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If one man’s meat is another man’s poison, is one man’s truth another man’s lie?

khuloodbadawi_tweet1_CRThe photo at the left was taken in 2006 by Associated Press photographer Adel Hana and is of a little girl in Hamas-occupied Gaza, Egypt who was fatally injured in a playground accident. This information comes from Associated Press and Reuters, neither of which are known for a pro-Israel stance, as cited in the leftist blog Little Green Footballs. As such, it represents a personal tragedy unrelated to the warfare being waged by Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Israel. And as such, it would likely never have seen the light of day in the international media.

That is, if we lived in an honest world. Which we don’t.

When I got to work yesterday, one of the first things I saw was a short article in israel today magazine which exposed an ongoing lie that the photo was less than two days old and was of a victim of Israeli military action.

The lie was being spread via Twitter, reaching a wide audience, but was caught and refuted by Avi Mayer. When confronted with the facts, one of the pro-Arab activists who had helped spread it at first maintained the untruth, but then began to backpedal under continued pressure from Mayer. By the time I waded into the fray she had acknowledged and apologized for the falsehood. I think she deserves credit for that, but we have not seen a similar acquiescence from the other primary prevaricator on this point. And considering that this other person is listed as an Information and Media Coordinator for an agency of the United Nations, shouldn’t we be looking for some sort of disclaimer from that august body?

y193013233321943Lest we think this whole affair was some sort of huge out-of-the-ordinary mistake, the very same day the very same sort of falsehood was being presented to the world using the same technique—by mislabeling and republishing a photograph taken at a different time of a different event.  Avi Mayer deserves credit for catching this one also.

And the list goes on, of course—such as another recent caught-ya, a photo of a 2009 event staged in Bahrain which was claimed to be of an IDF soldier abusing an Arab girl. But to explain my title for this post–if you’re reading this and you are already on the same side of the viewing fence as I am, then I’m just ‘preaching to the choir,’ as the saying goes. Or if you’re like Diana, then you’re likely to think I’m the one that’s blowing smoke. The Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate famously asked, “What is truth?” and then walked out without waiting for an answer.  And a close friend of mine got a poor grade on a college exam once by having an answer to that question knowing full well that the instructor’s intent had been to prove there was no such thing.

So why then are people like Diana, or her defender Haris so offended when they are accused of lying, even while casting the same stone at others? The answer is because there surely is such a thing as truth, or the truth, both on an eternal plane and in the plain sense of objectively verifiable observed data. And also because the knowledge of that is built into human nature. Ok, but so why am I pursuing this? The choir hardly needs preaching too, and the anti-choir will not be persuaded, so who am I trying to reach here?

My answer is simply that there are many, many good honest people ‘out there’ who do not have the information needed to distinguish the truth, and that if just one person can be helped by blogs like mine, well then, it’s certainly worth all these electrons I’m shooting out over the internet, isn’t it?

And also among the Dianas and even the Khuloods of this world there are honest people who just need to discover the truth. I’ll end this with a first person account of an Israel hater who went to Israel to fortify her hate but came face to face with the undeniable truth instead, and became an Israel lover: Nicky Larkin: Israel is a refuge, but a refuge under siege.

Am Israel chai – the people of Israel live.

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Will they or won’t they? Or when will they? Or will they say?

A friend asked me in passing a few weeks ago, “Well what do you think? A couple of months?” I told him, no, I didn’t think so, not in that short of time, anyway. Neither one of us had to ask the other what the subject was. It was about whether—or more exactly when—Israel would launch a military attack against Iran’s nuclear weapons infrastructure.

There has been a popular impression for quite a while that it has to happen, it will happen, and it could be any time now. I do not have an inside track, and I also tend to be wary of going with the flow. So lately I’ve been on the lookout for information that can fill in some of the missing pieces.

The first clearly presented article I saw as I began to watch for such things laid out several reasons why it was not about to happen just yet, written by Professor Barry Rubin at the beginning of last month. You can (and should) read it for yourself, but the effect it had on my understanding of the situation was that things are not as cut-and-dried as the media would like to think they are. Professor Rubin added some further comments on this just last week.

