Water Damage

by craig on July 10, 2014 8:29 am in Uncategorized

The FCO claim that records of extraordinary rendition flights to Diego Garcia were destroyed by water damage is an insult to all our intelligence. The FCO is refusing to say where the records were at the time, or what else was damaged in the (presumed) flood. This is of a piece with, but much more serious than, the “accidental” shredding of all Tony Blair’s parliamentary expenses claims. It is not that they expect us to believe them – they just don’t care. They have the power, and we don’t.

Just as much an insult to our intelligence is the new scheme of security measures at airports. These are all to do with maintaining the fear levels that keep the population compliant, and nothing to do with aviation security. If you have some kind of bomb inside an electronic device, you need a power source to trigger it. The last thing a bomber wants is a flat battery.

It is over twenty years now since I went on a MI6/SAS hosted course at “the Fort” near Gosport. One of the things we were shown and had explained to us, was a laptop which had been converted into a very effective bomb incorporating a slim sheet of semtex. That laptop could switch on and work absolutely normally. The laptop battery was the power source for the detonator.

Explosives detectors at airports would today pick up the semtex. That a mobile phone with no power source could be a bomb, in a way not immediately spotted by x-ray or explosives detector, is a nonsense. If you want to cause real damage on a plane, buy two one litre bottles of 50% strength premium vodka in duty free and set fire to them. You would be surprised at the extreme heat that can produce in a confined space.

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  1. Yeah, its absurd. With all this publicity they’re hardly going to use a non-working device to hide a bomb, if they ever were to begin with. If that’s your test for whether it has a bomb in it – turns on – its a recipe for 100% failure in detection.

  2. Careful, Mr Murray, they will have you for incitement.

  3. That was a good find yesterday by Dreoilin.

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2014/07/doune-the-rabbit-hole-2/comment-page-3/#comment-465485

    ~~

    Yes watch it Craig. They will have you for incitement to create a act of terrrrrr or some such. Did anyone know that there is this swamp of terrrrrr legislation?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_Acts

    and those convicted in the UK -

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_convicted_under_Anti-Terrorism_Act_in_the_United_Kingdom

    Surely that page needs updating. It ends in 2006. Or are there people being held in Belmarsh awaiting trial?

  4. In a month or so time the security tax is going up considerably, 120% in some cases in the usa.This way they get to justify the extra cost with being soooo busy.

  5. ‘This is of a piece with, but much more serious than, the “accidental” shredding of all Tony Blair’s parliamentary expenses claims. It is not that they expect us to believe them – they just don’t care. They have the power, and we don’t.’

    It’s called ‘laughing in our faces’.

  6. & dont forget this event earlier this year

    http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26208830

  7. Yes Minister. Prescient as so often. Or maybe they just knew very well how it all worked:

    Jim: How am I going to explain the missing documents to the Mail?
    Sir Humphrey: Well this is what we normally do in, circumstances like these. [hands over a file]
    Jim: [reading] This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, a few others lost in the flood of 1967. [to Humphrey] Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?
    Sir Humphrey: No a marvellous winter, we lost no end of embarrassing files.

  8. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:16 am

    I am constantly struck by the total incompetence of these bombers, and their technical naivety. I think I had better say no more.

  9. “Did anyone know that there is this swamp of terrrrrr legislation?”

    Yes me Mary. It is there, as Craig rightly says, to create fear. There is increasing legislation to protect those who dream up ‘terror’ events to make the sheeple think Muslims are an enemy, or Islamaphobia, as it is now termed. It works like this. The security services create a false flag event. Let’s assume that Lee Rigby is a fabrication of the intelligence services and a photoshop image of a smart soldier in red uniform who never existed is created, as Chris Spivey suggests.

    http://guerrillademocracy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/chris-spivey-exposes-woolwich-lee-rigby.html

    Once created the myth is kept going and parliament is kept largely in the dark with the prime minister having the last say in any connected issue. So new laws protecting the secret services (who today are more unaccountable than they have ever been) are further protected from accusations against them.

    http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5320/mi5-and-mi6-tell-mps-to-censor-key-report-on-lee-rigby-s-killers

    We have moved into a virtual world the media of which puts out so much shit every next deposit is a growing mountain of stinking effluent to cover up the last dump. “It is not that they expect us to believe them – they just don’t care. They have the power, and we don’t.”

  10. Frankly, these goings on would sit happily with anything done in the maligned states behind the Iron Curtain before 1989. Proof if any were needed that those in power don’t give a s*it. O/T I see that the Metropolitan Elite are going to investigate themselves over alleged paedophilia. Or apply the whitewash. Take your pick.

  11. Yup, they are taking the piss, and they don’t care because they don’t need to. They know a small coterie of people such as the sort who post on this blog will be incensed, but the masses will accept it all with bovine docility. They will be queuing up at the airports to say on camera how glad they are to be more secure. Frank Gardner will wear his graveyard face and talk ominously about Jihad. And the rest of us will feel like the kid in the Emperor’s New Robes. Thank God for the internet. At least now we’ve got Kid-in-Emperor’s-New-Robes support groups.

  12. The new searches are a threat to anyone carrying leaked files when they fly. I suspect that’s the real reason.

    This looks like a highly intrusive development. People will get used to surrendering their devices to security staff. What will happen to the confiscated devices? If they were confiscated on “suspicion of terrorism”, does that give the authorities powers to copy personal data from the device?

    How long until it’s announced that fully functioning devices can also be rigged with explosives, and therefore any computing device may be confiscated?

  13. Some time ago I read that on landing in Israel, passengers are told to log into their Facebook and e-mail accounts so that “security” can inspect them. Those who refuse are turned away. CCTV presumably videos the keystrokes of those who comply, recording their passwords.

  14. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 10:14 am

    If they were confiscated on “suspicion of terrorism”, does that give the authorities powers to copy personal data from the device?

    Who needs “powers” any more, Clark? And they’d have to be checked before entering the new, lucrative second-hand ipad market…er, to protect the customers.

  15. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 10:17 am

    …on landing in Israel, passengers are told to log into their Facebook and e-mail…

    Nice to know that Blair’s secret life is at least known to the Israelis. He arrived in Tel Aviv early this morning.

  16. KOWN

    If we stick with the ‘sheeple’ definition of the masses I think it works better with ‘ovine docility’ making way to extend the metaphor to us few black sheep. Baa. Baa. :)

    A classmate was attacked by a cow (not a bull) on a school cross-country run and it shredded his shorts. It shook him up a bit too. That was hardly a docile beast.

  17. “Nice to know that Blair’s secret life is at least known to the Israelis.”

    Blair’s secret life has been shredded.

  18. When people behave like sheep it is because they follow the same logic as sheep. When you are part of a herd it reduces the chances of becoming a victim. one of your unluckier comrades may be taken by the wolf instead of you. A lot of the people who automatically fall in line with the official narrative (about everything, from the (non) necessity of cuts to the demonising of Unions and their fight for social justice to what is happening in Gaza) are simply keeping their heads down and hoping not to be noticed. The fact that the NSA may be monitoring their most privately shared thoughts will ensure this reaction is reinforced. Thinking is dangerous. Don’t.

  19. “The fort”? The next time I gallop into Gosport on an expiring horse with a hat full of arrows I will know where to go. The narcissism of our security forces never ceases to depress me.

  20. Hi John,

    Nice to see you again. I know you are kidding but the fact that cows occasionally go nuts and kill people makes my analogy even better, I’d say. This is precisely why the shadowy puppetmasters spend so much time pretending that they worry for our safety, when of course all they really worry about is their own. Because occasionally the masses do wake up and go bonkers for a while, then they go back to sleep.

  21. Come to think of it, I wonder if there’s a GCHQ/NSA scheme to harvest usernames and passwords via CCTV. If there isn’t, I’d be surprised if private security companies hadn’t at least started such a scheme. Facebook implemented facial recognition on their users’ photo’s over a year ago; it should be easy to modify such software to recognise laptops, and translate the videoed keystrokes into simple text.

  22. I thought the trolls would be around to try to deal with the Lee Rigby conspiracy. Where did he go to school? Who remembers him there? On what day in July 1987 was he born? On what day was he married? Here is a funeral obituary for which nobody has taken responsibility. It says he was an avid football fan. What team? A lot of unanswered questions. And where are all the newspaper gossip pieces ‘I remember Lee’ with photos? Hmmm.

    https://www.funeralzone.co.uk/obituaries/51

  23. “Hi John,

    Nice to see you again.”

    You too KOWN. I’ve just got back from a resort in Poland, Świnoujście, devoid of Englsih speakers, a closely guarded secret, but plenty of Germans. A few cows wandered onto one of the beaches :) but it didn’t stop the mass swell of bodies cooking in their own fat. It was pigging hot!

  24. Myself:

    “Come to think of it, I wonder if there’s a GCHQ/NSA scheme to harvest usernames and passwords via CCTV”

    Airports and other travel waiting areas would be ideal for such surveillance, especially for commercial or corporate espionage, with many busy business travellers all crowded together under comprehensive CCTV coverage, and local security offices for the required computer systems. This would be highly lucrative, so it would be surprising if it hasn’t been implemented, or at least considered, by some country or company.

  25. Does water boarding usually result in water damage?

  26. If you drill down into the ban on traveling with dead batteries this new position is absurd. Logically all batteries should be banned from aircraft hand luggage as they are are a serious fire risk, either by accident or by design. The average laptop battery carries so much energy that an aircraft could be seriously imperiled.

    This is lovingly lampooned at http://xkcd.com/651/

    Its also easy to extend Craig’s point about strong vodka. What about, in addition to setting fire to the stuff, a terrorist where to then smash the bottle and use the neck as an improvised and lethal knife?

    Thanks goodness that terrorists are too stupid to realise that they already have the means to down an aircraft at their disposal.

