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JimizoNov. 27, 2015 - 06:47PM JST
"It seems like a meeting of sandalista's on here. Guys, even Dear Leader Kommrade Korbyn's cabinet are threatening to resign"
Labour cabinet members are supporting it? I feel better already. Of course Labour cabinet members always make the right decision regarding this part of the world. Who's threatening to resign? People like Hilary Benn who was Blair's lapdog when he made the inspired decision to invade Iraq?
The Labour Party has been infested with rodents for well over a decade.
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JimizoNov. 27, 2015 - 04:10PM JST
I think there's a bit of Christmas light overkill in this section these days. Can't we have more pictures of politicians in awkward poses?
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JimizoNov. 27, 2015 - 03:17PM JST
"Jimizo, he lost the vote, yes, but that was in 2013 as the article pointed out. This new vote is next week, as the article points out.."
Yes, I know. I was agreeing with your very good post and pointing out that his half-baked, written-on-the-back-of-a-ciggie-packet foreign policy ideas have been defeated in the Commons before.
JimizoNov. 27, 2015 - 12:10PM JST
"Sorry to say this, but I hope he gets voted down."
As the article pointed out, he lost the vote on bombing Assad. He's not a man with a good track record of making sensible foreign policy decisions. The cannibals on his backbenches may be getting a bit peckish and decide to knife him in the back after signaling they'd vote the other way. Remember Major's 'bastards'?
JimizoNov. 27, 2015 - 01:18AM JST
T"Are you saying we shouldn't point out and attack disgraceful ideas for fear of causing division? Do certain religious groups or any other groups get a pass here?"
"The shrill thesis on this thread is that MUSLIMS! aren't to be trusted. NONE OF THEM! And woe betide anyone who doesn't stand shoulder to shoulder with that position."
That's about as shrill as it gets. I'm talking about people being understandably apprehensive. You didn't deal with any of the problems outlined and didn't even deal with the two questions you quoted from my post. I didn't say all Muslims are not to be trusted. I said this religion at this moment in time is producing more murderous extremists than any other and the beliefs of mainstream Muslims are very often antithetical to what what you or I would regard as acceptable in modern Britain or Japan ( I'm sure I don't need to bore you with the terrifying results of opinion polls - I know you've seen them ).
You and I have had great fun commenting on the nonsense and prejudice coming from the Christian Right in the US. You know as well as I do that it doesn't come close to widely held beliefs held by people from many Middle Easetrn countries. Have you seen the views on apostasy?
You haven't dealt with much I've posted so far in your replies. I'll try once more. Why are you happy to point out the nonsense from the Christian Right in the US ( I could throw our very own kippers in here ) but are so reticent to deal with something much worse from many Muslims? You must admit it looks a bit disingenuous.
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JimizoNov. 26, 2015 - 08:59PM JST
"Let's not forget 'moderates' like..."
"Here we are: advancing ISIS's agenda of division."
I think it's obvious why you cut my sentence short at 'like'. I'll give you the full sentence again: "Let's not forget 'moderates' like the ex-leader of The Muslim Council of Britain who said 'death was too good' for Salman Rushdie". The Muslim Council of Britain is hardly a radical jihadist movement. That statement is utterly disgusting, inflammatory and could easily be taken as incitement to violence. It goes without saying he finds homosexuality unacceptable but I think he stopped short of saying it should be criminalised ( unlike large numbers of Muslims in the UK ) which I suppose is a small mercy.
Oh, I forgot to mention this particular gentlemen was knighted.
Don't you regard rampant homophobia, widespread anti-Semitism, attacks on freedom of speech and calls for death for writing novels divisive? I'm not sure what you're proposing here. Are you saying we shouldn't point out and attack disgraceful ideas for fear of causing division? Do certain religious groups or any other groups get a pass here?
JimizoNov. 26, 2015 - 05:59PM JST
"I've seen lots of sectarian murders by the UK's most loyal, union jack-waving citizens. I know that they aren't representative of their own community, and bear no grudge against them for the horrors visited upon mine in the (mistaken) name of their faith".
I'm not sure about the 'mistaken' but that's an argument for another day. You are clearly as familiar as I am with how vicious and divisive religion can be. Thankfully, the UK has made progress in recent decades and the general collapse of Christianity in the UK may be partly attributed to a realisation of how dangerous these ideas can be when taken too seriously. It's undeniable that Islam with many followers who do take their religion very seriously, has brought new religious divisions to the UK and some have been deadly. Mehdi Hassan, a practicing Muslim, wrote of rampant anti-Semitism among Muslims of the UK. This was progress from a man who has desperately been trying to distance himself from a quote he made in the past which described UK people as living like 'animals'. Let's not forget 'moderates' like the ex-leader of The Muslim Council of Britain who said 'death was too good' for Salman Rushdie.
Don't you find it tragic to see a new form of sometimes violent division after all that you've seen? I believe Japan should do more on the refugee situation but hand on heart, could you blame them for being particularly apprehensive when dealing with this situation? One of the beauties of this society is that it isn't divided along religious lines. How many countries would wish for that?
