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Moral Sickness in the “free world”

The suffering in Syria is the fault of yet another dictator and the free world could have immensely reduced it. The failure to punish Assad for his crimes against humanity (including the gas attack – so much for Obama’s red line; I wonder what Putin thought of that?) is sickening, and Labour’s stance pathetic, cowardly and shameful. We learn NOTHING from history. Hitler could have been stopped in 1936, possibly saving over 20,000,000 lives. The free world is morally sick as well as stupid.

We also have to watch the grotesque spectacle of the soppy, over-privileged cow Michelle Obama sucking up to a Chinese leadership that SENDS BACK DESPERATE FLEEING REFUGEES to North Korea, where they and their families then face torture and often death.

A) China supplies and supports what is by far the world’s most brutal and inhuman regime.

B) China is our great friend and trading partner. Our leaders and/or their air-head spouses go there to pgrovel to its leadership.

You could not make it up.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Core Thought, Morality, Politics

 

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O’Blather & the Debt Ceiling

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When I first read the speech below, I thought it was a joke. How could a serious politician say this and yet once in power 5 years later have the exact opposite view? But this is politics.  We have come to expect politicians to say anything they feel in in their short-term interests and/or based on party dogma – opposing anything the opposition does as a matter of course, no matter how appropriate it might be.

Take Francois Hollande: BEFORE the presidential election in 2012 he castigated Sarkozy for imüosing “austerity”, yet the day after his election he continued with exactly the same policy, only MORE so, with over 70 new or increased taxes.

As it happens, I think Obama was right in 2006 and utterly, moronically wrong ever since his election to the Presidency, but the sheer contrast between then and now makes it – for me – imperative that we do not forget this 2006 speech, which I copy below. I can’t see any way out of the shambles this current generation of politicians has got us into until we get better leadership. Look at what we have!

Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Putin – and several others, not all as bad no doubt, but that is enough to be going on with. How can one tke any of them seriously, or indeed have any hope for long-term solutions?

March 16, 2006 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD—SENATE S2237-2238:

“Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to
$8.6 trillion. That is ‘‘trillion’’ with a ‘‘T.’’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.

And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.

Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans—a debt tax that Washington doesn’t want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.

But we are not doing that. Despite repeated efforts by Senators CONRAD and FEINGOLD, the Senate continues to reject a return to the commonsense Pay-go rules that used to apply. Previously, Pay-go rules applied both to increases in mandatory spending and
to tax cuts. The Senate had to abide by the commonsense budgeting principle of balancing expenses and revenues. Unfortunately, the principle was abandoned, and now the demands of budget discipline apply only to spending.

As a result, tax breaks have not been paid for by reductions in Federal spending, and thus the only way to pay for them has been to increase our deficit to historically high levels and borrow more and more money. Now we have to pay for those tax breaks plus
the cost of borrowing for them. Instead of reducing the deficit, as some people claimed, the fiscal policies of this administration and its allies in Congress will add more than $600 million in debt for each of the next 5 years.

That is why I will once again cosponsor the Pay-go amendment and continue to hope that my colleagues will return to a smart rule that has worked in the past and can work again.

Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 Presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just 5 years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing from foreign countries. But we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours.

Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘‘the buck stops here.’’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

In April 2011, Obama said this about his 2006 speech:

“I think that it’s important to understand the vantage point of a senator versus the vantage point of a president. When you’re a senator, traditionally what’s happened is, this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit — for the United States by a trillion dollars. As president, you start realizing, you know what, we, we can’t play around with this stuff. This is the full faith and credit of the United States. And so that was just an example of a new senator making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I’m the first one to acknowledge it.”

Yes, Mr President, but the people elect politicians to speak the TRUTH, irrespective of whatever “vantage point” they have. Otherwise we think you’ll say anything that seems to you expedient for your own personal advantage at the time.

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/debtlimit.asp

SOME SOBERING FACTS:

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Business & the Economy, Politics, USA

 

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Why Obama won the Election

Please take a moment to digest this provocative article by a Jewish Rabbi from Teaneck , N.J., Steven Pruzansky. It is far and away the most succinct and thoughtful explanation of how our nation is changing. The article appeared in “The Israel National News” in December 2012, and is directed to Jewish readership. 70% of American Jews vote as Democrats.

“The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted.

But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans could have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle.

Romney lost because he didn’t get enough votes to win.That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost because the conservative virtues – the traditional American virtues – of  liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness – no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate.

