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  1. @Felix

    Why would Russia do that? It is an insane thought.

    Putin …it’s the last thing he wants.

    I quite agree. It makes very little sense at all.

  2. PS

    That simple thought needs to be articulated

    We all have to use our influence

    I am making this point from now on X

    To help avoid much worse

    USE OUR INFLUENCE

  3. Daily Telegraph

    Just now

    Prepare for Putin pivot to invade us, say Baltic states
    Diplomats say Putin’s brutalisation of Ukraine has brought back darkest memories of occupation under Stalin

    Will Hazell,
    POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
    30 March 2024 • 2:31pm

    Why would Russia do that? It is an insane thought.

    Putin …it’s the last thing he wants.

    He wants peace and quiet and Ukraine not to be A NATO STATE on his botder

  4. Lessons from rape rumpus

    Little Pengelly has a strange take on the law

    “She added: “Victims must always have the best opportunity for justice. This must be fully respected and supported.

    “My thoughts are with those suffering who have put their faith in the criminal justice system.”

    “Victims”

    ??????

    ·
    Now
    What happened to the concepts of ACCUSED and ACCUSER

    Why is Pengelly and the other elitist top dog O’Neil mouthing about “victims”???

    These top dogs are definitely leading the law process.

  5. The Spokesman for the Islamic State also known as ISIS, Abu Hudhayfah Al-Ansari made a Statement today to Commemorate the 10-Year Anniversary for the Declaration of the Caliphate, during which he called for “Lone Wolfs” across the World to launch Attacks on Mass Gatherings of Christians and Jew especially in the United States, Europe, and Israel.

    – OSINTdefender

    Watch your back.

  6. A strong majority of voters support Israel in the conflict (79%) and two-thirds feel Israel is trying to minimize casualties (66%).

    Harvard Harris Poll

  7. “Fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of Israeli military action in Gaza, according to a new Gallup poll. This marks the first time the survey has found a majority disapproves, a rise of ten percent since November 2023.”

  8. “What is ISIS-K and why would it attack a Moscow concert hall?
    By Reuters
    March 25, 20243:14 PM EDTUpdated 2 days ago

    WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. has intelligence confirming Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for a deadly shooting attack at a concert near Moscow on Friday, a U.S. official told Reuters.
    Here is information about the Islamic State’s Afghan branch known as ISIS-K and their motives for attacking Russia:
    WHAT IS ISIS-K?
    Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), named after an old term for the region that included parts of Iran, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, emerged in eastern Afghanistan in late 2014 and quickly established a reputation for extreme brutality.
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    One of the most active regional affiliates of the Islamic State militant group, ISIS-K has seen its membership decline since peaking around 2018. The Taliban and U.S. forces inflicted heavy losses.
    But the United States sees the group as an ongoing threat. General Michael Kurilla, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told Congress last March that ISIS-K was quickly developing the ability to conduct “external operations” in Europe and Asia. He predicted it would be able to attack U.S. and Western interests outside Afghanistan “in as little as six months and with little to no warning.”
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    Attacks within the U.S. itself were less likely, he said.
    The United States has said its ability to develop intelligence against extremist groups in Afghanistan such as ISIS-K has been reduced since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country in 2021. The U.S. military has said it can see the “broad contours” of an impending attack, but does not have the specific detail it did previously.
    WHAT ATTACKS HAS THE GROUP CARRIED OUT?
    ISIS-K has a history of attacks, including against mosques, inside and outside Afghanistan.
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    Rescuers work to extinguish fire at the burning Crocus City Hall concert venue following a shooting incident, outside Moscow, Russia, March 22, 2024. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Purchase Licensing Rights, opens new tab
    Earlier this year, the U.S. intercepted communications confirming the group carried out twin bombings in Iran that killed nearly 100 people.
    In September 2022, ISIS-K militants claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing at the Russian embassy in Kabul.
    The group was also responsible for an attack on Kabul’s international airport in 2021 that killed 13 U.S. troops and scores of civilians during the chaotic U.S. evacuation from the country.
    According to a January U.N. report, opens new tab, the Taliban’s efforts to defeat the group have led to a fall in the number of attacks within Afghanistan. Bombings have not stopped, however.
    On Thursday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in front of a bank in Afghanistan’s Kandahar city that killed at least three people and injured 12, local police said.
    WHY WOULD THEY ATTACK RUSSIA?
    While the attack by ISIS-K in Russia on Friday was a dramatic escalation, experts said the group has opposed Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent years.
    “ISIS-K has been fixated on Russia for the past two years, frequently criticizing Putin in its propaganda,” said Colin Clarke of Soufan Center, a New York-based research group.
    Michael Kugelman of the Washington-based Wilson Center said ISIS-K “sees Russia as being complicit in activities that regularly oppress Muslims.”
    He added that the group also counts as members a number of Central Asian militants with their own grievances against Moscow.
    (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in paragraph 8)”

