By the age of 58 a country – like a man – should have achieved a
certain maturity. After nearly six decades of existence we know, for
good and ill, who we are and how we appear to others, warts and all.
And though we still harbour occasional illusions about ourselves, we
know they are, for the most part, just illusions. In short, we are
But the state of Israel, which has just turned 58, remains
curiously immature. The country’s social transformations – and its many
economic achievements – have not brought the political wisdom that
usually accompanies age. Seen from outside, Israel still comports
itself like an adolescent: confident of its uniqueness; certain that no
one “understands”; quick to take offence, and to give it. Like many
adolescents, Israel is convinced – and aggressively asserts – that it
can do as it wishes; that its actions carry no consequences; that it is
My Lord Haskins:
'Looks a bit dodgy to me!' (He
'Bribery is bribery. There is no other name'
And we do not forget - for instance - that Dr Chaitanya Patel OBE BM
FRCP (?formerly/presently of Westminster Health Care Ltd) was advising
Messrs Blair, Milburn, Reid, Hewitt etc on 'reform'** of the National
Health whilst his loan to the rose perfumed party of government lay in
a special account which Lord Levy might know about (Michael Crick -
Newsnight 16-03-06). That he had a direct financial interest in the
expansion of private hospitals had no bearing of course on the advice
he gave. The irony of the firm's title is no longer lost.
**Reform - in Blairese: dismemberment,
evisceration (as at the University Hospital of Stoke on Trent)
24th November 2005
To the panel, Ms Tarazzi, director of the Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza and one of the very small minority of Christians still left in the remnants of historic Palestine, said this to me. It is a truism of course. "Dr David. If there is no peace in Palestine, there will be no peace in the Middle East. If there is no peace in the Middle East there will be no peace in the world". I repeat her message often but preface it with "If there is no justice in Palestine, there will be no peace in Palestine .....".
If there is to be justice where none exists, truth must be heard.
Latin - hypocrisis
and Greek hupokrisis:
both meaning play acting or pretence. WP
Remembrance Sunday here in Britain. The shorter ceremonies took place
on the eleventh day. Poppy and empire are garnered in Whitehall, by the
Cenotaph and a stone's throw from the
seat of power at 10 Downing
Street. David Dimbleby has inherited the gravitas and fluency which
march impeccably through the screen of BBC 1. The Portland stone of the
Cenotaph is shining in the sun and it is framed by plane trees that are
still in green leaf. This stone of the Jurassic period is reaching
across 450 million years to these men and women, one of whom has his
finger on the instrument which can blast us back in time, and beyond
those deep seams of limestone and clay. The massed bands in their
immaculate grey and the bearskins play 'Flowers of the Forest',
'Nimrod' by Elgar and 'When I am laid in earth' by Edward Purcell. The
emphasis is on the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the two
world wars, those who were bereaved and those who returned disabled.
After the Last Post, the wreaths are laid starting with the Queen. Her
uniformed relations follow, and then the actor Blair. He is followed by
Howard, the leader of HM's opposition who supported his political
colleague in his treacherous plans for war on that country they had
disarmed and laid waste already. Post Paisley, comes Straw. He is
clutching a wreath which has flowers in it from every part of the
Commonwealth. How good it is to think that those folk who have felt the
stamp of these boots and the flash of those bayonets, should show their
dying gratitude. And how apt that he should be the bearer; the latest
thespian to sell that little country down the Jordan we gained mandate
over in 1922.
law ends, tyranny begins." ~
John Locke 1690.
It is understood that the Prime Minister has ruled out a public inquiry
into the four explosions that occurred on the 7th of July. How then
will the truth be established as to who perpetrated these atrocities
and with whom were the guilty possibly connected?
A public enquiry could be set up for each of the four explosions using
Section 17a of the 1988 Coroner's Act. This was designed for the
investigation of multiple deaths when there was a common cause
– for instance a train crash. Duplication is avoided and
distress to relatives lessened. It has been invoked at least five times
- twice for the sinking of the trawler Gaul. It was last used for the
unnatural death of Dr David Kelly. An ad hoc inquiry by Lord Hutton was
set up the day he was found, and the Section 17a vehicle added later
and inappropriately given it was a single death.
"Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side."