Paul: Limit military to national defense

August 23, 2011 6 comments

August 22, 2011 “Concord Monitor” – History is an excellent teacher, and though her lessons can be painful, Americans had better start listening up, says Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

If not, the 6,000 soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan will have died for nothing, he said in a meeting yesterday with the Monitor editorial board.

“I’m hoping and praying we can get a message out of this, learn a lesson. If you don’t change your viewpoints, if you don’t understand history . . . they will have died in vain. We thought we learned our lesson in Vietnam,” he said, but war “is constant, it’s endless, it’s killing. How many more people have to die before we wake up and admit that those people should not have died? If we would have only had the proper policy, those (soldiers) would have been alive today.”

The proper policy, Paul said, is to keep our military limited to national defense, not intervening in other nation’s affairs.

“Great countries are brought to their knees because they go empire building,” he said during the hour-long interview.

Paul is running for the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election and made a two-day visit to New Hampshire. He began Wednesday night by officially opening his campaign headquarters in the city and ended with a house party in Amherst last night.

Known mostly for his decades-long crusade to shrink the size of the federal government, Paul jokingly suggested yesterday a few dozen jobs that could be added to the rolls.

“Anybody who wants to start a new war should have his head examined (and) there’s room for a lot of psychiatrists down there in Washington,” said Paul, paraphrasing former defense secretary Robert Gates.

Paul has stood apart from his Republican competitors in his staunch criticism of the country’s military spending. If elected, he said he would close the dozens of military bases America has around the world to bring billions, if not trillions, of dollars in savings and economic stimulus to the country.

“What do we need ’em for? . . . It’s $1.4 trillion we spend on maintaining our militarism,” Paul said. “It mostly gets us into more trouble by getting involved over there. We’re just getting killed over there, shot at and wasting our money. There’s no authority for it, for us to be the policeman of the world.”

For Paul, everything the federal government does must find, at its roots, authority granted by the U.S. Constitution. That means no Environmental Protection Agency, no federal health care programs and no income tax.

Reducing taxes is the only job creation program he believes the Constitution would allow.

“We need more spending, in the private economy,” he said. “People need to be able to make business decisions on how to allocate their resources. That’s how we got into (the recession). Our big problem is . . . misdirected investments by the government.”

The Federal Reserve system also contributed to the recession, he said, through “this silliness of constantly creating new money when you need it.”

Other Republicans in recent days have been critical of the Federal Reserve, with Paul’s home-state Gov. Rick Perry, the newest candidate in the presidential field, saying recently, “printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous – or treasonous in my opinion.”

“I don’t use those words,” Paul responded yesterday. “I think they’re misinformed on monetary policy and that’s the more important thing. Evidently (Perry) thought it was good politics. I have never met the man, I don’t know what his monetary policy is. I’m not disappointed he addressed the Fed, but he doesn’t do it the way I do.”

Paul is consistently courteous even toward those he disagrees with, partly because the country’s situation isn’t the fault of any one person, he said.

The country has been led astray for years, he said, duped into believing in Keynesian economic theories that “they are to be taken care of and we are to be the policemen of the world. It’s not (Fed Chairman Ben) Bernanke, it’s the system. It’s not Obama, it’s not George Bush. It’s a system of foreign policy that has been around a long time, a foreign policy I challenge. I probably slip up, but I basically try really hard to not personalize. I don’t enjoy that at all.”

 

I like Paul

 

Congressman Ron Paul is a true patriot and citizen statesman who has governed with Constitutional principles.

Paul, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has served with distinction as a representative for Texas. He is also an advocate for low taxes, free markets, honest money, and a pro-America foreign policy void of corporate special interests.

Over the years Paul has had a consistent voting record and has voted against every tax increase and every unbalanced budget. Paul is no friend of Wall Street bankers and corporate welfare beneficiaries.

Our founding fathers stood up to the British empire so that we could be free.

Now Paul stands up to the corporate empire so that Americans can be free from the rule of their special interests.

Paul placed second in the Iowa straw poll, losing to Michele Bachmann by less than 1 percent. Paul is one of the “big three” candidates remaining in the Republican presidential contest; don’t be fooled by the media blackout regarding Paul’s popularity with the working class. Remember, Paul has corporate special interests on the run, and they fear his nomination in 2012, for they know their days are numbered in Washington.

