Posted in Europe, Middle East, Nazi, Opinion, Politics, Race, Race Relations, Racism, Religion, Uncategorized, tagged Adolf Hitler, Conservative, Current Events, Ethnic Nationalism, Hamas, Hate Crimes, Hitler, Holocaust, Identity, International News, Israel, Jewish, Nation, Nationalism, Nazi, Nazism, Neo-Nazi, Neo-Nazism, Palestine, Palestinian, Progressive, Racial Slur, Segregation, Thoughts on September 10, 2007 |
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It seems that Israel’s policy of granting citizenship to anyone who can prove Jewish ancestry sometimes backfires. The BBC recently reported the arrest of a gang of Israeli Neo-Nazis who—among other violent acts of hatred—attacked homosexuals, foreigners, and religious Jews. Many of the attacks were videotaped. The investigation started a year ago after ”a synagogue in Petah Tikva, a city east of Tel Aviv, was desecrated with graffiti of Nazi swastikas and the name of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.”
The gang members—whose ages ranged from 16 to 21—are all naturalized citizens who immigrated from the former Soviet Union and now live in Petah Tikva. Although Israel’s Law of Return gives anyone with one Jewish grandparent the right to Israeli citizenship and residency, authorities are claiming that the gang members are only distantly associated with Judaism.
This case proves the flaw inherent in creating a nationality based on religion and ethnicity. In the early days—before the twisted, genocidal fantasies of Europe’s anti-Semites became a reality—Zionism’s most vocal opponents were Jews in Western Europe who argued that they were French or German first. After the Holocaust, attitudes were understandably changed. For the most part, the European survivors of the Holocaust became unified through the collective experience—direct or proximate—of Nazi atrocities. But for many Jews in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union, Jewishness is only a peripheral part of their overall identity. Thanks to the Red Army’s destruction of the German wehrmacht, Jews within the USSR were spared the most brutal and genocidal aspects of German occupation (not that Stalin didn’t do his part to make up for this, but that’s a blog posting for another day). After Soyuz fell apart, many Russians rediscovered their Jewish heritage and used it to get out of Russia; being Jewish enabled millions of Russians to immigrate to the United States and Israel. Not a moment too soon, either, as today’s Russia boasts some of the world’s most committed and aggressive racists and anti-Semites. The downside is that, thanks to Communism’s anti-religiousity, many Russian “Jews” grew up without a real Jewish experience and thus lack a strong sense of Jewish identity. Even worse, some, like the members of the Petah Tikva gang, actually feel animosity and antipathy towards their fellows who more strongly identify as Jewish. But because politics and ideology often trump morality, this possibility wasn’t daunting enough to Zionists like Ariel Sharon—who are always on the lookout for more Jews to populate the land and “help Israel in its conflict with Arabs”—to keep from trying to persuade Russian Jews to migrate to Israel.
After decades of subjugating the indigenous Palestinian population, it seems Israel may be facing a new threat, one of its own making. As an “external” threat, Palestinian violence has generally served to unify the Jewish nation and garner support for the Israeli state. However, the influx of immigrants from Russia and elsewhere in the former USSR—who often do not strongly identify as Jewish—may pose a far graver threat to Israeli society by challenging the very concept of a Jewish nation and undermining the Jewish nature of the state.
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Posted in Media, Middle East, Military, Opinion, Race, Race Relations, Racism, Uncategorized, War, tagged Al Qaeda, Antiwar, Branches of Government, Britain, Conservative, Current Events, Fatah, Fuel Efficiency, George Bush, Great Britain, Hamas, Hybrid Cars, Insurgency, Insurgent, Iraq, Islam, Islamic Jihad, Muslim, Progressive, Terror, Terrorism, Terrorist, Thoughts, War on August 1, 2007 |
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About 110,000 AK-47 assault rifles, 80,000 pistols, 135,000 items of body armour and 115,000 helmets reported as issued to Iraqi forces cannot be accounted for by the US military.
Hmmm . . . and here’s the Bush Administration blaming Iran for supplying the weapons that are being used against US soldiers. Would it be too much of a leap of logic or imagination to say that some, if not many, of those weapons probably wound up in the hands of Iraqi militants?
Good thing the US government didn’t give any really good weapons to the Iraqi military.
Read the full story here.
