Misremembering the European Refugees

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I am not in any way having a go at the sentiments expressed in this video, but there were a few unfortunate mistakes made. The video is referring to the The Middle East Relief And Refugee Administration, which the British created in 1942.

At the start of World War II, Syria and Lebanon were colonial possessions of France, which came under the control of Nazi collaborating Vichy France in 1940. Western Europe fell so quickly to the Germans in 1940 that there was no time for any significant movement of refugees to Syria. In 1941 British Empire forces, including Australian troops, invaded Syria and Lebanon. This was to prevent German forces from making use of Syria, as they were already attempting to invade British Egypt from Italian Libya.

The Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939 and the Balkans in 1941 had resulted in thousands of refugees, who the British evacuated through Greece to their territories of Cyprus, Egypt, and Palestine. In 1942, the British dispersed these Jewish, Polish, Greek, and Yugoslav refugees to temporary camps in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. Some Poles were even sent to Iran, which the British Empire and the Soviets had jointly invaded in 1941 to overthrow the pro-Nazi Reza Shah. Virtually all these refugees, except many Jews, returned to Europe after the war.

This video characterizes the temporary settlement of these refugees as a choice made by the local Arabs out of the goodness of their hearts; when in reality, they had no say, as the British were in charge of these lands. It’s the British Empire who should be credited with taking in the refugees and funding their camps. The video also implies that the Arabs welcomed the refugees into their communities, when in fact they were kept in their own separate camps. Also, the overwhelming majority of the non-Jewish refugees did not intend to settle in the Middle East permanently, unlike the case today with many of the Syrian refugees, who desire to settle permanently in Europe.

The theme of this video is that Europe owes the Arabs some sort of debt; which is just a misreading of history. Many now seem to have forgotten, in Europe’s time of need, the British Empire took in their tired, poor, and hungry.

These facts aside, we should still be helping Syrian refugees.

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The Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age

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UPDATE: February 29, 2016 Climate reconstructions of the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ 800-1200 AD – Google Maps

It is fine to discuss the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, in recorded history and the scientific record, and to ask whether these climatic variations existed. The answer is almost certainly ‘Yes’. Furthermore, to ask whether these were global phenomena, or not. The answer is likewise ‘Yes’, which is supported by hundreds of studies. It is in fact the more detailed (i.e. quantitative) question ‘how much’ that is currently being studied in scientific papers.

“8. There have been many periods during our recent history that a warmer climate was prevalent long before the industrial revolution:

Even in the 1990 IPCC report a chart appeared that showed the medieval warm period as having had warmer temperatures than those currently being experienced. But it is hard to convince people about global warming with that information, so five years later a new graph was presented, now known as the famous hockey stick graph, which did away with the medieval warm period. Yet the evidence is overwhelming at so many levels that warmer periods existed on Earth during the medieval warm period as well as during Roman Times and other time periods during the last 10,000 years. There is plenty of evidence found in the Dutch archives that shows that over the centuries, parts of the Netherlands disappeared beneath the water during these warm periods, only to appear again when the climate turned colder. The famous Belgian city of Brugge, once known as “Venice of the North,” was a sea port during the warm period that set Europe free from the dark ages (when temperatures were much colder), but when temperatures began to drop with the onset of the little ice age, the ocean receded and now Brugge is ten miles away from the coastline. Consequently, during the medieval warm period the Vikings settled in Iceland and Greenland and even along the coast of Canada, where they enjoyed the warmer temperatures, until the climate turned cold again, after which they perished from Greenland and Iceland became ice-locked again during the bitter cold winters. The camps promoting global warming have been systematically erasing mention of these events in order to bolster the notion that today’s climate is unusual compared to our recent history.

9. Glaciers have been melting for more than 150 years

The notion of melting glaciers as prove positive that global warming is real has no real scientific basis. Glaciers have been melting for over 150 years. It is no secret that glaciers advanced to unprecedented levels in recent human history during the period known as the Little Ice Age. Many villages in the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps saw their homes threatened and fields destroyed by these large ice masses. Pleas went out to local bishops and even the Pope in Rome to come and pray in front of these glaciers in the hope of stopping their unrelenting advance. Around 1850, the climate returned to more “normal” temperatures and the glaciers began to recede. But then between 1940 and 1980, as the temperatures declined again, most of the glaciers halted their retreat and began to expand again, until warmer weather at the end of the last century caused them to continue the retreat they started 150 years earlier. Furthermore, we now know that many of the glaciers around the world did not exist 4000 to 6000 years ago. As a case in point, there is a glacier to the far north of Greenland above the large ice sheet covering most of the island called the Hans Tausen Glacier. It is 50 miles long ,30 miles wide and up to 1000 feet thick. A Scandinavian research team bored ice cores all the way to the bottom and discovered that 4000 years ago this glacier did not exist. It was so warm 4000 years ago that many of the glaciers around the world didn’t exist but have returned because of the onset of colder weather. Today’s temperatures are much lower than those that were predominant during the Holocene era as substantiated by studying the many cores that were dug from Greenland’s ice sheet.”

