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Islam and the West: Column from Challenge Weekly

Posted in islam, israel, new zealand, religion, turkey by Blimp deflator on September 28, 2010

Going deeper: Islam and the West
The above article appeared in the September 27, 2010, issue of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper.

Contrary to Mark Keown’s assertion, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are primarily a result of the United States desire to achieve “full-spectrum” dominance. Plans for the invasion and occupation of these strategic areas were laid in the 1990s — long before 9/11 provided a convenient casus belli. (See Section V of Rebuilding America’s Defenses, a publication of the Project for the New American Century. This section is entitled Creating Tomorrow’s Dominant Force, and includes the sentence: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor”.) The destruction and dismemberment of Iraq (and soon of Iran?) also served the important purpose of removing yet another obstacle to Israel’s total dominance of the Middle East.

Later in the article, the reader’s interest is further piqued by the sentence: “One senses that the the future of the world is increased instability and perhaps in Europe, suppression of Islam, ethnic cleansing and dare I say it, ultimately even war.” Needless to say, there is no way in which Islam can be “suppressed”. (See the Telegraph article of March 25, 2008, which says: “The projections show that, if the Churches do not reverse their historical decline, there will be more active Muslims than Christians in Sunday services across Britain before the middle of the century.”) It’s already far too late for any program of “suppression” to be successful. And any attempt to remove the population of 2.4 million Muslims in Britain (which has grown by 500,000 in just the past four years) would result, quite simply, in the destruction of British society. Ditto the societies of France, Germany and other European countries with rapidly expanding Muslim minorities.

Keown is right when he says “we [should not] condemn all Muslims on the basis of the lunacy of a few”. But if he is seriously concerned about “lunacy”, he should examine United States foreign policy. He could begin by reading Robert Dreyfuss’ Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Metropolitan Books, 2005). He will then realize that these people he describes as lunatics are, to a large extent, the creation of policies pursued by the US at the height of the Cold War, when it sought (a) to contain Arab nationalism and Russian communism , and (b) to nurture a Sunni radicalism that could be used as a “weapon” against its enemies — in much the same way as it used Saddam as a “weapon” against Iran during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.

Actually, the list of US/Israeli lunacies is far too long to be reproduced here. This incredibly destructive alliance has killed millions of people throughout the world during the past 50 years or so, and has also succeeded in poisoning large areas of the planet — with dioxins in the case of Vietnam, and with depleted uranium in the case of Iraq and other countries where DU munitions have been used. These toxins will remain teratogenic (i.e. a cause of hideous birth deformities) for hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of years.

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Netanyahu hurries ‘peace talks’ along

Posted in israel, palestine by Blimp deflator on September 25, 2010

Netanyahu hurries 'peace talks' along
This cartoon was sent to me today by Ken O’Keefe. Source unknown.

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Intolerance at Ground Zero

Posted in islam by Blimp deflator on September 17, 2010

Intolerance at Ground Zero
What’s wrong with this cartoon? Well, it implies there is a symmetry of invective: that every curse from the “Christian” side is reciprocated by a curse from the “Muslim” side. And I don’t think that is true in the case of the “confrontation” at Ground Zero. Although there have been some intemperate comments from Christians opposed to the building of an Islamic cultural center near the site of the Twin Towers, all the comments that I have heard from the other side have been eminently reasonable.

The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of September 13, 2010.

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Tony Blair’s tears

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on September 17, 2010

Tony Blair's tears
Not the most successful cartoon, but one that conveys the right message. From the Manawatu Standard of September 3, 2010.

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Israeli commando on psychiatrist’s couch

Posted in palestine by Blimp deflator on September 16, 2010

Israeli commando on psychiatrist's couch
Ken O’Keefe sent this to me today. Don’t know where it originated.

US tosses the ‘car keys’ to Iraq

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on September 13, 2010

US tosses the 'car keys' to Iraq
Statues toppled in Iraq
The top cartoon, from The Dominion Post of September 3, perfectly captures the mess of Iraq after more than two decades of war and economic sanctions. Unfortunately, it gives the viewer the erroneous impression that Iraq is no longer occupied. The cartoon above, from the Manawatu Standard of September 2, conveys the same impression, and also manages to get the first date wrong. (Saddam’s statue was toppled on April 9, 2003.)

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My comment on Ken O’Keefe’s blog, posted today

Posted in palestine by Blimp deflator on September 12, 2010

In the September 2010 edition of Australia/Israel Review, there is an interview with Ron Ben Yishai – a gentleman who is described as a (the?) “leading Israeli war correspondent”. Most of it is about Hezbollah, the Goldstone Report, etc., but it concludes with some comments about the Freedom Flotilla. This is the third-to-last paragraph:

He [Ben Yishai] described the shooting of the second Israeli soldier to land on the ship, who was severely wounded. “He was five seconds behind the first soldier,” but was already shot, “so they did not have time to snatch the gun off the first soldier and use it against him. Which means he was shot by someone who had a weapon and was ready for him.”

This allegation was new to me. Has anyone else previously heard it? If it is not a recent invention, why wasn’t it mentioned in the first reports of the incident and in Corbin’s documentary? After all, it is the stuff of screaming headlines.

Israel’s five-point plan to ‘capture’ New Zealand

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on September 8, 2010

Israel's five-point plan to 'capture' New Zealand
From Australia/Israel Review of September, 2010

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Pakistan floods: Aid with strings attached

Posted in islam, religion by Blimp deflator on September 7, 2010

Pakistan floods: Aid with strings attached
Tom Scott’s cartoon in The Dominion Post of August 31, 2010.

Palestine and Israel: What is wrong with this picture?

Posted in palestine by Blimp deflator on September 6, 2010

Palestine and Israel: What is wrong with this picture?
If you don’t immediately notice two things that are seriously wrong with this cartoon, which appeared in the Manawatu Standard on August 25, 2010, you have almost certainly accepted the “Zionist narrative” and still have a lot to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict. The first, most obvious thing that is wrong with the cartoon is its use of two figures of the same size to represent Palestine and Israel — as though this were a conflict between equals, and as though both sides were equally to blame for the current situation. In reality, the Israeli figure represents an expansionist colonial-settler regime that possesses the third- or fourth-strongest military force in the world (complete with 200 or so nuclear warheads). In contrast, the Palestinian figures represents an assortment of dispossessed, virtually defenceless native people, both Muslim and Christian, who have been confined to what is, in effect, a series of open-air prisons — if they haven’t been driven into exile in what can only be described as ethnic cleansing.

The “peace talks” aren’t really peace talks, but talks on whether these prisons for the Palestinians, which are completely encircled by Israeli walls, fences, roadblocks and state-of-the-art surveillance equipment, can somehow be strung together, sometimes by means of tunnels, to constitute a “state” that the Palestinians will roll over and accept. If you understand that, you will see that the comment of the little figure at the bottom of the cartoon, “Neither wants to get screwed”, is mendacious. The Palestinians have been “screwed” at every turn since 1947, if not earlier. In fact, they are being screwed today, as I write these words. In contrast, the Israelis have been able to exploit every development, over the years, to their own advantage — to seize a position, to consolidate it by means of “facts on the ground”, and then to go on to seize more, even as they attempt to portray themselves as victims. It’s one of the cleverest tricks in the history of the world, which people remote from the action are only just beginning to see through.

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