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Happy Holidays

A very happy holiday season to everyone who reads this blog. I wish you all love, happiness and peace in your lives.

I will be running around for the next few days, doing a bit of shopping and cooking up some of the usual holiday treats. I always leave everything until the last minute but I quite like it that way. I feel that it makes this time a little more special if the decorations and presents haven’t been sitting around for months.

We, like everyone else, are being more frugal this year but we are thankful for many things that the vast majority of the world do not enjoy. We have a beautiful warm home. We have enough to feed ourselves and are able to splash out and celebrate with friends too. We have many luxuries that give us pleasure.

I am forever thankful for my family, for my friends and for all the good people that I know through this blog and in real life.

I am hoping for change, dynamism, creativity and positive action for 2009.

INCREASE THE PEACE
[Spike Lee]

Much love to all
DD

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17 Comments

  1. December 22, 2008    

    May your wishes come true, DD.

  2. ZARDOZ
    December 22, 2008    

    happy holidays, to YOU
    and all youre loved ones……ZARDOZ

  3. December 23, 2008    

    DD, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas with family and friends…hugs

  4. EllasDevil
    December 24, 2008    

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  5. Michael Scowcroft
    December 30, 2008    

    Happy New Year to all!

    I only wish that the New Year didn’t start so awfully with the troubles in Gaza…It’s truly harrowing, a humanitarian disaster. I am watching the news in the UK and the news services seem very sanitised, they’re not showing the graphic scenes i witnessed on news bulletins in Portugal. I think there would be a lot more public outrage and protests in the UK if the UK media showed scenes of the dead children in Gaza which was shown on Portuguese television.

    What do you guys and gals think? Should the media show a “sanitised” version of the news (to protect us from the horrors of war) or should we be shown the exact events as seen through the lens of the reporter/cameraman?

  6. Xenos
    December 30, 2008    

    The UK media are crap, I regret to say. It is not only about “sanitising”, it is also that they either kow-tow to the instructions of the UK government, or occasionally try to be more independent and then are attacked by everyone for not being patriotic. The BBC has been more or less destroyed in the last two decades by this political interference, and now the only news channel worth watching (staffed by ex-BBC, ex-ITV and ex-CNN staff) is al-Jazeerah (English).

    In the particular case of British reporting on Gaza, it is not coincidental that the UK government (as always) supports the USA in condoning Israeli mass murder of Palestinian residents. The UK, like the USA, shows no moral leadership and has become yet another international pariah. Unhappily, the Security Council remains dominated by these hypocrites, so will do nothing to stop mass murders.

  7. I love Israel
    December 30, 2008    

    If you want the British media to be fair, I suppose you should show the injured/dead Israelis that the Hamas terrorists killed with their rockets that started this whole mess. But, maybe some people are short-sighted with their knee jerk anti-semitism. As a Jew, I find racist views like Michael’s common. It’s always the jews fault. Enough is enough!

  8. Xenos
    December 30, 2008    

    This is nothing to do with anti-semitism. I support the rights of Jewish people wherever they may be, and of course nobody here has said that the deaths or injuries of Israelis should be ignored. The problem is a political one, and it is a common trick of pro-Israel supporters to claim that it is about anti-semitism. The real problem is that Israel (a Western-created state in the Arab region) does not find a way to give human rights to Palestinians whose land and territory have been seized by Israelis. The right of return is refused; the right of democracy is denied; the right to independent statehood is refused; the list goes on and on. So, the problem did not start recently with Hamas and rockets, as you claim: it started with the imposition of the state of Israel and confiscation of Arab land, after substantial terrorism by Jews in the region.

    Hypocrisy is not confined to the British and Americans. Israelis are perhaps even worse.

  9. EllasDevil
    December 31, 2008    

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  10. QuakerDave
    January 1, 2009    

    New Year’s resolution: visit DD more often!

    Have a wonderful and peaceful 2009.

  11. January 2, 2009    

    Happy New Year to you and yours DD! I hope you have had an excellent holiday season. Here’s to a better 2009 for all!

  12. Michael Scowcroft
    January 3, 2009    

    Israeli Human Rights in Action:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3b3_1230864719

  13. Palestinian Decency
    January 4, 2009    
  14. Xenos
    January 4, 2009    

    We can do without the Israeli propaganda here, thanks. The whole world already knows what has been happening for the last few decades: the problem is that the USA does not support international law, and has ****ed up the Security Council of the UN.

