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People Korps
07-03-2010, 03:53 PM
Have to say this is a good piece and indicates that Israel do not want peace and moderation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/05/opinion/05iht-edmartin.html?scp=3&sq=gaza&st=cse

By MICHEÁL MARTIN
Published: March 4, 2010

Last week I visited Gaza, the first European Union foreign minister to do so in over a year. My purpose was very much a humanitarian one, to see for myself the impact of a blockade that has now been imposed on the people of Gaza for some two-and-a-half years and to meet with the courageous and dedicated staff of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), including its director of operations, Irishman John Ging. They play an indispensable role in maintaining vital humanitarian services to the people of Gaza.

From my arrival in Gaza, the deprivations and hardships resulting from the blockade were all too evident. Visiting an UNRWA food distribution center, I could see for myself the despair and suffering etched in the faces of those who queued for the most basic rations of rice, milk powder and sunflower oil. Eighty percent of the population of Gaza now lives below the poverty line and UNRWA is encountering increasing levels of abject poverty where people basically do not have enough food, even with their meager food allocations, to live

C. Flower
07-03-2010, 04:21 PM
Yes, its good to see that we get some things right and encourages me to think that overall there is still good reason to be resisting 100% takeover by the IMF.

Lapsedmethodist
07-03-2010, 05:24 PM
Well... he got it half right. He didn't meet Hamas and therefore he brought nothing to the table in Spain other than a humanitarian message. Well and good, but I imagine Israel is content to see humanitarian issues debated all day long.

People Korps
07-03-2010, 09:44 PM
Well... he got it half right. He didn't meet Hamas and therefore he brought nothing to the table in Spain other than a humanitarian message. Well and good, but I imagine Israel is content to see humanitarian issues debated all day long.

Correct the EU should sit down with Hamas and Fatah and tell them to get their **** together and we will help.

I imagine we could get our emergency trooops i fast thanks to Lisbon :)

I reckon that Israel will think twice about taking on our troops, if troops who are peace keepers with a purpose and a mandate that allows them to take out IDF planes , boats and anything else that threatens the peace would prove effective. The US would have to go along or butt out. The Med is our zone of influence.

C. Flower
07-03-2010, 10:32 PM
Back off, Sarkhozy. The Med belongs to the Med.

People Korps
07-03-2010, 11:42 PM
No its ours :)
poor Crete and Malta are in direct route of the Israeli war machine
just like little Ireland we must defend our islands

Kev Bar
08-03-2010, 10:56 AM
[QUOTE=People Korps;1906]Have to say this is a good piece and indicates that Israel d[LEFT]o not want peace and moderation.

I don't think he pushes the fact that the Israelis have no interest in peace...or that terriifying concept - moderate Palestinans.

It's the same speech ... UNWRA queues, desperation drowning moderation.

"Medieval siege was a nice touch." To give some credit.

Kev Bar
08-03-2010, 11:13 AM
Back off, Sarkhozy. The Med belongs to the Med.


Well we have taken a lot of casualties in the Med. Outside of the boys based in Naqura, Tibnin etc There's all the balcony falls. Alco poisoning. Sun stroke. Food poisoning. Rows, murders and rape.

People Korps
08-03-2010, 11:15 AM
Well we have taken a lot of casualties in the Med. Outside of the boys based in Naqura, Tibnin etc There's all the balcony falls. Alco poisoning. Sun stroke. Food poisoning. Rows, murders and rape.

Are tourist deaths enough of an excuse for all out war?

Kev Bar
08-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Are tourist deaths enough of an excuse for all out war?

'Tis soil sanctified by Irish blood....if it made Paddy Pearse's sword shine, then why not mine. Onwards or more appropriatedly upwards.
Alltogether now lads: "A Medeterrranean once again..."

People Korps
08-03-2010, 12:00 PM
'Tis soil sanctified by Irish blood....if it made Paddy Pearse's sword shine, then why not mine. Onwards or more appropriatedly upwards.
Alltogether now lads: "A Medeterrranean once again..."

And will help keep the people's minds from their troubles, Nama and the like