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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+ 

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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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Father Roy writes:   An international conference will be held in Helsinki next month.  The date is yet to be announced.  The conference will have a definite goal and a specific purpose.  Will the conference receive media attention?  Will the deliberations at the conference be accurately reported?   Peace, Roy

Click here: Iran to take part in nuclear-fre… JPost 

Iran to take part in nuclear-free Middle East talks

Ambassador to the IAEA says Iran “decided to participate” in international conference in Finland on creating nuclear-free zone.

BRUSSELS – Iran, accused by the West of seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability, said on Tuesday it would take part in a proposed international conference in December on creating a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran now finally has decided to participate at the conference in Finland, in Helsinki, in December on a Middle East (nuclear) free zone,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Brussels.

No date has yet been set for the meeting in the Finnish capital later this year on establishing a zone without nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction in the volatile region and there are questions over whether it will take place.

Israel, which has drawn frequent Arab and Iranian condemnation over its presumed nuclear arsenal, has not yet said whether it will attend the proposed Helsinki conference.

Soltanieh was in Brussels to attend in an invitation-only seminar, organized by think-tanks, to promote efforts to hold the conference.

Several Israelis were also present at the seminar, according to Mark Fitzpatrick, an expert on nuclear non-proliferation from Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies think-tank, who was involved in organizing the event.

Iran has held years of on-off negotiations with Western powers over its nuclear program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes but which the West suspects is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Israel, the only regional state not to belong to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has said it would sign the NPT and renounce nuclear arms only as part of a broader Middle East peace deal with Arab states and Iran that guaranteed its security.

Israel has never confirmed or denied having nuclear arms under a policy of ambiguity aimed at deterrence, has made clear it believes the Middle East is not yet ready for the creation of a zone free of such weapons.