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Gaza reconstruction facing obstacles despite aid

If only that were true.  (Saturday Oct 18 | post #12)

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Gaza reconstruction facing obstacles despite aid

Can you translate? I don't speak idiot.  (Saturday Oct 18 | post #8)

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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

Examining the common themes between Jews standing up for themselves to build and defend a homeland out of nothing and the Kurds who are willing to accept a homeland if someone else does the fighting for them isn't so much a comparison as it is a contrast. To create a moral equivalency between the two is a bit insulting to Israelis.  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #77035)

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Gaza reconstruction facing obstacles despite aid

Wrong guess. But keep I guessing. There are only a few hundred more countries to try. And you did insult me. Claiming to be of the same genus as a decent human being is a grievous insult.  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #6)

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Gaza reconstruction facing obstacles despite aid

We're a funny people. It's part of our culture to respond to idiocy with humour. It makes sense when you're constantly surrounded with idiocy.  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #4)

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Is Benjamin Netanyahu Nostradamus' Third Antichrist Mabus?

Haters gonna hate.  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #2)

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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

Actually, I'm not. The Israelis didn't survive by receiving regular arms shipments courtesy of the sympathetic governments of the world, as the Kurds do. In fact, they were under embargo from most nations of the world and the British who controlled the territory. They were very poorly armed compared to the Arab forces at the time, less than one gun per two fighters, and those arms they did have were purchased by the Jews and smuggled into Israel (Operation Balik) or built from scratch in clandestine workshops (the Haganah manufactured a very passable copy of the British STEN Gun from discarded plumping parts). At this point, the Kurds are much better armed than was the fledgling Israeli army in 1948. The Peshmerga have tanks (more than 100), attack helicopters, and are receiving regular influxes of small arms, and ammunition from France, the UK and others. In addition to receiving round the clock airstrikes on their enemies courtesy of the US and the coalition. They actually have a better supply of arms than ISIS.They receive intelligence reports and targeting data from the coalition. I'm not begrudging them any of this, I'm more than happy to let them get the logistical support they need to slug it out with ISIS. But, after all this support they still can't defeat ISIS and they lose, then they lose. So, sorry I'm not in favour of sending forces back into the region to prop up a people that, with all their tactical advantages can't defend themselves. And if you send troops back into the region Americans (and Australians, and Brits, etc.) will die to save a people who won't appreciate it or won't ever end up standing on their own. Let's say the tables were turned and Jews said in 1948, 'We won't fight the Arabs unless the rest of the world sends troops to help us', how long do you think they would have lasted? Would the resultant slaughter of Jews in Palestine have been any less heinous than what ISIS is currently doing? How many tears would the world have shed for them? Being sympathetic to a people means I understand what they are going through. Being empathetic to a people means I identify with them, which I do not. There is no comparison to the fledgling Israeli state and the conflict between Kurds and ISIS -- it's the ant and the grasshopper. I can fully sympathize with a person who has lung cancer because they smoked four packs a day for 30 years -- I cannot, however, empathize with them and while I'd be more than happy to offer palliative care, I wouldn't sacrifice any other person alive to save their life. If that sound harsh, well ... it's a harsh world.  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #77026)

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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

Apparently not... http://www.dailyma il.co.uk/news/arti cle-2792552/full-h orror-yazidis-didn -t-escape-mount-si njar-confirms-5-00 0-men-executed-7-0 00-women-kept-sex- slaves.html  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #77024)

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Noam Chomsky: Growing Number of Nations Distancing Themse...

Noam Chomskey -- an Capitalist who makes his money hating Capitalism and a Jew who makes his money hating Jews. You have to admire the brazenness of his business model.  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #2)

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Israeli troops begin Gaza pullout as Hamas declares cease...

An Obama supporter who is also an anti-semite. Who'd a thunk it?  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #75848)

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what do jews think about hindus, indians, muslims amd cat...

