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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Thanks Ken

London Mayor Ken Livingstone continues his insistence of speaking truth to power. Back in March, he labelled Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a "war criminal". "Israel's expansion includes ethnic cleansing. Palestinians who had lived in that land for centuries were driven out by systematic violence and terror aimed at ethnically cleansing what became a large part of the Israeli state", he said.

Now, in the wake of the London bombings, Livingstone has told BBC News that Western policies in the Middle East have greatly contributed to Islamic anger. "I think you've just had 80 years of western intervention into predominantly Arab lands because of the western need for oil. We've propped up unsavoury governments, we've overthrown ones we didn't consider sympathetic."

He called Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza "border on crimes against humanity". During an interview with Sky News - and despite the dishonest Haaretz headline - Livingstone said: "Given that the Palestinians don't have jet planes, don't have tanks, they only have their bodies to use as weapons." He also rightly suggested that, "Likud and Hamas members are two sides of the same coin. They need each other in order to attract support. Each side emphasizes the extremism of the other in order to attract sympathy."

Jewish groups are outraged by the comments, of course and some have called for his resignation. He won't and he shouldn't.

I await a similarly prominent Australian leader to echo Livingstone's comments.


Blogger Shay said...

Keep waiting... he certainly won't have (ALP) or (LP) after his name. Perhaps Bob Brown is the best we can do.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:34:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed. The ALP and Liberals have an agenda, and we all know what that is.
Kerry Nettle and Bob Brown have made some courageous statements, so we live in hope...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:39:00 pm  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

"The ALP and Liberals have an agenda, and we all know what that is."

Yes, Antony it all one big Jewish/Zionist conspiracy - see the Protocols for more information.

Perhaps, Ken could also suggest that the British govrenment arm those British muslims who want to carry out future attacks along with the IRA with fighter jets, tanks etc. That would be really helpful and would make the mayor of London look a little less idiotic.

And Likud and Hamas part of the same coin? Given Hamas's rhetoric, and given that Likud has the upper-hand (all out military power etc) I'm suprised that every single Arab is not swimming in the Sea yet? Instead the Arab population is over 3 million and is the fastest growing the in the entire ME...

Thanks Ken.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 9:32:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

You're a one note wonder Ali, undistinguishable in a sea of fellow ciphers all singing the same awful song.

Sunday, July 24, 2005 11:35:00 am  

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