Harry Fear – Who Will Save Israel From Itself?

I will never forget Harry Fear’s live webcasts from Gaza during “Operation Pillar of Cloud”. Came across this new talk just uploaded to YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Id87xHsB38

Harry Fear speaks about Israel’s November 2012 operation on Gaza at the 27 December Initiative in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The last segment of Harry’s talk was not recorded. It quoted late Palestinian psychiatrist Dr. Eyad el-Sarraj, who once questioned, “who will save Israel from itself?”.

Video record by Mathias Kortegaard. The conference, curated by Ebbe Bertelsen and the 27 December Initiative, also included Dr. Mads Gilbert.

199 thoughts on “Harry Fear – Who Will Save Israel From Itself?

  1. Harry Fearless I call him. He sat there in a highly vulnerable position, with the gunfire, bombs and explosions going off close by, broadcasting day and night on his live stream with an occasional break to see what was happening. A remarkable young Englishman.

    Pillar of Cloud indeed. They are good at finding names for their atrocities.

    He links to the YT above on his twitter account.
    https://twitter.com/harryfear

  2. Ben Lol..Good one

    Mary… Pillar of Cloud indeed. They are good at finding names for their atrocities…
    AND the names of the Machines/ weapons Too….

    “the names the military uses for operations and weapons come straight from Native nomenclature. In recent war accounts, the American media wrote vividly about the use of “Apache Longbow” and “Black Hawk” helicopters as “Tomahawk” missiles rained from the sky in the Gulf and Middle East Wars. Soldiers who burn out in the battlefield in a foreign land “go off the reservation.” The implication is that they flee to Indian land….

    I understand why they did it, he (Bin Laden) was expensive to fight, he was elusive, and he was smart. He had far more political support than Geronimo. Obviously Pakistan liked him. The problem with the use of the code word, “Geronimo” shows a lack of the historical understanding of using the name of such a national hero, and not just to native people. Geronimo is also a national hero to Americans. In this case it is an insult. The book illustrates how the military has always been above reproach.”

    Winona LaDuke

    http://www.honorearth.org/news/winona-laduke-explores-militarization-indian-country-geronimo-bin-laden

    I keep my ear to the ground re The First Nations Stuff….i have made hundreds of Dream catchers….i should make one for you Mary…. And Ingo’s wife….and Craig’s wife… and Ben’s ….But one at a time

    Love Alcanon’s Edit tool….

    just to add… i believe Binladen died in 2001….

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/11/20/bin-ladens-obituary-notice/

  3. 26 Palestinians are ‘freed’ in return for continued Israeli settlement building. Nearly 5,000 more remain in Israeli prisons including hundreds of stone throwing children.

    Some of the 26 have been imprisoned for nearly 30 years, some have not seen any family member for 20 or more years and some are critically ill.

    Big deal Messrs Kerry and Netanyahu.

    31 December 2013
    Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25548773

    This is another version.

    Israel frees all 26 Palestinian prisoners, completing third stage of release
    Prisoners from Gaza and East Jerusalem already released, West Bank residents arrive in Ramallah; bereaved families march through Jerusalem to rally at freed prisoner’s home.
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.566220

  4. Harry is fearless indeed and must surely be a target to Israels wrath, spreading what he has witnessed in Ghaza internationally, he has opened many eyes.

    Israels policy is nebulous, freeing prisoners does not mean that peace talks are taking place, this farce has been carried out many times before and is an excuse for more Isreli expansionism into land that does not belong to them.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=660428

    Netanyahu is undermining Kerry’s puny revival of peace talks, not as stated in MAAN News as ‘after three stalled years’, but after ten years of no meaningfull peace talks.
    With more stealing of land, he is by far the worst of the Zionist warmongers since Golda Meir and unless he is voted out/removed/ imprisoned, nothing will change in the Middle East.

    Three cheers to Harry Fear’s selfless and refreshing western activism, he is an example of a new generation of principled activists.

  5. Alastair Burt latterly the Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, actually made this appalling statement, obviously referring to Gaddafi’s brutal end.

    ‘Burt insisted the British government “knew exactly what would happen if there was not a strike against Assad over chemical weapons. He goes on. And the only thing that would deflect this man and this regime is if they fear they are going to end up in a storm drain with a bayonet up their backside. If they don’t fear that, they will go on killing as many people as they need to stay in power.”‘

    He is obviously still seething that we did not go into Syria with guns blazing and then place the proverbial boots on the Syrian ground.

