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Monday, June 07, 2010

“The Art of War” by Eric Cantor

That quaint old book by Sun Tzu was entertaining, but it’s hopelessly passé nowadays. Fighting? “Know Your Enemy?” Get with it.

Eric Cantor (R—Inbred) knows how to conquer a country: Send some volunteer aid workers over to help the refugees inside an enemy country, allow this enemy country to kill those aid workers (i.e. your own citizens) and — Presto! — you have now destroyed your enemy.

This is how Turkey conquered Israel. As you probably know by now, Israel is toast! They’ve been destroyed by Turkey.

Eric Cantor — and the bone-stupid rednecks that elected him — probably doesn’t know this, but Turkey is a member of NATO. And NATO is kind of like a biker gang — all on one, one on all. If a NATO member is attacked by another country, every other NATO member is obligated to attack that country.

Israel’s murder of those Turkish aid workers (and one American citizen of Turkish descent) probably isn’t an act of war — technically anyway. Just imagine, the United States having to declare war on Israel for attacking another NATO country.

What would we do? Withdraw from NATO, or attack the only country in the world that doesn’t hate us?

Meanwhile, Egypt will be keeping the border open “indefinitely” between Egypt and the Palestinian Territory. That’s good news for the one and a half million Palestinians who’ve been isolated in Gaza for the past three years.

Those swarthy peasants needed to be severely punished, of course. They voted for Hamas. No Democracy For You!

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Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

Have I ever mentioned how much I can't stand Eric Cantor, and am ashamed of my state for voting that little weirdo into office??

June 7, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: Yes, I think you've mentioned that in passing :)

Every state has its own embarrassments; Washington and California have their share too.

June 7, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Following the end of WWII, Berlin was separated in half by the allies, the Russians took the eastern half and built the Berlin Wall, a blockade to cut the Germans living there from much needed supplies in order to get them to accept the Soviet rule and communism.
The Allies then began the Berlin Airlift, where planes would parachute much needed food and medical supplies behind the blockade for humanitarian reasons as well as political.
The situation in Gaza is the same. The Israelis are using a blockade, collective punishment, which is illegal under international law, to get the Palestinians to accept the US?Israeli backed Fatah party as their representatives. Hundreds of thousands of people, the infirmed, women and children, now suffer under a US supported blockade. The flotillas are only providing humanitarian aid, and the people on these ships are real heroes. So when Eric Cantor, or Tea party Republican defend the atrocities committed by the Israeli Navy, including the shooting of an American citizen five times, you have to wonder, where do our politicians loyalties lie? On the side of what's good and right, with the American people, or with a barbaric military theocracy that has no problems shooting American citizens in the head, or running them over with bulldozers.

June 7, 2010 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

On a conference call we have a CA dem, Brad Sherman, wanting to prosecute any American that was on the flotilla to Gaza. I don't know if there has ever been a case where America has prosecuted anyone on behalf of a foreign country is there? Not like there was a democratic election and they chose who they wanted to represent them there or anything si there?

The only thing Eric knows about Turkey, is that is what is served on Thanksgiving day. The guy is an idiot that has no business being in any elected office.

This is what Brad Sherman wants to use to prosecute.
"The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 [PDF] makes it absolutely illegal for any American to give food, money, school supplies, paper clips, concrete or weapons to Hamas or any of its officials," Sherman said on the Israel Project call, conflating Hamas and Gaza’s civilian population. "And so I will be asking the Attorney General to prosecute any American involved in what was clearly an effort to give items of value to a terrorist organization."

We have that idiot King from NY doing what we all knew someone would do, bringing up a resolution on how Israel can defend herself. even from boats jumping out of the water and attacking mercilessly those special forces military from IDF.

June 7, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Any country that criticizes Israel is out to destroy Israel. Anyone who says anything less than complimentary about Israel is an anti-Semite.

Not really, but that's what some jump to claim.

Cantor's idiocy is only the latest manifestation of what's become an unhealthy "Nya, nya, you can't touch me" mindset in some Israeli officials, politicians and a whole lot the country's devoted friends in America.

Some sorting out about Israel, truth and reality is needed, for everyone's sake.

June 8, 2010 at 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

I'm not sure what to say. Am I tired of Israel? Yes. Am I tired of ignorant fuckin' policians like Cantor. Religion really is an insidious motivator of hate and violence.

June 8, 2010 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

It cannot be denied that Hamas has it's roots in terrorism, but so does Israel. Consider the Irgun before Israel was recognized in 1948. Now we have two governments, both democratically elected, both of them committing acts of terrorism against the other. On the one hand, the Hamas have killed around a dozen innocent Israelis with rocket attacks. On the other, Israel has killed thousands of innocent Palestinians with a list of atrocities that would make Hitler blush. Countries like Iran and and Syria should stop enabling Hamas with military aid. The US should stop enabling Israel with military aid.

June 8, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

Let me see if I understand this. Israel stops a flotilla containing "humanitarian aid" to Hamas-controlled Gaza. (Hamas being an organization that exists only so that Israel may be destroyed as their primary objective.)

The flotilla refuses to stop for the long-standing blockade for inspections. Israeli military members fast rope onto one of the ships in order to effect the inspection of the contents and are beaten as they descend their ropes. They defend themselves and then are labeled as "murderers" by Mr. Harper and various progressives around the world.

Israel has stated that they have no problem with humanitarian supplies going into Gaza; however, they have a right and an OBLIGATION to protect their citizens by making sure that Hamas does not sneak weapons into the area with which to kill Israeli civilians.

