Good For Ireland!

A few moments after the Israeli air force drop...

The Irish government attempted to limit US weapons transfers to Israel after the Second Lebanon War, according to a document released by Wikileaks. A diplomatic cable sent from the US embassy in Ireland reveals that “the Irish Government has informally begun to place constraints on US military transits” at Shannon Airport. After the Second Lebanon War, the Irish government tried to prevent weapons from reaching Israel through Shannon Airport. The Irish Department of Transport required that any military equipment passing through the country required “prior notification” and “exemption waivers.” “The Transport Department notice followed upon the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) oral but definitive decision during the Lebanon conflict to forbid US military transits carrying munitions to Israel,” the document reads, “a policy that the DFA did not convey to [the US embassy] before informing the media.” The cable explains that this policy is due to the fact that “segments of the Irish public see the airport as a symbol of Irish complicity in perceived US wrongdoing in the Middle East.”

So good for Ireland for having a backbone and refusing to allow itself to be a conduit of US weapons in a war of aggression and expansion.

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9 thoughts on “Good For Ireland!

  1. arenmaeir 5 Dec 2010 at 3:18 am

    “A war of Agression and Expansion” – Jim are you completely lacking in any connection to the facts? The recent Lebanese war was started by an act of war of the Hizbollah (not Israel) and there was no expansion related to it (the opposite is true – it was a direct consequence of Israel LEAVING Lebanon and there being no government to extend its rule in southern Lebanon – and instead a terrorist organization took over – and they still are in control); As to the war in Gaza – a very similar picture – Israeli withdrawal, terrorist takeover, and ongoing acts of war.
    The fact that Israel did not react by turning a cheek as the post-modern, post-colonial and largely unrealistic, automatically anti-Israel people wanted, but used deadly force (and lots of it – that’s what is done in war – “Don”t die for your country – let the poor SOB on the other side die for his”), does not turn this into a war of agression and expansion – it is still a justified war of self defense.
    Your automatic condemnation of Israel is quite similar to Helen Thomas’ way of thinking – even if you condemned her in another post!

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    • Jim 5 Dec 2010 at 7:13 am

      israel occupied lebanon. and once more- being contra the policies of the israeli government is not anti semitism. the default opinion that it does is inaccurate.

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  2. arenmaeir 5 Dec 2010 at 7:59 am

    But Israel withdrew from Lebanon completely (that is according to the UN). Did the war in Lebanon in 2006 break out due to Israel’s occupation? No – it broke out since Hizbollah, who are Iranian proxies, want to continue fighting Israel even if it would withdraw to the borders of the 1947 partition plan.

    And yes, you are right, being contra to the policies of the Israel government does not make one an anti-semite (BTW- I don’t recall saying that – hey – in fact, me and many of my friends and colleagues have serious problems with our governments actions – and we are not anti-semites either), but if I may paraphrase Southparks jab at Foxnews and racism (“Not Racist, but #1 With Racists”) – you don’t have to be an anti-semite to hate Israel, but Israel hating is #1 with anti-semites…

    Aren

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    • Jim 5 Dec 2010 at 8:05 am

      but i dont hate israel. far from it. as ive said before, i just think the palestinians deserve a homeland and israeli policy seems to be completely opposed to that. my critique of unfair government policies isnt limited to israel.

      but israeli government policy towards lebanon (and now syria, with word that israel might strike them) isnt the most helpful in terms of mid east peace.

      sure, there’s enough blame to go around. but telling the cop that the other guy was speeding too doesnt let you off the hook for doing whats not right.

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  3. arenmaeir 5 Dec 2010 at 8:53 am

    What did israel not do right vis-a-vis their right to defend themselves against agressions from Lebanon and Gaza? The only current reasons behind possible future hostilities are clear and present threats against Israel from Hizbollah and Syria. Why are you so willing to turn you eyes from real dangers to Israel. And this has nothing to do with the Palestinian problem – Israel is willing to have a two state solution (all governments have stated this in the last decade)- the problems with the Israeli/Palestinian negotiations are the fault of both parties – not only Israel. As to Hizbollah, Iran and Syria – they simply don’t want Israel around – period.

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    • Jim 5 Dec 2010 at 8:58 am

      israel has the right to defend itself. absolutely. so does syria. so does lebanon.

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  4. arenmaeir 5 Dec 2010 at 9:09 am

    There you go again (it’s like talking to a wall …) – when israel defended itself against Hizbollah and Hamas aggression – you still see it as their right to defend themselves?
    Clearly – there is no way of convincing you.
    Israel will do what it has to do – and hopefully also reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, and as our Arab cousins say: “The caravan will continue, and the dogs will bark”…

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    • Jim 5 Dec 2010 at 9:15 am

      did you just call me a dog?

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  5. arenmaeir 5 Dec 2010 at 9:45 am

    No – I did not call you a dog – calm down and breathe deeply. Although do note that calling someone a dog in my book is not a derogatory statement – I like my dog (and many dogs in fact) a lot more than many people that I know…

    The saying that I quoted is a well-knwon Arabic saying which means that you do what you want to do – and others can complain – but don’t pay attention – just continue on your way.

    The visual imagery is typical mid-eastern.

    Basically and plainly put – you are welcome to whine as much as you want about Israel, falling into a pattern which seems to be the au courant behavior among many nowadays – but this will not change Israel’s right, ability and support in defending itself against the various manifestations of Islamo-fascism (which you do seem to be against at times when they attack Christians), and it’s fawning, and unfortunately so-blind, supporters.

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