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U.S. Vetoes U.N. Condemnation of Israeli Settlements

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Posted on Feb 19, 2011
AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Barbed wire rings the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit in the West Bank.

The U.S. has vetoed a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Israel to halt the building of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, saying its passage would “harden the positions of both sides.” —JCL

The Guardian:

The Obama administration wielded its first veto at the UN security council last night in a move to swipe down a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory.

The US stood alone among the 15 members of the security council in failing to condemn the resumption of settlement building that has caused a serious rift between the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority and derailed attempts to kick-start the peace process. The Palestinians have made clear that they will not return to the negotiating table until Israel suspends settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The decision placed the US in a controversial position at a time when it is already struggling to define its strategy in a tumultuous Middle East.

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By NZDoug, February 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

If USA was serious about stopping settlements, which are a direct violation of UN
article 242, which states that land cannot be taken by force, they could stop
giving the 6.5 billion pledged and make donations towards settlements illegal.
Irving Moscowitz types.
But its all a facade.
Israel is USAs military base in the middle of the worlds largest reservoir of oil.
Israel could cull all the Palestinians but that would put USAs cards on the table.
Better cat and mouse, so the rest of the Middle east will see what happens if
they dont play ball.
Best divide and conquer.
Keep Sunni fighting Shia, Kurd fighting Iraq. Goodbye Lebanon 2006, Egypt gets
out of hand, Israel will blow the Answan Dam,
Back Iraq in the 80s against Iran, torch Iraq twice, Afghanistan doomed, hello
Pakistan. CIA drones etc etc etc.

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By PatrickHenry, February 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

What this vote demonstrates to the world is how American leaderships moral compass is so totally screwed up that we are against what the remainder of the world wants.

We need to change out the government from top to bottom and shake up wall street and the media as well.

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By frecklefever, February 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment

THE GOOD NEWS IS FOURTEEN COUNTRIES CONDEMNED ZION..AND IN ESSENCE CONDEMNED
OBAMA…WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THE BUSH SHADOW DESCRIPTION IS SUN BRIGHT..ZION
WILL LOSE ITS GRIP ON AMERICAS SANITY..WHEN EVERY AIPAC AND POLITICAL STOOGE IS
ARRESTED FOR BEING AN AGENT OF A FOREIGN…WAY FOREIGN COUNTRY (ZION)...AND THAT
SHOULD HAPPEN ABOUT DECEMBER 21 2012…THAT’S THE DATE WHEN TRUTHDIGS RESIDENT
POLEMIST THE GOOD TAO WALKER..GETS TO EXPERIENCE THE BIOLOGICAL TRANSFERENCE HE
HAS ARGUED MUST OCCUR..SO LET’S PAY HOMAGE TO THE GREAT SUN..FOR ALL ITS LIFE
GIVING…RELIGION..

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By RayLan, February 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

It’s no surprise that the US vetoes resolutions to cease Palestinian occupation, since imperialist occupation is what the US does best. After all it has armed and supported such occupation for decades, the Zionist regime being of the same political genome as US foreign policy, its exceptionalist aggressiveness, as the divinely Chosen instrument of Freedom. (Barf)

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By Arabian Sinbad, February 20, 2011 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

By DaveZx3, February 20 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

“The three-ring circus of Israel, Christianity and Islam, all springing forth from the seed and the faith of Abraham, real or imaginary, continues to totally dominate all significant world events.”
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Though there is some insight and value in the essence of what you wrote, I think you are wrong about limiting your so-called “three-ring circus” to Israel, Christianity and Islam.

First, how could you equate Israel with Christianity and Islam, when the first is a national, colonial, apartheid, fascist system, imposed by force in the last 62 years, whereas the other two are religious systems that go back thousands of years, and are not confined to a certain “colonial” geographic area, but span the whole globe and spread mostly peacefully through choice and conviction?! 