    I wish Craig could see this and comment.

    Alistair Burt reveals anger over Syria vote at Westminster
    Former minister says the decision to defy David Cameron on military action created a ‘constitutional mess’
    Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt
    The Guardian 30 December 2013
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/30/alistair-burt-anger-syria-westminster

    PS He is another Conservative Friend of Israel needless to say.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Burt

  6. have a Happy New year…And a peaceful, healthy year in 2014 to Everyone

    Thank you Alcanon for this space 😉

    And may Craig soon return to his

  7. We went up Calton Hill in Edinburgh to watch the fireworks, but we got a surprise; there was a secondary firework display right next to our vantage point where we had intended to watch the main display at the castle. The displays were synchronised; whenever fireworks were launched from the castle, identical fireworks were launched simultaneously from Calton Hill.

    Goodbye to the Bad Luck year and all the post-millennial overrun. Here’s to a better future.

  8. Happy New Year everyone. I just watched it arrive in Times Square and the celebration seemed to be a giant snog-in by people wearing tall blue hats. Surreal.

    PS Bulliingdon Boris spent a ridiculous sum of £1.8m on his Thames firework display with edible confetti! Let them eat confetti?

    http://news.sky.com/story/1188973/new-year-multi-sensory-fireworks-for-london

    Apparently the police use infra red imagery to estimate the crowd size at large events. So much body heat being radiated cf ambient temp etc.

  9. Some excellent letters in the Guardian from those working in the NHS especially from Dr Marcovitch.

    A new year must herald a new start for the NHS
    The Guardian, Tuesday 31 December 2013
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/31/new-year-herald-new-start-nhs

    The NHS professionals are kicking back at the ConDems and the constant criticism which is actually part of the ‘demoralize, destabilize, destroy’ construct of the would-be privatisers.

    Healthcare leaders urge end to ‘relentless’ criticism of NHS
    Open letter signed by the leaders of 10 NHS organisations calls for ‘more measured view of how the NHS is performing’
    Denis Campbell, health correspondent
    The Guardian, Tuesday 31 December 2013
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/31/healthcare-leaders-end-criticism-nhs-letter

    ~~~

    Obamacare comes into operation today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25565754
    Compulsory medical insurance for all. Assistance towards cost if unable to pay.
    Choice of provider to be made by the individual.
    Compulsory medical insurance to be provided by employers for those employees without cover.
    etc etc

    Coming to the UK in x years hence. ??? Fight for OUR NHS.

  10. I agree Mary, John Fortune will be missed much for his longstanding double act, his sweet acidic cynicism and critique of all things dishonest in public life was refreshing and uplifting, long may he be remembered for taking political cabaret to a new height, RIP.

  11. Happy new year to you all.

    Certainly glad to see the back of 2013, that’s a year I wish had never happened.

  12. Looks like Israel is ready for another war in Gaza…Sigh

    “Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on Tuesday expressed their satisfaction with the IDF’s preparedness for a possible incursion into the Gaza Strip and declared that such an attack would severely incapacitate terror groups” according to the report. The report also indicated that “their statements came amid a recent spike in the number of attacks emanating from Gaza and, subsequently, the number and intensity of Israeli retaliatory strikes.”

    “It is also fair to say that the Palestinians are also defending themselves from genocide. Israel controls Gaza’s border crossings. Israel also controls its air space that allows it to monitor radio and television broadcasts and it sea space that restricts fishing for its population. It control’s the movements of goods which lead to the decrease of food and medicine. Israel also controls Gaza’s tax system by setting VAT and customs rates for goods that are intended for Gaza’s residents. Israel is preparing to further isolate Gaza through military actions that would only anger the Palestinian population to continue to resist the occupation. 2014 will be a pivotal year for the Middle East. Let’s hope that peace will prevail in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

    Timothy Alexander Guzman….for –

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-ready-to-invade-gaza-planned-attack-would-exact-a-heavy-toll/5363293

    Good to hear you are on the mend AA

  13. Clark has put up a link to a You Tube in which it is revealed that the UK was planning to invade Syria two years before the Arab Spring.
    http://squonk.tk/blog/2013/12/15/its-putin-vs-bandar-bush-on-the-syrian-chessboard/comment-page-1/#comment-2046

    It emanated from this June 2013 piece on Global Research which refers to the Oded Yinon plan. http://www.globalresearch.ca/former-french-foreign-minister-the-war-against-syria-was-planned-two-years-before-the-arab-spring/5339112
    This is an important point. See below.