It is time to restore prosperity, peace, freedom and true economic security to America’s working families.

In 2012 vote for the change you wanted; vote Ron Paul, a true American hero.

 

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British PM declares ‘war’ on protesters

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment
British Prime Minister David Cameron has declared “an all-out war” against protesters who have been holding anti-government rallies in the United Kingdom.
On Monday, Cameron described the unrest in the UK as a “wake-up call” for the country and called for “an all-out war” against what he referred to as “gangs.”
The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest against the fatal shooting and killing of a black man, Mark Duggan, by the police.
Cameron also unveiled new tough measures to tackle social problems — including tougher conditions on jobless benefits claims. A new survey has revealed that more jobs will be lost in the third quarter across the UK amid a sharp fall in confidence in the country’s manufacturing sector. Earlier, the British premier recruited former New York police commissioner Bill Bratton as his consultant regarding the ongoing unrest in Britain. The move sparked anger among British police who described it as “a slap in the face.”
Social networking sites have fallen victim to the British Prime Minister’s irk after the worst unrest in a generation, as defined by UK authorities, rocked the country. Strathclyde Police has arrested a 16-year-old protester in the south side of Glasgow over a Facebook message. British Home Secretary, Theresa May, is to hold a meeting with the executives of social networking firms to discuss the possibility of shutting down social media during future unrest in Britain.
Latest reports indicate that the British security forces have detained nearly 3,000 people since an unprecedented wave of unrest hit the United Kingdom. Some reports put the number of those arrested during the ongoing unrest at 4,000.
At least 5 killed in British violence, British police have played a significant role in triggering civil disobedience in the UK through their unprofessional and brutal way of dealing with innocent civilians.
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), a police watchdog that deals with complaints against police has been established to investigate police’s crimes. The IPCC’s job is to make sure that complaints against the police in England and Wales are dealt with effectively, it claims.
But they neither have learnt lessons nor have they tried to improve their performance, the example of which are:1- Mark Duggan, whose family said it has no trust in the IPCC. The police shooting victim’s friends and family said that they don’t feel the police watchdog is sufficiently independent. The police watchdog has admitted it may have wrongly led journalists to believe that Mark Duggan fired at officers before he was killed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed that it may have “inadvertently” given reporters misleading information in the early stages of the investigation. It was initially reported that Duggan, 29, shot at police. But ballistic tests later found that a bullet which lodged itself in one officer’s radio was police issue. An inquest into Duggan’s death heard the father-of-four died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

2- Ian Tomlinson was an English newspaper vendor who collapsed and died in the City of London after he was confronted with the police while on his way home from work during the 2009 G20 summit protests. A first postmortem examination indicated he had suffered a heart attack and had died of natural causes. A video footage later showed that a baton wielding police had struck him on the leg from behind and the pushed him on the ground. The video showed no provocation on Tomlinson’s part. He also was not a protester, and at the time he was struck was walking along with his hands in his pockets. The victim walked away after the incident, but collapsed and died moments later.

3- Jean Charles de Menezes was killed in the aftermath of the London bombings of July 7, 2005. He was a Brazilian man shot in the head seven times at Stockwell tube station on the London Underground by the Metropolitan Police. Police misidentified the victim as one of the fugitives involved in the previous day’s failed bombing attempts. The IPCC launched two probes into the incident, none of which brought disciplinary charges against police officers involved.

4- David Victor Emmanuel, known as Smiley Culture, was killed on March 15, 2011 during a police raid on his home. The 48-year-old was a British reggae singer and deejay known for his fast chat style. Police claimed that the victim died of a self-inflicted wound, while officers were searching his house in Warlingham, Surrey. But a post-mortem examination revealed that he had died from a single stab wound to his heart. His death triggered peaceful protests, but it was little reported.

The IPCC was faced with a crisis in February 2008 after more than one hundred lawyers who had specialized in handling police complaint resigned from its advisory body.

