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18 comments ↪
  • Roonaldo

    Just listened to the Israeli Ambassador to Australia on ABC Radio alleging that it could be the other side who were responsible for the attack on the UN post (as well as on the ambulances).

    He must think we are all meatheads.

  • Addamo_01

    No one bullshits quite like Israel.

    Of course, I presume he made no mentino of the fact that the UN observers ssked Israel 10 Times to halt the bombs.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1

    Here is an even better one. The Israeli consul-general in New York said last week that "most Lebanese appreciate what we are doing."

    Can you believe this crap? Now I knwo where Captain get's the verbal excement gene from.

  • Glenn Condell

    'Just listened to the Israeli Ambassador to Australia on ABC Radio alleging that it could be the other side who were responsible for the attack on the UN post (as well as on the ambulances).'

    Typical tactic. Remember 12 year old Mohammed al Durra, who was shot by the IDF despite being held in the arms of his cowering father? The IDF 'investigation' was 'inconclusive' but hinted that he was shot by his own people in order to be able to blame Israel. Initial reactions from Israel to the murders of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall similarly floated trial balloons about IDF innocence and possible Palestinian involvement.

    They are down there with the shark shit, aren't they?

  • Adam

    Israel as an illegal nation has totally torn apart Lebanon (another democratic country), its actions have hardly been condemned by major western countries, and in fact it seems (from news reports) that they have been given more time to continue on the assault in Lebanon (for some bizarre reason).

    Today all parts of the world witness the war crimes committed by the terrorist nation Israel. The devastation Israel has caused with traditional and normal warfare equipment is immense and totally unacceptable by any standards. A worry aspect for the International community and especially for Middle East is that if Israel can cause so much destruction without considering any international laws then how can the world accept Israel to have a Nuclear weapon arsenal? What if as well as Hezbollah the Lebanese general army fought alongside each other against Israel, would we see Israel ignore all laws and use Nuclear weapons?

    How can the International community not insist that Israel should halt all activity across the borders and let UN or International force to sort out the problems, because the more time this evil illegal state is given the more destruction is done? This will make nations like Iran and Syria to consider rivaling Israel in Nuclear technology in which their right to nuclear technology will be justified if this maniac Israel continues.

    Israel is a world disaster and needs to be sorted out before we our future generations are witness to nuclear warfare courtesy of Israel.

  • Captain

    Its curious that Hezbollah were using the UN facilities for firing. Little wonder Kofi got them killed.

    And how could we forget Mohamed Al Dura. The PA television station set up by Israel on the basis that it would facilitate regional peace, replayed the death of that poor boy 40 times per hour. And how are you so certain that their findings were wrong? There is substantial evidence that this was caused by PA terrorists.

    Typically, just as pals encourage their children to be suicide bombers, why is it so unbelievable that they would kill their children in other ways to damage Israel?

    But don't believe me. Watch this.

    Glenn, if you watch these clips from the source, not just Jewish interpretations or apologetics, please tell me then if you think pals care about their children. I urge you to watch the clips. It is from their own media. If you watch all of them and can demonstrate that this is not institutional child abuse, I will never comment here again.

  • Addamo_01

    The international community sees the US all over this mess. Israel clearly got th ego ahead from Washington before doign this. Aparently it was being discussed when Olmert visited and Israeli generlas were givign power point presentations earlier this year to the Pentagon.

    Lebanon last time was describes as Isrel's Vietnam. This time it will be ISrael's Iraq. Juts as badly thought out and badly excecuted, and wil llikely bankrupt Israel.

  • Addamo_01

    Its curious that Hezbollah were using the UN facilities for firing. Little wonder Kofi got them killed.

    Ah the bullshti propaghanda starts already. It's never Israel's fault. It's eitehr Hezbollah's fault, or the fault of the Lebanses and or the fault fo the UN peace keepers.

    Forget that Israel has a wonderful hitory of bombing Un compounds and then lying about it, like they did with the Qana massacre.

    Blame the victims for knowing Hezbollah. THey were onyl in Lebanon, no reason why they should have known any Hezbollah now is there?

    replayed the death of that poor boy 40 times per hour.

    You're right Captain, anythign more that 20 times per hour is just criminal neglect.

    why is it so unbelievable that they would kill their children in other ways to damage Israel?

    For a start, Israel has appologised and said it woudl conduct an investogation. They have not said anything abtou human shields. Of course, we all know that the investigation wil lfind that the IDF did nothing wrong, but anyway.

    But don’t believe me. Watch this.

    Almost as charming as seeing Jewsih children singing love messages onto 500lb bombs. No signs there of human shields.

    Of course, this just typical of Captain trying to divert the thread away from the topic. When are you going to start introducing how gay people in those societies are treated badly Captain?

    If you watch all of them and can demonstrate that this is not institutional child abuse, I will never comment here again.

    Oh you naughty boy Captain, now you are just teasing us. Would you really do that Captain? Never come here again? Ooohhh that's tempting.

    Here is the latest people. Israel's bitch has rolled over and played dead again. It seem tha tthe UN, who weer attacked, have been prevented from condeming the attack. Sounds fair to me.

    BTW. Who made the videos?

  • Addamo_01

    Oh this link it hillarious Captain,

    I can just see the director calling:

    CUT!!!

    No no no, you idiot, where in the script does it say Mohammed said suicide vests were the shield of the martyr. How many times have I told you, they had no suicide vests back then.

