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Uncle Sam’s hypocrisy rises to new heights

Posted in syria, united states by Blimp deflator on August 8, 2012

Listen to the revolving puppet's indignant squawks
From the Manawatu Standard of July 13, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

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Obama defies the tide of Middle East history

Posted in israel by Blimp deflator on September 29, 2011

Obama defies the tide of Middle East history
From the Manawatu Standard of September 26, 2001.

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The evil legacy of 9/11

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on September 17, 2011

The evil legacy of 9/11
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 12, 2011.

Bin Laden family’s plan followed with interest

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on August 19, 2011

Bin Laden family's plan followed with interest
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of August 5, 2011.

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The triumph of the Tea Party

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on August 19, 2011

The triumph of the Tea Party
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of August 4, 2011.

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Obama clinches debt-ceiling deal

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on August 19, 2011

Obama clinches debt-ceiling deal
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of August 2, 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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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.

US gets top marks for hypocrisy

Posted in egypt, history by Blimp deflator on February 22, 2011

US gets top marks for hypocrisy
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 10, 2011.

Spies infiltrate New Zealand Muslim community

Posted in islam, new zealand by Blimp deflator on December 28, 2010

The following is a news item, dated December 26, 2010, from NewstalkZB:

The latest Wikileaks cables to emerge featuring New Zealand reveal the United States has been keeping an eye on the Muslim community here.

The documents show diplomats have been looking out for signs of extremist behaviour and even visited a mosque to listen to a preacher’s teaching.

Though the mosque visits, quiet dinners with members of the Muslim society and meetings with Islamic scholars failed to reveal signs of a local al-Qaeda cell, the cables still warned the White House to beware of future extremism.

They didn’t offer to take me out for a “quiet dinner”. I would have been happy to expound my “extremist” view that it is illegal to invade other countries and kill millions of their people.