Tegengif voor Israëlische oorlogspropaganda in de Volkskrant.

“Tribal nationalism always insists that its own people is surrounded by “a world of enemies”,
schreef Hannah Arendt in haar boek ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism‘.

Tot welke extremen van vernietigingsdrang dit kan leiden, toont Israël met zijn bombardement van het dichtbevolkte Gaza als ‘zelfverdediging’ tegen de Palestijnen die hun verzet tegen de bezetting, onderdrukking, annexatie (landroof) en kolonisatie van hun land maar niet willen opgeven.

‘Israël moet Hamas definitief verslaan,‘ schrijven Michael B. Oren en Yossi Klein Halevi in een groot artikel op de opiniepagina van de Volkskrant.

Omdat ik door de opinieredactie nog steeds verbannen ben van de reactie- en discussieruimten op de website van de Volkskrant verschaf ik u op deze plaats het noodzakelijke tegengif tegen deze oorlogspropaganda, waarin de vernietiging van Gaza de enige weg naar een tweestatenoplossing en een onderdeel van het vredesproces wordt genoemd.

Hieronder staat de tekst van de nieuwsbrief van 31 december 2008 van het ‘Information Clearing House’ van Tom Feely. Ik doe tevens een oproep om u te abonneren op deze nieuwsbrief en om een vrijwillige bijdrage te storten ter instandhouding ervan.

Hoe noodzakelijk het is dat de journalistiek tegenspraak krijgt, wordt in deze dagen immers weer pijnlijk duidelijk.


Information Clearing House Newsletter
News You Wont Find On CNN
December 31, 2008


“Politically speaking, tribal nationalism always insists that its own people is surrounded by “a world of enemies”, “one against all”, that a fundmental difference exists between this people and all others. It claims its people to be unique, individual, incompatible with all others, and denies theoretically the very possibility of a common mankind long before it is used to destroy the humanity of man.”
(Hannah Arendt, from her book The Origins Of Totalitarianism p.227 )

“Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.””
(George Washington (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, ‘Father of the Country’ -Source: Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521) )


Civilians Are Paying the Price in Gaza’
By Haider Rizvi International aid groups, including several United Nations agencies, are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza if Israel does not stop its military action there immediately. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21573.htm

The Holocaust
By Dahlia Wasfi
Holocaust denial is anti-Semitic. But I’m not talking about World War II, Mahmoud Ahmedinijad, or Ashkenazi Jews. What I’m referring to is the holocaust we are all witnessing and responsible for in Gaza today and in Palestine over the last 60 years. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21576.htm

Israel’s Warped Self-justification For Murder
By Paul J. Balles
Paul J. Balles exposes Israel’s warped definition of self-defence, which it uses as a cover for its murder of innocent Palestinians, including women and children, and its destruction of universities, mosques and other civilian infrastructure in the occupied Gaza Strip. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21575.htm

Gaza: The Logic of Colonial Power
By Nir Rosen
As so often, the term ‘terrorism’ has proved a rhetorical smokescreen under cover of which the strong crush the weak. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21588.htm

Israel’s Onslaught On Gaza Is A Crime That Cannot Succeed
By Seumas Milne
The US-backed attempt to bring Hamas to heel by overwhelming force is in fact more likely to boost the movement’s appeal. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21572.htm

An Israeli War Crimes Tribunal (ICTI) May be the Only Deterrent to a Global War
By Francis A. Boyle
The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a “subsidiary organ” under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21579.htm

Israel’s Lie Machine Working Flat Out To Dodge “Killer” Question
By Stuart Littlewood
Stuart Littlewood shows how Israel’s public relations strategy frames and defines the situation in Israel’s own terms regardless of the truth and, using advanced propaganda skills and the elaborate Israel lobby network, it seeks to persuade Western politicians and media to accept Israel’s version of events. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21574.htm

My Brilliant Career Rampage in Gaza for a Bump in the Polls
By Mike Whitney
Barak Obama has passed his first test with flying colors. He’s made himself disappear so Israel can continue its killing spree in Gaza. The last time a president shrunk this small was when Ariel Sharon took his wrecking-ball through Jenin during the second intifada. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21585.htm

