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Are we too nice to “them”?

Western exceptionalism, racism and extremism in Rupert Murdoch’s leading New York tabloid (not helped by the fact that it’s written by an individual who gives Jews a bad name.)

A perfect example of why so-called Western “values” deserve to be challenged and overthrown.

31 comments ↪
  • john ryan

    I did not know that Captian head of the Israeli Properganda Dept(aust branch)had a day job at the NYpost

  • viva peace

    As unpleasant as that article sounds I don't think anybody could deny that the world wou;d be a lot better off had the U.S. and Soviets allowed the various middle east players to have resolved their conflicts on their own. Once and for all. Diplomacy only works among those who speak the same lingo. Diplomacy between the West and Islam or between China and Islam, or between India and Islam is just never going to work

  • Roonaldo

    Well, here we all are switching on our TV sets to find out how really nice Israel has been overnight in Qana (again). Allegations of many children among the dead and Sky News interviewing a "nice" Israeli Army spokesman who maintains that it is really Hezbollah who are responsible for this war crime (though he is careful not to use the words war crime), and then he has the gall to berate the reporter and the rest of the media for not concentrating on Hazebollah's crimes and shouting that Israel has the right of defence and that these people were warned to get out of the village (even though they would have been bombed on the roads). No shame, no apology. But then why would he apologise? Like the author of the NY Post piece, he thinks they are all vermin and need to be taught a harsh lesson. Children among the dead? Shrug your shoulders buddy, stretch out you palms and move on.

    I suppose it will not be long before we hear about the "tragedy" and then maybe it was Hezbollah who fired into the building and on it goes. Meanwhile, Mr Blair will meet Mr Murdoch, they will chat about Mr Blair's future and maybe have a glass of Chardonnay.

  • viva peace

    Roonaldo

    War crime? I have not heard about this. Could you post a URL to the court's ruling and the police arrest report?

  • Roonaldo

    Viva peace – not sure your boys will be that keen to visit Den Haag – just in case. Bit like your comatose one.

  • orang

    Ohh it's not legal unless the arresting officer makes a charge that's right.Good one Viva. I can just imagine your maggot friends being defended by a cunt like Derchowitz

    Yes M'lud I overheard on the outskirts of Qana a gentleman draped in a blue and white flag with a Star of David on it holding a megaphone and he called out to the village"

    Hey Mohamad, ve haf you surrounded! Give yourself up. I vill count to tree and then ve vill start bombing. …Vun…Tree!!!..Wahhhhhhhaaaaahhaaaaa!!

    No M'lud I could not see any "Love from Israel" in Hebrew or Made in the USA writing on the projectiles which hit the said civilians , and cannot prove categorically they…

    Well yes there is a very remote chance..

  • SupporterOfAntony

    Diplomacy between the West and Islam or between China and Islam, or between India and Islam is just never going to work

    OH what a load of crap. Another excuse to try and give islam a bad name cause its the 'in' thing to do. Islam has lived with its counterparts in the past WHICH HAVE NOT ATTACKED THEM CONSTANTLY, TAKEN THEIR LAND AND TORTURED THEIR PEOPLE.
    Its not that difficult to understand that. However for people like you Viva, who have a sole aim of death and destruction, you will use any excuse to get at those you dont like.
    Islam has lived and will continue to live in peace with those that dont bomb them dayly and nightly. Maybe if israe; stopped building a wall on palestinian land, maybe if america stopped giving billions to israel while also invading and torturing muslims, we could start progressing. But no, its never their fault, always the middle east.
    How pathetic.

  • Captain

    Islam has lived and will continue to live in peace with those that dont bomb them dayly and nightly.

    So that would explain:

    1. Islamic violence in Sudan
    2. Violence against Hindus
    3. Chechnya
    4. Bali
    5. Madrid
    6. Internecine violence in Iraq
    7. The Philippines
    8. London
    9. New York
    10. Seattle
    11. Muslim violence against Christians in the West Bank
    12. and the list goes on.

    No doubt you can explain all of this. Perhaps you too could explain the peaceful ways of Mohummed. I suppose you are going to tell us that Jihad is an internal struggle as well.

  • Roonaldo

    Viva,

    CNN reports there are at least 37 dead children in the strike on Qana. And you say, "oh well, they live by the sword, let them die by the sword". You are the classic example of what Antony's thesis is all about. You have lost your humanity. Go see a psychiatrist in the morning and ask for therapy. You need help.