The Most Comprehensive Assault On ‘Global Warming’ Ever
http://www.dailywire.com/news/2071/most-comprehensive-assault-global-warming-ever-mike-van-biezen

Medieval Warm Period Project
http://www.co2science.org/data/mwp/mwpp.php

Modern Myths About Easter

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Inanna (centre), often identified with Ishtar

The conspiratorial mind finds connections everywhere and generally doesn’t believe in coincidence. Easter and Ishtar sound similar? So they must be related. Inanna was stripped, judged, and executed? There must be a connection to Jesus’ death.

No professional academics of either Indo-European religion or Ancient Mesopotamian religion believe there is any connection between the Germanic and the Sumerian gods and goddesses.

Only someone who doesn’t like to think too deeply about things would believe Jesus’ crucifixion is related to Inanna’s journey through the Underworld. Is being stripped and led through gates before being executed some sort of unique characteristic suggesting a link between Jesus and Inanna? It was common in the region at the time for a condemned man to be beaten, stripped, and led out of the gates of a city or town to be executed. Most of what Jesus went through was also shared by the two criminals crucified with him, as well as countless people executed throughout history. The unique elements to Jesus’ treatment was that he was given a crown of thorns and a sign mocking him as a false king. So how can you apply the Inanna myth to the crucifixion? She was on a journey through the Underworld. A piece of clothing or jewelry was given up by her at each gate to reduce her powers, until she was completely naked. Can this be compared to being stripped and beaten as a condemned man? Inanna was hated by the goddess of the Underworld, and was judged, killed, and hung on a hook. Jesus died for the sins of mankind by being nailed up and left to die. Compare these to many famous executions in history. The common theme is condemnation and death, but nothing else really. This article claims that the Inanna myth involves her resurrection after death just like Jesus, but the myth actually says she was allowed to emerge for a time and then return to the Underworld in an endless cycle which was the Sumerian explanation for the seasons. A very different concept from resurrection with eternal life.

The question is why are journalists throwing up these poorly researched and half-baked attempts to undermine Christian beliefs every holiday?

Extract from: Exposing Easter’s hairy tales: Are the myths myths?
By: Jamie Seidel

“EASTER = EOSTRE + ISHTAR?

What’s in a name? An awful lot, it seems. You’ll probably find what you’re looking for.

When it comes to the origins of “Easter”, you’re bound to stumble over the following two names.

Ishtar. She’s the Babylonian goddess of sex and fertility. Sounds like “Easter?” Her original name was Inanna.

Then there’s Eostre: She’s supposed to be an Anglo Saxon goddess of dawn and spring. Whether known as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos — all are said to be European derivatives of an ancient word for spring: Eastre.

One and the same? It depends on who you ask.

Christian scholar The Venerable Bede, writing in his book De Ratione Temporum about 725AD, declared that Easter was named after Eostre — the mother goddess of the Saxons. It’s the only historical reference we have to this goddess. Did she even exist?

“Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.”

That’s it. That’s all we know about Eostre. There are no artefacts associated with her. Or any other legends.

Whether it be Jesus or Ishtar, Horus or Eostre, they have one thing in common: Association with the death of the sun in autumn, and its rebirth in spring.

Many scholars argue that the oldest known Easter story is the Sumerian legend “The Descent of Inanna”. It’s a story found etched on cuneiform clay tablets dating back to 2100BC.

The tale goes something like this:
When Inanna husband, Damuzi dies she is stricken by grief and follows his spirit to the underworld. She passes through seven gates and is stripped naked in the process. She is judged. She is executed. Her body is then hung as a warning to others.

After Inanna’s death, the earth loses its fertility. Extinction seems imminent. Then, three days later, after a plea from one of her household, other gods intervene — resurrecting Damuzi and Inanna. The couple are granted the power to bring life-giving light to the earth for six months of each year. After that six months, Damuzi must return to the underworld — and Inanna must rescue him again.

