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Posted on Jan 30, 2008
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Former Judge Eliyahu Winograd led the inquiry.

A government probe of Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon has not only found that the war was a blunder but revealed “serious failings” in the political and military leadership of the country. The panel criticized the unnecessary loss of life and found that Israel’s ability to deter its enemies had been seriously damaged.


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The report recommends “systematic and profound” changes in thinking in the political and military leaderships if Israel is to face up to future challenges.

Israel cannot survive without the belief that it has “the political and military leadership, military capabilities, and social robustness” to deter aggressors, the report says.

Mr Olmert’s [Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s]  aides said the criticism in the report was not as harsh as they had been preparing for.

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By brewerstroupe, February 1, 2008 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment

Amnesty Int’l: Winograd report fails to address Israel’s war crimes

By Haaretz Service

Tags: Amnesty International  

Human rights organization Amnesty International on Thursday called the Winograd Commission’s final report on Israel’s conduct during the Second Lebanon War, published Wednesday, “deeply flawed,” in its failure to address war crimes committed by Israel.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/950158.html

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By brewerstroupe, February 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

“When Egypt puts up a wall, it is”.....on their own land.
The Apartheid wall has another purpose however, as a glance at the map will confirm.
http://www.zionism-israel.com/maps/Map_Fence_Route_Betselem_06.htm

To understand Egypt’s dilemma, one has only to imagine 1,400,000 Mexicans penned up in 100 square miles right on the U.S. border deprived of Power, water, sewage, medical services and basic human rights. Furthermore, Egypt signed an agreement with Israel to manage the border and unlike Sharon, Olmert etc, Mubarak “keeps his covenants made”.

In other words,Israel says Egypt cannot provide humanitarian aid to the Gazans.

Thank you Lefty for the opportunity to clear this little matter up.

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By T.T., February 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment
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1 - Lying about the genocide that they been carrying on since 1948.
2 -  Meddling in USAs affairs to continue their expansionism & genocidal agenda.
3 - corrupting the US politicians single handedly.
4 - failing to comply with popular UNO resolutions.
5 -  Crying “Help, I am being KILLED!” when they are the ones killing everyone, talk about “cry wolf”.
6 - Selling US designed weapons to whereever they find a large profit.
7 - Creation and establishment of an Apartheid state also termed as “shitty little state”.
8 - Blinding some fair jews into supporting the stupid state of Isreal therough their paranoia.
9 - Exploitation of the “holocaust” to the degree that everyone is sick of the word.
10 - Setting up of sites and organisation who aceive Zionistic agendas through DECEPTION, LIES AND FORCE OF BLACKMAIL.
11 - Development of a NUCLEAR BOMB through deceiving the US govt, which is just another deeception in their long list of deceptions.

........  and many masny more Negative things that these propagandists will never mention or accept BUT THEN .....

finally the biggest accomplishment is the unleashing of blatant liars like “Howard” & “Lefty” who have absolutely no regard for reality or moral senses.

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By brewerstroupe, February 1, 2008 at 2:03 am Link to this comment

My apologies to all reasonable readers for what looks like a tirade. My only excuse is that ignorance always has that effect on me - it pisses me off.

The point of it all is simply this. Jews are just like the rest of us, no better and, with the exception of those who lie to us, no worse. Pissing contests about which race is smarter, richer, or better looking are exercises in futility on a par with teaching your pig to sing.

The party is over. The Likudniks day is past. For almost 60 years Israel held people like me in thrall but the information is out there now and the only emotion Hasbara inspires is anger. The label “anti-semite” is fast becoming like “nigger” - adopted by it’s victims as a humorous irony. It might have gone on for a bit but the explosions in Lebanon last year blew a lot of light into hitherto dark corners of the Western Psyche. Many folk who had only a vague idea about the Holocaust are now familiar with the Nakbah.

Capital amassed by the Holocaust is spent. It is time to stop the special pleading and join the human race. Any fool can count the dead, see who has the latest weaponry and who has the rockets made of old pieces of plumbing. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that if 1250 Palestinians are arrested every week for working illegally inside Israel, that Wall ain’t for stopping terrorists. And another thing, quit it with the “land without a people for a people without a land” -I can read a 1947 census.

I have nothing against a Zionist who is prepared to defend his ideology with fact and reason but liars piss me off.

http://brewerstroupe.blogspot.com/

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment

Another first for Israel.

A report released this week by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has cited Israel as among the top destinations in the trafficking of human beings, either for sexual exploitation or forced labor.

