July 2006

Galloway gets even crazier

by Limbic on July 26, 2006

“I am here to glorify the Lebanese resistance… Hezbollah. I am here to glorify Syed Hassan Nasrullah” – George  Galloway, anti-Semitic rally, London, July 2006

You can see a video of his tirade here.

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Strong opinions, which are weakly held

by Limbic on July 26, 2006

From Bob Sutton, author of some of my favourite business books comes this:

been pretty obsessed about the difference between smart people and wise people for years. I tried to write a book called “The Attitude of Wisdom” a couple times. And the virtues of wise people – those who have the courage to act on their knowledge, but the humility to doubt what they know – is one of the main themes in Hard Facts.

…Perhaps the best description I’ve ever seen of how wise people act comes from the amazing folks at Palo Alto’s Institute for the Future. A couple years ago, I was talking the Institute’s Bob Johansen about wisdom, and he explained that – to deal with an uncertain future and still move forward – they advise people to have “strong opinions, which are weakly held.”  They’ve been giving this advice for years, and I understand that it was first developed by Instituite Director Paul Saffo.  Bob explained that weak opinions are problematic because people aren’t inspired to develop the best arguments possible for them, or to put forth the energy required to test them. Bob explained that it was just as important, however, to not be too attached to what you believe because, otherwise, it undermines your ability to “see” and “hear” evidence that clashes with your opinions. This is what psychologists sometimes call the problem of “confirmation bias.”

Thanks to Kelly Looney for the heads up.

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While Lebanon Boils, Watch Bosnia

by Limbic on July 25, 2006

Douglas Farah: While Lebanon Boils, Watch Bosnia

There is concern among Bosnian contacts that, if Iran feels things are going badly in Lebanon and that the war needs another front, it would take little to ignite Bosnia. It would not be hard to do and the international presence in Bosnia is greatly reduced. So is the intelligence capacity developed in the late 1990s. Several key intelligence-gathering units have been dissolved in Bosnia in the past six months, meaning the West is more blind there than any time since the mid-1990s.

To date Iranian intelligence maintains a huge apparatus in Bosnia and several dozen, if not hundreds, of trainers with the elite units of the Bosnian military. In addition, several hundred mujahadeen who fought in Afghanistan and then Bosnia remain scattered around Bosnia, many of them still with the elite Bosnia units or in the intelligence apparatus.

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The war against Israel – Melanie Philips

by Limbic on July 24, 2006

The war against Israel:

This weekend, as rockets continue to rain down on northern Israel, there is a rash of demonstrations around Britain against Israel. Not against the genocidal warmongers of Syria and Iran, but against their victim, Israel. Not against Hezbollah, whose rockets are tipped with ball bearings in order to murder and maim as many innocents as possible, but against Israel for waging a war of self defence in which, as in all wars, civilians tragically will lose their lives. Even though Israel, unlike Hezbollah, is delivering repeated warnings to those civilians in advance of its attacks in order to minimise the loss of innocent life whereas the aim of Hezbollah and Hamas is to maximise their murder rate, it is Israel, not Hamas and Hezbollah, which stands condemned in too much of Britain — and as this war grinds on and the casualty rate in Lebanon mounts, such condemnation will surely only increase.

It is Israel, the target of annihilatory attack, which is seen as the guilty party. It is Israel, struggling to defend itself — which it may well not succeed in doing — (so much for its supposedly mythic power, one of the principal motifs of anti-Israel feeling) which is being demonised as brutal and violent, overreacting and at fault. It is Hezbollah which has hidden its rockets in the basements of Lebanon’s apartment buildings, thus using the population of Lebanon as a collective human shield (as Hamas has done in Gaza) behind which it can pursue its murderous purpose against Israel. But it is Israel which is blamed for razing the ‘Paris of the Levant’.

(Via Melanie Phillips’s Diary.)

