Life under siege

While the media has been vociferous in pointing out life under siege in Gaza, they ignore life under siege in Israel.  Because there’s less media coverage, there’s less footage, but this Power Point (from Lulu) gives something of an idea of life under a barage of between 3,000 to 5,000 rockets.  (In theory, clicking on the link should allow you to open the Power Point on your computer.  My computer thinks it’s virus free, but no guarantees, of course.)

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Great link, Book. I’ve passed it on to “doubters” that I know.

  • Ymarsakar

    My computer thinks it’s virus free, but no guarantees, of course.)

    If I don’t comment for a week or two. You’ll know what happened Book.

  • Ymarsakar

    http://neoneocon.com/2009/01/05/maus-and-memory/

    Check that out, Book. She is writing about what you often write about, the Holocaust.

  • Mike Devx

    Is there any other country on the face of this earth – has there EVER been any other country on the face of the earth – that has been expected to put up with a barrage of thousands of rockets aimed at killing its people… and be expected to just sit back and take it?

    The mind boggles. It absolutely boggles.

    There is something sick in the hearts of most people, when they can expect the Israelis to just walk about and live their daily lives while rockets plummet semi-randomly to earth around them. Semi-randomly only because the murderous aggressors are not good with targeting technology… yet.

    And the Israelis respond with every effort to avoid civilian casualties. Which will happen nonetheless… and they are criticized for each accidental death. Meanwhile Hamas dons doctor and nurse uniforms and hide in hospitals pretending to be agents of life. They cache bombs in mosques and criticize… when those very mosques are attacked? Since when do you permit your holy places – which you do not want to be touched – to be used in war? HOW DARE THEY!?!?!

    There is something sick in the heart of the very world itself, when people around the world dare to criticize the side in this conflict that clearly is doing its best to respond in a civilized manner; and they remain silent toward the murderous Hamas aggressors, who do everything in their power to act uncivilized.

    The heart of the world itself is sick, sick, sick.

    Israel’s worst mistake? That every citizen is not carrying themselves with their head held high, with total pride in their efforts to remain civilized. Some of them even seem apologetic. Some even seem to act ashamed. STOP IT!!!

  • 1Lulu

    Amen Mike. I truly believe that most people do not understand what southern Israel has faced because the media has failed to print these pictures. Forward this link to people and ask them to forward it. I do believe it will open some eyes. And perhaps it can be sent along with a link of Hamas ideology to help people see that Hamas is rabidly extreme and hate filled.

  • Ymarsakar

    Hey Mike, Hamas has been getting some pretty good tech transfers. Check out this link, in case you were still under the (MSM) impression that Hamas was still using rocks and rockets. They are not.

    http://soobdujour.blogspot.com/2009/01/hamas-weaponry.html

  • Ymarsakar

    There is something sick in the heart of the very world itself

    Given that Democrats cut funding to South Vietnam and now sleep soundly at night while publicly gloating that South Vietnam lost their Civil War because SV was corrupt and incompetent, are you really surprised at the world’s sickness?

    This is human nature and it cannot be eradicated. What can be done is for it to be manipulated or used or counter-balanced or defeated temporarily at least.

  • Charles Martel

    Progressive = P

    Spouse of Progressive = SOP

    P: I am so pissed off.

    SOP: Why, dear?

    P: That damned Fox News is trying to make it look like the Palestinians may have contributed to their own problems. I am so ticked off that I am thinking of writing a check to Greenpeace!

    SOP: Relax, sweetie. The UN will pass a resolution.

    P: I guess. Say, what’s that noise?

    SOP: Oh, nothing, it’s just the neighborhood kids setting fire to the cat. Chill, honey.

    P: But that’s the sixth cat this month!

    SOP: Hon, they have their reasons. True, they don’t approach things the same way we do, but we owe them our compassion and understanding.

    P: WHOA!

    SOP: What, dearest?

    P: They just set fire to the house!

    SOP: It’s just a house, sweetums. It’s not like we don’t have anywhere else to go.

    P: What?!

    SOP: Well, the Natosens said they’d take us in if there were ever a problem.

