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How the Media Craft Victory for Hamas

vladwe Wrote: Aug 06, 2014 9:44 AM
Way to go, Ben! Since the crazies on the Left (e.g. Jane Hanoi Fonda and John Speedboat Kerry) turned the world upside down, the media they easily conquered have lied and distorted. Black is white and white is black. I only hope the deranged types at CNN, BBC, and also ALL European TV stations, have nightmares, when they go to sleep in their luxury hotels. And the UNRWA types burn in hell, when their time is up.
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Western Anti-Semitism

vladwe Wrote: Aug 06, 2014 9:37 AM
There are, in my humble opinion, two elements in the apparent silence of the ordinary Gazans: 1. They agree with Hamas (they elected them in the first place) and are also brainwashed from childhood with Hamas ideology, i.e. the cult of death. 2. Hamas is a terror organization. It tries (mostly, thank G-d, in vain) to kill as many Jews as they can. But they also brutally suppress any dissent in their own little land. Although the MSM makes sure almost nobody knows about it, a few dissenters were brutally murdered last week. Some of their dead bodies were then dragged by a car through the streets, lest anyone else get ideas. It is possible that the ordinary Gaza people also have "buyer's remorse", like the Americans do. We will never know. The MSM only distributes what Hamas allows them to, or even provide them with.
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Western Anti-Semitism

vladwe Wrote: Aug 06, 2014 9:32 AM
Unfortunately, you are right. Self-hate and the desire to be accepted by their Gentile peers in the academe and in the "intellectual" world... Then again, many Christians also suffer from the same ailment. The support for Islam's worst elements, e.g. by some Protestant churches, while Christians, heirs of the first Christian congregations in history, are killed or thrown out of their historical lands, and their 1800 year old churches are set ablaze.
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A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad

vladwe Wrote: Jul 29, 2014 7:03 AM
Mr. Buchanan know preciously little about Eastern Europe in general and Ukraine in particular. Russia is a relatively newcomer on the stage of history. The name itself was invented by one Tsar Peter 1st approx three hundred years ago. And Ukraine has only been under Russian rule (i.e. conquered in bloody wars) since 1794 (Eastern Ukraine was annexed in the mid 17th cent.). Just like ”Vlad”, Mr. Buchanan does not believe that Ukraine is a nation onto itself, a sovereign state with all the rights and obligations of states. Which state allows armed separatists? What did Russia do, when Chechnya attempted secession? What do Chinese, the Burmese, the Spaniards etc etc do? I am not sure what the right course of action on the part of the US Senate would be. But definitely not appeasement of Russia. Many some serious sanctions might even work...
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Cease the Cease-Fires

vladwe Wrote: Jul 29, 2014 6:48 AM
Whenever the Israelis are about to win a campaign, the UN, the US and assorted Europeans force a ”cease-fire”. A few years later, the whole thing begins all over again. We all live with the governments we choose. If the Gaza people elected Hamas, they, too, must suffer the consequences. As for civilian casualties, the grand total in Gaza is what they get on a good day in Syria. Why do the do-gooders not enforce a cease-fire in Syria? Are Syrian children less worthy than those in Gaza?
Mr. Shedlock's sarcastic style shows a deplorable lack of morality. The fact is that no fighting happened before Yanukovich fled the country. Putin placed armed forces in Crimea and then also in the Eastern part of Ukraine, which, whether Mr. Shedlock likes it or not, a sovereign nation. Repeating the lifeless "theory" that NATO is somehow threatening Russia is poorly digested Russian propaganda food. Russia has bordered NATO countries since NATO was created. Who in his right mind believes that ANY country, except - some time later - China, has any interest in attacking Russia? It is a well established fact that the "rebels" are armed and commanded by Russian officers. It is also established that the Ukrainian military has re-gained some terrain from the Russian led rebels. Who is winning? So far: nobody. Who is most likely to win? The Ukrainian state. Will Putin ever accept Ukraine as an independent nation entitled to decide her own allies and partners? Probably not. He will most probably try to harass the Ukranians until the day he leaves office (and that could be a long time from now). To assess the events and their moral and legal implications, let us recall how various states are dealing with rebels rising in arms against the central government: Sudan, China, Burma, Syria... But most importantly Russia. Between 1994 and 2003, the Russian army erased the Chechen capital from the face of the earth, killed a substantial part of the Chechen population, and abducted and tortured thousands. EVERYONE in the west used to say: it is an internal Russian problem. Like Tibet and the Uyghurs are for the Chinese. Now Mr. Shedlock and his friends want to equate the rebels in Eastern Ukraine with the country's central government. And conveniently forget that Russia is one of the warring parties. Shame on you, Mr. Shedlock. Go find your moral compass. If you can.
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Is Obama To Blame for the World's Crises?