  • SupporterOfAntony

    So that would explain:

    1. Islamic violence in Sudan
    2. Violence against Hindus
    3. Chechnya
    4. Bali
    5. Madrid
    6. Internecine violence in Iraq
    7. The Philippines
    8. London
    9. New York
    10. Seattle
    11. Muslim violence against Christians in the West Bank
    12. and the list goes on.

    Oh the ignorance. If your telling me that you dont even know the circumstances under which the chechens are fighting against the russians and the reasons why then your knowledge of world events is probably about the same as your level of intelligence, very little.
    Tell me captain, in australia, muslims have been living in peace since the day they arrived. Why have events like cronulla, which have never been seen before, suddenly occured after all the finger pointing done by the government at muslims? Why did jews and palestinians live in peace before the state of israel was created? Why have muslims lived happily under western law up until they started being blamed for the actions of minorities calling themselves 'muslims'?
    Should I blame all of america for the events of vietnam? How about all Australians because howard was to spineless to have his own opinion?
    Its people like you who love to blame the majority based on the minorty. Oh let me call all of the christians paedophiles cause the preists do it, so all of em must.
    Your ignorance has successfully reached a new high never seen before in human history.

  • Captain

    Why have events like cronulla, which have never been seen before, suddenly occured after all the finger pointing done by the government at muslims?

    This began with Muslim violence. Muslim violence in Sydney is not politically correct to talk about. It was a problem with gang rapes "Leb style" and it is a problem with gang violence elsewhere.

    Why did jews and palestinians live in peace before the state of israel was created?

    Could you then explain please why the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem castigated Hitler for not killing Jews fast enough?

    Why have muslims lived happily under western law up until they started being blamed for the actions of minorities calling themselves ‘muslims’?

    So you say Bin Laden (who has a massive following) is not a Muslim? Perhaps you could explain why Hamas whose charter calls for Jew killing? Surely they just have a problem with Israel. Why do they want to kill all Jews? Are they Muslims?

    people like you who love to blame the majority based on the minorty.

    Perhaps you could explain where the condemnation from the majority is of the minority. Why are the Muslim peace protesters so violent? Why are you rationalising the violence of Hezbollah and Hamas? Why do speak of "jew lovers"?

    You see apologists like you always have an explanation. Tell me how the religion of peace has Sunnis killing Shiites. What is your explanation of Sudanese Muslims killing Sudanese Africans? And what is your explanation of Indonesian Muslim violence, or Violence of Muslims in Kashmir. Is it all do to with Israel?

    Perhaps you could also explain why Coptic Christians are terrorised by Egyptian Muslims or Lebanese Christians from Lebanese Muslims and the list goes on.

    Mohammed was a violent character in the Koran. He was a warrior and Muslims emulate this. Isn't it the purpose of the Koran to teach Muslims to emulate and aspire to the behaviour of Mohamed? What about the right of Muslims to lie to non Muslims?

    I am looking forward to all of these explanations. And when you do this, could you explain why the representative of Islam in Australia denies the Holocaust? Surely this is not peaceful or loving.

  • Addamo_01

    With a name like Podhoretz, it's no surprise someone would like such bullshit.

    Wouldn't it be lovely to have this lunatic explain to US soldiers and their families, that the reason we are losing is because we are not prepared to sacrifice enoguh of you. Maybe this is what Rumsfled meant by his "you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want" statement.

    Predictably, Podhoretz falls into that special class of people that will never have to see action, and nor will anyone close to him, so conduction these blood thirsty thought experiments amounts to fantasizing while he jerks himself off.

    Just to show how stupid he is, the guy asks a rhetorical question:

    Could World War II have been won by Britain and the United States if the two countries did not have it in them to firebomb Dresden and nuke Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

    Does this really need to be answered? Did any of these events turn the tide in WWII? Of course not, but it madde blood thirsy crazies like Podhoretz immensely proud.

    Hat about Vietnam? The gloves certainly were off for that encounter, and it still led to a humiliating failure.

    Anther stupid question:

    Wasn't the survival of Sunni men between the ages of 15 and 35 the reason there was an insurgency and the basic cause of the sectarian violence now?

    Pure gold huh? Forget that Rumsfled wanted to do this on the cheap. Forget that Paul Bremmer sent ht military home with their arms. Forget that there was no insurgency until the Iraqis started to sense that there was no liberation ot be had, only occupation and the rape fo the country's resources.

    Could Israel – even hardy, strong, universally conscripted Israel – possibly stomach the bloodshed that would accompany the total destruction of Hezbolla?

    Podhoretz seems to forget that Sharon was immune from bloodshed. He couldn’t get enough of it, but it was in fact Israel's willingness to recognize the futility of occupying Lebanon that led to their withdrawal the first time.

