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Archive for August, 2006
I går konkluderede jeg, efter at have læst et af de seneste indlæg på Polemiken (Polemiken er, for dem, der ikke måtte vide det, et ganske typisk eksempel på det, man kan kalde Danmarks “højreorienterede” eller “fremmed-skeptiske” blogs – et andet typisk eksempel er MINUT):
Det er ikke altid lige til at se, om man skal græde, le, dunke hovedet ind i muren – eller slå det hen med, at der trods alt må være en grænse for, hvor tåbelige mennesker, man skal gide at beskæftige sig med.
Citizen Dane følger Kimpolinas inkompetente ivren mod de uforskrækkede PET til dørs i et længere indlæg, men når, da han samme dag præsenteres for endnu et eksempel på Kimpolinas konstante villighed til at sluge selv den værste røverhistorie hvis blot den kan bruges til at sværte muslimer og lyve dem alt ondt på, frem til en konklusion, der ligner min:
Faktisk tror jeg, at jeg vil benytte lejligheden til for stedse at afskrive Kimpolina som totalt og aldeles kørt ud over kanten i sit irrationelle had til alt hvad der er Islam. Det er den eneste troværdige forklaring jeg selv kan give på, at noget selvstændigt tænkende menneske kan falde for, og videregive, en så lallende åndssvag, direkte imbecil, “profeti” forklædt som “seriøs udenrigspolitisk analyse” …
Tjah – lad os afskrive hele skrigosfæren, nu vi er ved det – det er ikke lykkedes for mig at få nogen af de øvrige eksemplarer til selv at sige, de er bedre eller mere seriøse end Polemiken. Og det må vi jo så gå ud fra, de ikke selv mener, at de er – og hvem kunne monstro være nærmere til at vide det?
I kølvandet på afsløringen af planer om terrorangreb mod tyske tog mener PET ikke, de har noget særligt at meddele den danske befolkning – måske fordi der ikke er nogen konkrete trusler at meddele om, måske fordi de arbejder med nogle ting, de ikke har lyst til at tale om lige nu.
Who knows? Men alene det, at de tilsyneladende ikke er parate til at opføre sig som en flok forskræmte høns, har fået Hysselina op af stolen:
Kimpolina-kommentar: Føler man sig helt tryg her? Hvad er det dog for en flok amatører, der er sat til at passe på os i Danmark?
Tjah – hvis de ikke er ligeså hysteriske som Kimpa, så er de amatører?
Måske man tværtimod kunne antage, at de i PET ved bare en lille smule mere om, hvad de gør og hvorfor ikke end fr. Hartmann, hvis idé om “brandslukning” synes at være at råbe BRAAAND!!! af sine lungers fulde kraft i overfyldte biografer.
Som Citizen flere gange har været inde på: Det er ikke altid lige til at se, om man skal græde, le, dunke hovedet ind i muren – eller slå det hen med, at der trods alt må være en grænse for, hvor tåbelige mennesker, man skal gide at beskæftige sig med.
Gud, Konge og Fædreland har fået en stemme skriver de ovre på MINUT i anledning af, at de i Berlingske Tidende i går blev nævnt som typisk eksempel på niveauet i danske højreorienterede blogs.
Og det er de vel også, jeg er sikker på at Urias-Kim er stolt over at blive nævnt i samme åndedrag som åndsfyrsterne på MINUT.
Men af og til får man alligevel en lumsk anelse – mon ikke MINUT i virkeligheden er et ondt og nederdrægtigt autonomt komplot, beregnet på at miskreditere begreberne “national” og “borgerlig”, udført af de samme hætteklædte autonome som har deres faste gang på Modkraft.dk?
Ja, måske det endog er de samme, som står bag Pullimutten … ?
Indian Love Story er faktisk filmens titel på det tyske marked, hvor den indiske titel mere rammende blev oversat til Lebe und denke nicht an morgen.
Usædvanligt klar tale fra den israelske hærs generalstab:
A senior General Staff officer told Haaretz that for the first time since the fighting began, Israel plans to attack strategic infrastructure targets and symbols of the Lebanese government.
