– “Liberals” used to overlook Israel’s crimes, argues writer Geoffrey Wheatcroft. Not any more.
– The New York Times reveals a British memo detailing pre-Iraq war discussions between Blair and Bush. When Blair told the Australian Parliament today that “we need you“, an appropriate response would have been to deport the British Prime Minister and tell him never to come here again.
– Some Zionists believe that Jews have the right to occupy the Palestinians indefinitely. They won’t be so arrogant when, as is likely in the coming years, sanctions are slapped on Israel. Some Jews in the US, meanwhile, are also opposed to any Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories. United Front for the Land of Israel founder Susan Roth explains:
Olmert’s withdrawal would be a victory for worldwide Islamic terror. It would result in the formation of an al-Qaeda/Islamic Jihad/Iranian-satellite state that would serve as a sanctuary for all kinds of terrorists. The withdrawal would be disastrous for America’s war on terror, for Israel and for the Jewish people.
She’s right, of course. Maintaining the occupation will do wonders for the reputations of Israel and the US.
– A fascinating insight into Thailand’s democratic woes.
– The Guardian reports that Sri Lankan Tamils in the UK are being intimidated by rebel groups looking to fund their cause.
– What happened to the Milosevic directed “genocide“?
– US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a perfect representative for the Bush administration. He recently spoke at a university in Switzerland and argued that detainees captured by the US have no rights. Newsweek explains:
“War is war, and it has never been the case that when you captured a combatant you have to give them a jury trial in your civil courts,” he says on a tape of the talk reviewed by NEWSWEEK. “Give me a break.” Challenged by one audience member about whether the Gitmo detainees don’t have protections under the Geneva or human-rights conventions, Scalia shot back: “If he was captured by my army on a battlefield, that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I’m not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it’s crazy.” Scalia was apparently referring to his son Matthew, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Scalia did say, though, that he was concerned “there may be no end to this war.”.
Scalia and Australian Zionists are like two peas in a pod. As US influence starts to wane around the world, we can look forward to a day when the current superpower no longer operates under its own rules. That day may be closer than we think.