    Podhoretz is clearly not willing to learn from history, just cherry pick the bits that support his pre-fabricated conclusion.

    Most importantly, like so many on the right, this clown believes that groups like Hezbollah and Iraqi insurgents are made up of a finite number of participants and that killing enough of them will kill the movements. This is in total contradiction with reality on the ground that proves that the killing is what is fuelling the movements, ,not slowing them down.

  • Captain

    With a name like Podhoretz, it’s no surprise someone would like such bullshit.

    Jew hating yet again. Shame on you.

  • Suze

    Agreed- despicable and shameful, Addamo.

  • M.Mayes

    Diplomacy between the West and Islam or between China and Islam, or between India and Islam is just never going to work

    See I can agree with you on some things, this is why the west should have stayed out of the middle east to begin with.

    You insinuate that the world would be worse off had we left them to their conflict.
    Nobody was there to regulate our western conflicts over the years, we turned out democratic and all for Human Rights (theoretically).

  • Addamo_01

    Jew hating yet again. Shame on you.

    Oh get over it people. The joke was learly lost on you.

    So for the intellectually bereft, the implication was that the name Podhoretz was akin to POD people.

    Bizaare how peope are so easily offended by what they preceive as an attack on a Jewish person, but barely raise an eye brow over the the advocacy by Podhoretz for a genocide.

    What would you lot say about an article written by some Muslim nutcaser, suggesting that WWII could have been won by Germany, had it only started sounding up Jews and sending them off to the concentation camps sooner? Would you be offended by a subsequent post that said "with a name like Mohammed, what do you expect"?

    Those who are familiar with Podhoretz would know that expecting the Pod person to face reality is like expecting Ann Coulter to embrace Islam.

  • M.Mayes

    Why have events like cronulla, which have never been seen before, suddenly occured after all the finger pointing done by the government at muslims?

    Whoa Horsie stop right there 'supporterofantony' Now I have always agreed with most things people are saying on here (with the exception of captain and his crew) but cronulla is severely misunderstood…

    I was at the so-called riot, and I happen to live in the Sutherland Shire. It was a perfect example of how media opinion influences the public (and therefore the politicians) so much.

    It 1st of all was hardly comparable to a riot.

    2ndly out of 5000 people there only about 150 or so would have been violent (most of it was families from around the shire showing their support).

    3rd, The events happened in response to the 'lack of response' by police on the increasing Lebanese Youth violence which had been getting out of control for 5 years prior to the 'riot'.

    Cronulla police station was stripped 5 years ago of all (but the receptionist cops) of it's police who were transferred to Miranda station. As a result all the violence happening on the beach when reported, never was able to get looked into because by the time anyone came from Miranda station the Lebanese Youth (in these cases) were already long gone.

    It was unfortunate the media labelled it a race-riot because there was a real underlying message there, (if you look past the drunk mob-mentality). 'If you are going to come to the beach (suburb where we grew up) come peacefully, dont bring your violence here.' The Shire is one of the most peaceful suburbs of Sydney.

  • Addamo_01

    Looke like Israel may be taking a leaf out of Podhoretz's book.

    Israel killed 56 people, thirty four of them children today!!
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060730/ap_on_re_mi_e

    Israle says awe shucks, it ws a mistake, but we're gonna continue to do it anyway:
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/07/30/mideast

    Great argument for NOT having a cease fire.

  • SupporterOfAntony

    This began with Muslim violence. Muslim violence in Sydney is not politically correct to talk about. It was a problem with gang rapes “Leb style” and it is a problem with gang violence elsewhere.

    So now the only muslims in australia are lebanese are they? So what about all the raping going on by non muslims or non lebanese? Did you suddenly deal sympathetic towards rape victims after a lebanese person comitted a crime?

    Could you then explain please why the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem castigated Hitler for not killing Jews fast enough?

    Are denying that muslims and jews lived in peace before the state of israel was created? Since when was the grand mufti of jerusalem the leader of islam? And what would you do if your land was given to a bunch of ungrateful people without you having any say in it? A cup of hypocrisy anyone?

    So you say Bin Laden (who has a massive following) is not a Muslim? Perhaps you could explain why Hamas whose charter calls for Jew killing? Surely they just have a problem with Israel. Why do they want to kill all Jews? Are they Muslims?

    I dont determine who is muslim and who isnt, I leave that upto God to determine. Hamas calls for the killing of jews precisely for the reasons we see today. A apartment block is brought to the ground killin 50 people including 20 of them children. I hope one day a 10 ton bomb drops on your children too, well see how you feel.

