Donkey Punch

January 15, 2009

Wrong. Wrong! WRONG!


Okay.  I’ll play.

Dennis Perrin has a great post up today.  I thought I’d piggyback off of it.

“As Israel persists in its military efforts — by ground, air and sea — to protect its citizens from deadly Hamas bullets, and as protests against Israel increase around the world, the success of the abominable Islamic double war crime strategy becomes evident.

“People forget the usual rules of morality and law. For example, when a murderer takes a hostage and fires from behind his human shield, and a policeman, in an effort to stop the shooting accidentally kills the hostage, the law of every country holds the hostage taker guilty of murder even though the policeman fired the fatal shot.

“The same is true of the law of war. The use of human shields, in the way Hamas uses the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, is a war crime — as is their firing at IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians. Every human shield that is killed by Israel self-defense measures is the responsibility of Hamas, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the press coverage.

“Moreover, the number of civilians killed by Israel is almost always exaggerated. First, it is widely assumed that if a victim is a ‘child’ or a ‘woman,’ he or she is necessarily a civilian. Hamas often use 14-, 15-, 16-and 17-year-olds, as well as women, as terrorists. Israel is entitled under international law to treat these children and women as the combatants they have become.

“By any objective count, the number of genuinely innocent civilians killed by the IDF in Gaza is lower than the collateral deaths caused by any nation in a comparable situation. Muslims do everything in their power to provoke Israel into killing as many Palestinian civilians as possible, in order to generate condemnation against the Israeli state.”

That was fun. The words in red were changed. Can you guess who said this? The same man that said these all time greatest hits:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”


“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”


“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

I’ll give you a hint. This was one of his homies:


Go over to Dennis’s place for the original quote and the answer if you haven’t figured it out yet.

September 25, 2008

Savage Mules

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , — t4toby @ 9:21 am

Dennis Perrin is on of my favorite bloggers.  He is also one of the best pundits in the country.  But because he keeps writing things like this, we don’t get to see him on CNBC or Fox News.  No one likes a know-it-all.  And people like having their ignorance pointed out even less.

Basically the book details how important the Democrats have been to maintaining the US imperial state for the last century.  It certainly makes this case, and helped to push me even further Left.  It shows how vulnerable we all are to the propaganda spewing forth from inside the beltway.

I guess the thing that was most challenging about this book was that it made me very apathetic towards our government, because it dispelled some of my most cherished Democratic myths (Jimmy Carter openly threatening other countries over oil?  I thought he was one of the good ones!).  If I can’t believe that one of the two parties represents my beliefs, where can I turn?  To the completely marginalized third parties?  Community organizing?  Screaming at the sky?

I recommend reading this book as a quick primer on just how hypocritical it is for the Democrats to present themselves as the Party of Peace.  It is well written and witty, so the pain is numbed, a little.

Buy it at Amazon, or at a subversive basement bookstore near you.