Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Now the Israelis know damn well that the more they try to claim East Jerusalem, the less there's any chance of a peace. The international consensus is quite clear on this point - and all observers and negotiators agree that for any two-state solutions to take place, East Jerusalem would have to remain Palestinian. In essence the announcement was not just an 'insult' as Hillary Clinton announced - and not only a 'slap to the face' as most US-based media called it - but a clear indication that Israel has no peaceful intentions whatsoever, and that anybody who tries to push it towards establishing peace (even if it's the US government) will be absolutely, and quite rudely ignored and ridiculed.
It's not as if Israel needed to make the point, despite the fact that many people, through a contortion of logic, still think of Obama as being a liberal peace-seeker, the fact is that all along he has played the Zionist game, he knew damn well what he was doing when he promised Israel an 'all-jewish' Jerusalem months before he was ever elected to lead what is supposedly the sole remaining super-power. He was making it clear that Amerika, under his leadership would bend over backwards to accommodate Zionist aspirations - whether these involved occupation, murder, or genocide.
Apparently, after having called last week's announcement an 'insult' - Clinton is now choking on her own words. It's clear that Israel will not only not tolerate intervention in its war-mongering, but will react badly to even the implication that somehow their actions last week were, in fact, at the very least, an insult.
Clinton's been bitch-slapped.
How else would you explain her statement today dismissing any possibility that there is a 'crisis' in relations between the USA and Israel? How else would you possibly explain that two days after her country and her president had been insulted, slapped, kicked in the nuts by proxy, she is now doing her damnedest to make it clear that she's not 'really' pissed off at Israel?
I mean - just because somebody 'insults' you doesn't' mean you don't love them, right?
Just because somebody makes you look like a fool on a regular basis, makes you look like an idiot for even trying to present the 'appearance' of an honest broker, mocks your attempts at establishing even the most basic of negotiations...surely that's no reason to be pissed off at them, right?
Note that all this bending backwards, all this back paddling is happening because Israel itself called the situation a crisis!
Is the USA really that afraid of the Zionist thugs over there in Tel Aviv? Is the US government so indebted to Israel that even the appearance of dignity is no longer allowed it?
Are Israel's claws so deep into the back of Amerika that Amerika cannot even seem to complain when it's slapped in the face, kicked in the nuts, mocked in the eyes of the world?
Apparently that's the case.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
It was a good sneeze. It announced itself to my nose with a slight but telling twitch, and when I let it go – it shook through my whole body, and went through like a shock-wave, finding deliriously pleasant release both from my mouth and my nostrils. Truly, it shook me to my core, it scared nearby innocents.
It was a thing to behold.
And now, I want my Nobel Peace Prize.
Surely I deserve it.
When Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, announced that Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 the reporters, or so it’s been reported – gasped.
That should’ve told him something.
In explaining the committees’ choice, it was explained that Obama was awarded the prize not for what he’s done, but for what he might yet do. In essence turning the entire Nobel Prize Committee into a cheerleader squad.
In claiming that the committee recognized Obama's efforts at dialogue to solve complex global problems, including working toward a world free of nuclear weapons, the committee demonstrates a massive amount of idiocy and a great deal of disrespect to the world at large.
Are we now rewarding ‘efforts’ at dialogue? If so, I’d like to nominate a few newborn infants I’ve come across who have put great efforts into dialogue, and I’d ask the committee to look past their current inability to say much more than ‘goo goo gaa gaa’. I know it’s not much, but really – they’re trying.
As for working towards a world free of nuclear weapons – is it really that easy to ignore the ridiculous stockpiles of American nuclear weapons that nobody ever talks about? Or do they actually mean ‘working towards a world free of other nuclear powers’? Maybe I’m just low on attention, or maybe American nuclear weapons are a GOOD thing whereas other nuclear weapons, say Iranian ones, are a bad, bad, bad thing. The American nukes give you Freedom, not death! Liberty, not radiation! Democracy, not fallout! That must be it! I shame myself and my readers by thinking otherwise.
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," – the Nobel Committee.To this I can only add that the same could pretty much be said of, say – Hitler. He definitely captured the world's attention too, and he most certainly gave people little else than hope for a better future.
