US blames everyone but Israel
When bin Laden conceived of making war with America it was absurd on multiple levels, not least of which was that so few Muslim's cared about his obsession with US bases in Saudi Arabia. It took a really long time for him to catch onto the Israeli oppression of Palestinians as a cause he could exploit. In spring of 2002, the Arab League offered a way out, but Bush was too obsessed with framing Iraq for an invasion to pay any attention. When Obama finally took over in 2009, there was some hope that he might understand the nature of the conflict he had inherited--particularly when he put George Mitchell in charge of the most intractable part.
But that was the only hopeful sign, aside from the Cairo speech, and now after sinking deeper and deeper into the morass of repeating past follies, this has to be the last straw. Glenn Greenwald gets it right:
|The formal statement submitted to the U.N. by the U.S. Ambassador today rather clearly seeks to blame everyone -- from Hamas to those attempting to deliver the aid -- for what happened: everyone, that is, except for the party which actually did the illegal seizing of the ship and the killing (Israel):
Given that the Israelis refuse to allow anything other than the most minimal "necessities" to enter Gaza, I'd love to know what "non-provocative and non-confrontational mechanisms" exist to deliver humanitarian assistance? And it's extraordinary that we refuse to condemn a blockade that, as classic "collective punishment," is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions, and even refuse to condemn today's violent seizure of ships in international water.
It's hard to imagine how we--or Israel--could do anything more self-destructive than this. But I'm sure we'll dozens of more ways of making this even worse in the next few days. How can your average Muslim anywhere in the region not think that US is at war with Islam? Of course it's not true. But it might as well be with this latest mega-installment in the annals of fighting fire with gasoline.
Paul Rosenberg writes for the Open Left
You are correct. "It is the hearts and mind campaign that has to be won" . Unfortunately, Palestinians are not interested in their hearts and minds to be won by Israelis; and the Israelis are not going to win hearts and minds of Palestinians, no matter how much they try, unless they hand over Palestine to Palestinians; the differences between the 2 parties are just too wide to bridge. After 62 years, Israel is not ready to leave.
It is a losing game. So, why does one bother to go on playing a losing game.
You are right. If US was at war with world of Islam, Islamic world would have been pulverized by this time. It is so pitable, that Muslims are so obscessed by these nonsensical conspiracy theories. It si sad.
We all have grown in belief & disbelief, now ask yourself, what is the basis of my beliefs? Are they authentic?
Now you judge...
We all want Peace, now tell me what is the Religion & Way of Life that by itself, is Peace?
Let us all get real!
I almost fell over my chair when I read the NYTimes article about Israel's "act of defending itself" and the You Tube clip that does not allow any comments to flow (How's that for a real You Tube clip?)...
Let us all pray that these hostilities will end and to those who plan to wage war and destroy others, God Knows Best.
If US were at war with Islam, then US would have bombed the holiest sites (like Mecca, Medina, Karbala, Qom) and the most important educational instutions like Al Azhar; US has done no such thing. Rather it is the muslims themselves who have been raining havoc in Karbala, and in Mecca (remember 1979). Sorry, muslims are at war themselves with Islam, not the US. However, if muslims want US to be at war with Islam, the above targets will be the easiest ones; and the war will be over in a few minutes; all muslims will have nothing left but to cry and mourn, because muslims have no capabilities to inflict any kind of damage to Vatican.
Sorry, you cannot convince me that US is at war with Islam.
raids on the seas.
I see no difference at all!
USA never condems any terrorist act by Israel.
USA absolutely encourages and is always supportive of their every action.
USA maintains Mr. H. Mubarks position.
Musharaf's invasion of the Red mosque was to find the terrorists for the USA.
middle east problem can not resolved. We have to take middle
ground and condemn the wrong action and support the right
action. if we do not do that we will make our country weak
politically as well as economically.
Well, what would happen, if Muslims officially said and wrote that they want to change the Vatican or the Christian seminaries in Europe and the Americas? It's not talk about education, science or technology, mind you. It would be considered intrusion, meddling, flagrant overture, etc., if not more.
Well, US, if not European (I haven't had the opportunity to access them) government documents refer to impacting Muslim madrassahs directly as a part of the US government's diplomatic and aid agenda to Muslim countries.
How is that going to improve the lives of the Muslims?
So, one is left wondering, can a people feel and act warrishly without expressing it in so many words, even denying it? Afterall, propaganda today is no less complicated and insidious than some of Picasso's paintings.
Besides, who defines whether it feels war-like - the prepetrator or the victim?
Now to the article, our christians brethren in this country introduced the concept of going to Israel on pilgrimage just to rival the muslims annual obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca. They did this not cos of the rivalry but also their ardent support and love for the 'jews' in Israel. How ironic the black man that the average israel considers the lowest of the gentiles is now claiming a love affair with the ENEMY. Where am i heading to? Obama and the state of Israel. We may not be seeing the true color of this relationship for now but my bet is that at the end of it all the result is gonna be worse than the Bush era. Don't mind the Indonesian background garbage and the speech in Egypt. These are necessary in order to cover up the continuation of the evil machinations of the zionists and to cool the fire genrated from the blunder of Iraq by Bush. My prediction is that the worse is yet to come.
Certainly world is biased against Muslims. So called world community, US, and UN are not impartial. It is time to say, by entire justice loving countries, enough is enough.
Israel and US are threat to world peace and stability. Entire world should unite and isolate these two countries, unless they agree to heed.
Wait a minute. Now what has US do with this Israeli action? Is US involved in it? Absolutely not. Now why should US even be involved in it? Israel is not a colony of US. Now if Hosni Mubarak puts members of muslim brotherhood in jail, why does not every muslim blame not US for this action? Or when General Musharaff invades Red Mosque in Islamabad, why does every muslim not blame US for this action?
The most absurd article one can come across. Funny, title of the article does not even match with the contents. The usual intellectual dishonesty / absurdity of the left (Jewish left, Christian left, and muslim left, if there is any muslim left).
How can US be at war with Islam in Israeli / Palestinian conflict? May be your average muslim is too brain washed by those obscdruntaist mullahs. Hey, can't you guys find any better arguments. Sorry to be blunt. But intellectual dishonesty / hypocrisy and stupidity does make my blood boil.