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Colonialism revealed

Tariq Ali, The Guardian, July 20:

In his last interview – after the 1967 six-day war – the historian Isaac Deutscher, whose next-of-kin had died in the Nazi camps and whose surviving relations lived in Israel, said: “To justify or condone Israel’s wars against the Arabs is to render Israel a very bad service indeed and harm its own long-term interest.” Comparing Israel to Prussia, he issued a sombre warning: “The Germans have summed up their own experience in the bitter phrase ‘Man kann sich totseigen!’ ‘You can triumph yourself to death’.”

In Israel’s actions today we can detect many of the elements of hubris: an imperial arrogance, a distortion of reality, an awareness of its military superiority, the self-righteousness with which it wrecks the social infrastructure of weaker states, and a belief in its racial superiority. The loss of many civilian lives in Gaza and Lebanon matters less than the capture or death of a single Israeli soldier. In this, Israeli actions are validated by the US. 

22 comments ↪
  • Adam

    The loss of many civilian lives in Gaza and Lebanon matters less than the capture or death of a single Israeli soldier

    This is just an excuse to lay the foundation for the real Israeli plans in the Middle East. To reshape the surrounding nations into little states therefore diminishing the threat to the existence of Israel in Arab (Muslim) land.

  • Captain

    Ahhh, even Ahmadinejad couldn't have put it better. Ooooh mysterious protocols of zion predictions!

  • JohD

    Quite an expose' by Jonathon Cook at antiwar.com.

    The Human Shields of Nazareth

    Seems that Israeli censorship is covering up the fact that many Israeli Ammo dumps are located near Israeli Arab towns and villages. It appears to be the reason for al-Jazeera being harrassed in Israel, with its editor and reporters being arrested. Those Israelis are taking a leaf out of the books of the 'terrorists' and hiding behind the skirts of THEIR women & children. Cowardness Israeli style.

  • Addamo_01

    Captain,

    Ahhh, even Ahmadinejad couldn’t have put it better. Ooooh mysterious protocols of zion predictions!

    I know it get's awwfully dark and lonely when you have your head up your arse, but if and when you should decide to pull it out, you need only look at to a policy paper, whitten by PNAC for Netanyahu. Israel’s present battle-plan originated with the policy paper written by Perle, David Wurmser and Douglas Feith. The document entitled “A Clean Break; Strategy for Securing the (Israeli) Realm” provides the details of Israel’s plan to topple potential rivals in the region and redraw the map of the Middle East.

    The text reads: “Securing the Northern Border;

    Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil. An effective approach, and one which America can sympathize, would be if Israel seize the strategic initiative (preemption) along its northern borders by engaging Hezbollah, Syria and Iran as the principle agents of aggression in Lebanon including…striking military targets in Lebanon, and should that prove insufficient, striking at striking at select targets in Syria proper.”

    Perle’s document outlines exactly what is presently taking place even though it was written back in 1996.

    This shows that Israel is not acting irrationally or spontaneously, but executing a carefully-considered master-plan for crushing potential enemies and reconfiguring the Middle East to accommodate the modern Israeli kingdom. (hence, the pretentious euphemism “Securing the Realm”)

  • JohD
  • Captain

    JohD, thanks for that illuminating reference from the Communist party.

  • Addamo_01

    JohD, thanks for that illuminating reference from the Communist party.

    Yeah we knwo how you hate new information and facts Captain.

  • Mendez

    This from the Jonathon Cook article:

    The fifth of the Israeli population who are not Jewish but Arab are rarely to be found hiding in public shelters because the authorities neglected to build any in their towns and villages.

    C'mon Captain tell us again how all Israeli citizens are treated equally…

  • Addamo_01

    There are 9,000 Palestinians who are effectively hostages being held by Israel.

    According to B’Tselem (obviously an affiliate of the Communist party) , the Israeli human rights organization, 1,000 of them are administrative detainees. That is, there have been no charges leveled against them.

  • orang

    From

    JohD

    Jul 20th, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Who’s imprisoned in Israeli jails? "

    "Detainees there, “complain of screams, beatings, insults and verbal abuse. Many prisoners are denied cigarettes and access to special diet foods, such as low-sodium foods for prisoners with health problems. "

    -What's a little beating and screams? Cigarettes are bad for you. Low -sodium food? What do you think this is Jenny Craig's. If you want a diet go to Gaza heh heh.

    "Prisoners also face refusal to use the toilet.”(Palestine News Network, June 22)"

    -You dirty stinking Palis shit in your pants you animals. (was the microphone on???)

    "The notorious Al Moskobiyya interrogation facility in Jerusalem is well known to Palestinians. Jamil Hasan Mizhir, a 20-year-old from Ramallah, stated to PPS in June that he was kicked and punched during interrogation and laser lights were pointed at his eyes. "

    -laser lights? Just like being in a disco!

