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August 04, 2006


Boris Johnson launches a zinger:

Never mind the mild hilarity at discovering that some obscure Tory spokesman had "denounced" Israel. If I were an Israeli, I would be astounded that any member of the British Government or Opposition felt able to criticise Israel at all.

This is a country responding, however incompetently, to direct aggression against its own people from a neighbouring failed state. It was only three years ago that we, the goody-goody British, invaded a sovereign country thousands of miles away that presented absolutely no direct threat whatever.

Posted by Chris Selley at August 4, 2006 12:07 AM

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I'm not impressed. Here's that meme again:

"[W]hen Israeli rockets kill civilians, they have missed their targets, and that when Hizbollah rockets kill civilians, they have scored a deliberate hit."

It would be nice if someone could provide a scintilla of evidence that this is the case, instead of repeating that stock phrase like a mantra. In case no one remembers at this point, the original Hezbollah attack was on a military target; the IDF responded with a stunning indifference to civilian life, as evidenced by the carnage at Marwaheen and after.

At least Johnson spared us that second meme, the "Hezbollah is using human shields" one, perhaps because it is so racist and mindless: as though Arabs don't live in the areas from which they fight, but appear, fully armoured, as if from a spacecraft. As though they don't love their kids, their families, their relatives and their people. No, they all wear horns, carry pitchforks,
and speak like the Goa'uld on Stargate SG-1.

Perhaps it's the reflected sunlight from the Israeli haloes that is blinding Johnson, and a host of other commentators as well.

Posted by: Dr.Dawg [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 4, 2006 06:03 PM

Say, that IS a good zinger, thanks.

Posted by: Jason B. Green at August 4, 2006 08:34 PM

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