It’s just one of many resurrection myths predating Christianity. It’s just the best preserved.”

Easter myths debunked: Exposing the tall tales | Perth Now

The Correct True Origins Of Easter
https://simonjmeath.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/the-correct-true-origins-of-easter/

The Historicity Of Jesus

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No matter what creed you follow or do not, you cannot deny the fact Jesus existed. The modern concept that Jesus did not exist can be applied to many historical figures from the period, who sometimes have only one source. The article 5 reasons to suspect that Jesus never existed is very misleading. The contemporary historian Josephus mentions Jesus. And this article itself is full of errors, such as Paul’s attitude to Peter and James.

Here is a refutation of the 5 reasons given in the article (a copy is posted below):
1. The contemporary Jewish historian Josephus twice mentions Jesus in his Antiquities of the Jews, written in the first century. Also the prominent Roman historian Tacitus (a pagan), writing at the beginning of the second century, mentions Jesus, though incorrectly as “Christus”.

The lack of birth or death records, or even trial transcripts is simple – these methods of documenting everyday life did not exist until modern times! And any Roman bureaucratic records from the time would have been scant (without cheap paper and the printing press, writing was expensive) and unlikely to survive – there are many lost or incomplete books from Greek and Roman times. In most cases a manuscript only survived nearly 2,000 years through constant reproduction by scribes.

2. Paul’s “silence” on certain details is obvious – his writings in the New Testament are letters addressed to churches. In these letters he usually discussed topical issues and disputes. Why would he rehash details of Jesus’ life, or discuss other basic shared beliefs with the faithful?

The accusation that Paul thought little of Peter and James is totally unfounded. He respected them, and sought their approval of his plan to preach to the Gentiles. There is no way that Paul would have spoken against two of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles.

3. It is a big mistake believing that just because the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written about 100 years after Christianity began, that they must simply be a product of that time. When actually they were oral traditions, passed down among the followers, which were then documented and compiled by four separate individuals. This explains why there are slight differences when describing the details of certain events. The very first Christians (at that time just a new sect of Judaism) included people who knew or witnessed Jesus, and those who were familiar with the contemporary stories. Their shared accounts were their own Gospel, with the written gospels being produced afterwards from these sources.

4. Any differences in the four gospels are obviously the product of a hundred years of mistakes and corruption made through passing the stories down by word of mouth before they were committed to writing. The Christians who assembled the Bible noticed these minor discrepancies, and to their credit they didn’t rewrite or omit anything, but kept it all, knowing what the reasons must have been, and that it didn’t really matter.

5. This is just pure conspiracy theory stuff right here. So, Peter and some friends sat down one day and said, “You know how everyone is waiting for the Messiah? How about we pretend he came, was just friends with us, was killed, and then brought back to life, and then ascended to Heaven? We’ll be horribly persecuted and face much hardship, but won’t it be fun!” Then after persecuting the Christians, Paul one day thought, “Hey, I should get in on this scam, not try to stamp it out. I’ll pretend I had a vision of Jesus, then spend years of travel, hardship, and danger pushing this silly lie for absolutely no profit whatsoever!”

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The Correct True Origins Of Easter

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Ishtar’s name and mythology has absolutely nothing to do with Easter. Ishtar (pronounced ‘ˈi sh ˌtär’) is a Babylonian goddess who ceased to be worshiped over a thousand years before Christ. The long dead Babylonian religion had zero influence on early Christianity.

Everyone knows that the Christian festival of Easter is the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. There have been many modern myths circulating around about Easter’s real origin, but these are a muddied mixture of half-truths and outright fiction.

The true origin of the Christian festival of Easter lies in the pre-existing Jewish festival of Passover, which celebrates the Jewish people’s escape from Egypt into the Promised Land. Christ’s last supper was a Passover meal, and his death and resurrection occurred during the Passover week. So naturally, the early Christians celebrated these events in line with the Jewish Passover.

It was when the Roman empire became Christianized that the Roman authorities sought to formalize it as a common religious festival. In AD 325 the Roman church stopped using the Jewish calendar, and calculated their own date for Easter as the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. This year’s Passover occurs from the 25th of March to the 2nd of April, whilst Easter is the 31st of March. The eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Easter on the 5th of May, due to their use of the Julian calendar rather than our Gregorian calendar.

