by heathlander, Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 05:55:50 AM EST
When Avigdor Lieberman yesterday argued that all Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders must "disappear, go to heaven, all of them" (i.e. be assassinated) most people would have dismissed it as just the latest crackpot statement from a man who could sensibly be described as Israel's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dismissal would, however, have been premature. The Sunday Times today reports that Prime Minster Olmert has ordered his security chiefs to assassinate Hamas' political leadership. Even more shockingly, we learn that the impetus for move came from none other than Amir Peretz, who broke down into tears when his bodyguard was injured in a Qassam attack on Sderot last Wednesday.
by heathlander, Sat Nov 11, 2006 at 02:56:43 PM EST
`Operation Autumn Clouds' officially ended claiming dozens of lives a leaving a town in grief. The name is a reference to Israel's earlier `Operation Summer Rains' - one wonders if the IDF is planning a whole set, a twisted homage to Vivaldi. The semblance to `Operation Summer Rains' goes beyond the name, however - both campaigns have been marked by criminality and, in the words of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme Director, "nothing less than reckless disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians".
by heathlander, Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:16:34 AM EST
"We saw legs, we saw heads, we saw hands scattered in the street".
Those are the words of Attaf Hamad, resident of the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun which today has suffered the single deadliest Israeli attack on the Palestinians in four years. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) artillery shells killed at least 18 Palestinians, wounding dozens more.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, all of those killed and wounded were civilians. Eight children and seven women were among the dead and 18 of the victims were from the same family.
by Freedom, Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 06:39:15 AM EDT
by heathlander, Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 06:37:42 AM EDT
I have been writing about and discussing the current crisis in the Israel, Lebanon and Gaza since it erupted on June 24th. My position has remained the same throughout, as a quick glance through the archives will verify. The responses I have received and the arguments I have seen used to justify Israel's actions have remained pretty much the same too. They are usually a mixture of straw-man, fallacy and ignorance.
Let's take a look at the apologist's toolbox, and how to defeat it.