They lashed out at IPCC for its indifference towards complaints, favoritism towards police and rejecting complaints, which were strongly documented. Meanwhile, there have happened more than 400 deaths at the hands of police officers in the past ten years alone but no policeman has ever been convicted of murder or manslaughter for just one single death so far.

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The Truth About Syria Unrest

August 15, 2011 2 comments

Truth unveiled! Axis of evil Saudis, Americans and Israelis thought they wanted to hijack Syria in the middle of Arab spring, but that’s not they want, they want a slap with the back of the right hand! Arab spring is naturally an anti Israel movement against puppet regimes or friends of Israel such as Mubarak, as the chief of Israel described him as Israel’s best friend. They go down, and Israel is left without friends. Is Assad anything like Mubarak? no, was he also Israel’s best friend? no, did he promise his people to free occupied Syrian lands from Israel? YES.
True Syrians’ demand for reforms in Syria is completely acceptable and legal just like Asad said, which is why he’s bringing reforms to Syria. But don’t get me wrong, do not mistake terrorists for protesters, this is what I’m going to explain for you.

Just yesterday, Lebanese army intelligence has intercepted a covert shipment of 1,000 assault rifles, reportedly destined for the city of Baniyas in Syria. Army investigators say they have uncovered ties between the smugglers and the political entourage of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The hardcore Sunni Wahhabi House of Saud – in yet another towering show of hypocrisy, and faithful to its hatred of secular Arab republics – has branded the Bashar al-Assad-controlled Ba’ath regime in Syria “a killing machine”. But who would of thought? Saudi Arabia is busy killing people in another country named Bahrain, which most of the news media don’t cover since the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the Saudi allies’ brutal crackdown on Bahraini people. Reports from the Center’s colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama’s administration.” Kingdom Saudi Arabia the most brutal dictatorship of all time pretends to be worried about on-going unrest in a secular Arab state? why? because Assad’s regime is anti Israel and not a puppet, which goes against Saudi influence in Middle east.

March 14 seems to be nearly exposed. Hariri the son betrayed Hariri the father, even tho Hezbollah revealed Israel’s possible involvement in his father’s assassination, he insists on selling Lebanon to Israel and Saudi Arabia. March 14 people are bunch of soulless traitors who only care about their own wealth and money in their bank accounts all over the world, they do not care about Lebanon’s freedom being threatened by Israel, in fact, their hatred toward Hezbollah makes them rather Israeli occupation, where were they when Israel had southern Lebanon occupied for decades? wasn’t it Hezbollah attacks which forced IDF to pull out? 14 March sickos’ connection with arm smuggling to Syria must be investigated, and if proven, their party’s activities must be banned and their members must be arrested.

Lebanese intelligence also eavesdropped on discussions between the suspects and an arms dealer, in which the two sides agreed on a down payment of US$100,000 once buyers were shown high-quality Kalashnikov and M-16 rifle samples. The plan was to either ship the rifles in one batch by sea to Baniyas in Syria, or to divide it into smaller batches and smuggle it through Lebanon’s northern border. The suspects and the dealer were followed and arrested by army intelligence forces on July 30, after delivery of the arms in Ras Beirut.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television identified the smugglers as Wassam and Samir Tamim. They have reportedly confessed to running over 30 arms-smuggling operations from Marina to Baniyas with the assistance of Mohammad Kabbara, a member of the Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc tied to Saudi intelligence. Al-Manar stated that the center of operations was Kabbara’s farm in northern Lebanon, adding that this was also a transit point for Islamist (Salafi) fighters traveling to the Syrian city of Homs.

The Syrian army claimed last week that in recent fighting near Homs it has detained hundreds of Salafi fighters (reportedly including Afghans) with Lebanese documents, whose transfer to Syria was facilitated by Kabbara.

The majority of Syrians have been always behind their government, it is not hidden to anybody that Assad’s weak intelligence forces failed to protect his country from terrorists.

One of the terrorists captured by Syrian intelligence forces confessed and said several terrorist groups were operating in Hama where their members are instructed to attack police, security personnel and law-enforcement officials in order to cause mayhem in the city.

He also said the footage broadcast by Syrian television showing people throwing mutilated bodies into a river some ten days ago was very much true, confessing, “I was among the terrorists who threw one of the dead….”

