Tabqa dam – The awful truth.

The danger of the Tabqa dam failure is not an ‘unforeseen circumstance’. It is not to ISIS’ advantage that there is a collapse, their last major stronghold in Syria is in the path of what might be a an absolute catastrophe. The result of a failure doesn’t bear thinking about, hundreds of thousands of people could die. Even though the Americans knew the dangers, they continued to bomb the area and attack ISIS.

A well respected commenter on the moon of alabama website, PavewayIV has been warning that the US could indeed have a ‘nasty accident’ with reference to this particular dam. The Kurds, who have been extensively supported by US forces have now ceased operations in the area.

Mainstream media are now asking ‘could ISIS carry through its threat to blow the dam?’. This is a lie. It is the US that have targeted it, knowing the possible outcome. Such a deliberate act by ISIS would be it’s last crime. No one would want to be associated with such an evil entity, it’s supporters would be vilified.

ISIS and the other groups closely associated with it, despite using hundreds of suicide truck drivers, does not want their great adventure (as they see it) to end. It’s a criminal Mafia that has been encouraged and enabled by the US, UK and others to create chaos in Syria, in order to get rid of Assad. In doing so, they have ‘enjoyed an unprecedented wave of crime and mayhem’, making the rules up as they go along. They have no spiritual or religious connection to Islam, they just use it to recruit vulnerable, uneducated people.

The Tabqa dam is an extremely worrying escalation, we can only hope there is a resolution that doesn’t involve the killing of thousands. The US coalition have not been overly concerned about the deaths of Iraqi, Libyan and now Syrian civilians, I don’t expect them to start now.

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Michael Kaydar.

Mainstream media ignore suspected terrorist.

Michael Kaydar is an Israeli/US citizen, currently residing in Israel. He has recently been arrested for using bomb threats on American Jewish institutions. He used a range of techniques to avoid being identified but slipped up, prior to his arrest.

If Kaydar was a Muslim the news would be headline material. So far as I can see, only a few Israeli news outlets and some relatively obscure internet based independent media are reporting on it.

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This image from the Jerusalem Post appears to show Mr Kaydar wanting to avoid publicity.

To their credit (or not), mainstream media are generally complying with his wishes. Questions have arisen about the suspect being extradited from Israel to the US. The two countries have a treaty based on using a case by case approach. I don’t expect to see him flying from Tel Aviv to Washington any time soon.

The extradition treaties of some countries are very selective but the US and Israel aren’t going to be falling out over this sad excuse for a human being. Compare this to the Israeli reaction over Palestinian Facebook users. They are frequently arrested, not for promoting terrorism but for commenting in defence of Palestinian rights. For people under an occupation, an armed struggle is permissible. Think of the French Resistance during the second world war.

A terrorist for making phone calls?

If we use the US definition of terrorism:

Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism

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as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”

This definition puts every American at risk of being called a terrorist, Mr Kaydar could be looking at a 30 year sentence if extradited.

I suppose the obvious question is why would a Jew threaten and terrorise the Jewish community?

The only thing I can think of is that there aren’t enough anti Semites threatening them.

Rima Khalaf and the Israeli enforcers.

Criticize Israel at your peril. It doesn’t matter what organisation you are in, nor how secure you think you may be, if you ever state the obvious – that Israel is an apartheid state, if you are lucky, you might be pensioned off. Grovelling apologies rarely work. You’ll definitely be removed and then, depending on how critical you have been, there may be further punishment. Rima Khalaf has unfortunately just found this out, even though I think she only signed off on the report, not written it herself. One of the writers involved is Richard Falk, a long term critic of Israel who has resisted many attempts to censure him.

Part of the report regarding ESCWA, published by Global Research:

‘The head of the United Nation’s West Asia commission resigned on Friday, after what she described as pressure from the secretary-general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians.

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday, saying it was the first time a UN body had clearly made the charge.

Click here to read the statement of Khalaf posted on ESCWA’s social media.

However two days later, Rima Khalaf, UN under-secretary-general and ESCWA executive secretary, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut.

“I stand by my assessment in the report, that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid,” she said at the conference.

“I find myself unable to accept the pressure placed on me over the last period of time.

“The secretary-general demanded yesterday that I withdraw the report, and I refused,” she said, adding: “I believe that discrimination on the basis of skin colour, religion or ethnicity is unacceptable.”

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday asked for the report to be removed from the UN website.’

