Thursday, August 11, 2005

Livingstone and Hamas: two sides of the same coin

If it's acceptable for Red Ken to say that Likud and Hamas are two sides of the same coin, then I see no reason not to apply the same approach to him. I ran through all the options; eventually I went for Hamas, being as close to his original quote - and the truth - as possible, but it is merely a placeholder. I invite readers to vote for who they would rather see Livingstone on the other side of a coin from. Choose from Hamas, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mohammed, Hitler, Arafat, Sharon, Chairman Mao, George Galloway, a newt, Maggie Thatcher, Osama Bin Laden or Jacques Chirac, or make your own suggestion.

In the meantime, I know a few of us picked up on a a classic piece of Livingstone hypocrisy - after the unfortunate death of Jean-Charles de Menezes, he immediately blamed terrorists, saying they had gained another victim. Of course, when Palestinian terrorists hide amongst innocent civilians who end up being killed or injured when Israel goes after them, he blames the Jews.

I spotted an excellent article by Tom Gross, a British journalist ("From London to Jerusalem", The Jerusalem Post, 24th July), as quoted from Daniel Pipes:

"Had Israeli police shot dead an innocent foreigner on one of its buses or trains, confirming the kill with a barrage of bullets at close range in a mistaken effort to thwart a bombing, the UN would probably have been sitting in emergency session by late afternoon to unanimously denounce the Jewish state.

By evening, 12 hours had passed since the shooting, but the BBC still hadn't interviewed a grieving family, no one had called for British universities to be boycotted, Chelsea and Arsenal soccer clubs hadn't been ordered to play their matches in Cyprus, and The Guardian hadn't yet called British policy against its Pakistani population ‘genocide.'

As for London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who is in overall control of transport in the city, including the train where the man was shot, and who strongly defended the shoot-to-kill policy as a legitimate way to prevent suicide bombings, he was not yet facing war crimes charges – as Livingstone himself has demanded Israeli political leaders should be."

Time to bring Mayor Ken to justice...

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