Israeli troops begin Gaza pullout as Hamas declares cease-fire

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 18, 2009, titled Israeli troops begin Gaza pullout as Hamas declares cease-fire. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Israeli troops began withdrawing from the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Hamas declared a cease-fire, setting the stage for intensified international efforts to arrange a durable truce after a 22-day war against ...

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Freedom Terrister

Chicago, IL

#66768 Dec 20, 2012
TRD wrote:
<quoted text>I bet you can't believe how much I've learned in four short years.
Compliment accepted, thanks.
Bring it on;>)
Wouldn't surprise me. They say 60 is the new 40.

That's why this silly little thread survives. Not even with regulars missing for months-to-years at a time... it does provide the CONTEXT & CONTUNITY. Played out against THE most volatile, dangerous and thus EXCITING region of the world, the Holy Land, no less!

(Incientally, Facebook can never replace the "old-school" internet, while there is a downside to the whole "anonymity" thing.... on the other hand, because people are too self-conscious and self-censoring on FB (not to mention, self-obsessed!). It's just not the same.

Look at this thread. Its TOPICALITY & urgency hasn't decreased one-iota; if anything the tension, drama & stakes have GONE UP dramatically since 2009!

Proof in the pudding: we all changed here: some more than others; but also all stayed the same in several meaninful ways.

If you're gonna waste some guilty-pleasure time, this thread is as good a place as any.

And really, I don't get all the whiners about "why can't this thread die already!". What purpose does a statement like that make? Or is it just to get attention? If people don't like it, they can leave for a year+ like myself, or permanently like Gray's sanity.

Afterall, here in Jewmerica, it's all about freedom, baby!

TRD

“The Real Deal”

Since: Apr 09

Central Florida

#66769 Dec 20, 2012
Freedom Terrister wrote:
<quoted text>
Wouldn't surprise me. They say 60 is the new 40.
That's why this silly little thread survives. Not even with regulars missing for months-to-years at a time... it does provide the CONTEXT & CONTUNITY. Played out against THE most volatile, dangerous and thus EXCITING region of the world, the Holy Land, no less!
(Incientally, Facebook can never replace the "old-school" internet, while there is a downside to the whole "anonymity" thing.... on the other hand, because people are too self-conscious and self-censoring on FB (not to mention, self-obsessed!). It's just not the same.
Look at this thread. Its TOPICALITY & urgency hasn't decreased one-iota; if anything the tension, drama & stakes have GONE UP dramatically since 2009!
Proof in the pudding: we all changed here: some more than others; but also all stayed the same in several meaninful ways.
If you're gonna waste some guilty-pleasure time, this thread is as good a place as any.
And really, I don't get all the whiners about "why can't this thread die already!". What purpose does a statement like that make? Or is it just to get attention? If people don't like it, they can leave for a year+ like myself, or permanently like Gray's sanity.
Afterall, here in Jewmerica, it's all about freedom, baby!
It has turned out to be an exquisite waste of time. In the beginning there was a sense, if not a promise of hope that when the sides sit down they will be able to hammer out a lasting peace built on mutual respect.

Boy was I wrong about that one. No matter how much we change, THAT seems to remain the same. I'm ready to say that my idea of settling the Arab-Israeli conflict via the internet and Call of Duty has as much if not more merit than Oslo. No real estate changes hands but all the violent tension is released and at the end of a day of warfare my way, everyone goes home for a meal, some rest, and are off to school or work in the morning. Israeli kids get to grow up to be doctors and lawyers and Arab kids get to grow up to be matzoh.

I think he wishes this thread would die because he hates that we have become friends.
Freedom Terrister

Chicago, IL

#66771 Dec 20, 2012
TRD wrote:
I think he wishes this thread would die because he hates that we have become friends.
Who are talking about?

My comment was about generic whiner. There are many of them over the years.

TRD

“The Real Deal”

Since: Apr 09

Central Florida

#66772 Dec 20, 2012
Freedom Terrister wrote:
<quoted text>
Who are talking about?
My comment was about generic whiner. There are many of them over the years.
My bad, I thought you were referring to this specifically...
Soy de Palestina wrote:
<quoted text> Why am I still here? F*CK! I wish this thread would f*cking die already.
To answer your question...
(edited)
Freedom Terrister

Chicago, IL

#66773 Dec 20, 2012
TRD wrote:
<quoted text>It has turned out to be an exquisite waste of time. In the beginning there was a sense, if not a promise of hope that when the sides sit down they will be able to hammer out a lasting peace built on mutual respect.
Boy was I wrong about that one. No matter how much we change, THAT seems to remain the same. I'm ready to say that my idea of settling the Arab-Israeli conflict via the internet and Call of Duty has as much if not more merit than Oslo. No real estate changes hands but all the violent tension is released and at the end of a day of warfare my way, everyone goes home for a meal, some rest, and are off to school or work in the morning. Israeli kids get to grow up to be doctors and lawyers and Arab kids get to grow up to be matzoh.
I think he wishes this thread would die because he hates that we have become friends.
No, wait... what?

