Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Third-rate hack

"New US Military Base in Northeast Syria Latest of Biden’s Warlike Moves" (MacLeod).  "US Shifts Official Justification of Its Illegal Presence in Syria From ‘Guarding Oil’ to ‘Fighting ISIS’" (Iskef).  "ISIS in Al-Tanf. Propaganda or Reality?" (Kuijpers).  Yinon.

Trump's election has gone from illegitimate to legitimate.  Glad that's finally cleared up!

Not capable of diplomacy:  "PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Diplomacy of No Diplomacy":

"Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and for my money one of the two ablest diplomats now active (the other is Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister), is nothing if not inventive. Let us act simultaneously, he proposed last week: Iran will return to compliance while the U.S. lifts sanctions. 

The European Union, in the person of Josep Borrell, its de facto foreign minister, can “choreograph the actions,” Al Jazeera quoted Zarif as saying. “There can be a mechanism to basically either synchronize it or coordinate what can be done.”

What’s not to like? You may wonder. You will have to ask Biden’s foreign policy people, because they declined the offer.

“If Iran comes back into full compliance with its obligations under the JCPOA, the United States would do the same,” the State Department’s spokesman, Ned Price, responded the next day, “and then we would use that as a platform to build a longer and a stronger agreement that also addresses other areas of concern.”

What a third-rate hack. This is nothing more than the arrogant, impudent boilerplate of dullards with too much power: Blinken has been using these same phrases verbatim for months. It is another way of saying the U.S. has no intention of altering its position even when presented with a mutually satisfactory way through a diplomatic impasse."

"Who is Lobbying the State on Hate Speech Legislation?" (Brennan) (sensible discussion from Ireland):

"Jewish Representative Council of Ireland

In the context of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement gaining traction in Ireland, the Council’s submission was perhaps of interest to the extent it sought to pursue critics of Zionism in a nation generally tilted in favour of the rights of Palestianians. In short it didn’t disappoint, and it is by far one of the longest submissions at a sturdy 56 pages.

Aiming to bring aspects of anti-Zionism under the purview of hate speech, the document outlined a proposal to implement the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-semitism as a working standard for law officials.

Alongside Holocaust denial, the working definition has generated controversy due to fears of equating anti-semitism with Zionism, and was a key feature of internal rancour within the British Labour Party over antisemitism. Whatever one’s stance on the state of Isaeli-Palestinian relations, by any measure criminalising anti-Zionism falls within the realm of overt political policing, likely to affect the Irish radical left as much as the racial right. Like the majority of submissions to the Department, such a move ought be unthinkable in a free society, and it really just represents a narrow interest group trying to put their political project above criticism."

I love the succinctness and devastating honesty of "a narrow interest group trying to put their political project above criticism", which covers all Khazar whining.

It's the doctor who looks high as fuck:  "The first Canadian to legally consume psilocybin for medical purposes shares his experience" (Riches).

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