I’ve seen a few other places where similar observations were presented – that a simplistic view that’s it’s going to happen, and it’s going to happen soon – is just that, simplistic. I’ve been putting off this post, trying to get a more precise handle on this, with more names, dates, & figures, but it’s just too much of a moving target right now. So if my friend were to ask me the same question tomorrow, I’d have the same answer, but that’s just my two cents.

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BHOHeadCrop05March2012So I suppose you could say it was a safe for US President Obama to talk tough in his address to AIPAC on Sunday. Since nothing was going to happen any time soon, he had plenty of room (comparing himself to Teddy Roosevelt) to “carry a big stick.”

But—ah, well!—talk is all it was. Cheap talk, at that. And so transparently dishonest that I take comfort in being certain that the AIPAC delegates saw through it well enough. And that, by the same token, the gracious reception given the speech by Israel President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu will be seen in the proper light. (As someone put it, “just doing their job.”)

I don’t mean to overwork Professor Rubin, but I’ll cite him again here as having written the clearest analysis of the speech that I’ve seen today. He titled his post, “Promise her anything but give her Arpege.” I think you get the idea.

As for all the support President Obama claims he has given Israel, take a look at this video from The Emergency Committee for Israel that puts things in a more accurate perspective:

Barack Obama ran for president as a pro-Israel candidate — but his record tells a different story

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In my last two posts I brought up the possibility that some of the more violent setbacks to Iran’s nuclear program may not be accidents or the work of Israeli agents (exclusively, anyway) either one, but clandestine efforts by loyal Iranians opposed to the Ahmadinejad regime.

I’ve seen some further comments along those lines, but one of the more interesting items was a piece in Haaretz saying WikiLeaks had released “intelligence” that Israeli special forces had indeed cooperated with Kurdish fighters inside Iran to destroy one or more nuke sites some time ago.

Lest we get our hopes up too high, we need to remember that just because we see it on the internet doesn’t make it so. Blogger Elder of Ziyon pointed out a few things in a post titled Tempest in a Wikipot that may help us to keep things in perspective.

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homs_CropBack in December I was also looking at the way the Syrian revolt against the Assad regime has become a dividing point between the various Muslim states and factions in the Middle East. So far Assad is still in, and things are not looking good for the rebels. It’s odd that the entire Arab world plus Turkey is lined up against the regime (including now even Al-Qaeda and Hamas) but nothing is moving. Russia and Iran are the only two entities that I’m aware are still behind Assad. It would appear especially that Hamas’ opposition is a radical move, given their position as merely a proxy for Iran. How can they get away with that? They’re cutting their own umbilical cord—or are they? The more I look at the Middle East, and Arab behavior in particular, the more I see that we make a mistake when we try to view things from our Western perspective of democratic principles and national republics.

I read an analysis by Daniel Greenfield this weekend which pointed out that Arab loyalties really are not to nation states nor even yet ideologies, but to the clan. At which point Syria becomes an excellent example of this: right now it’s the Alawite “splinter sect” in the persons of the Assad clan that’s desperately, brutally holding on to power. And if they fall, will we see a free, democratic Syria emerge? Not likely. We really should stop making such an asserted effort to fool ourselves.

LiebermanheadcropcloseAt least one person is taking away an important lesson from all this. Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman points out that the failure of the international community (and of the UN in particular) to protect the victims of state violence in Syria clearly shows Israel’s wisdom in not trusting international promises of such protection as a basis for allowing a(nother) terrorist state hard on its borders.

Nuff said?

TTYL. Lineman.

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Bombs, Bugs, and Brigadiers

Israel is keeping the world on pins & needles wondering if (or more to the point, when) it will take military action against Iran’s nuclear weapons operations. Good! The world deserves it!

Reports have been swirling in the media for a while now that Israel may soon go after Iran’s nuke sites. Israel isn’t saying much, but what they are saying is tantalizing, quite possibly on purpose.

A couple of months ago Mideast authority Professor Barry Rubin posted several reasons why he thinks it’s not likely to happen, but nobody I know really knows, or will say they know.

