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The Irish Independent - Ireland | 28/07/2014

Palestinians need the world's compassion

The thousandth Palestinian victim of the Israeli ground offensive was found on the weekend, according to Palestinian sources. With cool rhetoric and pseudo dismay the world is distancing itself from the many victims in Gaza and the fate of the Palestinians, writes Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk in the conservative daily The Irish Independent: "What's the limit for Palestinian deaths before we have a lasting ceasefire? Eight hundred? 1,000? Or 8,000? Could we have a scorecard? The exchange rate for dead? Or would we just wait until our gorge rises at the blood and say enough - even for Israel's war, enough is enough. ... The truth is that many hundreds of thousands of people around the world - I wish I could say millions - want an end to this impunity, an end to phrases such as 'disproportionate casualties'. Disproportionate to what?"

The Independent - United Kingdom | 27/08/2013

US fighting side by side with al-Qaeda

A military intervention in Syria would make the West an ally of the terrorist network al-Qaeda, columnist Robert Fisk writes in the left-liberal daily The Independent: "If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured - for the very first time in history - that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa'ida. Quite an alliance! ... The men who destroyed so many thousands on 9/11 will then be fighting alongside the very nation whose innocents they so cruelly murdered almost exactly 12 years ago. Quite an achievement for Obama, Cameron, Hollande and the rest of the miniature warlords. This, of course, will not be trumpeted by the Pentagon or the White House - nor, I suppose, by al-Qa'ida - though they are both trying to destroy Bashar."

The Independent - United Kingdom | 13/08/2013

Kerry sides with Israel

US Secretary of State John Kerry may have criticised the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories but he has nevertheless accepted them shortly before the peace talks commence, the left-liberal daily The Independent complains: "Has John Kerry no shame? ... He's going all out for 'peace' on Israeli government terms, and the Palestinians - 'cabined, cribbed, confined' - have got to shut up and take what they can get. And they will be given a few small morsels. Twenty-six elderly prisoners will be handed over today. Crumbs for Mahmoud Abbas and his merry men. But more colonies for Israel, a country which hasn't even told John Kerry - or us - where its eastern border is. On the old 1967 'green line'? Along the colony 'line' east of Jerusalem? Or the Jordan river? But for Kerry, it's 'hurry, hurry, hurry'."

The Independent - United Kingdom | 22/07/2013

Germans will continue to talk with Hezbollah

The EU's categorising of the radical Islamist arm of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation is farcical, writes Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk in the left-liberal daily The Independent, arguing that the ban on contact it imposes for EU diplomats is fatuous: "Of course, the Israelis will themselves continue to maintain contact with the Hezbollah 'militant wing' whenever they want a body swap, usually on the exchange rate of two Israeli bodies equalling three or four hundred Hezbollah corpses. I have witnessed these macabre events and the 'interlocuteur valable' is always the same: the head of the German intelligence service. He maintains excellent relations with the Israelis and with Hezbollah and often visits Lebanon. Are we supposed to believe that Germany will no longer offer its good services to the Israelis if it means chatting to Hezbollah's 'militant wing' – since Germany is a member of the EU? Forget it"

The Independent on Sunday - United Kingdom | 25/10/2010

Protocols shameful for the US

Shifting the blame to Wikileaks for publishing secret documents is nothing short of hypocrisy on the part of the US government and military, writes the Independent on Sunday: "Astonishing that the Pentagon is now bleating that WikiLeaks may have blood on its hands. The Pentagon has been covered in blood since the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, and for an institution that ordered the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 ... to claim that WikiLeaks is culpable of homicide is preposterous. The truth, of course, is that if this vast treasury of secret reports had proved that the body count was much lower than trumpeted by the press, that US soldiers never tolerated Iraqi police torture, rarely shot civilians at checkpoints and always brought killer mercenaries to account, US generals would be handing these files out to journalists free of charge on the steps of the Pentagon. They are furious not because secrecy has been breached, or because blood may be spilt, but because they have been caught out telling the lies we always knew they told."

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