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Thursday, January 05, 2006

More sniper schools needed

Once-powerful US lobbyist Jack Abramoff is likely to spill the beans on the inherent corruption within the Washington power elite. The Republicans, and some Democrats, are in for a rough year. What kind of man is Abramoff? Washington Post journalist Susan Schmidt has a few ideas:

"We do know he spent millions of dollars on his two restaurants, that he bankrolled a religious academy that educated his children, that he was sending money to settlers on the West Bank for a sniper school. He also lived extravagantly, flying by private jet and buying expensive cars."

UPDATE: Juan Cole has much more on Abramoff's funding and support of Jewish extremism.

18 Comments:

Blogger Wombat said...

You gotta love Juan Cole. The guy really knows his stuff.

Here's a few quotes I couldnt resist. interesting quote:

"Although some of my readers are under the impression that in the civilized world it is all right to take your neighbor's land by winning it in warfare, actually the United Nations Charter (to which Israel is a signatory) and the whole body of post-1945 international law frowns on that sort of thing. Likewise both the Hague Regulations of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 forbid occupying powers to settle their citizens in militarily occupied territories, or, indeed, to make any major alteration in the structure of the conquered societies. Basically, the idea was that as of the late 1940s your nation is stuck with the land it has and you can't take anyone else's by force. And if you try, the United Nations Security Council has an obligation to stop you. The Geneva Conventions were framed to prevent further atrocities of a sort committed by the Nazis. It is not only the Nazis who were capable of atrocities; everyone is, which is why we need a rule of law, including international law."

And he sums up teh hypucrisy and double standards ebautifully with these:

"Now here's the thing. If a Palestinian-American had diverted $140,000 from a Muslim charity to "security equipment" and "sniper lessons" for Palestinians on the West Bank, that individual would be in Gitmo so fast that the sonic boom would rattle your windows."

"But here's a prediction. None of the Jewish extremists, some of them violent, who are invading the West Bank and making the lives of the local Palestinians miserable will ever be branded "terrorists" by the US Government, and Abramoff's foray into providing sniper lessons will be quietly buried."

Finally, here's one that could be used to describe AIPAC:

"Terror isn't terror and aggression is not aggression when it has lobbyists in Congress who can provide luxury vacations and illegal campaign funding."

Thursday, January 05, 2006 1:21:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Let me make a prediction:
This scandal will get bigger and bigger, BUT his connections to zionist extremists will be largely ignored.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 1:29:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Hey AL,

Did you hear abtou this?

Hardball's Chris Matthews, FOX's Tony Snow and Britt Hume helped raise money for shady Abramoff charity
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/01/hardballs-chris-matthews-foxs-tony.html

Yesterday, Crhis Matthews was interviewed and did everything he coudl to suggest the Abramoff affair was an isoltaed non-partisan incident and called him Satan. Now we know why.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 1:44:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Nope, didn't know that.
Yet more are brought into the circle and many in the media, a little unsure of their role, clearly, are exposed.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 2:10:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Was it a sniper school, or training in self defence? Are not Jews allowed to defend themselves? Are they to be shot for the crime of being jewish on Islamic land and not fight back?

Are they only allowed to shoot back if they can't aim?

Thursday, January 05, 2006 3:50:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Read the article Ibraham before being so reactive. Juan Cole is not an anti-Semite prome to conspiracy theories.

There are extremists on both sides of the conflict. Not all extremists are Arab muslims.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 3:53:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Using Juan cole as a source is just asking for trouble:

Juan Cole and His Bad Week
by Charles

The reason I seldom read Gloom Juan Cole and his weblog Malformed Informed Comment is because he subscribes to the Immutable Laws of Gilliard, described below the fold. His problem, though a smart and knowledgeable fellow, is that he's so blindered and shackled to his ideology that he's prone to whopping mistakes and misjudgments. His downtalking the Iraqi election last January was one example, and his entries this past week are the latest outbreak.

So obvious and glaring were his recent errors that even a dKos diarist took Cole to task. Martin Kramer busted Cole on both his wrong interpretation of history and his duplicitousness, both here and in a follow-up here. It's one thing for a semi-anonymous sweatpant-wearing blogger to be so blatantly wrong and pettyminded, but it's another thing altogether for a prominent professor of Middle East studies and Chairman of the Middle East Studies Association to be so. Dare I say that Cole was being McCarthyesque by getting personal and calling for oppo research against Kramer?

Tony Badran of Across the Bay starts here and follows up here, here, here, here and here. Ouch. All in all, a bad week for the academic.