    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/why-did-isis-k-attack-moscow-theater-2024-03-23/

    Here’s what jumped out at me: ”
    The United States has said its ability to develop intelligence against extremist groups in Afghanistan such as ISIS-K has been reduced since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country in 2021. The U.S. military has said it can see the “broad contours” of an impending attack, but does not have the specific detail it did previously.”

    So, why the hell did we have to leave?

  9. Felix, IS attacked Russia because for years Russia has been aiding what IS thinks are its worst enemies, These include the governments of Afghanistan. Pakistan.Iran, Syria and Yemen. Many people in the USA don’t understand that Muslim “miliants are deeply divided between shiite and Sunni. militants. The Sunni militants, including IS, hate the non-Muslim countries, including Russia, The USA, Britain, France and Germany, that are in bed with the Shi’ite “miliatants” led by Iran. All this is a little too complicated for many people, both Russian and American. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is both complicated and violent.

  10. Michael

    All I know is a picture I saw of a massive ship rammed into a flimsy looking iron looking bridge

    It seemed an absurd looking scene.

    Poor workers being abused by Biden

  11. Sebastien

    No really it is true.

    It is really true that in a certain way for the left everything stopped about 1933 I guess

    Without writing a big book that’s our problem.

    There’s obviously a crisis in Zionism and it is not resolvable in the way it is going

    Why?

    It is very old.

    3000 years old

    But it has value for a long time for Jews and humanity BUT needed is Trotskyism

    What I think is Trotskyism has to waken up and Jews have to learn new things

    Trump is very aware man and he gets it.

    Note I am not using dogma here. This crisis Jews are in is very real.

    Or to put it differently Jews will not survive without a big rethink

  12. @Felix That’s just a boilerplate response not a real answer to the specific question. Everybody here knows where you stand in general or at least your slogans, so what’s the point? Here, since you didn’t bother to Google “capiche” which just means, “understand” in Italian (it was a joke) I will spoon feed you in case you don’t capiche.

    People also ask
    What is a boilerplate in business writing?
    A boilerplate is a brief paragraph at the end of a press release that highlights a company and its core business information. It’s a standardized copy, so you often see the same paragraph concluding every press release unless the company undergoes some considerable change that warrants a new boilerplate.

  13. Sebastien Zorn

    The big question nobody has tried to answer is, why would ISIS attack Russia?

    To oppose everything that Lenin Trotsky and materialism stood for

  14. @I agree. I’m feeling the same frustration that I felt when the U.S. delayed going into Feluja during the 2nd Gulf War. Worse, of course.

  15. Yes, they should stop talking and just move into Rafah. That has been my feeling. Why keep dragging this out and allowing enough time for global forces to be arrayed against them, when they could have already gone in, got the job done and then let the world seethe after its too late. Israel should start acting like a sovereign nation instead of engaging in a pointless exercise of pleading their case for their right to self-defense to a hostile world. We now know that there is no atrocity so horrific against it that will gain Israel any support even from western nations. Israel is a sovereign nation that doesn’t need permission from Biden and company. Start acting like it.

