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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Oh yeah! I forgot about the Olympics...
We have been accused of anthellenism by one of our readers who wrote:

"At the end of the day, aside constructive criticism which is always welcome,vile unfounded attacks such as the ones your illustious cite perpetrates arefounded on nothing else than envy that one of the greatest ideals in historyoriginates to THAT little country."

So let's look at today's news about the Olympics:

"In the midst of international terror concerns, Greek government officials say they have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the safety of the Games. A seven-nation advisory group and NATO have lent their expertise and resources in an unprecedented cooperative effort of a scale unimagined when Athens won the Games in 1997.

Last week, Greek Public Order Minister George Voulgarakis said that the security measures were fully operational and working well. But others involved in the project said many kinks still had not been worked out and that the communications network was not as comprehensive as originally planned.

Although the security system is described as highly advanced, Greek officials have had little time to run tests on the network or to become familiar with its capabilities.

The Olympic security operations are geared toward preventing a large-scale terrorist attack intended to produce mass casualties, such as threats from a hijacked airliner, chemical weapons or hostage-seeking gunmen, according to Greek and Western officials.

Counter-terrorism officials from Greece and elsewhere in Europe said there have been no signs or specific intelligence indicating that such attacks are being planned. More likely, they said, was the chance that the Olympics would be targeted by one of Greece's many small anarchist or radical political organizations that regularly ignite pipe bombs and other small explosives in Athens.

On May 5, precisely 100 days before the Opening Ceremonies here, a police precinct in Athens was dynamited by a group calling itself Revolutionary Struggle. No one was injured in the blast, but in a statement delivered to a newspaper a few days later, the group said it carried out the bombing to show the "vulnerability" of Greece's security measures and to protest the coming influx of "wealthy" Western visitors and business leaders for the Olympics.

Mary Bossis, a Greek terrorism expert and an adviser to the government, said it was an embarrassment that Greek officials had been unable to make any arrests in that case despite spending so much on security measures and intelligence gathering for the Olympics.

"We have all these very expensive toys floating all over the place, but they have not proven their worth at all in terms of finding domestic terrorists," Bossis said. "There are a number of these groups and they have voiced their disagreements with the Olympics very loudly, but so far I haven't seen any ability by the authorities to arrest or identify any of them."

The United States, Australia, Israel and Britain are quietly planning to bring armed security guards to provide individual protection for athletes and dignitaries, in spite of a Greek ban on foreigners carrying weapons, according to officials and media reports from those countries.

A U.S. embassy official declined to answer questions about whether U.S. security agents would be armed. Greek government leaders have denied the existence of any agreements to allow foreigners to wield guns.

For months, U.S. officials have pressed the Greek government to allow U.S. security personnel to assist in safeguarding the U.S. team, made up of more than 500 athletes.

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
I don't want to blame them
Electronic Intifada EI-EI-O carries a "photostory" with images of the Kalandia checkpoint bombing:

"Two Palestinians were killed and seven Israeli soldiers and 13 Palestinians were wounded today when a bomb exploded at Kalandia checkpoint, separating Ramallah and northern parts of Jerusalem from the rest of the city. Six Palestinian wounded were taken to Ramallah hospitals. All Israeli casualties were Israeli army officers. They were taken to hospitals in Jerusalem."

Here's the rest of the story that EI-EI-O will not carry, of course:

"Zakiyah Abu Sneineh, whose 60-year-old husband, Salah, died in the blast, refused to acknowledge that he was killed by Palestinians. "Arabs couldn't have killed him, only Israelis," she said, sobbing in the emergency room of a Ramallah hospital. In an adjacent room, her 6-year-old grandson Mahdi, who was critically wounded in the blast, was fighting for his life.

A Palestinian man hurt in the attack said it was too early to judge the militants. "I don't want to blame them," said Rateb Abu Fkhaideh, 47, who had a leg injury.

His comments angered several Palestinians in the emergency room. "Why are you defending them (the militants)?" 35-year-old Nader Omar asked Abu Fkhaideh. "They are wrong. We should raise our voice against them. These guys don't use their minds." Two others nodded in agreement.

