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Morality is a fluid concept

Israel has the “most moral army in the world“, says Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

How would he explain this?

UPDATE: One of Australia’s Zionist leaders displays a nuanced understanding of the Middle East:

The objective of Iran and Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas is to complete the genocide perpetrated by Hitler, to make the whole world Yuden-rein.

This agenda is simply non-negotiable. There is no room here for a peace process, no room for a premature unsustainable ceasefire.

Perhaps he missed the press release that explained in simple, easy-to-understand language that Israel’s current bombardment of Lebanon and Gaza is actually counter-productive and creating wider support for Hamas and Hezbollah.

By the way, how many Hitler-wannabes exist in the world? I lost count after Arafat and Bin Laden.

19 comments ↪
  • Suze

    What is a proportionate response to unprovoked missile attacks upon your country’s third largest city and a swathe of other towns, to the kidnapping of your soldiers and the spectre of untold horrors yet to be unleashed? What is a proportionate response to the declared desire and active attempt to destroy a sovereign nation?

    So the rocket attacks came before the kidnappings did they? That must be a record for revisionism- under 3 weeks. Of course its just splitting hairs to say that Israel's bombardment began after the kidnappings isn't it, not respect for the truth! I notice that the ABC's 7:30 report also said last night that Israel responded to Hezbollah's "attack". Weasel words writ large.

  • orang

    Well who cares when a zionist leaders preaches hate to their converted. What difference does it make, fuck them. It matters when the rest parrot the deceptions-"I notice that the ABC’s 7:30 report also said last night that Israel responded to Hezbollah’s “attack”." How do you fight this. I notice the ABC recently – even SBS fer christs sake has outdone Murdoch in the slimy go with the status quo way they phrase their news reports.

  • Roonaldo

    All this is quite understandable. They really are struggling to figure out what to do. The IDF is out of control, and the spinmasters are getting them to spout comments that make them look callous and inhumane – which, of course, they are.

    Each week of the conflict is underlining their inability to impose a military solution, and generating a sense of outrage in many European capitals and vast swathes of the Middle East at the sheer savagery of their approach. The US Secretary of State is sent packing having publicly proclaimed a 48 hour halt to bombing. Before she gets to her office the following day, they have started it all up again.

  • Adam

    The IDF have worked really hard to obtain a victory against Hezbollah, with all their latest imported military weapons from US and Europe they have failed to gain any type of victory and not just in the battle field. Even the media has failed to polish the IDF defeat and are finding it difficult to make bad news look good on the media and to hail the IDF as hero’s. Here in the UK public opinion has changed and more support and respect has grown for Hezbollah leaders and the people of Lebanon and Palestine.

    Whose side is God really on?

  • orang

    "The US Secretary of State is sent packing having publicly proclaimed a 48 hour halt to bombing. Before she gets to her office the following day, they have started it all up again."

    Maybe she will be gettting the message by now that she is irrelevant, she is "The Piano Player". The Isreali's tell her to jump and she jumps- she hasn't been asking "How high?" yet. She'll soon find out how nasty shit tastes.

  • Suze

    How do you fight this. I notice the ABC recently – even SBS fer christs sake has outdone Murdoch in the slimy go with the status quo way they phrase their news reports.

    Don't let it go by unnoticed- write an email, letter, whatever -respectfully pointing out errors and distortions. Exercise your free speech, -if we don't we are squandering the gifts given to us by an accident of birth- relative safety, prosperity and freedoms unimaginable to the people of Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Saudi Arabia (if your a woman), Afghanistan etc.

  • Addamo_01

    yet. She’ll soon find out how nasty shit tastes.

    You never know Oran, perhaps it's an acquired taste. She seems to be taking a liking to it.

  • Mendez

    Thanks Suze, just sent ABC an email..
    http://abc.com.au/tv/contact/abctv_form.htm

  • Addamo

    Amazing that this Iraeli arsehole should talk about Hitler. I wonder what he would say about Israel forcing 1000 Egytptin 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.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo0yuWsF-vs

  • orang

    Good one Suze. Thanks for the link Mendez.

  • Ian

    By the way, how many Hitler-wannabes exist in the world? I lost count after Arafat and Bin Laden.

