Why Stephen Hawking made a mistake backing Israel boycott

Full story: The Washington Post

The University of Cambridge, Hawking's academic home for decades, initially said he was pulling out for health reasons - Hawking is almost completely paralyzed from Lou Gehrig's disease - but later said it was a decision Hawking made "based on advice from Palestinian academics that he should respect the boycott," the Associated Press reported .
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Black Shuck

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#192
May 15, 2013
 
MaltaMon wrote:
I wasn't a political appointee. 1985-2003.
I believe you.

So, out of vague curiosity, what WAS your occupation during the years 1985-2003?
Black Shuck

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#193
May 15, 2013
 
tha Professor wrote:
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The usual lies and strawman from a typical Rightie extremist. Go put your Nazi uniform on and prance about in front of the mirror, and leave the normal folks alone.
Nazis were Jew hating socialists.

They were lefties.
LineDazzle

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#194
May 15, 2013
 
Black Shuck wrote:
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Nazis were Jew hating socialists.
They were lefties.
The KKK were left winged as well.
Black Shuck

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#195
May 15, 2013
 
LineDazzle wrote:
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The KKK were left winged as well.
Er, you seem to be stuck on repeat.

Are you black? Do you think I'm black? Do you think blacks hold some exclusivity over the word black?
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#196
May 15, 2013
 
Black Shuck wrote:
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Er, you seem to be stuck on repeat.
Are you black? Do you think I'm black? Do you think blacks hold some exclusivity over the word black?
I mentioned it because the KKK are a well known but notorious group, that happened to be left winged. I am not black. I have no idea whether you are black or white. I don't think that blacks hold exclusivity over that word. When I think of the word black, I think of the colour, not necessarily black skinned people.

MaltaMon, I'm sure Bob thinks of Black naked boys though when he hears the word black.
Black Shuck

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#197
May 15, 2013
 
LineDazzle wrote:
I mentioned it because the KKK are a well known but notorious group
Well known.....but also notorious? What are they well known for - mentoring disenfranchised yoof?
LineDazzle wrote:
Don't put me on the level of that idiot, that disgrace to the UK, lol.
I assume you're referring to me.

So, why am I an idiot, an why am I a disgrace to the UK?

“So long to you, Righties”

Since: Jan 12

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#198
May 16, 2013
 
LineDazzle wrote:
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You Americans stayed out of all the fighting like the good little kid in the playground, while Israel and the big boys were pummelling the Arabs.
And the Muslims destroy themselves based on worthless and valueless means, but the muslim terrorists are just waste I suppose.
No surprise you're a Zionist arse-licker. Britain helped establish the ZIonist mistake in the first place, another example of your years of misrule of your misbegotten Empire, now history.

Funny you still want to pretend you're one of the "big boys..." LOL

“So long to you, Righties”

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#199
May 16, 2013
 
Black Shuck wrote:
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Nazis were Jew hating socialists.
They were lefties.
Only an idiot says that far Righties are "lefties," so your statement is perfectly understandable and even expected.
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#200
May 16, 2013
 
Black Shuck wrote:
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Well known.....but also notorious? What are they well known for - mentoring disenfranchised yoof?
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I assume you're referring to me.
So, why am I an idiot, an why am I a disgrace to the UK?
As for the last statement you made, I apologize, as I may have jumped in there too quickly. Are you an idiot? Idk.
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May 16, 2013
 
tha Professor wrote:
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No surprise you're a Zionist arse-licker. Britain helped establish the ZIonist mistake in the first place, another example of your years of misrule of your misbegotten Empire, now history.
Funny you still want to pretend you're one of the "big boys..." LOL
And Britain helped defeat the Nazis, while America stayed out of it all, being the good little boy they were!
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May 16, 2013
 
tha Professor wrote:
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Only an idiot says that far Righties are "lefties," so your statement is perfectly understandable and even expected.
You are thick.
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#203
May 16, 2013
 
