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Assad slaps Obama down

Posted in israel, syria by Blimp deflator on May 23, 2011

Assad slaps Obama down
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of May 23, 2011.

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Bin Laden’s execution was legal under US law, says NZ lawyer

Posted in pakistan, palestine by Blimp deflator on May 23, 2011

Bin Laden's execution was legal under US law, says NZ lawyer
Article from the Manawatu Standard of May 21, 2011. (Click to enlarge it.) Anyone wishing to respond to this or any other article in the Standard should write, giving their signature, name, home address and daytime telephone number, to editor (at) msl.co.nz or to PO Box 3, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Letters should be no more than 200 words long.

My comment on the article:

Liam Hehir states (Manawatu Standard, May 21): “He (bin Laden) orchestrated the killing of 3000 innocent people in just one morning.”

Where is the evidence to support this allegation?

On June 5, 2006, Rex Tomb, chief of investigative publicity for the FBI, said “9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page … because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11”.

Furthermore, The 9/11 Commission Report alleges that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks”.

I also question Hehir’s claim there were “Arab celebrations on September 11, 2001”.

At the time, we were repeatedly shown a video clip of a small number of Palestinians celebrating in East Jerusalem – an indication, I suggest, that such celebrations were neither large nor widespread. Certainly, the obscene glee of some Palestinians cannot be generalised to the entire Arab population.

Incidentally, Nawal Abdel Fatah, the woman seen cheering in this clip, said later that she was offered cake as a reward for celebrating on camera, and was frightened when she saw the pictures on television afterwards.

It should also be pointed out to Hehir that the “war on terrorism” is not a war, but a subterfuge. The United States was not “drawn” into its various military adventures in the Muslim world. Using 9/11 as a casus belli, it proceeded to execute plans that were already in place.

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US, Israeli, Saudi involvement in Syrian uprising

Posted in syria by Blimp deflator on May 19, 2011

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Osama in the Underworld

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on May 15, 2011

Osama in the Underworld
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of May 14, 2011.

Hillary Clinton: The voice of American hypocrisy

Posted in china, united states by Blimp deflator on May 15, 2011

Hillary Clinton: The voice of American hypocrisy
Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of May 13, 2011. Of course, if you accept that there is one law for the United States and another law for everyone else (which is the premise of American exceptionalism), there is nothing inconsistent here.

The two sides of the French burqa debate

Posted in france, islam by Blimp deflator on May 15, 2011

The two sides of the French burqa debate
Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of April 16, 2011.

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Basement boycott of royalist hysteria

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on May 1, 2011

Basement boycott of royalist hysteria
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of April 30, 2011.

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