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About DeaconJohn

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  1. The fact of Israeli isolation by the international community is expressed in many ways. The recent UN vote was one of them. With the exception of the trusty old US, not one vote supported Israel.
  2. So true. Radical Zionists are the worst enemies of Jews all over the world. No amount of Hasbara spin can refute that fact.
  3. Hamas can be legitimately blamed for a lot of things, but not this. Give one example - anywhere in the world - where people are being shot dead for approaching a border fence. The vast majority of those killed didn't have "incendiary devices and grenades", they were shot down in cold blood. On this issue the whole world is against the US and Israel... and rightly so.
  4. That basic question is often raised but no convincing answer is ever given. Accusations of anti-somethingism are usually part of the response to this legitimate inquiry.
  5. Your first sentence is spot on. After that you slipped into a pool of hogwash.
  6. Trump's ill-conceived Jerusalem initiative may yet have a positive consequence, however unintended. Nothing has been as harmful to the Palestinian struggle to end Israel's occupation and unrelenting theft of territory intended for its state as Abbas' insistence on the preservation of the Palestinian Authority and the myth that it serves as "a state in formation," when it so clearly allowed Israel to solidify its occupation. Trump's move on Jerusalem achieved what years of Israel's settlements failed to do - shatter the illusion of a two-state outcome, and allow the Palestinian national movement to turn into a struggle for rights, which is to say a struggle to end Israel's de facto apartheid regime. What is particularly significant is that the younger generation of Palestinians is opting for a struggle for equal rights in a single state. It is the right choice, for their struggle for a state of their own is one Palestinians cannot win, while a struggle to maintain an apartheid regime is one that Israel cannot win in the long run. The civilized world will come down on them just as it did on white South Africa.
  7. DeaconJohn

    Annoying Loudspeaker Announcements

    Do everybody a favor and get lost.
  8. These creeps make the Addams Family look normal.
  9. Thanks for that concise legal explanation of the international status of Jerusalem. It proves the utter falsity of the hasbara narrative.
  10. DeaconJohn

    Where to meet new friends in Chiang Mai ?

    Thanks for the civil reply. We've both been here a long long time and we probably agree on more things than we disagree on. Just different lifestyles, that's all.
  11. Maybe both... He sees a void and he wants to step into it.
  12. DeaconJohn

    Where to meet new friends in Chiang Mai ?

    There you go again... denigrating Thai wives and family life in Chiang Mai. You don't do it directly, but in post after post the message comes through loud and clear. Actually, it's a very good caveat emptor for the old goats who come here looking for a young wife. But as a general proposition it's totally clueless. After you've lived with Chiang Mai people for almost forty years and seen two generations of them come of age, as well as raising children of your own, then your opinions will have some credibility. Thais take care of their own; and that would include a farang who has lived among them for years as a husband and father. Most of the people you deal with come here too late in life. Too late to master the language and achieve functional literacy. Too late to attract anyone but a mercenary woman and become a cash cow for her scheming relatives. Your work on behalf of the aged and disabled is laudable; but wouldn't it be better to encourage rootless expats to return home before they are in extremis? Give them some good advice... that's what friends are for.
  13. DeaconJohn

    Johnny Hallyday: French rock star dies at 74

    Johnny we hardly knew ye...
  14. DeaconJohn

    Where to meet new friends in Chiang Mai ?

    Good post. The bottom line is that you have a life in Chiang Mai. Family maybe, or a meaningful occupation. So many farangs don't have anything worth getting out of bed in the morning for. Family means everything here. Your position in the family defines who you are. Without one you are nobody. Farang tao-nahn eng.
  15. That's just hogwash. The Russians never bombed Cambodia. Between 1965 and 1973, the US dropped 2.7 million tons of explosives - more than the Allies dropped in the entirety of World War II - on Cambodia, whose population was then smaller than New York City's. Estimates of the number of people killed begin in the low hundreds of thousands and range up from there, but the truth is that no one has any idea.