    They need to move on to Rafah, seize the philadelphia corridor, and end this stand off. They are making use of the time with the operations in central Gaza, but the destruction of the remaining brigades is both essential and useful to getting the hostages out. Like a bandaid, better to give one big pull than simply talking about doing it.

  16. Sebastien Zorn

    Now all of a sudden it’s a Ukrainian attack. ? I guess that’s more useful.

    Yes that’s the contention being made with some very big evidence including by Ted and Peloni

    Do you want to make your own position in support of Nazis very clear?

    Please be clear. This is as serious as it gets.

  17. Sebastien Zorn

    Now all of a sudden it’s a Ukrainian attack. ? I guess that’s more useful.

    Yes that’s the contention being made with some very big evidence including by Ted and Peloni

    Do you want to make your own position in support of Nazis very clear?

    Please be clear. This is as serious as it gets.

  18. PELONI_

    Yes exactly. That’s what my post explicitly implied. In fact I actually posted the other day that they should carpet bomb flattening everything from the North down ( for about the tenth time) which would give the Gazans time to get out into the Philadelphia Corridor.

    But on looking up the details of the Corridor I saw that although 14 K long, it was only a few hundred metres wide, so I suggested going on into the Sinai.

  19. Edgar

    This is a good time for the IDF if they have any common sense-which is debatable- to blast them to smithereens, right ,left and centre.

    They need to move on to Rafah, seize the philadelphia corridor, and end this stand off. They are making use of the time with the operations in central Gaza, but the destruction of the remaining brigades is both essential and useful to getting the hostages out. Like a bandaid, better to give one big pull than simply talking about doing it.

  20. SEB-

    You don’t have to worry about the 700 terrorists to be freed.

    Hamas turned the whole deal down because they wanted a hell of a lot more including the end of the War and the return of the Gazans to their homes and much more..

    This is a good time for the IDF if they have any common sense-which is debatable- to blast them to smithereens, right ,left and centre.

  21. The Israelis were also enjoying a concert or just sleeping in their homes when they were slaughtered and kidnapped. Most of the reaction around the world to Israel’s tragedy and suffering was to express glee followed by blaming and demonizing the Israelis and demanding they reward those butchers with the creation of an adjacent terror state. So, I have no empathy or sympathy whatsoever for hamas’ ally Russia. The Israelis suffered 10x the fatalities. I wonder if the world is going to demand Russia not respond or demand the creation of an isis state. I see the attack as schadenfreude for Russia’s support of hamas.

  22. @Felix What on earth is this former CIA spook blathering about? I stopped listening after a couple of minutes. No information reported? Ukraine? First, the headline was that it was an Islamist attack and the exact number of people killed. Now, it is reported they have four suspects in custody. and that they are from ISIS. I don’t understand this propensity people have for interviewing spies and former spies. Spinning lies and half-truths is their profession! They are all con artists.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68652380

    The big question nobody has tried to answer is, why would ISIS attack Russia?

  23. Israpundit losing the plot? I think so reason apart from Ted and Peloni anti Russia bias from too many

    Yes maybe it was Ramadan. Larry Johnson mentions that but very cool assessment from him is that the Banderism are running feral or is it CIA which is feral.

    The idea that this bombing ikilling in a concert just happened is stupid

    Larry Johnson

    https://youtu.be/a4jjguZ-_5s?si=ZfQo1h1sCI7XWlRD

  24. Israel to release over 700 terrorists, including murderers, in Gaza deal – report
    The terrorists agreed upon for release by Israel reportedly include hundreds who are serving life sentences for murdering Israelis in terror attacks. [for 40 hostages and a ceasefire]
    By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
    MARCH 24, 2024 20:02
    Updated: MARCH 24, 2024 21:03

    https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-793512

    However, if this is a joke, it’s one in very poor taste and I’m not laughing.