Entitled “Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns,” the report claims that, “virtually every country in the world is affected by the crime of human trafficking.” However, Israel, along with nine countries, was named as the worst offenders of illegal trade in human beings

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1145961226614&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 9:48 pm Link to this comment

Yet more oh dear:

“I have seen that claim before, There is an company named Comverse that builds voice mail systems and has engineering offices in Israel, so it is sort of correct to say that “voice mail was (or is) developed in Israel”, but that does not mean it was invented there.

The telephone answering machine was invented by a Jew, but not in Israel. Willy Muller was in Switzerland in 1935, when he produced his first machine. The device was a handy way for Orthodox Jews to avoid using the telephone on the sabbath. This was a very large and expensive device about a meter tall, limited by the technology then available. Note that the modern country Israel didn’t even exist at that time.
The first unit generally considered practical for use by people without extraordinary needs—because it had a reasonable size and cost—appeared in 1960. This was the Ansa Phone, developed in Japan by Kazuo Hashimoto.
The first modern voice mail system, SFS, was developed at IBM in the US, by S.J. Boies in 1974-1975.”
http://qa.techinterviews.com/q/20060730075102AA39pE9

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

More oh dear!

“Microsoft hired a group of developers from Digital Equipment Corporation led by Dave Cutler to build Windows NT…....Digital Equipment Corporation was a pioneering American company in the computer industry.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Equipment_Corporation

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

Oh dear.

“Dr Martin Cooper, a former general manager for the systems division at Motorola, is considered the inventor of the first portable handset and the first person to make a call on a portable cell phone in April 1973. The first call he made was to his rival, Joel Engel, Bell Labs head of research.”
http://www.cellular.co.za/cellphone_inventor.htm

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment

And to think all this has been accomplished on just $108 Billion in U.S.aid!!
http://www.washington-report.org/archives/July_2006/0607016.html
...and if only my countryman hadn’t split the Atom in 1917 they might have got around to that and been able to brag openly about their nukes.

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By cyrena, January 31, 2008 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment

But, there’s nothing to support Lefty’s assertion that anyone is ‘giving aid or support’ to Hizbullah. Rather, it is aid that Hizbullah has provided to the civilian population of Lebanon, who would have otherwise been as completely destroyed as Israel long ago intended, and PROMISED.

The reality is that without the planned and intended genocide of ALL Arabs, by the Jews creating the State of Israel, Hizbullah would never have had a reason to exist.

The lefties of the world will never acknowledge this.

That’s just the way it is. And, they’ll keep whining about those overblown soda pop bottles that Hizbullah and Hamas shoot into Israel, rarely doing any damage, because they don’t have the necessary tools to actually DO any damage to Israel.

So THAT is where there is no level playing field. If any of these Arabs were as well equipped as Israel, and equally as murderous, this would have been ‘resolved’ long ago.

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By cyrena, January 31, 2008 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

Thanks brewerstroupe…for this excellent essay.

I’m particularly gratified that you note all of the reasons for the existence of Hizbullah to begin with, in addition to the social services they provide, which are indispensable to the population, which would not have otherwise survived - AT ALL. (surely Israel’s plan of course, as you’ve noted from 1938 and Ben Gurion on down the miserable time line).

Thanks again…

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By Howard, January 31, 2008 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

Israel is without question the most amazing, the most admirable country the world has ever seen. Despite its only being a little more than fifty years old, despite a population of just over five million, despite having to be at war footing for almost its entire life, despite having absorbed more immigrants in relation to its population that any country in history, its accomplishments in almost any area of human activity are unsurpassed.

Consider what Israel could have accomplished and could still accomplish if its enemies would not single-mindedly wish to destroy it and if Israel could apply all of its genius to peaceful pursuits.

1.  The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
 
2.  Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
 
3.  The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel.
 
4.  The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.
 
5. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
 
6.  Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D;facilities outside the US in Israel.
 
7.  The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
 
8. According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
 
9.  Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.
 
10. Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
 
11.  Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

Astonishing what a search on PHDs per head of population throws up!

“The Jabalya refugee camp, the largest in the (Gaza) Strip, is one of the poorest and most densely populated areas in the world. Casual inquiry will suggest, however, that there are more PhD’s per head of population than in either Bloomsbury, London or in the university town of Boulder, Colorado. Furthermore, these doctorates are in ‘infrastructural’ subjects such as engineering, computer science and information technology rather than in sociology, history or literary theory.
http://www.planningforterrorism.org.uk/
Thanks for the tip Lefty

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

Hang on a minute. Maybe this is why Israel has been 60 years repeating the same mistake?