So why the claim that Easter has pagan origins? This is mainly the result of an Anglo-centric view of Easter. The English word for Easter is taken from the pagan spring festival of Eostre, which occurred around the same time, following the northern spring equinox. This is a phenomenon limited to the English speaking world, since non-English names for Easter are more representative of its origins. The name for Easter among the early Christians was Pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew Pesach, meaning Passover. Most languages derive their names for Easter from this, such as the Spanish Pascua, the Italian Pasqua, the French Paques, the Dutch Pasen, the Scandinavian Paske, the Russian Pascha, and the Middle Eastern Pesah. The original English names were Pash or Pace, but the name of the defunct pagan festival proved more popular. Most Slavic names mean “great night”, but the Croatian Uskrs and the Romanian Inviere mean resurrection.

Another reason for the pagan origin belief is that northern European nations have preserved some of the old spring festival traditions and fertility symbolism, such as eggs and rabbits. Other Christians do not have these pagan-origin elements in their celebration of Easter. It is a coincidence that the traditional pagan European spring festival takes place at the same time as the Jewish Passover and consequently Easter.

“God of the week

Once again, christianity shows why it is the “Borg” of religions. COMPLETELY incapable of coming up with original content, (this page comes up with a new God each and every week, how hard can it be?) christianity assimilates other religions holidays and then claims it as their own.

The funny and sad part is, the christards eat this plagiarism up and then go batshit crazy if you dare to point these FACTS out to them.

Thank you WEEKling Hanchen for this.

(PS, I apologize for the multiple posts this morning, but Facebook is glitchy again, and scheduled posts are not working right now.)

~PSIV — with Chuck King.”

God of the week – Timeline Photos
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Americans Still In Denial About The War Of 1812

Otto: "It was a tie!!!"

UPDATE: April 18, 2012 U.S. marks second victory over British in War of 1812

“Next year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, when a fledging nation successfully defeated the British Empire for the second time.”

This is going along with very out of date propaganda. It might have suited America’s interests in the 19th century, but Americans now need to have a serious reality check.

Both sides achieved little if anything from the war: the American objective to conquer Canada failed, and one of their main justifications for starting it —the press-ganging of American sailors into the Royal Navy— ended before the war began!

Does America count the simple fact their nation survived the conflict as a “victory”? But the British never intended to invade the U.S. in the first place. In fact, they didn’t want the war at all, as it was sapping resources from the war against Napoleon in Europe.

The War of 1812 was one of America’s worst presidential mistakes — James Madison’s failure to avoid it.

From Wikipedia:

The term status quo ante bellum is Latin, meaning literally “the state in which things were before the war”.

War of 1812
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_war_of_1812

Canada and the War of 1812
http://www.rpsc.org/Library/1812/warof1812.htm

The War of 2012
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-war-of-2012/

The Roman Warm Period and Dark Ages Cold Period

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UPDATE: In a recent paper, the climate scientist authors refer not to the onset of the Dark Ages Cold Period (c. A.D. 450-950), but to a period of “increased climate variability”. (This variability refers to variations in the hydroclimatic cycle.) The BBC uses the term “climate instability”, which is an amusing term because, of course, the climate is inherently unstable and largely unpredictable. There have been warm periods and cold periods, as well as prolonged droughts and flooding rains, throughout history, and they have been outside of our control or influence.

The paper’s abstract insists that the recent global warming (assuming they mean since the industrial era c. A.D. 1760) is unprecedented, despite acknowledging that past extremes of drought and flood have exceeded anything in the present. So, this begs the question, how can a modern warm period be so unprecedented when it is supposed to increase these types of events which are not occurring. By acknowledging these extremes, they have to acknowledge the stated current warm period may not be so unusual after all. Typically, their abstract ends with the obligatory statement urging action to mitigate the current “unprecedented” warming, thereby ensuring continuance of research funding, furthering such speculations.

[I’ve fixed some of the dead-links and clarified my closing comments.]

“Wet and warm summers occurred during periods of Roman and medieval prosperity. Increased climate variability from 250-600 AD coincided with the demise of the western Roman empire and the turmoil of the migration period,” the team reported.

“Distinct drying in the 3rd Century paralleled a period of serious crisis in the western Roman empire marked by barbarian invasion, political turmoil and economic dislocation in several provinces of Gaul.”

