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Playing games with the “other”

So much for Hamas being full of only terrorists, hard-liners and rejectionists:

Hamas leader and Palestinian prime minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh told a U.S. television station Thursday that he has never personally ordered a terrorist action against Israel and that he hopes to ultimately reach a peace deal with Israel.

“I’ve never sent anyone on a suicide mission,” he told CBS News. “If one of my sons came to me and asked me that, I wouldn’t even consider giving him my blessing.”

CBS quoted Israeli officials as saying they have no evidence connecting Haniyeh to any terror attacks. However, Haniyeh is a senior official in Hamas, which has ordered many terror attacks, is responsible for scores of Israeli deaths and pledges to destroy Israel.

The history of Hamas is well-known, and these words should be treated with caution. Equally, however, many Israeli leaders and ministers have launched terror attacks against Palestinians. Of course, these “security” measures just happened to kill civilians in the way of tanks, bombs and occupation.

Furthermore, Israel has refused to talk with Hamas, threatened to murder its leaders, including Haniyeh, and labelled the Palestinian Authority a “terror state.” Who is serious about peace?

41 comments ↪
  • Chris

    Never personally? Did he ever do so impersonally? Can someone please list the sons of high ranking Hamas members who have been sent on suicide bombing missions?

    And I seem to recall reading about how proud the mothers were of their sons behavior. I don't recall the father saying much.

  • Chris

    "Who is serious about peace?"

    Published by Antony Loewenstein March 17th, 2006 in Israel

    "we are the sons of war…" the Damascus-based leader Meshal declared.

    Not Hamas.

  • Addamo

    No we have Israel to show us the way right Chris?

  • captain

    oh yeah and Arafat was serious about peace too.

  • Comical_Ali

    Who is serious about peace?

    Err…I guess the group of people who overwhelmingly voted in a government who do not recognise the right of the other side to exist – calling for all the inhabitants to be thrown into the sea.

    I guess that side must be serious about peace. Right?

  • Addamo

    "Err…I guess the group of people who overwhelmingly voted in a government who do not recognise the right of the other side to exist -"

    Errr small detail you forgot to mention Comical. Hamas got it's start through support and financing by Israel.

    Israel and th eUS are good at that knda thing. The US supported what became Al Qaeda.

    Besids, Israel voted in a war criminal. Hardly a man who ever was willing to regcognise Palestine. Great way to show the world it's serious about human rights and peace, woudl you agree?

    You reap what you sew.

  • Chris

    The small detail has not been forgotten. Why don't you expand on on it rather than just lay it there?

    Because a mistake was made regarding a group of people that, the Israelis should have known, would go awry does not prevent rectifying the situation.

    You may be paralyzed by your mistakes, but that's just you.

    The citizens of Israel placed an outstanding leader at the helm. While he may be accused of crimes, there is no court case pending.

  • Comical_Ali

    Err, I didnt question the fact that the particular side that I was refering to was actually serious about peace, now did I?

  • Addamo

    Yes Chris,

    Wjhere woud be be without you to remind us of how accident prone the IDF are. When they are not accidentaly attacking US navy ships, or accidently running over a white woman (shouting through a megaphone) with a bulldozer, accidently shottign 9 and 13 year olf Palestinian kids, or accidently allowing the slaughter to take place in Shabra and Shatilla or accdently bombing US compounds in Quana.

    Holy heck. I jut realised that the IDF are evidently the clumsiest and most accident prone military outfit in existence.

    You think it's a good idea to allow these buffoons to handle nukes?

  • Addamo

    Chris,

    What have we here, more examples of IDF clumsiness no doubt?

    'Israel subjected US detainees to traumas'
    http://www.jordantimes.com/thu/news/news8.htm

  • orang

    The trouble with some of Hamas leadership is while they may Talk the Talk, unlike their occupiers not many of them have Walked the Walk. For instance, take good old Arik The Undead. Who can doubt that he knew how to terrorize, why way back in his glorious paratrooping days ol' Arik would throw grenades into the door of a house full of women and children with best of them. That's just a taste, how about the true pioneers of terrorism in the area (no, not the British), Begin and Shamir? Hamas? Strictly amateurs baby and what's more they kill themselves while they're doing it – how dumb is that?

  • orang

    "Comical_Ali

    Mar 18th, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    Who is serious about peace?

    Err…I guess the group of people who overwhelmingly voted in a government who do not recognise the right of the other side to exist – calling for all the inhabitants to be thrown into the sea."

    Is it the Atlantic (it isn't romantic), and the Pacific isn't terrific. Which one is it again?

  • Addamo

    Alas more IDF clumsiness. It never stops does it?

    Girl, 8, is killed in Israeli raid http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=

    Perhaps they shoud rename the IDF the keystone cops with guns?

  • Chris

    I apologize for the clumsy IDF who certainly have no desire to kill children.

