Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sky winds, hot air, and words of Gold(a)

Caricature by Canary Pete refused by the Gazet Van Antwerpen where it was scheduled to appear

Beirut/NTSC is not strictly about politics, so you can read the political analysis and repercussions of the latest Israeli fiaso elsewhere, what concerns us is the media angle, and boy are we having a feast!.... The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have dubbed the operation against the flotilla bringing much needed aid to Gaza. Well, it turned out it was full of hot air - and fiascos galore!....
Actually, we thought it funny here at Beirut/NTSC to attack with the weapon Isarel knows best - but now is incapable of using - propaganda. Through the words of one of their best spokespersons ever, Golda Meir, Beirut/NTSC will justify for the IDF their fiasco - please note that everything between quotes is attributed to late PM Meir.
"A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader" therefore Ehud Barak sent all these soldiers without hesitation with full blessing from current PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and whereas "Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short" it turned out that the elite troops were totally unable to hit any mark - save for unarmed passengers - and then eventually being so scared that they threw themselves in the water without their guns (in the words of Nasser Lahham the editor in chief of Ma'an news agency yesterday on Al Manar television, "Israel is now trying to market the story that their elite commandoes were hit and battered, so  we should now say to these fearless commandoes: Come to mommy, let her console you darling sweetheart").
Then to still continue quoting Meir: "Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here", well, naturally international waters where the crime happened are considered as part of "here" right? "Being seventy is not a sin" but being 600 pacificists from 40 different nations is, it seems.
"I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome" well, those were the times never to be repeated, with livestream, youtube, and a hoard of other media instantly updating the fiasco, it is difficult to just be for it "regardless of the possible outcome," but wait, it only gets better when she says "it is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don't want victories anymore."
OK, so defeats is all you had since then. Nothing beats words of Gold(a).
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