  27. Security at airports has always been a mystery to me. The duty free anomaly is one of them.The orders which are stacked onto shelves in airports are not subjected to big security measures.They are delivered pretty much like normal goods to any retail outlet.So explosive coctails could easily be smuggled in.
    As you say Craig, not necessary as Vodka or Stroh Rum 80% would make excellent fire bombs… or you could just break some of these chunky bottles holding onto the neck for a rather nasty weapon… much worse than a box cutter.
    I was in a rush at Vienna last week and was last to the gate.It was a security check and xray at the gate.. I just threw it all on the conveyor,concentrating on getting my belt off but forgetting the lappy and the water bottle in my rucksack.It went through without anyone noticing as the security crew were chatting and joking with each other.
    This latest round of scares is to prepare us for the next false flag caused by unseen enemies using undetectable explosives.Teeing us up as it were.Just read that low grade atomic material and chemical weapon agents have fallen into the hands of the new terrorist Brand “ISIS”. Somebody mentioned that the US has given Indian names to their weapons, well it the acronyms seem to be dates for their false flag deeds. 911, 7/7.
    We’ll swallow anything. Even an airliner disappearing into thin air.

  28. No ideas about why the records of Britain’s role in the extraordinary rendition of alleged terrorists were destroyed?

    How about all the lying to Chief Constable of the GMP, Mike Todd, who had been assigned to investigate it?

    You remember him allegedly taking off his clothes on Snowdonia that bitter night while doing so, conveniently dying of hypothermia.

    Raising questions about his demise is the last thing that Britain wants now.

  29. Welcome home John.

    Rob. The grey man John Major was on the One Show last night. Told them that everybody watched Yes Minister and that meetings had to wait for him and his unlovely crew to watch the programme. Did he have Edwina on his lap when they watched it together? What an unlikely pairing that was.

    Donny Darko. You are spot on. Do you sense a FF in the air at the moment like I do?

  30. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 12:42 pm

  31. “Its also easy to extend Craig’s point about strong vodka. What about, in addition to setting fire to the stuff, a terrorist where to then smash the bottle and use the neck as an improvised and lethal knife?”

    Who knew that East End pubs were terrorist training grounds!

    Dennis Bergkamp refused to fly – a man ahead of his time.

  32. Is this yon Fort? That was 2006. Probably been flogged off by now to the highest bid from a developer like Agent Cameron’s faves here.

    Conservatives given millions by property developers

    The Conservative Party has received millions of pounds in donations from developers who stand to benefit from the Government’s controversial planning reforms, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8754027/Conservatives-given-millions-by-property-developers.html

    The developers are all after Surrey’s Green Belt. It is being handed over to them on a plate by corrupt Tory-led borough councils by means of ‘Local Plans’. Said Tory councillors and some Tory MPs will get the heave-ho next May with a bit of luck. The houses are never ‘affordable’ but will accommodate the Londoners flogging off their houses to rich foreigners. Many of those will stay empty. What a rotten system we are living under.

  33. Ah-that television programme. Like those one stop shops we see all around us, except in the media. Your regional outlet for the NWO.

  34. “If we stick with the ‘sheeple’ definition of the masses”

    And the useless idiot claims to be a socialist! To which particular theory does he ascribe as to how the 9/11 false flag was performed I wonder?

  35. Scare-mongering has become a good business for many corporations and agencies. Many airports in the US, Canada and Europe are equipped with “naked body” detection system marketed by Israeli firms.

    During 2012 London Olympics, British government spend nearly $1 billion on security. It even hired Israeli Mossad agents, who are well-known for creating false flag operations around the world.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/10/26/2012-london-olympics-and-mossad/

  36. ESLO, 12:52 pm; do you accept the 9/11 Commission version, largely based upon confessions extracted under torture?

  37. ESLO

    In 2012 interview, Israeli author and radio talk-show host Barry Chamish admitted that 9/11 was carried out by American Zionist elites with active help from Israeli government.

    http://rehmat1.com/2012/08/22/israeli-jew-author-zionists-did-911/

  38. ESLO, they wend back and did MORE torture, because the 9/11 Commission asked for more “evidence”.

  39. Peter Walker, head of rescue operations on Snowdonia, has indicated that Todd’s demise was arranged by Britain’s spooks.

  40. Rehmat, a talk show host can’t make confessions on behalf of “American Zionist elites” or the Israeli government.

  41. Water damage sounds plausible. What wouldn’t, is how the water damage occurred to properly stored and maintained records. Anyone sacked for incompetence yet?

  42. “77-0. And counting”

    Be sure to make every one count, Ba’al, but do try to hide your obvious excitement. People might get the idea you don’t really care for the Palestinian people and are more interested in seeing a high death toll so as to reinforce your hatred of jews/Israelis/zionists.

  43. “People might get the idea you don’t really care for the Palestinian people and are more interested in seeing a high death toll so as to reinforce your hatred of jews/Israelis/zionists”

    Only gormless zio-idiots.

  44. And Todd’s demise was just the tip of the iceberg.

    Seems he was hoodwinked into going to Snowdonia in the expectation of what the Mahan Commission had learned about what Bertie Ahearn had corruptly down with Manchester’s Quality Street Gang to arrange the GFA – why Todd had that bottle of champagne with him to celebrate.

    And once there, he was drugged into unconsciousness, stripped of protective clothes,m and left to die, like Dr, David Kelly.

  45. finger in the dike

    10 Jul, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    On a cheerier note, here’s some exceedingly lame reasons why you have to live with pedophile toffs.

    http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/peter-singer-considers-the-merits-of-scotland-and-catalonia-s-bids-for-independence

    Super-duper influential world cosmic intellectual Peter Singer manages to write about secession without ever using the words self-determination. He avoids the legal term because the law is clear. Instead Singer regurgitates England’s arguments for No – essentially, “no one will let you determine your political status.”

    Singer’s reaching and stretching to make Kosovo a special case. To do that Singer has to ignore the relevant ICJ ruling, which affirmed that secession does not breach international law. Kosovo didn’t need a NATO hardship waiver to secede. Same goes for Scotland and Catalunia.

    He babbles some human-rights words to boost his cred but Singer wouldn’t know a widespread human rights violation if it bit him on the ass. To make his statist arguments – “You Catalans and Scots have no valid reason to secede” – Singer has to ignore systematic British and Spanish economic-rights derogations, along with British violations of the right to peace amounting to crimes of concern to the international community. Those crimes and derelictions compromise the UK’s sovereignty, and to reclaim the UK’s forgone sovereignty for the Scots, all Scotland has to do is accept the laws the UK breaks. It’s R2P, suck it.

    Singer wrings his hands about the UK losing North Sea oil money when it’s not the UK’s oil. The right to free disposition of natural wealth and resources is a right of peoples, not states. He knows that perfectly well because if he purports to to know ethics, he has read the ICESCR.

    This is not about keeping the Duchy of Savile intact. The NATO apparatchiks of Project Syndicate are panicking because the writing’s on the wall. NATO will break up like the Warsaw Pact did, and the US will break up like its twin, the USSR. It’s that or mass extinction.

  46. I don’t give a flying f about Burberry or their shareholders. I am just using this petition to highlight the gross discrepancy between the public sector workforce on strike today and what is going on in the corporate and private sector.

    ‘Unison general secretary Dave Prentis told BBC Breakfast workers had been left frustrated by pay freezes, adding that “enough is enough”. “When Cameron brought in the two-year pay freeze, our local government workers, our members, had already had a one-year pay freeze.
    “So they’ve had a three-year pay freeze and then a 1% increase when inflation has gone up by something like 20%,” he said.

    In other words the public sector is taking the brunt of the ‘cutz’.

    Burberry’s new CEO, Christopher Bailey, is set to earn £10.3 million this year alone — and now Burberry’s shareholders have had enough.

    This outrageously high pay package is not based on Bailey’s performance or the company’s progress — it just doesn’t make sense to pay him such a huge lump of money. This isn’t about logic. It’s about greed, and executives lining their pockets at all costs.

    Burberry’s shareholders are so outraged by the opulent pay package that they are preparing a protest vote and rejecting CEO pay at its annual general meeting tomorrow.

    If enough of us join these shareholders, we could rein in one of the highest CEO salaries in the UK!

    Can you tell Burberry’s shareholders to vote AGAINST this excessive CEO pay?

    The media like Sky and the BBC are demonising those on strike and a succession of creeps like Gove, Maude and Gauke are being brought on to give out the propaganda. The Tories and the media are also attempting to diminish the support for the strike by querying the numbers who voted to go on strike and who are out on strike. Also threatening to bring in legislation to make it illegal to strike. Full on fascism. No velvet gloves.

  47. Sicko Anon is on to his usual form

  48. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    No. He indicated that ‘spooks’ were present. The sequence of events is given here. The ‘spooks’ could have been anyone, including a hotel managers’ conference and plainclothes police. Evidence is needed here.

    What is oddest is the appearance of the Chinook. The usual recovery route is via the RAF, for whom Snowdon is a routine callout site. The RAF (SARF) at RAF Valley flew (and I think still flies) Sea Kings, which are ideally adapted for mountain rescue: the RAF are usually called out via the police for civilian incidents. Trying to land a Chinook during blizzard conditions on a hillside would be a lot more hazardous than winching up a body into a Sea King, and Chinooks are not based at Valley, but Odiham in Hampshire (they often visit Valley, but would not be designated for MR)

    There is certainly something unexplained here. But bearing in mind that Todd had attracted unwelcome investigation for paying his girlfriend a monster severance package (allegedly)while doublecrossing his wife, there’s no unique link to the rendition issue.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-549488/Suicide-police-chief-Why-didnt-earlier-ask-rescue-services.html

  49. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Oh, and if I wanted to commit suicide, hypothermia is one of the better ways to go and I’d seriously consider it.