  15. Michael Scowcroft
    January 5, 2009    

    World opinion is united in condemnation of Israel. The latest invasion of Gaza will reinforce the world’s disgust for Israel’s state-sponsored terror.

    Resolution 111: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”.
    Resolution 127: ” … ‘recommends’ Israel suspends its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 162: ” … ‘urges’ Israel to comply with UN decisions”.
    Resolution 171: ” … determines flagrant violations’ by Israel in its attack on Syria”.
    Resolution 228: ” … ‘censures’ Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”.
    Resolution 237: ” … ‘urges’ Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”.
    Resolution 242 (November 22, 1967): Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area. Calls on Israel’s neighbors to end the state of belligerency and calls upon Israel to reciprocate by withdraw its forces from land claimed by other parties in 1967 war. Interpreted commonly today as calling for the Land for peace principle as a way to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict
    Resolution 248: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”.
    Resolution 250: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 251: ” … ‘deeply deplores’ Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250″.
    Resolution 252: ” … ‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”.
    Resolution 256: ” … ‘condemns’ Israeli raids on Jordan as ‘flagrant violation”.
    Resolution 259: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”.
    Resolution 262: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for attack on Beirut airport”.
    Resolution 265: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”.
    Resolution 267: ” … ‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 270: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon”.
    Resolution 271: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 279: ” … ‘demands’ withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 280: ” … ‘condemns’ Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon”.
    Resolution 285: ” … ‘demands’ immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon”.
    Resolution 298: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 313: ” … ‘demands’ that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon”.
    Resolution 316: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon”.
    Resolution 317: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon”.
    Resolution 332: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon”.
    Resolution 337: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty”.
    Resolution 338 (22 October 1973): cease fire in Yom Kippur War
    Resolution 339 (23 October 1973): Confirms Res. 338, dispatch UN observers.
    Resolution 347: ” … ‘condemns’ Israeli attacks on Lebanon”.
    Resolution 3379: “…’establishes’ Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination”. Repealed by Resolution 46/86.
    Resolution 425 (1978): ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon”. Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon was completed as of 16 June 2000.
    Resolution 350 (31 May 1974) established the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, to monitor the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the wake of the Yom Kippur War.
    Resolution 427: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 444: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”.
    Resolution 446 (1979): ‘determines’ that Israeli settlements are a ‘serious obstruction’ to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”.
    Resolution 450: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to stop attacking Lebanon”.
    Resolution 452: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”.
    Resolution 465: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel’s settlements program”.
    Resolution 467: ” … ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon”.
    Resolution 468: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”.
    Resolution 469: ” … ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians”.
    Resolution 471: ” … ‘expresses deep concern’ at Israel’s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”.
    Resolution 476: ” … ‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claim to Jerusalem are ‘null and void'”.
    Resolution 478 (20 August 1980): ‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’.
    Resolution 484: ” … ‘declares it imperative’ that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors”.
    Resolution 487: ” … ‘strongly condemns’ Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility”.
    Resolution 497 (17 December 1981) decides that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights is ‘null and void’ and demands that Israel rescinds its decision forthwith.
    Resolution 498: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to withdraw from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 501: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”.
    Resolution 508:
    Resolution 509: ” … ‘demands’ that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 515: ” … ‘demands’ that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in”.
    Resolution 517: ” … ‘censures’ Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 518: ” … ‘demands’ that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon”.
    Resolution 520: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel’s attack into West Beirut”.
    Resolution 573: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel ‘vigorously’ for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters.
    Resolution 587 ” … ‘takes note’ of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”.
    Resolution 592: ” … ‘strongly deplores’ the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”.
    Resolution 605: ” … ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians.
    Resolution 607: ” … ‘calls’ on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.
    Resolution 608: ” … ‘deeply regrets’ that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”.
    Resolution 636: ” … ‘deeply regrets’ Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians.
    Resolution 641: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians.
    Resolution 672: ” … ‘condemns’ Israel for “violence against Palestinians” at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.
    Resolution 673: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations.
    Resolution 681: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians.
    Resolution 694: ” … ‘deplores’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return.
    Resolution 726: ” … ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians.
    Resolution 799: “. . . ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return.

  16. January 5, 2009    

    Thank you to all who sent me and my family your best wishes. Much love to all of you.

    I am not going to respond to the Middle East conflict here. It is inappropriate on this thread. I will be posting something on this (in relation to Greece)in the next day or two. We can discuss it there.

    Thank you.

  17. World Opinion
    January 5, 2009    

    World Opinion as Michael says condemn the Jews! World opinion is also quite Anti-Semitic as well I see. I don’t trust the world.

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