‘Roman rise and fall ‘recorded in trees’ ‘
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12186245

There have been many periods of greater or equal warming during the Holocene, including most recently the Medieval and Roman Warm Periods:

-Sub-Atlantic Cold Period c. BC 975-250
-Roman Warm Period c. BC 250–AD 450
-Dark Ages Cold Period c. AD 450–950
-Medieval Warm Period c. AD 950–1400
-Little Ice Age c. AD 1400–1850
-Current Warm Period c. AD 1850-?

[Note: The initial warming of 1850-1900 was followed by perhaps an additional overall 0.8 degrees Celsius of warming during the twentieth century.]

‘Roman Warm Period (Europe — Mediterranean) — Summary’
http://www.co2science.org/subject/r/summaries/rwpeuropemed.php

‘Holocene Temperatures’
http://climate.geologist-1011.net/HoloceneTemperatures.png

ABSTRACT (capitals my emphasis):

“Climate variations have influenced the agricultural productivity, health risk, and conflict level of preindustrial societies. Discrimination between environmental and anthropogenic impacts on past civilizations, however, remains difficult because of the paucity of high-resolution palaeoclimatic evidence. Here, we present tree ring–based reconstructions of Central European summer precipitation and temperature variability over the past 2500 years. RECENT WARMING IS UNPRECEDENTED, BUT MODERN HYDROCLIMATIC VARIATIONS MAY HAVE AT TIMES BEEN EXCEEDED IN MAGNITUDE AND DURATION. Wet and warm summers occurred during periods of Roman and medieval prosperity. Increased climate variability from ~AD 250 to 600 coincided with the demise of the Western Roman Empire and the turmoil of the Migration Period. Historical circumstances may challenge recent political and fiscal reluctance to mitigate projected climate change.”

‘2500 Years of European Climate Variability and Human Susceptibility’
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2011/01/12/science.1197175

‘New technique shows Roman Warm Period Warmer than Present Day’
http://www.thegwpf.org/the-observatory/653-new-technique-shows-roman-warm-period-warmer-than-present-day.html

‘Archaeological Finds in Retreating Swiss Glacier’
http://climateaudit.org/2005/11/18/archaeological-finds-in-retreating-swiss-glacier/

15 January, 2011

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Churchill’s Darkest Decision (2009) (TV)

Notes on the documentary “Churchill’s Darkest Decision” (The naval Battle of Mers-el-Kebir)

* The documentary states unquestioningly that Admiral Darlan was trustworthy and would keep his promise. But, Admiral Darlan became a major figure within the Nazi collaborating Vichy French regime. He was put in command of Vichy French North Africa, and refused to join the Free French. He implemented Nazi policies in North Africa, including persecution of Jews. At the beginning of Operation Torch (British, American, and Free French invasion of Vichy French North Africa), Darlan was arrested by Free French partisans, but it took three days of negotiations before Darlan agreed to order Vichy forces to cease hostilities with the Allies. One of the conditions was that Darlan be kept in command of French North Africa. This agreement enraged de Gaulle, who thought of Darlan as an untrustworthy Nazi collaborator. A former French resistance fighter assassinated Darlan only a month later. It was said that “no tears were shed” by the British over his death.

* Admiral Darlan’s promise was simply that the Germans wouldn’t be given the ships directly. There was no mention of the ships being used against the Allies under Vichy French command.

* The documentary implies that Admiral Darlan’s promise was good enough. But, Gensoul, not Darlan, was in command of the fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. Darlan was in Vichy France, and there was no guarantee that Gensoul would not follow alternative orders, or that Darlan would lose control of the Vichy navy at some later date. The fleet’s future was solely the decision of the Vichy regime, not Darlan’s.

* The Allies fought against Vichy France, since it was a Nazi minor ally lending support to Axis forces. For example: Axis air forces allowed into Vichy controlled Syria to give support to pro-Nazi Arab rebels in Iraq.

* Battles and campaigns against Vichy France:
– Battle of Dakar, 1940
– Syria-Lebanon Campaign, 1941
– Battle of Madagascar, 1942
– Operation Torch (Invasion of Vichy French North Africa), 1942
Note: The Vichy French fleet would have been used against the Allies during these battles.

* The documentary claims they were still allies at the time. But, the Battle of Mers-el-Kebir took place after the formation of Vichy France (22 June 1940), and it was therefore the Vichy French fleet. So they were not “allies” of the British.

* The scuttling of the Vichy French fleet at Toulon over two years later (November 1942), was only when the Germans broke their treaty with the Vichy regime and occupied the rest of France.