  50. Beg to differ, as Walker stated quite clearly that the usual procedure was not followed, starting with alerting rescuers what licensed vehicle Todd was driving – what was parked right outside where Walker was, and would have ignited a much bigger search to start with, and he thinks would have saved Todd’s life.

    And the rest of what you claim is just more diversion over the rendition murder.

  51. самизда́т

    10 Jul, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    NATO Pact governments can make shit up because they have absolute confidence in their censorship capacity.

    Look how far an internationally-recognized legal expert has to go to circumvent media censorship when he wants to talk about rule of law: http://larouchepac.com/node/31170

    To Larouche. Imprisoned, his associates marginalized to invisibility. No one wants to talk about the rule of law but outcasts.

    The government put Boyle himself on the no-fly list for his pains. And that’s a guy who’ll never be in charge, corked up like that. This is how suppressed the rule of law is. That’s some serious totalitarian shit.

  52. Perhaps those paedophile files were stored in the same place?

  53. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Walker stated quite clearly that the usual procedure was not followed,

    I’m not disputing that. Am I? RTF comment. The usual procedure wasn’t followed, and nor would I expect it to be if a senior police officer – and one to which some scandal attached – were involved. And when a mountain rescue team is called-out, would it not be reasonable to assume the guy is known or believed to be off -road, rendering VOSA details superfluous? On-road, the police can handle the task. Or be reliably instructed not to, whatever you like.

    Anyway, good luck with that. We probably now know a good deal more about rendition than Todd did. RIP. Don’t forget the laser as you leave.

  54. And Walker concluded when Todd’s body was finally brought down the mountain by stretcher, there were only spooks there, not the usual uniformed personnel expected.

  55. LOL
    Top American Spy ‘Told To Leave Germany’

    By Sky News US Team

    The German government has asked the top US intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, a Berlin lawmaker says.

    The move comes amid reports of two cases of suspected US espionage in Germany and a longer dispute over alleged NSA spying on the US ally.

    Clemens Binniger, a lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, said the US intelligence official had been told he was no longer welcome in the country.

    Mr Binniger, who chairs a parliamentary committee on the intelligence services, told reporters on Thursday “the government has asked the representative of the US intelligence agencies in Germany to leave the country as a reaction to the ongoing failure to help resolve the various allegations, starting with the NSA and up to the latest incidents”.

    More follows…
    http://news.sky.com/story/1298629/top-american-spy-told-to-leave-germany

    I am sure more follows!

  56. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Another suspicious destruction of inconvenient data. At least they don’t claim ‘accident’.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Able_Danger

    “On September 15, 2005, Weldon asserted that he had identified an employee who had been ordered to destroy the 2.5 terabytes (TB) of data collected by Able Danger two years before the 9/11 attack.[“

  57. Sure we know now more about Britain’s support of America’s rendition program than Todd did because he was continually lied to about it, and threatened to get the liars for it just before he was killed.

    Reduced to personal attacks about the use of lasers by the USA in other tragedies. Pretty pathetic.

  58. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Walker is/was a mountain rescue team leader. He has/had no special expertise in spotting spooks. What he saw were men in suits – highly conspicuous gear on a Welsh winter night in the country- and therefore, actually, not immediately credible as secret servicemen. Nor very likely to have just been up Snowdon and killed someone, either, It’s not suit country.

    There are anomalies in the account, I freely grant you. But not the ones you are fixated on. (And do remember that if a journalist reporting on anything other than a lost cat will generally and unintentionally get something crucial wrong.)

    Speculation is your enemy. Stick to history.

  59. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Trowbridge H. Ford
    10 Jul, 2014 – 11:52 am

    “You remember him allegedly taking off his clothes on Snowdonia that bitter night while doing so, conveniently dying of hypothermia.”

    Yes Trowbridge:

    Todd was reported missing by Greater Manchester Police and rescue teams from Llanberis, North Wales, started a search for him at 01:00 on 11 March 2008 after being alerted by hill walkers.

    And former British foreign secretary Robin Cook died in mysterious circumstances on Ben Stack, a mountain in Scotland, and the authorities were alerted by a group of err…hill walkers.

  60. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Isn’t that the normal means of alerting the authorities to the presence of a dead body on the hill? Who else is likely to see it?

  61. Bugger (the Panda)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    The dog ate my homework, Miss.

  62. Bugger (the Panda)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Mary

    It is called, fuck off ’cause you have no written constitution peasant and we are supreme.

    Bi shock acoming.

  63. I have not been fixated on making out that Todd was murdered, as you will see if you link my article at the time, considering it a possible suicide, mishap or murder. Have only concluded it was murder as the scandal has festered.

    Speculation is what any real journalist and historian should start out with, as I learned during my careers as a reporter and historian.

    You are just an official hack.

  64. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    “if a journalist reporting on anything other than a lost cat will generally and unintentionally get something crucial wrong.”

    This is one reason we can’t have nice things. Most of them are ‘readers’ and overly paid, so they feel the compunction to breathlessly repeat the dangers from ‘terrrror’ and how proficient airport security prevents loss of revenue to various vendors who profit, and their portfolio don’t suffer. “keep shopping, keep flying” maintains the status quo.

  65. Right, Doug, and are you implying that they were the ones who started the killing process in both cases, not to forget Kelly’s too.

    Robin Cook seems to have been poisoned – what the hill walkers hurried by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

  66. YouKnowMyName

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    World Bank + IMF version 2.0 being launched.

    a BRICS “New Development Bank” will be inaugurated in Fortaleza, Brazil next week; to be based in Shanghai or New Delhi; the new bank’s maximum capital set at €73 billion – compared to the current World Bank’s €163 billion.
    a new BRICS “mini-IMF” (liquidity in hard currency joint contingency pool) also around €73 billion is being established by 2015.

    According to the Chinese Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Baodong this will help the five nations, and others,
    to “become less dependent on the US dollar and fend off exchange-rate turbulence,” [news from the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee, Virginia] - a fairly weird USian who the FBI claimed in 1975 was running “a violence-oriented organization of ‘revolutionary socialists’ “

    Will anyone other than ‘revolutionary socialists’ cover the post world-cup events in Brazil?

  67. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    You are just an official hack.

    Transference. You’re overdoing the woo factor to the extent that it is impossible that you are anything else. And I have a notion why.

  68. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:36 pm

  69. YouKnowMyName

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Well Spotted, I was as surprised as you that I’d already opened a LaRouche tab earlier, the (growing) wikipedia article on the new world bank was actually the pointer to one of the only 2014 updates on this financial stuff that was planned in 2013 at the previous summit, this nonagenarian does seem to be working hard!

    to complicate matters further, here’s another excellent XKCD link, the second today https://xkcd.com/1385/

  70. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    ESLO wrote

    ““77-0. And counting”

    Be sure to make every one count, Ba’al, but do try to hide your obvious excitement. People might get the idea you don’t really care for the Palestinian people and are more interested in seeing a high death toll so as to reinforce your hatred of jews/Israelis/zionists.”
    ____________________

    I’m fairly sure that he is right about the way Baal (and other Eminences) thinks. I think I made more or less the same point in connection with the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and perhaps even other matters thrown up on this blog.

    The nation’s supermarkets can be grateful for the existence of the internet and blogs like this one – mutterers in the aisles, absence of. :)

    ******************

  71. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    I bow to your seniority, but I find gems in comments; rough-cut and rarely.

  72. самизда́т

    10 Jul, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Mai non, Ben-LA, this commenter went looking for Boyle’s latest hijinks and it showed up in Larouche links.

  73. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    10 Jul, 2014 – 3:42 pm

    ESLO wrote…
    “People might get the idea you don’t really care for the Palestinian people and are more interested in seeing a high death toll…”

    Habbabkuk wrote…
    “I’m fairly sure that he is right about the way Baal (and other Eminences) thinks.”

    I don’t remember ESLO or you Habbabkuk expressing any outrage on the killing of innocent Palestinians, perhaps you were among this crowd?

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/chanting-jerusalem-ethnicity.html

    You may, of course, be of the opinion that there is no such thing as an innocent Palestinian.

  74. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    BRICS is an interesting subject, Bukovsky. Perhaps we can discuss it on another thread.

  75. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    “You may, of course, be of the opinion that there is no such thing as an innocent Palestinian.”
    ______________

    Are you setting up straw men again?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Habbabkuk wrote…
    “I’m fairly sure that he is right about the way Baal (and other Eminences) thinks.””
    ________________

    BTW, I’d put you in the “other Eminences” category.

  76. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    BTW – which supermarkets are deprived of your mutterings? :)

  77. The BBC interviewed a random passenger, who – by chance! – trotted out a couple of times the old nostrum that “If it keeps us safe, I’m happy about it”. He added that it was most reassuring to see these people keeping us so safe.

    Other governments must not care about their citizens.

    Again, as with the potential liquid bombs, why are these potential bombs not being analysed? Just send them on their way! Don’t match up the liquids with the suspected terrorist, just abandon it! Didn’t make it through with your bomb? We’ll just post it on for you, so you can have another go. Sent by air-mail, naturally!

    Since we’re all so concerned about bombs in hand luggage, presumably nobody had considered one going off by timer. Or remote control. Or an altitude trigger. Because had such consideration been made, we should not distinguish between hand and stored luggage. At present, should one have a flat battery, just throw it in your suitcase – problem solved.

    As with the “accidentally destroyed documents”, we’re being played for fools, and the authorities are laughing in our faces. They know it’s security theatre, a farce, and they know we know it too. The real point is “what are you going to do about it?” And we have to accept the answer is nothing. This is a show of control.

  78. 1 Pilger

    Extract from his film The War you Don’t See

    (Senior BBC News producer quoted anonymously: ‘We wait in fear for the telephone call from the Israelis.’)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDutkYQF9d8#t=3872

  79. ” If you want to cause real damage on a plane, buy two one litre bottles of 50% strength premium vodka in duty free and set fire to them.”
    I think the more literal-minded muslims disapprove of alcohol too much to do buy it for any purpose.