Second, one can expand this so-called “three-ring circus” to include tens of other ones which are more dangerous and evil entities than the ones you selectively pointed out. I can add to your list of evil, destructive entities the following: Zionism, Christian Zionism, Crude Racist Nationalism, Capitalist Corporations, Marxists Philosophies, Military-Industrial Complexes, the CIA and its equivalent branches in all the world’s nationalist states, the Pentagon, the Lobbyists, the Atheists, the Merchants of Death etc.

Actually, if you compare the minor evil perpetrated by fringe religious groups within Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with the evil perpetrated by the entities I added to your list, then the first group would look very benign in comparison!

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By Billy Joe Righteous, February 20, 2011 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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Our biggest foreign policy mistake has been our support to allow the Jews to steal Palestine from the Palestinians. Over the last 60 years it has cost the American taxpayer trillions of dollars and has caused a loss of our civil liberties because of the threat of terrorism. Israel has not been a friend to the United States but has been instead has taken over the U.S. Government.  The Jewish merchant class dominates the Democratic Party and has used both Obama and Clinton as front men for years. 25 % of Democratic senators are Jewish.  They control our media and our banking system and they control our government. They constitute a little over 1% of the population but they dominate our politics.  We are screwed. You want to know why nothing works in this country anymore.  Look to who is really running things.

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By Roger Lafontaine, February 20, 2011 at 6:55 am Link to this comment
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The fools at the UN need to do what the populations in the Middle East are doing in the streets of Egypt, Bahrain, Lybia, Tunisia etc. Stand up to the tyrant with the veto and demand change, demand that the bloody veto be eliminated once and for all and that the Security Council be tossed into the trash heap of history so that the people of the nations of the world can have true democracy in the UN itself.;

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By fearnotruth, February 20, 2011 at 5:03 am Link to this comment

RE: This is where multiculturalism fails miserably.

exception taken

The notion that deeply held religious beliefs will inevitably result in something
like Samuel Huntington’s so-called ‘Clash of Civilizations’ is widely challenged
by cultural history within the region itself.

Since the Renaissance, until modern (post WWII) times, the progeny of Abraham
lived in relative peace from North Africa, through Middle and on to the Far East.

Many go so far as to hold the notion up as something of a modernist
psychological disinformation campaign, designed to foment unrest and give
cause for war.

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By DaveZx3, February 20, 2011 at 4:48 am Link to this comment

The three-ring circus of Israel, Christianity and Islam, all springing forth from the seed and the faith of Abraham, real or imaginary, continues to totally dominate all significant world events.

The twelves (tribes, apostles and imams) control the world’s governments and the world’s affairs in one way or another.  I believe that the inherent conflicts between these three are more significant and dangerous than the economic conflict of capitalism vs communism. 

The delusion that there is, or can be, a separation of religion and state makes any real discussion of this problem impossible. 

I believe it is impossible for anyone to hold deep personal beliefs, of any sort, and keep them separate from his day to day functioning.  Whether Muslim, Jew, Catholic, Protestant, atheist or whatever, the faiths, beliefs, scriptures and cultures of these groups are driving the policies and conflicts of this world.

For this reason, faith cannot be considered a personal thing.  It is not just something between and individual and his god when it is used to drive national and international policies.

If one individual of a particular faith holds that a certain behavior is evil or ungodly, it will become intolerable for that individual to live in a community where that behavior is widely practiced.  A conflict will build up in that individual where the community is doing one thing, and the religion is teaching another thing.  Something will have to give.

Think of Major Hassan who was so conflicted that he ended up shooting 13 others.  There are millions who have to live daily with such internal conflict. 

This is where multiculturalism fails miserably.  Since people have a right to express themselves and their beliefs freely and to make legitimate legal choices for how they will live their lives, they must certainly feel more comfortable and peaceful when those around them believe and behave similar to the way they themselves do.

Grinding different cultures and different ideologies against each other is a recipe for oppression, conflict, and violence of every kind.  And this is what we see in the world today.

We cannot work out our problems, because we continue to pretend that personal belief has no place in the governments of men, when, actually, personal beliefs are among the top driving forces in the governments of men.

It is time to take personal belief and put it in the public spotlight whenever it results in any type of oppression or violence of any sort by any group. 

