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Peers, we’ll be hearing a lot more from the nations in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) from now on.  Can this not be seen as a positive development?  The Helsinki Conference convenes next month.  Date to be announced.

Armageddon appears to be approaching climax.  Is it possible to make a distinction between the good guys and the bad guys?  Let’s focus on the issues and participate in the International Debate.

I’ve done some highlighting in the article pasted below.  Does everybody see the irony in this situation? 

Peace,Roy

Iran Calls for Nuclear Abolition by 2025 at the NAM Summit in Tehran

By Alice Slater

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), formed in 1961 during the Cold War, is a group of 120 states and 17 observer states not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. The NAM held its opening 2012 session yesterday under the new chairmanship of Iran, which succeeded Egypt as the Chair.

Significantly, an Associated Press story in the Washington Post headlined, “Iran opens nonaligned summit with calls for nuclear arms ban”, reported that “Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi opened the gathering by noting commitment to a previous goal from the nonaligned group, known as NAM, to remove the world’s nuclear arsenals within 13 years. ‘We believe that the timetable for ultimate removal of nuclear weapons by 2025, which was proposed by NAM, will only be realized if we follow it up decisively,’ he told delegates.”

Yet the New York Times, which has been beating the drums for war with Iran, just as it played a disgraceful role in the deceptive reporting during the lead-up to the Iraq War, never mentioned Iran’s proposal for nuclear abolition. The Times carried the bland headline on its front page, “At Summit Meeting, Iran Has a Message for the World”, and then went on to state, “the message is clear. As Iran plays host to the biggest international conference …it wants to tell its side of the long standoff with the Western powers which are increasingly convinced that Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons”, without ever reporting Iran’s offer to support the NAM proposal for the abolition of nuclear weapons by 2025.

Surely the most sensible way to deal with Iran’s nascent nuclear weapons capacity is to call all the nations to the table to negotiate a treaty to ban the bomb. That would mean abolishing the 20,000 nuclear bombs on the planet—in the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel—with 19,000 of them in the US and Russia. In order to get Russia and China to the table, the US will also have to give up its dreams of dominating the earth with missile “defenses” which, driven by corrupt military contractors and a corporate- owned Congress, are currently being planted and based in provocative rings around Russia and China.

The ball is in the U.S. court to make good faith efforts for nuclear abolition. That would be the only principled way to deal with fears of nuclear proliferation. The US must start with a genuine offer for negotiations to finally ban the bomb in all countries, including a freeze on further missile development. It should stop beating up on Iran and North Korea while it hypocritically continues to improve and expand the US arsenal, with tens of billions of dollars for new weapons laboratories and bomb delivery systems, and fails failing to speak out against the nuclear activities of other nations such as the enrichment of uranium in Japan and Brazil and the nuclear arsenal of Israel.

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Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD.

Peers,there’s a hymn the Baptists in Swainsboro, Georgia sing which includes the words:  “What more can be said than to you He hath said?…..”  The Baptists are referring to the teachings of Jesus.  They ask a good question, too.  What more can be said that hasn’t been said already?  Please glance at the letterhead.  You’ll see an activated link.

Yes, Israel’s military is on the rampage in Gaza again.  Deja vu.  There’s an article on the subject pasted below.  As far as I know, no date has been set for next month’s Helsinki Conference.  In December the Helsinki Conference will debate the possibility of converting the entire Middle East into a nuclear weapons free region.  And turn the Holy Land into a zone where it’s safe to live.  Iran thinks it’s a good idea and will be attending the conference, even leading the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).  If I remember right, Hugo Chavez will attend the conference.  So will Russia.  And China.  Will the United States be there?  Will Israel?  If not, why not?  I get sick and tired of all the guessing games, don’t you?  Contact the White House.

