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Commentary :: International
BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
14 Jan 2006
Interview with Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Between the Lines' Scott Harris
Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke

Interview with Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris

After suffering a massive stroke on Jan. 4, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lies in critical condition at a Jerusalem hospital. According to doctors, the extent of the 77-year-old former general's brain damage is not yet known, and he is unlikely to resume his duties in government.

While much of the U.S. media has described Sharon as "a man of peace," praising his unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza strip, many observers disagree. Sharon, who lead the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, is held responsible by many in the Arab world for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Beirut. Many critics also believe Sharon's construction of a separation wall and expansion of West Bank settlements have been an obstacle to peace.

Before his stroke, polls predicted that Israeli voters would have re-elected Sharon in a March 28th parliamentary ballot. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, is likely to take Sharon's place leading the new Kadima party in the coming election. Palestinians are scheduled to hold their own parliamentary ballot on Jan. 25. Between the Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who examines Ariel Sharon's legacy and the shape of Middle East politics after his departure from the political scene.

Phyllis Bennis' latest book is titled, "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the U.N. Defy U.S. Power." Contact the Institute by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their website at www.ips-dc.org.

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Re: BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
14 Jan 2006
Impasse??? What does that mean? Does it mean that Palestinians still refuse to go quietly into this good night and still refuse to appease the Zionist's murderous theft of Palestinian lands like so many interloaper power brokers have. Impasse? Or Imp ass? You know what an Imp is, don't you?
Re: BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
15 Jan 2006
"Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke "

I have heard that since Sharon's stroke, that Arabs have agreed not to kill any more Jews, and that they are planning a "Million Moslem March" where they plan to hold hands across the Middle East and sing Kumbaya (in Arabic of course). Many Arabs are now apologizing to the parents of the children killed on Israeli school buses, and some are even help the Israelis build and fortify the Apartheid Wall (which, since Sharon's stroke they now call "the security barrier)
Re: BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
15 Jan 2006
Why would Palestinians apologize because Zionists have been killed in the Zionist's war of conquest?

Is there ANYONE who thinks Saladin should have apologized for killing alleged Christian crusaders??? Anyone AT ALL??? That is how stupid is sounds when Zionist enablers suggest that palestinians should apologize for the Zionists who get killed in thier own crusade.

But since the Zionist's enablers are just trying to scapegoat the palestinians as the cause of the hostilities created by the offensive of zionism, only the most brainwashed of fools would buy into such an obtuse supposition.

Security barrier? What? to prevent Zionists from stealing even more Palestinian lands and murdering more Palestinians??? That is pretty stupid because it hasn't stopped Zionists from stealing even more Palestinian lands and murdering even more Palestinians. You know, Nazis built a "security barrier along France's Atlantic coast too. And nobody sees that wall as being defensive in nature. It is seen as just a defensive tactic in the offensive occupation of France. And that is with the fact that France declaired war on Germany.

It really showcases your own prejudices if you buy into the notion that the Zionist's wall is any less offensive than the Nazi's wall along France's Atlantic coast. But I don't mind if you choose to showcase your prejudices. Just as long as they are so blatently prejudiced and so easy to trash. Don't write anything of actual substance or I might not be able to trash it.
Useful Idiots: Stand and Be counted
15 Jan 2006
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Is there ANYONE who thinks Saladin should have apologized for killing alleged Christian crusaders??"

History according to moslems. The moslems invaded Christian land. Raped pillaged, murdered and forced the Christians and Jerws to convert. The Crusaders took it back for a short period.
At any rate, even if the Europeans weren't there, the moslems would have had to resort to slaughtering each other. Shiites against sunnis, Mameluks against Abbasids etc ad nauseum. The only thiong that keeps moslems from killing each other during brief periods of history is the prese3nce of non- moslems.
Saladin need not apologize. moslems are always justified when the commit murder...and they always blame someone else.
Re: BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
15 Jan 2006
"Christian lands"??? Or lands ruled by Christian Byzantines? Muslims drove the Roman Byzantines out of lands that even Judeans preayed to God to drive them out, then offered the enslaved locals a choice, convert to Islam or stay a slave to Christian and Jewish masters who remained in the land and in Lebanon, even had a majority until the high birth rates among Lebanese Muslims over took the Christian majority.

Christian crusaders were not just killing local muslims and Jews, but the local Christians too.