All religions have good and evil as opposing forces.  Good “is” what good “does”, and is self-evident, IMO.  The same goes for evil.  Or as some scripture reads, “know them by their fruits”

We have grown into people who think evil is only what is done by others.  We turn a blind eye to our own evil-doing.  Evil is universal, and it goes on all over the world every day to one degree or another, but evil is best not tolerated by degree.

How religious perverts can twist faith to justify acts of evil is actually anti-faith.  The man who dreams of annihilating his enemy is wholly evil.  The source of these thoughts is not sacred nor worthy of tolerance or reverence.  Once any evil act occurs, no matter how minor, the source must be determined, and that source becomes subject to censure without reservation. 

Any god or scripture that teaches men to unilaterally judge and sentence other men is not worthy of the tolerance we afford to religion.

It is time to stop tolerating evil of any sort whatsoever.  It is time to stop tolerating any religion that teaches evil or violence of any sort.  It is time to stop tolerating any group that practices evil or violence of any sort. 

Know them by their fruits.  Freedom of religion is not freedom to commit evil acts of violence.  Violence is not religion, and violence is not politics.  Violence of any sort is only evil and never justified.

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By Pouteria, February 20, 2011 at 1:13 am Link to this comment

How could Israel’s position harden more than it already is?

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By photoshock, February 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment

To colindale, this ‘corrupt surrender of the
democratic process’ has been happening since the
beginning of the founding of the modern state of
‘Israel.’ Since 1948, the Amerikkan government has
had a policy of appeasement to the government of
Israel, we the American people have paid the price.
Ours is no longer of government of, by and for the
people, but a standard issue, oligarchy, which has as
its stated policy appeasement of the national
government of Israel. No president since Truman has
stood up against the lobbying efforts of the Israeli
government. This government has funded completely or
mostly the nation of Israel and its terroristic
policies against the Palestinians since 1948. We are
not capable of changing the minds of those who
legislate our governmental policies. Changes in the
stated policy will never happen until and unless a
whole new system of governing is put into place.
Israel is a nation which has a policy of separation
of the peoples. An apartheid governmental policy of
discrimination against the Palestinians. They are not
considered members of the nation of Israel and never
will be. They are considered leeches on the land,
that has been theirs for generations and lands won by
force of war, are considered Israeli against
international agreement. Israel considers themselves
special, no international law binds them in any way.
It is no surprise that the Amerikkan government voted
to veto this strongly worded censure of the Israeli
governmental policy of settlements in occupied
Palestine.
History will tell whether the American people or the
Amerikkan government wins the battle for the ability
to make policy in regards to the Israeli government.
One would hope that the American people win, rather
than the oligarchic government which now holds power.
Please continue the struggle against such determined
policies. Our future as a nation rests on the ability
to change the policies we determine are against a
policy of non-discrimination.

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By call me roy, February 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment

The main purpose for the United Nations (U.N.) is to resolve issues between countries through diplomacy before countries resort to military force and before conflicts escalate. Unfortunately, the U.N. has consistently failed this goal and will continue being useless for these several reasons.