Since Professor Rubin’s column, the International Atomic Energy Commission released a report saying that—surprise, surprise—Iran may be closer than we think to getting its bomb. But that report doesn’t seem to have changed the strategic situation much, if any–maybe because it isn’t really new information.

Meanwhile the US is a little miffed that Israel might not let us in on it beforehand if they do go. It’s not like we’d actually be a help—especially considering the current US administration’s Islamist associations.

Then again, America is a truly complex entity, so I’m not altogether surprised that we may, in spite of opposite indications, be making our own preparations. This report of the USAF taking delivery of new, more potent “bunker buster” bombs may be taken as one indication of that.

Speaking of which, why would the United Arab Emirates be getting these huge bombs from us also, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, if not for a similar purpose?

Meanwhile one of Iran’s top military officers—said to be behind Iran’s missile program–was killed in a massive explosion over the weekend. Iran officially says it was an accident, but there are some who say Israel did it. You think?

And let’s not forget Duqu, Son of Stuxnet. Iran now admits the new computer virus is bedeviling their computer systems in a way similar to the one that temporarily shut them down last year. They say they have a handle on it, though. Yeah, right.

Given all this, I’m not at all sure Israel can’t keep Iran’s nuclear weapons program at bay without a massive strike. But it’s not up to us, is it? Sometimes all we can do is watch.

Watch with me, will you?

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Maybe, maybe not, but it’s a cool idea — or better yet, JUST SHUT THE PA DOWN

An alert reader said to me yesterday, “You need to make a lineman post.” Somebody noticed! I haven’t really been away, just watching. And there’s been a lot to watch; here are just a few snippets.

So what’s the “cool idea” in my title? An item in today’s Israel National News quoted the Palestinian Authority “Communications Minister” as claiming Israel was behind a widespread DoS attack directed against PA computers, coming from “more than 20 countries.” (Don’t ask.)

And what justification might I have for yelling that we should just shut the Palestinian Authority down? Well, aside from the obvious benefits to Israel and to world peace, they negated their own legal basis when they applied for UN membership last September. So if the world (and in particular, the UN) were to adhere to international agreements, the PA would be thereby dissolved. So if Israel is sabotaging their computer networks – so what? Just – shut – the – PA – down. Get it?

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foxnews_unesco While we’re on the subject of the UN, the latest circumvention of its own reason for existing (that’s French for raison d’etre) has been to admit the non-existing state of Palestine to UNESCO. At least in this case the US deserves acknowledgement for withdrawing its funding of that non-august entity. You see, it’s not allowed under US law to give money to any UN agency which admits that particular terrorist organization. So the US is abiding by one of its own laws at the risk of incurring the displeasure of the international mob. It’s a start, anyway.

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And oh by the way, how many of us realize that Israel itself has a solid basis, not only in history, but in international law, predating the UN itself by three decades? I’ve mentioned it before, but look again at the San Remo Agreement.

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WJD_israel-air-force_RS And is Israel getting ready for a pre-emptive strike on Iran? More than usual, I mean. Maybe, maybe not, but there have been a slew of media reports to that effect over the past couple of days. Some reports even fantastically suggest the UK may be planning something. Now wouldn’t that be fantastic!? I don’t mean to disappoint, but Barry Rubin gives several good reasons  to take it all with more than a grain of salt.

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And the ships of fools (“flotillas”) keep trickling out of Turkish ports. As always, they represent more noise than substance. This one says they can disprove the Palmer Commission findings on the 2010 flotilla fiasco. Or something like that.

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Now back to the subject of computer attacks—remember Stuxnet? (Did you think I’d never get back to that?) There has been a new computer virus making the rounds that some folks are speculating may be Son-of-Stuxnet. Maybe, maybe not.

There’s a whole lot more happening than I’ve been able to touch on here, but for the moment I have to stop writing go back to watching. TTYL.

lineman

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Abu Mazen’s bizarre imaginings revealed in the mud-splattered walls of the UN General Assembly.

