Speaking Truth To Power

Sometimes you just have to have a bit of a scream. This morning my scream was directed at the US Ambassador to the United Nations: Samantha Power. She tweeted about the Dutch Foreign Minister:

Absolutely right: “Moving speech by Dutch FM: To my dying day I won’t understand…that human remains should be used in political game.”

What’s going on right now in Israel? There were 7 soldiers blown up in Gaza. We have 6 complete bodies but Hamas expended huge effort trying to steal some body parts of our soldiers.

Here are my tweets to her

This war needs to continue until the people in Gaza (and their friends all around the world) decide that Hamas’s style of fighting to the last child, woman and elderly man isn’t going to win. Because it isn’t. And every single stupid concession we’ve made “for peace” for the last 60+ years has led to this point.

And anyone still calling for us to stop fighting until we have a surrender from them will ensure this happens again, and again, and again for ever.

The only upside (and it’s a very dim glimmer of an upside) is that we’ve gotten better at defending our civilians faster than they’ve got better at killing them.

As ever, their leadership’s urge for Jihad and conquest is stronger than our urge to slaughter them.

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Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian's interests include electric cars, world peace and an end to world hunger. Besides blogging here, Brian of London now writes at the Times of Israel. Brian of London also hosted Shire Network News

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  • NormanF

    Blow up Gaza! Is preserving it really worth the lives of 27 Israeli soldiers?

    I don’t think so! Israel needs to act crazy to impress the Arabs that its not to be messed around with.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu receiving Jew-hating UN Secretary General Ban sends them the opposite message: that Israel is too weak to brush aside the friends of Hamas and tell them to get lost.

    War is serious business and Israel should not be throwing Hamas a lifeline, period.

  • Cristinascar

    Please, please, please, fix your spelling a bit. Lose not loose, and your grammar read some books on grammar what you’re doing is too important.

  • Jim from Iowa

    I’m not exactly sure what your problem with Samantha Power’s tweet is, Brian. That she’s talking about the downing of the Malaysian Air jet by pro-Russia Ukrainian rebels while Operation Protective Edge is underway? This is the lead news story in America right now, closely followed by the ongoing mllitary operation in Gaza. Putin is acting like the worst kind of Soviet thug and the American UN Ambassador should only be focused on Hamas? The Dutch are our friends, too, and she should be openly supporting them during this terrible time for them. Take several deep cleansing breaths, Brian, and calm down.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      All of what you write is true, but that still doesn’t excuse the administration’s double standards when it comes to what Brian is tweeting about. Why does Kerry express acute concerns about Gaza civilians and none at all about the civilians we kill in drone attacks?

      • Jim from Iowa

        American drone strikes seem to have the same pinpoint accuracy as Israel’s missiles in targeting Hamas militants so you might have a point, Norman. Both of our professional militaries need to improve their effectiveness by reducing civilian casualties while implementing necessary operations going after the real targets.

        • mzk1_1

          What the heck are you talking about? I don’t know the ratio for the drones, but the Israeli ratio is fewer civilians than military (*), which is almost unheard of. In Kosovo it was TEN civilians for one military. We will not know the true ratio until a month after the war is suspended. “A lie is halfway around the world while the truth is getting its boots on.”

          It am NOT judging our current criteria, but I will say that it is absolutely, 100% immoral to let your own boys die in order to safeguard the lives of enemy civilians. (Yes, they are enemy civilians, not bystanders, even if they might prefer Hamas go away. The idea of civilian protection is that they are not endangering you. If they are human shields, they are.)

          (*) Although to call those cowardly scum military is an insult to the term. I suppose in that sense all of the casualties are civilians.

          • Jim from Iowa

            C’mon. 4 kids playing soccer on a beach endangers no Israeli. Even Mark Regev admitted the Naval bombardment was a mistake and that he regretted the deaths of these innocent children. Hospitals, schools and UN facilities have been targeted with little or no evidence supporting why the IDF targeted them. I only hold Israel and the IDF to the high moral standards they set for themselves. Hamas says 80% of casualties are civilians, Western media report well over half are civilians. If the IDF is truly making every effort to avoid inflicting civilian casualties in Gaza, then they are failing massively.