The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff. Every businessman knows this; that is why the “loss leader” or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama’s America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote, and so they did, by the tens of millions; those who – courtesy of Obama – receive two full years of unemployment benefits (which, of course, both disincentivizes looking for work and also motivates people to work off the books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote. The lure of free stuff is irresistible.

The defining moment of the whole campaign was the revelation of the secretly-recorded video in which Romney acknowledged the difficulty of winning an election in which “47% of the people” start off against him because they pay no taxes and just receive money – “free stuff” – from the government.

Almost half of the population has no skin in the game- they don’t care about high taxes, promoting business, or creating jobs, nor do they care that the money for their free stuff is being borrowed from their children and from the Chinese.

They just want the free stuff that comes their way at someone else’s expense. In the end, that 47% leaves very little margin for error for any Republican, and does not bode well for the future. It is impossible to imagine a conservative candidate winning against such overwhelming odds. People do vote their pocketbooks. In essence, the people vote for a Congress who will not raise their taxes, and for a President who will give them free stuff, never mind who has to pay for it.

That engenders the second reason why Romney lost: the inescapable conclusion that the electorate is ignorant and uninformed. Indeed,  it does not pay to be an informed voter, because most other voters – the clear majority – are unintelligent and easily swayed by emotion and raw populism.That is the indelicate way of saying that too many people vote with their hearts and not their heads. That is why Obama did not have to produce a second term agenda, or even defend his first-term record. He needed only to portray  Mitt Romney as a rapacious capitalist who throws elderly women over a cliff, when he is not just snatching away their cancer medication, while starving the poor and cutting taxes for the rich.

During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: “Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Stevenson called back: “That’s not enough, madam, we need a majority!”

Truer words were never spoken.

Obama could get away with saying that “Romney wants the rich to play by a different set of rules” – without ever defining what those different rules were; with saying that the “rich should pay their fair share” – without ever defining what a “fair share” is; with saying that Romney wants the poor, elderly and sick to “fend for themselves” – without even acknowledging that all these government programs are going bankrupt, their current insolvency only papered over by deficit spending.

Similarly, Obama (or his surrogates) could hint to blacks that a Romney victory would lead them back into chains and proclaim to women that their abortions and birth control would be taken away. He could appeal to Hispanics that Romney would have them all arrested and shipped to Mexico and unabashedly state that he will not enforce the current immigration laws. He could espouse the furtherance of the incestuous relationship between governments and unions – in which politicians ply the unions with public money, in exchange for which the unions provide the politicians with votes, in exchange for which the politicians provide more money and the unions provide more votes, etc., even though the money is gone.

Obama also knows that the electorate has changed – that whites will soon be a minority in America(they’re already a minority in California) and that the new immigrants to the US are primarily from the Third World and do not share the traditional American values that attracted immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a different world, and a different America . Obama is part of that different America , knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won.

Obama also proved again that negative advertising works, invective sells, and harsh personal attacks succeed. That Romney never engaged in such diatribes points to his essential goodness as a person; his  “negative ads” were simple facts, never personal abuse – facts about high unemployment, lower take-home pay, a loss of American power and prestige abroad, a lack of leadership, etc. As a politician, though, Romney failed   because he did not embrace the devil’s bargain of making unsustainable promises.

It turned out that it was not possible for Romney and Ryan – people of substance, depth and ideas – to compete with the shallow populism and platitudes of their opponents. Obama mastered the politics of envy – of class warfare – never reaching out to Americans as such but to individual groups, and cobbling together a winning majority from these minority groups. If an Obama could not be defeated – with his record and his vision of America, in which free stuff seduces voters – it is hard to envision any change in the future.

The road to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and to a European-socialist economy – those very economies that are collapsing today in Europe – is paved. For Jews, mostly assimilated anyway and staunch Democrats, the results demonstrate again that liberalism is their Torah. Almost 70% voted for a president widely perceived by Israelis and most committed Jews as hostile to Israel. They voted to secure Obama’s future at America’s expense and at Israel ‘s expense – in effect, preferring Obama to Netanyahu by a wide margin.

A dangerous time is ahead. Under present circumstances, it is inconceivable that the US will take any aggressive action against Iran and will more likely thwart any Israeli initiative. The US will preach the importance of negotiations up until the production of the first Iranian nuclear weapon – and then state that the world must learn to live with this new reality.