    Perhaps you could explain where the condemnation from the majority is of the minority. Why are the Muslim peace protesters so violent? Why are you rationalising the violence of Hezbollah and Hamas? Why do speak of “jew lovers”?

    Perhaps you could show me where condemnation is of the state sponsered terrorism comitted by the coalition of the idiots? Perhaps you could show me the condemnation of Howard by australians for lying so many times and taking them to an illegal war? The list goes on. Maybe if YOU showed some symptahy, you would get some back. If your not prepared to condemn those who should be condemned, dont expect others to. Becuase then your just as much of a supporter of violence.

    You see apologists like you always have an explanation. Tell me how the religion of peace has Sunnis killing Shiites. What is your explanation of Sudanese Muslims killing Sudanese Africans? And what is your explanation of Indonesian Muslim violence, or Violence of Muslims in Kashmir. Is it all do to with Israel?

    Tell me where i condone muslims killing muslims? Oh please point it out. Infact quite the opposite, I despise those who have the ability to murder others because of cultural differences.
    And when it comes to indonesia, they have every right to come out against australians. Australian butt into indonesian politics like the run the country expecting them to obey to whatever the australians say.
    And please explain to me the violence of australian, american and english soldiers agains the innceont iraqis, why did they see the need to commit torture and rape? Why do the israelies see the need to bomb and apartment block full of innocent civillians? Oh let me guess, hezbollah were there so they deserved. The 7 yr old children deserved to die didnt they Captain?

    Perhaps you could also explain why Coptic Christians are terrorised by Egyptian Muslims or Lebanese Christians from Lebanese Muslims and the list goes on.

    Perhaps you could explain the 10000 palestinian prisoners and the turmoil they go through everyday? Or why israel is building a wall on palestinian land? Or why torture occurs daily at the hands of americans? Or why the russians Or why the thai oppres those in the south? Its interesting why you never ask these questions?

    Mohammed was a violent character in the Koran. He was a warrior and Muslims emulate this. Isn’t it the purpose of the Koran to teach Muslims to emulate and aspire to the behaviour of Mohamed? What about the right of Muslims to lie to non Muslims?

    Thats why muhammed lived with the jews peacefully in saudi arabia and it was the jews who broke the treaty between them right? Why did the jews kill their own mothers and children in the times of the romans? Do you mind asnwering these questions aswell please?

  • SupporterOfAntony

    M.Mayes, Im aware of what you have said and I dont blame the whole of Australia for what went on there. It was in response to Captain and what he insinuated with his comments. I dont blame the majority based on the minority, Captain does.
    There are bad apples in every society, culture, nation etc. Using those as an excuse to opress and make other suffer is what Captain here enjoys doing, not me.

  • Addamo_01

    SupporterOfAntony

    Excellent posts. You hit the nail on teh head on many issues. I have noticed how those on teh right, inclusing Israel's appologists, are quick to find sympathy with a group when it suits their needs. The goon over at Tim Blair's blog collectively discovered instant empathy for the Kurds when all the other rationales for the Iraq war fell over like a pack of cards.

    And you are right ont eh monehy about Captain. He is quick to rightly disown those who ahve done sahmelful things in the name of Israel, and rightly points out that the perpatrators were not supported by the majority of Israelis, but is just as quick to collectiely condemn all Palestinians as terrorists for electing Hamas.

    Not eveyone who voted for Howard in the last election did so to show solidatiry for the Iraq war. Some voted for what they believed woudl be economic stability, or any other number of policies. Same with Hamas.

  • M.Mayes

    It was in response to Captain and what he insinuated with his comments.

    Oh yeh, for sure, I agree with you, just as an issue close to my heart as such, It's always fun to grab an opportunity to say what actually happened there and how it was grossly twisted by politics and the press.

  • Addamo_01

    The massacre in Qana is beyond insane. The toll is up to 60 and counting.

    Here is a slideshow so that Captain and Comical can drool and admire the bravery and heroics of the IDF.
    http://wakeupfromyourslumber.blogspot.com/2006/07

    Three massacres in this town since 1996. Wait for Captain to insist this is Hezbollah's fault for using human shields, but human shields implies the Hezbollah targets were in the building.

    Alas, another fucking lie.

    Israel still insists the 1996 shelling was an accident and that its forces had a legitimate militant target – a Hezbollah military unit that had fired mortars and rockets from near the Qana base.

    However, a UN investigation reported in May 1996 that the deaths at the Qana base were unlikely to have been the result of an accident as claimed by the Israelis.