The decision, apparently, was ‘unanimous and came with ease' – so feel free to feel ridiculed and disrespected by ALL members of the committee. They are all guilty of being too stupid to support their own raison d'être.
The nominees included 172 people -- among them three Chinese dissidents (invariably risking life and limb), an Afghan activist (life and limb anybody?) and a controversial Colombian lawmaker - and yet - they gave it to Obamamama.
Obama has basically screwed the Middle-East peace process by standing idle while the Israelis continue to build settlements on occupied land, he has done nothing to stop them or even threaten them with withholding American financial, military, or political support – all the time ignoring (as have all presidents and administrations before him) that it’s actually illegal for the US to support Israel according to it’s very own laws. Yup, you read that right. Look it up.
If that were not enough to destroy the possibilities of brokering a peace deal – Obamamama has also promised the Israelis an ‘undivided Israeli Jerusalem’ – almost literally slapping the Palestinians, History, and Justice in the face...
Obama has also dutifully continued not one but two wars of occupation which apparently nobody blames him for because they were started by Bush. Yet, rather than decrease troops, Obamamama has put more troops in Afghanistan.
“Yes, We Can!” takes on a whole new meaning - “Yes, we CAN continue to sucker you into bloodshed and aggression as long as we smile at you and coat our aggression with some eloquent BULLSHIT.”
When Obama first got elected, I wrote an open letter to the man explaining what I hoped he would do – so far he’s accomplished absolutely none of what anybody might’ve hoped for…and the world loves him yet.
Eat it up, Amerika.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Three weeks ago, an Egyptian Muslim mother and wife, four months with child, was stabbed to death in Dresden, the civilian city bombed to the ground by the allies during World War II. She was stabbed in full view of her son and husband, and when her husband rushed to defend her, he himself was shot by the German police because they assumed him to be the attacker.
For the last three weeks, I’ve heard people say, and I’ve said it myself based on what I’ve seen – that the international media hasn’t found this story quite as interesting as that of The Death of Neda Sultan.
I’ve now done the numbers:
As of today, a search for Neda Sultan on Google, brings up about 1.14 Million results (I’m accounting for spelling variations by adding up the results for ‘Soltan’ and ‘Sultan’ – so this is the total of the two) for Neda. A similarly conducted search for Marwa Sherbini (with variations such as Sherbiny and Sherbeni, etc..) brings up about 220 thousand results. A bit less than a 5th of the results obtained by searching for Neda.
So perhaps the truth is quite simply that yes, the international media, goaded by political interests, wanted to sell an Iranian Revolution but are simply disinterested in a the story of a woman who in the 21st century Europe can be killed for her beliefs, race, or fashion sense.
It just sounds so…retro. I mean – this is what the Arabs are supposed to be so good at right? Being judgmental, being fundamentalist, being basically inhumane.
In contrast, it might be interesting to note just what Marwa and her husband did when they were harassed by their neighbor, the man who eventually stabbed her. The couple did the most that any civilized democratic civilization suggests that you do -
They went to the Law.
Unfortunately, there’s a loud vocal crowd of people who believe themselves to be doing ‘good’ – who tend to cloud the issues. When they turn Marwa into the ‘headscarf martyr’ – I’m not sure they understand quite how silly that sounds to an ear not familiar to the context. Did sympathizers come up with that nickname or did their enemies? Focusing on the headscarf is a mistake, and immediately begs the question – why would anybody die over a headscarf?
Yes, it’s that bad. If you think otherwise, wake up.
Calling her murder an example of ‘racism’ is also incorrect, and kicks a ball in a field for which the strategy has obviously not been thought out. It’s much more likely that this is the exclusive creation of the sympathizers – but it is still a huge mistake. By confusing religion with race, the issue becomes genetic. The implications here are complicated and messy, and completely unnecessary – the only religion that is ‘racial’ (or ‘racist’ if you choose to see it that way) – is Orthodox Judaism – since it is through maternal lines.
A Christian, on the other hand – is anybody who gives himself over to Jesus, and a Muslim is anybody who accepts Mohamed as the Prophet and submits to God’s will.
Zionism of course, has been lifting the Maternity Clause because they want more of ‘any-other-than-Arab’ races in Israel than they can get otherwise, and of course, there’s also the historical background of the Khazar Empire – now dispersed throughout Europe, a people who ‘decided’ (never mind the Orthodox) to 'be’ Jewish.