But this election should be a wake-up call to Jews. There is no permanent empire, nor is there an enduring haven for Jews anywhere in the exile. The American empire began to decline in 2007, and the deterioration has been exacerbated in the last five years. This election only hastens that decline.

Society is permeated with sloth, greed, envy and materialistic excess. It has lost its moorings and its moral foundations. The takers outnumber the givers, and that will only increase in years to come.

The “Occupy” riots across this country in the last two years were mere dress rehearsals for what lies ahead – years of unrest sparked by the increasing discontent of the unsuccessful who want to seize the fruits and the bounty of the successful, and do not appreciate the slow pace of redistribution.

If this election proves one thing, it is that the Old America is gone. And, sad for the world,
it is not coming back. The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.”

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Core Thought, USA

 

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The State of America

A Blog post from the “Daily Telegraph” on October 3rd, 2013 by:

Ghislane400

I haven’t got time to verify all of these statistics, but I assume they are accurate. I have added some from Nicholas Kristoff at the end.

As far as I understand, the only reason the USA is not totally bankrupt right now is because the rest of the world keeps lending to it, believing that it is “too big to fail.” Many countries and Empires in history have believed they are too big and important to fail, France being yet another one ………. On that point, see: “The Life Cycle of a Democracy”, which is rather sobering!

After DECADES of bad decisions, America is now dangerously in debt!  Obama has crippled America since he was re-elected, and his ineptitude is highlighted by the facts below: 

  • 30 years ago the US national debt stood at about one trillion dollars.  Today it stands at almost 17 TRILLION DOLLARS!

  • About 40 years ago the TOTAL debt stood at about 2 trillion dollars, today it is more than 56 TRILLION DOLLARS!  

  • At the same time as they have run up all of this debt, their economic infrastructure and their ability to create wealth has been completely gutted.  Since 2001, America has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities and millions of jobs have been moved overseas. 

  • Their share of the global GDP declined from 31.8% in 2001 to 21.6% in 2011.

  • The percentage of self-employed Americans is at an all time low whilst the amount of them on benefits is at a record high.

  • During Obama’s first term, the federal government accumulated more debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined.

  • If they started to pay off the new debt accumulated under Obama at the rate of $1 per second, it would take them 184,000 years to pay it off.

  • Every hour of every day, the federal government steals more than 100 MILLION DOLLARS from their children and your grandchildren.

  • America has dropped in global economic competitiveness for the past 4 years running. 

  • According to “The Economist”, America was the best place to be born in 1988; now they tie for 16th place.

  • There are fewer Americans working in manufacturing today than in 1950, despite the fact that their population has doubled since then.

  • In Detroit alone, there are over 70,000 abandoned buildings.

  • When NAFTA was pushed through American Congress in 1933, they had a trade surplus with Mexico of 1.6 billion dollars.  They had a trade DEFICIT with them of 61.6 billion dollars come 2010.

  • Their trade deficit with China was 6 MILLION DOLARS in 1985 for the entire year.  In 2012 their trade deficit with China was 315 BILLION DOLLARS.  This is the largest trade deficit between nations in the history of the world.  

  • America also loses half a million jobs to China annually. Fewer than 65% of all men in America have jobs. 53% of American male workers make less than £30,000 a year! Only 7% of all non-farm workers in the States are self-employed.  This is an all time low.

  • 146 million Americans are either ‘poor’ or ‘low income’.  49% of them live in a home that receives benefits from the federal government, according to the U.S Census Bureau.One in every 6 Americans is on Medicaid and Obamacare will add another 16 million to the Medicaid rolls; this will be a total of 73.2 million come 2025. This will increase liabilities of 38 trillion dollars to Medicare over the next 75 years, which equates to $328,404.00 for every single household in the United States.

  •  Of the 56 million Americans collecting Social Security benefits now, by 2035 that will soar to an astounding 91 MILLION!  That is a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.

  • Americans on Social Security Disability exceeds the population of Greece, and those on food stamps exceeds the population of Spain.

  • 45% of all children in Miami now live in poverty, more than 50% of all children in Cleveland live in poverty, 60% of all children in Detroit live in poverty.  

  • More than 1 million public school students in America are HOMELESS.  This is the first time in American history this has ever happened.

  • Since Obama got back in, those Americans on food stamps has risen from 32 million to 47 million.  That number exceeds the combined populations of Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming!

What a spiffing good job Obama is doing of bankrupting America!  Anyone would think he hates the States!  Seriously, anyone who voted for him owes an apology to the children of America, for whom a terrible country full of debt has been created by the biggest clown one could imagine.

