Lying Media Bastards

July 15, 2006

Israel Attacks!

So we have at least two appalling conflicts going on involving Israel right now, and I don’t think the two are closely connected. The Israeli government’s response has been insane, and lots of people who had nothing to do with kidnapping soldiers or firing rockets will be feeling the pain for months and years to come.

On June 25, a group of Palestinians attacked a group of Israeli soldiers in Gaza. Two Israelis were killed, two Palestinians were killed, and the remaining Palestinians managed to kidnap a surviving Israeli soldier. These Palestinians (I have read some stories which claim that these kidnappers were from Hamas, although I don’t know if that’s true or not) said they would release the soldier if Israel freed hundreds of Palestinian women and children that they were holding prisoner.

Well, maybe we should go back farther. On June 20, Israel fired a missile at a suspected militant near Gaza City and killed three Palestinian children. On June 13, in another assassination attempt, Israeli missiles killed nine bystanders in Gaza City. On June 9, Israel shelled the Beit Lahiya beach, killing nine civilians. You’ve gotta wonder if these actions had anything to do with the decision to kidnap the Israeli soldier on the 25th.

On June 27, Israel responded to the kidnapping by sending troops, tanks, planes and bombs into Gaza. They blew up the power plant that supplies most of the area with electricity. Palestinians are already dealing with a humanitarian crisis coming from lack of foreign aid, and Israel’s refusal to give them money that they’re owed, because of the new Hamas government in Palestine. So people are short on food and supplies, now they’re short on electricity during the scorching summer, and the lack of electricity is now leading to a sewage crisis, as water treatment plants can’t function without power. And last I’d heard, over 60 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli siege.

All to save one man. How does that work, exactly? How many innocent people is it okay to kill to save one innocent person? (yes, as an Israeli soldier, the kidnapped man likely played a role in the repression of Palestinians, and therefore isn’t “innocent”. I’m not going into that right now).

Now we come to the craziest bit: the sort of prisoner exchange demanded by the Palestinian kidnappers is not unusual. Back in 2004, Ariel Sharon agreed to release 420 Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners in exchange for one Israeli and the remains of three others. Sharon was no softie, either. Near as I can figure, exchanges like this also took place in 1997, and in 1985 (1150 Palestinian prisoners released). A former intelligence agent in the Guardian article above claims that whenever these exchanges have occured, Israeli newspapers were critical of the prime minister of the time, but that his popularity with the public didn’t waver.

So why isn’t Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert working on an exchange? It would save many lives, and seemingly cost him nothing in terms of political support. I can only conclude that Olmert is out to prove how tough he is, to his country and to his opponents. However, the commentary I’ve read from folks who know much more than me about the region seem to agree that the crisis will eventually end in some sort of prisoner exchange.

Then, on July 12, Hezbollah agents kidnapped another two Israeli soldiers, and likewise demanded the release of prisoners from Israel. Why would Hezbollah do this? Most experts I’ve read seem to agree that it was either an attempt to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians, or as part of an attempt to maintain their power and influence inside Lebanon, which has been ebbing for some time. And frankly, it might work. It seems like their action caused a rain of Israeli hellfire on the Lebanese, but it seems that the Lebanese citizens are more likely to blame Israel for the destruction than Hezbollah for instigating it. Mission Accomplished.

The Israeli reaction to the Hezbollah kidnapping is off the charts. If the kidnapping was indeed an “act of war”, as Israel insists it was, then the reaction is appropriate. But “a terrorist group kidnapping two guys” is certainly not the same as the Lebanese government declaring war. Again, many people who’ve got nothing to do with the violence or kidnapping feel the wrath.

Now, Israel is insisting that this is a war to disarm Hezbollah, and is demanding that the Lebanese government do it. Except they can’t. Everyone seems to realize that Hezbollah’s militias are more powerful than the Lebanese army, and any attempt by Lebanon to take down Hezbollah will end in failure.

Some of the scariest talk in here is when Israel tries to blame even more players for the conflict; on several occasions it has implied that Syria or Iran are pulling the strings. Does Israel really want to invade a couple more countries? Does Olmert really think that Israel can fight wars on four fronts simultaneously?