  80. Well. would you believe it and we keep being told how wonderful everything is under the ConDems!

    Recovery Fears Return To World Stock Markets
    News from the eurozone and US combines with woes at a major Portuguese bank to prompt a sell-off.
    http://news.sky.com/story/1298559/recovery-fears-return-to-world-stock-markets

  81. there seems to be a general denial of reality syndrome that seems to have afflicted almost everyone around here.

    Those “stenographers” lucky enough to be tapped to become “the faces” of a state run broadcaster, that gets its funding from the FOC budgetary allocation (some of it) and is an institution that has a tax specifically designed for it, is an out fit for “news” dissemination. The said stenographers will not dare to rock the boat in any shape or form. The same applies to their editors, producers, managers etc. All of these groups are earning a tidy living with a good enough expenses scheme and a reasonable pension, with the added bonus of making the leap at any one point and end up as millionaires celebrities as many of the current medjia celebrities have managed.

    Why should anyone reasonably sane expect that any of the above groups to be crazy enough to kiss goodbye the cushy number start looking for truth? How far have we gone down the rabbit hole not to see/understand/sense that the “news” brought by this organ is based on it’s (information’s) relevant complaisance coordination index?

    The vox pops always return what the recipe of the day is tobe; Mad cow disease calls for a little girl eating and munching on a hamburger, and her mam singing the praises of the nutritious bounty that her daughter is munching on. Xray machines that show the details of genitals in case there is a bomb secreted in anyone’s pants calls for another nice looking beauty telling the camera it’s the best way of getting frisked because the other way was not fast enough! (what about cancer? Who cares smart alec?) Vox pops contrary to the orders of the day are never to be aired, hence the permanent state of agreement and compliance that seems to be the case in the telly land.

    Punters whom have no recourse to facts and are left at the mercy of the official compliance coordination organisations (“news organisation”). These punters find all the answers are given to them and they are told what to think? What to believe? In fact the degrees of drill down to their minds is so deep that anyone reading even this blog will come across those whom are reflecting the official narrative on matters current, verbatim! Further the convictions of the narrative regurgitators would have these verily believe; they thought it all by themselves, by researching and finding out the facts. Their informed channel surfing between the various news channels, and a few articles they have found in “news papers” are good enough basis for their “well researched and skilfully thought out thoughts”!

    In fact the pitiful regurgitations of the official narrative are the curse of this blog. That is compounded by the paid for shills who are stalking the various contributors and the blog to drown any kind of “dangerous” and “prohibited” thinking errors proscribed by the recipe of the day in an effort to reinforce the official narrative that could be coming a cropper.

    Fact is there are many of us; the poor, and destitute who are only a week away from hunger and homelessness. This is in contrast to the few numbers of the elites, that is included their relevant coterie. In any confrontation these handful could not survive despite the immense arsenals of weapons at their disposal. Hence the option of keeping each individual one of us in a state of compliance falls on keeping us satiated with stories.

    This is akin to a little boy in charge of herd of cattle, the cows could easily kill and free themselves from the tyranny of their little shepherd. Yet the cattle go on to comply with every wish of their little emperor. Cattle know no better and are bred to be compliant, with human beings it is a bit more tricky, to begin with they need to be believe in a narrative, and to be happy that they are in charge of their own actions.

    That is where the bbc et al come in , they all let you know what is happening around the world? This information which forms the basis of your thinking that has already been thought out for you.

    The fly in the ointment is blogs like this and the Internet that is rapidly being snooped on and curtailed, in fact in UK one in four sites are already filtered out, but there again you would not know that, how can you?

    Now back to watching the “news” and reading the same brain farts as prescribed by the elite and reflected in the medjia, after all free press means you have the freedom to own one

  82. The state broadcaster’s mouthpiece explains all.

    Nick Robinson: Why new data laws are being rushed in
    BBC political editor Nick Robinson explains why the government appears to be rushing though emergency powers to ensure police can continue to access phone and internet records.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28248682

  83. The term “Combating terrorism” confers on the government the status of a victim.” Jean-Claude Paye, Tülay Umay
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article171831.html

    False-victim-role-play is at the heart of all Israeli propaganda because it blurs the lines between the real victims of violence, people, and the false victims, the governments who create violence through injustice or individuals who create injustice. In both cases it is injustice that is the source of violence.

  84. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    “False-victim-role-play is at the heart of all Israeli propaganda because it blurs the lines between the real victims of violence, people, and the false victims, the governments who create violence through injustice or individuals who create injustice. In both cases it is injustice that is the source of violence.”
    ___________________

    Yup, it’s all the old lady’s fault, she shouldn’t have been carrying a handbag with money in it when the mugger was around. She MADE him mug her!

    Idiot.

  85. Самизда́т
    Thank you for drawing our attention to Obama’s military intentions. I have been wondering what use 300 or 800 servicemen could be to Mr Maliki. You say they are special forces to guide a Libya style aerial attack on Assad and where else..?

  86. H

    Are you saying it’s too much temptation for Israel to have all those defenceless Muslims sitting in Gaza? Maybe you are right.

  87. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    Ah. The Dear Leader speaks. Fillet of platitude, spiced with the bleeding obvious, liquidised and gently spooned into the tender mouths of the Israeli public. You have to stop the poor benighted heathen thinking they are being shafted by Israel. Your peace will follow. So true. Any likelihood of Israel doing anything to that end, Tony? How about allowing exports from Gaza? You don’t have to let Israel know that it’s in multiple breach of international law and illegally occupying the West Bank while conducting massive reprisals every two years on civilians. Just pray to the gods of global commerce, eh? You know….you must….(says who, shabbat goy?)

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4541145,00.html

    C**t.

    82-0, and counting. Including the occupants of a surgically targeted beach cafe.

  88. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 8:30 pm

    And note that the first utterance on the topic by this self-inflated mercenary windbag is for the ears of his adoring Israeli public, not the Quartet whose representative he is. It took him three days to get that out – no doubt his flying visit to Zurich on the 7th necessitated prioritising important business with his accountant.

  89. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Useful Uberidiots abound. This wasn’t a gaffe. It was the entire script for the story. Dianne Sawyer (whom Nixon called ‘that smart girl in Ziegler’s office)’ laments the deaths of Palestinians by calling them Israelis.

    http://www.juancole.com/2014/07/stricken-palestinians-israelis.html

  90. YouKnowMyName

    10 Jul, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    On the new DRIP “emergency” data retention: it has been commented elsewhere that although the LIBLABCON at Westminster patently don’t have enough time to consider properly and vote with informed consent – unfortunately/fortunately around ten percent of the UK population WILL soon (September) be able to think & vote, partly, about their considerations on the effect of this new ‘temporary’ terror law on our life, correspondence & liberty.

    The unwarranted headlong last minute non-transparent panic-push for DRIP might just ‘blowback’ and nudge the undecided millions into choosing the rUK and a freer Scotia? Leuk twice or ye loup ance…

    DRIP (pdf)

  91. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    YouKnow -

    As the form of the Bill has been stitched up collectively by the three (two? Can’t see the Libs looming very large at the next election) major parties, and given that UKIP have yet to express any opinion that favours submission either to the EU or the ECJ, the next election will probably not affect the issue in the slightest.

  92. YouKnowMyName

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    Sorry, I read elsewhere that DRIP – which according to the draft will be enacted in England, Wales & Scotland, might be another straw weighing on the back of the looming Scottish referendum ‘No’ campaign.

  93. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    And don’t forget the USS Liberty…

    “Maybe for the first time since Jewish terrorists in 1946 planted explosives in the King David Hotel, killing 91 and wounding 46 persons, and a Jewish religious student in 1995 assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in a public square in Tel Aviv, extremist elements within the Jewish Israeli society are being seen in the light that the Palestinians have been pointing out for decades. These Israelis are not only threatening Palestinians, but are now a threat to Israel’s future, no less a threat than violent Palestinian voices are to Palestine being able to realize its freedom and independence.”

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/10/where-violence-is-the-norm/

  94. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    Ah, misunderstood you, YouKnow. Apologies. Yes, it might, suitably presented.

  95. “Sicko Anon is on to his usual form”

    How so, Mary? It’s well documented that there was a palpable sense of disappointment around here when the Western powers chose not to bomb Syria, and it’s obvious, now, that the likes of you and Ba’al positively get off on the thought of Israel going overboard in its response to Palestinian rocket attacks. Numerous psychologists have dealt with this odd aspect of the nature of the over-politicized individual – hoping their opponents will do their worst to justify their own position. Stop cutting and pasting and do some reading!

  96. Anon, speak for yourself, if you aren’t already. I felt relieved and triumphant when the Commons voted against an attack on Syria. I’d written to my MP, reminding him of the Dodgy Dossier and the Downing Street Memo.

    The one(s) constantly arguing for attacks is/are Resident Dissident/ESLO. And the apologists for Israeli barbarity are you and Habbabkuk. So fuck off.

  97. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    ” palpable sense of disappointment”

    Must be a typo, or brainfart. Who, exactly, expressed disappointment?

  98. “It’s well documented that there was a palpable sense of disappointment around here when the Western powers chose not to bomb …”

    A couple of twits made a couple of remarks to that effect. I don’t call that “well documented”.

    So to agree with Clark, fuck off with your nonsense.

  99. I wasn’t accusing you, Clark, and I’ve never been an apologist for Israeli barbarity. I’ve written before that Israel is its own worst enemy and that frequently the treatment it metes out to the Palestinians is both brutal and inexcusable. But not blaming Israel and the Jews for all the faults of the world and not being obsessed by Israel to the detriment of all other human rights causes around the globe is obviously deemed a little bit too ‘zionist’ for some of the sadder of the sad obsessives around here.