AND, from Nicholas Kristoff in “The New York Times”:

  • The richest 1 percent of Americans now take home almost 24 percent of income, up from almost 9 percent in 1976. As Timothy Noah of Slate noted in an excellent series on inequality, the United States now arguably has a more unequal distribution of wealth than traditional banana republics like Nicaragua, Venezuela and Guyana.

  • C.E.O.’s of the largest American companies earned an average of 42 times as much as the average worker in 1980, but 531 times as much in 2001. Perhaps the most astounding statistic is this: From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent.

POSTSCRIPT:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit
is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government
can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on on-going
financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s
reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us
domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops
here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today
onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt
problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Senator Barack Obama, March 20, 2006.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Business & the Economy, Politics

 

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Israel’s Folly

Peter Oborne in “The Independent” – right on the nail as usual

Absolutely right. Israel is special for all of us, but it has completely abused our support. Whichever way you look at it, they have been occupying land gained by conquest for decades now. NO, they didn’t START the war that allowed them to occupy the West Bank, but on that basis Britain should now be ruling Germany and Japan be a state of the USA.

They have DONE ALMOST NOTHING to bring peace; no concessions or compromise on settlements, the exiles, Jerusalem. The Palestinians are the most educated, moderate and democratic people in the Middle East  and pose no danger to Israel, and yet Israel continues to steal their land andbuild settlements on it and maintain road blocks, apparently content to keep the people in poverty.

Nutandyahboo even CANCELLED the freeze on settlement-building IN THE MIDDLE OF PEACE TALKS. It is almost as if they are determined to provoke the next generation of Palestinian youth to rebel and join Hamas. The mainline Palestine faction has eschewed violence, but what have they been offered in return? Almost NOTHING.

The extent of the domination of Israel’s political agenda by right-wing religious nutters is astonishing. What do they EXPECT from the future? That they can go on for EVER like this? They simply give ammunition to Hamas but even worse to Hezbollah and Iran.

Obama is a disaster. When Nutandyahboo announced the end of the freeze on settlements, he merely said he was “disappointed”. The man is totally out of his depth, which is not surprising in one with so little experience and whose only competence is to make a good speech full of superficial froth but no substance – which the Americans in their desperation for a fresh start fell for hook, line and sinker. And not only the Americans of course – the surreally-stupid award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama showing the extent of the self-delusion.

What he SHOULD have done was get on the phone secretly (Wikileaks permitting of course) and told Nutandyahboo that if he didn’t compromise and therefore make real concessions then the USA would not only cancel all aid to Israel but start financing Palestine. An ultimatum to withdraw from the West Bank or face military action would not have gone amiss either.

As it is, the Israeli right-wing (Is it time to start calling them fascists? We would do if it were ANY OTHER PEOPLE) are leading the west by the nose into disaster. After 9/11 sorting out the Palestine Problem was supposed to be a top-priority.

It could and should have been so different. Israel and Palestine clearly need each other for trade, peace, as an example to the rest of the Middle East and the world.  At the moment, however, it is all a shameful disaster.

What can WE do? Well, nothing else has worked, so perhaps it is time for sanctions. We did it to get rid of apartheid; what is so different about Israel?

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in Core Thought, Middle East, Morality

 

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The Obama Failure

This is FAR better by Johann Hari. It highlights the corrosive and totally corrupting power of money in the US “democracy”.

I felt when Obama was elected that it was TOO SOON for him – a bit like William Hague in the UK. Obama simply has not the experience to stand up to money in the interests of the greater good.  This is partly due to the US system (totally corrupted by the power of money, which Obama has not been able to resits either) but also to Obama’s own inadequacy. He is clearly not up to the job that needed doing, but it is hard to see any alternative that WILL start putting America right. It needs a leader with steel, not just charisma and the gift of the gab.

Apart from the on-going shambles in US domestic affairs (declining dollar, unemployment and vastly-increasing debt, Obama on Palestine has been APPALLING.  EVEN AS the Israelis were conducting “peace talks” with the Palestinians they announced that the freeze on new settlement building in the West Bank would be ended. Obama’s reaction? He said he was “disappointed” …… no doubt the Israelis were dumbstruck by this devastating rebuke.

Did you see “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”? I loved that line of Ed Rooney, the Dean: “I weep for the future.” It is a phrase I would use – sadly – re the US.

(PS Yes, I know that Europe is in a tailspin decline as well, but that’s another story …)

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2010 in Politics

 

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Déjà Vu (again) in Palestine ….