Israeli Electioneering With Bombs
By Jonathan Cook
“All Israeli leaders are competing over who is the toughest and who is ready to kill more.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21577.htm

If Gaza Falls . . .
By Sara Roy
How can keeping food and medicine from the people of Gaza protect the people of Israel? How can the impoverishment and suffering of Gaza’s children – more than 50 per cent of the population – benefit anyone? International law as well as human decency demands their protection. If Gaza falls, the West Bank will be next. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21582.htm

The Paradox of Peace
By Soraya Ulrich
Israel thrives on war. Peace is a threat to Zionism. It demands compromise. Twice this year, the leaders of Hamas indicated their readiness to accept a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21571.htm

Arab Connivance in the Gaza Massacre
By Alberto Cruz,
The most wretched of all the Arab leaders is Mahmoud Abbas, who styles himself, “President of the Palestinian Authority” at the same time as he accuses Hamas of responsibility for the massacre for refusing to give in, as he himself has done, to Zionist and Western designs. Taking advantage of the bloodletting, he has already said he will take over the administration of Gaza if Hamas is defeated. We are faced with a Vichy-style West Bank regime, with Abbas as its Pétain, serving the 21st Century nazis, Israel. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21584.htm

A Letter to Mr. Mahmoud Abbas: Your Silence to the Massacres is Deafening.
By Rashid Abu-Ghazalah
As a leader, your inept attitude is demoralizing. Therefore, I ask you to resign from your post, dissolve the PA, and make demands from the occupiers to ensure the welfare of the occupied (as stipulated in the 3rd and 4th Geneva Conventions). http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21581.htm

Pirates Of The Mediterranean
By Yvonne Ridley NOT content with committing war crimes and human rights atrocities in full view of the world, Israel has now confirmed itself as a rogue state by launching into international piracy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21580.htm

The Twilight Zone
By Jim Kirwan
An unforeseen global crisis has erupted in Gaza with the declaration of ‘All Out WAR’ on the Palestinian people; and Obama hid behind a date on the calendar when what he might have said could have altered this entire situation. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21583.htm

Americans Should Act to End Violence Against Gaza
By Jeremy R. Hammond
Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians simply could not take place on such a massive scale were it not for US support. The American people, therefore, have a responsibility to act and pressure their government to end its financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israeli violations of international law — a necessary first step towards any viable and sustainable peace. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21589.htm

In Case You Missed it: The Killing Zone
Video Report
Life in Gaza is a constant gauntlet of Israeli sniper fire, military rockets and army bulldozers. No one is safe. In light of the escalating tensions, we’re bringing back one our most moving documentaries, a hard-hitting expose of life in the Occupied territories. We speak to the children caught in the crossfire and find out the true cost of Israel’s targeted assassinations policy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14753.htm

Alternative Theory of 9/11
Joel Brinkley: Does His Article on Richard Falk Demonstrate the Right “Frame of Mind” to Teach Journalism at Stanford?
By Elizabeth Woodworth Is it not extraordinary that Brinkley, a former New York Times reporter deemed qualified by Stanford University to teach its journalism students, had not been aware that many Americans believe that 9/11 was a false flag operation, carried out to provide a pretext for attacking Muslim countries?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21587.htm

Kyrie Eleison
By John S. Hatch
They took Mohammed out of his father’s view and fired a gun. Probably the General wept some more. They said they would kill his other sons. Then they stuffed him into a sleeping bag head first, broken ribs and all, and sat upon him. He died.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21578.htm

Why I Am a Socialist
By Chris Hedges
The corporate forces that are looting the Treasury and have plunged us into a depression will not be contained by the two main political parties. The Democratic and Republican parties have become little more than squalid clubs of privilege and wealth, whores to money and corporate interests, hostage to a massive arms industry, and so adept at deception and self-delusion they no longer know truth from lies.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21586.htm

Gaza Death Toll Tops 375:
The death toll in Gaza has reached at least 375 as Israel’s attack on Gaza has entered its fourth day. More than 1,600 Palestinians have been wounded and hospitals are running out of medicines and other products needed to treat them.
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/30/headlines

