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  1. I believe that ISIS or ISIL is not an unknown phenomena but the remnants of the old Iraq Republican Guard.

    They are a mix of many groups. Some are lifelong military men from the Hussain era who are more than embracing the tactics ISIL uses. Thousands are from neighbouring countries. A few hundred are from Canada. Another few hundred are from the U.S. and there are thousands who are from Europe, who have left their lives, because they believe something better exists. They are men and women who once lived a Western lifestyle and are now passionately joining ISIL.

    Check this out:

  2. But maybe the Arabs should have recognized Israel right after the 1967 War before settling started. Maybe then Jerusalem would have been their only loss. They made a very bad decision to keep this going.

    You are making excuses for the continuous land theft and violation of international law. Why do you have such contempt for international law and ethics?

  3. So you believe all those Sunnis are just beheaders? Not my experience having worked in the area.

    Correct. This is a Wahabist movement out of Saudi Arabia. Majority of Sunnis do not support this movement. Here is a good article giving insight into the roots of ISIL and Wahabism:

    You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia


  4. Yes, and an aid worker to boot. Why is the West bothering with aid? These people enjoy killing people the same way a person in their late teens or early 20's enjoys sex. Is this what we should be aiding?

    Because the guy cutting the head off is the same as the guy needing the aid. All because they both call themselves Muslim.

    You have a bad habit of generalizing.

  5. Yes. There is no point. How can you spin the following? Maybe "self-hating Jews" is the way to go:

    - Holocaust survivors speaking out against Israel's actions.

    - Reservists from elite IDF intel unit refuse to serve over Palestinian 'persecution'

    - Jewish students and faculty speak out against punishing people for defending the rights of Palestinians

    - Gandhi, Mandela, Tutu, Malcom X, Christopher Hitchens speaking out against Zionism and Israel's treatment of Palestinians

    - American Jews Turning Against AIPAC

    - The End of Liberal Zionism - Israel’s Move to the Right Challenges Diaspora Jews

    The reality and the undeniable change in support of diaspora Jews for Israel is something that you're having a hard time accepting. Best not to respond to the thread.

  6. What was Israel supposed to do?

    That is one of the more cowardly responses that comes from the Israeli propaganda machine.

    It's like an abusive person who hits people and then throws his hands in the air and says: "what was I supposed to do?!" Like you have no choice.

    What Israel could have done was not impose sanctions against Hamas and Gaza. What Israel could have done was to respect the election process where the people of Gaza elected Hamas. You don't see the world imposing sanctions because Bibi was elected or because the racist Lieberman was chosen as part of the government.

    You ask these impossible questions like people are stupid. You seriously wonder why Gaza's economy didn't prosper, considering what Israel has been doing to it? Seriously, get real.

  7. If Gaza would have concentrated on economic development when Israel left in 2005 this devastation would not have been necessary.

    That is a superficial statement. Gaza was put under sanctions as soon as Hamas came to power. Devastating sanctions that paved the road for the Gaza blockade/siege.

    How is this population supposed to see economic development when Israel has been controlling everything that has been going in and out of the open air prison and manage to violate international law by targeting and indiscriminately killing civilians once every 2 years?

    When fishing boats are being shot at by Israeli navy boats when they haven't even reached the 3 miles limit they are supposedly allowed to go into, how are these fishermen supposed to contribute to the economic development of Gaza?

  8. The only reason U.S. is going in is because it's an opportunity to release their fireworks and then replace those fireworks. The military industrial complex doesn't like quiet for too long. They get antsy and press their lobbyists (congressmen and senators) to push for wars. Remember how antsy McCain was getting when Syria was happening? Well now, we have IS. IS is the perfect bad guy. It's like how each Bond movie has a crazier villain that needs to be stopped. They're so crazy and demented that even Al Quaeda has spoken out against them. But of course, they are not a threat beyond an unstable region, created thanks to the powers. This time though, it's easier to get the people behind you. Something like 2/3 of Americans back attacking IS.

  9. The quest for a worldwide Islamic Caliphate.

    Shall we give them one, for the sake of some peace and quiet?

    That won't happen. They want Iraq and Syria. Two countries where there is instability and chaos already. These are the only places they're able to drive their caravans and stolen U.S. military vehicles and mow down civilians. They cannot go to the East, as Iran has a real military. They cannot go North, as Turkey has a real, U.S. purchased military. They can't go South, as there are several U.S. military bases in the neighbouring countries. They're confined to where the chaos and instability is.

  10. More Jews speaking out against Israel's treatment of Palestinians. This time, elite IDF reservists, including a major and two captains, have sent a letter explaining why their refusal to serve.

    Reservists from elite IDF intel unit refuse to serve over Palestinian 'persecution'

    Forty-three signatories, including a major and two captains, in a letter to the prime minister: 'Intelligence is an integral part of Israel's military occupation over the territories.'

    The 43 unit members who signed the letter, some of whom serve in the reserves, say that the information that is gathered and stored in the army’s systems “harms innocent people. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself.”