  100. Ben, if you would put the peace pipe down for one minute and try to recall the Syria threads, that huge concern for the well-being of the Syrian people suddenly went out the window once it became apparent that there was to be no Western intervention, and has barely been heard of since – ie there was no real concern for the wellbeing of the Syrian people beyond the political advantage you could draw from a Western intervention . The only thing most of you were bothered about was jacking yourselves off silly about the prospect of a NATO bombing campaign. And the more of you who tell me to fuck off the more I know I’m right.

  101. Another ridiculous comment from Anon. I lobbied my MP not to vote for more war. That was a waste of my time. Her name is in this list of those who voted for it.
    http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-08-29&number=70&showall=yes#voters

    Stunning scenes. Michael Gove overheard shouting at Tory rebels outside Commons chamber: “You’re a disgrace, you’re a disgrace”.
    — Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) August 29, 2013 LOL

    How disgusting to say that anyone can ‘get off’ on the killing of innocents including little children. Beyond words. Suggest a mouthwash.

  102. hoping their opponents will do their worst to justify their own position. Stop cutting and pasting and do some reading!

    Clearly an admission albeit in a round the houses fashion that the mad rabid zionists have always done their worst to the Palestinians, and the palpable disappointment is because of seventy years of genocide, mass murder, and land theft and still the shithole of zionistan is no further forward and reliant on the charity of its benefactors and sponsors for its very survival despite the constant torrent of unconscious drivel to the contrary.

    Meanwhile the damage done by the “rockets” of Hamas best start a crowd funding rush to fill up the pothole in case a mad mercenary Jewish extremist drives over it and shoots his tadger off with the wrongly placed pistol in his belt.

    However rabid mad zionists are winning the war by crushing the terrorists! More handy work of the untethered rabid mad zionist scum

    This is some of the returns on tax funds of US taxpayers and 400 tonnes of explosives that have so far rained on Gaza the most densely populated open air concentration camp on the planet. All the wile the blackmailed bastards at the helms of power are playingthe three fucking wise monkeys; see no evil, hear no evil, and say no evil.

  103. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 11:00 pm

    the likes of you and Ba’al positively get off on the thought of Israel going overboard in its response to Palestinian rocket attacks

    You’re insane. Nothing more to be said on the matter.

  104. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 11:02 pm

    Anon; You are tail-gating on Hab’s ad homs about my THC proclivities….

    “that huge concern for the well-being of the Syrian people suddenly went out the window once it became apparent that there was to be no Western intervention”

    Again I ask for clarification. Who said they were disappointed?

  105. It’s your raison d’être, Mary. But you’re only concerned with your preferred ‘side’, of course. That’s what revolts me about people like you, who claim to be concerned about human rights and laughably tag words like ‘For Truth and Justice’ alongside their names as if they actually give a shit about any victim who does not serve to reinforce their prejudices. Not one of your million posts has done anything to change the life of a Palestinian.

    Remind me, when was the last time you expressed the least bit of concern for the victims of Muslim violence? I mean, there’s no shortage of cases for a self-professed human rights activist to draw upon.

  106. Weird how official documents are so often lost, whilst data on every UK citizen is retained, without incident, forever. It seems anything to do with Bliar is lost, routinely. I wonder why? At the time I was amazed about Blair’s expenses claims going missing, and wondered why this was just accepted. I see though that there is much about Bliar we aren’t being told. Perhaps historians will complete his disgrace, and I fear it won’t be pretty.

    I’m also curious as to this ‘emergency’ that all 3 parties seem to agree is serious enough to rush through legislation. Were I a cynical man, I’d think that they were saving their own hides, because they knew that they were up to something illegal, and that they personally might get their collar felt. Thus, emergency powers rushed through.

    Is this a new phenomenon? Making stuff that was illegal suddenly legal through the magic of legislation? In Australia, immigration minister recently used some obscure law already on the statute to justify their dismal asylum policy, after the Hight Court ruled their actions illegal. This just strikes me as cheating. Oh, we’re doing bad stuff that our judiciary says is illegal, shit let’s find some clause in the terror laws, or some law left over from the 50′s, or some anti-communist law, or whatever. That’ll sort it.

    Shitheads seem to have taken over in the 3 main English speaking countries in the world. And none of them appear especially bright. I’ve noticed this recently, lots of super-competitive, not-bright, authoritarian dolts are in positions of authority way above their merits. The curse of the self-selecting alpha-male strikes again.

  107. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 11:47 pm

    “The curse of the self-selecting alpha-male strikes again.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Principle

  108. Yesterday we learn about the terrible loss of files documenting New Labour’s illegal rendition flights due to ‘flood damage’, today Ed Milliband agrees wholeheartedly to support the as yet unseen Emergency Permission to Carry on Spying on Everyone Forever Bill.

    Is it just me, or could that be more than a coincidence?

  109. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 Jul, 2014 - 12:03 am

    Anon once again hits a few nails squarely on the head with his excellent posts at 22h04, 22h38, 22h49 and 23h10! Congratulations are due.

    And, as usual, the Excellences concerned respond feebly with fake indignation,insults and evasions.

    They are truly transparent and laughable.

  110. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    11 Jul, 2014 - 12:06 am

    Perhaps you would like to fill the vacuum Anon left like nuggets on a horse trail, Hab

    Where is the evidence for allegation? As per usual…..nada.

  111. Anon: You are consistent, in fairness. It appears you believe lefties, commies – whatever – pretend to sympathise with the targets of neo-con attrocities. But they want to see those with whom they sympathise bombed and targeted anyway, because then… could you fill in the rest?

    You claim massive disappointment from these lefties whenever attrocities are not as bad as they might have been. You claim this is expressed here, and you have claimed it repeatedly.

    Not once have you ever provided an example of the same, despite being asked for it again and again. Let’s try afresh – can you substantiate your accusations concerning Syria, just as a for instance? Don’t get all slippery and vague, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

    Or are you no more than a cowardly accuse-and-run sort of mud-slinger?

  112. Habbabkuk and Anon,

    Congratulations fellas!!!

    2 of the most inhumane,bigoted and fucked up posts i’ve ever read on this blog.

    Grotesque sock puppets.

  113. Anon’s only shtik is whataboutery, whatabout the Shoah, whatabout Pol Pot, whatabout Klinghoffer, whatabout Saladin, whatabout Neanderthal extinction, whatabout Krakatoa, whatabout the late Devonian die-off, whatabout the Hittites etc. etc. etc. I never would have thought it was possible to write in a high nasal whine. This is the kind of emotional manipulation that only works with neurotic mothers consumed by free-floating anxiety. He clearly can’t interact any other way. We’re re-enacting his childhood traumas for him.

  114. How kind of the Scottish people and its government. All we have heard from Cameron is support for Israel and condemnation of Hamas.

    Cameron, for instance, “strongly condemned the appalling attacks being carried out by Hamas against Israeli civilians.” He assured Netanyahu of London’s “staunch support for Israel in the face of such attacks, and underlined Israel’s right to defend itself from them,” according to a statement his office released’. Times of Israel. 10.7.14

    Scottish Government calls for end to Gaza blockade. Offers medical help.

    Treatment offered in Scottish hospitals for injured Gazans.

    Scotland’s hospitals stand ready to treat civilians affected by the continuing and increasing violence in Gaza, External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf has said.

    Mr Yousaf has written to Foreign Secretary William Hague to express his concern at the violence on both sides of the conflict, and to ask him to exert pressure on the Israeli Government to end the blockade of Gaza, which the Scottish Government views as collective punishment. The Scottish Government has called for an immediate end to hostilities including a cessation of both rocket attacks and air strikes to de-escalate the situation.

    In the letter Mr Yousaf sets out the offer made by Scottish hospitals, and asks Mr Hague to consider doing the same in England.

    Should medical evacuation (medevac) of casualties be possible, Scotland’s hospitals will be willing to offer treatment to patients requiring specialist care.

    Mr Yousaf said: “We are deeply concerned by the situation in Gaza and the escalating violence on both sides, and particularly the humanitarian impact on civilians. Scotland stands ready to offer whatever assistance we can – and it is in that spirit that we make this offer, to give specialist medical help to civilians caught up in the conflict should medical evacuation be possible. The Scottish Government also believes that the continuation of the blockade in Gaza is exacerbating the suffering experienced by the people there. For that reason, I have today asked William Hague to exert further pressure on the Israeli Government to bring that blockade to an end.”

    Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said: “Compassion and the relief of human suffering have been central values of the NHS since its foundation 66 years ago. That is why Scotland stands ready and willing to help the innocent victims of this humanitarian crisis. Should medical evacuation become possible, we will work closely with doctors in Gaza to determine what kind of specialist care we are able to offer.”

    http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Medical-help-for-Gaza-e9d.aspx

  115. Bitte Sehr

    Ha ha ‘the late Devonian die-off’. Was that a dinosaur false flag?

  116. “It is not that they expect us to believe them – they just don’t care. They have the power, and we don’t.”

    That sums up a great deal of government propaganda, your the point needs to be said loudly and often.

  117. So one of Cameron’s justifications for the emergency snooping legislation is the need to protect our island from paedophilia, In the same week that the Home Office admits to losing the records about suspected paedophiles at Westminster. How did he keep a straight face?

  118. In security matters the whole issue of deliberate fear inducing theatrics (FITs) needs more attention.

    Perhaps the best example of this was in 2003 when Blair and Blunkett sent tanks to Heathrow Airport in response to a security alert, but every time I see confiscated nail scissors in display cabinets at airports, I just just wonder whether a smashed bottle bought in the duty-free would not make for a better offensive weapon on an aircraft. Why was it never suggested that duty-free be sold in plastic bottles?

