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The body of 8-month-old Laila Anwar, who died of tear gas inhalation, was held by her mother at a hospital in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday

Satirical news site News Thump recently published an article where they ‘quoted’ Israeli PM Netanyahu on yesterday’s massacre of 62 unarmed Palestinians by Israeli soldiers:

Netanyahu has defended his armed forces and their tactics, accusing Palestinians of working together to jump in front of any random sniper’s bullets that happened to be in their vicinity.

Netanyahu told reporters,

“These people could have avoided the thousands of high-velocity bullets sent in their general direction if they had wanted to.

“But no, their primary goal was to make Israel look like a bully on the international stage, so they took every opportunity they could to throw themselves in front of bullets that would have otherwise fallen harmlessly into the ground.

“And those dead children were probably thrown in front of bullets by their parents.”

The article has been liked 339,000 times on Facebook, and as far as I can tell, few if any realized that the article comes from a satirical site and that Netanyahu did not publicly say those words, or anything like them. But then that’s not exactly surprising, because Netanyahu could easily have said those words, and there’s little doubt he – and many other members of the Israeli political and military elite – thought them.

On the night of July 20th 2014, the Israeli military shelled the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shuja’iyeh, killing 63 people, 17 children among them. In an attempt to justify that massacre, Netanyahu said at the time:

“We have to protect ourselves. We try to target the rocketeers, we do. And all civilian casualties are not intended by us but actually intended by Hamas who want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because somebody said they use telegenically dead Palestinians for the cause. They want the more dead the better.”

The words are different from News Thump’s satirical take, but the message is the same. Palestinian leaders and authorities ‘make’ Israel kill Palestinian civilians because they want to make Israel look bad (“for the cause”). Many parallels could be drawn with Netanyahu’s statement, for example, the rapist who accuses his victim of ‘making him do it’ or ‘asking for it’; the psychologically deranged murderer who claims that he killed prostitutes ‘to save them’ from a cruel world. When it raises its ugly head in civil society, this kind of twisted psychopathic thinking provokes revulsion and is universally condemned, yet when Netanyahu employs it in relation to the massacring of Gazans, it’s accepted as a reasonable argument that absolves him and his shock troops.

In spewing such pathological musings on the value of Palestinians life, Netanyahu is merely echoing the equally psychopathic thoughts of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, who in the 1960s attempted to justify Israeli murder of Palestinian children by saying essentially the same thing:

“When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. Peace will come when the Arabs start to love their children more than they hate us.” – Golda Meir

The problem with Israel isn’t merely that it is an Apartheid state where Palestinians (both in Israel and in the occupied territories) are treated as second class citizens; there have been (and are) many nations around the world that brutally treat a section of their population. The real problem with Israel is the image it presents of itself as a little slice of the ‘West’ in the Middle East surrounded by hoards of atavistic Arabs baying for Jewish blood and against whom Israel is fighting, on behalf of the people of Western nations, in the supposed ‘clash of civilizations’.

The problem is not only that this image is entirely false, but in manipulating Western citizens into accepting this false image as true, the state of Israel makes Western citizens accomplices in the slaughter of innocent civilians, children included. This is the real problem of Israel for the people of the world, and in particular the people of Western nations who are very much the primary target of this attempt to, essentially, subvert their souls, or at least their humanity.

Israel’s ongoing attack on the people of Gaza represents a choice (albeit a weighted one) for the people of this planet. A gun is being held (figuratively and literally) to the head of a small child, and the question being put to the ‘civilized’ West is:

‘Is there ANY situation under which it is appropriate to pull the trigger?’

Too many people are allowing themselves to be manipulated by the despicable lies and manipulations of psychopaths in positions of power to answer ‘yes’. In doing so, they are pushing us all, as a global society, closer to the brink (and perhaps over the edge) of complete moral bankruptcy. The history of human civilizations is littered with, not only the stories, but the actual ruins of civilizations that provoked devastating catastrophes because they lost their connection to their own humanity.

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Joe Quinn spoke with PressTV today about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Washington, DC. Distinctly low-key compared with French president Emmanuel Macron’s 3-day love-fest with US president Donald Trump, the US-German summit merely underscored the isolationist approach Trump has taken with respect to its ‘closest partners’.