But Islam, as with Christianity, has none of that. You decide to be a Christian, presto – you are. You decide to be a Muslim, presto again – it’s about Idea & Choice.
NOT race, and we do our battle a disservice by claiming it to be so.
What do you call an ideology that destroys any other ideologies?
Well, the closest I can think of is Facism.
Pure and Simple.
We have to think through the logic.
Otherwise - we get emotional and distracted, and we're not thoughtful with our defenses or positions, barely fighting off the aggression and not mounting our own agenda. I've played a lot of Real Time Strategy games, and this is how you lose.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I keep getting told that life is not black and white, that I can be too judgmental – that things are not that cut and dried. That the Good is not discrete. That the Good and the Bad hold hands, that they blur into a vague grey.
Actually, life looks grey because it's made up of many black and white dots. Like dots on a newspaper. Black and white events, black and white moments. Moments where you do what's right, and moments where you do something recklessly selfish, or moments where you stand by and let something happen.
Just because there are a lot of those moments, doesn't mean we're any less responsible for choosing the side we're with at that moment.
If we confuse issues, then we're out of focus, and rather than see all the black and white moments, we see a blurred continuum of maybe's and greys.
When we do that we are shirking our main duty.
It is on us to perceive with clarity and empathy, it is on us to ascertain which side bears the burden of the good, and it is on us to take that side, and share with it that burden.
Nothing grey about any of that.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It's an easy enough lie to digest.
Ahmedinejad is a nutcase. Look at him, he's been wearing the same jacket for years, ever since we ever laid eyes on him. He's unshaven, looks kind of gruffy. He exhudes an informal, almost clumsy air and doesn't seem like much of an orator. He's soft spoken enough to make a cynic disbelieve anything he says, and the claims that he's still living in his old house and still driving his god-knows-how-old car all seem inherently ridiculous.
And then, of course, it was his idea to hold a conference on the Holocaust in an attempt to weed out the truth from the myths involved, and naturally, it was he who everybody credits with wanting to wipe out his Zionist neighbors.
It's easy to paint Ahmedinejad as a "petty, cruel, and ignorant dictator" as he was described by his host, the President of Columbia University in New York, after accepting an invitation to speak there.
Yeah, it's pretty easy.
I don't know about the old house, nor can I confirm that Ahmedinejad still drives an old car, but I have read the letter he sent to George Bush Jr., while Bush was still in office, and perhaps you should give it a read too, if you have the time or the inclination. It’s written simply, almost naively (considering who he was addressing), and is clearly unedited by anything resembling a professional political writer.
Once, during a television interview with some major U.S. network, I forget the name of the interviewer now, but it was a considered a major scoop at the time – the American Interviewer noticed Ahmedinejad’s assistant whisper something to him during the interview. Sensing the sinister intent behind the whisper, the American Interviewer asked Ahmedinejad what his assistant had told him. “Oh", said Ahmedinejad, adjusting his jacket, “he just told me to adjust my jacket because it looks a bit strange on the monitor.” Truly, investigative journalism at its best.
When Ahmedinejad – oh, wait – you’re still put off by the name, right?
Here, let’s play syllables: Ahmed (c’mon you know that one, right?) DEE (like John Dee, for example) NE (like your NEck) JAD (like, er…Chad)…see? Simple Ahmed-Dee-Ne-Jad. See?
What Ahmedinejad (don’t you feel better about him already, now that you can pronounce his name?) said about the Chicken Little that you like to call ‘Israel’ (okay, so it’s not worried about the sky falling on its head – but it is particularly obsessed with being pushed into the sea..) – is that the ZIONIST regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish in the pages of time. It seems to redundant to say this, but apparently, there is a need – a regime is not a people, a regime is not a mother, a regime is not a boy, a regime is not a child. A regime is a mindset, and some regimes, such as the Apartheid Regime in South Africa, are certainly doomed to a morally-bankrupt downfall.
So now, we have Ahmedinejad – and an Iranian Election.
When Ahmedinejad was insulted by his host at Columbia University before he had even spoken, he replied, when he did take the podium, by saying that he was unfamiliar with America but that in his country, guest are not invited to an occasion simply to be insulted and ridiculed. The same Columbia students who clapped when he was insulted by their President applauded Ahmedinejad when he made that statement.