vladwe Wrote: Jul 27, 2014 10:28 AM
The logic here is flawed. Neither Obama, nor any other president (e.g. McCain or Romney - or Bush Jr. og Sr. or Reagan) can change the ENTIRE world to become a nice quiet place. But the US, and therefore its president, do have a great deal of influence. Take one little example: IF Obama had OKed the Keystone Pipeline and allowed drilling on federal land, the oil would be cheaper and Russia would have other problems and perhaps behave a lil less thuggishly in Ukraine. IF Obama had left Lybia alone, Ghadafi and all, that country might be a mess, but not the Islamist hell it has become. IF Obama had shown a little respect for the competence and patriotism of Israel, Hamas would have received less money and they would have shot fewer rockets and dug fewer tunnels into Israel. And, yes: if Clinton and then Bush Jr. had punished Russia (economic sanctions like we have now) from the first reports of atrocities in Chechnya in 1999-2003, the tragedies of Ukraine might not have happened at all. Obama not only continued the see-no-evil policies of Clinton and Bush, but even "reset" the relations with Russia. I happen to believe that Steve Chapman is a good journalist. He should embrace another topic. Please.
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Putin, Obama and Flight 17

vladwe Wrote: Jul 26, 2014 8:19 AM
Matt is right and his list of possible reactions of the US and UK after the annexation of Crimea is right on the dot. There is one problem: those actions to have a serious impact had to be taken by Russia's main trading partners and the countries Russians visit the most and place most money in: Germany, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Israel, France and more. Not to mention China and even South Korea. In the event, Germany, France, Italy and several others are watering down any sanctions that the EU is considering against Russia. Also after the mass murder of the MH passengers traveling along a flight corridor approved by the inter-state agencies. There are people with a proven insight into military affairs that contend that the missiles that shot the unfortunate plane were NOT operated by "rebels". They lack the skills needed. It seems the shooters were Russian servicemen/officers and that an attack of that kind needed clearance from the highest levels of command. The reluctance of e.g. Germany and France to impose serious sanctions on Russia is so much more amoral. Talking about spineless... As if the people in Russia did not notice that they can do ANYTHING - and it will not cost them almost anything.
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WWI and the Second Fall of Man

vladwe Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 8:24 AM
I fully agree. The world before 1914 was into an unprecedented development of arts, architecture, science, technology, social progress, and modernization. For the time, many millions enjoyed a good life - far better than their parents. Most of our modern amenities (electricity, telephone, radio, street cars, combustion engines, airplanes) were in use by 1914. That insane war wiped it all out. The Versailles-Trianon peace agreements not only enabled Hitler and Lenin to seize power to unleash the worst evil man had ever seen, but also created new, smaller empires and ruler-drawn on the map borders, that are still creating mayhem a hundred years later. After the violent dismantling in the 90s of the small Serbian empire created by the victors in 1918-19, we now see the effects of creating a British and a French protectorate on conquered Ottoman territories in the Near East. Neither Syria, nor Lebanon, nor Iraq are cohesive nation states. They are doomed. The signs are clear that both will disintegrate into tribal and religious smaller entities. As for progressive Woodrow Wilson's "making the world safe for democracy" - look around. This Princip crazy did not start the war. The major European powers did. Wilhelm II was eager to start a war, so were the decrepit Austrians, but also the British, the French, and the Russians. In fact everybody wanted a war. They got it. Now the world has to live with the consequences.
Good work, prof. Hanson. Let us twit and facebook and e-mail all those for whom human life and dignity is of no importance - to death. That will show them. Tragically for those at the receiving end of those people's cruelty, nobody in a position of power in the West is willing to punish them in any other way. Let us hope we, the people, will soon wake up and have representative government work for the good and against the bad.
Mr. Shedlock cannot distinguish between right and wrong. Yes, France is hypocritical and wrong to honor its deal with the Russians. No, the "truth is not somewhere in between". Even accepting the idea of a referendum, which is in blatant violation of Ukrainian law (in Russia it would carry heavy jail sentences), the places where it took place were controlled by men armed with machine guns who watched every ballot to make sure it was "right". I am sure the Eastern part of Ukriane has serious problems. The Ukrainian government surely does not have all the answers. No government ever does. Especially after the economic, law enforcement, and judicial destruction under former Prez Yanukovich, who stole more than the total Ukrainian sovereign debt. The West is indeed not very helpful. The Ukrainians will have to solve their own problems. The West ought to at least try to get accurate intelligence and refrain from giving the Russian leadership the impression that it quietly, for financial reasons, accepts aggression and violations of international law. Creating trouble in Ukraine and then grossly intervening (even annecting part of the territory of a sovereign state) does NOT help solve Russia's own serious problems. On the contrary, it makes it even more difficult to solve. The victims of the current Russian actions are not only hapless Ukrainians, but people in Russia, too.
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