Archive for February 2010

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TIGER WOODS’ “APOLOGY” – A SCRIPTED LAS VEGAS SPECTACLE WITH A CAST OF THOUSANDS – PLUS A LAUGH-A-MINUTE SIDESHOW OF “SEX THERAPISTS”

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE INDEPENDENT

Please, tiresome man, just go away.

I don’t want to hear or see another headline about your personal life.

All this noise about a man who plays golf?

I don’t know what kind of ridiculous effort Woods is undertaking, but a scripted apology with a cast of thousands looking on is about as insincere as it gets, just another cheap Las Vegas show.

Sex therapy? More ridiculous nonsense. It’s about like the idiot Christian fundamentalists who use “therapy” on homosexuals to make them “normal.”

Here is a man who should never have married, at least not to a woman who expects traditional fidelity.

The most honest thing he could do is grant her a generous divorce, but no he undoubtedly doesn’t want to make the big payout.

He’s also looking, undoubtedly, towards rejuvenating his sponsorship income.

This is a completely dishonest and insincere man, one who has lived years of the most extreme lies.

There is no cure for having that kind of character.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE FOOLISH USE OF AN UGLY EPITHET

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY DANIEL FINKELSTEIN IN THE TIMES

“Now it should never – never – be the case that arguing against the policy of the Israeli Government is regarded as proof of anti-Semitism.”

Thank you, Daniel.

Unfortunately, your open mind does not characterize a good many defenders of Israel’s excesses, including some well-known people.

It has become common to hurl the epithet “anti-Semite” at anyone criticizing Israel.

This foolish use of an epithet has two effects, at least.

First, it immediately sends the debate over Israel’s foreign policies into the gutter, when there is indeed a large and important set of issues to debate.

Two, in the long term, the term “anti-Semite” will lose all genuine meaning.

This is already becoming the case with some other hideously over-used words, including “genocide” and “terrorist.”

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RICK SALUTIN ON HARPER’S POOR EXCUSE OF A FOREIGN POLICY AND ESPECIALLY HIS OBSESSION WITH ISRAEL

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED COMMENTS ON A COLUMN BY RICK SALUTIN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

These truly nasty men of Harper’s are gradually destroying the entire fabric of Canada’s international reputation.

Our reputation included fairness and balance in the Middle East, as elsewhere.

Harper has said many provocative and unpleasant things to his own people, including suggesting that Canadians who criticize Israel are anti-Semites, a vile repetition of a favorite attack on critics by apologists for Israel’s bloody excesses.

Peter Kent has always been a second-rater, a man not particularly astute or even interesting to listen to, now a junior minister with a junior mind at best. Where does he dare suggest we are committed to going to war for Israel, or anyone else for that matter?

Where in God’s name does he think he receives that kind of authority?

Of course, it is from his bully boss, Stephen Harper, who tells everyone in his creepy little party what to say unless they want a chair hurled at them in caucus.

I truly cannot believe that the Alberta-derived bunch of Harper’s ministers and supporters – truly, mainly the classic WASP-types – are that attached to Israel.

And they cannot be seeking just votes with this inappropriate demonstration of loyalty to one small state, Israel: the Canadian Jewish community is in fact a fairly small one, I believe on the order of 1 to 2% of population.

So what motivates this foreign-policy obsession, for no other word is adequate?

I do recall Heather Reisman, who supported the Liberals, getting upset with them for not being enthusiastic enough about Israel. I believe they were only trying to be fair, but that is not how Ms Reisman saw it, and she was public in her criticism.

Ms Reisman is of course a successful and well-off business person, and Canada has produced several prominent Jewish families of great success and wealth.

Traditionally, many Jews supported liberal or progressive parties because of their own history of hardships and discrimination.

But the often ghastly human-rights behavior of the state of Israel now makes a terrible wedge issue for Canadians of Jewish descent, and politicians like Stephen Harper smell opportunity, opportunity for large campaign donations.

Effectively, Harper seems eager to trade the genuine long-term interests of Canada and all of its citizens, interests in maintaining a precious reputation for fairness and decency, for the short-term potential of substantial campaign contributions in the face of an ugly international situation.

Were I a Jewish Canadian concerned about Israel’s future, I would hardly be comforted by that kind of transaction in pretended loyalty.

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“As a country, we should stand against terrorism, not sit on the fence to placate barbarians.”

Yes, absolutely.

The only trouble is that the person making that comment, like so many others these days, equates barbarians with Muslims.