    For this reason, the signatories say, their consciences do not allow them to continue serving that system and depriving millions of human beings of their rights.

  11. “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

    So why are these groups able to attract people? What are they fighting for? What's the motivation? Revenge? Religious ideology? Money? Feeling of belonging?

    You cannot defeat these militant/terrorist groups with an army. Sure, they may bomb and kill a few hundred of them, but they will slip into the population and comeback out again once "mission is accomplished". That's why you need to get to the root of the issue. So what is the root? What are the reasons?

  12. You cannot eradicate an enemy that is not in uniform. They will simply slide into the population and comeback out once everyone leaves again. IS has been fighting against the Iraqi government and the Shiite majority for some time now. A high tech military cannot stop bombs made in basements.

  13. This post should be in this thread:

    Speaking of IDF and its lies -- Here is a good article that explains how Israel's continuous claims that they flattened many neighbourhoods in Gaza due to Hamas rocket launches just don't make sense:

    Hamas Rocket Launches Don't Explain Israel's Gaza Destruction

    The slimiest of all car salesmen is the IDF and the Israeli government. It's rare that the IDF and the Israeli government do not lie or don't try to spread misinformation. It seems like the only time we don't hear lies is when they're not talking.

  14. I am right and you are, as usual, wrong.

    Here is a list of just a few instances where Hamas has claimed responsibility.

    Select Hamas Terrorist Attacks Against Israel

    August 31, 2010: Four Israelis, including a pregnant woman, were murdered when terrorists ambushed their car as they were driving near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack

    March 14, 2004: Ten people were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing in the area of the Ashdod Port. Hamas and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.

    January 14, 2004: A female suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 20 at the Erez Crossing in the Gaza Strip. Hamas and the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    September 9, 2003: Hamas claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings, the first at an entrance to the Tzrifin army base near Rishon Lezion

    August 19, 2003: Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem killing at least 18 people and wounding nearly 100.

    Hamas claimed to have carried out the Ariel attack.

    Palestinian terrorists near Ofra, north of Ramallah. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The bomber was disguised as an ultra-orthodox Jew. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    wounding three Israeli soldiers. Hamas claimed responsibility.

    The Palestinian detonated his explosives, killing only himself. Hamas claimed responsibility in both attacks.

    May 17, 2003: A pregnant Israeli woman and her husband were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself next to them in a public square in Hebron. Hamas claimed responsibility.

    The Fatah Tanzim and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out as a joint operation.

    attacked during Shabbat. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    I hope you get the point and I hope you stop challenging the truth. And there is more instances where Hamas has claimed responsibility.

  15. What ? I can't criticize Hamas for proudly announcing acts of terrorism ? OK...then Israel can continue to proudly bomb them.

    Who said you can't criticize Hamas? Are you catching a bit of Rue-syndrome and interpreting fairly straight forward comments into something totally different?

    You said that Hamas lies like Israel does and I corrected you by saying that Hamas has no problem admitting to doing what they do.

  16. ...because Hamas is always truthful and forthcoming, right ?

    Hamas is easy to criticize, but one thing you can't criticize them for is how they own up to anything they do. They always proudly announce rocket attacks. They claim any attacks they have done. They don't play the slimy car salesman game that Israel plays, where they'll do whatever it takes to make a sale.

  17. What choice did Israel have when military facilities were placed in those buildings?

    They weren't. Repeating the same propaganda over and over doesn't make it truth. Well, sort of. The Hasbara has managed to make people think that Israel has targeted and flattened buildings only because of militants. The UN confirmed several times that there were no rockets or militants in the buildings they gave their coordinates to, several times.

    By the way, even if there are militants there, it is against the law to collectively punish civilians because there are militants there. It's as simple as that.

    Another by the way: It turns out that the IDF has used old footage from their carnage, two wars ago and tried using it in this war to justify bombing a hospital:

    Exclusive: Israel's Video Justifying Destruction of a Gaza Hospital Was From 2009

    A video distributed by the Israeli military in July suggesting that Palestinian fighters had fired from the Al Wafa Rehabilitation and Geriatric Hospital in Gaza City was not shot during the recent Israeli attack on Gaza, and both audio and video clips were manipulated to cover up the fact that they were from entirely different incidents, a Truthout investigation has revealed.

    The video, released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on July 23, the same day Israeli airstrikes destroyed Al Wafa, was widely reported by pro-Israeli publications and websites as proving that the hospital was destroyed because Hamas had turned the hospital into a military facility. But the video clip showing apparent firing from an annex to the hospital was actually shot during Israel's 2008-09 "Operation Cast Lead," and the audio clip accompanying it was from an incident unrelated to Al Wafa.

    The misleading video was only the last in a series of IDF dissimulations about Al Wafa hospital that included false claims that Hamas rockets had been launched from the hospital grounds, or very near it, and that the hospital had been damaged by an attack on the launching site.

    Israelis manipulating the truth? Imagine my total lack of surprise.

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