☮ ☮ UN Official weeps over Gaza bloodshed

☮ ☮ UN Official weeps over Gaza bloodshed Please pay respect to the UN for having such deeply caring people on their staff, people with a heart. And thank you Chris Gunness for not just plaing it cool as so many others. This iconic clip of a UN humanitarian worker will be remembered for long into the future. I have been privileged to met similar decent people over the years in about 20 UN missions. That’s one reason I am a staunch believer in the UN, its idea and ideals and its best people – which are not in New York but out there where it matters. I am waiting for a Palestinian, an Israeli and a NATO leader to show emotions in just half the same way. Or are they continuing this violent madness because their hearts are made of stones?

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Wow, Hillary Clinton as moral philosopher

Responsibility for wars and killing A number of Western/NATO politicians – Hillary Clinton foremost among them – and media people have recently introduced a new ethical principle in international affairs: When A delivers weapons to B, A is responsible for what B does with these weapons. The former Secretary of State and perhaps future U.S. President presents this new ethical principle here on CNN. This makes a lot of sense to me. Look at it this way: Here is a young confused boy who has little to look forward to – and less to lose – because his country is falling apart in nasty civil war. He’s been told by some commander, or by his President, that he must hate the enemy; he gets paid for killing off as many as he can. And so he does.

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☮ ☮ US supplies Israel with bombs amid Gaza blitz

Do we see a new moral principle concerning arms exports? ☮ ☮ US supplies Israel with bombs amid Gaza blitz – who is morally responsible for Gaza? – says Al-Jazeera Two points here: 1) While Obama calls for immediate ceasefire, Pentagon keeps assisting Israel in killing even more civilians. Spineless? Absurd? Cruel? Immoral? You name it. The NATO country, Norway’s Nobel Committee should request that Obama returns his medal immediately but be sure it won’t. 2) NATO countries and Obama himself have argued relentlessly that Putin/Russia is responsible for the MH17 catastrophe because it was done by pro-Russians and probably a Russian Buk missile. The handy norm for the occasion is this: The one who delivers the weapons is responsible for hos the recipient uses these weapons. This can be said to be an interesting ethical innovation. But if made the norm, draw your own conclusions about who is mainly responsible for the mass murder in Gaza and the occupation, ethnic cleansing. The U.S. delivers military aid to Israel for US$ 3-4 bn per year.

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Gaza chamber? Zionism must be replaced

Israeli bombs kill 100 Gazans in single day – Al Jazeera English Israel’s leaders seem determined to turn Gaza into what one could call a Gaza chamber. While Israel’s leaders believe they destroy the Palestinian state and people, we are also seeing the possible self-destruction of Israel. When everybody – presumably including the U.S./NATO and the EU – have abandoned Israel as a friend and ally, it may either become an extremely dangerous actor or simply fall apart. The only Palestine-Israel that can survive in my view is a democratic state with equal rights for all, not a Jewish state, not a Zionist state. Concluding question: How do we help Israel to recognise the end vision and co-operate on an alternative – becoming one partner in a larger Middle Eastern community?

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It’s doable: Peace Israel-Palestine

By Jan Oberg         This one has just been published as TFF PressInfo here. I argue that we need to focus on the violence on both sides rather than taking sides among the parties. The article ends with some principles about conflict understand and will be followed-up with some more concrete ideas. I sincerely believe we must try to be constructive, pro-peace and not continue to be stuck in blaming, apportioning guilt and focus only on past and present cruelty – we need, to make peace, to look into the future and what it could be like, acceptable of course to all parties. No, it is not easy – it is much easier to thrwo mud in one or the other direction and vent one’s frustrations. But I am looking for people who’d like to make an honest attempt.

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TV2 News – censur eller bare amatørisme?

På denne vidunderlige solrige og varme fredagseftermiddag er jeg på havearbejde da en det ringer fra TV2 News. Den meget venlige og korrekte kvinde siger at man vil høre om jeg har synspunkter på hvorfor der er så megen emotionalitet omkring det, der sker i Gaza. Jeg smider hvad jeg står med – for det er jo vigtigt, giver hende en del baggrund til konflikten og svarer udførligt på samtlige hendes spørgsmål. Hun er åbenbart blevet bedt om at ringe op for selv ved hun intet om mig, TFF eller hvad en fredsforsker er for en. Hun har heller ikke set den TFF PressInfo om netop Gaza som man har fået på redaktionen godt en time tidligere. Flere gange siger hun

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☮ ☮ And President Obama wants peace!