Just like the Goldstone Report, this ESCWA statement merely points out the painful truth. Israel has Jew only roads, a different justice system, extreme restrictions placed on the Palestinians, purely because they aren’t Jewish. From the ESCWA report:

‘The roughly 4.6 million Palestinians who live in the occupied Palestinian territory (2.7 million in the West Bank and 1.9 million in the Gaza Strip) are governed not by Israeli civil law, but by military law, codified as orders issued by the commander of the territories and administered by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and other designated arms of the occupying power.’

There is no reasonable justice system for the Palestinians.

Leading ANC figures have expressed the view that apartheid conditions for Palestinians are much worse than what was suffered in South Africa, during the most brutal years.

Claims that Israel is a democracy can quickly be put to rest by watching a contentious issue being debated in the Knesset. Arab politicians have to frequently suffer the most vile accusations and abuse, purely for supporting the people that voted for them. The Arab members have very little input into the decision making, although they do argue their case admirably. A particular mention must go to Haneen Zoabi, the first Arab woman to be elected to Israel’s parliament on an Arab party’s list. Despite all sorts of despicable threats, she will not be silenced.

Glenn Greenwald claims that the decision to pressurise Rima Khalaf into resigning is a Trump driven policy. I doubt any US leader in recent history would have behaved any differently.

During his election campaign, Trump used the slogan ‘America First’. It should have read ‘America First, after Israel’.

The last word is from the report itself and is perfectly clear.

‘The solution therefore lies in implementing international law, applying the principles of non-discrimination, upholding the right of peoples to self-determination and achieving justice.’

The UN have indeed removed the report from its website.

Don’t defend yourselves!

Israel have warned Syria that they will destroy all their air defences if they attack Israeli jets that fly over Syrian territory. So, if Syria has the temerity to defend itself against invading fighter planes, who ever they may be, Israel will destroy it’s S 200 and S 300. Good luck with that.

The parallel world that Israel insists is reality, appears to be predominant in their heads at the moment. They don’t seem to understand the word ‘defence’, either. Mr Netanyahu needs to realise that if his jets do not enter Syrian air space, there will be no need for Syria to defend against them. It’s not rocket science.

The Zionist mindset.

Here is a screen-shot of the Jerusalem Post website:

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As the headline indicates, the newspaper website asks the question, ‘What is in the Trump administration for us?’

Why does the Israeli media speculate on what ‘the tribe’ might be able to do for Israel? Would Pakistani media comment on what a Muslim elected to the British parliament might be able to do for them? Should the question of religious ‘loyalty’ demand more scrutiny?

What sort of influence can eleven people have on a huge political system like the US regime has? President Trump wouldn’t have Muslims replace the Jewish element of his team, for obvious reasons and because of his pre election vilification of Muslims.

This isn’t a question initiated by anti Semitism. After all, it is the Jerusalem Post asking it, not me. Would an elected Muslim be expected to fight for the rights of all Muslims if they gained a top job in a Western government?

I suspect the Jerusalem Post headline is driven by extreme Zionists in Israel who clearly believe that having pro Israeli’s in the US decision making progress is essential. To describe an orthodox Jew, Jared Kushner as being well placed to facilitate a Palestinian/Israeli peace process is laughable. Kushner has donated to the Israeli Defence Force and to elements concerned with building the illegal settlements scattered all over Palestinian owned land. Kushner being Trumps son in law will not render him a fair middle man in the negotiations. Promotion of the mythical home land will obscure any notion of impartiality.

Regarding the impression Trump has made since his inauguration, the jury is no longer out. Just like all his predecessors, he has proven to be a supremely confident con man. the general direction of the US foreign policy hasn’t changed. His promise to go after ISIS has been exposed as fantasy and the project to remove President Assad from Syrian government carries on. US troop movement in the Middle East strongly suggests the US support for the Kurds will eventually result in carving up Syria or at least that is their intentions.

Syrian people have battled, along with their allies for six long years to repel the extreme criminal thugs, they will not cave in to another, even if he is the President of the United States.

Being taken for a ride …..

The UK government are now condemning diesel engines as being extremely dangerous, toxic and that they are the cause of ailments, including asthma. A procession of scientists are eager to support the theory, however I can’t help thinking that it’s a bit late in the day, considering that the authorities have been insisting its the best option for decades.

Motorists have been actively encouraged to purchase diesel engine motors, for improved fuel economy and without any particular warning of them producing significant pollution. That is until now. In particular, City officials are threatening to put an extra charge on vehicles using the fuel.

Instead of questioning why every solution to a problem inevitably requires the public to pay a tax, we put up with it. Is there nothing we can do? There is, but it would mean becoming slightly more involved in politics than most of us would like to do. Local councillors are elected by a tiny percentage of the population that lives in each ward. This is because most of us can’t be bothered or don’t care. This low turnout for council elections works in the favour of local businessmen that don’t prioritise your interests. Any businessman or woman that wants to be elected will invariably have one eye on their own interests.