  25. @Ted

    “Israel’s growing lure for Canadians: Some immigrate because of the war, others in spite of it”

    “…According to NBN, post-Oct. 7 immigrants’ motivations to move to Israel had little to do with rising antisemitism, and much to do with ideology and practicality…

    …Since Oct. 7, 524 Canadians have opened Aliyah applications, versus 187 in the last quarter of 2022. Nearly 900 Canadians indicated they intend to make Aliyah in 2024.

    In all, 3,709 applicants plan to immigrate from North America — a 142 per cent increase over last year.

    Data from NBN application essays highlights that 50 per cent of North Americans who made Aliyah since Oct. 7 were motivated by Zionism, whereas only six per cent were driven by antisemitism. Accordingly, they are coming in spite of, and even because of, the war.

    “Those 50 per cent are cultural or religious Zionists and want to be part of the Jewish story, Jewish history, and to live in their homeland,” says Rosenberg. “Ninety-nine per cent of people who make Aliyah have previously spent a few months in Israel as residents, students, or reservists. They’ve already had a taste of Israeli society and want to belong to it.”

    Rosenberg says that many who start an Aliyah application instinctively as a reaction to rising antisemitism often need to conduct some research into everyday life in Israel and spend time living there.

    The other 44 per cent of North Americans who move to Israel, says Rosenberg, cite practical reasons: they have family there, wish to study there, or are in search of employment opportunities, for example.

    “It doesn’t mean those 44 per cent lack an ideology,” he says. “Those who choose to move here may be ideological, but they have also determined that it is practical and realistic for them financially and life-stage-wise to actually make the move.”

    Peter Halpern fulfilled his Aliyah dream at age 73. The retired banker and teacher relocated to Haifa on Dec. 28, from London, Ont. Encouraged by his two sons who live in Taiwan and New York, Halpern had zero qualms about relocating alone during the war…”

    https://nationalpost.com/news/israels-growing-lure-for-canadians-some-immigrate-because-of-the-war-others-in-spite-of-it

  26. Small world
    6 months ago I had to go to the hosp emergency. At the end of the day I met with the doctor in charge of me and he said he just made aiyah from Montreal.

    More recenly I again had to go to the emergency and the first dctor I met told me he mad aliyah from Montreal 2 years before me.

    A few days later before leaving the hosp, I met a young occupational therapist. It turned out she was the grand daughter of my Rabbi in Toronto for 20 years before he made aliya.

  27. SEB-
    I see you’re cribbing from Wiki again.Tut tut. I knew you would .

    But I don’t know why you went to the trouble of detailing it, since it must have been clear to you that I know all about Billy Bunter, Greyfriars etc.

    I was getting the Magnet weekly since age 5 until it stopped because of paper shortage . I also got the Wizard, the Gem, Hotspur, and a couple of others like the Triumph, Boy’s Own. Hamilton wrote most of each of those mags and many more.. .
    He’ supposed to have been the most prolific writer in history, according to how many stories under dozens of names that he used.

    I added the” Hee Hee Hee” for you personal edification and knowing you’d look it up, also for enlarging your education.

    I’m also a member of the Society which carries nearly every Magnet, Gem and many other of schools mags.It’s called Friardale.

    Look it up . If you haven’t read any Magnets you’ll get a bit of an education about pre-WW2 English boarding Public Schools just a bit exaggerated.

    I’ve actually read nearly all the Magnets from 1908 to 1940 with a few missing, in the Friardale list. I even recall having read some of them as a child.

    **** Many Friardale members are adults of mature years. Some of them are also collectors. In fact I have a friend, a professor of Pediatrics, English, presently working in Quatar, who has every Magnet available , as well as some other boys mags dating from 1906.
    He’s as much a Charles Hamilton/Bunter enthusias/collector as is Felix on Trotsky.

  28. @Edgar “…William George Bunter is a fictional schoolboy created by Charles Hamilton using the pen name Frank Richards. He features in stories set at Greyfriars School, a fictional English public school in Kent, originally published in the boys’ weekly story paper The Magnet from 1908 to 1940. The character has appeared in novels, on television, in stage plays and in comic strips.