Pure and absolute prejudice.

Everyone with eyes and ears and a working brain regards Operation Cast Lead as the purest barbarism.

And so too Israel’s horrific attack on Southern Lebanon.

I do believe we have more to fear from an organized state sinking into barbarism than we do from malcontent individuals or even groups. Far more.

A state, moreover, armed with nuclear weapons and ugly stuff like nerve gas.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: OBAMA’S MIDDLE EAST EFFORTS JUST NOISE SIGNIFYING NOTHING

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY MICHAEL BELL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

The American campaign-finance system keeps the Congress tied up in knots by special interests.

No special interest has a better organized and intensely systematic approach to Congress than America’s apologists for Israel’s excesses.

Your views as a Congressperson are tracked and tested.

If your views are considered not sufficiently in Israel’s interests, your opponent receives contributions and help.

If your views are acceptable, you receive contributions and help.

It is all extremely focused, and it is all extremely effective.

Favored Congresspeople even receive goodies like deluxe vacations in Israel under the guise of studying aspects of society there.

The terrible problem is that the only power which can push Israel to a fair and decent settlement is, unfortunately, the United States.

And it is incapable of exercising its strength for good precisely because of the effects of the campaign-finance system.

Obama started by seeming determined to a fresh start. He was encouraging for those wanting to see fairness done, but The Lobby has already worn him down to an ineffectual voice on this great issue of our time.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY IS THE UK STILL THREATENING ISRAELI POLITICIANS ASKS PHILIP JOHNSTON? THE ANSWER PLUS A COMPARISON OF GUERNICA AND OPERATION CAST LEAD

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY PHILIP JOHNSTON IN THE TELEGRAPH

Why are we (the UK ) still threatening to arrest Israeli politicians?

Gee, I wonder?

Could it possibly be that they are war criminals?

In the recent past, an author from Britain served time in jail for “holocaust denial,” a stupidity but hardly a crime for most minds, but it’s okay to slaughter 1400 people, including 400 kids, in a refugee camp?

I was reading a biography the other day and came across a terrible fact.

Guernica, one of the 20th century’s iconic horrors and the subject of a famous painting, had about 1600 people killed by German dive bombers.

That’s almost the same death toll as Operation Cast Lead, yet in this case we are to ignore the savagery and pretend everything is just fine.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: STATE CLINTON SPEAKS ABOUT MILITARY DICTATORSHIP IN IRAN AND A NEW ARMS RACE

 
JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED COMMENT TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Clinton’s remark is pure farce.

The military of Iran is relatively small.

The United States on the other hand, now spends over $700 billion each year on its military, more than the total for all other countries on earth. That’s far more than the total GDP of some countries.

Add to that the tens of billions more spent on at least 14 different intelligence agencies, and the size of the American military establishment is breathtaking.

Considering Obama ran with words about peace and now cannot be distinguished in his actions from George Bush, I do think it fair to say that it is the United States which to a large degree is governed by its military.

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The woman has become a tireless and rather deranged servant of Israel.

How can you have a bigger stock of nuclear weapons than the US already has?

And, please, the elephant in the room is Israel with its estimated 150-200 nuclear warheads. The entire Middle East is under its threat.

Why in God’s name isn’t Israel, with its genuine arsenal and not a hypothetical one, charged with inducing a weapons’ race?

Recall her frighteningly insane declaration during her presidential campaign about incinerating Iran. That’s over 70 million people. Absolute insanity.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CRISPIN BLACK ON BRAVE AND HONORABLE SOLDIERS BENFITING US ALL – AND THEN THERE’S WILL POWER

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY CRISPIN BLACK IN THE TELEGRAPH

“The brave and honourable spirit of Britain’s soldiers will benefit us all.”

 

I cannot believe that an informed person in the early 21st century writes such stuff.

Crispin Black sounds very much like a throwback to 1914.

I’m sorry, armies are sometimes necessary, but to speak of “the brave and honourable spirit” of professional soldiers simply doing their jobs rings hollow.

And that would be true even if what they were doing were not totally pointless, a political war to serve America’s paranoia.

But Crispin insists on getting even more ridiculous:

“The daily exercise in Afghanistan of will-power and leadership serves the best human instincts.”

“Will power” was a favorite of the late Mr. Hitler. It’s also popular in junk diet books.

The best human instincts are served by killing people in their own land for no good reason?

I don’t know which is worse, the author for writing such words or The Telegraph for giving them space.