10 dead in Gaza strikes after 3 Israelis killed in South :
Palestinians reported that two sisters, aged four and 11, were killed in a strike in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.
http://tinyurl.com/9p4fpz

Palestinian resistance fighter killed, another wounded in Israeli attack:
A Palestinian resistance fighter was killed and another was injured on Tuesday in a new Israeli air raid targeted the eastern outskirts of the northern Gaza Strip.
http://tinyurl.com/74ye42

UN official says Israel responsible for breaking truce with Gaza:
Karen Abu Zayd, commissioner of the UN Relief and Works Agency which helps Palestinian refugees, raised the possible violation of an informal truce in a video press conference with UN reporters from her base in Gaza.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1051211.html

Foreign journalists demand Gaza access: The sole pedestrian crossing from Israel into Gaza, at Erez, has remained closed to journalists since Israel’s bombing campaign began on Saturday.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/30/israel-gaza-journalists

Israeli intensifies PR campaign to gain international sympathy for Gaza operation:
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday instructed the Foreign Ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel’s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050673.html

Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers:
WHILE Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article693911.ece

McKinney relief boat hit by Israeli ship:
A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said.
http://tinyurl.com/9nvg2f

Cynthia McKinney SLAMS Israeli Navy:
Israel once again bullying others utilizing vehicles and weaponry we provide them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n4OhUpc20Q

In Pictures: Massacre of Gazan Children:
Israeli forces killed two girls in an air attack on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday. Local sources report that a missile destroyed a house belonging to Talal Hamdan in Beit Hanoun today, killing his two daughters of 12 and 4 years old. A son is reported seriously injured. Yesterday Israeli forces killed four sisters and a four year old boy.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=50118

Jews protest Gaza slaughter:
Different groups representing Iran’s Jewish community on Tuesday gathered in front of the United Nations office in Teheran in order to protest “Israeli war crimes and the slaughter of the innocent people in Gaza Strip,” the Iranian IRNA news agency reported.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230456535610&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

‘We’re ready to die for Palestine’:
Over 20,000 Iranian university students have pledged to fully support the Palestinian people, who are currently facing merciless Israeli attacks.
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=79988§ionid=351020101

‘Stand with Gaza or leave Iran’:
Iranian students say the Egyptian Interests Section in Tehran will be closed unless Cairo rectifies its policies toward the Palestinian people.
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=79982§ionid=351020101

Violence at Gaza protest in Yemen: Demonstrators in the Yemeni port city of Aden have broken into the Egyptian consulate in a protest against Cairo’s response to Israel’s offensive against Gaza, a security official has said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/12/2008123011438386992.html

Bush calls Abbas to discuss Gaza:
“We want to see an end to the violence for the long term, not just the immediate,” White House deputy press secretary Gordon Johndroe said, briefing reporters in Crawford, where Bush is staying at his ranch. http://tinyurl.com/773l3n

As the world waits for Obama to voice his opinion on Gaza, America’s President-elect hits the golf course:
Barack Obama remained silent over the violence in Gaza as Israel today threatened to continue its attacks for weeks.
http://tinyurl.com/9x7nl4

Obama paying his debt to Zionists:
The first Jewish-President-elect Obama is silent. This silence is part of the deliberate appeasment to his Zionist handlers. He is not facing any dilemma such damned if he speak and damned if he doesn’t. Of course, if he opens his mouth, he will be lying like any of the past presidents of Israel in the White House.
http://tinyurl.com/9qhrrm

Join White House Vigil for Gaza on Dec. 31:
On Wednesday, December 31, American Muslims and other people of conscience will gather outside the White House in Washington, D.C., for a “New Year’s Eve Candlelight Vigil for Gaza.” The vigil is sponsored by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 12 major Islamic organizations.
http://tinyurl.com/894r79

Tony Benn: Stop Gaza Massacre:
The Israeli Government, armed and supported by President Bush, with its savage attack on the people of Gaza now represents the greatest threat to security in the Middle East and the world peace movement is mobilizing on a massive scale to defeat this aggression. I appeal to everyone who can possibly do so to attend the many demonstrations that are being held here so that the British government is left in no doubt as to the strength of opposition there is to this war.
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