* The Battle of Mers-el-Kebir was portrayed as a “massacre”, but in reality it was a battle:

Belligerents: United Kingdom vs France
Commanders: Sir James Somerville vs Marcel-Bruno Gensoul
Strength:
– English: 1 aircraft carrier, 2 battleships, 1 battlecruiser, 2 light cruisers, 11 destroyers, unknown aircraft.
– French: 4 battleships, 6 destroyers, 1 seaplane.
Casualties and losses:
– English: 6 aircraft destroyed, 6 dead.
– French: 1 battleship sunk, 2 battleships heavily damaged, 3 destroyers damaged, 1 destroyer grounded, 1,297 killed, unknown wounded.

Churchill’s Darkest Decision (2009) (TV)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1445603/

Battle of Mers-el-Kébir
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mers-el-Kebir

23 June, 2010

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Hamas History Lesson

Hamas won the Palestinian legislative election in 2006, which gave them control of the assembly and the right to appoint a prime minister, Mahmoud al-Zahar. But, the presidency of the Palestinian Authority is a separately elected position and is still held by Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah political party.

There have always been incidents of violence between Hamas and Fatah, but Hamas gradually became so powerful in the Gaza Strip that they were eventually able to take over by force. This was because of the supply of money, military training and equipment from countries like Iran and Syria.

In the final confrontation in Gaza, Hamas attacked the Fatah offices, marched away the captured leadership, and murdered them. They then put on their opponents’ uniforms so as to appear legitimate to the world. Did the world scream blue murder when these Palestinians slaughtered their fellow Palestinians in their thousands? No, I don’t remember any protests.

Most tellingly, there wasn’t anything approaching the level of international condemnation that followed Israel’s flotilla interception and boarding. Nine “peace-activists” were killed in that incident, compared to thousands of Palestinians killed by Hamas. Where was the worldwide outrage over Hamas’ atrocities? There certainly wasn’t a demand for a U.N. investigation.

It is often argued that countries like Israel, as democracies, need to be held to higher standards—and that is as it should be—but I feel that Israel is often held to an unreasonable standard. And people wonder why Israel is often aloof as a nation. It’s because they’re used to being the world’s whipping boy.

“In the election that followed, Hamas, committed to the destruction of Israel and the killing of all Jews, won comfortably. They consolidated their position with open warfare with Fatah and about 2000 Palestinians were killed. If they’d do that to fellow Palestinians, imagine the fate of Israelis.”

‘Where are the protests?’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/where-are-the-protests/story-e6frg6zo-1225881073566

‘Hamas leader sets conditions for truce’
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/01/29/hamas.interview/

‘Hamas terrorists kill innocent Palestinian in Gaza (Rare Video) (Must See)’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1M4eH9Kk7I

19 June, 2010

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The Forgotten War in Chechnya

It makes me sick that nothing has changed since the days of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan — they have always treated the Muslims like sub- humans. And generally the West couldn’t care less about Chechnya because it does not involve Americans or Israeli soldiers. Anyone who believes in “human rights” and does not acknowledge Chechnya is a despicable hypocrite.

“Human rights experts believe that as many as 100,000 civilians, out of a population of about one million, have died. Approximately 10,000 Russian soldiers have died, according to the military, although independent human rights campaigners believe the true figure is at least twice as high.”

Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova dared to shine a light on the Russian atrocities in Chechnya, and now she has paid the ultimate price for her courage. What is most worrying is that rogue elements in the FSB feel they can do this kind of thing and only get a mild slap on the wrist if Putin thinks they have gone too far. He has deliberately created the climate where the ‘minor’ players get bumped off in order to scare the higher profile people into ‘behaving’. Straight out of Stalin’s USSR.

Putin has a lot to hide in Chechnya and he wants to send a clear message for humanitarians to stay out. That will override any concerns about adverse publicity.

“The authorities in Russia say a prominent human rights activist in the southern region of Chechnya has been found dead in the neighbouring region of Ingushetia. Earlier reports said the activist, Natalia Estemirova, was abducted from home in Chechnya on Wednesday morning. BBC Moscow Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says Ms Estemirova documented hundreds of cases of torture.”

‘Rights officials find mass grave in Chechnya’
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=af20157d-147f-478d-a7da-4ff48e57a321

‘Tales of Chechnya’s tortured land’
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,25389292-28737,00.html

‘Russian activist ‘found murdered”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8152551.stm

15 July, 2009

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