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Archive for April 2006

Why Not So Independent or Rational?

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There is a good article by David Hirsh on Independent’s publication of a ‘Jewish Stars and Stripes’.

David Hirsh’s article is first class but the reaction to it, just plain silly, but why ? Looking through the comments and points raised one thing stuck me: the irrationality of it all.

Not for the first time do we find conspiracy theories, but why in this modern age? Are they a substitute religion? Or a way of rationalising seemingly conflicting events or information? A surrogate ‘Satan’ or ‘witch’? A focus for people’s inner hatreds and loathing? The need for an eternal bogeyman?

I wonder if some psychiatrist could explain the prevalence of conspiracy theories in modern political thinking, albeit on the fringes of reality?

From the story of five dancing Israelis (were they doing the rumba?) to “dynamiting” of the WTC and beyond, why do smart people believe this nonsense?

Is it some medieval impulse that seems to draw people back to the intellectual dark ages?

I am at a loss to understand the craven irrationality behind these views.

Why do otherwise intelligent people believe such baloney? And to what purpose?

Surely, anyone familiar with the “Protocols” etc, should see through the absurdities and draw the historical connections?

Or is there some deeper psychiatric complaint in humanity, which explains it?

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28/04/2006 at 23:15

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History and Elections

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As the local elections approach and according to the Times:
“THE BNP is fielding 356 candidates as it seeks to more than double its 20 council seats. Yorkshire has the largest number of far-right candidates (105), followed by the West Midlands (86), the North West (55), the North East (44) and London (37).”

My mind went to this day in 1945:
“1945: Italian partisans kill Mussolini.

Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy until his downfall in 1943, has been killed by partisans along with his mistress, Clara Petacci, and some close associates.”

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28/04/2006 at 20:57

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To Upgrade or Not?

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Ever feel like Dilber’s mother?

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24/04/2006 at 21:08

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American Freedom of Speech

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Americans value freedom of speech and the recent rally in New York by the Islamic thinkers society is a prime example:

“Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) Newswire – April 21, 2006 : The Queens-based Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) held a rally yesterday outside of the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan. Members of the Islamic Thinkers Society are easily identified by their Khilafah flags and provocative signs as well as rhetoric against homosexuals, Jews, Christians, Danes and others, depending on the hot button issue at the moment. Yesterday’s rally was held in response to Monday’s Tel Aviv bombing that killed 9 and injured scores. While carrying signs including “Islam will Dominate” with a picture of an Islamic flag over the White House, the small but loud group of men chanted threatening slogans (video of the rally will be posted on the Counterterrorism Blog soon):”

See the excerpts here:

scarey or what?

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22/04/2006 at 19:15

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The Dating Game?

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The realpolitik Dating game !

AbbaGav links up some dictators/strongmen with Condi Rice, what a show!

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21/04/2006 at 12:53

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The Amnesia is Finally Breaking Down?

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60 years on and Germany looks like finally opening the historical archive containing the record of crimes under Nazi rule, according to recent reports:

“Germany has agreed to allow access to a huge trove of information on what happened to more than 17 million people who were executed, forced to labor for the Nazi war machine or otherwise brutalized during the Holocaust.

The German government announced at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum here Tuesday that it was dropping its decades-long resistance to opening the archives, kept in the town of Bad Arolsen. The files, which make up one of the largest Holocaust archives in the world, are more than 15 miles, or 24 kilometers, long and hold up to 50 million documents, some seized by the Allies as they liberated concentration camps.

“We now agree to open the data in Bad Arolsen,” Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said at a news conference here. She said her country would seek revision of an international arrangement that governs the archives, The Associated Press reported.”

60 years of amnesia is a bit much? Surely they have nothing to hide?

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20/04/2006 at 22:54

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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19th April 1943 saw an unprecedented uprising against Nazi Germany, led by ZOB and ZZW fighters.

They fought with a few light weapons, grim determination against overwhelming odds and:

They had actually been preparing for this, and had convinced the Germans to let them build 631 air-raid shelters. Bombing was going on all around them, and the Germans needed their slave laborers so, to keep them safe from Allied bombings, the Germans had allowed them to do this. Now the people used those very shelters to fight against the Germans.

This article from ARC gives a good background to the uprising.

See photographs of the uprising, which lasted from 19th April to 16th May 1943.

The Jewish Virtual Library has a detailed breakdown of the Warsaw Ghetto.

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19/04/2006 at 22:51

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