US Washes Blood From Its Hands:
US says will give $85 million to help Palestinians: The United States announced on Tuesday it would give $85 million to the U.N. agency providing aid to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30341728.htm

50 Afghan cops held for helping Taliban:
The Afghan government disarmed and arrested about 50 Afghan policemen, suspected of corruption and helping the Taliban, while a dozen others defected to the Taliban, a provincial official said on Tuesday. http://tinyurl.com/8lxtu8

Pakistan closes NATO supply route to fight militants:
Pakistan on Tuesday cut off supplies to NATO and US forces in Afghanistan via the Khyber Pass as security forces launched a major operation against militants there, officials said.
http://tinyurl.com/89w5uc

India has intensions to launch air strikes inside Pakistan:
John McCain: U.S. Senator John McCain has voiced his deep concern over tense South Asian situation, saying India was preparing for some kind of attack on Pakistan in the wake of last month’s Mumbai attacks.
http://paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?209487

Somalia: 10 Die in Market Attack:
Mortar shells slammed into a busy market in Mogadishu, the capital, on Tuesday, witnesses said, as the country’s weak government crumbled and the impending pullout of Ethiopian troops raised fears that Islamic insurgents might take over.
http://tinyurl.com/a6l6xl

Islamists on verge of seizing Somalia capital:
The president of Somalia’s official government resigned yesterday, causing yet more political turmoil, as radical Islamists prepared to seize the capital, Mogadishu.
http://tinyurl.com/9ocsbc

US man admits ‘spying for Israel’:
Ben-Ami Kadish was accused of providing the documents, including some relating to US nuclear weapons systems, to an Israeli agen, However, a US prosecutor said on Tuesday that the government would not oppose a sentence that means Kadish will not serve time in prison, the Associated Press reported.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/12/2008123019592156851.html

As if Things Weren’t Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.:
In Moscow, Igor Panarin’s Forecasts Are All the Rage; America ‘Disintegrates’ in 2010.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123051100709638419.html

Retailers may close 73,000 stores in the first half of 2009:
“You’ll see department stores, specialty stores, discount stores, grocery stores, drugstores, major chains either multi- regionally or nationally go out,”
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aGQ__icNMvzI&refer=home

List of Troubled Banks:
Ready to see where your bank stands?: While lists of troubled banks obviously exist, none of them seem to be readily available to the public. Why? Because the bankers do not want you to have this. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/024615.html


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,297,997” http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 4,219 http://icasualties.org/oif/

The War And Occupation Of Iraq Costs $584,102,129,067

See the cost in your community http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182


