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Dizzying Intellect » Israel

Category: Israel

Grrr.

I gave Jon Stewart the benefit of the doubt. I did. Look, the guy was on Space Ghost. What can I say? I have a weakness for him. So I’ve been saying for the past year that the best thing about having a democrat win the election would be finally getting him back on our side.

And I still think he’ll switch back to mocking the left, once they take office. But he let me down, and from an angle that I never saw coming. Israel.

It’s not that I expect him to be pro-Israel just because he’s Jewish. That’d be silly. I find it a little jarring (and personally disappointing) for him to be so viciously against them defending themselves, but that’s his right. It’s the ignorance that bothers me.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Let me just phrase it for you - something that’ll bring it home. If you’re in your apartment and an emotionally disturbed person is banging on the door screaming “I am going to come through this door and kill you” - do you want us to respond with one police officer, which is proportional, or with all the resources at our command?

Jon: I guess it depends if I forced that guy to live in my hallway and make him go through check points every time he has to take a shit.

Nobody forced the Palestinians to live in Gaza. They wanted that land, they demanded it, and in 2005, Israel conceded and let them have it. Israel removed its own citizens, and gave them the land — with utilities and existing buildings all included. The Palestinians happily moved in, en masse.

As a thank you note for the gift, they elected a terrorist group to “govern” them and started lobbing rockets at civilians. So, yes, Israel’s protecting its own borders, go figure. But Gaza has other borders. If the border with Egypt is porous enough to allow in thousands of missiles, then obviously people could get out, if they were so grievously appalled at Hamas and the bombings.

To extend the already belaboured metaphor: Just because Jon won’t let the deranged guy live in his apartment, doesn’t mean he has to live in the hallway. The apartment building has a door. The deranged guy could get on with his life and move to another apartment. Instead, he decided to stay in the hall and keep trying to kill Jon — and I’m thinking even Mr Stewart wouldn’t invite the crazy guy in, and offer him the spare bedroom.

Mommy’s Little Monster

Man. I don’t even know where to start with this. It’s written by a woman in Israel, who’s been there for fifteen years. Her son just entered the army. So she’s got a close-up view of what’s happening over there — and with children of her own, she knows how painful the loss of a child must be.

But there’s more to it than that.

People will ask how it is that I don’t blame Israel and the answer is simple. Fire came from that building. Call it what you want - a school, a refuge, a mosque, a home…if you shoot at an enemy…common sense would say the enemy will shoot back. Do it from inside a mosque, and the mosque becomes a target. Do it from inside a school, and the school becomes a target. Do it from behind your citizens and families, and you show the true nature of your society, your culture, your cause.

I’ll ask you to read the whole thing, but if you can’t or won’t do that, please at least scroll down and look at the photographs at the bottom.

That’s not Halloween, or play time. That’s parents genuinely putting grenades and firearms into the hands of three-year olds. Sending them out in the street to throw rocks at an armed combatant. Strapping pretend bombs to their little bodies and dressing them up to be martyrs. And martyr = dead.

Then they parade their little corpses through the streets, when one really is tragically killed, as if they mourn the poor thing. When in truth they’re raising them just to die, as quickly and bloodily as possible — preferably while they’re still cute enough to be used as propaganda.

These monsters need to be routed out, if for no other reason than to keep them from destroying another generation of their own babies, weened on terror.

(via Hot Air)

Israel Finally Hits Back

Beware the fury of the patient man.

[Ehud] Barak says Israel does not intend to allow Islamic Hamas militants who rule Gaza to continue firing rockets and mortars on Israel’s southern communities.

Barak says there is a time for calm and a time for fighting. Speaking at a news conference Saturday, he said “now is the time for fighting” and that “the operation will expand as necessary.”

Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing at least 155 and wounding more than 310 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in recent memory.

About. Damn. Time.

War and killing is all these monsters understand, dropping their cowardly rockets on civilian areas in Israel during peace time, and then crying about not having their own homeland. A new generation of “Palestinians” needs to learn that Israel happens to be better at war than they are, and provoking them is a grave mistake. (Er, no pun intended.)