He said they mutilated the bodies of the victims with knives and swords in order to scare away security personnel and prevent them from entering Hama. Al-Kattan said terrorist leaders pay each member SYP 5000 (almost USD106) per day.

By all means, the unrest in Syria differs from the Arab uprisings since it is a ‘conspiracy’ from foreign intervention attempting to ‘reshape’ the country’s political structure. In the latest attempts, Washington and Tel Aviv hatched plots to reignite the flames of unrest in Syria through smuggling weapons into the Arab country.

Informed sources in Lebanon blame Salafi extremists and elements associated with the country’s al-Mustaqbal party for direct involvement in the recent unrest in Syria.

The Lebanese sources say former Mustaqbal MP Mustafa Hashem has rented a large number of gas stations in the northern border region of Wadi Khaled, where the nomad residents on both the Lebanese and Syrian sides of the frontier are engaged in widespread smuggling.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28832.htm

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MH13Ak01.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/04/09/965231/-The-Hypocricy-in-Libya-and-the-Silence-in-Bahrain

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/193510.html

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/178965.html

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Is Israel’s Rightwing in Eric Cantor’s District?

April 30, 2011 Comments off

By David Swanson

April 29, 2011 Information Clearing House— In May 2009, Congressmen Eric Cantor (R., Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) wrote to President Barack Obama about U.S. policy toward Israel. Their staff sent the letter as a PDF but forgot to change the name of the file to something other than “AIPAC Letter Hoyer Cantor May 2009.pdf.”

AIPAC stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group widely recognized as one of the most effective at lobbying Congress, and a group that consistently promotes the positions of the rightwing party of the Israeli government. AIPAC also has the distinction of having lobbied against accountability for an Israeli attack on a U.S. ship and in favor of leniency for a man convicted of selling U.S. secrets to Israel. In a separate case, six years ago, two AIPAC employees were indicted for obtaining U.S. secrets from a U.S. military employee who pled guilty. After powerful Congress members like Jane Harman (D., Calif.) lobbied on their behalf, the charges were dropped.

That’s what it means to be an effective lobby group: having your way. Need sanctions on Iran? You got em. Support at the United Nations for illegal settlements in Palestine or a blockade and bombing of Gaza? Not a problem. In fact, it would be our pleasure to provide the weapons needed, whether it’s for bombing Gaza, bombing Lebanon, or killing Turkish and American peace activists on an aid ship as happened last year. We’d be honored, and don’t let cost be a consideration! That would be an insult in these times of huge budget surpluses in Washington! (Warning, this paragraph contained sarcasm.)

We give $3 billion in “military aid” to Israel every year, more than we give to any other country. This is justified by the need to protect Israel from all the other countries in its region, most of which we also give or sell arms to. Last fall, when pressure was building in Washington to cut off foreign aid spending, Congressman Cantor proposed making an exception for Israel that would help guarantee it $30 billion over the next decade by hiding that funding in the U.S. “defense” budget. That proposal didn’t fly, but neither has any funding of Israeli weapons been cut.

Is there any spending here in Virginia that Congressman Cantor has defended this tenaciously? Would there be if we could afford it?

Cantor is listed on Maplight.org as the top recipient of campaign money from “pro-Israel” groups in the U.S. House of Representatives, having taken in over $200,000. These groups, most of them affiliated with AIPAC, dump tens of millions of dollars into U.S. elections each cycle. And they certainly appear to get what they pay for. In February, continuing a decades-long pattern that has made the United States the leader in U.N. vetoes, President Obama instructed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to veto and overrule the other 14 Security Council members’ backing of a resolution condemning as illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The problem here is more specific than the wild-west financing of U.S. elections. The problem is that the interests of the Israeli government, far from always representing the Israeli people, in no way represent those of the American people or the people of Virginia. Our views may align or diverge. But the Israeli government’s hostility toward Iraq or Iran, Lebanon or Palestine, or to independent democratic rule in Egypt and the rest of the region, need not be our own. That should be for us to decide, open to foreign input, but free of foreign financial pressure. AIPAC raises its money in the United States but advances the agenda of a foreign nation, diverging often from the majority views of both Americans at large and Jewish Americans in particular.

