• The VTANG have a new strategy. A spokesman announced that, contrary to everything the AF has written, the F-35s will actually be quieter than the F-16s. And they’ve set about proving themselves right by making as much noise as possible. They even invited a flock of Navy F-18s to come and play. If the current trend continues much longer it would be an improvement if they started launching Atlas 5s from the Burlington airbaseport.

  • Hi eCAHN! An impure thought becomes a mortal if it involves “full consent of the will.” If an impure thought pops into your head and you fight it off and follow with an act of contrition, it’s probably venial. If you sit around enjoying it for a half hour, you are going to be damned for eternity if you die before getting to confession.

  • Let’s be fair. We’ve encountered many AIPAC paid trolls. Have any been as lame as Jim? He’s the kind you ignore to see whether they bring out the B team.

  • You’re talking about an 8 point swing between all voters and likely voters. Even though races are tight with the enthusiasm gap, if enthusiasm were equal Democrats would have a large lead. Eight points is a large enthusiasm gap.

  • Imagine 2,000 registered voters and 1,000 registered voters likely to vote. Of the 2,000 voters 920 say they would vote Democrat and 780 say they would vote Republican. Of the 1,000 who say they are likely to vote this November 450 will vote Republican and 440 will vote Democrat. Of the 920 who prefer a Democrat, 440 (47%) are likely to vote. Of the 780 registered voters who say they would support a Republican 450 (58%)are likely to vote.

    It’s the 58% or people preferring Republicans who are likely to vote compared with the 47% preferring Democrats who are likely to vote that demonstrates the enthusiasm gap.

  • In another career track a long time ago I followed Sharp’s work closely. I haven’t had the opportunity to read your book. Sharp makes a number of points about the difficulty of NVR. He stresses that it requires as much discipline as armed struggle. Armies shoot soldiers to maintain that level of discipline under fire. I would also add that he warns resisters that may be forced to accept casualties similar to those in an armed struggle. They must do this while not inflicting casualties on the oppressive force.

    Another problem is that the resistors have little ability to control the portion of the population not participating. I am persuaded that the Israelis correctly saw the non-violent Intifada as a greater threat than Palestinian violent resistance. As you note they linked every violent activity they could provoke to the non-violent resistance. They also expanded the use of non-lethal violence. I believe this period is the origin of having Palestinians pick a piece of paper out of a military helmet to learn which limb was going to be broken by a rifle butt. It’s extremely hard to maintain non-violent resistance against that kind of calculated non-lethal violence.

    I think also that the effectiveness of NVR is determined in large part by the importance of the resistance to the economy. The Israelis want the Palestinians to leave or die (the order of preference is the line between left and right. I do not include the Israelis courageously protesting against the action.)or if they won’t do that, to exist passively on minimal resources.

    The thought is certainly terrible, but in a way the decision of Hamas to continue firing ineffective rockets at Israel to provoke the violent response seems to be almost a form of non-violent resistance. The children of Gaza were dying slowly. It seems as though Hamas and many residents of Gaza have concluded that “If you are going to murder our children, we’re going to make the world watch.” The tragedy is that I can’t imagine what else they can do. They could sit in the streets of Gaza until they starve and accomplish nothing.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Tears of Gaza by GREYDOG.

    2014-08-10 10:32:32View | Delete

    In the remote possibility that marym hasn’t driven you back under your log, at least for this thread, Israel intends to occupy all of Palestine west of the Jordan River. Happy? Look at the location of the settlements. You can read a map. Re the 1967 war, the Arabs (not especially Palestinians) were engaging in [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Tears of Gaza by GREYDOG.

    2014-08-09 20:01:30View | Delete

    The casualty figures over any period you’d care to use are, at least in general terms, undisputed. Palestinian settlements aren’t breaking out all over Israel like a spreading cancer. The Israeli government doesn’t want peace, it wants all of Palestine.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Israel, Gaza & International Law by frmrirprsn.

    2014-08-08 17:23:09View | Delete

    Got it. Thanks and apologies. It’s very hard for me to think clearly in the midst of this horror. You’re obviously doing a better job.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Israel, Gaza & International Law by frmrirprsn.

    2014-08-07 17:37:44View | Delete

    You’re missing the point entirely. Targeting civilians is a war crime unless military value is proportionate to the civilian casualties. You don’t need a case by case analysis. Three Israeli civilians died. Israel could have eliminated 90% of the strikes and attacked where it could exercise precise control. There is no reason to believe that [...]

  • Kabila certainly has diplomatic immunity. I suspect his security detail does as well. The crime without punishment of people with diplomatic immunity in DC is a way of life. Occasional murders, frequent rapes, killing while driving intoxicated all result in a person being declared persona non grata unless the country supplying diplomatic immunity revokes it. They get a free ride home.

    So the police were in a difficult situation. Not seeing the worst of the beating it’s not possible to know whether they tried to do anything, even putting their bodies between the thugs and victims. Remember that the thugs could shoot a police officer dead as easily as beating a protester with no more consequence.

    Some may remember the English policewoman shot dead by a bullet from an embassy.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Israel, Gaza and International Law by frmrirprsn.

    2014-08-06 13:50:27View | Delete

    You are correct, but I don’t see much evidence that Likud is interested in a democratic solution. More of the same only faster? It’s frightening.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Israel, Gaza and International Law by frmrirprsn.

    2014-08-06 13:46:41View | Delete

    Thank you.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Israel, Gaza and International Law by frmrirprsn.

    2014-08-06 04:57:31View | Delete

    You have an interesting idea. My initial reaction is that the Israelis will never accept a country in which Jewish Israelis are a minority.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the diary post Israel, Gaza and International Law by frmrirprsn.

    2014-08-06 04:52:33View | Delete

    Israel has laser guided bombs. Gaza is about 125 miles long and between 3.5 and 7 miles long. Tracking radar will give an accurate location for the launch of a rocket. With F-16s in the air it’s a matter of getting a laser on the coordinates and launching the weapon.

  • frmrirprsn wrote a new diary post: Israel, Gaza & International Law

    2014-08-05 18:31:42View | Delete

    ThumbnailThere is a critical omission in the discussion of Israeli actions in Gaza on FDL so far. If one were to concede every Israeli charge leveled at Hamas, Israeli actions would still be violations of the laws of war, specifically the requirement for proportionate response and the prohibition against collective punishment. The legality, but not the [...]

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Israel Kills 15 At UN School As Protests Rock West Bank

    2014-07-25 16:07:00View | Delete

    One open port in Gaza, with international inspections to keep out lethal material, and you and I are very close.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Israel Kills 15 At UN School As Protests Rock West Bank

    2014-07-25 16:04:30View | Delete

    The rockets have stopped before. The healing of Palestinian children in Gaza doesn’t happen.

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Israel Kills 15 At UN School As Protests Rock West Bank

    2014-07-25 16:00:05View | Delete

    Feed the children? Maybe throw in medical care?

  • frmrirprsn commented on the blog post Israel Kills 15 At UN School As Protests Rock West Bank

    2014-07-25 15:58:53View | Delete

    I don’t find the responsibility equal at all. When 72%of Palestinian children in Gaza suffer from anemia, their jailers are committing a crime against humanity. When the bombing and the rocket launching stop, the killing of Palestinians, the brutalization of Palestinians, the theft of Palestinian land recognized by the UN don’t stop. The world stops watching. That’s all that stops.

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