Their minds, apparently, are easy to sway.
So now, we are told that Ahmedinejad has stolen the Iranian Elections! That his people actually support an pro-reform opponent called Mousavi (it’s certainly easier to pronounce, isn’t it?) – and that the election has been rigged! The people of Iran have lost their voices! Their democracy has been hijacked by the Hitler-Esque Madman of Tehran, the would-be Holocaust-Denier, the would be Israeli-Decimator, the teacher who thinks he’s a preacher, if-he-gets-a-bomb-he’ll-beat-cha’ – Ahmedinejad!
So here are the lies:
Ahmedinejad has less support than Mousavi. The U.S. and International Media know this. Ahmedinejad could not have gotten 62.6% of the votes since Mousavi is so well-supported. Mousavi is pro-reform, and the young population of Iran loves him because they yearn for a reformist who will bring Western Values to the country! The vote has been stolen, and Mousavi has been asking his supporters to stay calm while the issue is resolved. However, his supporters, those Valiant Iranians seeking the Western JuJu will not be calmed, they are on the streets asking for their rights! Ahmedinejad and the ruling council are meeting them with an Iron Fist. Killing them in a brute display of force! Proving once and for all that the rule of the madman in Iran is monstrous!
Oh, gosh indeed.
The Independent (of the UK) publishes a story in which an agonized Iranian student referred to as Maryam tells of her disappointment – that her hopes have been destroyed, her voice stolen, her dreams dashed. I run into the story since a friend of mine living in the UK sees it and sympathizes with the poor all-but-fictional ‘Maryam’.
Well-intentioned people fall for this story just as they fall for Obama and his recent speech to the Muslim World. Just as they fall for an invasion of Afghanistan that promises to liberate the women of Afghanistan from the dreaded tyranny of the Hijab – as only cluster bombs and an invasion force of rapists know how.
The truth is this:
Ahmedinejad has always had more support than Mousavi – even a recent American pre-election poll proves that much. Not only that, but it proves that even in Mousavi’s supposed main demographic – the Azeri’s polled 2 to 1 in favor of Ahmedinejad previous to the election. In fact, the polling overwhelmingly demonstrated that Ahmedinejad would get not only 62.6% of the vote but 66% of the vote and that his strongest voting bloc was among 18-24 year olds.
Mousavi is not as well-supported as his fans or the U.S. or England, or Israel would have you believe. That is, depending on how you see it – either a delusion of people who cannot believe that anybody could sincerely prefer a non pro-western candidate – or an illusion designed to fool over-educated, well-intentioned do-gooders who still can’t get over the fact that the Iranians might not see things the way they do and might not share their intentions, hopes or dreams.
Mousavi only made things worse (and this is apparently, all he’s really designed, and perhaps more dangerously paid to do) by declaring himself a winner before the official election results came in. Thus making his supporters (mainly, by the way, composed of university graduates, and the richer echelons of Iranian society) feel as though they had a victory and then had it stolen from them. In doing so, he has caused a great deal of fury, anger, and disappointment. Not only has he done this, but he has also specifically asked his supporters to continue to demonstrate, despite the fact that this is a legal issue – he is thus directly responsible for any bloodshed that occurs during those demonstrations, and is the primary inciting force behind the violence.
But you don’t want to hear all that.
Like Axl said in ‘Sorry’ - “It’s harder to live with the truth about you, than to live with the lies about me.”
And so it goes.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Massive hype, of course, an event touted as a game-changer for American/Arab relations and something that a lot of people were eagerly expecting.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Snow Blind Bliss.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
For men, books like The Laws of Power basically provide a pseudo-mystical-alpha-male warrior disguise for what, basically, is a manual on how to be an asshole. Hardly the first of that kind that we've seen.
The excuse offered to women to allow them the luxury of being assholes is that of Disney-Destiny-Fate-Plan-Esteem-Bubbles - the kind of dross packaged in The Secret - ideas both useless and corruptive -
All there to give you permission to feel that you've earned the comfort your own life provides and to ease your guilt regarding the poor bastards to whom your 'miserable life' is a charmed one, and to provide a framework for the sacrifice or abandonment of others.