    Who apologizes for the murderers who are of palestinian arab descent who have the desire to kill Jewish children?

  • Addamo

    That's very generous of you Chris, but the IDF rarely issue appologies. In fact, as Fiskrevealed during his presentation, the typical policy appears to be one of denial or flimy excuses.

  • Chris

    I see you overlooked the other thing. How typical of you. But the policy of the IDF regarding apologies is not my concern, nor does it bring the dead back to life, nor does it stifle those Palestinians who murder innocent little jewish children and dance afterwards.

  • Comical_Ali

    Is it the Atlantic (it isn’t romantic), and the Pacific isn’t terrific. Which one is it again?

    Dunno. Better ask the side that is serious about the 'piss' (If in doubt, Antony will be kind enough to direct you)

  • orang

    You know, you should paint large numbers on the side of the boats so you keep track of them. – Are you doing that Chris?

    Helloooo, number seventeen, your time is up!

  • Addamo

    Chris

    I see you overlooked the other thing. How typical of you.

    Care to explain what that other thing might be or are those voices in your head talking to you again?

  • Chris

    Again? When did they appear the first time to you?

    Who apologizes for the murderers who are of palestinian arab descent who have the desire to kill Jewish children?

    That is what you overlooked. Try not to overlook it again. You'll probably not last in this secretarial position either.

  • Addamo

    On the contrary, I complimented you on taking responsibility for the childern who have been shot, but seeing as you are not responsible for the shooting of Palestinian children in the occupied territories, your assumtion of reeposnsibility is uncalled for. After all, let's be remonded oyu are little more than a part time row boat watcher who needs a secretary to perfomr what is obviuosly a very simple and low skilled job.

    Does your father own the business. Dd he create the position for a son who was unsuccesful in securing employment in the real world?

  • Chris

    So, no one apologizes for the murderous rampages of those who may be of Palestinian descent. Didn't think so.

    Part-time? Why did you make that up? Why would you think that supervision of row boats would be simple and low skilled? Is this more proof of your lack of knowledge about anything at all. That you are just a secretary in a pool?

    At least you stated that you wrote reports, so you must be a typist. And a poor one at that.

    My father does not own a business. How was I unsuccessful? My evaluations state that I am very good at what I do. I think I'm even up for a promotion, but I'll still have to inspect the row boats. And the shot guns. But not as often.

    Again, who apologizes for the murderers who are of palestinian arab descent who have the desire to kill Jewish children?

  • Addamo

    Part-time? Why did you make that up? Why would you think that supervision of row boats would be simple and low skilled? Is this more proof of your lack of knowledge about anything at all. That you are just a secretary in a pool?

    Pot meet kettle. You love to sling insults and denigrade others, but when it is done to you, you get awefully self -righteous.

    You yourself said your position requries no tertiary qualifications.

    And the ltteral box you are in suggess htat you also suffer from limited life experience. Writing reports is difrernt to typing them, for it implies that you are authoring the content, does it not?

    Perhasp if I appolgised for the murderers who are of palestinian arab descent who have the desire to kill Jewish children, that woud leven the score I suppose? After all, my appology is just as (ir) relevant as yours.

  • Chris

    So you just like to make things up. I thought it was chronic.

    So you didn't mean your apology? How typical.

    And with your proven lack of knowledge in things nuclear, it is obvious you were fibbing about the writing part. Or perhaps that is why you were canned and are now in a different field?

  • Addamo

    Gee, you could write a whole book abtou my life with your imagination Chris. I'm truly flattered that you are so obsessed with my life.

    Actually I left engineering (on my own account oand on very good terms) becasue I found it boring and uninspiring. Engineering is a very conservative field. I moved to visual FX and am currently working on feature films. Much more exciting and I get to be a lot more creative.

    How does a propotion is boat supervision work? Do you get to move to supervising bigger boats?

  • Chris

    Just using the information you provide along with the stories you make up. Your ignorance concerning the radioactive component of a 'dirty' bomb was a clear indication you had no education in nuclear technology beyond the 7th grade.

    Your latest tale shows how you like to make things up. How you mix fantasy with reality. Unfortunately you have allowed your work to spill over in a negative fashion.

    Since supervising row boats is just a part of my position, a promotion will not mean supervising bigger boats, which I also do. But it will mean inspecting them less often.

  • Addamo

    Your ignorance concerning the radioactive component of a ‘dirty’ bomb was a clear indication you had no education in nuclear technology beyond the 7th grade.

    Seeing as you hold a job that requires no greater qualification than grade 7, you are the last qualified person on this list to judge that.

    Since supervising row boats is just a part of my position, a promotion will not mean supervising bigger boats, which I also do. But it will mean inspecting them less often.

    In other words, you're stil stuck with the duty of cleanign eh toilet facilities and making coffe. o need to be ashamed. I'm sure you are doing a valuable community service.

