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Let’s Discuss Israel And Gaza Again


  1. Poul

    A key part of modern warfare – mobilizing your industrial capacity. It’s a time consuming process which can take 1 or 2 years. For tanks and air planes it can be even longer.

    Russia started in late-2022 but we haven’t seen the same willingness from NATO-countries to boost their weapons production. Even if the political will can be found to fund a production boost it will take 1 or 2 years to come to fruition.

    Ukraine has zero possibility to match Russia and are totally dependent on foreign aid. Not a good place to be.

    RUSI with a clear and propaganda-free message in The Guardian:

    “Scenes of devastation have greeted Ukrainians in the first days of 2024, as Russia launches some of its heaviest missile and drone barrages since the start of the war. The strikes, which began on 29 December and have killed dozens of civilians, offer an early and grim taste of what may lie ahead, as Moscow signals it has the capacity for a long and brutal war in Ukraine. “Put simply, Russia has now transitioned its economy on to a war footing,” said Justin Bronk, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.”

  2. Chuck Mire

    NRA chief, one of the most powerful figures in US gun policy, says he’s resigning days before trial 👍

    “Thoughts and prayers to Wayne LaPierre,” said Kris Brown, president of the gun-control advocacy group Brady: United Against Gun Violence. “He’s going to need them to be able to sleep at night. Wayne LaPierre spent three decades peddling the Big Lie that more guns make us safer — all at the expense of countless lives. He has blood on his hands, and I won’t miss him.”

  3. Mark Level

    Here’s something a little lighter for post-New Years! Orthodox Christmas in Slavic countries was yesterday, so on Christmas Eve Saturday, Ukranian TV put out this video of Demons dancing in gospel gear in a church & calling for the deaths of Russians & that they become “ill & diseased”, also “Turn the plows into swords”, etc!! What do they say, when people tell you who they are, believe them. (Also, satire is dead, truth is so much uglier than even the worse fiction.)

    Max Blumenthal on the Gray Zone covered how Israeli Tik-tok is celebrating the deaths of Palestinian civilians with grisly pictures of the liquidated dead. These are 2 of the US’s top proxies. “Are we the baddies?” The world knows.

  4. Z

    What I have referred to in the past as the Jewish Zionist Mafia (JZM), an organization of Jewish-Zionist elites that effectively collectively believes in Jewish supremacy since they essentially place their interests above all of humanity’s, up and to including humanity’s entire existence since they are quite willing to risk extermination of all life on the planet in their mad drive to further their power, is internally named MEGA.

    From an article 12 days before 9/11:

    “Under the innocent headline, “Titans of Industry Join Forces To Work for Jewish Philanthropy,” Wall Street Journal staff reporter Lisa Miller reported on an April 1998 gathering of some 20 Jewish billionaires, at the Manhattan apartment of hedge-fund manager Michael Steinhardt. That gathering involved some of the most powerful names in the Jewish lobby in America, starting with Edgar Bronfman, the chairman of the World Jewish Congress. Others included: Charles Bronfman, Edgar’s brother and a top executive of the family’s flagship Seagrams Corp.; Leslie Wexner of Limited, Inc.; Charles Schusterman, chairman of Samson Investment Co. of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Harvey “Bud” Meyerhoff, a fabulously wealthy and powerful Baltimore real estate magnate; Laurence Tisch, chairman of Loews Corp.; Max Fisher, the Detroit oil magnate and Republican Party powerhouse; bagel magnate Max Lender; and Leonard Abramson, the founder of U.S. Healthcare.

    According to the Journal account, the Mega Group was founded in 1991 by Wexner and Charles Bronfman, to add greater clout to the Israeli lobby, by establishing an informal, but all-powerful policymaking group, able to deploy billions of dollars in “charitable” funds for the maximum effect on U.S. policy toward Israel, the Mideast, and other issues of paramount importance to the Jewish megabillionaires. The Mega Group convenes twice a year, for two-day sessions, where, behind closed doors, the members make life-and-death decisions, affecting U.S. policy.

    Of course, as I often mention, the existence of the JZM, which consists of a small subset of Jewish Zionist elites within the Jewish community, certainly does not mean that every Jewish person is part of it or should be held accountable for it. And, in fact, a substantial amount of the folks, particularly in the ALT media, who are fighting the hardest against Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians are Jewish. There have also been large protests in the U.S. against it which were run by Jewish organizations.


  5. mago

    “Girl have you ever been hungry/so hungry that you have no pride?”
    Paul Revere and the Raiders lyrics from one of their 60’s pop political songs. Vacuity meeting prescience. I’m

    Chances are that no one reading this—if anyone is—has ever truly been hungry beyond a skipped meal or voluntary fast.
    I’ve been there without being homeless, but I don’t know what it’s like to be dying in Gaza right now, and any white western boy or girl who thinks they know should invest in an Acme Pull Head from Ass Extractor.

  6. Curt Kastens

    Tonight is a sacred night.
    On this night in 1945, on a small street that ran along a canal, Chief Inspector Fake Ploeg, a man notoruis throughout the Netherlands as a vicious Nazi collaborator, was assassinated. It is also that night that a young boy who lived on that street, Anton Steenwijk, became an orphan.
    Anton’s life was spared by a German Sergeant who placed the boy in the cab of his truck rather than with the other hostages and Anton’s family who were about to be executed in retaliation for the assassination of Inspector Ploeg.
    The segeant dropped Anton off at the local police station. There Anton was placed in a cell with the wounded Hannie Schaft who had just taken part in the attack on Ploeg.
    It is this chance cell assignment that allowed the world to discover that there was more to this story than meets the eye.
    Hannie had no idea that she would reveal the true implications of the assassination that night when she spoke to Anton about PLoeg. Of course that 9 year old boy did not understand what was implicit in her revelation. But he never forgot what she said. If you do not believe that a young boy can remember the words that were spoken years after the event, I will testify that I never forgot the words of my grandmother or grandfather upon hearing of the assassination of President Kennedy, although I was only 3 years old.
    Unfortunately the memory of the risks taken by Hannie Schaft and other’s who opposed the spread of facism and imperialism is soon to be washed away like a sand castle on a beach at high tide……..unless it is saved on a thumb drive in another dimension where perhaps it can do some good for someone.

  7. Curt Kastens

    If the US and western militaries are now so weak, then why does the Iraqi government not now say to the US Ambassador in Iraq, unless you want to fight Gulf War 3 US military forces better be on the road back to Turkey in the next 4 hours?
    Or why does the Iraqi military not just launch a surprise attack on the US forces in Iraq, and maybe Syria too, and then call up President Biden and say, Unless you want to fight Gulf War 3 we will ship your dead soldiers to the Turkish Border where you can retrieve them?
    This does not happen because either the US does not all appear weak to the Iraqi leadership, or the Iraqi leaders are fake Muslims, or it could even be both. The Iraqi leadership may try to defend itself by saying that time is on its side. That would be an arguement that is clearly not a good faith arguement. Time is not on anyone’s side. It is especially not on the side of the Palestinians in Gaza.

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