    Look all these are perfectly legitimate for a countrys security. How would you like it if you had all these Arabs around you eh?

    Remember:

    "The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more"…. Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time – August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000 "

  • M.Mayes

    Captain this concerns you…

    It was very interesting to read a piece in the UK paper The Observer that told about the events leading up to the Palestinian "kidnapping" (i maintain it was more of a prisoner of war circumstance but whatever) of the Israeli soldier that supposedly began this chain of ill events.

    The piece can be found here http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,180…

    essentially noting that the Israeli soldiers were in palestinian controlled territory to "arrest" (hmm sounds awfully alot like kidnap but again whatever) 2 Palestinians THOUGHT to be Hamas militants.

    It was during this operation that Hamas ambushed the IDF and took the soldier.

    now Captain or any of those other pro-israel posters on here please answer me this, how do you defend Israel's acts of war that were on the basis of this kidnapped soldier when he was kidnapped in Palestinian territory trying to kidnap Palestinians to begin with?

  • Keith

    how do you defend Israel’s acts of war that were on the basis of this kidnapped soldier when he was kidnapped in Palestinian territory trying to kidnap Palestinians to begin with?

    He wasn't. He was kidnapped from Israel. It is already well established that he was kidnapped following an attack on an army base where the Palestinians had dug a tunnel into Israel.
    Usual tactics. The Guardian has never been big on facts and neither have their readership.

  • Keith

    BTW M.Mayne, I'm surprised your are asking pro-Israel posters here for and answer when it is out there – heard of Google. As if you would believe any of the pro-Israel posters anyway.
    Google – read from a variety of sources and make up your mind. The Guardian is a joke.

  • M.Mayes

    Cheers keith, sorry about that error, regardless though i think the point remains the same that the capture was prompted by israeli actions including them crossing the border to take hamas members and all of their sanctions on transport n supplies.

    lol i agree though i didnt expect much of an answer, because indeed i dont think there is much of an answer to be given but none the less the question for pro-israeli's was more to prove a point than to get an answer.

  • Addamo

    He wasn’t. He was kidnapped from Israel. It is already well established that he was kidnapped following an attack on an army base where the Palestinians had dug a tunnel into Israel.

    That's right. We're supposed to believe, that in an area that is barron and flat, and under Israeli IDF patrol, the Palestiains were able to build a tunnle 650 yards long (complete with ventilation tubes and reinforcement) without the IDF soldiers patroilling the area noticing anything suspicious?

  • orang

    I found this on Google News;

    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AEEFA95C-1

    Who do you think is mainly to blame for the current Middle East crisis?

    Hezbollah :

    24%

    Iran and Syria :

    22%

    Israel :

    30%

    Lebanon :

    1%

    United States :

    12%

    All of the above :

    11%

    None of the above :

    0%

  • orang

    "….the Palestiains were able to build a tunnle 650 yards long (complete with ventilation tubes and reinforcement) without the IDF soldiers patroilling the area noticing anything suspicious? "

    Pretty cool eh? I think MGM is going to make a movie about it.

  • Addamo

    As Gideo Levy said in Ha’aretz the other day,

    in Gaza a solderi is abducted from the army of a state that frequently abducts civilians from their homes and locks them up for without a trial, but only we’re allowed to do that, and only we’re allowed to bomb civilian population centres

  • Adam

    IMPORTANT

    Please read the news article on another blog here. For all the pro-Israel supporters this maybe an eye opener.

  • orang

    Heh heh, Just a kid letting off steam. I bet she and her Dad have some great debates at the dinner table at home. After all, as John Howard, GW LOVE telling us these days, this is a democracy and…(mumble, mumble)…free speech.

    -of course you know it wasn't us. You know, that on the beach thing. Pure coincidence that a gun boat was offshore at the time…The Pali's do it to themselves to get attention. It was a mine. Unexploded. It was a suicide bomber stopped off to catch a few waves and…Haw Haw…

  • smiths

    During the current military operation in the Gaza Strip the Israeli military has interrupted the supply of fuel to Gaza and kept Gaza's crossings mostly closed to supply of food and other humanitarian goods. The uninterrupted supply of fuel and equipment is necessary for the functioning of Gaza's health and sanitation systems, and Gaza requires a steady supply of food and medicine.

    Since Gaza's power station was destroyed on June 28, there is an increased need for fuel to power the generators in Gaza and for spare parts to keep the generators running at such a high capacity. The closure of Karni Crossing has led to shortages in food at a time when, given the difficulty of obtaining electricity to prepare and refrigerate foodstuffs, Gaza requires increased shipments of dairy products, meat, flour, and other goods.

    they have no food.

    when you have nothing you have nothing left to lose,
    i know what i'd be spending my days doing if i lived in gaza

  • orang

    Wondering what's going on at Big Brother?

    Not making trouble?

    Dreaming of ripping out a few IDF throats?