    P: Not so sure. Yesterday I got in an argument with Frank and Gherman Natosen. It turns out that they’re afraid of our neighbors and don’t want us making any more trouble with them.

    SOP: What about the Murkins?

    P: Not so sure there, either. They have a new stepfather and it turns out he’s, how do you say it, a little light in his shoes.

    SOP: Huh?

    P: He’s a little chickenshit who’s deathly afraid of confrontation.

    SOP: Ohmigaw! Who can help us?

    P: Well, dear, I know this isn’t politically correct, but I’ve called in a kickass freelancer who may be able to help us.

    SOP: What’s his name?

    P: Yamarsakar. I got his name off a Ku Klux Klan site.

    SOP: Oh, God, please help him help us!

  • Danny Lemieux

    Charles, how in God’s name do you dream up this stuff? I’d love to know how your mind is wired?

  • Danny Lemieux

    That’s meant as a compliment, BTW.

  • SADIE

    As I write this, my dear friend Hanni, is enroute from her home near Tel Aviv to Sderot with cages of small rabbits and other ‘classroom’ animals to spend time with the children in the shelters. She has expressed that these little animals help ease the tension and anxiety with the youngest.

    I hope Hanni brings some solace to the children.

    I pray the IDF brings peace to their parents.

  • Ymarsakar

    Very funny, Charles.

  • Ymarsakar

    Danny, I think Charles taps into a secret muse or two.

    Sadie, that’s great. Sounds like Puppy Love, the operation conducted in honor of American casualties in Iraq.

  • Ymarsakar

    Btw, Charles, unless they are paying me mega 6 figures, I cannot bend my principle that it is better to teach starving people how to fish rather than to provide them free food.

    SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) mandates that the indigenous population must be organized and formed into militias, like Al Anbar and Afghanistan, if true effective anti-terrorism is desired.

    If they don’t want to fight for their own homes, then we should do as the Democrats told us to do in Iraq. Leave.

  • Ymarsakar

    If they don’t want to fight for their own homes, then we should do as the Democrats told us to do in Iraq. Leave.

    With the money, of course.

  • Ymarsakar

    Chris R spoke for myself here.

    Local College Student ‘Used Up’ in Voodoo Ritual
    from Target Focus Training by Chris Ranck-Buhr
    Now that I have your attention…

    This post is about the moment it all changed for you, the moment you realized you needed to know how to hurt people. The moment when the puzzle that is your personality, your social network and the world beyond your driveway all fell into place with a kind of awful clarity and made you sit back, winded, with a newfound unease in the pit of your gut. An unease that could only be quelled by knowing how to beat a man to unconsciousness or death with your bare hands. [Good stuff Charles]

    The moment you realized that knowing how to use violence was the only thing that was going to get you back to enjoying life like you did in your prior state of blissful ignorance.

    I’ll tell you about mine.

    Lucky for me, it was one of those easy-to-miss two-paragraph news items on page A21 [that's where the success of the surge would be about], stuffed down as filler between all those ads for tire alignments and mattress stores. And yet, it must have been the perfect time for me to see it, because it hit me like a ton of bricks. Here’s the gist of it:

    A local San Diego college student went down to Tijuana for some bar-hopping with his buddies. At some point during the night he became separated from the group and vanished [like that Jewish youth that got baited by some girl in a bar in France and then disappeared after he exited the bar with her due to some "youths" waiting for him. They strung him up and put some holes in him afterwards until cessation of life signs]. A couple of weeks later he was found in central Mexico, all splayed out on a voodoo altar, having been ‘used up’ in some hideous ritual. Bled out and eviscerated.

    I was a college student in San Diego at the time, and had, on occasion, been to TJ. My first thought was, “That could have been me.” [That was Natalie Holloway] My second thought was, “No matter what, I am NOT going out like that.”

    Up until those two small paragraphs I had been training — but casually, and with some ‘funny’ ideas about how violence worked. I found the idea of taking a man’s eye or breaking his spine (or otherwise permanently crippling him) to be morally reprehensible. I devised an elaborate system of target selection based upon the intent of the other man. In other words, if he just wanted to duke it out, then I’d only stun or knock the wind out of him. If he wanted to kill me, well, then it was on. But still, that whole eye thing bothered me.

