"Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas." Michael Oren
"I have seen no confirmed reports, however, of Hamas using force to keep people in targeted areas so they can serve as human shields — and perhaps sway world opinion by boosting the body count. When people decide they must leave their homes, they can do so. But where are these evacuees supposed to go? To the nearest school or hospital? Not if these, too, are considered legitimate targets by the Israeli Defense Forces.' Eugene Robinson
Oren is undoubtedly a spokesman for the real Israel. He is CNN's leading man on the Middle East. Was that apointment happenstance? He is "Ambassador in Residence" at the Atlantic Council, etc. There has been a lot of prevarication on the part of the Zionists here and there, a lot of talk of "limited objectives," "desperate efforts to avoid civilian casualties," and of the "traumatization of Israeli civilians" by Hamas/IJ rockets. (This last in spite of the nearly complete ineffectiveness of Hamas/IJ rockets). But, here, in former American Oren's oped we see a little honesty. Israel means to destroy Hamas in order to make a peace of subjugation with the PA, and that is the whole story. Hamas is not crushed yet. It fights on and therefore Israel does not want "peace." Next stop will be rebellion on a large scale in the West Bank and I am still waiting to know what Hizbullah will do to back up their statements.
Robinson, after the still obligatory oath of fealty to Israel, opines that they have gone too far. Amen, brother. pl
"Hundreds have found shelter in areas between Mosul and Irbil – the capital of the Kurdistan regional government – that are controlled by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, but they face an uncertain future.
"If Isis stays, there is no way the Christians can return," Father Boutrous Moshi said from Qara Qoosh, a Christian area south-east of Mosul. "It is up to God whether we return or not. They have not burned the churches but they did set fire to the pictures and the books and broke the windows."
Monks at the 4th-century Mar Behnam monastery, a major pilgrimage site run by the Syriac Catholic church, were allowed to take only the clothes they were wearing.
Sarab Hazem, from the Zehoor neighbourhood of Mosul, said that initially there were no attacks on Christians when Isis took the city in a lightning offensive in June, though Isis fighters did capture and take away police, security agents and soldiers. "No one knows what becomes of them," he said.
Then, statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary were destroyed. "They are savages," Hazem said. "This is oppression for no reason. I believe it is no longer possible for Christians to live in Iraq."" The Guardian
There are still vast numbers of Americans who have no grasp of the idea that there are Arabic and Aramaic speaking Christians in places like Iraq and Palestine, and that these Brethren in Christ lived well under secularists like Saddam and the Assads as well as under the Hashemites in Jordan. Jesus was an Aramaic speaker. These are among the oldest Christian communities in the world. ISIS gave them a choice of conversion, the Jizya (capitation tax) or death. At least they had a choice. Correct me if I err but I thnk the Shia and the Yazidis are simply killed as murtadoon (apostates). Non-wahhabi Sunnis are given one chance to "repent."
Why do they do things like destroy Jonah's Tomb? As strict muwahiddoon (wahhabis) they believe that reverence for any object, whether grave, shrine, or a person is shirk (a form of idol worship). pl
"The latest invented story appears to have been produced primarily as a replacement for Harf’s increasingly debunked allegations surrounding the MH17 shoot-down, a talking point which has gained her no small mocking in the press over the past week, as she directly contradicts the US intelligence community’s own releases on the matter.
Harf’s latest allegations included the phantom artillery fire and secret evidence of Russia planning to maybe send a bunch more weapons to the rebels. One member of the assembled press, humorously, asked if there was “a YouTube video or something that you can point us to,” calling back to Harf’s regular use of social media as “proof” for her claims.
Harf declared “I just said I wasn’t going to give you the underlying source,” and asked if the press preferred she keep things to herself that she can’t prove. This led to another exchange, with someone shooting back “Marie, I think that it would be best for all concerned here if when you make an allegation like that, you’re able to back it up with something more than just “because I said so.”" Anti-war.com
Women like this one and Mika B give women a bad name. They can't find a woman spokesperson for State who looks like something more than a sorority girl homecoming queen? pl