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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

And so it starts

It's good to know, that despite the fact that there were no WMD's in Iraq, the war there will stabilise the region, and ensure it doesn't go from divisive occupation/annexation to open warfare where tanks and helicopters storm government buildings.

Is this the start of a full blown war? And why are we spending so much time worrying about the nuclear weapons Iran (who are not currently at war with anyone) may or may not have in years to come when we know that Israel (who is, and has shown no compunction about using mass destruction/illegal measures against the Palestinians) definitely has them right now?


  • At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:27:00 pm, Blogger Dave said…

    Easy, jewish lobby in the states and money, Palastine has no big friends/little influence, no oil/no economic clout.
    If these decisions had anything to do with morals or what is right then we'd be doing something about Zimbabwe, North Korea etc, etc.
    Politics is all about what is easy and prudent/keeps politicians in power, economically beneficial/keeps politicians in power and vote gathering/keeps politicians in power, in no particular order, although votes is probably more important in the 1st term of a US Presidency and towards the end of a UK 5 year parliament.

  • At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 6:13:00 pm, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said…

    Perhaps it's because the President of Iran is on record as stating that Israel should be driven into the sea.

    Perhaps it's because Israel is constantly subjected to terrorist attacks, and anyone who would resort to terrorism is not likely to have scruples about dropping an H-bomb.

    Israel, on the other hand, has not called for Palestine or any Arab or Muslim state to be annihilated. And it is Israel's practice to target enemy combattants, not indiscriminately strike at civilian populations.

    Can't you (and Dave!) see that Israel has legitimate security concerns? This post seriously offends me.

  • At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 8:35:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    Journeyman - yes I can see that Israel has legitimate security concerns, as do many countries across the world - however no other country feels the need to build a 30 foot wall across someone elses land, stop citizens from working/trading their own businesses, or break into a prison to capture a prisoner. In what way was the man a current threat whilst locked up in prison? The israeli Gov't had enough clout to keep him locked in there even after he had been freed by the courts - The Palistinian gv't spcifically intervened to ensure he would not be released!

    And how, exactly, do their nuclear weapons prevent terrorism?

    You don't have to look very far for opposing views but for some first hand info you could try reading this short article by Shulamit Aloni (ex Knesset member and maybe have a look at some of the political questions that have been raised (but not acted on by countries such as Cyprus and Turkey
    or The UN

    What I was trying to say is that Israel has shown that it will accept massive collateral damage/deaths to remove one activist, so if they actually declare war, i doubt it will take much for them to decide dropping a nuclear bomb is an acceptable decision.

  • At Wednesday, March 15, 2006 9:57:00 am, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    I have no idea what is going on with all this war stuff, but I wanted to tell you that I was thinking about you and Mr. A and sending you both big big hugs my dear.

  • At Wednesday, March 15, 2006 5:57:00 pm, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said…

    Re the security barrier: the first responsibility of any government is to protect its citizens from harm. Who's to blame for the wall? — not the Israeli government, but Palestinian suicide bombers and those who support the bombings.

    Re Israel's nuclear weapons: they play the same role as the USA's nuclear weapons did during the Cold War — deterrence. I don't believe Israel is about to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike. But deterrence is another matter: the Arab nations of the world would destroy Israel in a heartbeat if Israel was vulnerable.

    I don't know anything about the prisoner story, except this: it has nothing to do with nuclear weapons either in Israel or in Iran.

  • At Wednesday, March 15, 2006 6:13:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    "Who's to blame for the wall? — not the Israeli government"

    Well they ARE the ones building it!

    And they are building it straight through villages, towns, and even houses in occupied territory. That is illegal in every sense of the word. if they really wanted to wall themselves off from the rest of the world, then fair enough. Build a wall along your borders, cut off all international relations & hide - the chinese managed it for centuries!

    This wall is NOT for protection, since anyone other than Palestinians can walk backwards and forwards quite happily. it is a de facto marking out of the land they intend to occupy/annexe & a visual & commercial threat to the residents of that land.

    nuclear weapons do not act as a deterrent in the vast majority of cases. rational pople asume no-one would ever be stupid enough to deploy them, un-rational people don't care. a suicide bomber is particularly likely to not give a damn, what with being dead and all.

    The nuclear weapons & iran comment was not in support of Iran, (or nucear arms), but a questioning of our governments priorities in the region.

    Israel (and Hamas) has shown no inclination to bow to international presure, agreements, or protocols and their willingness to kill 1000's of civilians in order to remove a single terrorist threat does not bode well for them keeping nukes in reserve if/when they finlly declare war.

  • At Wednesday, March 15, 2006 9:23:00 pm, Blogger CyberKitten said…

    You should know by now Mrs A that the Israeli's can do no wrong whatever they end up doing.


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