Friday, July 14, 2006

Neighborhood bully

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one, He got no place to escape to,
no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.

by Bob Dylan
Wednesday April 13, 1983

Crimes Against Humanity

Here is something to chew on in light of the oft-heard accusation about Israel, which always gets accused of Crimes Against Humanity:

Switzerland says Israel violating international lawGaza - Crimes Against Humanity in International Law Eli E. Hertz July 6, 2006

UN Security Council resolutions and International treaties define crimes against humanity as the "participation in and knowledge of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, and the multiple commission of [such] acts ... against any civilian population"

These international binding instruments go-on to impose uniform mandatory counter-terrorist obligations on all states to "bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of terrorist attacks and stresses that those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable." There is no escape clause - the Council repeats "its unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, in all their forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever committed."

Palestinian terrorists such as Hamas that kidnap Israelis, blow up and destroy public buses, murder young people at cafes and discos, school outings, and hitchhikers on their way home, alongside indiscriminate around-the-clock shelling of Qassam rockets at civilian populations in Israel, are clearly committing Crimes Against Humanity - acts of terrorism for which the UN Security Council under UN Charter Chapter VII directs everyone to fight by all means.

International law leaves no room to question Israel's right to defend its citizens against systematic and sustained Palestinian terrorist attacks launched from Gaza and the West Bank by Hamas. Palestinian claims of civil rights on the other hand, do not come with 'clean hands,' their hands are mired by their lawless violence in a bid to destroy the Jewish State.

"War is Hell." [General Sherman, June 19, 1879]

Let Palestinians who choose the path of war bear full responsibility for the Hell that follows.

"... no legal right shall spring from a wrong." [Judge Schwebel, former president of the International Court of Justice, "Justice in International law," 1994.]

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Natural hallucinogen

Who says you have to do LSD or eat 'shrooms to hallucinate?
Try it. It really works.

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