On the freedom to be a bigot

Crikey readers talk freedom of speech and the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict.


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3 thoughts on “On the freedom to be a bigot

  1. DF

    Re Mike Rubbo’s comment about Israel/Palestine, the Israeli attacks have been so overwhelming that one is tempted to wonder if this is Netanyahu’s Final Solution to the Palestinian problem.

  2. Bill Hilliger

    Re Mike Rubbo’s comment:
    Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes. Netanyahu to Obama …go fuck yourself.

    Netanyahu: we are busy wiping out Palestinian families, destroying infrastructure and at the same time radicalising any surviving Palestinian children to create the next generation of terrorists. The next future wave of terrorists will always provide an excuse to bomb the crap out of Palestine forevermore whenever we want to.

    Netanyahu: Obama this is a clear message to you, we are your best customers in regard to buying weapons of mass destruction, which is good for your economy. Once again I say, if you don’t like what we’re doing, go fuck yourself. And while you’re at it, tell that wet bus ticket John Kerry to go and suck a lemon. By the way, Obama be responsible for once in your life …impose sanctions on Russia, they may have done something wrong. I think.

  3. Mike R

    I am always amazed when the standard chicken and egg argument is recycled and a line is drawn at some convent point in time. It is so reminiscent of the cherry picking indulged by every good climate change denialist ( see Plimerization – http://www.crikey.com.au/2014/05/07/ian-plimer-takes-on-the-totalitarian-greens-in-latest-book/?wpmp_switcher=mobile).

    With a suitable choice of date for the M.E. conflict , one get whatever result is desired all the way back to when the Canaanites and Philistines first started brawling .In my opinion the Philistines started it all, but I will accept arguments to the contrary.

    So where Mike Rubbo got June 29th as his reference point for the start of the conflict is a puzzle. Most references are to July 8th as being the start of the Operation Protective Edge. Anyway, there had been continuous rocket fire from Gaza over the preceding months, 42 in June preceding the 29th see – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel,_2014.

    The other point is that if Hamas’s reactive fire is meant to be for self defense ( I can hear the bells ringing on my other leg) , then it is has been remarkably ineffective. I am not sure why they have persisted with this tactic. The only result has been the death and destruction of its civilian population so as a defensive mechanism, it has been totally counterproductive to the welfare of its citizens.

    However the scenes of death and destruction have given Hamas a remarkable P.R. victory. The Gruen Transfer would be proud.

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