In four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, support for the militants in Palestinian society has remained high, despite the hardships from Israeli retaliation for scores of bombings and shootings. From time to time, criticism of the militants is voiced. However, while Palestinians may complain in private, they rarely express their misgivings openly.

Zakariye Zubeydi, 29, a leader of Al Aqsa in the West Bank town of Jenin, told The Associated Press the assailant had been instructed to attack Israelis in Jerusalem. A tightening Israeli security cordon forced him to detonate the explosives near Kalandia, Zubeydi said, adding that the bomber got away.

Zubeydi apologized for Palestinian casualties. "We didn't expect people to be killed," he said. "

Jews, apparently, are not people.

Kalandia checkpoint bombing

Charles has a thread about this on LGF and he has linked to photos from the Kalandia checkpoint that IDF Dave has posted.

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
"According to people who study such things, there are eight stages of genocide: Classification, Symbolization, Dehumanization, Organization, Polarization, Preparation, Extermination and Denial. After a decade of Arafatian rule, a critical mass of Palestinians hover somewhere between stages six and seven.

This development, obvious to most Israelis, is rarely noticed by outside observers. For one thing, a country of Israel's military capacities hardly seems vulnerable to extermination. For another, Israel is viewed as being at least as much an aggressor - both historically and currently - as it is a current and potential victim. For a third, neither Palestinian intentions nor actions, even of the most extreme sort, are considered genocidal. Instead, Palestinians are seen to be fighting for a state of their own, not the elimination of Israel or the Jews within it. As for suicide bombings, they are viewed as a foul offshoot of a legitimate national struggle, not an expression of that struggle's fundamental purpose.

One can only pray the outside observers are right: that Israelis really are paranoid when it comes to understanding Palestinian designs; that the dehumanizing caricatures of Jews in the Palestinian press and in their textbooks, and the frequent calls to murder by their religious and secular leadership, are nothing but rhetoric and hyperbole typical of a people at war.

Then again, most students of genocide would agree that when prominent or popular leaders of one nation call repeatedly and openly for the extinction of another nation, it's best to take them at their word. The stages of genocide are not only logical but sequential: If classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, and preparation can be clearly discerned, it's best to get ready for extermination and denial.

Skeptics of this analysis make the argument that even if a large number of Palestinians do harbor genocidal aims, their intent is irrelevant; what matters is capacity. Larry Derfner, a columnist for this paper, puts the case nicely. "The Egyptians would love to be rid of Israel. So would the Jordanians, Syrians, and Lebanese. But they don't dare because they're afraid of Israel's superior power... If we leave the Palestinians alone... there's no inherent reason why they shouldn't eventually come around and join the rest of our neighbors to hate us and reject us, but leave us in peace."

This is a powerful argument, but it rests on two heroic assumptions: first, that Israel will retain "superior power" forever; and second, that politics in our neighboring countries won't take a sharp turn for the worse. Also, it is not particularly comforting to know that unless Israel funds its military to the highest state of preparedness, the country risks extinction. Does Norway operate this way? Does Canada?"

Stage Six

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Muddy Mullahs
By Guest Contributor, KianB

An Iranian diplomat was kidnapped and at the same time, the Mullahs issued a travel warning for Iranians visiting Iraq.

The kidnappers, calling themselves the "Islamic Army in Iraq," accused the Iranian diplomat of provoking sectarian war in Iraq and warned Iran not to interfere in Iraq's affairs, according to Al-Arabiya.

A Sunni Militant group, hearing from the Mullahs masterminding all over Iraq, decided to step up and warn a rival. They both have the same cause to fuel this war: creating a chaotic Iraq in order to stop ordinary Iraqis to go on with their own life and creating a south-lebanon situation of the 80's.

Or this is just another of the mullahs' dirty tricks? After they gave up four spies early this week and it was revealed again that they are actively planning and operating a finacial and guerilla attack on Iraqis, they decided to do a little Al-Jazeera style and show the world how they are victims of the same abuse. In this way, they can cover up more with more lies.

You choose for yourself.

As we say in Iran when we see Mullahs are doing like this: "They are cleaning up themselves from mud....with more mud."



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