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New York Times an anti-Semitic organ?

by Limbic on July 24, 2006

Is the New York Time — the ultra liberal defender of minorities – an anti-Semitic organ against Jews? Here is the charge sheet according to The American Thinker

1) the paper offers support, praise and prizes for people who “indulge in anti-Semitism”;

2) the paper has warned anti-Semitic hate groups of imminent investigations and raids;

3) the paper, which refused to run the Danish Mohammed cartoons for fear of offending Muslims, has run a series of ads and cartoons laden with anti-Semitic imagery;

4) the paper casts doubt about the veracity, loyalty and honesty of Jews; or, refuses to combat anti-Semitism as other major papers and media outlets have;

5) the paper dismisses fears of a genocide by using the service of an “expert” who repeatedly has been accused of anti-Semitism

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I am referring to Inaugural Conference on Disease Mongering.

‘Disease-mongering’ is the expansion of the boundaries of disorders, the medicalisation of normal life events and the portrayal of risk factors as diseases.

It is a massive problem that is driven mostly by medical and pharmaceutical marketing.

The conference website is here: http://www.diseasemongering.org

The Public Library of Science has papers and notes from the conference on-line.

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Brilliant men always betray their wives

by Limbic on July 21, 2006

From The Daily Telegraph

So Albert Einstein did not, after all, spend all his waking hours chalking up complex symbols on a blackboard. According to letters newly released this week, he devoted quite a bit of it to chasing the ladies. And with considerable success.

To many, the idea of Einstein having 10 mistresses does not fit the classical image of the great, remote genius. Why was he wasting his valuable time with the exhausting business of conducting a string of illicit affairs – affairs that would cause havoc with his family life, damaging especially his relationship with his sons?

The answer is that he, like many other intensely creative men, was over-endowed with one of the human male’s most characteristic qualities: the joy of risk-taking.

Naughty old Einsty! Who woulda thunk it?

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This made me sick. It tells you everything you need to know about the Islamist way of war.

From CNN (called “Crescent News Network” by Yoni):  

“Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah apologized for an attack that killed two Israeli Arab children in northern Israel, saying the youngsters were “martyrs for Palestine.”” MORE

The murder of Israeli children is, of course, not only acceptable but the entire point of their rocket attacks on Israel. No apology for the murder of innocent children, only MUSLIM children count.

This should surprise no one, as Hezbollah are part of the same global Islamist movement which gave us Beslan.

These comments do however underscore the points made by Alan M. Dershowitz yesterday.

Hezbollah and Hamas, by contrast, deliberately operate military wings out of densely populated areas. They launch antipersonnel missiles with ball-bearing shrapnel, designed by Syria and Iran to maximize civilian casualties, and then hide from retaliation by living among civilians. If Israel decides not to go after them for fear of harming civilians, the terrorists win by continuing to have free rein in attacking civilians with rockets. If Israel does attack, and causes civilian casualties, the terrorists win a propaganda victory: The international community pounces on Israel for its “disproportionate” response. This chorus of condemnation actually encourages the terrorists to operate from civilian areas.

While Israel does everything reasonable to minimize civilian casualties – not always with success – Hezbollah and Hamas want to maximize civilian casualties on both sides. Islamic terrorists, a diplomat commented years ago, “have mastered the harsh arithmetic of pain. . . . Palestinian casualties play in their favor and Israeli casualties play in their favor.” These are groups that send children to die as suicide bombers, sometimes without the child knowing that he is being sacrificed.

Please keep in mind Hezbollah’s attitude to civilians next time you  see their media spokesman given a platform on CNN as he was yesterday.

What follows is a transcript.  The Hezbollah media spokesman, later identified as Hussein Nabulsi, took CNN’s Nic Robertson on a propaganda tour of the Beirut Hezbollah zone (like the Baghdad Green Zone) where only card carrying Hezbollah can go. The rant is complete with instructions on what to shoot .  Marvel at the breathless hypocrisy of Hezbollah as they whine about “innocent civilians” and “civilian housing” whilst their rocket teams fire volley after volley into Israel. Unlike Israel, Hezbollah does not leaftlet areas about to be attacked warning all civilians to leave.