            • dabney_c

              How do you know there’s “little or no evidence” for supporting why Israel targets what it targets? How do you KNOW that Israel isn’t minimizing civilian casualties as much as possible in a complex urban war zone, against a cynical, evil, death-worshiping opponent, which is seeking to maximize & exploit their own dead? You have concluded that the IDF is “failing miserably”, then please present your research study providing all the statistical analysis bolstering your claim.

              • Jim from Iowa

                How would you characterize IDF’s efforts in avoiding civilian casualties, an unqualified success? Measure the outcome with the effort Israeli officials say they are making, and anyone can judge for themselves.

                • mzk1_1

                  We are in the middle of a war; we can’t give you (or me) explanations. I recall that after another campaign in Gaza, the ration was less than 1. I am assuming it is the same, but even if it 2:1, that is an amazing achievement.

                  Any country who puts the lives of enemy civilians (and they are that, not bystanders, no matter what their age) is not being “moral” – he has blood on his hands. And any foreign leader or individual who makes us adopt such a policy is complicit in their deaths, and will be called to account for it some day.

                • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                  Highly successful as measured by the record of any other army in history. Only an idiot would think that 100% success is achievable.
                  Oh, right, I forgot — Israel alone among all the states of the world must achieve zero civilian casualties in order to be allowed to defend itself.

              • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                Why, because Sec. Kerry, Ban ki Moon, the press, Hamas, the PA and the UN all say so, obviously. You wouldn’t expect him to actually look deeper, would you? And you certainly wouldn’t expect him to see what Israeli sources have to say — after all, why would you wanton believe baby murderers when they tell you they aren’t wanton baby murderers?

              • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                Why, because he did not see it in CNN. Surely if there were such evidence, it would be reported by Reuters, or BBC, or the AP, or the Washington Post, now, wouldn’t it?

            • ahad_ha_amoratsim

              Come off it. No the kids do not pose a threat. But the military site they are playing a little bit a way from does.
              80% civilians? If you check other threads at Israelly Cool, you’ll find out that Al Jazeera figures show that more than 1/2 the casualties are men of fighting age, and many are known members of Hamas and other groups. Under 15% of the casualties are women.
              If you look at MEMRI, you’ll find Hamas’ rules for social media use, which says always refer to the casualty as an innocent civilian before mentioning his jihadi activities.
              How dumb does someone have to be to fall for their garbage? Don’t parrot Hamas propaganda. We have network news and a Secretary of State who can do that.

              • Jim from Iowa

                I’m smart enough to know that you don’t know what the figures are either. I’m not saying what the casualty rate is for civilians. I don’t accept Hamas propaganda for anything other than what it is. But nearly all western media are reporting that the proportion of civilian casualties are high, over 50 percent. I can recognize dead children when I see them on tv. Who am I to believe, you or my lying eyes?

                • mzk1_1

                  Yes, you saw some dead children. I could have told you there would be some. That is no indication of whether they are careful enough. Do you want to check the ratio of any other war, WWII for example? Did you see the small children of the father whose funeral I intended? How many of those children should be orphaned so we can be “extra careful” about enemy civilians? From my viewpoint: zero.

                • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                  Dead children like the pictures of kids killed in Syria that are being passed off as killed in Gaza? Or like picture of the Fogel kids HYD that Hamas has claimed are pictures of kids slaughtered in Gaza after a supposed house to house operation by the IDF? Are you smart enough to know that Hamas admits placing rocket launchers and ammunition dumps in apartments? Or that the IDF has found them in and near hospitals and mosques?
                  No, you are not nearly as smart as you think you are. A shocking portion of the Western world has subconciously absorbed two millennia of Christian teachings that portray Jews as monsters. This makes even those who have abandoned the Christian religion, or consider themselves modern, all to willing to believe the worst about Israel.

                  • Jim from Iowa

                    You don’t really know me or know what I think about much of anything, even though I’ve been posting here for years. I loathe Hamas. Like most Americans, I recognize Hamas as the terrorist organization that it is. I support Israel’s
                    efforts to destroy them and to protect their own citizens from Hamas’ efforts to murder as many Israelis as they can manage.

