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librul said...

The inhumanity of the State of Israel, the inhumanity of its Gaza prison and the inhumanity of its treatment of the Palestinian people will be its downfall and destruction. :

Chris Hedges has it right ... again:

"Israel does not have the right to drop 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs on Gaza. It does not have the right to pound Gaza with heavy artillery and with shells lobbed from gunboats. It does not have the right to send in mechanized ground units or to target hospitals, schools and mosques, along with Gaza’s water and electrical systems. It does not have the right to displace over 100,000 people from their homes. The entire occupation, under which Israel has nearly complete control of the sea, the air and the borders of Gaza, is illegal."


"The Palestinians will reject, as long as possible, any cease-fire that does not include a lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. They have lost hope that foreign governments will save them. They know their fate rests in their own hands. The revolt in Gaza is an act of solidarity with the world outside its walls. It is an attempt to assert in the face of overwhelming odds and barbaric conditions the humanity and agency of the Palestinian people. There is little in life that Palestinians can choose, but they can choose how to die. And many Palestinians, especially young men trapped in overcrowded hovels where they have no work and little dignity, will risk immediate death to defy the slow, humiliating death of occupation.

I cannot blame them."

July 25, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.
librul said...

Judaism - Islam - Christianity: The one true Axis of Evil.

July 25, 2014 at 8:33 a.m.
librul said...

Dearest Edna -

The problems of our world will NEVER be solved by people on their knees with their eyes shut.

July 23, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.
librul said...

Gotta Love Lewis Black - he has a luscious time in his "Red, White and Screwed" show:

July 22, 2014 at 2:55 p.m.
librul said...

So we must assume you're already blind, huh Timbo?

July 22, 2014 at 2:18 p.m.
librul said...

What are you sayin' 'gator? That the Yiddish phrase for "You have a lovely home" is understood in Arabic as "I'm going to bulldoze your home"? Ooo-blah-dee, Ooo-blah-dah.

July 22, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.
librul said...

Good one, Clay.

But you forgot: "... makes the whole world blind." I know it's implied but ... this is Chattanooga.

THREE BILLION DOLLARS a year we give the Israeli murderers to maintain their killing machine.... Oy. Cut off American aid ... war over.

Shamus Cooke lays it out in truthful terms you'll never see or hear in ANY American media outlet. Truth is anathema to American media which stares up into the menacing shadow of the ghouls of AIPAC.

July 22, 2014 at 6:47 a.m.
librul said...

There goes Bleeder again - ranting in semi-conscious ignorance about our borders being "overrun" ..... by children. Many of them come from Guatemala which has a similar backstory to that of Honduras. Chris Floyd wrote about it recently when the world was remembering D-Day:

"But this week saw the anniversary of another major turning point in modern history, a campaign that became — and remains — the enduring template of foreign policy for the world’s most powerful nation. We speak, of course, of the 60th anniversary of Washington’s “regime change” operation in Guatemala, overthrowing a democratically elected government.

It was not the first such American "intervention," of course (and was preceded in the previous year by a more indirect role in overthrowing democracy in Iran), but it set in train more than six decades of violent attacks on democracy by the "leader of the free world." (A fine tradition carried on by Barack Obama in Honduras.)

In fact, a hatred of democracy — a genuine, visceral revulsion at the idea of people choosing their own leaders and their own form of society — has been a driving force in American foreign policy for generations. Democracy and freedom are only allowed if they lead to outcomes that advance whatever the agenda of the American elite happens to be at any given time. They hate democracy abroad; they hate it at home; they hate it everywhere, all the time. The historical record is remarkably consistent on this point."

The Guatemala regime change was noted at the London Review of Books in an article by John Perry:

"Over ten days in June 1954, a decade after the D-Day landings, the CIA sent twelve planes to drop bombs and propaganda on towns in Guatemala in support of a coup against the elected government of Jácobo Arbenz ..."

"Guatemala was one of the first countries in the region to emerge from military dictatorship. Arbenz was the second democratic president, elected in 1951 with 65 per cent of the vote. A strongly nationalist military officer, he was convinced that the central problem in a mainly agricultural country was land: 70 per cent of it in the hands of only 2 per cent of the population, of which only a quarter was being cultivated. In 1953 he decreed the takeover of more than 200,000 acres of unused land belonging to the United Fruit Company. The company responded with a propaganda campaign to convince Eisenhower not to be ‘soft on communism’."

Yep - Arbenz's efforts to raise his people out of poverty and promoting the concept that his country's land belonged to his country's people brought the full weight of American imperialism and corporate-backed CIA subversion down on them, too.

July 16, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.
librul said...

But that's the point, Al. If we let these obtuse propagandists like Limbaugh, Marsha Blackburn, Sarah Pain-in-the-butt, and the phalanx of lying creeps at Faux News define the debate, the truth and the historical backstories will all disappear leading to a population of ignorant, racist, religionist footsoldiers for American fascism. It's already widening the cracks in our rule of law leading to "sovereign citizen" crackpots and people like Cliven Bundy who steal millions in public resources and proclaim that because THEY choose to not recognize the government's legitimacy, it can't arrest them for violation of the laws that our democracy has agreed upon. They are domestic terrorists pure and simple and should be dealt with as such.

July 16, 2014 at 8:33 a.m.
librul said...


"The unaccompanied children crossing the border into the United States are leaving behind mainly three Central American countries, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The first two are among the world's most violent and all three have deep poverty, according to a Pew Research report based on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) information," reports NBC News. "El Salvador ranked second in terms of homicides in Latin America in 2011, and it is still high on the list. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are among the poorest nations in Latin America. Thirty percent of Hondurans, 17 percent of Salvadorans and 26 percent of Guatemalans live on less than $2 a day."

The fact that Honduras is the biggest source of the exodus jumped out at me. That's because, in 2009, the United States government — under President Obama — tacitly supported a military coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras.

"Washington has a very close relationship with the Honduran military, which goes back decades," The Guardian noted at the time. "During the 1980s, the US used bases in Honduras to train and arm the Contras, Nicaraguan paramilitaries who became known for their atrocities in their war against the Sandinista government in neighbouring Nicaragua."

Honduras wasn't paradise under President Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, however, the country has entered a downward death spiral of drug-related bloodshed and political revenge killings that crashed the economy, brought an end to law, order and civil society, and now has some analysts calling it a "failed state" along the lines of Somalia and Afghanistan during the 1990s.

"Zelaya's overthrow created a vacuum in security in which military and police were now focused more on political protest, and also led to a freeze in international aid that markedly worsened socio-economic conditions," Mark Ungar, professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York, told The International Business Times. "The 2009 coup, asserts [Tulane] professor Aaron Schneider, gave the Honduran military more political and economic leverage, at the same time as the state and political elites lost their legitimacy, resources and the capacity to govern large parts of the country."

by Ted Rall, published at 7/12/14

July 16, 2014 at 7:03 a.m.

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