But I did have to laugh when Israeli officials claimed that Hezbollah’s rockets were created by Iran. Yeah, like every Israeli rifle, tank, helicopter and missile doesn’t bear huge “MADE IN THE USA” tattoo. Most folks in the Arab/Muslim world blame the US for Israel’s violence, and to some extent, they’re right.

I don’t know how this is going to end (or if not “end”, return to “normal”). Some experts I’ve read say that both the Gaza and Lebanon conflicts will eventually end with negotiated prisoner releases. Others have said that Israel intends to wipe out Hezbollah before it’s done. All I know is that from here, I don’t see any predictable conclusions.

Recently, I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf regarding this website. As you know, LMB is frequently a great source of apocalytpically depressing news. And that depression can lead to despair and apathy, which is not my goal at all. It’s always my hope that the nightmarish parade of wrongness would push readers to the point where they felt that they had no choice but to do something to fix this broken world. But maybe it helps push them instead to glassy stares and bottle of something alcoholic.

So it is my goal to try to temper these sad tales with stories about what people are doing to fix, repair, aid, solve and salve. And beyond that, to try to give y’all a few options of how to get involved yourselves. Take that pathos and turn it into conviction and action. Or something like that.

Since the Israeli attacks began, there have been protests in Boston, Jakarta, Ankara, Damascus, Detroit, Yemen, Melbourne, and Kuwait– and that’s just my results from one half-assed Google search. Other protests are planned for Los Angeles on Wednesday, Houston on Monday, and I’m sure there are more in the works. If you want to plan your own, you can find your nearest Israeli Embassy here (well, there are only 10 in the US).

Organization End the Occupation has a letter you can write/sign and send to your US Congressmen announcing that supplying Israel with weapons when they do these sorts of things is a violation of US law. And my friend Garrick, who used to write for my site about his travels/activism in Palestine, sent me this link where you can donate money to send medicine to Palestinian children. Garrick also recommends writing letters to the editor of your local paper to call attention to Israel’s insanity and possibly get Congress to do something about it. This site can help you find contact info for your local media outlets.

Don’t know how much effect any of that can have, but it’s a start.