Let us work towards Peace and Joy

Tom Feeley

Bron: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/

Auteur: robertvanwaning

"Mij gaat het vooral om de waardering van het vrije debat als vehikel van maatschappelijke vooruitgang." (Wouter Bos.) "Een krant die kritische meningen onderdrukt, heeft geen bestaansrecht." (Van Thillo.). Dit 'weblog' is voornamelijk een openbaar archief van mijn bijdragen aan het openbare publieke debat over lokale Amstelveense kwesties op Amstelveen.Blog van oud-journalist Johan Bos. De ervaring heeft mij namelijk geleerd dat reacties en bijdragen aan het publieke discussies op openbare (want voor iedereen toegankelijke) platforms willekeurig worden gecensureerd en zelfs volledig worden verwijderd als de inhoud de redacteur, de webbeheerder of dienstdoende (altijd anonieme) moderator onwelgevallig is, ook al was er geen enkele regel van wet, fatsoen of gebruiksvoorwaarden geschonden. Dit heb ik meegemaakt op Stand.nl, op het Weblog van de Volkskrant, (kijk ook hier en hier) op Amstelveen Dichtbij en ook op Amstelveen.blog (Zoek met naar #Censuur). Wie bezwaar maakt tegen dit soort ongrondwettelijke inbreuken op de vrijheid van meningsuiting, kan zonder opgave van reden, zonder mogelijkheid van verweer of bezwaar en zonder opgave van strafduur voor onbepaalde tijd worden verbannen uit het reactie- en discussieforum. Ik ben op die manier voor korte of langere tijd en zelfs permanent verbannen geweest uit alle bovengenoemde fora waaraan ik heb deelgenomen aan de publieke discussies, zonder dat ik ooit anderen persoonlijk heb beledigd, bedreigd, belasterd of op andere manier regels had geschonden. Mijn opvattingen en meningen bevallen de redacties etc. kennelijk niet altijd. Zij maken graag misbruik van hun macht en van de mogelijkheid om onwelgevallige opinies te onderdrukken en zelfs om'lastige burgers' uit te schakelen van deelname aan het openbare discussies. Het 'publieke debat' geeft dan ook geen betrouwbare weergave van wat er onder burgers aan opvattingen en opinies leeft. In Nederland worden meningsuitingen niet gecensureerd door de overheid maar door redacties van journalistieke media. Laster, smaad en grove persoonlijke beledigingen zijn in de sociale media inmiddels zó gebruikelijk, dat aangiften daartegen bijna niet meer door het Openbaar Ministerie worden vervolgd. Zolang zij echter op grond van het het Wetboek van Strafrecht strafbaar zijn, zou dit - zeker in flagrante gevallen waarin mensen werkelijk erdoor worden beschadigd - wel moeten gebeuren. Anders moeten die artikelen uit het WvS worden geschrapt. In onderstaande discussies staan veel gevallen van laster of lasterlijke suggesties. U vindt die door met te zoeken naar #Laster of #Suggestie. Verwijderde reacties vindt door te zoeken naar 'XXX Verwijderd' Sommige daarvan heb ik aangemerkt als '#Censuur'.

10 thoughts on “Tegengif voor Israëlische oorlogspropaganda in de Volkskrant.”

  1. Robert van Waning schreef,"Hoe noodzakelijk het is dat de journalistiek tegenspraak krijgt, wordt in deze dagen immers weer pijnlijk duidelijk."
    Robert is niet de enige linkse anti Israel fanaat, die de Volkskrant redactie beschuldigt van een pro Israel beleid.
    Dit soort reacties zijn echter kenmerkend voor de linkse beweging, die ervan overtuigd zijn, de absolute waarheid in pacht te hebben.
    Helaas heeft de geschiedenis bewezen, dat het linkse denken dichter bij het fascisme staat, dan bij de democratie.

  2. Als de kop luid tegengif voor Israëlische oorlogspropaganda in de Volkskrant waarom haalt u dan al die berichten over Afghanistan en Irak erbij?
    Kennelijk zit u een heleboel dwars.
    Ik ben zelf blij dat de Volkskrant niet al te pro Palestijns Hamas schrijft, heb zelf het idee dat men toch meer op uw zijde staat dan de pro Israëlische. Gezien de grote hoeveelheid columnisten en beschouwingen op de opinie pagina zou je denken dat dat ene artikel van de twee Israëlisch juist ter compensatie van de pro Palestijnse kant een beetje evenwicht brengt.
    Verder wordt er nauwelijks ingegaan op de kwalijke kanten van het Islamitisch Jihadisme en de brainwashing praktijken van moslims om hun kinderen voor te bereiden op een martelaarsdood. Kijkt u vooral de Hamas en Palestijnse tv , dan ziet u de mentale werkelijkheid van de moslim fundamentalisten en extremisten.

  3. @ Robert, helaas heb ik niks aan al die eng./am. link’s, kan ze bijna niet lezen.
    Vind je ook niet dat die reacties boven nogal ‘gemutst’ door het leven gaan. Zo kom ik er wel erg veel tegen sinds ik op deze opinie en weblog site’s kan komen. Wordt het niet eens tijd dat dat gaat veranderen? Anonimiteit is een democraties recht, maar je kan het ook overdrijven. Deze anonieme ‘meningsuitingen’ vind ik oneigenlijke misbruik van het Recht.
    Aan de rechterkant >>>>> heb ik nogwel genoeg leesvoer.
    Gr.