Muslims fighting tribal wars between sects and nations sounds a lot like the wars between Christian sects and nations. Peru and Equador still go at it every few years. So the idea that Muslims fighting muslims is supposed to make the ZIonist crusade somehow less the offense we all know it to be is really REALLY stupid.

What? Would Peru and Equador, or England and France fighting each other deminish those nation's basic human right NOT to be destroyed by ZIonist crusaders, as we hear braindead shills suggesting about you know who???

Then you suggest Muslims commit "murder". Any reason for you to slander Muslims??? Blame someone else??? Like Richard the lion hearted. Was richard something other than a murderer of Palestinians??? Oh yes, Roman Byzantines once flew thier flag over Palestine, so you probable think allegedly Christian crusaders were something other than murderous thieves because they returned allegedly Christian flags to fly over the local's homeland as they murdered the local Muslims Jews and Chriastians.

Wow, your rationalizations sure do stink up the place. Keep up the shoddy work. And keep true to form by not writing anything of substance that might just have a valid point. Just keep showcasing your prejdices so I can keep on trashing your pathetic lies and rationalizations.
Re: BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
15 Jan 2006
"Muslims drove the Roman Byzantines "

That's called invador land theft of palestinian land so that moslems would contol it by bloodsoaked theft. The palestinian wered raped and them forced to become moslems by their arab brothers bloodsoaked invador but it wstill doesn't justify Zionists vinvador palestinian bloodksoaked.
Re: BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
15 Jan 2006
Hebew/Judean banners/flags once flew over the Palestinian's homeland, so ZIonist enablers suggest that means Zionists are something other than the murderous thieves we all know them to be.

We even hear that because Roman/Byzantine banners flags flew over Palestine that allegedly Christian crusaders were something other than the murderous thieves we all know them to be.

Nazis used the same BS rationalizations to invade Czechoslovakia. German banners/flags once flew over Bohemia and Moravia under the Holy Roman Empire, and the Nazis invaded using the same crap rationalizations.

Is it odd that the Zionist enablers use the same vile offensive rationalizations Nazis used when they invaded Czechoslovakia??? hardly, they are both groups of murderous thieves.

So tell us. What is it like for you Zionist enablers to share the moral ethics of Nazis??? And what is it like to be outed as sharing the moral ethics of nazis???

And you people prejudiced enough to buy into the Zionist enabler's vile offensive Nazi rationalizations, what is it like to be outed as being prejudiced enough to buy into the vile offensive crap??? You didn't buy into the vile offensive rationalizations when Nazis used them to ivade Czechoslovakia, DID YOU???. SO, what is it that made you buy into the vile offensive rationalizations when Zionists use them??? Is it your own tribal prejudices??? The stories Jews tell around the camp fire are the same stories you hear around your camp fires so you didn't even question the Zionist's vile offensive rationalizations. Well, it must have been something like that, right???

Well, if you can't stand 2 minutes of ME busting you up with words, how do you think you are going to stand up to an eternity of the REAL jailer of hell roasting your soul? The truth will set you free. Repent, you still got a little time left. Beautiful lies or the ugly truth. That is a choice all of humanity has had to deal with.

Yep, Muslims drove the Roman Byzantine masters out of Palestine. And then they left to drive them out of Lebanon, and Syria, etc. And it took the locals (freed slaves who became Muslims by choice, Christians who's descendants were mostly killed off by allegedly Christian crusaders , and a few Jews/Judeans who also faced the allegedly Christian crusaders blades) 200 years to adopt Arabic. The locals supported Arab rule because they feared Byzantine masters would return to enslave them afresh. There is no evidence to support the Zionist's lies of Arabs forcing Islam on anyone or stealing the locals lands and replacing them. Sure, they replaced the Byzantine's rule over the land. But Byzantines were as foriegn to the land as Hebrew masters were. And Arab banners/flags flying over the lands didn't magicaly change WHO the locals were any more than Hebrew/Judean flags and Roman Byzantine flags did. Over the centuries, it might have changed thier language and customs, but not WHO they are. And genetics shows that well enough for even the most prejudiced of brainwashed ideots.
Re: BTL:Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Likely to Persist after Sharon's Stroke
16 Jan 2006
Come on. I put some great bait in that one. Won't anyone take a bite???