The officer said, “we are now in a process of renewed escalation. We will continue hitting everything that moves in Hezbollah – but we will also hit strategic civilian infrastructure.”
Sources in the IDF General Staff said that until the chances of a UN-sponsored cease-fire become clearer, which is expected to happen in the coming days, Israel will continue to press its offensive. If Hezbollah has not ceased its fire by this weekend, they added, the IDF will recommend an additional significant expansion of the operation, including the conquest of most of Lebanon south of the Litani River, including the area around Tyre, and a significant increase in air strikes on infrastructure targets. “It could be that at the end of the story, Lebanon will be dark for a few years,” said one.
Gad vide, om man ganske enkelt har tænkt sig at gøre Sydlibanon til det næste Gaza eller den næste Vestbred? Igen – hvis Israel begynder systematisk at angribe symboler på den libanesiske regering, vil det booste Hizbollahs troværdighed som intet, vi hidtil har set, ville kunne.
Vi har modtaget, fra www.refusersolidarity.net:
Dear supporters of the Israeli refuser movements:
Stymied by the United States, the international community has been unable to establish a cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah. The consequences are horrible and horrifying: Lebanese innocents continue to be killed by IDF jets, tanks and ground troops at a terrifying pace. More and more of the infrastructure of Lebanon is destroyed by IDF bombings. And Israeli civilians continue to die from the missiles fired by Hizbullah from southern Lebanon.
The Israeli peace movement has organized several powerful demonstrations, but they are clearly in a minority at this time. As more and more Israelis die, as more and more atrocities occur in Lebanon, as it becomes more and more obvious that Hizbullah cannot be destroyed by the IDF, the insanity of this war will become more clear and the peace movement will grow.
Two weeks ago, we sent an appeal to you to support the refuser movements in Israel. You responded with extraordinary generosity, contributing over $10,000. These funds will be passed to the refuser groups to help them get out a different message regarding Lebanon War II, and also so that they can support those active duty soldiers and reservists who once again feel compelled to refuse duties they consider immoral and illegal.
As we fully expected and hoped, the refuser movement is springing back into action and prominence, as the consequences of their actions become clear to an increasing number of IDF combatants.
You will find below the text of a recently-published and very important article that shows some of the cracks appearing within the Israeli Defense Forces. In addition, we saw recently the emergence of Staff Sgt. Itzik Shabbat as the first Lebanon War II refuser. He has now been joined by Capt. (Res.) Amir Paster, 32, an infantry officer and student at Tel Aviv University. Capt. Paster has been sentenced to 28 days in military prison for his refusal to take part in the current Lebanon campaign. In announcing the imprisonment, the veteran refuser group Yesh Gvul indicated that it had been contacted by another dozen officers and soldiers who had told them they planned to follow suit.
We encourage you to send a letter of support to Captain Amir Pasteur at the following address:
Military Prison No. 6
Military Postal Code 01860, IDF
We also urge you to take a public stand in your community, contact your elected representatives to pressure them to support an immediate cease-fire, write a letter to your local newspaper. Please mention these brave individuals when you do – show the American people that not all Israelis support their government, and not all Americans do either.
Finally, if you have not already made a contribution from our last appeal, it is not too late to help! Help the refusers in their efforts to end this terrible war before it spreads and kills so many more. Simply click here and you will be taken directly to the donations page of the Refuser Solidarity Network website.
On behalf of the RSN Board of Directors and the refuser groups, I thank you for all your support!
President, Board of Directors
Refuser Solidarity Network
Israeli pilots ‘deliberately miss’ targets
Fliers admit aborting raids on civilian targets as concern grows over the reliability of intelligence
Inigo Gilmore at Hatzor Air Base, Israel
Sunday August 6, 2006
At least two Israeli fighter pilots have deliberately missed civilian targets in Lebanon as disquiet grows in the military about flawed intelligence, The Observer has learnt. Sources say the pilots were worried that targets had been wrongly identified as Hizbollah facilities.