                    However, it doesn’t serve Israel’s interest when hundreds of civilians are killed in their efforts to go after Hamas militants. It gives Hamas a huge PR victory and to the extent Israel can improve their efforts to minimize civilian casualties, I support that.

                    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                      Here are just two stories of many that you may not have seen in your exhaustive search for evidence of the IDF’s claims. They are on a secret web site in a foreign language, published by an obscure fly by night outfit called the Jerusalem Post.


                    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                      I know that you consider yourself a friend of Israel, but that all too often you have shown yourself willing to embrace unrealistic double standards, and to swallow and spread anti-Israel propaganda.

                    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                      Jim, did you check out the stories at Israellycool that UNWRA has admitted that Hamas hides rockets in UNWRA schools? Do you think Israel simply made that up, or bribed UNWRA to say it?

                      Here are some reports from another secret foreign language source called Times of Israel:

                      “Hamas is using every dirty trick in the book. Everybody now knows what Israel has said for years — that Gaza’s terrorist government hides its rockets in schools, fires from next to mosques, buries its ammunition under homes, sets up its command and control centers in hospitals. We all now also know that when its rockets are found in schools run by UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency), UNRWA gives them back to Hamas (and the US keeps on funding UNRWA).

                      Most despicably, Hamas warned civilians in Shejaiya not to heed Israeli pleas to leave the area — from where over 150 rockets have been fired, and numerous tunnels dug — ahead of the bitter fighting that has raged there since Saturday night; hence the awful scale of civilian casualties. The Hamas fighters, meanwhile, were lying in wait underground, preparing to ambush the Israeli ground forces.” http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-terrible-cost-of-thwarting-hamas/#!

                      Have you seen the photos of the Hamas tunnels? Here is what Caroline Glick has to say about what the tunnels are used for:

                      “What began as the primary means of smuggling weapons, trainers and other war material from Hamas’s sponsors abroad developed rapidly into a strategic tool of offensive warfare against Israel.

                      As we have seen from the heavily armed Hamas commando squads that have infiltrated into Israel from tunnels since the start of the current round of warfare, the first goal of these offensive tunnels is to deploy terrorists into Israel to massacre Israelis.

                      But the tunnels facilitate other terror missions as well.

                      Israel has found tunnels with shafts rigged with bombs located directly under Israeli kindergartens.

                      If the bombs had gone off, the buildings above would have been destroyed, taking the children down with them.

                      Other exposed shafts showed Hamas’s continued intense interest in hostage taking. In 2006 the terrorists who kidnapped Cpl. Gilad Schalit entered Israel and returned to Gaza through such a tunnel.

                      Today the presence of sedatives and multiple sets of handcuffs for neutralizing hostages found in tunnel after tunnel indicate that Hamas intends to abduct several Israelis at once and spirit them back to Gaza.” http://carolineglick.com/obama-to-the-rescue-of-hamas/
                      The evidence is there for anyone who wants to look. Don’t sit back and wait for the US and European press and then complain that Israel has no evidence.

                    • Jim from Iowa

                      Believe it or not, you’re preaching to the choir with me. So you might think I hit a sour note from time to time, but I assure you, I’m with you on your assessment on the nature of Hamas and why Israel must put a stop to them. I have a genuine concern that mounting civilian casualties will make it impossible for Israel to achieve the objectives of Operation Protective Edge. I don’t know if you’re watching much American news coverage, but there is a great deal of reporting of Palestinian suffering without a whole lot of context provided in the same report for why Israel is doing what it is doing in Gaza. It is frustrating for me to watch, but that is the reality over here.

                    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

                      Yeah, I’m over here too, and have noticed the same. Photos of dead Arabs or of bombed out Arab homes or mosques, and photos of Israeli soldiers. The chance of a photo of a bombed out home in Sderot are about the same as the chance of a pork chop on the menu at an Iftar.