  119. Ba'al Zevul (For Gaza)

    11 Jul, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Thanks for the reminder re. Tony Blair’s expenses, Brendan. For those who have forgotten what a thoroughgoing fraud the man has always been -

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1181415/MPs-EXPENSES-Blairs-43-000-expenses-shredded-incompetence.html

    No doubt the revolting Michael Martin was central to this.

  120. More useless information. Telling us what we already know except they say ‘may have’ rather than ‘have’.

    The Tory pals went off with their sacks of loot.

    Royal Mail sale ‘lost taxpayers £1bn’
    Taxpayers may have lost out on around £1bn in undervalued Royal Mail shares and assets, a committee of MPs says.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28250963

  121. The Al Hilli thread people seem to have hit on something. The Daily Mail are moderating out their comments, and apparently fuzzed-out a face on a photograph in response to it being recognised:

    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2012/09/not-forgetting-the-al-hillis/comment-page-103/#comment-465916

  122. Ba'al Zevul (For Gaza)

    11 Jul, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Situation yesterday. (Current Palestinian total death toll > 90, hundreds injured. Current Israeli death toll, nil. One serious injury reported since this link. And counting)

    58 Palestinian civilians, including 11 women and 21 children, have been killed in Gaza, since the start of “Operation Protective Edge” on 7 July.

    The targeting and destruction of residential buildings in Gaza continues to be the main cause of civilian casualties.

    Some 70 homes have been targeted and totally destroyed. Overall, since the start of the operation, 342 housing units have been destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes, displacing about 2,000 people who are being hosted by relatives.

    Five health facilities have suffered damage after air strikes in their vicinities. Gaza hospitals treating injuries are affected by severe shortages of medical supplies and fuel needed to operate backup generators.

    Indiscriminate rocket firing by armed groups from Gaza has targeted main Israeli population centres, but has resulted in no serious casualties so far.

    http://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/occupied-palestinian-territory-gaza-emergency-situation-report

    In addition, Israeli stikes have been directed against farming and fishing facilities, including boats in Gaza Port. Access to the sea is forbidden.

  123. Ba'al Zevul (For Gaza)

    11 Jul, 2014 - 10:32 am

    That’s more civilians than bad mans in black hats, btw.

  124. MC Blair haz left da (Tel Aviv) house.

    Yere arasında Silifkeye ve Mut’e onu almak gerekir…if you’re quick. :-)

  125. THAT made him turn, lol

  126. Oho. Kazakhstan?

  127. We can’t buy it. Muslims don’t drink.

  128. Right route for Almaty. I think the Quartet representative is en route to consult with that well-known ME expert Nursultan Nazarbayev on…the 2022 Olympic bid? Money? Money? I give up.

  129. Something must have gone horribly wrong with Google Translate, Arsalan. Ah. “buy it” for “get him” Apologies. In haste, and only know a little Turkish, hence Google translate. Are you anywhere near Kayseri? Look out for G-CEYL @ 43,000 feet in a few minutes, heading NE.

  130. Changed course again. Now online for Baku. Second time this year?

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/articlePictures/LevantineEnergyCorridor.gif

    See the BTC pipeline? The other end’s at Baku.

  131. @Scorgie

    “I don’t remember ESLO or you Habbabkuk expressing any outrage on the killing of innocent Palestinians, perhaps you were among this crowd?”

    I’m afraid you have a selective memory – I am outraged at the killing of any innocents whether they be in Gaza, Israel or anywhere else for that matter. What the Israeli Govt is doing with regard to its bombing of Gaza is not right, but then neither is what Hamas and its supporters doing – who did what first really is something of an irrelvance. I’ll leave the games of moral relativism to the moral pygmies of this blog, who Anon has quite rightly commented have done nothing whatsoever to improve the lot of the Palestinians and whose overtly partisan stance is really just part of the problem rather than the solution.

  132. I am saddened to have to announce that Mr Tony Blair, the Quartet representative from Israel has now landed safely on the East runway at Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport, Azerbaijan* (Israel’s 5th. largest trading partner, and virtually submerged in oil). The purpose of his visit is unknown, but at least there’s no chance of a Hamas rocket landing on him. Methanol? Oil? Money? Money? We may never know for sure.

    * Disembarking at the Silk Way Business Aviation Terminal, by the look of it.

  133. @arsalan

    “We can’t buy it. Muslims don’t drink.”

    I think you meant “Good Muslims” – the bad ones can do all sorts of nasty things just as the nasty of all religions are capable of doing.

  134. http://www.royalinsight.net/forum/index.php?topic=71061.0

    Prince Andresw and BP’s CEO, Bob Dudley, met this week. Andrew has well-known form with Azerbaijan. Dudley was in Azerbaijan last month, meeting Aliyev.

    http://en.trend.az/capital/energy/2281212.html

    So was Blair’s plane, G-CEYL. (see http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2014/06/rusbridger-the-worst-editor-in-the-world-part-ii/#comment-463694

    And so was Charles Hendry, formerly UK Energy Minister and now Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

  135. And this, for connoisseurs of Blair only, encapsulates his crystalline thinking on the Israel-Palestine dispute.

    Summary:
    “We” (meaning anyone but Israel) have to stop the fighting.
    “We” need some short term agreements.
    But first “we” need some long term agreements.

    ‘That should cover it nicely. Off to Baku now to do some oil stuff, and, guys, do call me if you want any more of my expertise in conflict resolution. I may be free on the 14th August from 3 pm to 4…’

    http://www.quartetrep.org/quartet/news-entry/statement-on-the-middle-east/

    How did human evolution manage to produce this asshole?

  136. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    11 Jul, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    ” we all want the minimum civilian casualties…” Cue the self-awareness software, Ba’al. Even when he speaks in peaceful platitudes, he can’t help himself.

    What’s an acceptable ‘minimum’?

  137. ESLO, 1:23 pm:

    “What the Israeli Govt is doing with regard to its bombing of Gaza is not right, but then neither is what Hamas and its supporters doing [...] I’ll leave the games of moral relativism to the moral pygmies of this blog”

    Wonderful hypocrisy, and separated by only ten words.

    ESLO, do you consider yourself morally more enlightened than most other people who comment here? Do you metaphorically tower over, say, myself, like a White man over a pygmy?

  138. Ba’al Zevul
    That was supposed to be a joke in response to what Craig wrote.

    But I do admit, not a very funny one.
    – — -
    Israel can kill as many Palestinians as they like, with the excuse “Well what we did is wrong, but we aren’t the only ones, look they fired a few fire crackers that scared some of us in response to us slaughtering a whole bunch of them”.

  139. Why I’m on the brink of burning my Israeli passport

    Friday, 11 July 2014 12:48

    .

    Independent

    MIRA BAR HILLEL

    I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children

    She is young. She is pretty. She is a university graduate and a computer engineer. She is also an Israeli Parliamentarian – and the reason why I am on the brink of burning my Israeli passport. Because behind that wide-eyed innocent face lurks the Angel of Death.

    Ayelet Shaked represents the far-right Jewish Home party in the Knesset. This means she is well to the right of Benyamin Netanyahu, just in case you thought such a thing was not possible.

    On Monday she quoted this on her Facebook page: “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

    A week earlier, just before 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair was snatched and burned alive, Shaked wrote: “This is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. The reality is that this is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started it.”

    So even before the boy died horribly she declared him to be the enemy, and afterwards, without any apparent hint of guilt or remorse, she was calling for the deaths of innocent women and their unborn babies.

    She made me think about my mother’s sister Klara and her three small children who were living in Krakow in 1939 when the Germans invaded. They decided that the Jews – all Jews – were the enemy and had to be eliminated, not least the women and the little snakes they were raising. “Why? Ask them – they started it”, as the Nazis would say if asked.

    I never met Klara or her children who had perished by 1942. I did meet my uncle Romek, who survived by working in Oskar Schindler’s factory, and his wife Yetti who survived because she spoke good German and was able to pretend she was a fine German woman who had kicked out her Polish Jewish husband, as she smiled prettily at every Nazi she came across.

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    My father’s brother Shmuel and his young family also perished before I was born, taken in Holland, to where they had escaped from Berlin, to the same camp Anne Frank died in.

    I know what it is to have been helpless victims, living and dying under racist oppressors’ boots, and I know that today’s Israelis are no longer the victims but the perpetrators of the current crisis. Yes, Hamas are dreadful hate-filled killers and woe betide Israel had they had the wherewithal to carry out their intentions. But the fact remains that it is Israel which has the tanks, bombers, artillery, nuclear warheads and missile defences of Goliath, while ordinary Gazans had nothing a week ago and even less today, as even hospitals and schools were bombed.

    Shaked got what she wanted: the death toll in Gaza is nearing 100, one in four being children. Hundreds more have serious injuries in a place where hospitals have also been bombed and medical essentials are running out.

    In Israel, in spite of Hamas’s best efforts, not one death has been recorded, nor any serious injuries, although a wedding party was disrupted and got on the television news.

    And, as the bombs rain on Gaza, Israeli teens have taken to tweeting scantily-clad selfies alongside their political sentiments. In two now deleted tweets, one wrote “Death to all of you Arabs you transfag”, while another proclaimed “Arabs may you be paralyzed & die with great suffering!” Another teen simply tweeted “Death to these f****** Arabs”, and attached a photo of themselves pouting alongside it.

    Seeing these angelic faces of evil spouting such genocidal rhetoric, I pick up my Israeli passport and a box of matches. “Not in my name, people. Not in my name!”

  140. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    11 Jul, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    The real enemy is, war itself.

  141. If anyone denies that Israel is a Nazi state they must remember what Israeli Politicians say while they kill Palestinians:

    On July 1, 2014, Shaked posted a message on Facebook, quoting speechwriter Uri Elitzur, calling for war against the Palestinian people.[2] She called for the killing of Palestinian mothers as they give rise to “little snakes”.