    I suspect that some have pencilled your name near the top of their list. You may want to price jack-boots, Antony. Can't go leaving things to the last minute! 😉

  • captain

    In every generation there have been infamous people who have wanted to wipe world Jewry off the map. This is why Ant has lost count. He is reading history backwards and has a short attention span.

    Israel is merely the new focus. And is particularly distasteful to Jew haters that Israel should have the temerity to defend herself. It is astonishing that the contributors here who consider themselves small l liberals could find themselves supporting totalitarian regimes that have no tolerance at all for diversity and freedom of opinion. It is equally embarassing for you that you do not realise that the bigger picture war is a war against the oppressive regime of Islmofascists that would seek to have us all enslaved in dhimmitude. As the Coptics, Leb Christians and others who do not follow the party line. Ask them what happens?

  • Addamo_01

    It is astonishing that the contributors here who consider themselves small l liberals could find themselves supporting totalitarian regimes that have no tolerance at all for diversity and freedom of opinion.

    What's really astounding is that some of those are also supported by the US. In other words, the US has a fondness for supporting regimes that have no tolerance for diversity and freedom.

    It is equally embarassing for you that you do not realise that the bigger picture war is a war against the oppressive regime of Islmofascists that would seek to have us all enslaved in dhimmitude.

    There ou go again, conveniently sidestepping Isael's barbarism and the Palestinain issue. You would no doubt convince yourself after Qana that any hatred of Israel in Lebanon is spawned not by the war crime Israel perpetrated, but Islmofascist ideology.

    As the Coptics, Leb Christians and others who do not follow the party line. Ask them what happens?

    I think you'll find that there are plenty of Coptics and Leb Christians who now hate Israel.

    I suppose the families of the 1000 Egyptian POW's that Israel massacred (after forcing them to dig their own graves) in 1967 don't hate Israel for what it did to their loved ones, but purely because of Islmofascism right Captain?

    Hitler woudl have been so jealous.

  • captain

    I suppose the families of the 1000 Egyptian POW’s that Israel massacred (after forcing them to dig their own graves) in 1967 don’t hate Israel for what it did to their loved ones, but purely because of Islmofascism right Captain?

    More antisemitic Jewish blood libel. Thanks addumbooo.

  • Addamo_01

    More antisemitic Jewish blood libel. Thanks addumbooo.

    Not at all. It's a historical fact. Or are you suggesting that the Egyption POW's did it to themselves to get sympathy?

  • Suze

    Israel is merely the new focus. And is particularly distasteful to Jew haters that Israel should have the temerity to defend herself.

    Noone who is decent would deny Israel's right to defend herself. Everytime the issue of cessation of violence arises someone begins a debate about who did what to whom when and why. I think experiences in Ireland, South Africa etc show that these discussions are useful only AFTER the killing has stopped . It is simply a diversionary tactic at this point. There is no "greater context", Captain- you speak of the islamic states as if they were homogeneous- there are hundreds of contexts surrounding Israel. Do you not think that Israel itself suffers from the failure to reach a just settlement with the Palestinians? Does it not play on your mind at all that the occupation is illegal, that the "security barrier" is illegal- that the number of Palestinian civilians killed in the last few years is in the thousands. How do any of these things help to secure Israel? ( since that is your focus- I am assuming that you find the plight of the Palestinians just as horrific as we all do, but that to you, the security of Israel is of greater importance)

  • orang

    There you go. They were doing it back then as well? It's an old tradition then. Put yourself in the path of a rabid zionistsupremacist and you end up commiting suicide to spite him. It's an old trick, but it just might work.

  • johnfaber

    An anti-semite is defined as "One who discriminates against or who is hostile toward or prejudiced against Jews." It seems to me that this term is bandied about (much as is the term racist) here to the point that it is devalued.

    Israel is a country, a state. It contains people of varying faiths and opinions. Israel and its policies are not representative of every Jew worldwide.

    Hence no criticism of Israel and its terms of engagement can possibly be considered anti-semitic, by definition.

  • M.Mayes

    You would no doubt convince yourself after Qana that any hatred of Israel in Lebanon is spawned not by the war crime Israel perpetrated, but Islmofascist ideology.

    I couldnt help but notice you did not respond to this quote by Addamo, Captain. I am curious, what are your thoughts here?