A few 140s for 15 Feb 2010

There were reports today of civilian deaths in the Afghanistan battle for a Taliban stronghold, but oddly those details barely made the news, buried about three paragraphs down in other battle reporting.  Now just let your mind go back about a year to Israel’s “Cast Lead” operation against Hamas. Can you still hear the hypocritical international outcry? I sure can. Does the world exercise a double standard against Israel? Yep. Read about this writer’s first hand experience. (Hat tip to tweeter SarahLeah.)

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Israel’s right to self-defense still seems incomprehensible to her enemies. This from Free Republic & others:

Israel is conducting a “secret war,” assassinating top officials in Hamas and Hizbullah in order to hamper the terror groups’ communications with their backer Iran, the London-based Times reported Saturday.

“There has been growing co-operation between Gaza and Iran. Israel can read the writing on the wall and they know that with the help of Iran, the Hamas government in Gaza will become stronger and will fight better. But Israel is overstepping their boundaries. Other countries don’t want to become a killing field for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” the paper quotes an unnamed Palestinian official in Ramallah as saying.

Ok, I said this on twitter & I’ll say it here: if you don’t want assassinations on your soil, then don’t harbor enemy terrorists on your soil. Pretty simple, huh?

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This is old news, but we still don’t seem to get it: President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama is not in the least inclined to speak against Islamic terrorism, even in official Department of Homeland Security literature (Washington Times as reported by Unity Coalition for Israel):

Two new documents laying out the Obama administration’s defense and homeland security strategy over the next four years describe the nation’s terrorist enemies in a number of ways but fail to mention the words Islam, Islamic or Islamist.

The 108-page Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, made public last week by the Department of Homeland Security, uses the term "terrorist" a total of 66 times, "al Qaeda" five times and "violent extremism" or "extremist" 14 times. It calls on the U.S. government to "actively engage communities across the United States" to "stop the spread of violent extremism."

Yet in describing terrorist threats against the United States and the ideology that motivates terrorists, the review – like its sister document from the Pentagon, the Quadrennial Defense Review – does not use the words "Islam," "Islamic" or "Islamist" a single time…

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And this is getting kind of old, but the world does need to hear it still: more falsehoods are being uncovered in Goldstone report than Carter has liver pills. Israel National News had this (and more!) to report today:

An ex-army officer who helped produce the Goldstone Report assumed the IDF has non-existent weapons and that Israel purposely killed Arab civilians, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) reported…

The focus of the latest revelations is retired Irish Defense Forces Col. Desmond Travers. He was the only former officer on the “fact-finding” team that helped Judge Richard Goldstone write the report castigating Israel for alleged war crimes in the war against Hamas terrorists last year. A close study of his methods in his work for the Goldstone committee, along with comments in interviews he gave recently, disclose what the JCPA calls a “a fundamental bias against the Israel Defense Forces.”

…Travers told the Middle East Monitor two weeks ago that Israeli soldiers had "taken out and deliberately shot" Irish peacekeeping forces in Southern Lebanon. He also had asked Gaza psychologists how Israeli soldiers could kill children in front of their parents. Both statements are patently false, JCPA emphasized.

Travers charged that the IDF used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that detect houses where there are a large number of people inside – but the IDF possesses no such weapon…

And so on & so forth. This Travers is the same fellow that was caught last week misrepresenting the number of rockets fired by Hamas into Israel in 2008 as being "something like two," rather than the thousands that there really were.

When will we ever learn?

That’s enough for me for now. See y’all tomorrow, Good Lord willin’ and the crick don’t rise. But I also hear there is more wet weather in the forecast, so we’ll just have to wait & see.

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