Have you all gone mad, or does Israel have no right at all to defend itself?

There has definitely been room for justifiable criticism of Israel in the past, but this orchestrated attempt to discredit Israel is not a valid one.

It is not the Israeli citizens that lob mortars and rockets from its territories into civilian areas of Gaza or the West Bank.

It is not the Israeli's that strap themselves with explosives and detonate themselves in crowded public Palestinian areas in order to kill women and children.

This is ridiculous, folks. By all means, criticize Israel when appropriate, but not for this. Learn the history and context of the situation before blindly spouting such crap.

June 8, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: Interesting comparison with the Berlin airlift; I hadn't thought of that. The Israelis have absolutely no right, ethically or legally, to punish a million and a half Gaza residents by isolating them.

Jess: I saw that story about Brad Sherman too; I almost included that in this post as well. What a dildo. He's probably one of those same douchebags that wants to prosecute American tourists for traveling to Cuba.

SW: "Any country that criticizes Israel is out to destroy Israel. Anyone who says anything less than complimentary about Israel is an anti-Semite." That's about it. It's the all-purpose talking point for stifling any and all debate about Israel and the Middle East. It's a variation on shouting "You hate the troops!" whenever anyone dared to criticize the Iraqi invasion.

Carlos: Cantor is one ignorant asshole. I'm tired of people like him and I'm tired of Israel.

TomCat: "Countries like Iran and and Syria should stop enabling Hamas with military aid. The US should stop enabling Israel with military aid." Works for me. I'm ready to let Israel slug it out with the Arabs and Palestinians, without any more help from us.

TP: [sigh] For starters, see S.W. Anderson's comment above yours.

First of all, this post was mainly about Eric Cantor's simple-minded comments about Turkey trying to destroy Israel.

But in the larger picture, yes I'm sick to death of Israel getting away with murder (literally!) again and again, and any criticism of their excesses gets answered with "you want Israel to die and get pushed into the sea!"

Whatever the specifics are with the aid flotilla, whether they attacked Israeli soldiers, whether they were connected with al Qaeda -- this will be sorted out and argued about for months. The bottom line is, this aid flotilla wouldn't have been necessary if Israeli hadn't kept 1.5 million Gaza residents blockaded and isolated for 3 years.

Supposedly, Egypt is planning to keep their border with Gaza open (they've had the border closed for 3 years so they could cooperate with Israel). If Egypt keeps their border open, that should ease the problem in the long run.

June 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

T Paine: It is not the Israeli citizens that lob mortars and rockets from its territories into civilian areas of Gaza or the West Bank.

You're right, T. Paine. Israel doesn't do it with bricks and cheap suicide strap-up kits. Israel does it with tanks, rocket launchers and automatic weapons. I see the difference! Thems taht's got the biggest weapons is the hero! Makes perfect sense.

June 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: Good answer. I almost answered that same sentence by T. Paine with that old '60s poster, "The law in its majestic equality prohibits the rich as well as the poor from sleeping under bridges and begging in the streets."

June 8, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

TomCat wrote: "On the one hand, the Hamas have killed around a dozen innocent Israelis with rocket attacks."

I don't have exact numbers, TC, but Hamas and other Palestinian groups have killed many more Israelis than that over the years. In fact, any time and every time it looks like a peace deal with Israel is taking shape and might become a reality, Palestinian terrorists/fighters (take your pick) crank up the violence to keep it from happening. They are fanatics. What's more, I really believe that on some level they fear if peace ever comes, they will lose their power and special hero status among Palestinians -- and have to lay down their weapons and become farmers, retail workers, construction workers, etc. IOW, there goes the excitement, status and their whole live-for-the-struggle way of life.

It wasn't that many years ago, maybe five or six, I when I read about just one incident in which a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 16 innocent people on a bus, injuring a couple dozen more. During that period there were a half dozen or more such suicide bombings. More recently, Palestinian rocket attacks killed two Israeli families in their homes.

I'm not for whitewashing Israel's more grisly actions against Palestinians. In fairness, it's wrong to downplay the violence Palestinians, their allies and surrogates commit against Israelis either. As with any story, there are two sides to this one.

June 8, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

Anderson, I appreciate your more even-handed response there...

June 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Tom come on now. Douchebags and dildos actually are useful and serve a purpose. Brad Sherman, not so much.

June 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: LOL. I'll have to come up with better expletives.

June 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

T Paine,
1. The flotilla was in international waters. Israel had no right to stop it until it reached Israel waters.
2. Turkey offered to let the ship be inspected before it left port; Israel refused.
3. Hamas was the democratically elected representatives of the Palestinian people, the people whose land is being stolen on a daily basis by the Israeli settlers. Democracy is not voting for the people we want you to vote for, is voting for whom the people wish to vote for.
4. Hamas is more than willing to recognize Israel if it returns to it's original 1967 borders, as mandated by numerous UN resolutions. (Which, BTW, Israel is in breach of. Something to remember when the corpocracy begins banging the war drum against Iran for something very similar)
5.The Israel navy began firing on the flotilla before they even set one rope on the deck. A search of YouTube for the unedited video will bear this out, not the "edited" version profferred by the Israeli government. And if the flotilla members did beat Israeli commandos, they had every right to because as the ship was in international waters, they had a right to defend themselves.
6. Since September 2009, 6348 alestinians have been killed compared to 1072 Israelis.

June 9, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: I have that site (If Americans Knew) linked at my blog. I'd forgotten it was there, it's been so long since I went there. Great source of information, especially now with Israel being front and center again.

June 9, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

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