That's exactly OPPOSITE of what I mean by "context & continuity" --- or at very least, NEUTRAL or seperate issue from it.

This threads charts our lives albeit mostly in barely perceptible ways/benchmarks. Especially once one has been missing for a year or 2. Mind you, I haven't even read back a single post, but the VIBE, the memories, the spirit of the Faulknerian past-that-isn't-really-past, is inescapable. YMMV.

And then there is the Conflict itself, which the subject-matter of this thhread. And even there, this thread has chroniced some pretty crazy/exciting times and trends. Amud Anan was but the latest. Illuminating some things, and yet throwing other seemingly familiar things back into total darkness.

Foresight is the name of the game. Remmeber my "33 No's"? Now that Abbas has effectively tore up Oslo -- in the process not just embarassing destroying whatever little credibility Palestinians had, but also EMBARASSING the Quartet, including US/EU who acted as OFFICIAL GUARANTORS of Oslo as well as the UNSC Res 242 upon which the Oslo framework was based..... Unfortunately I was right about Abbas when you, Eran, NaNa and just about everybody else tried to "give peace a chance". I really, really wanted to be wrong on this one, trust me.

And know what? That's ok. Israel gave it a shot, even froze "settlements" -- even though Jews have all the LEGAL and moral authority to build in Area C -- again, as per Oslo, not to mention this little thing called Artcile 80 of the UN Founding Charter as it pertains to the relevant San Remo provisions formally adopted by its parent org. League of Nations.....But I digress somewhat.

Live and learn. Jews gave peace (yet another) chance. The one that, ironically enough, brought them nothing but shootings, stabbings, stonings and of course exploding buses, malls, cafes, discos, synagogues, dolphinarium... as a kind of "thanks, Palestinian-style".

So let's move on. No more land for peace. Only peace for peace. If Israelis are truly super-smart, creative, imaginative, inspired, resilient ---> they'll adapt and move forward with even more success.

As mentioned in the "Sparta" post, Israel has been such a small MIRACLE every minute of its existence, everything going forward is pure gravy. You haven't seen anything yet!

(Muslim oil won't keep them afloat to rule the agenda forever, you know. They are already starting to desintergrate and teeter on chaos even with 100's of billions in easy, free "black gold" revenue that the Free West kindly provided for them -- by, you know, the whole "explore-exctract-refine- transport-insure-provide huge consumer market" thingie...)

Am Yisroel Chai, playa!
Freedom Terrister

Chicago, IL

#66774 Dec 20, 2012
TRD wrote:
<quoted text>My bad, I thought you were referring to this specifically...
<quoted text>
What/who are you talkin about?

I don't see anything/anyone on the screen.

Weird.

TRD

“The Real Deal”

Since: Apr 09

Central Florida

#66775 Dec 20, 2012
Freedom Terrister wrote:
<quoted text>
What/who are you talkin about?
I don't see anything/anyone on the screen.
Weird.
Uh huh...exactly.

Mr. Ize was on to something this afternoon. The first step towards your new life is a step away from your old one. How about attempting to show the respect you'd like to receive? That's a promise I made to Ahmad in the beginning that I've tried to keep. There have certainly been lapses but for the most part we're able to begin and end a conversation without conflict.
Freedom Terrister

Chicago, IL

#66776 Dec 20, 2012
TRD wrote:
<quoted text>It has turned out to be an exquisite waste of time. In the beginning there was a sense, if not a promise of hope that when the sides sit down they will be able to hammer out a lasting peace built on mutual respect.

Boy was I wrong about that one. No matter how much we change, THAT seems to remain the same. I'm ready to say that my idea of settling the Arab-Israeli conflict via the internet and Call of Duty has as much if not more merit than Oslo. No real estate changes hands but all the violent tension is released and at the end of a day of warfare my way, everyone goes home for a meal, some rest, and are off to school or work in the morning. Israeli kids get to grow up to be doctors and lawyers and Arab kids get to grow up to be matzoh.
I think he wishes this thread would die because he hates that we have become friends.
Hope. I am all about Hope. And peace. Would love it!

But here's the central message I've tried to get across here, even before I could even speak English well enough to articulate it somewhat coherently: PEACE/HOPE CANNOT BE BASED ON LIES, HATRED, SERIAL FALSIFICATION, INTRANSIGENCE & TERROR.

"Men" like Arafat, Abbas -- nevermind Sheik Yassins of this world -- are NOT peace-makers. I doubt they are even human.

