Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

Lovely Kieran. You’ll grow up to be Neil Patrick Harris one day.

Meanwhile the news is far less festive.

“AU.S. citizen who lived in Turkey is among the nine people killed when Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish aid ship heading for the Gaza Strip, officials said today. The victim was identified as Furkan Dogan, 19, a Turkish-American. A forensic report said he was shot at close range, with four bullets in his head and one in his chest, according to the Anatolian news agency.

Dogan was a high school student studying social sciences in the town of Kayseri in central Turkey. He was born in the United States and moved to Turkey at the age of 2. He will be buried in his hometown tomorrow.
The body was returned to Turkey today along with eight others, all Turkish nationals, who were on board the Mavi Maramara.”

Here’s that Great Enemy of Israel.

Dogan

Clearly one bullet wasn’t enough.

The ever-intrepid Glennzilla sez —

“Not even American interests can undermine reflexive U.S. support for anything Israel does; even the Chief of the Mossad acknowledged this week that “Israel is progressively becoming a burden on the United States.” One dead 19-year-old American with 4 bullet holes in his head (especially one of Turkish origin with a Turkish-sounding name) surely won’t have any impact.”

Nop surely it won’t. Especially as the NYT has a blockade of its own going to prevent the printing the avalanche of e-mails its been sent criticizing the Newpaper of Record’s “policy” of serving as Bibi’s stenographer.

“last night on Charlie Rose’s show, Joe Biden defended Israel with as much vigor as any Netanyahu aide or Weekly Standard polemicist. Biden told what can only be described as a lie when, in order to justify his rhetorical question “what’s the big deal here?,” he claimed that the ships could have simply delivered their aid to Israel and Israel would then have generously sent it to Gaza (“They’ve said, ‘Here you go. You’re in the Mediterranean. This ship — if you divert slightly north you can unload it and we’ll get the stuff into Gaza’.”). In fact, contrary to the Central Lie being told about the blockade, Israel prevents all sorts of humanitarian items having nothing whatsoever to do with weapons from entering Gaza, including many of the supplies carried by the flotilla.”

But when have simple truths ever stood Snowball in Hell’s Chance against State Lies?

“One can express all sorts of outrage over the Obama administration’s depressingly predictable defense of the Israelis, even at the cost of isolating ourselves from the rest of the world, but ultimately, on some level, wouldn’t it have been even more indefensible — or at least oozingly hypocritical — if the U.S. had condemned Israel? After all, what did Israel do in this case that the U.S. hasn’t routinely done and continues to do? As even our own military officials acknowledge, we’re slaughtering an “amazing number” of innocent people at checkpoints in Afghanistan. We’re routinely killing civilians in all sorts of imaginative ways in countless countries, including with drone strikes which a U.N. official just concluded are illegal. We’re even targeting our own citizens for due-process-free assassination. We’ve been arming Israel and feeding them billions of dollars in aid and protecting them diplomatically as they (and we) have been doing things like this for decades. What’s the Obama administration supposed to say about what Israel did: we condemn the killing of unarmed civilians? We decry these violations of international law? Even by typical standards of government hypocrisy, who in the U.S. Government could possibly say any of that with a straight face?”

(crickets chirping )

“Thus, nuclear-armed Israel is bullied and victimized by starving Gazans with stones. The Israel Navy is threatened by a flotilla filled with wheelchairs and medicine. And the greatest superpower the Earth has ever known faces a grave and existential threat from a handful of religious fanatics hiding in caves. An American condemnation of Israel, as welcomed as it would have been, would be an act of senseless insincerity, because the two countries (along with many others) operate with this same “we-are-the-victim” mindset.”

A mindset made fully-operational by nearly every member of the “Mainstream” media. Woe to he or she who dares to so much as concieve of a question.

“I can’t express how many emails I’ve received over the last week, from self-identified Jewish readers (almost exclusively), along the lines of: I’m a true progressive, agree with you on virtually every issue, but hate your views on Israel. When it comes to Israel, we see the same mindset from otherwise admirable Jewish progressives such as Anthony Weiner, Jerry Nadler, Eliot Spitzer, Alan Grayson, and (after a brief stint of deviation) Barney Frank. On this one issue, they magically abandon their opposition to military attacks on civilians, their defense of weaker groups being bullied and occupied by far stronger military powers, their belief that unilateral military attacks are unjustified, and suddenly find common cause with Charles Krauthammer, The Weekly Standard, and the Bush administration in justifying even the most heinous Israeli crimes of aggression.”

“Crimes of Aggression” is far to staid a term, Glenn. These are the actions of a mad dog.

And speaking of dogs, Franco Fortini’s essay of the 6-Day way, I Cani del Sinai was turned into a memorable (but naturally litte-seen) 1977 film, Fortini/Cani

During the years he rn the New York Film Festival, its director Richard Roud went out of his way to feature every film by the Far-from-box-office-blockbuster duo Jean-Marie Straub and Danielle Huillet.

Every film except Fortini/Cani, cealry not wishing to rouse the ire of Israel’s most important stateside house organ, the New York Times.

ONe can get quite depressed about this.

Oh I’m sure the NYT editorial board will know what to do with the bodies Mrs. Lovitt.

Isn’t that right gentlemen?