Posted by Jake on July 15, 2006 11:13 pm

12 Comments »

  1. again and again the lies and propoganda led by terrorists and their supporters, as we see “jake” over here is ashtonishing.
    In JUne a group of terrorists belonging to hamas, dug a tunnel under the border fence to israel assulted unexpecting soldiers, executed 2 (bullets to the head at close range) and kidnapped a wounded soldier.
    HAMAS TOOK RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ATTACK. KEEPING IN MIND THAT HAMAS IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TERROR GROUP THAT CALLS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL, AND IS RESPONSIBLE TO THE MURDER OF ISRAELIS AND AMERICAN CITIZENS. KEEPING IN MIND THAT ISRAEL HAS COMPLETELY PULLED OUT OF THE GAZA STRIP BACK TO THE RECOGNIZED 1967 BORDERS, THIS ATTACK WAS UNPROVOKED.
    oNCWE AGAIN “JAKE” CONTINUES WUITH HIS TWISTING OF THE TRUTH SO TYPICAL OF HIS KIND “TERRORISTS SUPPORTERS” WIOTH THE HIZBOLLA STORY.
    aFTER NUMEROUS UNPROVOKED ATTACKS BY HIZBOLLA IN THE LAST SIX YEARS, SINCE ISRAEL HAS PULLED OUT OF LEBANON, HIZBOLLA TERROR ORGANIZATION CROSSED INTO ISRAELI SOVEREIGN TERRITORY KILLED ISRAWELI SOLDIERS AND KIDNAPED TWO OTHERS. SECOND TIME IN THE PAST YEAR. THE HIZBOLLA, A RECOGNIZED FUNDAMENTALIS ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION, SPONSORED BY FANATICAL DICTATORSHIPS SUCH AS SYRIA AND IRAN. HAS MEMBERS IN THE LEBANESE GOVERMENT, CABINET MINISTER AND MINISTERS IN THE GOVERMENT HAS TAKED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK.
    THAT SAME DAY HIZBOLLA LAUNCHED MISSILES AT JEWISH TOWNS IN ISRAEL AND WOUNDED SEVERAL ISRAELI CITIZENS. THIS TIME ISRAEL RESPONDED IN SELF DEFENSE AND RIGHTFULLY SO.
    AFTER 6 YEARS OF CONSTANT SHOOTINGS, MISSILES, AND MURDERING OF ISRAELI CITIZENS, ISRAEL HAS DECIDED THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND RESPONDED IN FULL FORCE TO THESE ATTACKS IN AN ATTEMOT TO DESTROTY AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KILLING OF 200 UNITED STATES MARINES, AND AMERICAN CITIZENS ON A CRUISE SHIP. AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSULT OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ AND CONNECTED TO BIN LADEN.
    ACCORDING TO UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION OF 6 YEARS AGO, I BELIEVE 1559, THE LEBANESE GOVERMENT IS RESPINSIBLE TO DISARM ALL TERROR GROUPS THAT EXIST IN LEBANON, AND TAKE OVER THE BORDER WITH ISRAEL. THE LEBANESE GOVERMENT HAS REFUSED TO DO SO, AND FURTHER MORE HAS MADE A COALITION IN GOVERMENT WITH THE HIZBOLLA.
    “Since the Israeli attacks began, there have been protests in Boston, Jakarta, Ankara, Damascus, Detroit, Yemen, Melbourne, and Kuwait”
    ALL CITIES WHERE PROTESTS WERE HELD ARE IN ARAB ISLAMIC COUNTRIES OR WHERE LARGE ISLAMIC POPULATIONS LIVE (WHERE THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING ANTI-AMERICAN TERROR ACTIVITIES AND IN SOME SUCH AS DETROIT TERRORISTS WERE ARRESTED, WHILE BEING HIDDEN AND PROTECTED BY L;OCVAL ARAB POPULATION. MANY MORE PROTESTS AND MUCH BIGGER WERE HELD IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL. FURTHER MORE ARAB LEADERS HAVE SWTEPPED OUT AGAINST THE HIZBOLLA AND THE ACTIONS OF THE LEBANESE GOVERMENT THAT HAVE LED TO THIS SITUATION. LEADERS LIKE MUBARAK OF EGYPT, KING HUSSEIN OF JORDAN, THE KING OF SAUDI ARABIA AND MORE.
    WHAT BEST CAN DESCRIBE THE CONDITIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST, AND THE ARAB WORLD THAT THE WORDS OF A LEBANESE WEOMAN HERSELF COMMING OUT AND TELLING THE TRUTH IN THIS SHORT TELEVIZED INTERVIEW:
    http://switch5.castup.net/frames/20041020_MemriTV_Popup/video_480×360.asp
    DESCRING THE TRUE FACE OF ISLAM AND THE ARAB WORLD IN ITS MURDEROUS BEHAVIOR, ITS RACISM, ITS PROPOGANDA OF LIES, THIS SAME POROPOGANDA “JAKE” HERE IS TRYING TO FEED THE READERS, AND HATERAD TOWARD OTHERS, AND THE PREACHINGS OF MUHAMED HIMSELF TO MURDER EVERYBODY THAT IS NOT MUSLIM.

    Comment by alon — July 18, 2006 @ 10:24 am

  2. The 100 million people in your audience who were born out-of-wedlock strongly object to you using the word “bastard” unless you know and are referring to a person born illegitimately. If you persist in using the word in it’s derogatory definition, we shall boycott and protest your media just like the African Americans protested the “N” words use until it’s been eliminated from the dictionary.
    Sincerely,

    The SOB Foundation
    301-934-4138

    Comment by victor@societyofbastards.org — July 18, 2006 @ 11:15 am

  3. An amazing article. So, now what do we do? I mean, we have been powerless to effect change within this administration alone, what can one person do to change this situation. It exhausts me. These people will just simply never stop (fighting), will they? Oh, and the comment from victor@sob…. very weak.

    Comment by Christine Taylor — July 18, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  4. Wow, Victor; nice threadjack. The O’Reilly-esque “vague threat of boycott from a non-targeted demographic” was a nice touch.