Finish it this time, please, dears. No matter what the UN says.

(I’ll be interested to see how Obama — and specifically Rahm Emanuel — feel about this. For all his many liberal views, Emanuel is notorious for being extremely pro-Israel.)

Chicks with Sticks

I can’t knit to save my life. I’ve had three different people try to teach me, over the years, but I invariably end up with just a big knot of yarn and a migraine.

I know some of you, and/or your significant others can do it, though. So go see David for information on how you can help IDF soldiers keep warm on patrols. It’s a now-international drive to make cozy, knitted black winter hats for them.

Regardless of their internal bickering right now, Israel is still our most reliable friend — certainly in the Middle East, and probably in the world. The safety of their citizens and their borders reflects our own.

On a lighter note: (1) He has pictures up, of hats that have already been knitted by the group, and holy toledo, those soldiers are HOT. And they don’t look nineteen — even though they probably are — so I’m going to forgive myself for ogling. (2) David emailed to say they’re carrying the new Tavor ‘Bull Pup’ assault rifles, and they’re lovely too. So have a look at those, if the knitting and all-male hotness didn’t grab you.

First Condi, Now Dubya

I don’t get it.

Bush invites Palestinian leader to White House

The White House says President Bush is inviting Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House in an effort to advance Mideast peace talks.

Johndroe said that although details are still being worked out, the talks at the White House likely will happen around May 1.

Call me a pessimist, but I really don’t understand why this continues. The Palestinians are asked to make no changes, except stopping their violence. Israel, on the other hand, is forced to makes concessions, give up land while continuing to supply electricity and clean water to that ceded land, bow and scrape — and the attacks don’t stop.

Why are we inviting these terrorists and liars into, not only our own country, but right into the White House? Giving them a nice meal and a cajoling talk is going to make them stop dropping rockets on the homes of civilians, in a country that’s been one of our few unquestionable friends for sixty-plus years?

I just don’t get it. Giving a bully your lunch money only keeps him away from you until the next day. He’s still going to come back for your lunch money again, tomorrow.

Poor Widdle Sanjay

CNN.com - Gupta: Nursery cut-out figures tear at emotions

Ok, I’m already officially sick of the media trying to manipulate my emotions about what’s happening in Israel right now.

Dr Gupta is in Lebanon, visiting the poor poor terrorists who started this war, and he’s telling us that the cut-outs on the nursery walls are bweaking his widdle heart. (The nursery isn’t being used for children now, but it’s still just cwushing.)

Let’s look at the picture that’s making him so sad. Is it picture of bunnies? Puppies? (Hell no, in a muslim society) Peaceful birdies in flight? Happy children playing together regardless of color or creed?

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Grrr

Can I just tell you how much it irritates me that the American MDA donation page is only secure in internet explorer? How fucking stupid is that, when they’ve already had identity theft problems in the past? Get with the 21st century, people.

That is all.

Ending the charade

I don’t even know where to start…

The United Nations bankrolled the production of thousands of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the slogan “Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem,” which have been widely distributed to Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip, according to a U.N. official.

The Palestinian Authority’s withdrawal committee developed and produced the posters and other items using U.N. money, Mr. Rothermel said.

In addition to the slogan “Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem,” many of the materials displayed the logo of the United Nations Development Program

Can we please stop pretending, and get out of the UN, now? And get the UN out of the US? These freaks are simply repulsive.

(via Matt)

Disengagement

If you haven’t been reading Treppenwitz, this would be a fine day to start.

Update: I should add that David is not usually particularly political, so if you aren’t interested in the disengagement, you should entertain yourself with his archives, where you’ll find everything from childraising to beekeeping, and dozens of fabulous Photo Fridays. And also that he’s been patiently listening to me whine about this all day. As if I have any good reason to gripe, from half a world away.

Been a while.

Lair made the call.

I sent ice cream. What’s nicer than ice cream on a hot day in the sun? (Hopefully it’s delivered after 8am…)