ISRAEL and the HOLLOW PLEDGES AFTER 9/11

Can anyone explain to me the difference between the French Resistance  fighting hopelessly against the Nazis who had invaded their land and the Palestinian terrorists trying hopelessly to get Israel out of THEIR land? Before there is a knee-jerk reaction to this question, I should say it is couched from the perspective of a Palestinian and not from someone sitting comfortably in his or her lounge in some safe and cosy corner of a far-away western, country.

This is a problem which I have tried to approach with objectivity and logic, and having done so, it seems to me bizarre that the western world so casually accepts the occupation of Palestine. And we all do accept it, don’t we? Where are the sanctions? Where is the pressure on Israel to do anything?

In fact, the whole scenario defies logic. We are well out of our pram about Iran, which in fact occupies NO foreign land and has (as yet) NO bomb and yet nobody suggests (least of all successive craven American administrations) that we should take any steps against Israel which A) occupies someone else’s land and B) already has a bomb.

Of course, Israelis in the main are not Muslims, perhaps that’s partly why they are very PC despite their status as invaders and occupiers. Frankly, our policies are pretty bonkers …… especially if you look at them from an Arab’s point of view. Is NOBODY doing this even after 9/11?

After WW II because of the guilt Europe felt because of what the Nazis had done we helped Israel to expropriate land where Arabs had lived for generations. Many thousands had to flee from their homes into exile, and have never been able to return. Yes, maybe the Jews deserved a homeland, but that doesn’t alter the fact that it came at the expense of other people.

If an invading army took over your home in the Forest of Dean; Esher, Tunbridge Wells, Rhode Island or – Heaven Forbid, Martha’s Vineyard – or wherever through no fault of your own, how would you feel? The Arabs naturally felt deep injustice at the theft of their land …… and then the demagogic Abdul Nasser of Egypt (Nasser) decided to try to put things right and of course lost even MORE land.

After the victory of 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank and started settling its people on it. There has been NO CHANGE in this policy since then, over forty years ago. Recently, an Israeli cabinet spokesman was quoted as saying: “There a certain things unresolved that people are just going to have to live with for the foreseeable future.” Perhaps he means until a nuclear war in the Middle East?

But you have to use EMPATHY, the ability to feel what others are feeling. Israel continues building in the west bank, does not consider ANY solution to the problem of the Palestinians in exile since 1948. It continues to occupy the west bank and set up roadblocks which prevent the people from going about their business IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. Through conquest it claims Jerusalem as its own in its entirely, even though a large part of the city has been Arab for over ONE THOUSAND YEARS.

Is it ANY WONDER that the surrounding countries are angry? Once again, how would YOU feel?

The tragedy is that the Palestinians are the ONLY Middle Eastern people (apart from Iraq thanks to the hated George Bush) that are in any way democratic. They are well-educated and basically peace-loving and do not deserve the treatment Israel is imposing on them.

But what is bizarre is, as I said, not so much that Israel is pursuing this policy. In the modern world (but perhaps it was ever so) might is usually “right”, and in general, many people and nations do whatever they can get away with; the “ethical foreign policy” evoked by the late Robin Cook remained just that, an evocation. No, it is the fact that so many other people and nations are shrugging their shoulders and accepting this situation. Barack Obama came to office with the stated intention of doing something about the Palestine problem. Not only has he been totally ineffectual, with so far as one can see no effective pressure whatsoever put on Israel either in private or in public, he has even been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for this total lack of any achievement. He recently stated that he was “disappointed” that Israel cannot even continue a freeze on development in the west bank even while Peace Talks are going on.

“Disappointed”? Were you President, wouldn’t you be “furious” instead of merely “disappointed”? In the last 100 years many British and Allied troops died in the fight to maintain the principle of “no territorial gain through conquest”, so it is sad to see us accepting it with such complacency in 2009. And what happened to the post 9/11 promises?

In Palestine there is nothing but disappointment which may once again turn to despair. In the various dictatorships run by assorted despots and/or fundamentalist lunatics such as Iran, Burma, North Korea and plenty of others there was delight that they will now face a US which is going to present a friendlier, less bullying face than George Bush. Great; if only Hitler could have faced more friendly faces in 1939 then we could have avoided WWII. Too bad about Russia …..

As for the concrete achievements towards world peace that this Obama friendliness is going to achieve, we are still waiting.

It’s a funny old world.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Politics

 

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