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Back to the history books

The Australian Zionist lobby gets a necessary history lesson in the finer points of Jewish terrorism.

Of course current events don’t exactly suggest behaviour has much changed.

  • Adam

    The media can be manipulated to serve any purpose “Show what is bad as good and to show what is good as bad”. This is the reality of media. I stick to reports from Goodle News and alike to most accurate information and I rely lesser on T.V news (like Fox and CNN).

    One thing for sure, soon (if and) when the conflict ends, the documentaries which will arise from within Lebanon will show the world the true story and reality of the war crimes committed by Israel. This is always the case, like in Afghanistan and Iraq we will all see the truth from within Lebanon.

  • Addamo_01

    Great article.

    Lapkin is such a moron, I coudl swear he was a plant, put there by anti-Isreali groups to make Israel look bad.

  • M.Mayes

    Now people we have to give Lapkin some credit, it seems impossible to argue in favour of Zionist ideals AND present factual imformation at the same time. I can imagine Lapkin is under enormous pressure to defend the zionists, so many facts yet so little time to properly work them into zionist ideals.

    I must say though, this really puts to shame Lapkin's pathetic point about the alledged geographical error in Ant's book.

    Now I havent seen the map so I wouldnt know, but to be an expert on the subject I would have thought that one required a more extensive knowledge about the HISTORY of the region rather than the geography… but hey thats just me.

  • Roonaldo

    Hmmm, not so sure I regard Lapkin as a moron. He seems well suited to the insidious tactics of the AIJAC to suppress alternative opinion – viz their campaign in 2003 to lobby against SBS News.

    Something slipped out yesterday however that they probably wish had not. Listen to the podcast of the 31 July edition of the BBC World Today Select and hear the UN Ambassador (Dan Gillerman) speaking on the aftermath of the war crime at Qana. He speaks of an IDF video showing Katyushas being launched near a 3 storey building SIMILAR to that in Qana. So, in other words, it is an admission that the video being circulated to justify their strike is not what is seems.

  • Addamo_01

    Speaking of Zionist loonies,

    Crazy Dave (of Horowitz fame) is scrared shitless that Israel is going to lose.

    You couldn't dream this stuff up:…

    It's pretty demoralizing stuff. Condi Rice is on Iran's payroll, and Joe Lieberman is going down in flames.

    But I know it's not his fault. He seems to be suffering from some some sort of hallucination — something about the Israeli Air Force slaughtering almost 60 defenseless Lebanese civilians, most of them women and children.

    As if such a thing were ever possible.

    Poor Dave. Happy thoughts Dave, happy thoughts.

  • Roonaldo

    Horowitz really does come across as the kind of nasty that turns up in every episode of Dr Who. But underneath the blind hatred there are some points worth considering. Here we are, many, many days into the conflict and the military machine is acting with brutality and savagery, but seems no closer to achieving its supposed objectives.

    Equipped with precision guidance systems and advanced aerial imagery, it manages to target buildings filled with civilians. Cars transporting civilians and convoys containing refugees and journalists are targeted. Its public relations – alleged to be all-powerful and influential – are communicating messages that accentuate perceptions of gross immaturity and inability to accept a scrap of blame – even when faced with catastrophic events such as Qana 2. Since then, we have heard everything from "the people were warned to leave" through "we didn't know there were people in that building" to "the fault is totally Hezbollah's" and "we are a moral state, we don't target civilians". A consistent, "we made a dreadful errror for which we are deeply sorry" is not part of their stagecraft.

    Overall, the strategy seems to be all over the place. One day it will be a large ground attack to the Litani, the next a pinpoint operation, the day after a massive aerial operation, and so on. This is not deception, it's chaos.

  • Addamo_01

    That's a good point Roonaldo,

    Though to credit Horowitz with making a valid point feels a lot like swalloweing razor blades.

    You have touched on the issue though. If Israel lose this, it will be the moral war and the longer it is prolonged, the more damage will be done to Israel's image, it's reputation and it's morale.

    So much for that 46 hour ceasefire BTW. I think Israel stuck to it for a whole 16 hours. Now, as Israel prepares for the ground offensive, they will be suffering casualties in large numbers.

    I just worry that Olmer will get so desperate that he might do something really really stupid, like nuking Lebanon or something, just to be abel to say Israel won.

  • Roonaldo

    Addamo, I think the thing is no one is going to win but everyone stands to lose, especially civilians. There are also a lot of people who will keep thinking about those rows of plastic sheets lined up in Qana containing the bodies of children. Whatever their overt posturing, deep down those images must have shocked to the core. I know I keep going on about this but the obscenity of the act must not be forgotten and the perpetrators really must be brought in front of an international court of justice.

  • Ian

    Hmmm. "Page Not Found" error. Guess someone has decided its not suitable viewing for the masses. Wonder who?

  • M.Mayes

    the perpetrators really must be brought in front of an international court of justice.

    mmm memories of Ariel Sharon start to arise. Hopefully Olmert wont die before his time. I cant wait to see what the History books have to say in retrospect of the events happening today.

  • Addamo

    Heres a bit of history for Lapkin.

    I wonder what he would say about Israel forcing 1000 Egyptian prisoners of war to dig their own graves in the Sinai desert and to jump into them before they machine-gunned them down?

    Sounds very Hitlerian to me. the more onwe leanrs about Isreal’s history, the more onwe realises what a vile regime it has always been.

  • orang

    Isn't that cute, they learned some stuff from Adolf after all.