    “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
    The Infamous “Oded Yinon Plan”. Introduction by Prof Michel Chossudovsky
    Dec 24 2013

    ‘The following document pertaining to the formation of “Greater Israel” constitutes the cornerstone of powerful Zionist factions within the current Netanyahu government, the Likud party, as well as within the Israeli military and intelligence establishment.

    According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” According to Rabbi Fischmann, “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

    When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

    “Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.’

    /..

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815

  14. Thanks for the info Mary and Brian, this looks ominous and dangerous as Hezbollah will not sit by and watch, who knows what will happen on the Syrian owned Golan, a rather important military height and no doubt a friction point to come due to the oil found there.

  15. PJ Harvey was the guest editor for the three hours’ worth of Radio 4 Today this morning.

    The Medialens editors report on the flak coming in from the Torygraph and Stephen Glover in the Mail so far.

    ‘Medialens editors on the reaction to John Pilger’s contribution

    John Pilger’s contribution to Today
    Posted by The Editors on January 2, 2014, 9:47 am
    Kicks off with the ComRes poll….
    https://audioboo.fm/boos/1827078-pilger-we-have-been-misled

    DC

    Here comes the flak…
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1388656064.html

    ~~~~

    John Pilger was brilliant in exposing the cover up of the death toll in Iraq but the debate on numbers killed is a trap.

    What is the moral and/or legal difference between the fanciful IBC (ie media reporting of deaths – with Pilger’s resounding words in mind) of say 140,000 and the calculations via John Hopkins 600,000 to ORB of c. I,000,000. There is no legal difference? The Nuremberg Trials did not weigh the total of corpses in body bags. The BBC presenters cannot take us to the surviving Iraqi children who are deaf from blast, blind from shrapnel or mute from sudden terrible suffering like some of the dear little children in Gaza.

    The killers must go the The Hague. This is one of them –
    http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/355/9/f/blair_killer_by_juliangibson-d6yr9wk.jpg

    The state commissioned the portrait which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

  16. Addendum. Timings if you don’t want to listen to all of it which is on here –

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03mhyzh/Today_02_01_2014/

    @ 37:59 – Mark Curtis on British arms sales to conflict zones;

    @ 49:21 – Dennis Halliday on why the UNSC has failed to maintain the peace;

    @ 1:40:21 – John Pilger on Iraq (note Sarah Montague’s announcement afterwards);

    @ 2:16:57 – Giles Duley war photographer on of war injuries;

    @ 2:32:42 – Peter Petridis on having been victim of British torture in Cyprus, followed by Ministry of Defence statement;

    @ 2:34:34 – John Humphrys interviews Ian Cobain and Phil Shiner about British torture techniques.

    @ 2:54:28 – Julian Assange’s thought for the day.

  17. Mary: Quite amazing that the BBC had the nerve to try telling the truth again, after the fallout from exposing the “Sexed-up” dodgy dossier. Thanks for the links. Did you see that miserable toadie Ian Austin, who tweeted this:

    https://twitter.com/IanAustinMP/status/418668287321321472

    How “New” Labour expect to get back into office when they’re such slavishly loyal establishment lickspittles beats me.

  18. Looks to me as if this male equivalence of mad Mel resents that Assange is getting more coverage via Thoughts of the day, than he is with his frivilous and unpatriotic scribblings. His testosterone lacking piece is all warmed up inuendo, nothing new but his jealousy over the Radio 4 slot.

    what a pathetic bottom feeder, bless.

  19. Glenn Uk and Nevermind.

    Austin and Glover are mere microbes cf Julian and Edward.

    Austin an unremarkable sports hack on a regional paper and then a councillor followed by in house work in the Liebour party. A Brownite. Voted strongly against an investigation into the Iraq War. Enough said as Brown signed the cheques for the war. He has just been on a nice little jolly to China.
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/regmem/?p=11553
    He is on Vaz’s Home Affairs Committee.

    On Wiki – he had to apologize for saying that Palestinians denied the holocaust. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Austin_(politician)

    Glover has done the journalistic rounds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Glover

    PS Glenn. I think the powers-that-be allow a little bit of ‘dissent’ now and again! A hollow sham that we have a democracy.

