Mike Carlton and Hamas’ complicity

Crikey readers have their say about Mike Carlton's column on Gaza, and whether Australia should become involved in Iraq.

Carlton forgot a few key facts

Ken Lambert writes: Re. “Mike Carlton: Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious” (yesterday). Mike Carlton conveniently fails to mention a few relevant facts in his potted history and fashionable pro-Hamas rave. The North Vietnamese conquered the South with a conventional attack with lots of Russian gear in 1975 after Nixon was gone and the US Congress failed to supply arms and air support to the south. Our first boat people were those south Vietnamese chased out by the Communists.

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3 thoughts on “Mike Carlton and Hamas’ complicity

  1. klewso

    This new found humanity of Abbott’s – where are we going to intervene next? There’s plenty of openings.

  2. My Comment

    I disagree with Vincent Burke.

    I have had more than enough of Mike Carlton’s bile which is often enough missing significant relevant facts.

    Crikey should publish thoughtful and factual articles and leave tabloid commentators like Carlton to the tabloids (although it would be even better if the tabloids, under which label I now include the Sydney Morning Herald, gave a bit more emphasis to news rather than commentary/opinion).

  3. jeffr

    There is one very big difference between the Vietcong/US and the Hamas/Israel conflicts: The Vietcong did not want to destroy the US and kill all Americans – they just wanted them out of Vietnam. I urge readers to peruse the Hamas Covenant 1988. It has been translated by Yale Law School – see http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp. The second paragraph talks about Islam obliterating Israel. Anyone reading the last paragraph of Article 7 will appreciate their genocidal intent. Article 11 states that Sharia Law will be the law governing the land of Palestine. Can you imagine what this means for gays, women and anyone with different views? Article 17 deals with the role of the Moslem woman. Have a look at what it says about school curiculums, “Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs,” etc. Have a look at Article 22, which amongst other things, blames the Jews for all wars, all revolutions, control of all media, control of all imperialistic countries, and rule of the world via the UN and Security Council. The same Article repeats the accusation that the Jews formed secret societies such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions. While I don’t like Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Israelis understandably fear that any withdrawal will lead to Hamas taking over, as they did when Israel vacated Gaza. The only valid analogy with Vietnam is that both are wars that cannot be won by superior forces. It is difficult to fight a war against an enemy that deliberately fights from civilian areas.

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