If there was some hope for true, real PEACE 20 years ago -- what with PLO's creator/patron Soviet Union collapsing and American/Israeli/Western/Free Way of Life seemingly prevailing forever..... well, after the new generation of Pali-kids has been raised on the most vile, genocidal propaganda that essentially considers Jews to be prophet-killing cockroach-vampires who cause all worldly ills & wars, and who therefore must be exterminated -- or at the very least thown into the sea!

Hell, even the Sinai bedouin, who just 10-15 years ago, which is extremely short period of time, historically speaking... whereas those bedouin were pretty moderate if not secular/friendly ----> have now become raging al-Qaeda allies!

Where the heck are you gonna get Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela now? And I tell you, even Ghandi would throw up his hand if he had to deal with (radical) Islam leaders. I get a huge LOL'erskate when I hear Irish confounded by lack of progress is peace process in M.E.... Hamas/Sunni Islam to IRA/Catholicism is what lightening is to lightening bug (as a certain American writer would put it) They just have NO idea who they're dealing with here, LOL!

As the Great Ize of Conneticut might have said "Before you can lead the life you want, you must first LEAVE the life that you DON'T want".

Before you can have TRUE peace, justice, freedom... you at least MUST reject the (massive oil-funded) Muslim-Marxist Matrix, its unbelievable lies, arrogance and all-encompassing hatred & envy!

Start with telling the truth about "Palestine", IRD. And go from there. There is NO alternative.
Freedom Terrister

Chicago, IL

#66777 Dec 20, 2012
TRD wrote:
<quoted text>Uh huh...exactly.
Mr. Ize was on to something this afternoon. The first step towards your new life is a step away from your old one. How about attempting to show the respect you'd like to receive? That's a promise I made to Ahmad in the beginning that I've tried to keep. There have certainly been lapses but for the most part we're able to begin and end a conversation without conflict.
Are you sure the moniker/entity to which you're referring...exists?

Maybe that's why it doesn't show up on my screen.

My bad, T
Uzi

Kfar Saba, Israel

#66779 Dec 20, 2012
http://news.yahoo.com/army-seeks-death-penalt...

I wonder if they'll seek the same for the Ft. Hood bastard called Major Nidal Malik Hasan?

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#66780 Dec 21, 2012
TRD wrote:
<quoted text>Uh huh...exactly.
Mr. Ize was on to something this afternoon. The first step towards your new life is a step away from your old one. How about attempting to show the respect you'd like to receive? That's a promise I made to Ahmad in the beginning that I've tried to keep. There have certainly been lapses but for the most part we're able to begin and end a conversation without conflict.
Aww damn. I'm being ignored by veeks. My life isn't worth living anymore. What a waste of two years of math and physics. Now I wish I had majored in psychology instead of engineering, so I could talk myself out of ending my miserable life.
Oh well...

Since: Nov 12

Location hidden

#66781 Dec 21, 2012
TRD wrote:
<quoted text>Allegedly.
That's a monumental baby Jesus all right. Please forgive my snickering at the double irony of:
A. A giant baby.
B. A bunch of Christians and Muslims fixating on a Jew.
And the bonus irony of Arabs believing that Guinness records will somehow legitimize a state. For example "...Look honey, there's the National Kanafeh of Palestine! Those Palestinians sure know their desserts!". What's next, World's largest Hummus bowl?
Hummus is just mashed chickpeas with lemon and olive oil. We should do one of the "special" meals, like Maftoul, Maqlouba, Moloukhia, Mjadara, Msakhan or Mansaf. Or any other good dish that starts with the letter M.

TRD

“The Real Deal”

Since: Apr 09

Central Florida

#66782 Dec 21, 2012
Freedom Terrister wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you sure the moniker/entity to which you're referring...exists?
Maybe that's why it doesn't show up on my screen.
My bad, T
I'm not really positive I exist any more but do you realize how many pages I had to backtrack to get that quote? What, with VOP losing his post (and his mind) and having the kids home for the holidays, we're putting on pages faster than we did during the Cast Lead Conversation (CLC).

TRD

“The Real Deal”

Since: Apr 09

Central Florida

#66784 Dec 21, 2012
Uzi wrote:
http://news.yahoo.com/army-see ks-death-penalty-afghan-massac re-case-175816052.html
I wonder if they'll seek the same for the Ft. Hood bastard called Major Nidal Malik Hasan?
The best way to punish that bastard is to make him stay alive. His own body is a prison and he relies on the very infidels he despises for his daily functions. I hope he lives through another ten-thousand "Good morning Major Nidal, time for your shave and haircut" while bed sores rot his butt cheeks off.

