Tuesday 31 October 2023
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Monday 30 October 2023
“Hitch is needed now more than ever.” I’ve posted similar “history lessons” since my beginning 14 years ago! It’s in the Koran! It’s why 10/7
Sunday 29 October 2023
Improving adaptive capacity and resilience would include public investments in sturdier housing, better urban drainage and sewage systems to avoid flooding and disease, improving clean water supplies, improving irrigation for climate-resilient agriculture, providing access to electricity and natural gas for cooking and heating homes to substitute away from using fuelwood and charcoal, and so on.
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UNDER MILK WOOD
Saturday 28 October 2023
Things you do not hear very often, number one: a pro-Palestinian protestor denouncing Hamas for the barbarity of its incursion into Israel on 7 October, appalled at the savagery of those attacks upon children, grandmothers, etc. It may seem as if, in saying this, I am stating the obvious – because support for that pogrom was, I would suggest, strong among some of those carrying Palestinian flags on marches through London and elsewhere. Six Arab language journalists were suspended by the BBC when it was discovered that they retweeted messages glorifying in that day’s murder. They were not members of Hamas. Ordinary Palestinians interviewed, cowering in the rubble of Gaza, were not quoted condemning the attacks which led directly to their present misery. And so here we have a big problem, another non-sequitur to pile upon all the others which bedevil attempts to bring peace to a region of the world which shows very few signs of wanting peace at all.
Friday 27 October 2023
When it comes to pumping out genuinely dangerous lies, no one can hold a candle to the BBC and its 'trusted' allies. More …
The BBC has been outdoing itself lately in being clearly partisan and spreading misinformation. Despite which it lectures us via its “BBC Verify” initiative recently. Oh dear, lovely old Beebs, what’s happened to you? Sniff...
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being German TV, but not so much
And so, when I see the video of the Marxist professor Ilan Pappè, “The Israeli New History and its Relevance”, and the causes of Palestinian anger, I get cognitive dissonance.
It’s not that I don’t know about the “new history” of Palestine, of which he is a major mover; I do. I’ve read about it years ago, have books on it. Benni Morris is something of a “new historian”, and I’ve got his books. No, the reason for the onrush of cognitive dissonance is just that it’s been a while since I’ve seen the “new history” of the Middle East, of Palestine, put so forcefully. And so it’s cognitive dissonance redux (not anew).
So, how do I deal with it? Am I going to move from A to B? Am I going to support the Hamas-loving kids around the western world, calling for the death of Israel? Am I going to join in their blood lust for the death of Jews, and for a “Free Palestine”?
No I am not. Which is what most people do. Which is why it’s so hard to change people’s minds on fundamental beliefs. We will always default to finding a way to reconcile our dissonance.
In my case, it’s simple. I just zoom out. I look at history from a more abstracted plane. Thus:
- Should the Jews have been given a land, a place to stay, a place to call their home, a nation, in the aftermath of the holocaust? Answer, for me: Yes.
- Where should it be? Of the options, Uganda, the USS, Japan, Madagascar and Palestine, clearly the old historical land of the Jews, in what we now call Palestine, was the obvious one.
- Should the non-Jews living there have been expelled? No. Were they? Yes. To some extent. By whom? The “new historians” tell us it’s entirely by the Jews. But it was not. There is clear evidence that the surrounding Arab states planned to attack Israel when it was named, by the United Nations, as a new state, and that they told the Arabs living in the new state, that they should leave, to get out of there way, while they busied themselves with annihilating the Jews.
- 56 countries are members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, many of them Arab states surrounding Israel, the one Jewish state in the world. That seems rather little to ask, even if some Arab families had to suffer, for that ask to become true.
- Muslim states surrounding Israel (the “Middle East”) own 99.6% of the land; Israel only 0.4%. Is that really too much to ask?
- Other countries were created like Israel: Pakistan and Bangladesh, for example. We don’t obsess over their creation stories, even though even more people were displaced and killed, that were in Israel.
- There were some 60 million refugees in the wake of the second world war. There were about half a million Arabs displaced in the creation of Israel. Only the refugees displaced in Israel in 1948, only they, remain refugees. All the rest are now resident in other countries. Why is it that the surrounding Arab states have refused to take in any Palestinian Arabs?
That’s my cognitive dissonance rationalisation for the fact that Jews Behaved Badly, at the birth of their nation. But they needed and still need a nation. And in the grand scheme of life, their crimes were both understandable and (relatively) minor. It’s time we called out the Palestinian Arab victimhood and said, enough, get on with it. And called out the surrounding Arab states for not taking them in.
ADDED: Pappè is a Marxist. Marxists have a particular way of analysing. That all history is down to a battle between oppressed and oppressor. I don’t trust them. I know of none whose views I find useful. Sometimes I’m asked about China. How is it that China, a self-avowed Marxist-Leninist state, has done so well in the last forty years? And the answer is simple: they have done well exactly and precisely to the extent that they have given up, not followed, Marxism-Leninism. As soon as they veer back to M/L, they lose their zip. As is happening now. There’s nothing good about Marxism-Leninism. Not time. No where. And I’m seeking here as a guy that lived in China when it was way more hewing to the M/L playbook, back in the 1970s. It was that that made me hate socialism.
Thursday 26 October 2023
Wednesday 25 October 2023
Note the “but” highlighted above (“every country has the right to self-defence, but…”). Genius FM Wang Yi warns us.