  20. Mary: He’s taken a bit of a hammering on “The Twitters”, if you follow that earlier link. Wonder if it’s worth writing to Labour party HQ, asking them why they tolerate such miserable weasels in their ranks.

    Interesting point by Wikileaks in that Tweet-link. They’re saying that “New” Labour is much closer to the US than even the Tories, because they don’t own the UK in the way monied-class Tories do. So they grab power by being a US stooge even more enthusiastically.

    Notice that toad Austin only had a feeble grammatical correction to offer one critic, and when called on it, bleated about his exercising a “right to free speech”. Unbelievable.

  21. Thanks for those links AA.

    Do you remember Lynne Stewart in prison in the US? Craig wrote about her.

    ‘Lynne Stewart – Last Chance for Compassionate Release
    May 7th 2013
    In the same week that the Obama administration decided there would be no prosecutions of Bush acolytes for torture and extraordinary rendition, they also agreed to go ahead with a move to increase the jail sentence of civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart. In July 2010 they succeeded in getting her sentence increased from 28 months […]’ http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/?s=lynne+stewart

    I had this good news today.

    ‘There are some successes. I was part of the campaign to release Lynne Stewart, and two days ago, she was released. She is the 74 year old human rights lawyer, imprisoned under the Bush administration for defending (unsuccessfully) the blind Muslim priest accused of the 1993 attack on the World T. Centre. She is dying of breast cancer. If China, or Russia, or Iran put a 74 year old female human rights lawyer with cancer into prison, the US and UK governments and their media would be relentless in trumpeting the hideousness of this. But in the USA, it is “justice”.’

  22. Thanks for Lynne Stewart info/links Mary…So Shocking the way she was treated in the Kangaroo Courts…

    Also Mary have you heard of Journalist Max Blumenthal’s latest book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

    “Kerry has made the Palestinian Authority an offer it can’t accept. The details of Kerry’s plan are slowly leaking out, and they amount to transforming the already ghettoized West Bank into another Gaza Strip. Kerry is advancing Netanyahu’s main demands, including the erection of a gigantic wall along the Jordanian border that would imprison Palestinians from the east while the Israeli separation wall confines them from the west. Israeli Army Radio has reported that “the Palestinians will be imprisoned between the two fences” – that is the actual language the network used. Additionally, the US will authorize Israel to patrol the West Bank’s airspace with drones on a 24/7 basis as it already does with the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops will be allowed to maintain a presence on the Palestinian border with Jordan for an indefinite period, but even this is not enough for the Israelis. Israel’s Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon is leading a chorus of outrage from cabinet level officials who demand that Israel receive near-permanent control of the Jordan Valley – that’s where much of the West Bank’s arable land is. And the younger, up-and-coming legislators from Netanyahu’s party – the future of Likud – may soon introduce proposals in the Knesset to annex the Jordan Valley.

    “I was living life in a tech-savvy, gay-friendly apartheid state where oiled up soldier girls in skimpy bikinis tanned themselves to an orange hue on balmy beaches a few kilometers up the coast from a besieged ghetto filled with food insecure refugees. Each day I spent in Israel, I was staring straight at the West’s most vulgar image of itself.

    “The Israeli school system is intimately linked to the military, and in an unprecedented way since Netanyahu’s election in 2009. In Goliath, I documented how Jewish Israeli children have been indoctrinated into the culture of militarism and fear as early as age four, describing how pre-schoolers in the city of Holon were lined up before a chalkboard and forced to ponder the following question: “Who wants to kill us?” I detailed a high school field trip in which teens were taken to an army base to shoot at simulated targets wearing Palestinian kuffiyehs. And I explained the role of the Holocaust in all of this, writing about the trips that 25% of Israeli high schoolers have taken to Auschwitz a year before they enter the military”.

    These are some Snippets from a very good interview with Max Blumenthal in Counterpunch

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/02/inside-israels-apartheid-state/

  23. You will like this poem Brian, written by one of my favourite American poets. Obviously written before her release.

    Lynne Stewart, Our Lady Mandela, in the Season of Giving
    December 20, 2013 By Gary Corseri

    She said she believed “directed violence”
    (just as Mandela had said)
    would topple the anarchist State
    (engorged by its own helter-skelter
    in the best tradition of Manson).

    In New York City or Yemen,
    with drones or tasers or wars,
    the Manifold State is watching,
    its “laws” abated by judges,
    conducting kangaroo courts.