    ‘Used up in a voodoo ritual’ burned all that crap out of my system in a searing flash — the world was not what I imagined it to be. If I wanted to continue living in it I would have to get deadly serious about the staying alive part. And that meant doing ANYTHING.

    If things went to violence, no matter who chose it, I was going to be the one doing all the ugly, awful things — not the other way around. Period. [Damn straight there]

    link

    My little moment of decision came about when I studied what happened on Flight 93. While 9/11 was the catalyzing moment, it didn’t actually produce my reaction at the time it occurred. That came later.

  • Mike Devx

    Ymar:
    >> My little moment of decision came about when I studied what happened on Flight 93. While 9/11 was the catalyzing moment, it didn’t actually produce my reaction at the time it occurred. That came later. >>

    Wow, Ymar, so even for you, 9/11 was a catalyzing moment. For so many of us that is true, it seems. It was when I realized the world was filled with far more crazy, evil people than I’d ever believed. That the world might actually consist of a few oases of rational civilization immersed in a vast darkness. That civilization was precious, and not at all permanent, and must be cherished and defended, and fought for, lest it perish.

  • Ymarsakar

    Why do you say even for me?

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Perhaps, Y, because your views about self-defense and national autonomy seem so much an integral part of you. One never senses that, in a previous life, you were a soft liberal. It’s therefore surprising to discover that you also had moments when outside events provided tremendous clarity to your outlook on life.

  • Ymarsakar

    That’s probably because I was not set in my ways before or even immediately after 9/11. It was in fact the political debate leading up to the Iraq invasion that I first started paying attention to politics. That is actually kind of similar to how Neo started out after 9/11, too, since she said she also didn’t have time to pay attention to politics for the last several decades or so.

    Growing up in a world where the terrorists made the military and political rules has the side benefit of a great amount of clarity. No Cold War “detente”. No WWII worry about Communism vs Fascism or Chamberlain vs Churchill.

    Churchill himself said that if you have a heart, you would be a liberal when young.

    I recall sometime after 9/11 and sometime before the Surge, when Nick Berg was taken hostage and then we saw Z man saw his head off on a grainy video posted on blogs, that I wanted to see how much effect that intentional act of terrorism had on me. So I kept replaying the video to check out every frame of detail. There was some Leftist talk about Nick berg being fake and that Zarq man didn’t really cut off his head. I also had that in mind as well.

    Most of the people on the blogosphere expressed disgust, horror, and numerous other things concerning Nick Berg’s snuff video. But what I felt primarily was a cold desire to kill Zarq man. Maybe not at first, since the video was a shock, but soon after the 5 or dozen times I saw the vid. When they finally took Zarqawi down, there was a great big smile on my face. That was a night to celebrate. Because, you see, I replayed that video clip so many times because I wanted to remember that event. I wanted to notice every detail, including that sawing motion which Z-Man used to saw through Nick Berg’s neck. Some small part of me didn’t want to, but it was a very small part. It was the pacifist part that said to turn the other cheek, to ignore evil, and to accept one’s emotional weakness in the face of ruthlessness and strength. For whatever reason, I chose not to do that.

    Nobody is born with moral clarity or strength of will. That gets put there by both internal and external factors.

    People who have compassion for humanity and want to see human life preserved have two choices when it comes to the real world test. Pass or Fail. If they fail, they become what I call fake liberals. If they pass, they become classical liberals.

    After almost 10 years of this, Book, what you tend to see here is a very pure and consistent philosophy. The doubts were erased long ago. But that wasn’t how I started.

  • Mike Devx

    Book and Ymar, your exchange in 19 and 20 captured exactly why I said “even you, Ymar”.

    Ymar, you are unaffected by the pervasive propaganda around us, it seems. I still find myself wondering at times, “What is the best way? What if I’m wrong?”