  142. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    What is happening in Gaza isn’t a war. It is shooting in to a barrel of fish with a shotgun.

    As far as the Zionists are concerned they are stamping on ants.

  143. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    11 Jul, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    The UN/Red crescent should step in….

    “Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that Palestinian healthcare services are not able to handle the wave of people requiring medical attention”

    http://rt.com/news/171916-israel-gaza-death-strikes/

  144. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    11 Jul, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    I agree with your characterization Arsalan, but war takes on many guises. Treblinka was a war on innocents with little means of returning fire.

  145. MAP is on the ground – has been for years – and donations go to the people who need medical aid, (not Tony Blair Associates).. Nonpolitical, stick their necks out to do their job.

    http://www.map-uk.org/

  146. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 Jul, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Clark

    “ESLO, do you consider yourself morally more enlightened than most other people who comment here? Do you metaphorically tower over, say, myself, like a White man over a pygmy?”
    ______________________

    I don’t know how ESLO considers himself, but he and like-minded contributors certainly tower over you when it comes to intellectual honesty

    Or any other kind of honesty for that matter.

    Which is why you hate him and them so much – they hold up a mirror in front of your faces.

  147. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 Jul, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Arsalan

    “Israel can kill as many Palestinians as they like, with the excuse “Well what we did is wrong, but we aren’t the only ones, look they fired a few fire crackers that scared some of us in response to us slaughtering a whole bunch of them”.”
    _________________-

    And why does Hamas continue to give the Israelis that alibi/excuse?

    Is it evil or just stupid?

  148. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 Jul, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Baal

    “MAP is on the ground – has been for years – and donations go to the people who need medical aid, (not Tony Blair Associates).. Nonpolitical, stick their necks out to do their job.

    http://www.map-uk.org/
    ________________

    Careful there, Baal, Mary has already “investigated” MAP and spat some bile in its direction.

    But perhaps you don’t know that – the disadvantage of Habbabreaking her (and me)!

  149. This darling child no longer has a Daddy.

    ‘An air strike on a house in the city of Gaza killed a man described by Palestinian officials as a doctor and pharmacist. Medics and residents said an aircraft also bombed a three-storey house in the southern town of Rafah, killing five people. ‘ Reuters

    Caption in Arabic reads:
    picture of the martyr Abu Anas pharmacist (killed) in a raid on an apartment in the Hill Towers’

    https://www.facebook.com/SHEHABNEWS/photos/a.182662565109505.38264.179609608748134/779819348727154/?type=1

  150. @Clark

    “What the Israeli Govt is doing with regard to its bombing of Gaza is not right, but then neither is what Hamas and its supporters doing [...] I’ll leave the games of moral relativism to the moral pygmies of this blog”

    Wonderful hypocrisy, and separated by only ten words.

    I don’t think you understand the meaning of the word hypocrisy – both the IDF and Hamas are wrong in what they are doing – I am not trying to place them in some sort of league table (as moral relativists do – so that they can ignore one or the other) so there is no hypocrisy.

  151. “The one(s) constantly arguing for attacks is/are Resident Dissident/ESLO. And the apologists for Israeli barbarity are you and Habbabkuk. So fuck off.”

    I missed this lie from Clark yesterday – but I will bear it in mind the next time he tries to play the “honest” broker.

  152. The empty words from the mouth of the psychopath.

    Statement on the Middle East
    Friday, Jul 11, 2014 in Office of Tony Blair, Office of the Quartet Representative

    This is a transcript of Tony Blair speaking to the BBC, Reuters and Associated Press this morning, 11th July, in Jerusalem. It begins with a statement:

    “I am extremely worried about what is happening now. There have been around 100 deaths in Gaza, many of them civilians.

    “There is continual rocket fire being aimed indiscriminately at the Israeli population. We’ve all been trying to call for restraint and de-escalation but the reality right now is that the situation is escalating and not de-escalating, and I think that we need, as a matter of urgency, short-term arrangements and agreements that do allow us genuinely to de-escalate this situation and restore some form of calm. But, I don’t think that would work unless there is also put in place some way of resolving the longer-term questions at the heart of this violence and conflict and without that long-term solution in place I think it’s going to be very difficult to create any short-term peace.

    “So, right now, I think we are at a very, very critical point and obviously in the international community and in the region I think we have got to do everything we can to put in place both that short-term change in circumstances here and then that longer-term plan that allows us to create a situation in which the people in Gaza, the West Bank and in Israel, feel that this is not then going to recur and that there is some genuine plan in place that is going to allow this situation to be resolved for the long-term security and peace of the people here. That’s the situation as I find it today.”

    AP asked what a short-term and a long-term solutions would be:

    TB: “In the short-term very obviously it means that the rockets stop coming out of Gaza aimed at the Israeli population, Israeli operations can then be scaled back. So the short-term is to try to restore some calm and peace but I don’t think frankly now that this is now going to work unless there is also a sense of what the long-term plan is for Gaza, for the unification of Gaza and the West Bank on the basis of political leadership that is supportive of peace and for a situation in which the Israelis feel that their security is going to be guaranteed. So I think for both the people in Gaza who are suffering and the people of the West Bank by way who are suffering too at the moment, and the people in Israel who are taking shelter in their millions every day, every evening, I think we are not going to be able to resolve this unless as well as whatever short-term agreement there is to restore calm there is a longer-term agreement in place to resolve some of the fundamental underlying issues of the conflict here.”

    BBC asked if Israel would go for a ground operation:

    TB “We all want the situation to calm down, we all want the maximum restraint shown, we all want the minimum civilian casualties, all of that is obvious, but there is a reality here I’m afraid which is whilst the rockets keep coming out of Gaza, Israel will take action to protect itself and if we want to avoid a further escalation we are going to have to put in place, and as a matter of urgency, the agreements that allow us to de-escalate and then resolve the longer-term questions but in this situation, when you are actually here, you are talking to people both on the Palestinian side and on the Israeli side, the reality is people are living in fear, there is a conflict going on, it is actually escalating as we speak and if we are going to step back from this then we are going to have to put some agreements in place that allow us to do so and those agreements in my view have to be for the longer-term as well as the short-term”

    BBC asked about ‘behind the scenes mediation’

    TB “I think it’s important that all of the international community plays its part and the regional players here are also absolutely crucial and there is, I believe, a strong desire on the part of the majority of the population, Palestinian or Israeli, for this to stop and for us to get to a better and longer-term form of security, but the reality is the international community and the regional powers, when they get involved have to take account of the fact that unless we can put in place some longer-term framework along with a short-term cessation of the conflict then this isn’t really going to work. But of course the international community and indeed as I say I think particularly the regional powers have got a strong part to play.”

  153. nevermind, viva beautiful football

    11 Jul, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    “I don’t know how ESLO considers himself, but he and like-minded contributors certainly tower over you when it comes to intellectual honesty

    Or any other kind of honesty for that matter.

    Which is why you hate him and them so much – they hold up a mirror in front of your faces.”

    Far from it Habbakuk, Clark has more interlectual honesty than you could ever muster, how could he possibly be as defunct as you and your Nazi?israeli loving scum here?

    You sound a little desperate, dearest, maybe a rest and laying off the bottle might bring that ticker rate down somewhat, and lay off the marching powder you little rascal, it confuses your two brain cells.

    Netanyahu is desperate as well, his time to become the Churchill of the middle east coincides with his bad popularity, so he has to be extra violent and nasty in his fear creation.

    I don’t think that Israel is innocent in the abduction and killing of its own teenagers/soldiers, it was their kind of mini 911 designed to garner publicity to Bibi’s policies, they knew of the hate they would be creating against Palestinians, by their initial ‘searching’, arrests and harrassment in response to Hamas and Fatahs reconcilliation.

    fact is Israel has responded negatively to a unification, and they are accused Hamas as being guilty of the killing which Ham as denied and which Israel ignored.
    Hamas was right, it did not lie, as it was ISIS, an Israeli supported vasall, most likely of kurdish origin who killed these two soldiers and a civilian teen.
    Israel is bombing Hamas and Gaza becauise thjey have been shown to be wrong, and they cite rockets that do not hit anyone, as a reason.
    Shame on you fascist zionist and your paymasters, Habbakuk, you are no different to any of the top Nazi echelon.

    Now fuck off!

  154. ESLO, 5:01 pm: do I lie? I may be mistaken; let’s see. Did you write to your MP or otherwise oppose UK military action against Syria? Which way did you hope the Commons would vote on that matter? Do you approve of the UK/French military attacks in Libya? Do you object to UK support for the US arming rebels in Syria? That’s four questions.

  155. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    11 Jul, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Can anyone tell me if this violation of the 4th Geneva Convention has been followed upon?

    The UN seems almost useless.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/feb/01/gaza-war-report-accuses-israel

  156. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 Jul, 2014 - 9:03 pm

    To Nevermind’s fellow Excellences

    “I don’t think that Israel is innocent in the abduction and killing of its own teenagers/soldiers, it was their kind of mini 911 designed to garner publicity to Bibi’s policies,…”

    _________________________

    Any of you agree with that statement of Nevermind’s? :)

  157. The whataboutry, giving way to the standard arsewipe reply; blah blah I agree with your blah blah but blah blah if blah blah then blah blah shows blah you are wrong you pigdog, idiots, goyem cattle!

    The preface of apparent initial agreement is only to set the trap for the secondary denial and projections, finishing with denunciations through over emphasising the opponents; aggression, shortcoming, etc, and finally end with the usual insults and a complete discount of any merits of the argument. Not a reply by fucking numbers at all, and not a standard format arsewipes’ reply not at all not at all!

