Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.


Anonymous said...

This morning, Ari Shapiro had an interview with Col. Jim Hellis, chairman of the U.S. Army War College's department of national security and strategy, assessing all the different ways (just war theory, proportionality, and so on) to defend the Gaza civilian deaths resulting from Israel's continuing attacks on the Palestinians. There seems to be an intellectual anguish going on (I see it in Andrew Sullivan's blog now and with other defenders of Israel's war actions) trying to find philosophic and theoretical ways to defend Israel's attack on Gaza in the face of moral horrors, now backed with photographic evidence. I wonder if NPR will also take the other side of the argument, and interview an expert on war crimes to analyze if Israel has been committing such crimes - if the attack itself is a war crime - and what the possibilities are of bringing its leaders to trial. Maybe Ari Shapiro could do that interview, too.

Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

Does anybody else suspect that “Israel” is the sickest joke ever committed against Jews by goyim?

“I know how to really screw the Jews,” the European diplomat declared.
“That’s got my attention,” sez the American diplomat. “Whachew got?”
“Let’s give ‘em ‘Israel,’ the European sez. “IN Palestine.”
“But there’s already a bunch of Arabs there. Aren’t they bound to object?” asks the American.
“Yep,” sez the European.
“Brilliant!” sez the American.

Porter Melmoth said...

I doubt that NPR would ever offer up the following perspective: that Israel's ruling Neocon cabal has every intention of keeping things stirred up regarding the Palestinians. In collusion with BushCorp's methods, the cabal has everything to gain from perpetuated Palestinian conflict, whether hot or cold. Just think of the armaments that are being used in the current 'conscientious' slaughter. Israel has always been a sure-fire customer in arms dealing, as they, along with the US, are among the few nations actually consuming them regularly. Neocon method is also deeply cynical in that it capitalizes on emotional issues (i.e. Israel's perpetual need for self-defense) and thus holds the populace hostage. Just like BushCorp's jugular grasp on the US for the past 800 years.

That said, I don't think there are many philosophical or intellectual attachments to such agendas. It's for profit, pure 'n simple. Publicists can justify a Gazan destruction up the ying-yang, but the bottom line is founded in hegemonic and capitalistic power.

Porter Melmoth said...

PS: I was gonna add:

This I believe.

(with apologies to Ed Murrow.)

War On War Off said...

The whole "Panetta is soft & experienced" spiel is playing right into this. The US and Israel have already managed to totally outrage the rest of the world with such brutality and terrorism, so when the next attack here comes, it will be soley laid at the feet of Obama, QED.