What went on in Vancouver with the black bloc protestors does not look like a freedom of speech issue to me. It looks childish and criminal.
Just the cold, hard facts.
Forward to those who want them — and need them
Israeli population centers in southern Israel have been the target of over 4,000 rockets, as well as thousands of mortar shells, fired by Hamas and other organizations since 2001. Rocket attacks increased by 500 percent after Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza Strip in August 2005. During an informal six-month lull, some 215 rockets were launched at Israel.
Read the rest at jewishworldreview.com
As I said in yesterday’s post regarding Israel and Gaza, if we want peace in the middle east then we should be supporting Israel. Yet, I still am reading in the news today that people around the world and even in our own backyard are protesting Israel in seeming support for Hamas. Where have the protesters against Hamas been hanging out for the last 7 years as Israel was getting fired upon almost daily?
I prefer my title over the NYT headline “Police investigate Times Square Explosion” Yes, it was an explosion, and yes it was in Times Square, but it was a recruiting station, so why not headline with that pertinent fact also? NYT didn’t hide the fact, just didn’t headline it.
The New York City police issued a statement at 7:33 a.m. describing the source of the explosion as an “improvised explosive device” and putting the time of the blast at 3:43 a.m. Subways and traffic are running normally through Times Square.
Even more tragic than lack of national support in our press, is the effect that digging around, for a few years, for the facts beyond the news has had on myself. For when I read that the target of the IED was a Military Recruitment Station, the first thing on my mind was not Islamic terrorists. The first though on my mind was the immense hatred that peace groups and veterans against the war have towards military recruitment and our government in general. So tragically my thoughts were on homegrown terrorists. A bit of tragic irony is that because the media generally doesn’t delve into the underpinnings of these groups, their audience won’t even know to consider peace groups as viable suspects.
The recruiting station — the third that has stood on the site since 1946 — has been the site of regular antiwar protests since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, although until today, the only major threat to the station seemed to come from pigeons.
I doubt that one lonely mention of antiwar protests will be enough to trigger public outcry for investigation into peace groups, or peace group member as possible suspects. If one truly wants to explore blind rage in America, then don’t miss the tirades of peace activists; you won’t be disappointed.
I should make it clear that this post is in no way an accusation or indictment of peace groups in this recruitment center bombing, I am just pointing out a few repercussions of subtle media bias. An interesting bias note is that Al Jazeera also reported this incident, but with the headline “Blast at US Army Recruitment Centre.” They did however end the article with a little local bias of their own.
New York has been on a heightened state of alert since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Centre, killing nearly 3,000 people.
As a letter writer to the Herald gets torn apart in the comment section for humorously Musing about anti-war protests , I’d like to offer this also humorous view from Olympia.
On the night of the 13th, the anarchist witches and wizards patrolled the crowd around the women’s blockade, following under cover cops and guarding each other against fascists. The blockade held up the shipments until they were all arrested. And then the military tried to sneak the death-machines by on another road. All of a sudden, light began to leap from the shadows and the police guarding the Strykers were bewitched and pummeled by the new spells spread throughout Olympia. Everyone was running. Witches and wizards conjured objects from the sky. The internal military began to open fire on the crowd. Concussion grenades were going off as people suddenly realized they had a wand in their pocket. They took it out, gripped it firmly in their hands and began to counter the spells of the enemy which they had been trying to evade all of their lives.
Do not have full fledged consensus meetings during an action. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT HAVE MEETINGS DURING A RIOT! Instead, have an idea of what YOUR group wants to do before you find yourselves in a riot. Constant motion is your greatest ally (besides Magic). Spontaneous, creative, imaginative thought is what accomplishes things on the streets. Meetings do nothing but dull the energy that a riot needs to sustain itself.
Do not FIGHT EACH OTHER!
We would like to wish you all beautiful dreams tonight. Take comfort and strength in what you just were a part of if you were. If you were not there, do the same thing. There are no rules and no limits. We are all together.
With eternal love to all,
The Port Liberation Front (PLF)
A Faction Of The Olympia Chapter Of The Eugene Anarchists
A Centralized Branch Of The International Anarchist Conspiracy (IAC)
Witches, wizards and magic wands is just simple humor, but for those who demand high brow humor, I offer this bit of irony. (more…)
You know, but do they know?They… the students who recently walked out of school to protest the war in Iraq. Do they really know what they are protesting against? Are they old enough to comprehend the impact on the world if we were to leave Iraq now, if we were to leave tomorrow or even if we were to have never entered Iraq? Some say many of the students just wanted to skip while at least one of the students said
[She] … joined because she wanted to draw Ferndale residents’ attention to the war.“Also it shows that youth know something and are willing to support their beliefs,” she said.blogs.bellinghamherald.com
While I feel many high schoolers are truly capable of comprehending the Iraq situation, I also feel that many more just think they can comprehend the situation and protest away.But if some can comprehend and some can’t comprehend, then where do you draw the line on who we listen to and who we don’t? Should we draw a line?? (more…)