And, let’s not forget that in the absence of the WMD that formed the basis of the argument for the invasion of Iraq, it’s now looking increasingly like the whole war was nothing more than an oil grab.
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Posted in Middle East, Military, Opinion, Police, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized, War, tagged Al Qaeda, Antiwar, Conservative, Current Events, Fatah, Hamas, Insurgency, Insurgent, International News, Iraq, Islam, Islamic Jihad, Muslim, Progressive, Terror, Terrorism, Terrorist, Thoughts, War on June 12, 2007 |
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Yesterday, when my friend told me about the latest U.S. plan for combatting the insurgency in Iraq , I assumed she was joking. It sounded just like something the Onion would have published. But she was not kidding!
In an effort to counter the violence and influence of insurgents, “US commanders on the ground have been authorised and encouraged to enter into truces and agreements with local Sunni factions wherever possible, even if they are suspected of using arms against US forces in the past.”
Hmmm . . .
Sounds like a classic case of “my enemy’s enemy is my friend.” Now don’t get me wrong, I’m open to new and innovative ways of solving the Iraq debacle but this isn’t exactly the kind of original thinking that’s going to fix that mess. In fact . . . hang on . . . I’m getting a vague sense of déjà vu. It’s almost as if the U.S. has tried something very similar before. But where . . . ?
Of course!!! How could I forget. Afghanistan!! During the Soviet invasion of that country (1979–89), the U.S. supported the “Mujahideen,” who included the Taliban and the “Afghan Arabs.” This latter group counted among their number the then-obscure scion of a powerful Saudi family who went by the name of Osama. No prizes for guessing what his family name was. At the time, the Soviet Union was our enemy so their enemies in Afghanistan were automatically our friends. It’s a simple matter of logic.
Then there was Iran. The 1979 Islamic Revolution saw the overthrow of Shah Reza Pahlavi and the siezure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Enter Saddam Hussein, the erstwhile leader of Iraq who, in 1980, decided to attack his Iranian neighbors. Armed and supplied by the U.S. and other Western countries, Saddam spent eight years battling Iran while Western countries supported one or the other side, and sometimes both simultaneously. It’s a gross understatement to say there was much death and destruction on both sides.
Flash forward to this latest U.S. plan. In Iraq, tribal sheikhs are pledging to “police” their own territories against domestic insurgents and foreign elements linked to al-Qaeda. Certainly, some of the facts in this case are indisputable. It’s obviously a fact that the insurgents and al-Qaeda elements in Iraq are our enemy. It’s also a fact that many tribal leaders are now opposing these insurgents’ violent attacks against their territories.
The best part of the latest arrangement is that the U.S. is prepared “to empower and arm Sunni Arab tribes and factions” in exchange for a “plegde” from these tribes and factions that they will “resist outside militants like al-Qaeda.” Sounds pretty straightforward to me! If the sheikhs promise to be our friends, that must mean they are our friends, right?
But with the benefit of hindsight, aren’t we being a bit naive to assume that tribal sheikhs will stay on our side because they are our enemy’s enemy. I say not at all!! I mean, they did make us a promise after all, right?
What’s that saying about people who don’t remember history being doomed to something or other? Let’s hope history chooses not to repeat itself this time around.
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Posted in Middle East, Military, Opinion, Politics, Religion, Sex, Uncategorized, War, tagged Al Qaeda, Antiwar, Conservative, Current Events, Fatah, Hamas, Islam, Islamic Jihad, Israel, Jewish, Muslim, Palestine, Palestinian, Progressive, Terror, Terrorism, Terrorist, Thoughts, War on May 24, 2007 |
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Small Middle-Eastern country seeks partner for peace and possible LTR.
I’m a youthful new country, fairly diverse with strong liberal leanings. I’ve been in a lot of bad relationships with my neighbors but I’m still optimistic that I’ll be able to find a partner for a peaceful long-term relationship.
I’m looking for someone trustworthy and peaceful who enjoys holding hands and long sunset walks on the beach. Stamina for passionate, night-long sessions of peace-making is also a major plus.
Baggage is OK because I have a lot of my own but you MUST be willing to work through issues in an honest and non-violent way.
I’m open to anyone at this point, except Shi’ites.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be my knight in shining armor, make the first move. You will not be disappointed.
Oh, and leave the guns and bombs at home. I’ve got plenty of my own.
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