ROBERTSON: Where are we going now?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now we are moving to where Israeli jet fighters bombed what it called Hezbollah headquarters. I am going to show you on the ground that this is — these are buildings inhabited by civilians, innocent civilians.

…ROBERTSON: And what happened here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is one of the bombs that fell. And look what happened to this building, which is all, like, inhabited by innocent civilians living there, people who are just working, like everybody else, no military bases, nothing, no anti-aircraft fire, just building, people living there.

ROBERTSON: How many people were — were killed and injured in this particular attack here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thanks God, people evacuated these buildings early. And, luckily, no one was killed in this — in such attacks.

But I want to tell you something. Where is the international community? Where is the Security Council? Where is the United Nations? Where is the whole world? We are under fire.

…ROBERTSON: How dangerous is it in this area at the moment?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is very, very dangerous. It’s — we are now the most dangerous place in the most dangerous moment.

ROBERTSON: In civilian housing.

Well, what was here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just look. Shoot. It is civilians, buildings. Look at this building. Is it a military base? Is it a military base, or just civilians living in this building?

ROBERTSON: Are you going to have — go for this cease-fire? Are you have going to hand back the soldiers they asked for?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We always teach Israel a lesson. We always teach it a lesson. Now we will teach Israel a lesson, again. I tell Ehud Olmert we will not surrender. We will not surrender. We will not surrender.

ROBERTSON: Even though your civilians are coming under fire?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are people, the sons of Hamas Hussein. We are ready to die for our cause, for our dignity. We will not live in humiliation. We will not live in humiliation. This is a war. Whether we achieve victory, whether we (INAUDIBLE) find the injustice or we will die. It’s better for us to die than to live in humiliation. OK, hurry up. Hurry up.

This, I will show you something. Excuse me. This is here, where they said secretary-general of Hezbollah is living. This is wrong. Here are civilians living in those buildings.

ROBERTSON: This looks like a bunker busting bomb has been used here to go down below ground level.

…ROBERTSON: How long is this going to go on for?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It’s up to Israel. Israel is the one that initiated the attack against civilians.

From: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0607/18/lol.05.html

You may also want to have seen CNN human interest piece form a bunker in Tyre in Lebanon.

The reporter described rockets flying over the border from Israel. For a second I thought I had misheard the location of this shelter. It was Israel that was under nightly rocket attack from Lebanon.

Watching only CNN one would think that Israel was gleefully slaughtering Lebanese civilians out of some twisted Jewish spite and an over-reaction to kidnapping on two soldiers.

That Israel has been under constant attack for months is completely ignored.

See also:

CNN’s ‘Exclusive:’ Nic Robertson’s Forum for Hezbollah Propagandist [Excellent]

CNN: Hezbollah tool

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Arithmetic of Pain

by Limbic on July 20, 2006

From the Arithmetic of Pain by Alan M. Dershowitz:

There is no democracy in the world that should tolerate missiles being fired at its cities without taking every reasonable step to stop the attacks. The big question raised by Israel’s military actions in Lebanon is what is “reasonable.” The answer, according to the laws of war, is that it is reasonable to attack military targets, so long as every effort is made to reduce civilian casualties. If the objectives cannot be achieved without some civilian casualties, these must be “proportional” to the civilian casualties that would be prevented by the military action.

This is all well and good for democratic nations that deliberately locate their military bases away from civilian population centers. Israel has its air force, nuclear facilities and large army bases in locations as remote as anything can be in that country. It is possible for an enemy to attack Israeli military targets without inflicting “collateral damage” on its civilian population. Hezbollah and Hamas, by contrast, deliberately operate military wings out of densely populated areas. They launch antipersonnel missiles with ball-bearing shrapnel, designed by Syria and Iran to maximize civilian casualties, and then hide from retaliation by living among civilians. If Israel decides not to go after them for fear of harming civilians, the terrorists win by continuing to have free rein in attacking civilians with rockets. If Israel does attack, and causes civilian casualties, the terrorists win a propaganda victory: The international community pounces on Israel for its “disproportionate” response. This chorus of condemnation actually encourages the terrorists to operate from civilian areas.

