Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Zapatero breaks the taboo!

In Alicante for the International Festival of Young Socialists, Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero broke the "Israel is never wrong" taboo in thought and in deed. He characterized the brutal Israeli intervention in Lebanon as an overreaction and donned a Palestinian kefeya.

In no time Víctor Harel, Israeli Ambassador to Madrid, leaders of the Jewish community Mauricio Hachueland of Spain and the house fascists, the PP, began screaming "Anti-Semite"! The PP whip, Eduardo Zaplana, declared that Zapatero lost the respect of "many nations".

Source: El Mundo (Madrid)

Well, in my opinion, the "many" would be exactly 2: the US and Israel. And as Bush has already declared Zapatero persona non grata on US territory, it's safe to say the Zapatero could not be more ostracized. And any EU politician banned by Bush is certainly in my book.

Viva Zapatero!


Blogger CSTAR said...

Y digame Sr. Bush, Ud es persona "grata", adonde?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

But he's got a visa to nowhere!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Pocho said...

Israel's actions are "overeaction"? No, just plain old racist slaughter by a racist society. I am gladdened to learn Rodríguez Zapatero is not welcome within Bush's similarly defined borders. I was beginning to wonder about his balance of belief and political fortitude. If Israel has added one contribution to the future, it is in proving castigations of "Anti-Semite" no longer work to cower critique.

4:07 AM  
Blogger Leftist_Boddhisatva said...

There are many synagogues in the United States which proudly display the flags of both the United States and Israel. It seems that many jews in America have been indoctrinated in the idea that the existance and prosperity of Israel is an essential part of their religious belief.

Thus, from the point of view of many of Israel's ardent Jewish supporters, it is plain as black and white that anyone who criticizes Israel is also criticizing Judaism.

What strikes me, however, is whenever a protestant criticizes critics of Israel as being anti-semites. The rapture right, of course, avidly wants to bring about the end of the world in the belief that somehow they are special and will be received into the Kingdom of Heaven with open arms.

5:32 AM  
Blogger blowback said...


The PP whip, Eduardo Zaplana, declared that Zapatero lost the respect of "many nations". Well, in my opinion, the "many" would be exactly 2: the US and Israel.

Don't forget Bush's Poodle, although I suspect that the majority of British people do not support Blair on this among many other issues.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Postman said...

"I suspect that the majority of British people do not support Blair on this"

The Coalition against the War have organised protests throughout the UK with a major one in London for Saturday.

We will see what support is shown ... the elected representatives are so far below the parapet they are all underground - although George Galloway will probably appear in London.

Watch this space.

The BBC TV / Radio persist in the propagandising for Israel "attacked by Hezbollah" yada yada but most of the media are more bothered about our unexpected heat wave, decision to build yet more prisons, failure of the National Health Service and speculation that Faldo will speak to Tiger Woods at the Open.

Remarkably however Mark Urban of the BBC is becoming very sharply critical about the IDF's inability to damage Hezbollah, intercept the missiles, plan for a ground assualt, and highlights the steady attrition (albeit small) of IDF troops.

Generally the meejah await Condi to arrive in Damascus as the re-incarnation of the Angel of Mons and calm everyone down.

Please note that Google ignores Postman Patel in all Web and Blog searches for items since July 12th, but these are re-posted at where they appear in Google searches.

Nothing to do with an attempt to stifle expression by Google of course.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Tazmanian said...

I believe the poodle is commonly reffered to as the bitch in modern parlance.As for the worn out,over used, and patently redundant "anti-semitic" reply, well, when you become Jewnazis you forfeit any pretence to utter that old chestnut.
Viva Zapatero and all like minded decent people.

7:45 AM  
Blogger bogpilot said...

Decent! Zapatero would call the force the Spanish used to retake the island of Perejil as excessive as 10 goats where killed! Now would be a good time for Morocco to retake the Island, for all it’s worth, with the limp backed president Spain has now. As to his manner as a president where is all of the his famous Talante he talked about in his latest actions and speeches, you can be of the option that Israel has used excessive force, but taking up sides with a terrorist group and his lack of diplomacy is not the way. The Spanish have elected the biggest clown I have ever seen as president. The Spanish need to wake up and smell the coffee, their president has no idea when it comes to International politics and foreign relations:

- Failed to stand up during a procession in Madrid when the US flag passed by.
- Prefers Chaves and Castro to the free world democratic countries.
- Encourager the countries helping to rebuild Iraq to abandon the Iraqis as he did after being elected as the September 11 bombers demanded.
(Who gained from the September 11 bombings and the illegal pre election protests? Makes you think, no? Why have they done everything in their power to stop the investigation!)
- Supports Hezbolla terrorists over a legitimate county, ironic when you think about fight against the ETA terrorists in Spain, oh wait he’s giving in to them also.
- And now in a childish display in a meeting with young Socialists puts on the Palestinian scarf and clownish smile.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

bog is a sorry-assed PP fanboy

12:49 PM  
Blogger bogpilot said...

nur-al-cubicle, sorry that you are so immature with you childish name calling, I’m not neither for the PP nor PSOE, I’m an independent, but I can see that you are like most left-wingers (sheep) which follow the leader no mater where he goes. Zapatero is also immature, childish and as I stated ignorant when it comes to international affairs, I my opinion he’s a communist dressed in Socialist clothing, and in no why a democrat. As I stated, and I never stated my standing, you can be of the opinion that Israel has over reacted and criticize them “Telante, Telante Telante”, but not childish name calling, taking up with terrorists who bombed and killed over 20 Spaniards in 1986 (give or take a year), etc. The Socialists need to get there act together and next time around put up a qualified candidate. And you need to grow up.

4:20 AM  
Blogger bogpilot said...

Oh and just to show you that I’m not a right winger, I don’t like Bush and his handling of Iraq, his scare tactics in the US to maintain is support, I think they are undermine all that the USA is and stands for “Freedom” and “Democracy”. And as you can see I’m no fan of Zapatero. So rather than childish name calling why don’t we have some intellectual discussion on the situation in the Middle East, and the current crisis rather then cheering someone like Zapatero when he makes is childish blunders.

4:34 AM  
Blogger bogpilot said...

One other thing I have to agree with you chose of Spanish newspapers El Mundo.

4:44 AM  

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