    (P.S. - I looked at your website; I don’t think a “quickie marriage, quickie divorce” combo is going to solve the sociological problems that surround children born out of wedlock, but…good luck, I guess.)

    Comment by Robby Simpson — July 18, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

  5. jeezy greezy - enough caps up there?

    anyway, it is a vast understatement to call hezbollah a “terrorist” group. they have a private army that is more powerful than lebanon’s, and their political wing controls around 20 percent of the votes in parliament. in effect, hezbollah is not a state-sponsored army: lebanon is an army-sponsored state, and whatever hezbollah does is a type of de facto quasi-policy.

    another problem with this situation is that israel’s foreign policy is so reactionary that it can’t even be called a policy. any idiot with a gun can single-handedly create an international incident by simply firing a bullet over a fence and waiting for the idf to send 100 bullets back.

    this doctrine of massive retaliation might be the key to israel’s survival, but the zero-tolerance aspect of its administration will continue to keep the region at war until new moderate leadership is introduced. unfortunately, moderates are never elected in wartime, and israel is always at war.

    Comment by jeremy — July 20, 2006 @ 7:34 am

  6. The inability to find your capslock key already shows your lack of intelligence. Sorry but Reporting facts is not ‘terrorist suypporters”. Here’s an idea-present data for your asinine claims instead of name-calling people who report ALL the facts ‘terrorist-lovers’

    And what about the many terrorist acts of Israel and hundreds of treaty violations theyve done from UN-recognized ones to regional ones? Sorry you can’t ignore that.

    Comment by Brian/Buddy — July 20, 2006 @ 10:19 am

  7. nobody should fear bombing, i am ashamed of the british goverment sick at the silence of the americans and tired of the racist muslim element. and what can we do ? send in condeleeza ,yea right that will sort it..who profits from all this? the people who make the bombs.

    Comment by jim manningham — July 21, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  8. Kill these israelie bastards. There are choping down on innocent people and capturing there land. May god land all types of bad on them.

    Comment by dino — July 22, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

  9. I’ve already bookmarked your site. The flipside commentary on over-embellished and lopsided media reports is refreshing.
    First off, let’s ask ourselves at what point in history did the jews gain control of israel? Written documentation states that the US would not enter (e.g. support) a european war without “conditions”. First, all of the poor jews who were being kicked out of germany were going to need a place to live. Hmm… some say form follows function, but convenience follows a pet in the desert. Enter our new family pet…israel. We feed’em, we give them toys, and they act as a landing pad to extend the reach of our greedy little fingers. Now, before the jews were wandering in the desert, someone else had residence. someother group (begin lesson on American Indian exploitation) had to be removed to make way for the pet. Well, it seems that fleas can be scattered, but never washed away… and when the dog moved in… he was forced to scratch. Arabs,Persians,Sumerians,Egyptians…and a host of other countries (let’s not forget Alexander’s conquests)… have occupied this region. Before any waters were parted, some of the greatest acheivments in architecture had risen. So, when a jew is forced to settle down; what is there when he must once again wander? That’s simple math campers… figure it out. The bible is full of “David vs. Goliath” stories… and unles the legend’s mold has grown old, Rome is beginning a new descent.
    c’est mort

    Comment by extraterrestrial ed — July 25, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

  10. I cannot believe the violence and death that the Israel government (apparently with the approval of the general population) has unleashed in Middle East in the last weeks. I am not an expert about the politics there, but one thing I know for sure; Jewish are becoming more and more unpopular (just like americans), and if they want to make enemies around the world… well, mission accomplished! Just all of you that support the killing of innocent men, women and children, please don’t come around my home, because you are not welcome, BASTARDS! (bastard - n 1: insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous [syn: asshole, cocksucker, dickhead, shit, mother fucker, motherfucker, prick, whoreson, son of a bitch, SOB] Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University)

    Comment by mynystry — August 1, 2006 @ 2:00 am

  11. Jesus Christ, is your site supportive of statements like that last one? ” Jewish (sic) are becoming less and less popular?” Shit is it 1939 again?

    Comment by deedee — August 11, 2006 @ 11:10 am

  12. ok, you guys all need to stopppp.

    Comment by JackieA* — August 12, 2006 @ 10:17 am

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