Later this month, Congressman Cantor will be a featured speaker at AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington DC, but over 100 peace and justice organizations will be holding a counter-conference called “Move Over AIPAC.” I wonder if Eric Cantor will get the message.

David Swanson is an author and blogger in Charlottesville, Va.

The United States Versus Democracy

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

As revolutions spread throughout Middle East, Bahrain has turned into a slaughterhouse for Bahraini people as Saudi Arabia sends troops to Bahrain to help Bahraini forces in oppressing people, the people who are asking for their legal rights such as an elections. the US’s silence over it is not surprising, the US itself is a big abuser of human rights but keeps complaining about human rights in the countries that do not work in interests of the its imperialism, actually that’s a cover for its own human abuses too.

Gaddafi, or should I say Iron Man?

“Of course, there is no question that Libya — and the world — would be better off with Qaddafi out of power. I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal” – Barack

Obama, March 28, 2011

Iron Man, it is.

Saudi King.. did I just say king? like kingdom? a political system in which people don’t get to elect the ruler? and every prince owned a ministry? anyway, Saudi king the strategic ally of the US is now facing protests inside his own country, facing protesters who are calling for political reforms as he’s helping another dictator in Bahrain to oppress people…

Oh God, look at Mubarak, he’s having a heart attack, I wonder why his best friends in Israel aren’t paying him a visit?

Countries in the Middle East are making efforts to establish democracy in the region but the US seeks to abort such efforts by backing the use of violence in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, people must be aware that the US will be never wanting democracy for them, the US is trying to make Libya another Afghanistan while it doesn’t have to be that way. The US bombs Libya with uranium bombs.
the US is the strongest supporter of dictatorship and enemies of democracy in the region, since dictators work in the favor of imperialism, instead of working in their own people’s interests.
the US has nearly exposed itself completely as it got so silent over Bahrain crack down, also the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the government’s brutal crackdown on Bahraini people. Reports from the Center’s colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama’s administration,”
the US has chosen to keep silent over ongoing atrocities in Bahrain due to its support for the country’s authoritarian regime which is indeed shameful.

Bahraini forces rape, kill female poet
Someone has to do something! the US is only dragging itself to hell with exposing itself as it supports Saudi kingdom the most cruel dictatorship in the world, the most dangerous extremist sect in the world named wahhabism to send troops to Bahrain and do all these horrible stuff, God knows how many similar cases like that happened and it just didn’t get reported.

Israel Not A Jewish State

April 14, 2011 4 comments

Israel, which has robbed its Palestinian victims blind since 1947, has another demand to make. It wants them to recognise it as a “Jewish state”. Palestinians should mock this entity’s leaders all the way back to Vienna, where Theodore Herzl’s Zionist delusions were born.

Israel Not A Jewish State

Judaism teaches that the right for the Jewish people to have self rule in the Holy Land is not unconditional. Since the destruction of Holy Temple over two thousand years ago, the Jewish people have been exiled from this land by Divine decree. The Talmud tells that God obligated us not to rebel against the ruling bodies, and not to take the land of Israel by force (see Babylonian Talmud tractate Kesubos 111A).


You see, the secret is out: It now appears that those people who call themselves Israeli Jews are not Jews after all, but the descendants of Eastern European converts to Judaism, who had no genealogical connection to the ancient Israelites.

The aggression that Zionism presents in originally taking the Holy Land by force from its indigenous inhabitants is the first flag that exposes this movement for what it is — a real deviation from Judaism. Judaism forbids Jews from taking the land away from those who currently have jurisdiction over it. That such things should be done not only in opposition to Judaism, but in the name of the very Judaism it defies is simply large-scale fraud. Zionism, once exposed, proves to be the greatest enemy, the worst nightmare, to the Jewish religion and it’s practitioners, that exists to date. Zionism, strikes out regularly at Jews who remain true to Torah and its precepts. There are many Jews who protest against the very existence of the State of Israel, and who are quite vocal, albeit peaceful, about their opposition. Whenever Zionist policies or activities run counter to the Torah stance, Torah-true Jews come forward to unmask the Zionism.

