgment. Yet some of those using that argument are Israelis demonstrating, arm in arm with Palestinians, against the carnage. Contrary to what one hears in the mainstream media, which adopts the conventional wisdom pitting all critiques of Israel as venomously pro-Palestinian -- in Israel even as a fifth column -- these are Israelis (and Jews) who know the unconventional facts. They are marginalized in the current Israeli ecstasy of battle; and ignored by the mainstream media.
I write as an Israeli. Some of us, as Israelis, are grieving over what we have become. Blaming the other side with a roster of rehearsed clichés cannot mitigate the grief.
Anat Biletzki is professor of philosophy at Tel Aviv University, currently a research affiliate at MIT and teaching human rights at Quinnipiac University. Until recently she was chairperson of B'Tselem, the Israeli Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
Copyright © 2009 The Nation -- distributed by Agence Global
Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement
Deriving from the Muslim Brotherhood and unwilling to recognize Israel's right to exist, Hamas sees holy war as the religious duty of every Muslim. There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad, it states.
Hamas: The Arabic word for 'zeal' also represents the 'Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya,' or Islamic Resistance Movement.
Hamas grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood, a religious and political organization founded in Egypt with branches throughout the Arab world.
Chronicle of a Suicide Foretold: The Case of Israel
In the sixty years of its existence, Israel has depended for its survival and expansion on an overall strategy that combined three elements: macho militarism, geopolitical alliances, and public relations. By its Gaza siege, Israel is causing all three to now decompose, says Immanuel Wallerstein.
Trend Alert® - Israel War
To Ignite Terror
Israel War to Ignite Terror, Threaten Global Economy and possibly
Spark World War III, Trends Institute Warns
By Gerald Celente
CAIRO, 14 January 2009 Israel's invasion of Gaza sets up the United States and any other nation supporting Israel as terror targets, predicts Gerald Celente. The Trends Research Institute Director also warns that should Israel continue the invasion, or take the war beyond Gaza, the world risks both a 1973-style oil shock and global conflict.
16 Jan 2009 @ 22:20 by vaxen : Heh, heh....
Sweet. At least a few stalwarts from the outside 'verse' read this. So, that's kool!
I'll probably be going offline tonight for awhile. Gotta pan for some gold and generally forget the net ever existed. I'll be back...
19 Jan 2009 @ 21:44 by vaxen : Genocide...
The rosy picture US media paints of genocide
Sat, 17 Jan 2009 13:39:14 GMT
By Shirin Barghi and Dex A. Eastman, Press TV, Tehran
A wounded Palestinian woman is escorted to the hospital after an Israeli strike in Gaza City. The war on Gaza has so far killed around 1200 Palestinians and wounded over 5300, many of them women and children.
For those who still believe the United States of America is the land of freedom of speech, US news coverage of the Israeli war on Gaza provides a second insight and more than enough evidence to the contrary.
In the follow-up to Tel Aviv's Operation Cast Lead on Gaza, the US media for three weeks has silently watched Israel kill innocent civilians day in and day out without so much as a wince.
At a time when world news outlets -- some of which are owned by Tel Aviv's allies -- are condemning the war, the so-called free media of the US has virtually cheered and championed Israel for its courage to kill, providing a completely divorced-from-reality version of what is happening in the virtual ghetto.
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one that has its roots in the injustices of history, the average American who follows the news has almost no knowledge of the endless problems faced by the Palestinians as well as their philosophy of resistance.
Most Americans therefore know not even the simplest fact about the conflict: that there was no Israel before 1948 and that their own corrupt government joined European powers to steal the native land of the Palestinians.
The issue becomes even more shocking when one considers that the US media has propagated the lies of Zionist histrionics by having suggested that not that many Palestinians resided in the currently occupied territories when Israel was created.
In a world where the occupier becomes king of the land and the hearts of countless unknowing Americans go out to the invaders, it is indeed not of relevance to know that the very people living in the Gaza Strip have been crammed into this sliver of land due to the hostile takeover of their homes elsewhere in their native Palestine.
While the US disinformation campaign continues to blow out of proportion the insignificant rocket attacks against the Israelis, what receives no media attention in the United States is that the Palestinians have been subject to over sixty years of horrific crimes.