Category Archives: War

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish honored at J Street’s 2011 Conference

I just got punked the other day on Twitter—had posts removed from a thread that made me look like I had no answers to some questions—by This Is Palestine (a satire of Palestinian nationalism), and there was a hard dig against J Street on Facebook by Ron Mossad that I’d like to re-visit. Meanwhile, let me re-post, once again, this video from the 2011 J Street conference.

This is Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, whose daughters and niece were killed in his home during an Israeli military operation against Gaza in response to rocket attacks.

Despite the bitterness of his loss, Dr. Abuelaish has chosen to be an outspoken advocate for peace and coexistence.

I was at this event and I am still digesting the impact of his words.—Buzz Fugazi

Former Defense Secretaries Criticize Obama on Syria – NYTimes.com

Mr. Gates, the only cabinet member from the administration of George W. Bush whom Mr. Obama asked to stay, said missile strikes on Syria “would be throwing gasoline on a very complex fire in the Middle East.”

“Haven’t Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya taught us something about the unintended consequences of military action once it’s launched?” Mr. Gates said.

via Former Defense Secretaries Criticize Obama on Syria – NYTimes.com.

Today in YouTube: Michael Palin, how Monty Python’s Flying Circus got its name

Brodzky: Tribute to Jerry Bishop, Chicago’s original Svengoolie.

U.N. Reports Syria Uses Hospital Attacks as a ‘Weapon of War’ – NYTimes.com

U.N. Reports Syria Uses Hospital Attacks as a ‘Weapon of War’ – NYTimes.com.

Editorial by Brodzky

So, what’s the plan? Liberate the Syrians and leave the end game to random fate (like the Afghan/Soviet scenario) or some sort of incompetent privatized scam (Iraq/Halliburton)? Some kind of Marshall plan, maybe?

Before 9/11, I had a strong belief in yanking the Taliban out of power.  What have I learned since then? Sure, we have the power to liberate a village by destroying it, but that can only win you so many hearts and minds.

On the other hand, I won’t object to a drone strike that takes Assad off the planet… maybe our Chicago President can orchestrate a leaner whack job than the big Texas extravaganza we had with the Saddam hit.

Putin might object.