    The zionist arsewipes are so far stuck up their own butt that they cannot see, hear, or even be aware of any other worlds other than their own grim world that is so often reflected in; “Angry” prefix attached to an equally stupid nonsense which is then used as a moniker in their task of trolling the fucking net and the blogs to push the absolute bilge fed to these supremacists morons whose sense of supremacy all too often is transcribed in their allegorical stories conveying utter shite that is supposed to be relevant to the argument at hand, because “goyem cattle” are so stupid and need to be told in bite size and simplistic stories what to fucking think!!!!

    This thread is a singular example of the inhumanity of these bastards and their callous hearts that has blinded them to the suffering of Palestinians and deafened them to the cries of the mothers holding the limbless remains of their children.

  158. By e-mail

    Gaza – Friday, July 11, Day 4 of the attack
    Where shall I start? How shall I start?

    Shall I start with the numbers which keep increasing and changing? 90 killed, mainly civilians. 600 injured. 140 demolished homes. Or should I start by mentioning all the different areas of the Gaza Strip that have been constantly hit, day and night. Nonstop. If it is only about numbers, then let me tell you all about thousands of Palestinian children who are terrified night after night, day after day by the sounds of the Israeli shelling. The children have deep feelings of insecurity when it is dark. And no shelters.

    The Israeli army has restarted their punitive home demolition policy, illegal under international law. Yesterday a six-story building where my relatives live in Khan Younis was hit and leveled to the ground. 106 relatives were made homeless. Even if the Israeli army’s goal was to punish one of Hamas activists, there is no justification for this cruel, brutal and collective punishment. Eight members of the Kawarea family were killed in Khan Younis when the jetfighters destroyed their home. The Israeli army spokesman said sorry it was a mistake. What a gentle, well-behaved, and civilized army.

    Walking through the streets of Gaza City where I live can be a real nightmare. The drones and fighter jets are in the sky and you cannot anticipate what will happen in the next minute. Are they going to target a car behind you or in front of you? Will you be caught in the blast? Will others be dying right that minute somewhere else? Will others will be forced to leave their home in 5 minutes only to be bombed 2 minutes later?

    Yet despite the fear, I had to go to the Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip to be with the medical emergency team and help as much as I could. This morning we received an injured deaf young man from Jabalia. He was working in a farm that was hit. Tens of cows and sheep were killed too.

    I am so tired and sleepless. I don’t feel settled outside my home despite the generosity of my friends who are hosting me. But my building, my neighborhood, are too unsafe. Nowhere is safe. but with intense shelling nearby and broken windows, I had to leave.

    The shelling is continuous, crazy and everywhere. Warships fire missiles against the beach in Gaza City. Rafah town is under severe missile shelling, 10 people in Rafah were killed when their home was leveled to the ground by an American-made F16.

    The UN agency that runs schools and clinics for Palestinian refugees opened its schools to receive homeless people from different areas. Now larger numbers of people will drink from MECA water purification units.

    Nobody is asleep in Gaza. No place is safe. The Israeli military attacks are coming from every direction.

    From Gaza with love,

    Dr. Mona El-Farra
    MECA Director of Gaza Projects

    Dr. Mona El-Farra, Director of Gaza Projects, is a physician by training and a human rights and women’s rights activist by practice in the occupied Gaza Strip.

  159. Overnight, 18 more souls in Gaza died/were killed by the Israelis.

    ~~~

    Lord Carey talks of his rethink on assisted dying.

    He loves Israel btw. One of those Christian Zionists.

    ‘The former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday he was “ashamed to be an Anglican” following Monday’s vote by the Church of England to disinvest from companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the territories.’
    http://www.jpost.com/International/Lord-Carey-ashamed-to-be-an-Anglican

    ‘The exhibit was financed and created by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) together with UNESCO, and was scheduled to open on January 20th, 2014, at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters.

    The SWC plans to protest the move on Monday in Paris. “We will show the media the exhibition UNESCO didn’t want the world to see,” the group said. Attendees at the protest will include Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury emeritus.’
    World Jewish Congress: UNESCO Cancellation of Jewish Exhibit ‘Endorsed Arab Rejectionism’
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/17/world-jewish-congress-unesco-cancellation-of-jewish-exhibit-has-endorsed-arab-rejectionism/

    He should have been a rabbi.

  160. Apart from those Palestinans being killed, there is a massive number of injured – many of those affected for the rest of their lives.

    ‘Attacks continue’

    ‘UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says there is “serious doubt” as to whether Israeli’s military operation complies with international laws banning the targeting of civilians. We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes,” Ms Pillay said in a statement.’

    ‘The Palestinian health ministry says in addition to those killed, 750 people – mainly civilians – have been injured in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge since it began on Tuesday.’

    The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs has estimated that 77% of the people killed in Gaza so far have been civilians.’

    ‘Palestinian medical officials reported on Saturday that a building hit overnight in the town of Beit Lahiya was the home of a charitable association for people with disabilities, the BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem reports. Two of the people cared for there – both teenagers – are said to have been killed, our correspondent adds.’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28271546

  161. A thorough going report with photos in the Mail of a VERY LARGE protest outside the Israeli Embassy. Nothing about it on the BBC (15mins away from Kensington by road) or the corporate media.

    Hundreds of anti-Israeli demonstrators bring London traffic to a standstill after scaling a double decker bus as they protest outside embassy over Gaza strikes
    Pro-Palestinian demonstrators staged protest outside Israeli Embassy
    Crowds blocked the road in Kensington High Street, west London today
    At least 17 protesters climbed on top of double-decker bus during demo
    Some waved placards saying: ‘Gaza: End the Siege’ and ‘Freedom for Palestine’
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689465/Hundreds-pro-Palestinian-demonstrators-bring-London-traffic-standstill-protest-outside-Israeli-embassy.html

    Judging from the photos, I would say thousands rather than hundreds.

  162. Message from Dr Mona El Farra

    She has written a short note to me to tell all of you to share her message widely. She has given permission for anyone who wants to translate it as well. She’s working under terrible conditions and gets information out when she can. If anyone wants to donate, please go to the Meca website and do so. http://www.mecaforpeace.org/

    This is a message from Dr Mona Qasim El Farra, who directs one of the hospitals in Gaza and who works day and night with her colleagues to provide health care and psychological support, especially for children. She posted it in Arabic on her Facebook this morning (Gaza time):

    “The insane Israeli bombardment has not stopped. It has been going on all night and all day every day and everywhere, coming from the sea, from the air and from land canons. Naval bombardment is pouring its lava, targeting the coast of Gaza City and further north. Numbers of the killed and injured continue to go up..

    More homes are being destroyed.

    A whole population is being subjected to collective punishment. This is not only a matter of war crime. We are now facing a real genocide in Gaza.

    As the day begins in Gaza, hundreds of ordinary people in need of regular health care are unable to reach health care centres. Meanwhile hundreds of wounded people, mostly women and children, if they can be taken to hospitals at all would find doctors and other medical staff working in dire and dangerous environments, under constant pressure, and with severe shortages of drugs and other necessary medical supplies.

    So I can only say to the people of Gaza: as the morning approaches, make sure to embrace and hug your children and loved ones and tell them how much you love them and Dawn is bound to come ..

    Meca Projects Director
    Red Crescent Society

    Greta Berlin, Co-Founder, the Free Gaza movement
    Editor, Freedom Sailors

  163. Noam Chomsky: Gaza’s Torment, Israel’s Crimes, Our Responsibilities

    On email from ZNet:

    At 3am Gaza time, July 9, in the midst of Israel’s latest exercise in savagery, I received a phone call from a young Palestinian journalist in Gaza. In the background, I could hear his infant child wailing, amidst the sounds of explosions and jet planes, targeting any civilian who moves, and homes as well. He just saw a friend of his in a car clearly marked “press” blown away. And he heard shrieks next door after an explosion but can’t go outside or he’ll be a likely target. This is a quiet neighborhood, no military targets – except Palestinians who are fair game for Israel’s high tech US-supplied military machine. He said that 70% of the ambulances have been destroyed, and that by then over 70 had been killed, and of the 300 or so wounded, about 2/3 women and children. Few Hamas activists have been hit – or rocket launching sites. Just the usual victims.

    It is important to understand what life is like in Gaza when Israel’s behavior is “restrained,” in between the regular manufactured crises like this one. A good sense is given in a report to UNRWA by Mads Gilbert, the courageous and expert Norwegian physician who has worked extensively in Gaza, also throughout the vicious and murderous Cast Lead operation. In every respect, the situation is disastrous. Just keeping to children, Gilbert reports: “Palestinian children in Gaza are suffering immensely. A large proportion are affected by the man-made malnourishment regime caused by the Israeli imposed blockage. Prevalence of anaemia in children <2yrs in Gaza is at 72.8%, while prevalence of wasting, stunting, underweight have been documented at 34.3%, 31.4%, 31.45% respectively.” And it gets worse as the report proceeds.

    When Israel is on “good behavior,” more than two Palestinian children are killed every week, a pattern that goes back over 14 years. The underlying cause is the criminal occupation and the programs to reduce Palestinian life to bare survival in Gaza, while Palestinians are restricted to unviable cantons in the West Bank and Israel takes over what it wants, all in gross violation of international law and explicit Security Council resolutions, not to speak of minimal decency. And it will continue as long as it is supported by Washington and tolerated by Europe – to our everlasting shame.

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    Three quarters of the 120 Palestinians are civilians. That statistic includes two disabled women who, because they could not be moved last night from the home that was caring for them, were killed. Terrible.

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    Any Answers' first contributor is an Israeli speaking from a kibbutz. YCNMIU. He waxes large on the rockets.

  164. Absolutely. The ‘flood damage’ excuse is (literally) straight out of Yes, Minister – they didn’t even need to think that one up.
    As to airport security, if the aircraft regulations are to be believed (and, of course, no one seriously does) then all terrorists would need to do is switch on their laptops during take-off the plane ought to crash.
    As you say, it is all about control.

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