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Israel and Palestine at war again

Freedom of the press apparently isn’t guaranteed in Israel.


This is just one more valid reason to stop sending them unconditional military aid. But I think they will just throw it on the growing pile of reasons being ignored by the current administration.
 
Freedom of the press apparently isn’t guaranteed in Israel.


This is just one more valid reason to stop sending them unconditional military aid. But I think they will just throw it on the growing pile of reasons being ignored by the current administration.
Nothing unexpected unfortunately. One of the prime <could-be legitimate> reasoning in supporting Israel, is that it's an enlightened democracy with the most "moral army in the world"™️.

1. Their leader <yet to be tried for charges of corruption> has been allying with increasingly extremist and racist elements has been removing checks and balances. Great measures of a democracy.
2. A robust track record of violence against journalists and impunity and blatant lies about killing of civilians and now further dismantling dissenting media.
3. But my favorite is the stark contrast between the code of purity of arms of the IDF and present reality.

The code of purity of arms (Hebrew: טוהר הנשק, Tohar HaNeshek) is one of the values stated in the Israel Defense Forces' official doctrine of ethics, The Spirit of the IDF. It states that:

The soldier shall make use of his weaponry and power only for the fulfillment of the mission and solely to the extent required; he will maintain his humanity even in combat. The soldier shall not employ his weaponry and power in order to harm non-combatants or prisoners of war, and shall do all he can to avoid harming their lives, body, honor and property.
— IDF Spirit[1]

If the above criteria would be truly met, this conflict probably would not have happened, but if it did, it would already be over months and months ago. And this campus protest movement would be a fad of the past.
 
Lindsey Graham got on TV and suggested that Israel drop nuclear bombs on Gaza? Nah, can’t be true….


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Lindsey Graham got on TV and suggested that Israel drop nuclear bombs on Gaza? Nah, can’t be true….


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graham looks more like mconnell by the day.
 
Mitt Romney says the quiet part out loud and admits TikTok ban is about curbing pro-Palestinian messaging:


Byte Dance has a ;year to get a buyer or face a ban. Who thinks there won't be some kind of deal by then. With any luck by that time at least the news of the day will not still be about noncombatants being slaughtered or starved in Gaza.

In the meantime this ghastly war in Gaza looks like it's in competition to end up in the next edition of Victor Hanson's book "The End of Everything: How Wars Descend into Annihilation." The current edition describes how entire civilizations of four city-states were essentially obliterated by wars for which they were unprepared and that even their leaders had mostly not seen coming or at least had not expected to result in such total devastation: Greek Thebes, Punic Carthage (although that one took multiple efforts), the Greek Orthodox of Byzantium and the Aztecs of Tenochitlán.

One could wonder if the Iranians have read that book. It is after all their proxy Hamas that Israel now struggles to "eradicate" from Gaza, but Hamas is not the only proxy, and Israel is likely to turn to its north and look anew and with weariness at the prospect of more harassment by Hezbollah in future.

Iran meanwhile consults behind scenes with the USA about dialing down hostilities vs each other, and now reportedly talks with the UN about possible renewal of allowing inspection of its nuclear facilities. From the rubble of Gaza, is there hope for avoiding a larger war in the region? We must hope for that much, because the alternative is a glassed over Middle Eastern desert, considering all the tangled alliances and enmities in the area right now, Maybe all parties should read Hanson's book.
 
It's interesting to watch bill maher descend into an alt-righter. But this is low even from him:

During the fiery exchange, Maher accused the college protesters of "being in with" Hamas, which has been labeled a terrorist group by a number of governments, including the U.S.

Burr corrected Maher saying, "they were for the Palestinians," to which the podcast host replied, "well, it's sort of the same cause."

Let me translate this new rhetoric: if you oppose children getting killed, you're siding with terrorists.


Also, great example of how Musk did improve the world. This "article" written about Twitter exchanges is a throwback for these Twitter digest "new articles" that never should have existed and are luckily becoming things of the past...largely.
 
i've said it before that one of things that boggles my mind is how this war has encompassed so many other things

The fact that I read this on the The Verge, reminds me how all encompassing this conflict can be.


The Verge is covering how shitty a person Adams is, and how other interests are obsessively interested in framing a specific narrative about all of this. The Verge?!

 
i've said it before that one of things that boggles my mind is how this war has encompassed so many other things

The fact that I read this on the The Verge, reminds me how all encompassing this conflict can be.



The Verge is covering how shitty a person Adams is, and how other interests are obsessively interested in framing a specific narrative about all of this. The Verge?!
It looks like this was an expose by Washington Post. I welcome that, since lately it seems like all they were doing was post opinion pieces about how these students are naughty children.
 

A symbolic move that Israel will ignore, but telling nonetheless. It's getting more and more difficult for the international community to pretend this isn't an active genocide.
Basically, everybody except the US is calling it that. And the US is also urging them to stop. Unfortunately, I think Israel support is so politically favorable in the US that it would be political suicide for Biden or his administration to call it out in stronger terms. I know they are working hard behind the scenes to end this. But unless Biden publicly denounces the war cabinet’s actions, the likelihood of them changing course seems remote.
 
Basically, everybody except the US is calling it that. And the US is also urging them to stop. Unfortunately, I think Israel support is so politically favorable in the US that it would be political suicide for Biden or his administration to call it out in stronger terms. I know they are working hard behind the scenes to end this. But unless Biden publicly denounces the war cabinet’s actions, the likelihood of them changing course seems remote.
even then bibi would launch a counter attack trying to torpedo his re-election.
 
Basically, everybody except the US is calling it that. And the US is also urging them to stop. Unfortunately, I think Israel support is so politically favorable in the US that it would be political suicide for Biden or his administration to call it out in stronger terms. I know they are working hard behind the scenes to end this. But unless Biden publicly denounces the war cabinet’s actions, the likelihood of them changing course seems remote.
Yeah, I can't for the life of me see how the administration can't grasp that they will be tied with this genocide along with Netanyahu. Even 45 won't have that blood on his hands, and he will be all to happy for the rest of his miserable life to call Biden on it.

How the administration didn't make the calculation that blindly siding with the Netanyahu administration was plainly self destruction I will never know. On top of Netanyahu's flagrant distaste of Biden over 45, it seems like one of biggest self owns Biden & the dems have done in quite some time.
 
Yeah, I can't for the life of me see how the administration can't grasp that they will be tied with this genocide along with Netanyahu. Even 45 won't have that blood on his hands, and he will be all to happy for the rest of his miserable life to call Biden on it.

How the administration didn't make the calculation that blindly siding with the Netanyahu administration was plainly self destruction I will never know. On top of Netanyahu's flagrant distaste of Biden over 45, it seems like one of biggest self owns Biden & the dems have done in quite some time.
Biden thought if he loves Israel, Israel should love him back.
 
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