Archive for June 2012

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ON THE DEATH OF YITZHAK SHAMIR

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Shamir was an old Irgun and Lehi terrorist with lots of blood on his hands.

Among other terrorist acts, he authorized the assassination of the UN’s representative in the region, Count Bernadotte.

It is odd that Israel, with many such leaders in its past, whines constantly about terrorists.

Given slightly different circumstances, Shamir would have been hung.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IRAN’S FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT MOHAMMAD REZA RAHMI MAKES SOME STUPID REMARKS ABOUT JEWS – BUT WORDS LIKE HIS ARE FAR LESS DANGEROUS THAN ACTS LIKE ISRAEL’S – AND CONSIDER THE PRESSURES NOW PUT ON IRAN

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Isn’t this just the kind of garbage which always and everywhere happens in the wake of someone with a reputation for atrocious behavior?

There are countless fantasy stories about famous gangsters or dictators, stories conceived in the minds of the unthinking or credulous or paranoid, but these stories are in fact stimulated by other real behaviors which are terrible.

Of course, Remi’s accusations are fantasy nonsense, but there is nothing nonsensical about Israel’s genuine abusive and brutal behaviors.

It does kill and it does steal and it does abuse millions, virtually with impunity.

And I do think those acts more dangerous and reprehensible than this man’s muttering.

Were Israel finally to demonstrate some generosity of spirit towards its neighbors and stop threatening everyone, it would do more to shut up such stuff than all the official condemnations in the world.
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“And the Pro Iran Fan club and western leftist tell us Iranian government officials do not have anything against Jew?”

There is no “pro Iran fan club,” but your saying there is is just as stupidly thoughtless as Remi’s nonsense.

How about dealing with the genuine abuses and crimes of Israel?

They are not fantasy. They are real.

And did the thought ever enter your head, however fleetingly, that when Israel – an Israel which has attacked every neighbor that it has, many more than once, and maintains millions in semi-bondage and tries starving out the people of Gaza – daily threatens Iran, it just might have an effect of this nature?

Words, however stupid, are cheap and retractable.

Bombing, shooting, abusing, and torturing are not.
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“I am asking you [Chuckman] and anyone that claims that Rahimi’s statements are just not so important, what would have been the reaction if this hate would have been uttered by an Israeli?”

You misspeak.

I did not say – read my words – that the words were unimportant, only that they are far, far less important than systematic oppression, theft, torture, threats, and killing.

There are bad words on all sides. You may easily find quotes from prominent Israelis advocating the ethnic cleansing of all non-Jews from Israel as well as horrible words about Palestinians being vermin, words spoken by ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

The simple truth is that modern Iran has attacked no one in its entire history.

And what of Israel?

It has attacked every neighbor, and it never stops threatening.

Perhaps you have no experience or imagination in such matters, but I am confident that human psychology is badly strained by endless threats – almost as in the case when someone stalks you for a long period. Even rational people are subject to fears and terrors.

And it has been more than threats.

Israeli agents assassinated, with magnetic car bombs, several innocent Iranian scientists recently.

And Israel worked with the United States to create Stuxnet and Flame, the most dangerous computer malware ever discovered.

Stuxnet got out onto the Net, and it may very well have been responsible for the failure of Japanese controls on the horribly-failed nuclear power station at Fukushima.

Moreover, a huge and threatening American sea armada sits not far from Iran.

Reportedly, there is also an Israeli German-built submarine which is nuclear-capable with a cruise missile.

But Iran has done absolutely nothing to deserve this oppressive treatment.

All intelligence reports worth talking about confirms that there is no nuclear weapons program.

Wasn’t the horror of Iraq – a million dead and millions of refugees – enough for Israel’s apologists?

The same arguments were made of Iraq, and they were entirely false.

But, please recall, Israel not only refuses to join the Non-proliferation Treaty, it refuses all inspections – as Iran does not.

And we know Israel in fact has a nuclear arsenal, one about which it regularly lies.

We’ve seen actual photos from Mordechai Vanunu, whom Israeli agents drugged and threw into prison.

We’ve seen a test flash some years ago – likely done in cooperation with South Africa – in from a spy satellite.

We know now that the German-built diesel-electric subs being given to Israel at knock-down prices have gear for handling a nuclear-capable cruise missile.

And we know from Jimmy Carter, perhaps the most honest and honorable man to be President since Lincoln, that Israel has at least 150 nuclear warheads.

And we know to a certainty that Israel helped South Africa in becoming a nuclear power, seeing in apartheid South Africa not only a kindred spirit but an important source of strategic raw materials.

