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Jewish extremist terrorists. Why don’t we hear that phrase more often?

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Dear Son,

Today would have been Grandma Caudle’s 69th Birthday. So we went out to lunch today to celebrate.

On coming home I find out the news that at least 54 people have been killed in an Israeli air strike on Lebanon. 34 of the dead were children.

When television and Internet news talks of Hezbollah they call them “Muslim Extremists”, but the Israeli government is never called a group of “Jewish Extremists”. But this is actually what they are. The difference between the actions of Hezbollah, al-qaeda, the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel are none, they are exactly the same.

The Jewish Extremists blame Hezbollah for the deaths because, according to the BBC:

Israel said the Shia militant group was responsible for the Qana strike, because it used the town to launch rockets.

I have written here how Muslim Extremists blamed the people of the UK for the bombings on the 7th July 2005 because they re-elected Tony Blair. I said at that the time that this was rubbish and why it was rubbish. The same arguments apply here; the Jewish Extremists refuse to accept that they are nothing more than common murders and attempt to justify their killings. They claim that they had told people to leave the area or face being bombed. al-qaeda has warned many times what certain governments around the world need to do to avoid being bombed. When these edicts are announced world leaders queue up to pontificate about “not bowing to terrorism”. But when the Jewish Extremists set out their demands so that people can avoid being bombed, they are treated as statesmen and armed by the USA government.

Although we do get some weasel words from Condoleezza Rice:

We are also pushing for an urgent end to the current hostilities, but the views of the parties on how to achieve this are different.

The government of the USA thinks arming the Jewish Extremists is the way forward as they sell Israel the arms necessary to kill the 54 people in the first place.

In 1984 Orwell gives us the word blackwhite:

Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.

To understand the minds of the assembled Extremists in light of the World Trade Centre, Milan and London bombings and the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraqi we have to have to identify and understand blackwhite when we see it. And this episode is a case study.

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July 30th, 2006 at 4:51 pm

Posted in Politics

Diana, some more thoughts

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Dear Son,

the day Diana died I was due to look at a flat in Catford with a view to buying it. I had an RSX100 motorcycle then which could do about 40 mph flat out. I had only been in London a couple of years at the time and I had never seen the streets so empty as on that day. Newcastle were due to play Liverpool that day, and the Toon were doing really well – if the teams had played that day I am certain that Nwecastle would have won. When I came back from Catford – never to return – I found out that the game had been cancelled. Newcastle lost the re-scheduled game.

This is not the first time that Diana had ruined my telly. In 1981 she and Charles flew out for their honey moon to Gilbratar. Instead of showing childrens TV programs, ITV decided to show them flying off live instead. But they were late taking off so Batman wasn’t shown that morning, neither was Wait Till Your Father Gets Home. I think that’s when I became a republican.

After Princess Di’s death there was a call for people to enter their stories of meeting her on a web site. I told how I shouted “Parasite!” at her when she opened a sports hall. There were lots of local school children there and their teacher came over and said that I had ruined their day. I replied that making young children stand in the rain for hours to take a look at some one who failed most of her exams was upsetting them. I also pointed out that Diana’s children would get the best of everything whether they merited it or not – her class would most likely get nothing whether they merited it nor not. Di’s youngest son, Harry (his father is James Hewitt, trust me) needed a teacher to help him cheat to pass his exams. Looks like I was right all along.

I need to write some stuff up about our recent trip to Trindad for Uncle Wendell’s wedding …

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July 26th, 2006 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Memories

Diana, Queen of Hearts.

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Dear Son,

an Italian magazine has published a photograph of Diana Princess of Wales unconscious in the back of the car that crashed in an underpass in Paris.

The driver of the car, Henri Paul, had drunk alcohol and taken anti-depressant tablets as well. He was in no fit state to drive and was speeding when the car crashed. Diana’s body guard, Trevor Rees-Jones survived the crash – he was the only one wearing a seat belt.

Diana’s car was being chased by press photographers because certain people in this world liked looking at pictures of her. When it was announced that she had died and the circumstances of that death, people physically attached journalists and newspaper photographers because they blamed these people for her death.

The last thing I remember on the TV before I went to bed the night she died was an advert for the Sunday Mirror. They were advertising the “Diana-Dodi Love Album”, an exclusive set of long lens pictures of Diana with Dodi Fayed frolicking in the Med.

The Sunday Mirror and all the other newspapers that printed pictures of Diana only did so because it helped them sell more copies. The market for Diana pictures was created by the very people attacked the photographers and the journalists in the first place. Because their appetite for Diana photographs could not be satisfied she was hounded to her death.

The very people who provided the financing (papers would sell an extra 100,000 copies by putting a picture of Diana on the front) for the paparazzi then complain when the beast they created acts in a way that they didn’t approve. The mock outrage that many of the British papers are expressing today is just plain and simple rubbish. If they thought they could shift a few more copies of their newspaper by including this photo they would do.

Not long before she died, Diana gave an interview in which she said she wanted to be known as the “Queen of Hearts”. She was derided by the press for this right up until the moment she died when suddenly this became her new name along with almost sainthood. The filthy press were quick to malign the women when it suited them and canonise her when it suited them more.

The press though only prints the stories that the public will accept, by and large. There are exceptions but they are few and far between.

BBC NEWS | UK | Boycott ‘vile’ Diana photo call

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July 14th, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Posted in Culture