  4. The "realist" fantasy
    December 26, 2008, 5:49 PM
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    Both Iran and its Hamas proxy in Gaza have been busy this Christmas week showing Christendom just what they think of it. But no one seems to have noticed.
    On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari’a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion.
    Hamas’s endorsement of nailing enemies of Islam to crosses came at the same time it renewed its jihad. Here, too, Hamas wanted to make sure that Christians didn’t feel neglected as its fighters launched missiles at Jewish day care centers and schools. So on Wednesday, Hamas lobbed a mortar shell at the Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gazan Christians were standing on line waiting to travel to Bethlehem for Christmas.
    While Hamas joyously renewed its jihad against Jews and Christians, its overlords in Iran also basked in jihadist triumphalism. The source of Teheran’s sense of ascendancy this week was Britain’s Channel 4 network’s decision to request that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad give a special Christmas Day address to the British people. Ahmadinejad’s speech was supposed to be a response to Queen Elizabeth II’s traditional Christmas Day address to her subjects. That is, Channel 4 presented his message as a reasonable counterpoint to the Christmas greetings of the head of the Church of England.
    Channel 4 justified its move by proclaiming that it was providing a public service. As a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post, "We’re offering [Ahmadinejad] the chance to speak for himself, which people in the West don’t often get the chance to see."
    While that sounds reasonable, the fact is that Westerners see Ahmadinejad speaking for himself all the time. They saw him at the UN two years in a row as he called for the countries of the world to submit to Islam; claimed that Iran’s nuclear weapons program is divinely inspired; and castigated Jews as subhuman menaces to humanity.
    They saw him gather leading anti-Semites from all over the world at his Holocaust denial conference.
    They heard him speak in his own words when he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
    And of course, over the years Ahmadinejad has often communicated directly to the British people. For instance, in 2007 he received unlimited airtime on UK television as he paraded kidnapped British sailors and marines in front of television cameras; forced them to make videotaped "confessions" of their "crime" of entering Iranian territorial waters; and compelled them to grovel at his knee and thank him for "forgiving" them.
    The British people listened to Ahmadinejad as he condemned Britain as a warmongering nation after its leaders had surrendered Basra to Iranian proxies. They heard him – speaking in his own voice – when he announced that in a gesture of Islamic mercy, he was freeing their humiliated sailors and marines in honor of Muhammad’s birthday and Easter, and then called on all Britons to convert to Islam.
    Yet as far as Channel 4 is concerned, Ahmadinejad is still an unknown quantity for most Britons. So they asked him to address the nation on Christmas. And not surprisingly, in his address, he attacked their way of life and co-opted their Jewish savior, Jesus, saying, "If Christ was on earth today, undoubtedly he would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers."
    He then reiterated his call for non-Muslims to convert to Islam saying, "The solution to today’s problems can be found in a return to the call of the divine prophets."
    THE FACT of the matter is that Channel 4 is right. There is a great deal of ignorance in the West about what the likes of Ahmadinejad and his colleagues in Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas stand for. But this isn’t their fault. They tell us every day that they seek the destruction of the Jews and the domination of the West in the name of Islam. And every day they take actions that they believe advance their goals.
    The reason that the West remains ignorant of the views and goals of the likes of Hamas and Iran is not that the latter have hidden their views and goals. It is because the leading political leaders and foreign policy practitioners in the West refuse to listen to them and deny the significance of their actions.
    As far as the West’s leaders are concerned, Iran and its allies are unimportant. They are not actors, but objects. As far as the West’s leading foreign policy "experts" and decision-makers are concerned, the only true actors on the global stage are Western powers. They alone have the power to shape reality and the world. Oddly enough, this dominant political philosophy, which is based on denying the existence of non-Western actors on the world stage, is referred to as political "realism."
    The "realist" view was given clear expression this week by one of the "realist" clique’s most prominent members. In an op-ed published Tuesday in Canada’s Globe and Mail titled, "We must talk Iran out of the bomb," Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, argued that given the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the dangers of a US or Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear installations, the incoming Obama administration must hold direct negotiations with the mullahs to convince them to end their nuclear weapons program.
    In making this argument, Haass ignores the fact that this has been the Bush administration’s policy for the past five years. He also ignores the fact that President George W. Bush adopted this policy at the urging of Haass’s "realist" colleagues and at the urging of Haass himself.
    Moreover, Haass bizarrely contends that in negotiating with the mullahs, the Obama administration should offer Iran the same package of economic and political payoffs that the Bush administration and the EU have been offering, and Teheran has been rejecting, since 2003.
    Even more disturbingly, Haass ignores the fact that Teheran made its greatest leaps forward in its uranium enrichment capabilities while it was engaged in these talks with the West.
    So in making his recommendation to the Obama administration – which has already announced its intention to negotiate with the mullahs – Haass has chosen to ignore Iran’s statements, its actions, and known facts about the West’s inability to steer it from its course of war by showering it with pay-offs.
    Haass and his colleagues in the US, Europe and on the Israeli Left are similarly unwilling to pay attention to Hamas. In an article in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Haass and his colleague Martin Indyk from the Brookings Institute call on the Obama administration to either ignore Hamas, or, if it abides by a cease-fire with Israel, they suggest that the Obama administration should support a joint Hamas-Fatah government and "authorize low-level contact between US officials and Hamas." The fact that Hamas itself is wholly dedicated to Israel’s destruction and Islamic global domination is irrelevant.
    Similarly, Haass and Indyk assume that Damascus can be appeased into abandoning its support for Hizbullah and Hamas, and its strategic alliance with Iran. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s views of how his interests are best served are unimportant. Both Assad’s statements of eternal friendship with Iran and his active involvement in Iran’s war effort against the US and its allies in Israel, Iraq and Lebanon are meaningless. The "realists" know what he really wants.
    MUSLIMS AREN’T the only ones whose views and actions are dismissed as irrelevant by these foreign policy wise men. The "realists" ignore just about every non-Western actor. Take Iran’s principal Asian ally, North Korea, for example.
    This week North Korea’s official news agency threatened to destroy South Korea in a "sea of fire," and "reduce everything treacherous and anti-reunification to debris and build an independent, reunified country on it," if any country dares to attack its nuclear installations.
    North Korea made its threat two weeks after Kim Jung Il’s regime disengaged from its fraudulent disarmament talks with the Bush administration. Those talks – the brainchild of foreign policy "realists" Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Assistant Secretary Christopher Hill – were based on the "realist" belief that the US can appease North Korea into giving up its nuclear arsenal. (That would be the same nuclear arsenal that the North Koreans built while engaged in fraudulent disarmament talks with the Clinton administration.)
    After Pyongyang agreed in February 2007 to eventually come clean on its plutonium installations (but not its uranium enrichment programs), and to account for its nuclear arsenal (but not for its proliferation activities), Rice convinced President Bush to remove North Korea from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terror and to end its subjection to the US’s Trading with the Enemy Act this past October. And then, after securing those massive US concessions, on December 11 Pyongyang renounced its commitments, walked away from the table and now threatens to destroy South Korea if anyone takes any action against it.
    North Korea’s behavior is of no interest to the "realists," however. As far as they are concerned, the US has no option other than to continue the failed appeasement policy that has enabled North Korea to develop and proliferate nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. As the Council on Foreign Relations’ Gary Samore said, "I think we’re sort of condemned to that process, because we don’t really have any alternative."
    Samore and his colleagues believe there are no other options because all other options involve placing responsibility for contending with North Korea on non-Western powers like China, South Korea and Japan. More radically, they involve holding North Korea accountable for its actions and making it pay a price for its poor behavior.
    As the "realists" claim that the US has no option other than their failed appeasement policies, back in the real world, this week military officials from the US’s Pacific Command warned that North Korea may supply Iran with intercontinental ballistic missiles. These warnings are credible given that North Korea has been the primary supplier of ballistic missiles and missile technology to Iran and Syria and has played a major role in both countries’ nuclear weapons programs.
    Defending Channel 4’s invitation to Ahmadinejad, Dorothy Byrne, the network’s head of news and current affairs, said, "As the leader of one of the most powerful states in the Middle East, President Ahmadinejad’s views are enormously influential. As we approach a critical time in international relations, we are offering our viewers an insight into an alternative world view."
    When you think about it, broadcasting Ahmadinejad really would have been a public service if Byrne or any of the delusional "realists" calling the shots were remotely interested in listening to what he has to say. But they aren’t. So far from a public service for Britain, it was a service for those who, unbeknownst to most Britons, are dedicated to destroying their country.
    Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.
    Posted on December

