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Threecrow: Word play

“The images are certainly not pleasant. I can only voice regret at all the fatalities,” Trade and Industry Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Israel’s Army Radio.

“Words.  Words, words, words.”  Hamlet

How does one begin to parse this “officialsleeze” statement coming as it does from, curiously, Israel’s Minister of Trade and Industry?

“Images?”  Theses are not images, these are dead people, killed dead by an act of high-tech piracy taking place in international waters.

The pirates?  Israeli Commandos, the equivalent of our vaunted Navy Seals.  They propelled down from silent aircraft and landed on deck their guns blazing.  The crew members, awakened by the invading pirates, began to fight for their lives with the weapons available to them, sticks.  Sticks and knives.  The body count of the crew was considerable.  The pirates did not go unscathed, a number of them received bumps from the deadly sticks that were used against them.  “I can only voice regret at all the fatalities.”  Take a look at that sentence.  Why can he only voice regret?  The reason is clear.

In the word play of diplomacy and real-politics one needs to avoid, and this entirely, speaking in a manner that even hints at the admission of guilt.

This tepid use of language of “unpleasant images” and “regret…at…fatalities” was as close to the truth as one can display without admitting guilt.

What is worse, as this unlawful action recedes in the news-cycle take a good look at the statements coming from the leaders of the western world, including our president, during the next few days.  They too will give tepid lip service to scolding or lecturing Israel but in the end the pirates will go back to whatever pirates do in their off time while the cries and tears and ripping of garments of the Palestinian people will continue and the western world will remain unmoved.  For every nation east of the Balkans and south of Spain, however, it is another matter.  They will be moved, moved to greater anger, to growing hatred and towards an ever louder demand for justice…By any means necessary.

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  1. June 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I still think the downfall of ersatz Israel lies in their lack of information manipulation control outside of mainstream, media. Israel was invented by British profiteers, the information campaign from then till the new age of technology and information has been nothing but infomercials fed to us by the manufacturers themselves. It was easy for puppet leaders to play along but how do they face their people now when people know different for a fact? That’s got to be a sweaty job these days! I am nothing short of ecstatic that Israel keeps on burning Turkey to a point of no return and I hope it goes all the way, whatever that means. My fingers are crossed that Netenyahu is too puffed up to ever back down from the Turk’s demands for a public apology. I hope he is so puffed up he blows everything for ersatz Israel!

  2. June 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    something in that last line is worded wrong but whatever, you know what I mean.

    • charley2u
      June 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm


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