While Israel does everything reasonable to minimize civilian casualties – not always with success – Hezbollah and Hamas want to maximize civilian casualties on both sides. Islamic terrorists, a diplomat commented years ago, “have mastered the harsh arithmetic of pain. . . . Palestinian casualties play in their favor and Israeli casualties play in their favor.” These are groups that send children to die as suicide bombers, sometimes without the child knowing that he is being sacrificed. Two years ago, an 11-year-old was paid to take a parcel through Israeli security. Unbeknownst to him, it contained a bomb that was to be detonated remotely. (Fortunately the plot was foiled.)

This misuse of civilians as shields and swords requires a reassessment of the laws of war. The distinction between combatants and civilians – easy when combatants were uniformed members of armies that fought on battlefields distant from civilian centers – is more difficult in the present context. Now, there is a continuum of “civilianality”: Near the most civilian end of this continuum are the pure innocents – babies, hostages and others completely uninvolved; at the more combatant end are civilians who willingly harbor terrorists, provide material resources and serve as human shields; in the middle are those who support the terrorists politically, or spiritually.

The laws of war and the rules of morality must adapt to these realities. An analogy to domestic criminal law is instructive: A bank robber who takes a teller hostage and fires at police from behind his human shield is guilty of murder if they, in an effort to stop the robber from shooting, accidentally kill the hostage. The same should be true of terrorists who use civilians as shields from behind whom they fire their rockets. The terrorists must be held legally and morally responsible for the deaths of the civilians, even if the direct physical cause was an Israeli rocket aimed at those targeting Israeli citizens.

Israel must be allowed to finish the fight that Hamas and Hezbollah started, even if that means civilian casualties in Gaza and Lebanon. A democracy is entitled to prefer the lives of its own innocents over the lives of the civilians of an aggressor, especially if the latter group contains many who are complicit in terrorism.

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Anglo-Saxons wanted genetic supremacy

by Limbic on July 20, 2006

From Ancient Worlds News:

The Anglo-Saxons who conquered England in the 5th century set up a system of apartheid that enabled them to master and outbreed the native British majority, according to gene research.

In less than 15 generations, more than half of the population in England had the genes of the invaders, investigators say.

“The native Britons were genetically and culturally absorbed by the Anglo-Saxons over a period of as little as a few hundred years,” says Dr Mark Thomas, a University College London biologist.

“An initially small invading Anglo-Saxon elite could have quickly established themselves by having more children who survived to adulthood, thanks to their military power and economic advantage.

“We believe that they also prevented the native British genes getting into the Anglo-Saxon population by restricting intermarriage in a system of apartheid that left the country culturally and genetically Germanised,” he says.

“This is what we see today, a population of largely Germanic genetic origin, speaking a principally German language.”

…The Anglo-Saxons, Germanic tribes who lived in present-day Germany, northern Holland and Denmark, invaded Britain in 450 AD after the fall of the Roman empire.

They conquered England but were unable to penetrate far into the Celtic fringes of what are now Wales and Scotland. They coincidentally prompted an exodus of Britons to what is now Brittany, France.

The population of England at that time was probably around two million while the number of Anglo-Saxons was minute: the lowest estimate puts the number of migrants at less than 10,000 some 200 years after the invasion, although others put it at more than 100,000.

How could such a tiny minority have ruled a country so emphatically? How could it skirt assimilation with the native British majority and impose a language, laws, economy and culture whose stamp is visible today?

The answer, suggest Thomas and colleagues, is an “apartheid-like social structure” that enshrined Anglo-Saxons as the master and the native Britons (called “Welshmen”, from the Germanic word for slave) as the servants.

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