“Israel has a lower rate of people holding doctoral degrees than most developed and developing nations, placing it 22nd out of 45 countries.
Preliminary findings of a study conducted by the planning authority at the Industry, Trade and Employment Ministry found that nearly all developed nations ranked higher on this scale, while Israel placed beneath such countries as Russia and Costa Rica, among others, where per capita income is lower than Israel’s by half….

Israel ranks at the bottom of the developed nations whose income level it aspires to equal - such as Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Israel has 110 Ph.D.s per million people, ...compared to more than 300 in the countries at the top of the list.”
http://www.spme.net/cgi-bin/facultyforum.cgi?ID=2141

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

“Think of it, in 5,000 years, Arabs will be able to compete with Jews on a level playing field.”

If Israel keeps up it’s current rate of killing 40 Palestinians for every Israeli killed I predict a levelling by a week Tuesday.

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

I don’t know where you get your information but I think I can guess.

“Israel had/has no motivation to attack Lebanon or it’s citizens”

How about the agenda laid down by David Ben Gurion in 1938:
“after we become a strong force, as a result of the creation of a state, we shall abolish partition and expand into the whole of Palestine”

...and Menachem Begin in 1948:
“Eretz Israel [the land of Israel] will be restored to the people of Israel, All of it. And forever.”

...and Raphael Eitan:
“When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.”

“Hizbollah, which has a long history of indiscriminately firing rockets into Israel”

The Christian Science Monitor does not agree:

“Since its withdrawal of occupation forces from southern Lebanon in May 2000, Israel has violated the United Nations-monitored “blue line” on an almost daily basis, according to UN reports. Hizbullah’s military doctrine, articulated in the early 1990s, states that it will fire Katyusha rockets into Israel only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians or Hizbullah’s leadership; this indeed has been the pattern.”
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0801/p09s02-coop.html

“Hizbollah’s existence has no other purpose than terrorism”

I wonder how they find the time:

“Hezbollah won the support of Shia Muslims by providing social services, healthcare and welfare when the Lebanese government failed. Hezbollah runs hospitals, news services and educational facilities for its followers in Lebanon. It is behind a large number of economic and infrastructure projects in the country.”
http://dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/archives/hard_news/000422.php

“Hizbollah purposely provoked Israel by kidnapping Israeli soldiers.”

Ten points for chutzpah in view of the fact that the Winograd Commission itself states:

“it was a war of our own initiative”

...and:

“the second was to fundamentally alter the reality in southern Lebanon through a wide-scale ground operation.”

This is why Hezbollah was formed:
1982
On the sixth of June, 1982, the Israeli Defense Forces moved into Lebanon, on Israel’s northern border. The invasion was astonishingly brutal and merciless. Sharon was quite carefree in his bombing of not just military targets, but quite literally any structure that he felt may at some point harbor resistance. This included refugee camps, schools, hospitals, churches, religious and charitable institutions and the facilities of the government of Lebanon. It was the invasion of Lebanon that earned him his nickname, “The Bulldozer.”

On the 8th of August, Sharon began a massive bombing of Beirut, which some foreign correspondents in the city compared to the massive Allied bombing of Dresden in World War II. Nothing was sacred and no effort whatever was made to spare civilians.(Giannou) Much of the infrastructure of the city was damaged or destroyed and the bombing stirred up ethnic passions and hatred in Beirut, which sparked a communal war that went on for a decade and left the city, once called “The Paris of the Middle East,” in ruins. More than two hundred American nationals and about 20,000 Lebanese, nearly all innocent civilians, died in the bombing.
http://www.bidstrup.com/zionism.htm

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 31, 2008 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

By Lefty, January 31: “It reminded by of the blinded cyclops flaling away at the Greeks while they took potshots at him from behind….”

Lebanon says Israel report sets scene for new war - BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s prime minister said on Thursday that an Israeli report on the war against Hezbollah guerrillas in 2006 set the scene for a possible future conflict and failed to address “Israel’s crimes against Lebanon”.

The Israeli government-appointed Winograd Commission issued a report on Wednesday that criticized the conduct of the army and government during the war, but which endorsed key decisions at the time by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

“The report calls for preparation for the next war, which shows that Israel has not learned the appropriate lesson from its defeat,” a statement from Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s media office said. “The enemy’s aims towards Lebanon have stayed the same—that is attacking Lebanon in the future.”

About 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 159 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed in the war, triggered after Hezbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight in a cross-border raid…...

