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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Repentance Of Guilt
Repenting for the sins of others is a crime against the innocent. - James Steele
Yesterday the Middle East Media Research Institute or MEMRI released a three year-old video of Mohammed Morsi, then-Muslim Brotherhood leader and the present Egyptian President pitching defiant Anti-Zionist talking points on several unidentified TV broadcasts. Under siege by the GOP for appointing a purported anti-semitic Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense the White House was quick to issue a statement harshly criticizing the 'unacceptable rhetoric'.
"We believe that President Morsi should make clear that he respects people of all faiths and that this type of rhetoric is unacceptable in a democratic Egypt," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a White House briefing.
In the speech Morsi categorically rejected the two-state solution and called the USA and Zionists 'bloodsuckers who attack Palestinians' as well as describing Zionists as "the descendants of apes and pigs."
Zionist leaders have not been kind in their words judging from the following quotes, which are online, but in redacted form to reform their meaning.
"We must expel Arabs and take their places." -- David Ben Gurion 1937
The actual quote according to Wikipedia reads as follows; "We do not wish, we do not need to expel the Arabs and take their place. All our aspirations are built upon the assumption — proven throughout all our activity in the Land — that there is enough room in the country for ourselves and the Arabs."
Ben Gurion did say, "Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it's true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been antisemitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance. So, it's simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipe us out."
Sound reasoning, but words are words and sometimes they can be more deadly as a lie than the truth.
"[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs." - Menachem Begin 1982 supposedly in reference to the PLO and not the Palestinian people.
"(The Palestinians) would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls." - Yitzhak Shamir 1988
This statement allegedly was derived from these two statements as reported by Andrew Sullivan.
Mr. Shamir, standing atop an ancient West Bank castle, told reporters: "Anybody who wants to damage this fortress and other fortresses we are establishing will have his head smashed against the boulders and walls."
Then in remarks aimed at Arab rioters, the Prime Minister said: "We say to them from the heights of this mountain and from the perspective of thousands of years of history that they are like grasshoppers compared to us."
And then there was Einstein - “It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.”
This is also reputed to be false, then again not once in the speeches was the Arabic word for Jew 'yahud' mentioned by Morsi.
Neither is there a single mention in the BBC, Huffington Post, or New York Times that the ex-IDF colonel of the counter-terrorism brach Yigal Carmon and the current-director of MEMRI said of torture in 1995, "Pain is not taking life. Pain comes and goes. Pain disappears. You know, everyone experiences that. Unwillingly, of course."
No mention of their connection to hardline Likud Party, but that is expected in the light of shoddy jingoism of the western media as well as
According to the Huffington Post a group of senators, including Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. and Christopher Coons, D-Del., are currently in Cairo and a pro-Israel White House spokesperson said she expected they would make their views known to Egypt's leadership.
Expect these hot dogs to have plenty to say on TV.
They love the limelight.
The AP reported that the Muslim Brotherhood refused to comment on Washington's reaction to Morsi's remarks. $3 billion dollars in US aid is coming their way this year and while $3 billion might not be what it once was it ain't a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, so saying nothing is almost as good as never having said nothing.
This rehashing of old news to re-ignite the interests of the ignorant has a purpose even beyond what is written between the lines.
We the people can only watch and wonder what 'they' are saying to each other and we will never know who they are.
ps no one is ever innocent.
Just talk to the NYPD.
They know best.
Everyone is guilty of something.