Giyusgirl_AbuMazen_23_Sept_2011_248X198 Did y’all miss that? I’ve been watching quietly for quite a while now, awaiting “Palestinian Authority President” Mahmoud Abbas’ anticipated presentation to the United Nations of a request for full membership in that august body. So the fateful day—looked for as a showdown of sorts by some—came and went last Friday. And–it seems to me at least–it came and went, not with a bang, but a whimper–a whole lot of whimpering, to be honest with y’all. And a lot of whining, and quite a bit of weaseling. 

I just finished reading the Ha’aretz transcript of Abbas’ speech, and I can’t quite bring myself to believe that anyone in their right mind and with the right information could take what he said seriously.

But there’s a saying I’ve heard that sometimes folks will throw mud at the wall to see if some of it sticks. Translation: people will sometimes make outrageous, unbelievable, unjustifiable claims against someone else, and just maybe there will be somebody gullible enough to buy it. Well, it’s true—mud happens.

And right now there are great globs of mud stuck to the walls in the UN.

At first I thought I might try taking Abbas’ diatribe apart lie by lie, but I soon saw that really the whole thing was one big lie. He starts out by making the broad false statement that there actually is a nation called “Palestine”  acknowledged by various existing UN agreements and resolutions, and that he, as the president thereof, is merely coming to solidify the standing of that nation as a full member in the United Nations organization.

There is no such thing as a nation of Palestine, and there never has been. There is an entity known as the “Palestinian Authority”  which is correctly characterized as an “interim administrative body” having limited administrative authority over defined territories which have been successively occupied over the past 100 years by the Turkish Empire followed by the British Mandate for Palestine under the auspices of the League of Nations, followed by military occupations by the Kingdom of Jordan and by Egypt, followed by Israel, but never a Palestinian national entity.

There have been many documents issued by the UN which have addressed matters of conflict between various parties involving Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and other legitimate nations, but never any acknowledging the existence of a Palestinian national entity.

faisal-weizmann-map_RS One point worth noting here is that the standing legal document acknowledged by the UN Charter which establishes legal right to the territories in question was generated in San Remo, Italy in 1920 and specifies that the area being claimed by “the Palestinians” be designated and recognized as the Jewish National Homeland. The group which Abbas claims to represent has absolutely no historical or legal right, under UN agreements or any other stipulation of international law, to the areas they are attempting to usurp.

Oh, and for the extent of Abbas’ legitimate representation, it is correct that he was appointed “president” of the “Palestinian Authority” in 2005—but his term has long since expired.

So you have a charlatan posing as a representative of a “nation” that doesn’t exist coming to the United Nations with a bucket of mud hoping to foist off the fantasy that it’s time for the UN to acknowledge and instate his imaginary domain.

But you know what—the UN is full of gullible leaders of state who want nothing more or better than to do just that. A whole gallery of dignified men and women who are even now gazing at the muddy walls of their institution and admiring the dirt.

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On top of the overreaching falsehood of Abbas’ basic assertion are a few more outrageous claims that are too astounding to let go.

89px-Woman_nakba_dress_jug One is that the whole source of the problems he is (ever so humbly) attempting to correct is what he calls the “Al-Nakba,” or the forced expulsion of the Arabs living in the area in 1948. Well, OK, there was an expulsion of the Arabs, but not by the Jews—it was the Arab leaders themselves who forced their peons (including, apparently, Abbas’ family) to leave. Which fact Abbas himself admitted in 1976(!) The Jews actually entreated the Arabs to stay and help build a new country with them. But we don’t want to look at facts now, do we?

I’d almost be ready to think that Abbas believes his own lies, but he’s just too smug about it.

There’s another term Abbas introduces which is more of an obfuscation than an outright lie. Twice he calls the security fence (which has dramatically reduced terrorist attacks from the territories over which Abbas claims authority) the “annexation wall.” Excuse me, but what is an annexation wall? To annex is to join something to something. A wall separates. So how do you join by separating? Or separate by joining? Or—oh, never mind! Up is down, down is up, right is wrong, wrong is right, mud is truth, in Abbas La-la-land.

By the way, on the topic of annexation, it’s really not a bad idea. There’s even a move currently in US Congress to encourage Israel to consider just that. See Caroline Glick’s cogent comments on the matter here.