How does every Indian feel about Krispy Kreme doughnuts? I know that all billion plus Indians must think precisely the same way about everything so it should be easy to encapsulate your answer in a quick sentence or two.  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #3)

Guns

Former physician teaches women to shoot guns

It seems your computer is stuck in a loop. Have you tried rebooting?  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #24)

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Gaza reconstruction facing obstacles despite aid

Looks like your prayers aren't working. I suggest you try another religion. Might I recommend Hari Krishna?  (Thursday Oct 16 | post #2)

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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

In the early days, Israel begged borrowed and stole what weaponry they had from individuals and groups concerned about the safety of Jews. All the major powers had a de-facto arms embargo against Israel and Americans who made private sales of even unarmed aircraft to Israel in '48 spend decades in prison. No, the governments of the world were more than willing (dare I say hopeful) that the entire Israel Experiment be swept into the sea and the headache removed. It wasn't until Israel proved itself more viable, the arms industry felt they could make a buck selling weapons to them that the situation began to change. Israel has the Cold War to thank for receiving American Arms more than any altruistic sympathies to Jews by America. In recent years -- the past three decades -- Israel has been more than capable of producing on its own all but their most sophisticated weapons and has actually become a net asset to the US in the field of sophisticated arms development. Standing on your own means using the tools you're given to do your own heavy work rather than sitting back and letting the world do it for you. More Britain in early days of World War II rather than the past decade of Iraqi complacency. Let me give you an personal insight on using the military for humanitarian aid. I was once involved, in a very non-critical role, in the US effort to use US forces to deliver food to starving Somalians and keep it from getting pilfered by the armed klans. Aid agencies were under siege from these militant klans and they were unable to prevent aid shipments from being stolen and resold -- for drugs and weapons. From the outset, it was a doomed mission. Everyone there knew it. Even senior officers spoke openly about their frustrations. There was no way to deliver the aid convoys to the people being deliberately starved by the klans without directly engaging the klans and that the UNOSOM were refused permission to do except in the most dire of circumstances. So, the mission scope expanded to try to remove the klans from power and that ended up 'badly'. In the end, US Forces left under inauspicious circumstances with Somalia worse off than before they arrived -- if that is even possible. No one can mitigate the suffering of people under siege by ISIS without taking on ISIS militarily and that is a no-win scenario. The precept of Tikkun Olam puts us under a religious obligation to save the world and sometimes that means just not making a bad problem worse.  (Wednesday Oct 15 | post #76999)

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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

4. Here is the harsh reality. There is no national interest to get involved. In 1991 and later in 2002, Saddam Hussein had an army capable of invading Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and disrupting their oil production. At that time, such a disruption would have been a global catastrophe -- even for Al Gore. We did fight the Gulf Wars for oil, but not to take the oil as the raving college students will claim -- we fought those wars to allow the Gulf Arab states the right to KEEP their oil -- and sell it to us. But we, as a global economy, are not dependent on Iraqi/Syrian/Irani an oil, and Turkey and the Kurds don't have any oil so their continued in-fighting isn't a threat to the West. And what is the point of getting involved where there is no national interest? Let's ask the 10 million African civilians who died in tribal - factional warfare between 1990 and 2000 where not only did the West not get involved, it didn't even make the news. A single Palestinian with a yeast infection is enough to generate a CNN Special Report, a million civilian deaths in Africa doesn't make page 15. Yes, we have ALWAYS been selective when choosing what 'suffering innocents' to protect. 5. They WANT us to get involved. They aren't making beheading videos and putting them on Youtube to impress their Video Arts professors. They are taunting us -- the West -- into getting back into a war that we -- for the long-winded reasons above -- shouldn't be fighting and can't win. Having us back in the region with our indecisive leaders and ham-strung with ridiculously onerous rules of engagement would be like getting 10 years worth of Kwanza presents in one go. They get to, convert some Westerners, create some martyrs, kill some infidels and -- most important -- they can generate lots of donations from their rich Gulf State cousins to keep the entire cycle running again for a decade or longer -- you have to respect their business plan. If our current involvement stays at just air strikes and logistic support then I'm OK with it -- good training for the Air Force. But, it probably won't and can the Western World REALLY sit through a screening of 'Gulf War III -- The Savening' and come out not wanting a refund?  (Wednesday Oct 15 | post #76981)

Q & A with Rick Moss

Headline:

Act Interdimensionally

Hometown:

Singapore -- Home of Hot

I'm Listening To:

The Voices in My Head

Read This Book:

Understanding Tanya - Adin Steinsaltz

Favorite Things:

My Family

I Believe In:

Things that can be proved by experiment -- and I want to see the lab equipment.