 

Many believe that the second worst thing that ever happened to Jews was the establishment of state of Israel.

Liberation of Palestine

The population in Palestine was 600,000 people of which 10% were Jewish, 90% were Palestinian Muslims and Christians and 99% of the land was owned by Palestinians.

Most Palestinians believe that:

* The only real road to Peace is the full and unconditional Liberation of the whole of Palestine, liberation from the supremacist ideology and liberation from the perpetrators. That will inevitably mean a return to the original, peaceful society Palestine was before the Zionist invasion. The true and sincere aspirations of Palestinians are long lasting Peace, Justice and Freedom. We believe that this will restore the true foundations of the Palestinian society.

* Palestinians are always grateful and appreciative of the hard work and dedication of all their supporters whomever they are, however, Palestinians have NO obligation to hold back their march for freedom, to curtail their aims or to smother their rights for the sake of accommodating and not offending their Jewish supporters or to adopt the aims and objectives of the anti-zionist Jewish supporters instead of their own.

* Palestinians have the ultimate right to aim for the full Liberation of their occupied Homeland, and to that effect select strategy and tactics of Resistance most suitable to achieve the reinstatement of their inalienable rights.

* Palestinians have the ultimate right to choose their vision for their future, of FREE Palestine including the type of government, the writing of constitution, the construction and implementation of their legal and judicial system, which stems from and corresponds to their ethics and reflects and protects their culture.

* It is the privilege of Palestinian to decide who should stay in liberated Palestine and who is not, using the legal procedure of their own choice.

* All refugee and their descendents have the unconditional right to come back home, they, the rightful indigenous owners are also entitled to the reinstatement of ALL confiscated (stolen) land and property, compensation for all their losses over the many years of exile and they are also entitled to Palestinian citizenship wherever they are.

* The aims and dreams of most Palestinians are not confined to the change of zionist regime or the vacuous declaration of abandonment of zionism by the Jewish-zionist occupiers, but rather to the FULL Liberation of Palestine and the restoration of all their rights.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before the Israeli regime captured East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

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Lebanon has been a member state of the United Nations since 1945 and yet this did not prevent Israel from occupying southern Lebanon from 1978 until 2000. Israel’s occupation of Lebanon ended not because of any international pressure, but only because the Lebanese resistance drove Israel and its collaborating militias out

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81 Reasons Why Gaza has the right to Self Defense

March 27, 2011 Leave a comment

By Julie Webb-Pullman

March 26, 2011 “Scoop” — Seventy-nine of them can be found in United Nations Security Council Resolutions “directly critical of Israel for violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, international terrorism, or other violations of international law.” (1)

Number 80 can be found in the Goldstone Report (2), the recommendations of which have yet to implemented some 18 months after its submission to the Human Rights Council, and Paragraph 1912 of which stresses “all States parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 have in addition the obligation, while respecting the United Nations Charter and international law, to ensure compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law as embodied in that Convention.”

Has that happened? Clearly not. (3)

The most compelling reason number 81, can be found in the United Nations Charter, Article 52 which states: “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.” (4)

There would also be a Reason 82, but for the United States power of veto exercised in the Security Council in February 2011. (5)

If the international community has abandoned its responsibilities towards Palestinians, and particularly towards Gaza, as the above examples over the last 63 years plus this map of Palestinian territories so graphically illustrate, what else is left to Gaza but self-defense?

Israel and its chorUS disingenuously cite Israel’s right of “self-defense” to justify not only Israel’s disproportionate military response to Gaza – and Palestinians’ – genuine right to self-defense, but also to attempt to disguise Israel’s blatant land-theft from existing citizens.

Contrast the “newcomers” in Israel, for example, to many of those who in recent years have arrived in Australia. The latter have been considered illegal immigrants and incarcerated in off-shore islands or desert detention camps –the subtle distinction being that (i) those latterly arriving in Australia sought refuge from repressive regimes whereas the Israeli immigrants came from European and North American democracies…(enough said, perhaps) and (ii) unlike Australia’s (and New Zealand’s) immigrants, who now accept the existing population’s rights to their existing property, culture and citizenship, Israel’s immigrants bulldoze and destroy the homes of existing residents to build their own in their place, not only rendering thousands homeless but also destroying historic, economic and culturally-important sites such as religious buildings, olive groves, farms, and cemeteries – and now legislating that they also be of the jewish religion in order to have citizenship.

