I want an immediate end to the war in the Middle East. I want a ceasefire now. But I did not even consider going to the march at the weekend, because I knew that the majority of people there (at least the more vocal and visible ones) would actually want victory for the side in the war that started it with unprovoked attacks on civilian targets.
It seems the speakers weren't too extreme in comparison to some of the events, but the placards that filled the crowd - particularly those of inminds and the BMI (that's the British Muslim Initiative, a co-organiser, not British Midland airlines) - were pretty horrible.
For some confirmation of my views, see this article (via Arieh), this photo at Indymedia, this post by Eric, this post by Stephen Pollard, etc etc
For more positive accounts, check the Daily (Maybe).
The war in Israel
Ehud Olmert on the West's hypocrisy:
"Where do they get the right to preach to Israel?" Olmert said when asked about criticism from European capitals of Israeli military operations that have led to a heavy civilian toll.
"European countries attacked Kosovo and killed ten thousand civilians. Ten thousand! And none of these countries had to suffer before that from a single rocket.
"I'm not saying it was wrong to intervene in Kosovo. But please: Don't preach to us about the treatment of civilians."
Meanwhile, says Daniel, public opinion in Israel is turning heavily against the war.
The propaganda war
The deconstruction of a Reuters photographer at The Shape of Days (1 & 2) seems pretty convincing to me, whether or not you are convinced by other such deconstruction attempts...
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