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You Want to Pretend…

You want to pretend the UN Council on Human Rights is all just a buncha terrorist sympathizers, feel free, but your agenda is blatantly obvious, if you do.

Israeli snipers targeted medical aid personnel, disabled people and children, who, in no sane universe, presented any threat – and you know it. You’re just seeking to whitewash Israel’s long history of war crimes and human rights abuses.

But, of course, you’ve got anti-Hamas memes to argue your case, so with that kind of irrefutable evidence, I suppose we should all just pack up and go home.

From the report: The commission found that Israeli security forces used lethal force against children who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to its soldiers. Four of the children were shot as they walked or ran away from the fence.

Several children were recognizable as such when they were shot. The commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot them intentionally, knowing that they were children.

On 14 May, Israeli forces killed Musa, who was wearing a high-visibility paramedic vest, with a shot to the chest approximately 300 m from the separation fence. Shortly beforehand, he had been treating wounded demonstrators near the Shuhada cemetery in North Gaza.

On 10 August, in Rafah, Israeli forces killed Abed, who was wearing a white paramedic jacket and carrying a red first-aid kit, with a shot to the chest as he was tending to a wounded demonstrator near the separation fence. He died that day.

Israeli forces also injured 40 health workers with live ammunition during the demonstrations. On 6 April, in Rafah, Israeli forces shot a paramedic in the back of the leg as he put a wounded demonstrator on a stretcher into the back of an ambulance…

(The report details various other incidents where snipers knowingly targeted non-protesters, including other medical aid personnel and journalists.)

Fadi, from Khan Younis, had had both legs amputated following an Israeli airstrike in 2008. On 14 May, Israeli snipers shot him in the chest at the Abasan Al-Jadida protest site, where he was sitting in his wheelchair with two friends approximately 300 m from the separation fence. He died immediately.

Ahmad, from the Jabaliya refugee camp, walked with crutches, having been injured by Israeli forces during a demonstration in 2017. On 20 April, Israeli forces shot him in the back of the head as he sat on a hill approximately 150 m from the separation fence. He died that day. (And again, the report details various other incidents where IDF knowingly targeted disabled protesters who posed no threat of violence or to the safety of IDF forces.)

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIOPT/Pages/Report2018OPT.aspx

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong.

Nothing.

If being critical of the actions of the Israeli government, and the complicity of our own in those same actions makes me antisemitic in your eyes, so be it.

Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same.

 

This morning in Miranda state

Ben Norton has been doing some amazing reporting on the ground in Venezuela, and he’s really worth following on Twitter.

I went to a market this morning in Miranda state, Venezuela and I still couldn’t find the “humanitarian crisis” the US gov and corporate media keep talking about.

And this is in a mostly pro-opposition neighborhood. Government-subsidized markets are even cheaper and more popular

https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1101506920647745537

 

When we say that the Democrats wouldn’t be any better…

When we point out that the Democrats really wouldn’t be any better on progressive issues than Republicans, this is what we’re talking about. 

While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilization efforts, revealed her emails leaked by WikiLeaks.

From Venezuelanalysis: Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104

Trump is a symptom

Liberals: yeah, I’ve heard your critique that “socialism will not rid us of Trump.” (Since you seem to need to remind me of it constantly, I’ve heard it a bunch.)
 
Here’s the problem with your criticism: Trump is a symptom.
 
If you don’t address the underlying problem – which modern American liberalism never does, and apparently never will – more Trumps (spread across the paper-thin US political divide) are inevitable.

Where was the outrage?

People: Trump’s choice of Eliott Abrams to be his administration’s point man on Venezuela isn’t a “blunder.”

This will not come back around to bite him on the ass.

Where was the mass outrage when Abrams praised US-trained murder squads and the massacre of subsistence farmers and peasants in El Salvador in 1982?

Right, nowhere. Americans don’t give two shits about the global south unless we can demonize them for coming here and “committing crime” and “selling drugs.” Never mind the facts.

Where was the mass outrage when Bush pardoned Abrams for lying to Congress over his role in Iran-Contra?

Precisely nowhere.

Where was the mass outrage when, as a key architect of the Iraq war, every. single. lie. Abrams came up with to justify that war was proven false?

Nowhere at all.

Picking a convicted-but-pardoned war criminal was hardly a blunder.

It plays right into Americans’ racism and apathy, and it’ll probably work out just fine for the Trump administration.

So, this happened…

Okay so, I’m sitting with the bloody buggery git on the flight back home and predictably, he wants to pester me every five minutes.

I get this. I know the man, I married the man, he is who he is. Okay, fine.

So, I’m waiting for him to get it out of his system before I put on my headphones and zone out for the flight. (I hate flying.)

“Honey, I love you.”

I love you, too.

“Honey, do you want the red pillow or the blue one?” (It’s purple, but whatever.)

I don’t care. Whichever you want is fine.

“But do you have a preference for either color?”

(I take the “blue” pillow or this will go on for several more minutes.)

“Do you want to buy any snacks from the snack cart?”

No snacks, I’m fine.

“I still love you.”

Oh, thank god, I was beginning to worry. You hadn’t said anything in whole minutes.

…we do several more minutes of our usual Laurel and Hardy act, and he settles down to grade papers.

“How do you spell… what’s the word?”

I have no idea.

“You know, that thing you did when you were younger.”

Metabolize nutrients? I have no idea what you mean.

(We spend several more minutes until finally his spelling crisis is averted. I tentatively dive into a podcast — last week’s Macbreak Weekly, if you care. Flight attendant comes by with drink service. Back to my podcast.)

“Honey! Honey!”

…yes?

“I still love you.”

Oh, thank god. (Back to headphones.)

“Honey? Honey! HONEY!!”

…yes?

“How do I airdrop these files to you?”

(Tech support hilarity ensues. We get papers transferred to me, and I ask if I can go back to my podcast so I can zone out and try to ignore the fact that we’re hurtling through the sky in a 17,000 lb tube of fiery death.)

“Honey? Honey! HONEY!!!”

…yes?

“Are you listening to a podcast?”

…I loathe you right now. 🤬

Him: <evil grin> 😈