    The UN also noted the presence of Israeli helicopters and a drone in the skies over Qana which must have witnessed the bloodbath.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5228554.st

    I hope you're proud Captain, Comical, Ros and Viva. I hope that you can look at this as say that it is all worth it. That this action will serve in the interests of Israel's security.

    I’m sure none of you will lose sleep over it. They are only Arabs anyway.

  • Captain

    Mayes, its amazing that when you do have some proximity to an issue you realise how the media can distort. Now I wonder if you have actually been to Israel.

    Hamas calls for the killing of jews precisely for the reasons we see today.

    And when it comes to indonesia, they have every right to come out against australians.

    And what would you do if your land was given to a bunch of ungrateful people without you having any say in it?

    Your antisemitism is amazing.

    For your information, pals were given a say in what happened to the British mandate of Palestine. This is why it was carved up 78% into a palestinian state: tranjordan. The second round of carving was rejected (as per usual) by pals and hence no second pal state.

    Your point was that Muslims live in peace in so many places unless they are bombed. This is clearly not the case. Islam has become the new fascist intolerant force that the world must deal with.

  • Suze

    Oh get over it people. The joke was learly lost on you.

    So for the intellectually bereft, the implication was that the name Podhoretz was akin to POD people.

    I think my implication is that every time you or anyone else sinks to the level of personal abuse even in something so marginal as the comments section of a blog, you fuel the cycle of hatred further. Since you pride yourself on your intellect you should not need to use insults. The facts speak for themselves, don't weaken the impact with wild abuse- too many times do I see comments on the Palestinian situation stray into something which is quite frankly unhelpful to either the Israelis or the Palestinians.

  • Addamo_01

    Suze,

    You have a point, and I appologise for offending you.

    Your suggestion are appreciated.

  • SupporterOfAntony

    still waiting on the answers captain, I see you silently ignored them, I wonder why?

  • Addamo_01

    Oh one more thing Captain,

    The crap abtou Hezbollah using citizens as human shields is just that, crap.

    A great explanation an be found here:
    http://wakeupfromyourslumber.blogspot.com/2006/07

    When someone uses another human being as a "shield," under the plain meaning of the word, it is understood to be a method to deter aggression by adversaries. In order for that objective to be achieved, crucial premises must first exist.

    The party who employs the human shield MUST assume that their adversary will hesitate to fire against those shields for fear of harming them.

    But in order for that to happen, the adversary must first CARE about the welfare of the so-called "human shields."

    If the opposing party DOES NOT CARE about their welfare, then the alleged objective of deterring aggression falls apart.

    For example, in the United States, a bank robber might take a hostage to deter the use of overwhelming force by police. In every case, the police DO NOT fire for fear that they might jeopardize the life of the hostage.

  • Addamo_01

    Continued:

    In this case, Israel has proved time and again, beyond ANY reasonable doubt, that they ARE NOT deterred in any manner whatsoever from employing overwhelming force against whatever target they see fit, regardless of whether civilians are in the area.

    Israel's routine AFTER-THE-FACT attempts to characterize civilian victims of their ruthless aggression as Hizbullah's "human shields" is nothing less than a diabolical effort to twist the meaning of the phrase beyond all recognition.

    Once the bogus "shield" or deterrence theory is rejected, the only alternative Israel presents in its favor is the outrageous suggestion that Hizbullah fired from near civilian areas for the purpose of proving that Israel DOES NOT CARE about massive civilian deaths. In other words, not as a method to deter aggression but as a method to win the PR war against Israel. If believed, then indeed Hizbullah succeeded in proving that Israel DOES NOT CARE ONE IOATA about the lives of innocent Arab civilians.

  • M.Mayes

    Mayes, its amazing that when you do have some proximity to an issue you realise how the media can distort. Now I wonder if you have actually been to Israel.

    The media hasnt exactly been distorting views against the Israeli’s though, i think you will find most mainstream media give plenty of credit to Israel (generally much more so than Palestine and Lebanon who are just ‘terrorist states’).

    Your antisemitism is amazing.

    The hell are you on about my anti-semitism?

  • orang

    Israel killed 56 people, thirty four of them children today!!"

    See, I told you. See how many children these people have?

    If they didn't have so many children, killing them wouldn't get so much bad press. This legitimate act by Israel to defend it's right to exist has been besmirched by the Arab's high rate of procreation.

    (For any new readers the above is total sarcasm, because I'm so fucking angry at those evil Israeli cunts and their fan clubs…..)

    .and sorry for the language