TRD

“The Real Deal”

Since: Apr 09

Central Florida

#66785 Dec 21, 2012
Soy de Palestina wrote:
<quoted text>
Hummus is just mashed chickpeas with lemon and olive oil. We should do one of the "special" meals, like Maftoul, Maqlouba, Moloukhia, Mjadara, Msakhan or Mansaf. Or any other good dish that starts with the letter M.
I know, I know. That's why I don't understand the implication that "ownership" of hummus is a lawsuit-worthy, let alone war-worthy argument. The only common thread I've seen is that once again, Arabs are willing to fight each other over the most ridiculous claims just as long as they first use them as an excuse to deprive the Jews of the word "hummus".

Are there any popular dishes that rhyme with the days of the week?
Faith

New Baltimore, MI

#66786 Dec 21, 2012
This is really a crushing disappointment. The Mexicans promised us that the world was going to end today.....and here we are. I stopped paying my bills three months ago, didn't do my Christmas shopping and did not prepare for the winter I thought I wasn't going to be around to see.
It's eight in the morning. I slept for about an hour on the couch because my dog is sleeping crosswise on my bed and growls at me every time I even walk by the bedroom door. To top it off, it is blzzarding outside. In anticipation of not living to see this day, I neglected to push the giant, noisy, self-propelled snow throwing machine up the hill from the barn and put it in my garage. Now I am truly screwed. I have enough food to last maybe a month if I am resourceful.
I don't know if I ever mentioned this.....but I hate winter. I will go further; I even hate anyone that likes winter....because they are living a lie. I'm not leaving this room until June.
Yours, Eliza Donner XOXO.
Ize Lost

Wallingford, CT

#66787 Dec 21, 2012
Faith wrote:
This is really a crushing disappointment. The Mexicans promised us that the world was going to end today.....and here we are. I stopped paying my bills three months ago, didn't do my Christmas shopping and did not prepare for the winter I thought I wasn't going to be around to see.
It's eight in the morning. I slept for about an hour on the couch because my dog is sleeping crosswise on my bed and growls at me every time I even walk by the bedroom door. To top it off, it is blzzarding outside. In anticipation of not living to see this day, I neglected to push the giant, noisy, self-propelled snow throwing machine up the hill from the barn and put it in my garage. Now I am truly screwed. I have enough food to last maybe a month if I am resourceful.
I don't know if I ever mentioned this.....but I hate winter. I will go further; I even hate anyone that likes winter....because they are living a lie. I'm not leaving this room until June.
Yours, Eliza Donner XOXO.
You really something, Eliza. Just what the doctor ordered on this Friday before Christmas. I'm sure I speak for others, but we missed you. Freedom Terrister had dropped in for the holidays and if you flip back a few pages, it's good reading. I do wish he'd acknowledge the educated Soy's (Ahmad)existence. Something about invisible fonts on Soy's posts. TRD has turned his collar around and is administering blessings and all is well. That guy with the plate in his head dropped by, posted his usual spam and vanished like a fart in the wind. That's good. Anyway, keep warm-XXXXOOOO 4 u. ;>)
Faith

New Baltimore, MI

#66788 Dec 21, 2012
Ize Lost wrote:
<quoted text>
You really something, Eliza. Just what the doctor ordered on this Friday before Christmas. I'm sure I speak for others, but we missed you. Freedom Terrister had dropped in for the holidays and if you flip back a few pages, it's good reading. I do wish he'd acknowledge the educated Soy's (Ahmad)existence. Something about invisible fonts on Soy's posts. TRD has turned his collar around and is administering blessings and all is well. That guy with the plate in his head dropped by, posted his usual spam and vanished like a fart in the wind. That's good. Anyway, keep warm-XXXXOOOO 4 u. ;>)
I'm trying to martial a rescue party as we speak. There is a neighbor just off my yard about a half mile away. I think that if I sound pathetic enough, I can convince him to wander out into the freezing white and bring us back provisions of vodka and grapefruit juice (We have plenty of ice)......It is a forlorn hope.....But for the moment, it is all I have.
Ize Lost

Wallingford, CT

#66789 Dec 21, 2012
Faith wrote:
<quoted text>I'm trying to martial a rescue party as we speak. There is a neighbor just off my yard about a half mile away. I think that if I sound pathetic enough, I can convince him to wander out into the freezing white and bring us back provisions of vodka and grapefruit juice (We have plenty of ice)......It is a forlorn hope.....But for the moment, it is all I have.
Is that the guy with bloody Deer Head on his sofa and the good smoke? Lock and load.
Faith

New Baltimore, MI

#66790 Dec 21, 2012
Ize Lost wrote:
<quoted text>
Is that the guy with bloody Deer Head on his sofa and the good smoke? Lock and load.
"Scarface". Quite a sight.

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