Siniora also said the report did not mention the war’s cost on Lebanon. Israel pounded the Hezbollah bastions of southern Beirut and south Lebanon with aircraft, warships and artillery. It also hit other parts of the country….... “The report does not contain any mention of the crimes Israel committed against Lebanon ... or of the massacres against civilians ... the report also doesn’t mention huge destruction to infrastructure most of which were hospitals, schools, places of worship, bridges and residential buildings.”  http://www.reuters.com/article/newsMaps/idUSL3116524620080131?sp=true

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

Here are the maps to support Lefty’s assertion

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/6761/palastinianlandloss8tz.gif

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By brewerstroupe, January 31, 2008 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

From the Winograd report:

“Israel embarked on a prolonged war that it initiated”

“Though it was a war of our own initiative and waged in a defined territory, Israel did not use its military power wisely or effectively,”

“...two main alternatives - the first was a short, severe strike [on Hezbollah], the second was to fundamentally alter the reality in southern Lebanon through a wide-scale ground operation.”

Now can we have no more nonsense about kidnapped soldiers? Please?

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By T.T, January 31, 2008 at 8:26 am Link to this comment
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I am wondering what name would be appropriate for the ever growing settlements on areas that the UNO deems as occupied land .............. lol AND then the reason behind the immense Israeli war preparations AND the reason behind the bombing of USS LIBERTY
I guess another word that comes to mind is Zionist Patriotic Lies.
Lefty, .... you piece of shit.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 31, 2008 at 4:17 am Link to this comment

Quote the (English) Summary of the Winograd Commission Report: “The air force should be congratulated on very impressive achievements in this war….” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/30/world/middleeast/31winograd-web.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

So hypocritical that the totally unopposed Israeli air force’s actions could ever be construed as “achievements” in the theatre of war. And, of course, it was an attack of massive proportions, not a war of any kind. Dropping cluster bombs and mines to slay and maim as many people as possible for as long as possible is another issue that is hardly “impressive”, either.

· We found serious failings and shortcomings in the decision-making processes and staff-work in the political and the military echelons and their interface.

· We found serious failings and flaws in the quality of preparedness, decision-making and performance in the IDF high command, especially in the Army.

· We found serious failings and flaws in the lack of strategic thinking and planning, in both the political and the military echelons.

· We found severe failings and flaws in the defence of the civilian population and in coping with its being attacked by rockets.

· These weaknesses resulted in part from inadequacies of preparedness and strategic and operative planning which go back long before the 2nd Lebanon war.

But the main issue is whether the failings that were being acknowledged and discussed were as the result of (a) the errors of a nuclear weapons state to tend to rely on its WMD’s as an inevitable last resort with the full intention of ‘deploying’ them, or (b) that it is indicitave that the ‘next war’ will be fought with tactical nuclear weapons as a first-strike option being immediately deployed and used regardless of the scale of destruction???

That is all the more likely in future as Nato has been told that “Pre-emptive nuclear strike” is a key option http://www.guardian.co.uk/nato/story/0,,2244782,00.html and the Israeli Prime minister ”...had preferred to avoid the ground operation…”, the hypocritical assertation that “Israel was ‘dragged’ into an inconclusive ground operation…”.

Ultimately, though, the final solution concerns an Israel that ”...cannot survive in this region, and cannot live in it in peace or at least non-war, unless people in Israel itself and in its surroundings believe that Israel has the political and military leadership, military capabilities, and social robustness that will allow her to deter… its neighbors…” rather than strive to make peace with them.

As a US puppet, this is all subject to the Neocon agenda in Washington. Needless to say, the covert para-military propaganda wing of the Zionist-backed Israeli government, AIPAC, also has a lot of input into what decisions are made and what directions are followed in Washington.

  ...we would like to caution against dangers which might upset plans and delay required change processes, and thus produce dangerous results:

· Fear of criticism in case of failure may lead to defensive reactions, working by the book, and abstention from making resolute decisions and preferring non-action. Such behavior is undesirable and also dangerous.

· In a dynamic complex reality, one should not prepare better for the last war. It is also essential not to limit oneself to superficial action, designed to create an appearance that flaws had been corrected.

· It is also essential not to focus exclusively on coping with dangers, but to combine readiness for threat scenarios with an active seeking of opportunities.

· When speaking on learning, one should take into account that enemies, too, are learning their lessons.

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By P. T., January 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm Link to this comment

Everybody has a right to defend themselves from Zionist expansionism.

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