Please, you tell me where any reasonable person, not an ideologue for Israel, sees the real threats and dangers?

And last, let’s not forget that Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela both have said that what they see in Israel resembles South African apartheid.
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“Chuckman…we get it you hate Jews.”

That is simply brutally stupid.

Indeed, how is that any different to the words of the Iranian official?

Of course, it is not. Just a cheap way to answer well-ordered facts you cannot deal with.

I believe in logic it is called ad hominem argument.

But then logic has nothing to do with your words, does it?

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WESTERN NAIVETE IN THE MIDDLE EAST? THINK TANK HACK SERVES ONE MORE GENEROUS PLATE OF PROPAGANDA FOR ISRAEL

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“Western naiveté about the Middle East is hardly confined to Egypt.”

Indeed, Yossi Klein Halevi amply demonstrates his own here.

If the Middle East is so terrible a place, why in God’s name did Israel insist on locating there in the first place?

Why is it so awful to have the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – by the way, a rather mild-mannered Islamist party – yet Israel is entitled to demand everyone recognize it as “the Jewish state”?

And every thinking person knows that is Israel’s 60 or so years of work of manipulation, war, theft, and brutality in the region that is the cause of mucch of its turmoil.

If you take Mr Halevi’s words to their limit, I guess we should just clear out all the “troublemakers” in the Middle East for a thousand miles around Israel, a couple of hundred million Muslim people who lived there countless centuries, and send them to Siberia.

Sometimes that seems not that far from the heart of Israel’s destructive policies.

I don’t see who can defend it except those with no sense of fairness or justice.

This isn’t analysis, it is propaganda, just one more unappetizing serving of the stuff we are served day after day after day.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CHOICE IN THE UPCOMING AMERICAN ELECTION – WHAT CHOICE IS THAT?

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

There are no choices here at all.

Obama, once so promising, has proven a man of little backbone and no principles, unable to change anything worth changing.

He is responsible for at least 3,000 deaths by killer-drones.

The incipient American police state has continued to grow rapidly with TSA agents and drones everywhere.

There are even new portable backscatter x-rays, the ones used at airports, mounted on vans to travel up and down cities.

TSA agents are beginning to patrol the nation’s highways, and they are riding on inter-city buses.

The hideous Patriot Act has not been attacked, only re-inforced.

The CIA torture international gulag remains in place, its ghastly reality not even called into question.

Obama is almost indistinguishable from George Bush, judged by his acts.

We already know that a man with Romney’s background – a man who travels hundreds of miles with a dog tied to the roof of his car, a man whose hobby as a young man was to pretend he was a policeman with a blinking light on his car, and a man who made his fortune throwing people out of work and keeping his money offshore – is almost certainly psychopathic.

No matter who wins this silly election – after billions are spent on a big show and tons of advertising – the military-intelligence-security complex will go right on running things.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: COLUMNIST SAYS AUNG SAN SUU KYI MUST BALANCE POLITICS AND PRINCIPLES – THE TRUTH IS HER LACK OF BALANCE IS LIKELY A MEDICAL MATTER – A WORD ON NOBEL PEACE PRIZES

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY MARK MACKINNON IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Sorry, but I think Aung San Suu Kyi is a bit off her nut.

The press – that creation of American imperial interests and huge corporations – has treated her as some kind of sainted person standing against the forces of darkness.

I don’t see that at all, and she has made many statements which do not even make a lot of sense.

First, of all the world’s tyrannies, Burma is not one of the worst by a very good measure.

In a really ugly place, she would simply have been “disappeared” long ago.

Instead, she was given house arrest with the occasional access to press and other outsiders.

And of course, when a bloody monster like Hillary Clinton praises her, we know something is not quite right.

As to the Nobel Peace Prize, well, other winners include Barack Obama, who is now busy slaughtering thousands of people by drones; Henry Kissinger, a genuine war criminal if there ever was one; Andrei Sakharov, father of the Russian hydrogen bomb; Simon Peres, political father of Israel’s nuclear arsenal; Menachim Begin, an old Irgun terrorist with lots of blood on his hands; Al Gore, the biggest phony pitchman since Oral Roberts; and Mother Teresa, a religious zealot of questionable ethics.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TURKEY GOING TO NATO OVER DOWNING OF PLANE IN SYRIA – THE REAL MEANING OF THESE EVENTS – THE FANTASY CREATION OF INTERNATIONAL NEWS IN WHICH WE LIVE

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Turkey is acting as stalking horse for the United States and Israel in their desire to topple Assad and dismember Syria.