But perhaps the biggest, saddest whopper of the day was when Abbas claimed that they (his party Fatah, the competing party Hamas, and who knows what other “peacemaking”—yes, remember up is down–terrorist groups he meant) were just (cough! gag!) “defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans.”

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Giyusgirl_Bibi_23_Sept_201_302X249 Ah, but this brings us to the one bright spot in the whole affair—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s follow up speech. His tone was, as always, conciliatory, continuing to extend Israel’s hand of peace to its mortal enemies (OK, maybe I don’t completely agree with this approach, but I’m not here to argue against it, either), however he also proceeded to address at least a couple of the more blatant falsehoods put forward by Abbas. One of which was the aforementioned denial of anything but peaceful means on the Arabs’ part. The PM graciously acknowledged their “hopes and dreams,” but went on to point out what everyone knows but many are loath to admit, that those dreams are augmented by “10,000 missiles and Grad rockets supplied by Iran, not to mention the river of lethal weapons now flowing into Gaza from the Sinai, from Libya, and from elsewhere.” Way to go, Bibi!

But will a dab of truth clean off the mud? One can hope, but one should not hold one’s breath. An already oft-quoted line in Netanyahu’s speech rightly pegged the UN as “the theater of the absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament [and] …Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the UN Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security.”

Look for the mud to stay where it is for a while, and maybe even get smeared around some.

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Thanks as always are due to my friend at GIYUS for her input and photos which I’ve used here. Please read her blog entry, Leaders appear to lose faith – Is there still hope for peace in the Middle East? for some key points I did not take the time to address.

I could have taken a lot more time and space tonight to cover many additional aspects of this event and its ramifications—goodness knows I’ve been skimpy on comments lately—but  for I just now wanted to get across my sense of wonderment at the bald faced audacity of terrorist Yasser Arafat’s successor before the most important body of statesmen and stateswomen in the world.

The world is ‘way down a sad road when it honors men like that in the ways it appears to be doing.

Oh—did I mention that Abbas funded the 1972 Munich massacre and praised it’s perp?

God help us, is all I can say.

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The screws turn a notch, but nobody’s crying “uncle.”

In an earlier post I noted one subtle indication from Washington that the US may not veto the expected UN bid for statehood by terrorist party Fatah (Palestinian Authority) next month.

Now comes another hint from the Obama administration, not quite so subtle, but still not as blatant as it could yet become. (Not-so-cleverly hidden, by the way, in comments regarding last year’s flotilla incident.)

And PM Netanyahu just says no.

It’s slowly coming to a head-on between superpowers. (Yes, Israel is a superpower, albeit tiny in geography and population. Something to do with the backing they have from the Super Power, imho.)

Baby, it ain’t over!

Watch with me.

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The Wheels of Injustice Grind Slowly, or, Israel Still on The Rack

gaza-flotilla-greece_200X133 I haven’t posted for a while; I’ve just been watching while the world tightens the screws on Israel. Or at least tries to—since I last wrote, there have been two amusingly failed attempts to embarrass Israel, the flotilla which never quite got underway from Greece, and the similarly failed “flytilla” attempt.

Of course the big thing coming up is the specter of the United Nations vote next month to officially recognize a “Palestinian” state in the territories occupied by Jordan and by Egypt from 1948 to 1967, but now under Israeli administration. Never mind the lack of a viable governmental structure on the part of the Arabs occupying those areas, or the likelihood that the whole endeavor will blow up in their faces, there exists nonetheless a “bizarre alliance against Israel” (as Michael Curtis at American Thinker puts it)–American and European observers remain blindly focused on imaginedSyrian-Massacre_200X121 shortcomings of the only viable Middle East democracy, ignoring the obvious problems (to put it mildly) of Arab countries. (For example the ongoing slaughter of the Syrian people by their own regime.)

Israel’s ace in the hole, as it were, is a promised US veto in the UN Security Council, but there are also subtle reasons to doubt that promise.

For reasons which I have stated before, I still think it will come out all right in the end. But just how close we are to the end is a little hard to tell.

So won’t you watch with me?

lineman

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