Is not our perception of the wrongness of such actions why New Zealanders, for instance, just spent thirty years redressing such wrongs in their own country, through the Waitangi Tribunal? Is not our perception of the wrongness of such discrimination why we all fought to end similar structural apartheid in South Africa?

In the past week, Israel has killed at least 10 people and seriously wounded scores more in in Gaza in sustained military attacks with sophisticated weaponry targeted at civilians, a week in which so-called ‘rocket’ attacks from Gaza (into traditional Palestinian territory) have not caused any Israeli deaths, or physical injury. Yet Israel on Wednesday threatened “After barrage of rocket and mortar fire, Vice Premier Shalom says Israel may have to consider wide operation in Gaza; Minister Limor Livnat: Operation Cast Lead 2 may be in order.” (6)

After a cosy telephone chat to US President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday said from Moscow that “Israel’s reaction to rocket attacks will be measured” (7) – but by what, is the question…caesium, perhaps?

US Secretary of Defense Robert now waits in Israel for Netanyahu’s return, discussing with his Israeli counterpart Barak how to ensure Israel maintains its ‘qualitative military edge’ in ‘a period like now when Israeli-US security relations were so strong.’ (8)

Obama in South America while his troops hammer Libya, insisting that the US role will be minor, Netanyahu in Moscow proclaiming the same for Gaza…this arms’ length war-mongering to give an appearance of moderation makes me very suspicious – to paraphrase Shakespeare, “Methinks they doth protest too much.”

A quick glance at the map reveals US, British and EU troops in the midst of massive military operations in oil-rich Libya from the west, Israel launching sustained military attacks against a potentially-unified Gaza/Palestine from the east and north – and slap bang in the middle, a very desirable waterway in the middle of a country which recently overthrew its USrael-friendly president, but which has yet to establish a categorically different regime…and whose military rulers have not opened the Rafah Crossing into Gaza, but today reiterated their prior commitment “ to Egypt’s international treaties in an early message to reassure Jerusalem and the United States,” according to the Jerusalem Post’s reporting of Thursday’s meeting in Cairo between Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby, and Rafi Barak, a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official.

Yes, on any reading of the situation, Gaza certainly does have good cause for concern about their security and territorial integrity.

In the face of continuing military attacks against civilian targets and the absence of any meaningful and/or enforceable UN Security Council Resolution to protect them, and of any meaningful assistance from the international community in preventing Israel’s ongoing use of force, they have every legitimate reason to resort to self-defense, under Article 52 of the UN Charter.

References (1) http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/01/27/rogue-state-israeli-violations-of-u-n-security-council-resolutions/

(2) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/12session/A-HRC-12-48.pdf

(3) Amnesty International UK et al (2008) The Gaza Strip: A Humanitarian Implosion http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/conflict_disasters/downloads/gaza_implosion.pdf, and Amnesty International UK et al (2010) Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Siege http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/conflict_disasters/downloads/dashed-hopes-continuation-gaza-siege-301110-en.pdf Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (2010) The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip: Collective Punishment of the civilian population http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/2010/Illegal%20Closur.pdf UNICEF, UNRWA and Minister of Education and Higher Education (2010) Palestinian children deprived of basic rights to education http://www.unicef.org/media/media_56025.html ; UNDP (2010) One Year After GAZA Early Recovery and Reconstruction Needs Assessment http://unispal.un.org/pdfs/GazaRecovery0510.pdf; OCHA (2010) Farming without Land, Fishing without Water: Gaza Agriculture Sector Struggles to Survive http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/gaza_agriculture_25_05_2010_fact_sheet_english.pdf

(4) Charter of the United Nations Chapter V11 Article 52 http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/chapter7.shtml

(5) http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37572&Cr=palestin&Cr1

(6) http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-israel-will-continue-to-operate-against-terrorists-in-gaza-1.351331

(7) http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-israel-s-reaction-to-rocket-attacks-will-be-measured-1.351658

(8) http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=213706

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