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Friday, December 16, 2005

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- An update on the current situation in Nepal. Is the King serious about peace and democracy? Don't count on it.

- In violation of international law and the so-called "Road Map", Israel announces construction of yet more houses in West Bank settlements and Hamas wins big in local Palestinian elections.

- Israel's former top general claims that Saddam moved his WMD to Syria before the 2003 invasion. This story has circulated for years, despite no evidence, but the mainstream media keeps printing it.

- The Iraqi elections saw a large turn-out and a likely win for religious parties closely aligned with Iran. Many Iraqis want an end to the US occupation, though this election will not lead to a full US withdrawal. That will not happen for years, if ever. If the US wanted to create a Western-friendly state in the Middle East, they will be sorely disappointed. So much for building "democracy" in the region. There have been so many "milestones" since 2003, it is difficult to believe this election will bring any relief from the insurgency, Shiite backed militias, a largely unreported air war and privatisation of the country's oil.

- Australia is not a racist country but the greatest place on Earth, says John Howard. And the fairy godmother is Jewish.

- Bush says the Iraq war is good for Israel, but many American Jews aren't so sure. An Islamic state aligned with Iran. Yep, score one for the Zionists.

21 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

How can a whole country be racist? There are racists and non-racists here, as there are everywhere.

I would say that the Lebanese who have been attacking anyone not of their ilk or religion are some of the worst racists we have here.

Friday, December 16, 2005 12:05:00 pm  
Blogger David Tan said...

it is difficult to believe this election will bring any relief from the insurgency,

That says it all about the insurgency doesnt it? The insurgents dont want Iraq run by Iraqis. If the insurgency continues after the election it will show the World that the insurgents are just murders and criminals grasping for power.

Friday, December 16, 2005 12:09:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

P.S. Is the PM - any PM - supposed to say that Australia is not the greatest country in the world? I really think you'd have a hard time finding any head of state of any nation (indeed lots of ordinary citizens as well) who wouldn't say that about about their own country.

For the record, what do you think the "greatest country in the world" (to use JWH's language) is?

Reason 4,387 why Labor can't win federally: They keep telling voters their country is crap.

Friday, December 16, 2005 12:11:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"That says it all about the insurgency doesnt it? The insurgents dont want Iraq run by Iraqis. If the insurgency continues after the election it will show the World that the insurgents are just murders and criminals grasping for power."

Duuuuuh David. Is your brain in hybernate mode or something? Insurgents will contiue to do what they do becasuye the US are still there.

I know, take your time and let it sink in. It might take you a week or teo to get it.

Friday, December 16, 2005 1:54:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

BTW. The PM is right. I have travlled to every continent and working between the US and Canada at the moment. There is no doubt Oz is the best country I have ever been to.

Friday, December 16, 2005 2:03:00 pm  
Blogger David Tan said...

Insurgents will contiue to do what they do becasuye the US are still there.

So its ok for insurgent "A" can intentionally kill civillian "B" because foreign soldier "C" is somewhere in country "D". AND THATS OK TO ADDAMO? Says much about you addamo.

Friday, December 16, 2005 3:59:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

This has nothing to do with "race" and everything to do with "culture." These Muslim Arabs should be grateful that we took them in after their own culture tried to vaporise them.

Friday, December 16, 2005 4:00:00 pm  
Blogger anthony said...

In violation of international law and the so-called "Road Map", Israel announces construction of yet more houses in West Bank settlements and Hamas wins big in local Palestinian elections.

Hamas wins big in Palestinian elections? This is a violation of the roadmap- the Palestinians were supposed to end attacks (pfft, there’s a greater chance that hiv/aids will disappear tomorrow) and refuse to allow candidates who were calling for violence to achieve their aims.

Friday, December 16, 2005 4:23:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

Why do we even bother with these crackpots? Given they can't even get their meatheads around 242 what hope is there?

I say leave them to their sand dunes, magic carpets, grenades, honour killings, and bulldozing homosexuals. Just finish the wall and forget about the tiresome wretches.

Friday, December 16, 2005 4:29:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"So its ok for insurgent "A" can intentionally kill civillian "B" because foreign soldier "C" is somewhere in country "D". AND THATS OK TO ADDAMO? Says much about you addamo."

Is that what I said? Straw man mate.