Voices expressing concern over the armed forces’ failures are getting louder. One Israeli cabinet minister said last week: ‘We gave the army so much money. Why are we getting these results?’ Last week saw Hizbollah’s guerrilla force, dismissed by senior Israeli military officials as ‘ragtag’, inflict further casualties on one of the world’s most powerful armies in southern Lebanon. At least 12 elite troops, the equivalent of Britain’s SAS, have already been killed, and by yesterday afternoon Israel’s military death toll had climbed to 45.
As the bodies pile up, so the Israeli media has begun to turn, accusing the military of lacking the proper equipment, training and intelligence to fight a guerrilla war in Lebanon. Israel’s Defence Minister, Amir Peretz, on a tour of the front lines, was confronted by troubled reserve soldiers who told him they lacked proper equipment and training.
Israel’s chief of staff, Major-General Dan Halutz, had vowed to wipe out Hizbollah’s missile threat within 10 days. These claims are now being mocked as rockets rain down on Israel’s north with ever greater intensity, despite an intense and highly destructive air bombardment.
As one well-connected Israeli expert put it: ‘If we have such good information in Lebanon, how come we still don’t know the hideout of missiles and launchers?… If we don’t know the location of their weapons, why should we know which house is a Hizbollah house?’
As international outrage over civilian deaths grows, the spotlight is increasingly turning on Israeli air operations. The Observer has learnt that one senior commander who has been involved in the air attacks in Lebanon has already raised concerns that some of the air force’s actions might be considered ‘war crimes’.
Yonatan Shapiro, a former Blackhawk helicopter pilot dismissed from reserve duty after signing a ‘refusenik’ letter in 2004, said he had spoken with Israeli F-16 pilots in recent days and learnt that some had aborted missions because of concerns about the reliability of intelligence information. According to Shapiro, some pilots justified aborting missions out of ‘common sense’ and in the context of the Israeli Defence Force’s moral code of conduct, which says every effort should be made to avoiding harming civilians.
Shapiro said: ‘Some pilots told me they have shot at the side of targets because they’re afraid people will be there, and they don’t trust any more those who give them the coordinates and targets.’
He added: ‘One pilot told me he was asked to hit a house on a hill, which was supposed to be a place from where Hizbollah was launching Katyusha missiles. But he was afraid civilians were in the house, so he shot next to the house …
‘Pilots are always being told they will be judged on results, but if the results are hundreds of dead civilians while Hizbollah is still able to fire all these rockets, then something is very wrong.’
So far none of the pilots has publicly refused to fly missions but some are wobbling, according to Shapiro. He said: ‘Their target could be a house firing a cannon at Israel and it could be a house full of children, so it’s a real dilemma; it’s not black and white. But … I’m calling on them to refuse, in order save our country from self-destruction.’
Meron Rappoport, a former editor at the Israeli daily Haaretz and military analyst, criticised the air force’s methods for selecting targets: ‘The impression is that information is sometimes lacking. One squadron leader admitted the evidence used to determine attacks on cars is sometimes circumstantial – meaning that if people are in an area after Israeli forces warned them to leave, the assumption is that those left behind must be linked to Hizbollah … This is problematic, as aid agencies have said many people did not leave … because they could not, or it was unsafe to travel on the roads thanks to Israel’s aerial bombardment.’
These revelations raise further serious questions about the airstrike in Qana last Sunday that left dozens dead, which continues to arouse international outrage. From the outset, the Israeli military’s version of events has been shrouded in ambiguity, with the army releasing a video it claims shows Katyusha rockets being fired from Qana, even though the video was dated two days earlier, and claiming that more than 150 rockets had been fired from the location.
Some IDF officials have continued to refer vaguely to Katyushas being launched ‘near houses’ in the village and to non-specific ‘terrorist activity’ inside the targeted building. In a statement on Thursday, the IDF said it the air force did not know there were civilians in what they believed was an empty building, yet paradoxically blamed Hizbollah for using those killed as ‘human shields’.
Human rights groups have attacked the findings as illogical. Amnesty International described the investigation as a ‘whitewash’, saying Israeli intelligence must have been aware of the civilians’.