☮ ☮ And President Obama wants peace? – See him in this video and read the facts from CNN. In terms of total money received, Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of military assistance from the US since World War II. Between 2002 and 2011 Israel got $30 billion of US foreign aid of which nearly 75% was used to purchase U.S. defense equipment from American companies. Putin delivers military assistance to separatists in Ukraine and is accused of causing MH17’s downing. So if those who deliver weapons are guilty of how the recipients use them, this should also be President Obama’s moment of truth. He should join the international civil society and tell how he plans to stop Israel from using all the weapons his country delivers. And how bizarre: First weapons, then war, then ceasefire negotiations and then small humanitarian coins to the victims. What the hell did you expect, Mr. President, when you delivered the weapons to Israel in the first place?

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Israel launches Gaza ground attack

► ► BREAKING – Israel launches Gaza ground attack http://ow.ly/zhTQ0 22 hours ago I wrote as a comment on Israel’s idea to have a new ceasefire. My point b) turned out – tragically – to be true: ☮ ☮ Israel to temporarily halt fire in Gaza Strip Hmmmm – this comes after Netanyahu said Israel would bow to no pressure from anywhere, after Hamas said no to ceasefire, after it was stated that the bombs would fall until the rockets went silent and after Liberman attacked his boss for being too weak. Strange! Two interpretations: a) The Israeli media strategy is failing, the world is in sympathy with the Palestinians, some goodwill is needed; b) this is the step that shall lead to an escalation including a ground invasion: Look these Palestinian terrorists didn’t reach out when we told them to. Now we are going to show them an even harder lesson.

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Ser DR verden uden for Danmark? Og svaret…

Lund, Sverige 18. januar 2009 Se Ulrik Haagerups svar under mit indlæg ÅBENT BREV TIL DR Kære DR-redaktører over et bredt spektrum Jeg er flittig bruger af dr.dk – hjemmesiden for public service-virksomheden DR. Jeg har som freds- og konfliktforsker i godt 30 år en særlig interesse i internationale spørgsmål. Det kan ikke udelukkes at det følgende i nogen grad er farvet af min profession og orientering, men det er dog et generelt argument, jeg gerne vil fremføre til Jer. Som ganske vist uvidenskabeligt underlag for nedenstående har jeg lavet screen shots af dr.dk i løbet af én dag, den 8. januar 2009 (klokken 01.45, 11.30, 18.30 og sidst 23.00). Een dag siger ikke alt, men jeg besøger siden dagligt og har lavet denne test, fordi jeg længe har haft en fornemmelse af at den store verden ganske enkelt ikke findes på hjemmesiden. Det betyder ikke at den ikke gør det hist og pist i de konkrete radio- og tv-programmer; men dette at den samlede programflade slet ikke spejles i hjemmesiden gør ikke det problem, jeg fokuserer på, mindre. Den samlede hjemmeside fremstår som lokal og national, ikke som regional (europæisk) og overhovedet ikke global eller udenrigs-orienteret. Hjemmesiden bærer desuden præg af at sport, underholdning og petit vinder desuden frem på bekostning af hvad der i bred forstand kunne kaldes mere seriøse indslag. Vi lever i en tid af globalisering. Det må være en helt rimelig påstand at man ikke […]

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Muhammed II – hvor vi dog forstår os

Om hvordan man kan forstå sig selv så meget at der ikke bliver plads til at forstå nogen anden. Og om hvordan Danmark, som i en karikatur, igen lykkes med skabe sig en rolle som offer for Muhammed-balladen. Uden skygge af bevis for påstanden om mordplaner på tegneren publicerer 17 aviser den af Muhammed i bombeturban. Det sker, siger de, for at demonstrere at vi har ytringsfrihed hér i landet. Av min bare # 1! Egentlig frihed til at ytre sig hænger i hvert fald til en vis grad sammen med egentlig frie medier.

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