  5. @Betty Stavast,
    Die realisten maken hun claim van realisme wel waar. Niemand kan immers verlangen en verwachten dat alleen de VS en Israel wapens mogen produceren en leveren aan landen die hun expansionistische en imperialistische streven steunen. Ik ben bepaald geen fan van Noord-Korea noch van Iran, maar als ik in hun positie was, zou ik wellicht (ongeveer) dezelfde dingen doen als zij. Hun retoriek laat ik echter geheel voor hun verantwoording. Racisme is mij vreemd, zoals je weet, omdat ik IEDER onderscheid op etnische en genetische gronden afwijs.
    Je moet je tegenstanders zo veel en zo lang mogelijk bestrijden met verstandige diplomatie en constante dialoog waarin de nadruk ligt op reele feiten en daarop gebaseerde rationele overwegingen en argumenten. Niet met dreigementen, bombardementen, invasies, preventieve oorlogen, bezettingen, annexates en kolonisatie. Men moet daarbij wel blijven beschikken over voldoende macht om kwaadwilligen af te schrikken van heilloze avoturen.
    Het is sowieso altijd verstandig om tegenstanders en critici aan het woord te laten. Als zij inderdaad ongelijk hebben, lopen zij vast in hun eigen argumenten. Ik ben het dus eens met Dorothy Byrne die besloot om de Iraanse president uit te nodigen voor een gesprek op ‘haar’ Channel 4.