So what are these Immutable Laws of Gilliard? In the days before he had his own blog and when he was a prolific dKos commenter, Steve Gilliard employed certain tactics when discussing the pre-war and war efforts. Inspired by the Immutable Laws of Dowd, I thought that Gilliard and the like (including Cole) deserved their own Immutable Laws:

If there's bad news, report it. Add little snippets on how awful things are. Liberally toss in words like "quagmire", "ignorance", "hegemony", "hubris", "incompetence", "lies" and the like.
If there's neutral news, cherry-pick the worst parts and write things like "this can't be good" or "things are going from bad to worse" or "this has been another bad week for Bush". Ignore positive developments by downplaying or sidestepping them, or trying to discredit them.
If there's good news and no bad news can be plucked, deny that it's actually good news. Write something like "this looks like good news but it's really not". Or, "this can't be right, these reports can't be trusted" or "it may sound good but this will surely backfire on us" or "oh, sure, this may be a positive development but look at all these other areas where things are falling apart".
Add no constructive suggestions or solutions.
Always take the obligatory dig at the Bush administration.
Make sure to add an ominous forecast or two.
Ignore all past predictions that were proved wrong, don't admit you were wrong, don't re-visit past wrong posts to see where they went wrong, soldier on and make more Chicken Little predictions. When confronted with past wrong predictions, ignore them or change the subject, then default back to telling everyone how awful things are going.
The problem is that these commenters are so locked into a certain worldview that they refuse to process information that contradicts their doctrine. That is why I only read them occasionally.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 4:09:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Juan Cole, Media -- and MESA -- Darling
by Jonathan Calt Harris
FrontPage Magazine
December 7, 2004
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=16241

Professional organizations choose their leaders as much for their symbolism as for organizational ability. The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is the foremost professional organization representing academics working on this region. Once a bastion of respectable scholars, the organization has fallen on hard times, becoming today a hive of academic opposition of America, Israel, and, in the larger sense, rationalism itself.

It was Stanford University's Joel Beinin, president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in 2002, who famously articulated the group's post-9/11 osterich mentality by praising "great wisdom" of his colleagues for avoiding the study of terrorism. Coupled with entire panels of anti-Israel "scholars" and special sessions on "American imperialism," and the three-day event can look more like an Arab political rally than a conference of specialists.

But the organization out-did itself when, in November 2004, it elected Juan Cole as its next president. Cole has a string of impressive titles, being a professor of modern Middle East and South Asian history at the University of Michigan, editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and author of a weblog focusing on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. He emerged in 2003 as a Middle East expert for the media (The New York Times,[1] Washington Post,[2] National Public Radio)[3] and for influential leftist bloggers such as Josh Marshall, Brad Delong, or Mark A. R. Kleinman.[4]

But what the academics validated – and the major media are drawing on – is one strange professor. Cole's view is shaped by his fundamental belief in a conspiracy of Jewish "neo-conservatives" that largely runs U.S. policy toward the Middle East. His recurrent theme is that a nebulous ‘pro-Likud' cabal controls the U.S. government from a small number of key positions in the Executive Branch. He never names the leaders or organizations behind this fabulously clever and utterly secret conspiracy but vaguely associates it with AIPAC, MEMRI, and any prominent Jew in the Bush administration.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 4:12:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Conspiracy theories are usually pretty nutty. They are sometimes true however. Here's one: the Liberal Party's 'free-market' policies are largely driven by the 'peak business bodies' that pay for its election campaigns.

What were these bodies saying in October last year:

‘It is imperative that proceeds raised from any further privatisation of Telstra should be used to fund long-term initiatives, such as comprehensive tax reform.’
- Hugh Morgan, President, Business Council of Australia

‘With the genuine possibility of a working majority in the Senate, we will be looking forward to the government implementing its industrial relations policy.’
- Peter Hendy, CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

‘The competitive pressures on the Australian economy are intensifying … we need very flexible labour markets if we are to sustain employment growth.’
- Heather Ridout, CEO, Australian Industry Group

‘There are a lot of industrial relations measures that could be passed … that would help small business employers.’
- Tim Steven, CEO, Council of Small Business Organisations

Hmmm. Does anyone have any doubt at all about what these people talk to Howard about over din-dins? (And they do talk over din-dins.)

Thursday, January 05, 2006 7:08:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Wow I'm impressed Ibraham. This is the first titme ever I can reacalll you provided a source or a link. Look forward to readng them.

Now can you provide a link that proves what Juan Cole cites in reference to the Abramoff is false?

Thursday, January 05, 2006 11:42:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

I am citing that Cole is a suspect source. I am questioning the identification of a 'sniper' school as opposed to a school for armed self defense including rifle training.

Friday, January 06, 2006 12:25:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

That's a valid point. It would be difficult to prove that there are people training themselves to actively target Paelsitinians as opposed to resorting to self defense.

Having said that, the article does allude to such groups being used by the IDF to carry out less noble acts. We have seen evidence of this with the US emplying provate security contractors for some operations in order to maintain plausible deniability.

Friday, January 06, 2006 12:46:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Again, a tiny kernal layered in addamo.

Friday, January 06, 2006 5:13:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Why avoid the argument and trash me for pointing out what was mentioned in the article. Is it beyond the pale to consider that there are extremists Israeli Jewsih vigilantes taking matters into their own hands?

You would have no problem accepting this possibility if we were talking about Arab Muslims woudl you.

Friday, January 06, 2006 6:07:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Addamo_01 said...
"Why avoid the argument and trash me"

He's not. He's building a written monument to Ibrahamic autism.

Friday, January 06, 2006 6:32:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Just more addamo out of our resident antisemite.

Friday, January 06, 2006 7:26:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Yo mean there's only one anti-Semite? What happened to all the others you've identified?

Saturday, January 07, 2006 4:10:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

You are identifying residents?

Saturday, January 07, 2006 5:20:00 am  

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