Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bravo, John Kerry

I've criticized John Kerry a lot since he became Secretary of State. But this insane diatribe by David Horowitz reminded me of the Kerry I used to admire.
It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of the siege of Gaza, as though Hamas were a legitimate injured party acting in the interests of the people of Gaza — rather than the terror group that violently seized control of the Strip in 2007...
Hamas won a democratic election. It was one of those votes that neocons prefer to ignore, like the one recently held in Crimea.

At any rate, Horowitz has become such a disgusting creature (on multiple levels) that I feel obliged to high-five anyone who pisses him off. Indeed, this administration can be said to have done something right only on those occasions when Horowitz' face turns magenta.

(Added note: Well, this is one of the rare occasions when I must publish a correction. The error resulted from a foolish mis-reading of the author's name: It's David Horovitz, not Horowitz, which means that we're dealing with two different creeps. My mistake would sting less if I could cover it with a vitticism, but I can't think of one.)

So what was Kerry's great sin? Check out what David Bernstein has to say...
Secretary of State Kerry recently presented a cease-fire proposal. The Israeli cabinet rejected it unanimously. The cabinet includes individuals from several parties ranging from moderate left to far right, who rarely agree on anything. How incompetent a diplomat can you be to publicly offer a cease-fire proposal to a friendly (and dependent) country when you have no support whatsoever for it, and apparently no leverage to overcome that lack of support?
Y'know, these four sentences reveal more than the author probably intended to convey.
As I understand it, the terms were “Stop fighting now (including stop blowing up Hamas’s tunnels), start talking 48 hours from now.”
So now we are supposed to believe that John Kerry is an anti-Semite because he offered a ceasefire proposal that said, in essence, "stop fighting and start talking"? Seriously? That was his sin? Do Israel's apologists have any concept of just how fucking sick they sound to normal people?

Especially the comments.
"Do Israel's apologists have any concept of just how fucking sick they sound to normal people?"

Yes and no.

The sickness of the leading Zionist strategists may even help them achieve their longer-term aims. That's unless someone can argue that they don't know what's good for them and that they've lost their practical sense.

Does this massacre really harm them?

It's easy to ask whether they remember what happened with Vietnam, that conflict that's been a no-no to mention ever since 911.

But for all the rubbish about how Twitter and Facebook make us free, I don't think any photograph or report of the terrorising, abuse, horror or murder of innocent victims is going to have much impact. This is Game of Thrones-ville, World of Warcraft-ville, At the time of Mohammed Al Durah, I thought "they won't allow this kind of response again".

Will their be further bans on anti-Israeli protests in Europe? At the time of the last-but-one big Gaza massacre, in 2009, out came the 'London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism' (more important than it sounds). Shortly after, the rabidly Zionist Daily Telegraph triggered the fall of dozens of MPs in Britain.

This time?

The number of refugees in Gaza - people caused by this ongoing Zionist attack to flee their often demolished homes - is at 173000 and rising; 10% of the population.

b. I have followed your comments previously and they are greatly appreciated and reflect valuable views.

Please (and respectfully) open up a blog or provide a contact mechanism.

Joseph, thanks for the great posts on Gaza and the Western leadership mindset. Much appreciated.

"But this insane diatribe by David Horowitz reminded me of the Kerry I used to admire."

I don't think this is the same David Horowitz. The author you link to is David Horovitz, who has nothing to do with David Horowitz.

In an update to his post, David Bernstein added this (bold emphasis from original):

"The Israeli government has leaked Kerry’s proposal to the media. It’s truly awful; it meets most of Hamas’s demands, and none of Israel’s. Even the left-wing Ha’aretz carries this commentary from its diplomatic correspondent: 'The draft Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the opposite of what Kerry told them less than 24 hours earlier, but mostly because it might as well have been penned by Khaled Meshal (leader of Hamas). It was everything Hamas could have hoped for.'"

"So now we are supposed to believe that John Kerry is an anti-Semite because he offered a ceasefire proposal that said, in essence, 'stop fighting and start talking'? Seriously?"

Except that isn't what Kerry did, is it? He was already to give Hamas, still listed by Kerry's State Dept. as a terrorist group, everything and Israel, a major U.S. ally, nothing.

There was nothing decent or workable about Kerry's proposal. Except to the terrorists.
One of the questions presented to several Israeli representatives on several networks that remains unanswered [deliberately so I suspect): is who is going to pay for the reconstruction in Gaza once the war/conflict/incursion] ends?

Maybe this all falls into the 'mowing the lawn/grass' theory of warfare--you destroy so much infrastructure that your enemy is left to scramble around trying to put things back together so they can resume living day to day. But an interesting factoid I read over the weekend indicates that even before this ground invasion, water was a huge issue. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 80% of Gaza's water is polluted. It's estimated by 2020 there will be no water fit for human consumption. I wonder if this is just a waiting game on the part of Israel. If they can't bomb the Gazans out, they merely wait until the water supply dries up. Plus there's the disturbing element of natural gas fields off the Gazan shore, something BP and Israel desperately want to get their hands on.

It never ends.

Israeli criticism of Kerry is off the charts. Simply suggesting both sides sit down and talk, that the border between Gaza & Egypt must be opened for trade and goods produced a howl and the label of traitor. The Israelis have made no signs that they're willing to negotiate on anything. It's the GW philosophy: if you're not with us, you're against us. right or wrong.

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