Here Syria legitimately downed a warplane either within or on its frontiers.

Yet when Israel murdered about ten Turkish citizens during its high-seas piracy of a humanitarian ship, Turkey took no such action with NATO.

This entire business is a set-up.

The Free Syrian Army is a fraud, an American-Israeli creation, and there too Turkey plays a role in providing refuge for what a group fairly characterized as terrorists.

America and Israel simple do not think any international laws or conventions apply to them when they want something outside their territory.

It is a world governed by bullies they are creating.
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“According to Reuters news (I know, I know….not very reliable), Syria announced that it has killed several Turks who have infiltrated into Syrian space.
In other news….Iran is asking both parties to cool down.

“Will we ever find out the truth about this plane incident?”

Reuters of course has a well-earned reputation as part of the CIA’s “mighty Wurlitzer,” the intelligence agency’s name for the set of news outlets it manipulates in planting of stories.

We’ve had one story that the plane was not a warplane.

One story that it was a warplane.

One story that it was indeed in Syrian airspace and Turkey was sorry.

And now we have a story that it was in international air space.

Good God, we no longer can get reliable news on anything of importance.

Our entire sense of reality, at least in international affairs, is today reduced to a fantasy creation, a few facts hung, here and there like a few nasty-looking ornaments on an ugly Christmas tree, just enough to make the created story seem plausible.

This is because there is so much concentration in the ownership of news outlets, the hands into which it is concentrated are huge corporations sharing interests with governments, and governments like the United States and Israel view it as their God-given right to constantly play with the lives of others.

In effect, the West today, in such matters, is governed by lies in pursuit of goals without ethics or morality.

“Democracy” and “rights” and “law” are words used in Orwellian fashion by these governments and their loyal followers, words without any genuine meaning, resembling the suggestive and untruthful words used in advertising.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AN OTHERWISE ADMIRABLE POLITICAL FIGURE PLAYS THE PART OF CHEERING SECTION FOR AMERICA’S HORROR IN SYRIA

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY HUGH SEGAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Hugh Segal is a man I much respect and admire, an example of a thoughtful and decent conservative.

But he has this matter dead wrong, and I am disappointed to read him acting as part of cheering section for this horror.

If we want to help Syria, we will pressure the United States and Israel to halt their damned black operations.

The Syrian Free Army is the creation of American Blackwater-types. The refuge in Turkey they use – much along the lines of what the U.S. accuses the Taleban of in Pakistan – is a U.S. creation, having pressured the Turkish government into doing so.

Israel is running arms into Turkey to keep the blood flowing. It is doing so totally illegally, of course, but then almost everything Israel does breaks international laws.

So it is, absolutely and without question, American-Israeli interference that has shed this blood.

And the reason has nothing to do with freedom or rights because as American and Israel have amply demonstrated freedom and rights mean very little stacked against geo-political manipulation of advantages.

They want Syria dismembered.

Again, if a third state wanted to arm the discontented in the United States with rifle grenades and plastique and shoulder anti-aircraft missiles, there would be hundreds of thousands ready to accept them (Haters and malcontents of dozens of descriptions), and they could cause plenty of havoc before they were brutally put down, as they would be, by American’s Frankenstein military.

American did not hesitate to shoot hundreds in the streets during the various black riots in the past, and those people had no modern arms.

God, today in the United States, all you have to do to get a beating or tasered or even shot is to take cellphone pictures of the police doing something inappropriate, which they do a great deal of the time.
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“A no-flight zone is a prudent, limited intervention that could tip the balance against Assad and his criminal regime.”

The “no-fly” zone in Libya was neither limited nor prudent.

NATO – read the United States using others to front for it – killed hundreds of people and destroyed billions of dollars’ worth of property.

Then the rag-tag bunch they supported took over and acted like anything but a democratic government.

Today, the phrase “no-fly zone” would be included in George Orwell’s great essay, “Politics and the English Language.”

It is a morally foul concept like “pacification,” a harmless-sounding term to cover mass murder.

And it really is important to understand that what is sauce for the goose….

There are no words you can use to describe Assad’s government which cannot be applied with equal meaning and moral authority to Israel’s government.

It is almost an absurd example of the emperor’s new clothes to regard Israel’s behavior as anything in keeping with democratic values or regard for human rights.

The total of its acts of stomping in the face of international law, its murders, theft of others’ property, illegal imprisonment, torture and abuse is matched by no state other than a few bizarre places like North Korea.