            • mzk1_1

              According to the Washington Post story, if I read it correctly, the kids were not visible at the time; they were in the shack. The story also started with the fact that rockets are shot from near the hotel (foreign journalists make great human shields.) It might have been a miscalculation; one can see where an analyst might have assumed the lone structure on the beach his the rockets. (Given that the reporters knew the kids personally, it’s a wonder that more wasn’t made of this.) But that is what happens in wars.

              “Hospitals, schools and UN facilities” have been targeted? Do you know this for a fact, that it was intentional? ” And you do know that these are the precise locations that Hamas uses for military facilities. Remember the Dutch doctor who started screaming at the Israelis, while he knew full well that the entire leadership was hiding is the hospital he was working in? (He’s back there.)

              Hamas is lying, you must know that. Western media are probably wrong (and some are lying) also.
              After this is all over, there will be time for analysis. My estimate is based on what I recall from the last war. But Israel, which unlike Hamas can’t just make up “facts” out of whole cloth, can’t give you their explanations while the war is going on.

              • Jim from Iowa

                I am not listening to Hamas. I watch NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC World Service and Aljazeera America. I also read coverage of the conflict on Huffington Post, The Times of Israel, and when I can manage to keep my lunch down, Breitbart.com. From these sources I have gotten the impression that there are massive civilian casualties as a result of Israeli military action. Reporters on the scene frequently report little or no evidence of the presence of Hamas militants when homes, hospitals, schools, etc. are struck. Do they all have an anti-Israel bias? This seems unlikely to me.

                • mzk1_1

                  You started by quoting Hamas, so I responded to that. I was quite mild about it, as I realize you act in good faith.

                  Please define “massive civilian casualties”. What ratio? And please tell me of a high-stakes war in a civilian area with lower casualties.

                  Regarding the other issue, I doubt reporters watching from the outside can tell, nor can Israel deliver explanations in the midst of a war. Mark Regev reported regarding one hospital that was used to fire at soldiers. The Washington Post (no friend of Israel) reported that missiles are fired from the area where the children were killed. The Shifa hospital is RIGHT NOW being used as Hamas headquarters, and Israel is not bombing it; I bet the United States would.


                  The links are there to the Washington Post, et. al., but my computer at work can’t handle it, so I’ll let you click there.
                  Remember that Dutch Doctor in Gaza who screamed at the Israelis, when he knew full well that Hamas was hiding under his hospital? He’s back in Gaza. He fooled me last time; I won’t be fooled again.

            • ahad_ha_amoratsim

              What an idiotic comment. Of course they don’t. And of course the Hamas military placement they were a few hundred yards away from does.

              “Hospitals, schools and UN facilities have been targeted with little or no evidence supporting why the IDF targeted them.”

              Yes, that is the lie that Hamas and their enablers would like you to believe. It would be more accurate to say that littler or no evidence has been reported outside of Israeli news sites. That’s so that low information loudmouths will help spread anti-Israel propaganda.

              “Hamas says 80% of casualties are civilians, Western media report well over half are civilians.” Hamas is lying and the west is duped, as you would know if you read some of the other threads on this web site.

              ” If the IDF is truly making every effort to avoid inflicting civilian casualties in Gaza, then they are failing massively.”

              Well, they are succeeding much more than the US or the UK ever has in any war they have fought.

              “I only hold Israel and the IDF to the high moral standards they set for themselves.”

              That’s very Christian of you. Israel has the right to take more risks than international law requires. You do not have the right to insist that they do so. Israel has the right to put a high value on the lives of enemy civilians endangered by Hamas. You do not have the right to insist that Israel treat Jewish life as cheap.

              Thank you for reminding us why there needs to be a state of Israel. I know that you consider yourself to be a friend of Israel, but if you can pontificate based on Hamas lies, think what an even lower-information loudmouth can do.

            • mike e

              ‘Hamas says..’ yeah, trust Hamas

  • mzk1_1

    We actually have her book on genocide, from way back. To vet it, I checked the part on Viet Nam. She basically downplayed what happened after the North (and it was the North, the rebels were basically gone in Tet) took over. After that I wasn’t interested.

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