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Christmas greetings from Israel

December 26, 2008

Before we go there, a question.  Sorry it’s such a long one.

WHICH STATE, in the all-too-long history of warfare between nations, is the only one which, when confronted with an enemy who:

  1. has as its foundational value the destruction of the subject state by armed force and terror
  2. inculcates genocidal hatred of the subject state among its population and more particularly its young
  3. infiltrates the sovereign territory of the subject state across international borders and kidnaps one of the subject state’s soldiers (an act of war)
    • refuses subsequently to allow the captive access to international humanitarian authorities (a war crime)
  4. infiltrates suicide bombers into the territory of the subject state as acknowledged instruments of murder in accordance with declared policies (acts of war)
  5. bombards the subject state with rockets (acts of war) – to the number of several score on a single day, which rockets are:
    1. fired from civilian areas under cover of the civilian infrastructure (a war crime)
    2. unguided, regardless of target (a war crime)
    3. specifically intended to kill, maim and terrorise civilians (a war crime)
    4. protected from retaliation by the subject state with civilian human shields, commonly women and children  (a war crime)
  6. has never concealed, denied or resiled from any or all of the above;

IS then nonetheless required by the international community to:

  1. refrain from retaliating (by striking at the rocketeers and terrorists)
  2. refrain from protecting itself (by closing its borders)
  3. refrain from defending itself (by erecting barriers and checkpoints)

AND IS also directed by the international community to support, sustain and nurture, in a time of war, the enemy sworn to its destruction by providing it with –

  1. Fuel
  2. Food
  3. Water
  4. Power
  5. Humanitarian aid
  6. Access of the subject state’s hospital and medical services
  7. Money
  8. Free movement across its borders

– without demur, limit or objection.

Which state? You guessed it.

With all that in mind, let’s go, as Carl in Jerusalem would say (thanks, Carl), to the videotape.

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4 comments

  1. Funny isn’t it how most of the civilised world, its scholars and journalists, see the situation differently and report the truth that the Zionist lobby will not.

    You are defending the indefensible.

    For example:

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n01/roy_01_.html

    There is a direct line from the European Crusades to Nazism to the colonial terrorist Israeli state.

    Think about it.


  2. “There is a direct line from the European Crusades to Nazism to the colonial terrorist Israeli state.

    Think about it.”

    No, thanks. I don’t go for Usama bin Laden out of Edward Said. But I think you would be better off in the spam pot.


  3. Actually, re the direct line thingy, I was thinking more, as exhibit one, given the season and all, of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

    And the only book of Edward Said’s I’ve read is “On Late Style” where he discusses, among others, Richard Strauss, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, Genet, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Cavafy, Visconti, Glenn Gould.

    It’s one of those books you must take in small sips.


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