First, the United Nations is primarily a forum for debate. As a result, the U.N. is an international organization where countries send representatives to argue for or against issues. These representatives are typically just spokesmen for their country’s agendas and are relatively powerless in their own country. Furthermore, countries governed by non-peaceful dictators and regimes typically use these debates to delay and obfuscate issues in their favor. Over the fifty years that the United Nations has existed, these debates alone have not resolved a single issue.
Second, the United Nations is unable to take direct and independent actions without support from its members. In other words, the U.N. is completely powerless and pacifistic. In a world filled with war-mongering dictators and suppressing regimes who know the U.N. lacks any real power, regimes are almost completely free to do whatever they want.
Third, the United Nations has five nations that can veto any resolution that the majority of the U.N. members agreed upon. The countries with this veto power are China, France, Russia (formerly the Soviet Union), the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. These countries have this power because they were the founding countries of the United Nations that wrote the rules for the U.N. after World War 2. Unfortunately, this non-democracy fails for several reasons. First, only a true democracy among nations is unbiased and fair.
The fourth and final reason why the United Nations is useless is terrorism. The U.N. does not formally recognize any country as a terrorist state. Furthermore, terrorists are not interested in the politics of debating in a public forum, such as the United Nations, to discuss and work out their issues. Therefore, the U.N. does not get involved in politics with terrorist groups. As a result, the United Nations is completely blind to terrorist groups, has no plans of address terrorism, and has no intentions of changing. The fact that the United Nations, as the largest international organization that promotes peace, is completely unable to address terrorism is further proof that the U.N. is ineffective.
the United Nations has proven itself as a failure for its entire history and will continue being useless. Maybe if peaceful countries withdraw their membership and stop participating in the United Nations in protest, will force the United Nations to abandon its old methods of dealing with non-peaceful and non-humanitarian nations. Two more years of President Barry Hussein and the US will leave the United Nations.

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By Robert, February 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment

February 16, 2011


Who’s Serving Who?

The US as Israel’s Enabler in the Middle East


By KATHLEEN CHRISTISON


“The recent Wikileaks releases of State Department cables and particularly al-Jazeera’s release of a raft of Palestinian documents dealing with negotiations over the last decade also demonstrate with striking clarity how hard the United States works, and has always worked, to help Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiating process. U.S. support for Israel has never been a secret, becoming less and less so in recent years, but the leaked documents provide the most dramatic picture yet of the United States’ total disdain for all Palestinian negotiating demands and its complete helplessness in the face of Israeli refusal to make concessions.  It is striking to note from these papers that the U.S. role as “Israel’s lawyer”—a description coined by Aaron David Miller after his involvement in negotiations during the Clinton era—is the same whether the administration is Bill Clinton’s or George W. Bush’s or Barack Obama’s.  Israel’s interests and demands always prevail.

Beyond the Arab world, U.S. policy on Iran is dictated more or less totally by Israel.  The pressure to attack Iran—either a U.S. attack or U.S. support for an Israeli attack—which has been brought to bear for most of the eight years since the start of the war on Iraq, has come entirely from Israel and its supporters in the United States.”

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Click on link for the rest:

http://www.counterpunch.org/christison02162011.html

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By fearnotruth, February 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

RE: ...being had ruthlessly by the plutoligarchic regime….

here! hear!

worth remembering: the much maligned ‘plutocrats’ only carry water for the
‘oligarchs’ - a mistake to let hatred for them become a blinding force; they too are
expendable

as for the ‘settlements’ issue and the ‘veto’ - the question: who wears the nose
ring, Washington or Tel Aviv? ... maybe both;  who then holds the lead? ... take
your pick: Wall Street or City of London

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By TAO Walker, February 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

The frantically avaricious behavior being condemned here, of those in the top tiers of the false-eCONomy privateering pyramid scheme, might indicate to Persons sufficiently clear-headed to see it that these “privileged” few expect some kind of imminent catastrophic CONclusion to the materialistic orgy of CONsumption systematically destroying the capacity of our Living Arrangement to support Human (and ‘Other’) Life.  They are evidently trying to position their own silly “selfs” to ‘walk-away’ from the wreckage they’re being so slap-happily instrumental in bringing about.

Of course, most of those much lower-down in the gangsters’ pecking-order, as well, and even the “huddled masses” of corporate/government serfs in its bottom layers, have bought-into its idiotic ‘dominance’-paradigm….and so are to at-least some degree complicit in their own degrading exploitation.  They are made susceptible to this relentless abuse by their own willfully ignorant participation in the industrial-strength “global” apparatus being deployed to render Earth and Her Natural Living Arrangement as dead as the retro-viral tormenting entities whose disease process manifests here as “civilization.”

The “threat” to their very existence our domesticated Human Relations are faced with is NOT ideological/institutional/technological in its essence.  It is purely Biological.