    And that’s a primary purpose of the nuance of the incredible propaganda, and why I said they’re so good at it. To get the opponent to simply question themselves to often, is to leave the opponent unsure and on shaky foundations, and less capable of action. That’s 98% of the battle right there, and they are winning.

    Too many of us question ourselves too often, perhaps, to be effective.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Ymar, you are unaffected by the pervasive propaganda around us, it seems.

    Let’s just say that I have had some very excellent teachers on this score. Between the Democrat party and the Islamic Jihad, it was either sink or swim. I had the benefit of reading milblogs and having otherwise direct access to the events on the ground. Something the Vietnam generation did not. But that, of course, didn’t stop many of my fellows from being consumed by enemy propaganda, of course. No, self-motivation still counts for a lot, even in these days of technological decadence.

    I still find myself wondering at times, “What is the best way? What if I’m wrong?”

    A nice thing about reading military science fiction is that it teaches you, by example, how to behave when everyone around you is losing their heads. Even if a military commander is hesitant or nervous, he cannot show that to his troops. If he shows, on his face, his own nervousness and uncertainty, then his own troops might see his example and become broken in the face of the enemy advance. Fear spreads like wildfire once it is uncontained. That is how armies are broken.

    To get the opponent to simply question themselves to often, is to leave the opponent unsure and on shaky foundations, and less capable of action.

    To the Left, they also have a very primordial motivation in these matters. Like the Islamic Jihad, they cannot refuse to blame others and to attack them. For otherwise they would start questioning themselves and that way lies ruin for them. To survive, they must make others unsure of themselves, not even because they want to but because they have to if they wish to preserve their own identities.

    Too many of us question ourselves too often, perhaps, to be effective.

    That is both the strength and the weakness of a representative republic. More openess means more ingenuity and innovation but it also means more internal instability and more vulnerability to external enemies.

    To have principles mean that your actions will be motivated by those principles, even if you know that it would benefit your enemies. In the end, we choose principle over animalistic emotion because we believe in the correctness of principle. We have faith that these principles will provide us, our family, and our nation a better living standard and less chance of ultimate collapse.

    The Left has faith that humanity can be controlled by their DNA, class warfare based, and elitist pyramids. Their pyramid schemes result in financial collapse, military disaster, and national suicide. That is what they have faith in and like most fanatics, they don’t particularly have any doubts on this score.

  • Ymarsakar

    Btw, I recommend you watch Comment 22’s trackback link posting of the Mexican Drug Cartel video. It is very interesting.

    If you are curious about my reactions. I feel nothing negative. In fact, it is quite entertaining and funny. I can’t make myself feel something I don’t. That’s not in my power. I used to feel something. But like I said, I had good instructors on this subject matter.

    I find it funny in so far as I can come up, on demand, something 1,000 times as merciless and even more lethal than that shown in the video.

    This has little to do with certainty or philosophy. It has much to do with experience. I have had a great amount of experience dealing with such things and such people. Not as great as the police or the US military in Iraq, I dare say, but greater than your average productive sheep in America or even the world for that matter. Not because I was especially lucky or unlucky, but because I am self-motivated. I actively look for such things. I have been doing so for almost a decade, which is longer than I had realized.

    Terror works because most people would rather run away and ignore it than face it. It is easier to do what the terrorists want than to find ways to trump them, to kill them, to do to them what they would do to us, except do it first and do it worst.

    This is a personality thing, in the end. No philosophy can equal it. Indoctrination can, yes, but not philosophy by itself. You need indoctrination on top of that, like madrassas. Or a strong emotional experience.

    I think it is a good test. There is a fine line between youthful bravado and actual steel in the spine. At least for people my age. It’s hard to tell, but that’s why I tested myself for so many years. I wanted to know. It’s one thing for people my generation to talk about violence in video games and talking about “cool” ways to fight or blow stuff up, but it is quite another to look the reality of human nature in the face and not flinch away. To not even feel the need to do so. I am proud of that ability, cause I learned. I also know it isn’t very common, which I suppose, in general, is a good thing.

  • Ymarsakar

    Ack, that is the wrong link.

    Running too many pages on my browser it seems. It isn’t comment 22. I’ll find it eventually.

    Here it is