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LOL...not one of your "Crusaders" (insanity! But revealing) or Zionistas would die for their faith, while Muslims off the street routinely do so. Sad that your high-tech and fake moral convictions can't defeat "primitive" suicide-bombers, innit?
Maybe just back the hell off, leave them alone, drop support for Israel...get out of their faces and they'll do the same. Pretty normal human behavior to resist invaders, occupiers, and tyrants.
Yeah, the Muslimes are real nice people. Just observe what's going on in Syria, >80,000 dead and >1,000,000 refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.
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#204
May 16, 2013
 
tha Professor wrote:
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LOL...not one of your "Crusaders" (insanity! But revealing) or Zionistas would die for their faith, while Muslims off the street routinely do so. Sad that your high-tech and fake moral convictions can't defeat "primitive" suicide-bombers, innit?
Maybe just back the hell off, leave them alone, drop support for Israel...get out of their faces and they'll do the same. Pretty normal human behavior to resist invaders, occupiers, and tyrants.
Israel's mighty military machine mangles marauding Musllime murderers.
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#205
May 17, 2013
 
SLC wrote:
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Yeah, the Muslimes are real nice people. Just observe what's going on in Syria, >80,000 dead and >1,000,000 refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.
Muslims walk around Britain looking very arrogant. And they don't even bother to learn our language, they show no care for Britain.
Black Shuck

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#206
May 17, 2013
 
tha Professor wrote:
Britain helped establish the ZIonist mistake in the first place
History obviously isn't one of your strong points. Unless you know something I don't - care to enlighten us?
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another example of your years of misrule of your misbegotten Empire, now history.
The world moved forwards, we helped it to. You're welcome! Still, funny how much of the empire we returned, still voluntarily chooses to remain in the Commonwealth.
tha Professor wrote:
Funny you still want to pretend you're one of the "big boys..." LOL
Of course we are, no pretending involved. Just how stupid are you?

It was our government who persuaded yours to invade Iraq after all.

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#207
May 17, 2013
 
tha Professor wrote:
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Only an idiot says that far Righties are "lefties," so your statement is perfectly understandable and even expected.
No, only an idiot leftie claims to be left wing whilst supporting theocratic fascism.
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#208
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Black Shuck wrote:
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History obviously isn't one of your strong points. Unless you know something I don't - care to enlighten us?
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The world moved forwards, we helped it to. You're welcome! Still, funny how much of the empire we returned, still voluntarily chooses to remain in the Commonwealth.
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Of course we are, no pretending involved. Just how stupid are you?
It was our government who persuaded yours to invade Iraq after all.
That's not entirely accurate. It is true that in 1990, Margaret Thatcher persuaded George H. W. Bush that the Iraq invasion of Kuwait could not be allowed to stand and changed his mind on the subject. Previously, he had favored a hands off approach. However, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was entirely the idea of George W. Bush and his neocon cronies. Tony Blair merely went along for the ride with the idea.
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#209
May 17, 2013
 
One question? Why would hawking a scientist as he is even consider going to a country based mostly on yet another made up diety? A country based on religion and pretence. Why would he go there to be surrounded by countries who have a different made up god and want to kill the other god. The region is inhabited by primitive undeveloped humans as if one of the words smartest people should go there. For what? Its more the area of a darwinian type scientist who could study how evolution has left these people behind.
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#210
May 18, 2013
 
SLC wrote:
However, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was entirely the idea of George W. Bush and his neocon cronies. Tony Blair merely went along for the ride with the idea.
Blair gave a very motivational speech at Chicago in 1999. He commended the Anglo American relations in bringing down Milosevic, but he stressed the point that we're not done yet, that there's still destabilizing totalitarian regimes that need to face justice, namely that of saddam hussein's.

That speech can be found here:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/international/...

Was is unfortunate is that the Iraq invasion was a just and noble war, bringing down one of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century. But it is Bush and Blair who always be remembered as the war criminals. Sad really.
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