JimizoNov. 26, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
The question of Muslims is the explicit or implicit message of most of the posts here but I think people do have some justification in being particularly concerned about accepting large numbers of Muslims into their societies. Being from the UK, you've seen people marching in favour of murdering novelists, preachers calling for the overthrow of democracy, scores of people blown up on public transportation and military personnel hacked to death in broad daylight in the name of this faith. This does not go unnoticed in Japan. Our government has committed atrocious acts in the Middle East but I'm sure we can all recognise that that those innocents killed cannot be written off as understandable blowback. It also has to be said that at this moment in time, Islam does tend to produce more violent fanatics than other faiths.
One of the many blessings Islamists have given the world is a hardening of attitudes even towards the decent who are seeking a better life somewhere else. In a culture like Japan which often makes jaw-dropping generalizations about 'foreigners', an even greater reluctance to accept 'foreigners' after seeing the carnage in Paris ( a city many have travelled to ) is understandable. This is a tragedy for the decent who really could make a contribution to this country.
JimizoNov. 25, 2015 - 08:50PM JST
Ugh! The snobbery on this thread smells worse than second-hand smoke.
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JimizoNov. 25, 2015 - 05:08PM JST
"As soon as you quoted "Slate" the debate was over. Why not just quote Mother Jones or the Daily Kos if that's not the case."
You should counter that with another link to impeachobama.org.
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JimizoNov. 25, 2015 - 11:02AM JST
"Read above! Black Sabath would like to see 1/2 the US population exterminated. But from the left, that's okay."
He didn't say that. Also, about half of the adult population of the US don't bother voting.
JimizoNov. 24, 2015 - 10:57PM JST
I was pointing out how wrong he was on Iraq. I also alluded to how wrong he was in wanting to bomb Assad ( thankfully he was defeated by the voices of common sense in parliament on this idiotic, half-baked idea ). This guy is at your level for thinking bombing and invasions are the solution. His judgement, like yours, clearly isn't up to scratch.
He's not to be trusted.
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JimizoNov. 24, 2015 - 09:47PM JST
I think he's talking about the Brits. By the way, the idiot Cameron did vote for joining the idiotic invasion of Iraq. So yes, he does shoulder some blame for the chaos in that area.
JimizoNov. 24, 2015 - 07:55PM JST
"Yeah, yeah...well in the meantime, I hope he does whatever it takes to dispose of ISIS. By any means necessary"
Yeah, yeah. So not brave then. I can see why you like him - he changes his views on this situation with the wind.
JimizoNov. 24, 2015 - 06:43PM JST
"Of course the U.K. and the rest of the West won't do what would be most effective: implement economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia until the corrupt, despotic regime there ends financial support of the IS."
A very lucid and commonsensical post. That won't wash with many here who want to see IS wiped out with cool footage of missile strikes and body bags coming home. They'll be clamouring for it again when the next batch of headcases crop up a few years down the line. The same crowd in the UK are forever moaning about the hate preachers radicalising the youth in mosques built with Saudi money.
Cameron is just saying whatever the rightist headbanging cannibals on his backbenches want to hear in the hope they won't eat him over the EU referendum. Brave my arse. They're already heating the pot.
JimizoNov. 24, 2015 - 08:00AM JST
I'd keep an eye on the hospitals too. Swivel-eyed religious crackpots holding scalpels would scare the hell out of me.
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JimizoNov. 23, 2015 - 09:40PM JST
"I saw a lot of happy gas station owners in Queens weeks after the attack with photos of the burning buildings and picture of OBL hanging on their walls. . . . ."
Really? If that's true, there must be a hell of a lot of cowards in Queens. You nor anybody else had the guts to tell them to take them down? Sounds very suspicious to me.
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JimizoNov. 23, 2015 - 07:42PM JST
"So, you're saying both look at 'kooky' sites?"
"The main difference, libs really live in and enjoy the Internet and take everything that's written on there as accurate material.information."
Do libs post links to impeachobama.org? As you said, there are crackpot sites on both sides and only the partisans and/or the idiots take them seriously. I've seen nutjob sites claiming Obama is a Muslim and Bush orchestrated 9/11.
I thought as a Washington Post journalist you'd be the first to point out the dangers of this nonsense. By the way, why "Woodward....ROFL"? I know his prose style isn't a match for yours but I thought he was pretty respected.
JimizoNov. 23, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
"This could easily have been prevented if everybody in the park was armed
A few hundred people could easily have taken out a few dozen."
A park full of hundreds of people blazing away with their firearms. Slobber...slobber...get down boy!
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JimizoNov. 23, 2015 - 01:45PM JST
"Earlier one of the JT posters sent anti-Obama info from a site called impeachobama.org. On the Internet there are any number of kook sites that kooks can go to to find info that says anything they want to believe."
"So when liberals go on Think Progress and Daily Kos or Mother Jones, those are NOT kooky sites???"
So, you're saying both look at 'kooky' sites? It just surprises me that you don't quote The Washington Post more. I saw your colleague, Bob Woodward, schooling Sean Hannity about journalism on Fox News when Hannity was crying about the media not savaging Obama for everything he says or does.
There's rubbish coming from both sides and you of all people shouldn't be taking partisan, sub-tabloid nonsense seriously. The same goes for Trump and his divisive rabble-rousing.
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