The US government imposed import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum in March, but it provided a temporary exemption until May 1 for the EU. Judging by both Merkel and Trump’s statements to the media following their meeting, Trump is probably not going to make the exemption permanent. In short, ‘Europe must pay!

Coupled with the EU leaders’ failure to turn Trump back from reneging on the JCPOA Iran deal, this week’s meeting with the leaders of Europe’s two biggest countries serves to underscore a ‘parting of ways’ within the Atlantic alliance.

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Behind all the cuddles and bisoux for the cameras, what was French boy-president Macron’s grande visite to the US of A all about? What the US and France can do to retain Western dominance of the Middle East, of course!

Trump is warning Iran not to “restart its nuclear program” while (again) yammering on about the 2015 JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) multinational agreement on Iranian nuclear development being “an insane, terrible deal that should have never been made.”

Europe’s very own ‘stable genius’ meanwhile spoke out of both sides of his mouth in an attempt to tame Trump’s tantrum while not aggravating the Iranians, telling US officials the Iran deal can be “revisited” but should not be torn up. Iranian president Rouhani is meanwhile warning both of them about “grave consequences” if the 2015 deal is torpedoed.

What does all this bluff-and-bluster mean? And what is Trump’s beef with the JCPOA anyway? Needless to say, it has almost nothing to do with the ‘proliferation of nuclear weapons’…

Joe Quinn yesterday spoke with PressTV, explaining that European countries have a lot more business ventures in the pipeline – no pun intended – with Iran than the US does, something that the corporate owners of the US apparently didn’t bank on when they signed off on the deal in July 2015.

In addition, back then, they all assumed that Syrian president Assad was a dead man walking, and it did indeed, at that point, look that way. With the ‘Shia Crescent’ from Lebanon to Iran broken in two by knocking out Iran’s key ally in Damascus, the Americans, Israelis and Saudis were confident that they could control Iran’s economic development – up to and including dictating the terms of gas/oil and infrastructure deals. They may even have been in the planning stages of next knocking out the Iranian government by spreading proxy war from ‘Islamic State’ across the Iranian border.

But then, three months after the conclusion of the JCPOA, the Russian military – at Assad’s invitation – intervened in Syria, beat ISIS senseless, rescued Assad, strengthened inter-regional cooperation between Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus and Hezbollah, and thereby turned the Iran deal – from the perspective of America and its regional allies – into “the worst deal, ever” because now Iran could strengthen ties with Europe through economic partnership while thumbing its nose at the US because Russia had its back.

This was the worst possible development for the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, which is why they desperately want to ‘fix’ it, while they still can.

But can they? Again we see just how royally Russia screwed them all by intervening in Syria on September 30th, 2015…

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I spoke with PressTV in the immediate aftermath of the F.UK.US. airstrikes against Syria late last week.

I describe Israel as the “quiet elephant in the room” and noted that despite US influence over events in Syria being largely trumped by Russia in recent years, the tripartite alliance of France, the UK and US are continuing military operations at the behest of Israel, which is hysterical about encroaching Iranian influence across the Middle East, and what that entails for Israeli regional hegemony.

But it’s a losing game. All four countries – along with their regional allies – are losing their historical positions in the Middle East, and are desperately trying to do something to stop that new reality from manifesting. At the same time, they are apparently not so desperate that they will risk a ‘hot war’ with Russia.

In the process of ‘projecting their strength’, they have exposed how weak they have become militarily, and their avalanche of lies in the media about how ‘successful’ the event was for them indicates that they are facing an existential war, not with Russia and China, but with reality itself. Who do you think is going to win in the end?

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Recently, the US Treasury Department added dozens of Russian entrepreneurs, senior officials and companies on a sanction list in response to Russia’s alleged worldwide “malign activity.” Sputnik spoke with Joe Quinn, internet essayist, researcher, author to find out more current political situation on international arena.

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British military personnel investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal on 11 March in Salisbury

The anglo-American establishment hates Putin because he took the broken pieces of a Soviet Union that was supposed to be one more Western vassal state and fashioned them into a modern, sovereign Russian Federation capable of pushing back against the Western vision of a unipolar world, a Pax Americana at gunpoint. Read More →

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