As if Israel has not been ensuring exactly that — operating according to international law — before the invasion of northern Gaza.
By the way, “abiding by international law” does not mean a country at war is obliged to supply the water and electricity to an enemy bent on its slaughter. Not to mention that Israel supplies only 10% of Gaza water. And that there is water and electricity in the south to which northern Gazans have been directed — with guaranteed safety by the IDF — but which Hamas is stopping happening because to them the more civilians killed the better.
Hamas “health authorities” still being trusted for figures above, despite their outright lies on the hospital “bombing”.
Oh… and the “two state resolution”! Gee! Hadn’t thought of that!
Only that it’s been offered to the Palestinians and rebuffed by the Palestinians in 1938, 1947, 1967, 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2008.
What, please tell us, China, is different now?
The answer is: Precisely nothing. Indeed Hamas is more dug in than ever on the “Three Nos” — no negotiations, no recognition, no peace. And now even the PA on the West Bank, allegedly the moderates, are for “Palestine, free from the river to the sea”, iow, for One State and the consequent liquidation of all Jews. The PA continue to pay lifetime pensions to families of Palestinians who have murdered a Jew in Israel.
These are people Wang thinks Israel can have a “lasting and just peace” with? “Tell him he’s dreamin’…”.
The west must have the guts to put the torch where it must be. On Hamas, AND the Palestinian Authority, to change the “3 Nos”. Until then, no more money to UNWRA, the world’s most deeply corrupt NGO.
The difficulty is obvious: in western countries the pro Palestinian forces are so strong governments will have a hard time resisting them. It’s now fine in London to fly a Palestinian flag, but not the Union Jack. Go figure.
ADDED: By the way, can China name one war in which no actions have “harmed civilians”?
No, I thought not.
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Tuesday 24 October 2023
Here he is above talking to two titans of the philosopher class, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter.
On Gaza their conclusions are pretty grim.
Monday 23 October 2023
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Geoffrey Blainey The Australian October 21, 2023
History Professor LaureateIt must be hard for a prime minister to admit that he has been crushingly defeated in an electoral contest that he originally expected to win with ease. In one segment of his speech last Saturday night, Anthony Albanese praised himself as a bold man of conviction – as if he had actually won the referendum.
Sunday 22 October 2023
|WhatsApp this morning, from old chums, now full-on Hamas Luvvies|
What on earth?
“... west back of gaza.” Maybe means West Bank and Gaza, though West Bank not currently in the war.
Note: no “crying” for the dead Israeli children, deliberately targeted, tortured, raped and killed by Hamas. Nothing. No tears for them. Well done, ladies!
“Another nakba”. No it isn’t. And the first one, the first so-called “nakba” also wasn’t, as the name suggests, another holocaust. A Holocaust is a holocaust. Meaning the systematic killing of one people. That’s not what happened in 1948. And it’s not what’s happening today. Away with your moral equivalence, it doesn’t work here.
“and the world watches. and does nothing.” No it doesn’t. Paragons of morality and freedom like China, Russia and the Arab League are calling for a “ceasefire”. Biden has visited and called for “ceasefire”. Like that’s the first thing you do in a war. Lay down your arms.
The war was started by Hamas’ murderous attack -- against all international legal norms -- killing children, women, non-combatants and the elderly. And the war was formally declared by Israel. So they are at WAR. And they, the IDF, are warning people in Gaza to move to safety before they move in. To try to kill Hamas. And Hamas is stopping their own people from moving to safety. But who’s the villain? According to the jew-hating numbskulls above? The Jews of course.
This is a truly revolting WhatsApp from well-meaning but deluded Australians. Calling, essentially, for the victory of Hamas. And the death of Jews. I call them out: they are more than anti-semitic. Being on Hamas’ side, they are on the side of Jew killers. That’s it. Sorry to say it, but it is.
ADDED: please note that they above are in Egypt. Which has a border with Gaza and that border is closed. Has been since Gaza was handed back to the Palestinians by Israel in 2005.
Because Egypt don’t want Palestinian refugees in Egypt. Because they don’t want Hamas to come in with them. Because everything Hamas touches turns to dust. But no apparent realisation of that from the numbskulls above.
And neither do the other neighbouring states: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria. None of them want to take Palestinian refugees.
Also: note the the major demos happening around the world, the “pro-Palestinian” demos, which are actually pro-Hamas, are all in western countries, New York, London, Sydney, Paris. Not a single one in a Muslim state. Consider that.
ADDED (ii): I’ve done that part of the world in a classic car, a 1962 Mustang, in 2011. Blog here. I’m thinking: should I suggest to these two that they could make the trip to Rafeh, on the border of Egypt with Gaza. It’s 10km, so not narrow. And yet closed. They could ask why is it closed? Why has it been closed since Gaza became Hamas? And then ask Gaza people: why don’t you let your own people come to safety in the South of Gaza?
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Thing is: the Albanese government is so convinced (wrongly!) that they lost the Voice referendum because of “misinformation” that they’re going to go all out for this ACMA bill.
If passed, and I really fear it will, this will be the gravest threat to free speech in Australia in my lifetime.
The Labor Party in Australia are smearing Jacinta Nampijimpa Price -- the driving force behind the No campaign -- by denying her call for a Royal Commission into Indigenous Child Sexual Abuse. Something she knows a lot about and needs addressing. But in a fit of pique at losing the referendum, the Labor Party are saying that she’s “weaponising” the issue. She’s the one weaponising! Gross.