Unfortunately, Gaza isn’t foremost on America’s mind today.  A new and juicy sex scandal has captured our nation’s attention.  American General Petraeus … who once headed the CIA …  finds him embroiled in a sensational mela soap opera drama and it’s as tho he’s on Reality TV.  The story is getting all the media attention. Here are a few video clips:  David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell Used Electronic ‘Dropbox’ To Communicate.  Why concern ourselves with the killing … and maiming … of fellow Human Beings in Gaza … when we can be diverted … and even entertained … by a titillatingly constant, real-life story about illicit sex.  A TV anchor person read an e-mail from a woman in New England asking about the shirtless photos the FBI agent sent to Jill Taylor.  These photos were sent prior to Jill’s blowing the whistle on Petraeus and Brockman.  Nevertheless, the woman in New England insisted that the American people have the right to see those photos.  BTW, Paula is a West Point graduate.  (pause)  The fabric of our lives.  The Human Comedy would be humorous if it weren’t so damned (deleted) tragic.   Peers, are you open to a suggestion?  Never misunderestimate the efficacy of a well-chosen expletive when you need one.  I have one I’ll share with you today:  Gotterdammerung.  For some of us find our attention flowing naturally into another direction these days:  www.sabeel.ca/docs/Kairos%20Palestine%20Christmas%202012.pdf….  And we honestly find more excitement getting involved with the facts on the ground than we find on Reality TV.  Please read the article pasted below.

Peace,Roy+ 

Father Roy

Father Roy

John Glaser: Israel´s Latest Assault on Gaza – The Lie of Who Started It

Posted by: John Glaser

Israel has again attacked Gaza. In its aerial and ground assault that began on Saturday, November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.

As in every vicious military offensive Israel carries out in Gaza, the dominant narrative is that it is a response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. This is how it’s being reported in the US, and this is how virtually every American understands it.

And it’s a lie.

It’s true that on Saturday, prior to the expanded Israeli bombardment, the military wing of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine shot an anti-tank missile at an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle near the Gaza border, wounding four Israeli soldiers. But what prompted the firing of the anti-tank missile?

First, on Monday, November 5th, Israeli forces shot and killed 23 year old Ahmad Nabhani when he “approached the border fence with Israel.” According to at least one account, Nabhani was mentally challenged.

Then, on Thursday, November 8th, the Israeli Occupation Forces – eight tanks and four bulldozers, to be exact – invaded southern Gaza, shooting and killing a 13-year old boy. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (via):

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF military vehicles that had moved into the ‘Abassan village, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,200 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.

So, even if honest observers brush to the side the cruel and inhumane Israeli blockade on Gaza and refuse to let it influence the equation of exactly which side started this flare up of violence, it is clear Israel started this latest clash. And in response to the response, Israel has waged a harsh, disproportionate military assault.

This would be a simple thing to understand if, for example, Western media bothered to ask the other side what happened. Palestinian news media immediately reported that the anti-tank missile Israel was supposedly responding to was admitted to by the Popular Resistance Committees, who described it as “revenge” for preceding Israeli violence on Gaza. But that basic task of honest journalism is apparently out of the question.

Every single Israeli incursion or attack on Gaza is accompanied by the same narrative: Israel fairly responded to unprovoked Palestinian rocket fire. The last major war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead in December ’08-January ’09, also carried this narrative. Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to.

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This press-release just in from Gush-Shalom – the Israeli ‘Peace Bloc’.  It’s a cynical reading of the situation – accusing the politicians of deliberately trading blood for votes – but how else are we supposed to make sense of this fresh outbreak of hostilities? Father Dave

Press Release 11/14/2012

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

Avnery: Netanyahu and Barak have decided to deliberately violate a cease-fire which had just been stabilized.

At the price of great and ongoing suffering on both sides of the border, the government’s aim  had been accomplished: social issues will be removed from the public agenda and the election campaign

“Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have decided – for the second time in a row the State of Israel will conduct general elections under the shadow of war in the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire which already started to stabilize has been broken deliberately and shattered to pieces. The inhabitants of the communities of southern Israel, who just started to breathe freely, are sent right back to air raid alarms and to running to shelters” said  former Knesset Member Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom.