  6. @Betty Stavast,
    Hierbij nog een dosis tegengif:"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
    (Samuel P. Huntington.)Gazans Fight Cold and Hunger as Supplies Run Dry
    By Azmi Keshawi in Bureij, Gaza Strip
    Their windows smashed in the dead of winter by bomb blasts, Jihad Hamed, his wife and seven children huddle together every night in one bedroom of their freezing house, trying to keep warm and as far away as possible from the next explosion, wherever it might come from.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21590.htmStop US Money Going To Israel
    US Military Aid Underpins Gaza Offensive
    1 Minute Video
    Israel receives billions of dollars in military aid from the US each year, much of it spent on American weaponry which US law says must only be used in self-defence. But experts say there is little chance of cuts in aid to Israel despite its military operation in Gaza. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21591.htmThe Truth About Those Hamas Rockets
    By Dennis Rahkonen
    Five years ago, the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction to dupe us into supporting an illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq. A few days ago, Israel trotted out only an infinitesimally more credible excuse — the Hamas rockets case — as justification for its own murderous shock and awe in Gaza. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21596.htmMcKinney to Obama: "Say Something" About Gaza Humanitarian Crisis.
    By BAR
    "I would like to ask my former colleagues in the United States Congress to stop sending weapons of mass destruction around the world.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21593.htm
    @Sjuul,
    Sorry voor al het Engels.Reactie is geredigeerd

  7. @Sjuul van Dissel,
    Die anonimiteit is voornamelijk ene gruwel omdat er zo veel misbruik van wordt gemaakt. Ik begrijp best dat mensen in hun prive- of prfessionele leven geen last willen hebben van wat zij hier als hun meningen uiten, maar velen zetten hier alleen maar een bivakmuts op om lekker vrijblijvend te kunnen schimpen en schelden op mensen met wie zij het niet eens zijn. Laf is dat. Gelukkig maken sommigen zich na enige tijd toch bekend. Zo schreef Betty Stavast vroeger onder een schuilnaam, maar nu niet meer. Dat waardeer ik zeer.
    Het grote voordeel van het gebruik van de eigen naam is dat mensen beter op hun woorden letten. Het werkt beschavend. Daarom is Ombudsman Thom Meens er ook een voorstander van. Helaas krijgt hij lang niet altijd zijn zin.

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