That’s not to say they all think like that. Some councillors are genuinely concerned with improving the lives of everyone in their locality. They get a basic pay of £13,000 but if they are installed as head of a department, they can get quite a bit more. It appears that many of them are paid extra money for the various authorities they are on too. They complain that they have to be available 24/7 but I doubt many are bothered that much out of normal working hours. If it provided a very poor existence, no one would put themselves up for election.

These people are on the first rung of the political ladder and the most vulnerable to controversial local issues. To get a grip on politicians in general, these local officials need to be much more carefully installed. We’ve all had the flyers for council elections and we’ve all binned them but it’s the only way we can influence policies on a local level. It doesn’t seem much but it’s a start.

Back to the diesel issue….

I have a vested interest here, so far as it’s the type of engine in my own car, but my issue isn’t because of this, it’s because I am suspicious of how long the experts have known about the detrimental effects.

Scientific reviews and surveys tend to carry a lot of weight in convincing us of what might be harmful of harmless. Huge corporations don’t throw their money down the drain when they have scientific reviews of how their product affects humans or if their working practices might harm the environment. They make sure they get a scientist who will come to a conclusion that’s favourable. Climate change scientists still haven’t explained why they left certain information out of a report and actually changed data so that it would support their conclusion that global warming was becoming an imminent threat. If the evidence is so overwhelming, there would be no need to change anything, just tell it as it is. Not all scientific results are regarded as compelling evidence. When the Lancet produced a survey that claimed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis had died in the western invasion and aftermath, it was roundly condemned by (mainly) the people who initiated the war.

Putting aside the apparent scientific ‘blind spot’ that occurred, another aspect of this particular diesel controversy in the UK is about city congestion and the efforts to relieve it. Again, this is a ruse. Public transport is already subsidised, the exact amounts are difficult to ascertain. Private companies now run the train services and manage to give shareholders their annual dividend, so why are they still subsidised? Private bus companies are subsidised to run unpopular or sparsely used routes and just like the train service, they charge exorbitant fares. If the government were serious about reducing traffic congestion and pollution, they would want to keep the cost of public transport down.

Bus companies where I live, which is rural, are given £2.2 million from local authorities as well as £5.2 from central government. Thousands of times I’ve seen double decker buses travelling around with few passengers, or none at all. I always wonder why they don’t use single decker buses or even smaller ones for the routes that don’t get much use. Part of the problem is that it would cost a bus user almost as much to go on a journey as they would use in fuel, using their own car. So despite the huge subsidies they are still expensive to use. If government were serious about reducing personal transport usage, the cost of public transport wouldn’t keep escalating. The cost of a train journey here is pure extortion. Another aspect to consider is that virtually all buses use diesel fuel and so do some trains.

Unless we are prepared to take more interest in politics, both on a local and national basis, we will be at the mercy of many officials that simply don’t have our interests at heart and are simply looking out for themselves. Unfortunately, it’s only retired people that generally have the time to research the performance of local elected politicians. It needs interest from all age groups and from different types of people to shake things up. As long as we are too busy to look outside of our own personal environment, the ruling class will be able control, and to some degree suppress us, whilst making sure they do very nicely.

 

 

Theresa May and the Balfour declaration.

Prime Minister Theresa May thinks we (British) should take pride and celebrate the centenary of the Balfour declaration. She must be deluded. Anyone with any interest in the declaration would realise that this single piece of paper was the approval for Jews to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians from their homes. It’s something that the British should be unequivocally ashamed of. The cruelty and criminality of not just the signatory but the vast majority of British politicians who have supported it since, should hang their heads in shame.

It wasn’t ‘ours’ to give away. Palestinians had lived there for centuries alongside both Christians and Jews. Jewish Palestinians that complained of their neighbours being forcibly removed were dealt with in the same manner. The enormity of the crime is difficult to comprehend. Hundreds of thousands driven from their homes.

Jewish terrorist gangs driving them out claimed that they had abandoned their homes of their own accord. What actually happened was that as each village was ‘cleansed’ the message was being relayed to the next village, it was loud and clear. Flee or be slaughtered.

The Palestinians didn’t have an army. They couldn’t resist. Jewish treatment of Arabs was in actual fact much worse than their treatment at the hands of the Nazis. Many old Jews weren’t welcome in the fledgling new Israel, young fit people were required to dispossess the Arabs.

Much worse than these described events happened. Every British person with a conscience shouldn’t take pride in the Balfour declaration, we should declare something of our own…..

Shame on Britain for the Balfour Declaration.