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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tasty quickies

- March 18 was the 9th anniversary of the Israeli massacre at Qana. The Israeli army shelled and killed over 100 people sheltering in the headquarters compound of the Fijian batallion of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. A subsequent UN report, which the US under President Bill Clinton tried to bury, painted the damning picture that Israel tried to deny.

- The LA Times reports on the dark side of the "War on Terror." German citizen Khaled el-Masri claims he was "kidnapped in Macedonia, beaten by masked men, blindfolded, injected with drugs and flown to Afghanistan, where he was imprisoned and interrogated by U.S. intelligence agents. He said he was finally dumped in the mountains of Albania." Masri has no reported links to terrorism of any kind.

- Riverbend reports from Baghdad of the tactics of the Iraqi officials and spokespeople in the recent case of the alleged Sunni kidnappings of numerous men, women and children in Medain. It now appears that this story was based on vague rumours (though reported in the West without caveats and later corrected by AP, though little disseminated.) The real reason behind the story, Riverbend says, may have been to mask an assault by the American military and Iraqi national guard on a town not controlled by the "Coalition". Accent on "may". Simply put, if a story is rumour, journalists should write this clearly in their reports.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, you missed one: Billionaire George Soros is working with 70 millionaires and billionaires to tilt the direction of US politics behind the scenes:

(Oh, wait, not enough Jewish names involved and the politics are in the wrong direction for it to be of concern here...)

Thursday, April 21, 2005 7:28:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your final paragraph may have been premature with today's reports of the bodies of 57 hostages being found in the Tigris at Medain!

Thursday, April 21, 2005 7:46:00 am  
Blogger Polywise said...

Anonymous: I didn’t know it was possible for a single person to be such a pathetic, belligerent and sanctimonious wanker. At least have the courage to identify yourself with a name, you raging spineless coward. Your persistent blog stalking clearly illustrates your obsession with Loewenstein and his work. Although, one does wonder whether it’s simply a case of you desperately seeking to engage with someone who’ll take the time to respond to your droll musings. If it’s the latter, you’re not a stalker at all but rather, a gutless troll who should be treated as such.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:31:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Polywise, thank you.
As ever, let's slam the issues, and me, rather than actually engaging.
There are still many issues with the way in which the kidnapping story was released, despite bodies being found today.
And in the name of the new Pope, reveal yourself, who you are, what you do, or actually engage. If you need a hand, ask elsewhere for advice.
The fact that Jews are involved is irrelevant. Yet again, and I do tire of constantly mentioning this, the true reality of Israel is hidden in the West. It's time to reveal.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:42:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh Polywise, is that your real name? Is that the rubric under which you appear in the phone book? If not, you are operating under a nom de plum, which renders you just as anonymous as... well... anonymous.

Pot calling the kettle black?

Oh, and one more thing. The UN 'investigation' of
the Qana incident was a typically one-sided affair in which the Dutch General van Kappen rushed to publish his 'findings' without bothering to even talk to the Israelis, much less wait until the IDF investigation gathered the facts.

If van Kappen had bothered to collect the evidence in its entirety, he would have learned that a Hizbollah mortar was sheltering in the lee of a UN post while firing at the Israelis. The Israelis used artillery radar to identify the source of the Hizbollah fire, and conducted what is known in the military as a counter-battery fire mission against the mortar that was shelling Israeli troops.

There is nothing in the law of war that prevents military action against someone who is firing at you. In fact, according to the law of armed conflict, the side that militarizes protected civilian installations (like schools, hospitals or UN posts) are the ones who are guilty of war crimes.

And then, of course, there's always the issue of UN impotence. If the UN had been doing its job, it wouldn't have allowed a Hizbollah mortar team to set up and fire within spitting distance of one of its outposts.

Kinda reminds you of Srebrenica in 1995, where Dutch UN peacekeepers sat by passively while 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were executed under their very noses. Or Rwanda, where 800,000 were slaughtered while the UN did nothing. Or Darfour today.

Columnist Mark Steyn put it well when he wrote that the standard UN modus operandi is to do nothing until everyone is dead, and then to issue a communique deploring the situation.

Get real, you guys

Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:12:00 pm  

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