    “Who will judge the judges?”
    Juvenal wrote about Rome,
    which crucified a preacher
    for driving money-changers
    out of the House of God.

    They slashed his back with lashes,
    collapsed his lungs on a crossbow,
    then shot him into the sky—
    for mourning or redemption,
    depending on one’s view.

    Now It imposes its laws
    on a woman wedded to Law,
    who fought for the truth of the Law,
    to publish it like Luther,
    on pain of execrations.

    On pain of separation
    from family, home, and her Cause.
    Even a sentence of cancer
    cannot deter her Cause.
    She can never betray her Cause.

    Over the matricide planet
    her thoughts take billowing wing:
    the State’s cells metastasize
    in every corporate prison,
    in every farmed-out heart.

    Miley Cyrus twerks her ass
    in the face of the hubbubbed mob.
    Anointed pundits feign disdain,
    then tweet pictures…, but none
    of Lynne alone in her cage.

    The “people” scurry like ants,
    monitored and surveiled, liable,
    without notice, to be snuffed;
    emulsified like organic dirt
    under the heels of the State—

    above the Law, acting in the name of Law,
    sanctioning crime and murder,
    in the name of marmoreal memes:
    “We the People” in “the home of the brave,”
    “created equal” in “the land of the free.”

    From Wikipedia: “Lynne Stewart (born October 8, 1939) is a former attorney who was known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants. She was convicted on charges of conspiracy… and sentenced to 28 months in prison. Her… conviction led to her being… disbarred. … She was re-sentenced on July 15, 2010, to 10 years in prison in light of her alleged perjury at her trial. She is currently serving her sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a federal prison near Fort Worth, Texas.” Note-Update: Her breast cancer has metastasized, and her doctors predict she has about 1 year to live. Her requests for a “mercy” release have been repeatedly denied, despite some 40,000 signatures on a petition for such a release.
    http://hollywoodprogressive.com/lynne-stewart/

  24. Thanks for that Poem Mary….

    my fave lines in it –

    Over the matricide planet
    her thoughts take billowing wing:
    the State’s cells metastasize
    in every corporate prison,
    in every farmed-out heart.

    Miley Cyrus twerks her ass
    in the face of the hubbubbed mob.
    Anointed pundits feign disdain,
    then tweet pictures…, but none
    of Lynne alone in her cage.

    i must check out some more by Mr Corseri … Cheers.

  25. I just got back from Glasgow; a friend and I went to see Suhayl Saadi. We had a lovely chat over pizza; it was good to see him again. Suhayl is well but overworked, the same as everyone in the NHS, I suspect. Mary, Suhayl says hello.

  26. That was good to hear Clark. Give him my regards if you are speaking again.

    Funny how the remnants of Craig’s network persist. I saw this message on Medialens. Anyone here registered on Medialens there to answer ‘Focus’?

    ‘anyone got an update on craig murray, his heallth, his blog ?
    Posted by focus on January 4, 2014, 12:24 am
    wishing him and his regular non-hasbariki contributers well for the new year’

    ~~~

    A little heartbroken this morning when I heard about Phil Everly. He was part of my yearning teenage years! American steel string guitar music came on the scene and swept all those sickly ballads off the scene. I still have some old 45rpms. Rock and roll! Radio 5 Live were speaking to Duane Eddy this morning. He and Phil Everly were close friends for 55 years.

    Some of their stuff.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18iqyl_the-everly-brothers-sing-buddy-holly_shortfilms

  27. Israel aims to silence growing international criticism with Texas A&M deal in Nazareth
    Jonathan Cook on January 3, 2014

    ‘Two months ago officials from Israel and Texas made an unexpected announcement, unveiling an ambitious plan to build in Israel the first branch of an American university, at a probable cost of $100 million.

    The greatest surprise of all was the location: Texas A&M University, one of the biggest in the US, is set to open its new campus in Nazareth, a town of 80,000 in the Galilee, home to the largest community of Christians in Israel and the unofficial capital of the country’s Palestinian minority.

    Israel hopes to accomplish several goals from the venture: silence international criticism for its having the highest levels of poverty and inequality among the advanced economies; drive a wedge further between Palestinian Christians and Muslims; stymie efforts by Palestinians in Israel to win educational autonomy; and strike a powerful blow against mounting pressure from the movement for an academic and cultural boycott.’