Most of Humanity is severely dysfunctional, organically.  Not only is this mass of CONscripts failing miserably in fulfilling their responsibilities as a component in Her immune system, they’ve been co-opted by the disease process and turned against the the rest of us….much like certain components in the “individual” immune systems of AIDS sufferers.

No-doubt, though, the upper echelons will be CONtent to go on piling-up their imaginary “riches,” aided-and-abetted (at-least by-default) by the chronic bitching-and-moaning of the “70% majority common population” referenced frequently by a couple of frequent posters on this site.  Meantime, the limitless wellspring of the Living Virtue of Organic Functional Integrity, that alone can address therapeutically the “global” sickness, goes all-but untapped by the very same half-alive captive peoples who’re so desperately in-need of it.

Our tame Sisters and Brothers are being had ruthlessly by the plutoligarchic regime….yet remain virtually hypnotized by its sleight-of-hand carryings-on.

HokaHey!

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By colindale, February 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Obama caves in to AIPAC lobby at the UN Security
Council.
This is not government by the people!

THIS IS THE ABANDONMENT OF AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT TO
AN UNELECTED POLITICAL LOBBY ACTING FOR FOREIGN
INTERESTS.

It is a corrupt surrender of all the democratic
ideals for which America and the world fought for two
world wars and for which millions died.

Barack Obama should be ashamed to face the world and
the electorate.

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By GregDiablo, February 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

Ariel Sharon, Oct. 3, 2001: “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that… I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel.  We, the Jewish people, control American, and the Americans know it.”

And this golden oldie from Raphael Eitan, chief of staff of the IDF, 14 April 1983: “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.”

Do you think we’re supporting the wrong side here?

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By PatrickHenry, February 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama

Not today.

Time for some Egyptian style revolution here at home.

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By berniem, February 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

It won’t be long before a bona fide resistance movement arises in this nation as it seems pretty evident that politicians are becoming enemies of the people in preference for corporate largesse and that a sizeable number of our fellow citizens are willing to collaberate with the regime in extinguishing institutions commited to the preservation of the common good. The two party system appears to be nothing more than a competition between brown and black shirts for dominance of a system careering down the slope of corruption and repression in the name of hegemony and greed!

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By diamond, February 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment

Ha, ha, ha. Just another day in the United States of Delusion’s long decline into irrelevance and amorality.

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By clearwaters, February 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment

” The decision placed the US in a controversial position at a time when it is
already struggling to define its strategy in the tumultuous Middle East.”
  We cast the only dissenting vote because we thought it would,“harden the
positions of both sides.” How absurd. We cast that vote because the peace process
and security for the Palestinian people means less to us than the strategic military
position that Israel affords us in the Middle East. Again, we refused to
acknowledge the rights of a people to self definition and determination. Our
strategy has always been obvious and well defined; to protect perceived “national
interests”.

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By Arabian Sinbad, February 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

Here we go again in this hypocrite and misguided nation ruled by autocrats who are willing, again and again, to defy the basic rules of decency and international law. For hundreds of times, this f…n bloody political-military-industrial complex sides with the wrongs of the f…n, fascist Zionists of Israel against the whole world.

Americans think of themselves as privileged and democratic, but, in fact, they are the most backward when it comes to liberty and freedom to right wrongs, whether domestically or internationally.  There are three overdue activist movements to right flagrant wrongs in these sad USA:

1. An activist liberating movement against corporate America and the small army of mercenaries, known as lobbyiests;
2. An activist liberating movement against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan;
3. An activist liberating movement against Zionists and Christian Zionists who control the media, higher education and the financial sector; all being run from colonial, fascist, Zionist Israel.

This is not the land of the free anymore; but rather the land of many form of modern slavery!

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By gerard, February 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment

On the wrong side of history—again!

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By TDoff, February 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

Oy vey, thank the one, true, christian ‘god’ that the US stands firm against the rest of the world by denying denouncement of the illegal acts of it’s home nation, Israel.

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By GoyToy, February 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

Nothing, according to the U.S., should harm the “peace process’—not even a vote condemning something deemed illegal under international law, namely the seizure and annexation of territory by force of arms.

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