Friday, December 16, 2005 4:33:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Anthony,

Arab violation of the Road map is not under discussion here! When will you ever learn that this isn't about truth or justice or freedom?

Saturday, December 17, 2005 2:43:00 am  
Blogger kei & yuri said...

The interesting thing about the Israeli interest in the rape of Iraq is the confirming fact. Removing Hussein was a much-touted goal spoiled for over years, and it meant the crushing of Israel's greatest regional threat. As is their wont, a lot of American Jews refuse to comprehend the preceding sentence and on hearing it start shrieking about conspiracy. (It always bothered us how pleased some pedants are to confuse presense and effectiveness regarding a certain Czarist hate tract, and how often that same concern is used to stamp out dissent as hateful.) But beyond the obviousness of the desire of a prowling power to do without a rival, an incomprehensible koan that could be twisted to imply that Iraqi hostilities toward Israel were not motivated simply out of European bigotry, there is a punchline that confirms this bit of suspicion. The usual arguments against an Israeli interest in a shattered Iraq have to do with aftermath.
SINCE WHEN WERE ZIONISTS PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF THINKING AS FAR AS STEP TWO?
These are the people who (except for sensible fascists like Jabotinsky, who called such stupidity what it was) thought they would take another's land and everything would be fine. These are the people who are daily going on hunting expeditions in their settlements, provoking the Palestinian youths, dumping sewage on their "partners" and indulging every petty little abusive urge.
The enormous consequences of the Iraq war are too close to the enormous consequences of the Zionist enterprise for protests from Tel Aviv or New York about innocently trying to hold Bush back to make any sense. Canadian conspiracy theorist the diaphanous Xymphora goes further, pointing out previous cooperation between Iran and Israel (it's more than just Iran-Contra, which is already plenty), the fact that both are non-Sunni non-Arab states who both perceive themselves as oppressed minorities and share mostly the same pallette of enemies or rivals. Israel could be tickled pink that their former Baathist Sunni enemies are now on the run, underground or being tortured by an ascendant Shi'ite ally. Meanwhile John "The Mustache" Bolton, who recently received enthusiastic applause from a Zionist organization for no reason whatsoever exceprt courtesy (Zionists are always very courteous!), is leading the charge against Iraq's Sunni Baathist little sister, Syria. This is not to say that Israel would not attack Iran, especially if they thought Iran was too close to nukes (although Iran has put its nukes in bunkers Israel can't get to, which is part of why this is taking so long), but we fear bigger things than singular bombing missions out west.

Saturday, December 17, 2005 10:27:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Interesting post kei & yuri, though I;m not so sure about the Iranian nukes.

As for Syria, it seems the Israelis regard the likely successor to Assad to be just as bad, if not worse, so they have cooled ont he idea of regime change there.

Saturday, December 17, 2005 11:27:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Only an antisemite would consider kei's post to be interesting and not unadulterated claptrap.

Addamo - you've outed yourself again.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 1:00:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

I know how much you despidse freedom of expression Ibraham.

I still can't get that goose step right. Care yo show me how a master does it?

Sunday, December 18, 2005 5:05:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Despise freedom of expression? I applaud it. Just as I applaud your skill at goose stepping while you yet deny the ability.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 9:10:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Ibraham,

I said the post was intersting, not that I agreed with it. There were parts that were accurate and otherrs that had a conspiracy theory quality to it, which I found amusing.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 9:39:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Your partiality to antisemitic ideas is appalling. Nothing amusing about it.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 1:46:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

We should all support the right of Israelis to live securely in peace. The "Palestinian" people have just declared that they are a terrorist nation.

I would heartily support Israel doing whatever was necessary to cleanse the west Bank of these mass-murdering child molesters. Nuking them till they glow would be best and quickest, but too much of an after effect.

We should open a multi-faith dialogue of what is the best way to rid Israel of the Towelhead menace!

Suggestions?

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:32:00 pm  
Blogger uphillsprinter said...

ib,

buddy, just for two posts at least, can you stop it with your incessant slandering. You run the risk of being ignored; just like pseudo.

happy days

Monday, December 19, 2005 1:07:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

neoleftychick said...

Suggestions?

A frontal lobotomy perhaps?

Monday, December 19, 2005 10:02:00 pm  

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