Back to the ole’ 140s: 9 March 2010

I haven’t really been away – I just wanted that last post of Malcolm Hedding’s  insights on apartheid to remain at the top of the stack for a while. It needed to be noticed, and apparently has been seen by quite a few. The truth, once it’s presented, tends to stick out a little, don’t you think?

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Top o’ the Mideast news today is US Veep Joe Biden’s visit to Israel. Now, ole’ foot-in-mouth Joe can always be counted on for a few gaffs, and he doesn’t disappoint. The way I read this quote in Israel National News, he takes credit for the internal pressure put on the Iran regime by the post-election protests:

Biden insisted, "Since our administration came to power, I would point out that Iran is more isolated — internally, externally — has fewer friends in the world.”

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As reported by and other outlets, hundreds of Christians were brutally slaughtered with axes and knives by a Muslim Nigerian mob on Sunday of this week. Now witness this rather tepid reaction from the United Nations, keeping in mind their vociferous outrage at the casualties occasioned by Operation Cast Lead:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed sorrow Monday night at the slaughter. In a fairly restrained response, he told reporters that he is “very disturbed” at the situation, and “call[ed] upon all sides to act with maximum restraint.”

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More stuff that just isn’t so: aptly named and admirably astute Honest Reporting observes that foreign media coverage of Israel’s authorization of 112 housing units in Beitar Illit  is calling it “new settlements” activity, whereas the construction is taking place within a developed city of 36,000 residents. I suppose we can apply the “new settlements” label to just about anything we want to, can’t we? While we’re in the neighborhood, check out this video from Maoz Israel titled “The Genesis of the ‘Settlements’ Myth.”

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And just to round things out, here’s a post about “Passport Hypocrisy” from Alan M. Dershowitz. With regard to the alleged use of stolen or forged passports in the al-Mabhouh assassination, Mr. Dershowitz points out that such a practice is very much standard operating procedure when it comes to this sort of thing, so what’s all the fuss about? What, indeed?


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