    Jonathan Cook lives in Nazareth.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/international-criticism-nazareth.html

    I see the connections –

    Texas A&M University (A&M or TAMU) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.[12][13] Texas A&M’s designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_A%26M_University

  28. Interesting Piece Here… John Pilger’s statement, Today programme, BBC Radio 4, 2 January 2014.

    A couple of Paragraphs from it –

    “A recent poll asked people in Britain how many Iraqis had been killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The answers they gave were shocking. A majority said that fewer than 10,000 had been killed. Scientific studies report that up to a million Iraqi men, women and children died in an inferno lit by the British government and its ally in Washington. That’s the equivalent of the genocide in Rwanda. And the carnage goes on. Relentlessly. What this reveals is how we in Britain have been misled by those whose job is to keep the record straight.

    The American writer and academic Edward Herman calls this ‘normalising the unthinkable’. He describes two types of victims in the world of news: ‘worthy victims’ and ‘unworthy victims’. ‘Worthy victims’ are those who suffer at the hands of our enemies: the likes of Assad, Qadaffi, Saddam Hussein. ‘Worthy victims’ qualify for what we call ‘humanitarian intervention’. ‘Unworthy victims’ are those who get in the way of our punitive might and that of the ‘good dictators’ we employ. Saddam Hussein was once a ‘good dictator’ but he got uppity and disobedient and was relegated to ‘bad dictator’. In Indonesia, General Suharto was a ‘good dictator’, regardless of his slaughter of perhaps a million people, aided by the governments of Britain and America. He also wiped out a third of the population of East Timor with the help of British fighter aircraft and British machine guns. Suharto was even welcomed to London by the Queen and when he died peacefully in his bed, he was lauded as enlightened, a moderniser, one of us. Unlike Saddam Hussein, he never got uppity…..

    “We all live in an information age – or so we tell each other as we caress our smart phones like rosary beads, heads down, checking, monitoring, tweeting.

    “We’re wired; we’re on message; and the dominant theme of the message is ourselves. Identity is the zeitgeist. A lifetime ago in Brave New World, Aldous Huxley predicted this as the ultimate means of social control because it was voluntary, addictive and shrouded in illusions of personal freedom. Perhaps the truth is that we live not in an information age but a media age. Like the memory of Mandela, the media’s wondrous technology has been hijacked. From the BBC to CNN, the echo chamber is vast.”

    Full transcript @ –

    http://www.mediareform.org.uk/blog/media-now-just-another-word-control-john-pilgers-today-programme-statement

  29. Good to hear from Suhayl, thanks Clark, my best wishes to him should you meet him again soon, I’m sure he will chime in now and then when he’s not too tired. Good to hear that Phil has survived the Yuletide ravages in one piece… well, I say that… he might be betwixt and between….;)

    Has anybody heard of Craig over the New Year? Has he gone again?

  30. Phil That would be wayback too. It was Usmanov (owner of Arsenal) using Schillings the solicitors to try to shut Craig down. Others attempted it too using Schillings.
    http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/?s=schillings
    No wonder Craig ended up with heart trouble. The anxiety and stress he suffered over the years must have had an effect on his health.

    Thanks for finding that link I put on Craig’s blog in June last year about the ex French foreign minister speaking on UK plans to attack Syria two years earlier.

    I read through the post it came from, and the comments, and generally speaking they were all useful and civilized exchanges with limited and stupid disruption from Habba, Villager and Jemand.

  31. Friends of yours, Mr Cameron?
    Israel’s appalling crime­sheet for 2013…
    Killed 56, injured 1385, carried out 8636 raids and attacks, demolished 172 homes…
    by Stuart Littlewood

    The Palestinian Embassy, for once, has done something useful and released figures that paint a shocking picture of Israel’s mega­ crimes against their helpless Palestinian neighbours over the past year.

    Charts follow.

    /..
    http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/01/03/401101friends-of-yours-mr-cameron/

  32. Some revisionism of Ariel Sharon by Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian.

    Ariel Sharon’s final mission might well have been peace
    As one of Israel’s founders he had the credibility to give up occupied territory – and even to face the demons of 1948
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/03/ariel-sharon-final-mission-peace-Israel

    and the reality from Miko Peled.

    Final Words on Sharon
    http://mikopeled.com/2014/01/04/final-words-on-sharon-by-miko-peled/

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