    OK. From the top everyone. Nina, powder his nose will you, and get me a Diet Pepsi. Mobile phones off everyone!!

    Lights – check
    Sound – check
    Camera – speed

    Martyr indoctrination video, scene 1 – take 5.

    And…………………..ACTION!!

    So with all these do it yourself become a martyr in 3 easy steps videos Captain, there should be ample evidence of many suicide missions regularly taking place in Egypt right Captain? Right?

    Hmmm, last one was in 1995. You think the film production company should get a new distributor?

  • Adam

    Captain is a joke (as expected). Don't expect anything more.

    Whats next Captain?

  • M.Mayes

    Its curious that Hezbollah were using the UN facilities for firing. Little wonder Kofi got them killed.

    First of all the UN and all of its countries with the exception of US and Israel are generally against the overuse of force in the region, it is an organisation designed to harbour communication between countries and to try and keep worldwide peace… why then would it have any reason to accept Hezbollah to launch rockets from its outpost.

    Then theres the Israeli Foreign minister (you may have caught him on lateline last night), now the same day this tragedy occured he came on TV and DID NOT blame hezbollah for firing out of their as an excuse of why they bombed it (because that would have been an acceptable excuse) so tell me captain why Israel has ordered an inquiry into the UN observation post bombing IF IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DECIDED IT WAS HEZBOLLAHS FAULT…. the answer, because you are a fucking moron that just blatently stated views that had no standing and that were infact contradicted by the people your views generally agree with…. congradulations you idiot.

  • Addamo

    What can I tell you M, he's not called Captain for nothing.

  • Adam

    Captain once again has his head up where the sun don't shine

  • M.Mayes

    yeh he sure is something, i tell ya i honestly hope he never gets into a position of power (not that its uncommon these days to have idiots like him in power)

  • Addamo

    Yes, the new politics in Washington is based on failing upwards. Now we know why they call him Captain.

  • Adam

    One important issue which I would like to point out and emphasize strongly is that, Israel as a whole is a very mischievous illegal country. It is very devious and conniving when it executes it plans. For one, no one fully knows if the kidnapped soldiers where first in Lebanon or not, secondly they are going after a country which supposed to be harboring Hezbollah destroying every part of the society, and if every country took their lead then England would attack and destroy Ireland and its full infrastructure since its harbors IRA terrorists, India would go into Pakistan, South Korea into North Korea, China into Japan, US well ok already in Iraq. This nation was the cause of World War I and II, and without fail its them again the cause of this conflict which very soon will be turning into World War III. When the try justifying the war crimes which they have openly committed in front of the global community (and public) they tend to use other country examples to justify they actions. This is their common tactic and the next time you hear some Israel spokesman trying to justify another war crime just watch out for the examples of other nations in justifications.

    Captain and alike (the scalawag community) right now would be enjoying the conflict laid back in their worn out arm chair, in front of the T.V with popcorn, and at odd occasions pausing with a hand full of popcorn near their mouth when the news of a Israeli soldier being killed and eyes staring directly at the images. Good on ya Captain as you have time to spend in doing nothing so long as the funds are poring in from the US.

  • Captain

    So no one has the guts to comment on these poor Muslim children who are being indoctrinated into pure hate. Shame on you. This is why it is always hard to make sense of civilian deaths. Because these people glorify death.

    The videos are recorded from Pal and other arab TV stations. I don't know who made them but they are state broadcasts.

    UNIFIL has reported itself that its facilities were being used to pound Israeli soldiers. The Canadian peacekeeper who was killed made several reports to this effect.

    Israel as a whole is a very mischievous illegal country.

    Another example of Ant fostering blatant antisemitism from a holocaust denier on his moderated website.

  • Addamo_01

    So no one has the guts to comment on these poor Muslim children who are being indoctrinated into pure hate.

    That's quite pathetic of you Captain, given the pictured of Israeli children singing their names on 500 lb bombs before they go off to kill Lebanese children. Do you think that becasue comeone hasn;t video taped an Israeli child being idioctrinated it doesn't happen?

    Have a listen to these brave Israeli soldiers share their brilliant ideology with the camera man and tell me if you don't see indoctrination at work?
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1

  • M.Mayes

    So no one has the guts to comment on these poor Muslim children who are being indoctrinated into pure hate.

    heres a comment for you captain, refute this.

    yes the muslim children may get indoctrinated into violence against israel, only as much though as violence against arab states in essentially indoctrinated into Israeli children by their parents and experiences to do with extremist groups.

    the difference between the 2 being that the children that become extremists from arab states are through passion of being hard-done-by the Israeli government where as the Israeli children become violent (extremists) because their govt. forces them into the military (conscription) then sends them off on bombing campaigns.

    funny that the israeli government had a part to play in both sides of extremists.

    Because these people glorify death.

    again argue against this, all states glorify death, western and otherwise 'he died in service' is a western way of glorifying the death of someone who INVADED iraq or afghanistan, as opposed to people who (extremist or not) defend their ivaded countries who get labelled terrorists for defending rather than offending (non-inclusive of suicide bombers who attacked western land)

    but they are state broadcasts.

    again as opposed to western (state) media who emphasise the western point of view, your failure captain here is because you fail to analyse different point of view from media and other sources and rather believe assumable CNN, NBC, FOX NEWS, and all the hijacked commercial station news of australia. and on the odd occasion state facts that no media has presented (not even the israeli government who you are defending) ie. "their fault for firing missiles out of the UN compound" or whatever it was you said along those lines.