One Israeli commander from a different squadron called the Qana bombing a ‘mistake’ and was unable to explain the apparent contradiction in the IDF’s position, although he insisted there would have been no deliberate targeting of civilians. He said he had seen the video of the attack, and admitted: ‘Generally they [Hizbollah] are using human shields … That specific building – I don’t know the reason it was chosen as a target.’
Her er en længere, men ganske spændende artikel om kristnes vilkår i Israel/Palæstina, hvor ca. to procent af befolkningen i de besatte områder og otte procent af den arabiske befolkning i Israel er kristne:
Palestinian Christians belong to several traditional communities of faith, communities that can be grouped into four broad categories. The first are the traditions of the Eastern Orthodox churches. These would include the Greek Orthodox communities, claiming a continuous presence in the Holy Land since the times of the apostles. The second group is made of up what is sometimes referred to as the “Oriental” Orthodox churches, such as the Syrian, Coptic, and Armenian Orthodox communities. A third category consists of those churches belonging to the Catholic family of churches. In addition to Roman Catholic communities, referred to in the Middle East as the “Latin” church, one finds “Eastern Catholic” or “Eastern Rite Catholic” churches. These churches, though in communion with Rome and recognizing the authority of the pope, have maintained their own distinctive liturgy and traditions. Members of such communities as Greek Catholic or Syrian Catholic outnumber the number of “Latin” Catholics in Palestine and have a long history of involvement in the Palestinian struggle for justice. Finally, there are various Protestant communities, including not only Anglican and Lutheran churches, present since the nineteenth century, but also independent evangelical churches, including Baptist, Pentecostal, and more.
Today in Palestine, Christianity is experiencing what many would consider a crisis. This is not due to the growth of so-called Islamic fundamentalism or the persecution of “believers” by their Muslim neighbors, misrepresentations that are unfortunately used to distract from the realities of occupation. Instead, the plight of the Palestinian Christian is very much connected to that of the Palestinian Muslim in that both, whether in the Occupied Territories or inside Israeli itself, are experiencing daily injustices at the hands of oppressive and discriminatory policies imposed on them by the Israeli government.
Palestinian Christians, like their Muslim brothers and sisters, have experienced a long history of dispossession and have not been immune to Israeli policies of occupation and discrimination. If anything, they have felt more strongly the feelings of forsakenness, knowing full well that many Christians in North America and Europe support without question the state of Israel in its oppression of their people. Daily experiences of humiliation at checkpoints, of land confiscation to make way for the separation barrier, the illegal occupation and colonization of Palestinian territory, lack of mobility and access to basic services, unemployment, poverty, and no sense of hope for a better future for their children have all contributed to this growing emigration of Palestinian Christians from the historical land of Palestine.
Like their Muslim neighbors, who are prevented by checkpoints and roadblocks from making pilgrimage to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Christians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are denied basic religious freedoms, routinely prohibited from traveling very short distances to worship in one of the most holy sites in Christianity — the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the church commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection from the dead.
Noget lignende kan i øvrigt siges om den meget lille gruppe af samaritanere, det “kætterske” oprindelige folkeslag, vi hører om i Det Nye Testamente, bl.a. i historien om den barmhjertige samaritaner: Samaritanere behandles også i dag med foragt af bosættere og israelske soldater, som palæstinensere på linje med alle de andre – hvilket naturligvis også er, hvad de er: “Palæstinenser” er en etnisk kategori, ikke en religiøs.
The Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War were wars of survival, and through them the IDF was revealed in all its greatness. The present war is the most unsuccessful we have ever had; it is much worse than the first Lebanon War, which at least was properly prepared, and in which, with the exception of gaining control over the Beirut-Damascus highway, the army more or less achieved its goals as determined by then-defense minister Ariel Sharon.
It is frightening to think that those who decided to embark on the present war did not even dream of its outcome and its destructive consequences in almost every possible realm, of the political and psychological damage, the serious blow to the government’s credibility, and yes — the killing of children in vain. The cynicism being demonstrated by government spokesmen, official and otherwise, including several military correspondents, in the face of the disaster suffered by the Lebanese, amazes even someone who has long since lost many of his youthful illusions.