“At the price of great suffering on both sides of the border, the government’s aim has been accomplished: the social issues, which threatened to assume prominence in these elections, have been pushed aside and removed from the agenda  of the elections campaign. Forgotten, too, is the brave attempt of Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli public opinion. In the coming weeks, the headlines will be filled with constant war and death, destruction and bloodshed. When it ends at last, it will be revealed that no goal has been achieved and that the problems remain the same, or perhaps exacerbated. “

Details:Adam Keller, Gush Shalom +972-54-2340749

 

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Hear these words Benjamin Netanayahu spoke on Monday, 12 November.  Bibi is a perfidious man.  He’s preparing his people for an Israeli attack on Gaza.  By convincing them that they, the Israelis, are the injured party in the conflict.  Peers, we can’t allow Bibi to get away with this.  Contact the White House.  Internationals can write, too.  Spread the word.   Peace, Father Roy   

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“The first casualty in war is the truth.”

Boake Carter

Peers,

Here’s today’s news:  Israel News – Haaretz.  Demonstrations protesting Israel’s latest assault on Gaza are being organized thruout the civilized world.  Demonstrations have been scheduled in Israel, as well:  Gush Shalom joins call for anti-war protests.

The US State Department was quick to issue a statement: US says Israel has right to defend itself, must spare civilians: (AFP).  How inadequate.  How lame.  How very, very lame.  There is speculation that President Obama is forever beholden to wealthy Jewish donors who contribute generously to both parties whenever there’s an election in the USA.  There’s also speculation that President Obama is disgusted with the whole situation and is organizing a pushback in the near future, perhaps at the Helsinki Conference.  Whatever the case, Human Beings are being slaughtered in Gaza.  It’s “like shooting fish in a barrel”. 

The eyes of the International Community are on Israel.  Elections in Israel are scheduled for January 22.  Netanyahu’s party is leading in the polls.  Avigdor Lieberman and Ehud Barak are standing by his side, reminding Israelis of the Holocaust, promising them “security”, etc.  “God’s Chosen” will make a momentous decision in January.  The article pasted below is making the rounds on the Internet.  It’s a repeatable.  The highlights are mine.  Please read on.

Peace,Roy    

Father Roy

Father Roy

source: othersite.org…
(highlights courtesy of Father Roy)

John Glaser: Israel´s Latest Assault on Gaza – The Lie of Who Started It

Israel has again attacked Gaza. In its aerial and ground assault that began on Saturday, November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.

As in every vicious military offensive Israel carries out in Gaza, the dominant narrative is that it is a response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. This is how it’s being reported in the US, and this is how virtually every American understands it.

And it’s a lie.

It’s true that on Saturday, prior to the expanded Israeli bombardment, the military wing of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine shot an anti-tank missile at an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle near the Gaza border, wounding four Israeli soldiers. But what prompted the firing of the anti-tank missile?

First, on Monday, November 5th, Israeli forces shot and killed 23 year old Ahmad Nabhani when he “approached the border fence with Israel.” According to at least one account, Nabhani was mentally challenged.

Then, on Thursday, November 8th, the Israeli Occupation Forces – eight tanks and four bulldozers, to be exact – invaded southern Gaza, shooting and killing a 13-year old boy. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (via):

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF military vehicles that had moved into the ‘Abassan village, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,200 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.

So, even if honest observers brush to the side the cruel and inhumane Israeli blockade on Gaza and refuse to let it influence the equation of exactly which side started this flare up of violence, it is clear Israel started this latest clash. And in response to the response, Israel has waged a harsh, disproportionate military assault.

This would be a simple thing to understand if, for example, Western media bothered to ask the other side what happened. Palestinian news media immediately reported that the anti-tank missile Israel was supposedly responding to was admitted to by the Popular Resistance Committees, who described it as “revenge” for preceding Israeli violence on Gaza. But that basic task of honest journalism is apparently out of the question.

Every single Israeli incursion or attack on Gaza is accompanied by the same narrative: Israel fairly responded to unprovoked Palestinian rocket fire. The last major war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead in December ’08-January ’09, also carried this narrative. Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to.