    He is in the Lower Fourth form of Greyfriars School, known as the Remove, whose members are 14–15 years of age. Time is frozen in the Greyfriars stories; although the reader sees the passing of the seasons, the characters’ ages do not change and they remain in the same year groups. Originally a minor character, Bunter’s role was expanded over the years with his antics being heavily used in the stories for comic relief and to advance the plots.

    Bunter’s defining characteristics are his naive greed, self-indulgence, and overweight appearance.[2] He is in many respects an obnoxious anti-hero. Besides his gluttony, he is obtuse, lazy, racist, nosy, deceitful, pompous, and conceited, but he is blissfully unaware of his defects. In his own mind, he is a handsome, talented, and naturally aristocratic young man surrounded by uncouth “beasts”. His vices are offset by several redeeming features, including a sporadic but genuine courage in aid of others; his ability to be generous during his rare occasions of prosperity; and above all his very real love and concern for his mother. All these, along with Bunter’s irrepressible optimism, and his comically transparent untruthfulness and inept attempts to conceal his antics from his schoolmasters and schoolfellows, combine to make the character highly entertaining, though hardly sympathetic….”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Bunter

    And this would be whom, pray tell?

  29. @Edgar Oh, I thought you were talking sbout Felix. You meant Michael. I see. Why don’t you tell us what you really think. No need to be shy.

  30. SEB-

    Regardless of reputed origin, the term “Dogsbody”, in my milieu, was used in a distinctly pejorative manner to denote offensive, obnoxious persons of dubious ancestry, morals and behaviour.

    Mokey fills the bill admirably, a knock- kneed, baggy, pot-bellied, beaky nosed, elderly, pseudo-Christian religious fanatic, who spouts like an endless gramophone, with a twisty mentality. (and more)….!

  31. @Edgar fascinating response. Thank you.

    People also ask
    Where does the phrase dogsbody come from?
    The Royal Navy used dried peas boiled in a bag (pease pudding) as one of their staple foods circa the early 19th century. Sailors nicknamed this item “dog’s body”. In the early 20th century, junior officers and midshipmen who performed jobs that more senior officers did not want to do began to be called “dogsbodies”.People also ask

    Dogsbody – Wikipedia

  32. Miko-

    Your spelling maybe isn’t good but that’s not my fault. And cartoons.. I outgrew them by the time I was 5-6 years old, and here you are about 80++, creaky knees, keeping yourself alive with animal parasite paste and reading cartoons. My heavens. Second childhood is not an old Wives’ Tale as I thought. It’s here and now with you. Mokey.

    Ugh….!!

    Go away and crap on your own doorstep. Politely, just bugger off. I can understand why you’re the guy that people love to hate. But now me, I tolerate you. I even bother to read your asinine post to me.

    ***I made a hobby horse for my kids, when we were in Israel, and the stupid face I painted on, was what they liked best. They named it “Mokey”. So maybe there’s hope for you…..yet.***

  33. Edgar, I’ll spell it out for you. The cartoon I linked to was of a 1973 comic called “Freddy”. Freddy was a little boy — a lot like you behave at times. I this cartoon, he’s doing an ad hoc study on a 3-year-old friend, Ernest, who is learning the basics of growing up.

    Do I have to spell out why I posted it? I hope not — I am confident of better things from you.

  34. Eastern Europe has the moral clarity that western Europe completely lacks. Eastern Europeans weren’t stupid enough to allow muslims in.

    Romanian Parliament Declares Israel’s Independence Day a National Holiday
    By David Israel – 11 Adar II 5784 – March 21, 2024 0

    https://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/europe/eastern-europe/romanian-parliament-declares-israels-independence-day-a-national-holiday/2024/03/21/

    Pro-Israel NATO official is Romania’s leading presidential candidate
    NATO Deputy Secretary-General, Mircea Geoana, is the leading candidate for president of Romania in next year’s elections. Geoana has strong ties with Israel and a Jewish-American son-in-law.