  • Chris

    Sorry, but you haven't any basis, other than petty vindictiveness over having been caught making up stories again, for deciding what educational criteria is set for my current position.

    Unfortunately, I have to inspect the toilet facilities, but luckily, I don't clean them. I do feel bad for the young fellows that have to clean them. Nothing dishonorable in their honest work. And there is nothing dishonorable about my secretary making coffee, though I wish she would make it stronger. But as she also drinks it, I leave well enough alone.

    I seem to be well qualified to pass judgement on your educational background, at least concerning nuclear technology. It appears you have none.

  • Addamo

    How much do you charge for cutting lawns Chris? Do any landscaping? My placin gin Sydney needs some attention. I might throw come bucks your way.

  • Chris

    Fortunately, there is no lawns to cut here, and I can't send out laborers to cut anyones lawn. That's the law.

    A shame your lack of qualification extends to lawn work also. Thumb-twiddler appears to be all your suited to, at least by analysing your posts.

  • Addamo

    Not lack of qualifications. I don’t get to spend much time twiddling my thumbs, though I wish I had it t spend. High tech careers tend to be demanding that way. Not that you would know. I am jealous of you though. You must sun tan all year long, lucky you..

    I am actually working OS at the moment, I get to travel a lot in my job, so I have little time to attend to such tasks. I just figures that seeing as you have sop much time on your hands, that you might want to earn a few extra bucks.

    I’m sure guy with your limited qualifications and education could always use the money.

  • Chris

    If you are to uncordinated to twiddle, I'm sure you can get your mother to help you. You don't seem to have any type job requiring anything to do with high tech. You don't seem smart enough.

    I guess you must be in data entry. Those that I supervise seem to be a dull as you are.

    Traveling to the toilet does not qualify as traveling a lot on the job.

    I wear long sleeves. I also reccommend to those under my supervision do not sun tan. Increases the incidence of skin cancer, regardless of the mandatory sun screen.

    Good thing that I know how to delegate. It does give me time to bother with non-entities such as yourself.

  • Addamo

    The only data entry I do is when it required as part of scripting, which I'm often requeste dto do as parrt of my role as a technical director. I won waste my time explaining that to you as you clearly wouldn't understand.

    I matters not htta you regard me as dull, but such petualance is to be expectedfrom such a juvelinel mind aa yours. The only data entry I do is when it required as part of scripting, which I'm often requeste dto do as parrt of my role as a technical director. I won waste my time explaining that to you as you clearly wouldn't understand.

    I matters not that you regard me as dull, but such petulance is to be predictable given your juvenile mind, inferiority complex and victim mentality.

    I traveled between three countries last year alone, two this year, and whilst there are plenty of bathroom breaks in the course of a year, I am at least able to visit the bathroom without someone to help me, unlike yourself.

    The free time you have is no doubt the consequence of not having a job of any consequence, nor any real world demands.

  • Addamo

    Repost due to browser glitch. My appolgies.

    The only data entry I do is when it required as part of scripting, which I'm often requested to do as part of my role as a technical director. I won’t waste my time explaining that to you as you clearly wouldn't understand, given your limited education..

    I matters not that you regard me as dull, but such petulance is to be predictable given your juvenile mind, inferiority complex and victim mentality.

    I traveled between three countries last year alone, two this year, and whilst there are plenty of bathroom breaks in the course of a year, I am at least able to visit the bathroom without someone to help me, unlike yourself.

    The free time you have is no doubt the consequence of not having a job of any consequence, nor any real world demands.

  • Chris

    Your typing is so poor you couldn't possibly be trusted to put in anything of actual importance. they must use to to see if the system can be broken.

    Your stories all carry to stigma of an inferior trying to impress someone. Won't work here. I think all see through your facade. But it does explain why you suck up to Squires.

  • Addamo

    Your stories all carry to stigma of an inferior trying to impress someone. Won’t work here. I think all see through your facade. But it does explain why you suck up to Squires.

    Why would I need to impress anyone? I joined this forum to exchange idea with intelligent people. I happen to respect Edward’s intellect. On occasion, people with victim complexes and a sense of inferiority, join the discussion and start denouncing other’s opinions of those you disagree with as unimportant and insignificant, such as yourself.

    I enjoy debate. People like yourself don't believe in debate. You specialize in slandering your opponents and trying to stifle debate.

  • Chris

    I don't know why you need to impress someone. Perhaps your shrink knows. Ask him.

    Have fun sucking up to Squires.

  • Addamo

    Awe Chris,

    Do you want me to pick up the dummy you just spat out you poor little boy? I'm sure your nurse can pick it up for you if you ask her nicely.

  • Chris

    It appears that you have just violated Antony's wishes, again.

    Thought you wouldn't get caught?

  • Addamo

    You have also violated his wishes Chirs.

    Ant did ask to stop posting irrelevancies. Why do you keep doign it?

  • Chris

    Same reason you do.