Sunday, March 3, 2024

Joly Calls Gaza Massacre "A Nightmare"

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy-Chief Bootlicker to J. R. Biden and B. Netanyahu and War Criminal, Melanie Joly, called the IDF's shooting of starving Palestinians assembling to get desperately needed food from trucks that entered North Gaza "a nightmare." 


Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said the deaths of dozens of people waiting for an aid convoy in Gaza was "a nightmare" and called for an end to fighting in the enclave on Thursday.

Gaza health authorities said more than 100 Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces. Israel challenged the death toll and said many of the victims were run over by aid trucks.

"When it comes to what happened in Gaza today ... I must say I think this is a nightmare," Joly told reporters in Ottawa. "We need to make sure that international aid is sent into Gaza and that people are protected when they go and get that aid."

What a disgusting idiot she is.

A "nightmare" is something that you get sometimes when you're asleep.  I suppose I could look up some theories for how our brains form bad dreams that leave us frightened and distressed.  But it's not really important.  A nightmare is something that happens to you and there's nobody to blame, not even yourself, because they come from your subconscious.  

On the other hand, perhaps you can blame a pattern of nightmares on some past trauma for which you can blame those who inflicted the trauma.  But in that case, the nightmare is generally far less of an issue than the original trauma.  If you want to obtain justice from an abuser, your PTSD nightmares aren't going to be the top of the list for what you go after them for in court.

A "nightmare" can also be used as a metaphor for a bad experience.  Sometimes someone is to blame for the nightmare perhaps a serial killer is chasing you and your fellow teenagers around in a secluded campground in the forest, or a corrupt home renovations contractor has destroyed your property after having taken your money and then declared bankruptcy.  Again though, in such instances, the real issue is the serial killer trying to murder you or the actual physical destruction to your home and the stolen money.  Not the feeling of being trapped in a bad experience.

Because, often, a "nightmare" can also be caused by natural events and unfortunate circumstances.  You get a flat tire on a lonely highway in the dead of night during a terrible rainstorm.  You change the tire and not long after you get engine trouble.  This happens.  Sometimes it pours rain and sometimes cars break down.  Nobody is really to blame for your predicament.

And that's what Joly was trying to achieve with her choice of words here.  She wanted to absolve Israel from its responsibility for this massacre.  In the oligarch/imperialist press Palestinians "die" when bombs mysteriously fall on them from who knows where.  Perhaps if a mainstream media hack journalist is being feisty they'll write that the Palestinians were actually "killed" by bombs or bullets.  They're never "murdered" or "slaughtered" by the monstrous, racist IDF.  In the CTV link it's "Gaza health authorities say" and their accusations are treated equally with the Israeli's contemptible, insulting, cynical response that "many of the victims were run over by aid trucks."

"Many of the victims"?  So not all of them?  What happened to the rest?  And how does it happen that 100 people can be killed and 700 more injured by aid trucks?  Did the drivers deliberately run them down?  Did Palestinians rush to the trucks as they were backing up and ... It's obvious that Israel doesn't give a fuck that their excuses are obvious fabrications.  This is what happens when you're a vicious, murderous racist who feels (justifiably) that you're never going to be held accountable.  This is but one manifestation of the sadistic glee that Israel and its cowardly IDF has been indulging itself in and to which the Liberal government of Canada (and its Conservative opposition) have been enabling it in.

Joly babbles that she believes that "people [should be] protected when they go and get that aid."  "Protected" from whom you asshole?  What in the sweet name of fuck are you yammering about?!?

Here's another way of describing things:

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed and some 700 others wounded after Israeli troops opened fire on hundreds waiting for food aid southwest of Gaza City, health officials say, as the besieged enclave faces an unprecedented hunger crisis.

The Gaza Ministry of Health said on Thursday said at least 112 people were killed and more than 750 wounded, with the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemning what it said was a cold-blooded “massacre”.


People had congregated at al-Rashid Street, where aid trucks carrying flour were believed to be on the way. Al Jazeera verified footage showing the bodies of dozens of killed and wounded Palestinians being carried onto trucks as no ambulances could reach the area.

“We went to get flour. The Israeli army shot at us. There are many martyrs on the ground and until this moment we are withdrawing them. There is no first aid,” said one witness.

Reporting from the scene, Al Jazeera’s Ismail al-Ghoul said that after opening fire, Israeli tanks advanced and ran over many of the dead and injured bodies. “It is a massacre, on top of the starvation threatening citizens in Gaza,” he said.

The dead and wounded had been taken to four medical centres: al-Shifa, Kamal Adwan, Ahli and the Jordanian hospitals. Ambulances could not reach the area as the roads had been “totally destroyed”, said al-Ghoul.


Reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith said the Israeli military “initially tried to pin the blame on the crowd” saying that dozens were hurt as a consequence of being crushed and trampled when aid trucks arrived.

“And then, after some pushing the Israelis went on to say that their troops felt threatened, that hundreds of troops approached their troops in a way they posed a threat to them so they responded by opening fire,” Smith added.


One Palestinian man told Quds News Network the military attack was a “crime”.

“I have been waiting since yesterday. At about 4:30 this morning, trucks started to come through. Once we approached the aid trucks, the Israeli tanks and warplanes started firing at us, as if it was a trap.

“To the Arab states I say, if you want to have us killed, why are you sending relief aid? If this continues, we do not want any aid delivered at all. Every convoy coming means another massacre.”

Jadallah al-Shafei, the head of the nurses’ department at al-Shifa Hospital, said that “the situation is beyond any words”, adding that “the hospital was flooded with dozens of dead bodies and hundreds of injured”.

“The majority of the victims suffered gunshots and shrapnel in the head and upper parts of their bodies. They were hit by direct artillery shelling, drone missiles and gun firing,” he told Al Jazeera.

As usual, the inimitable Caitlin Johnstone provides an eloquent skewering of the imperialist/oligarch media's mentally deranged, cowardly depiction of events in "When The Imperial Media Reports On An Israeli Massacre":

As terrible as the Israeli spin machine has been on this atrocity, the western imperial media have been even worse. The verbal gymnastics they’ve been performing in their headlines to avoid saying Israel massacred starving people who were waiting for food would be genuinely impressive if it wasn’t so ghoulish.

As Hungry Gazans Crowd a Convoy, a Crush of Bodies, Israeli Gunshots and a Deadly Toll” reads one New York Times header, like the summary of an episode of a Netflix murder mystery show.

Chaotic aid delivery turns deadly as Israeli, Gazan officials trade blame,” says an indecipherably cryptic headline from The Washington Post.

“Biden says Gaza food aid-related deaths complicate ceasefire talks,” says The Guardian. “Food aid-related deaths”? Seriously?

More than 100 killed as crowd waits for aid, Hamas-run health ministry says,” reads a BBC headline. The UK’s state broadcaster is here using a tried and true tactic for casting doubt on death counts by deliberately associating them with Hamas, despite the fact that the Gaza health ministry’s death counts are considered so reliable that Israeli intelligence services use them in their own internal records.

“At least 100 killed and 700 injured in chaotic incident” says CNN, like it’s describing a frat party that got out of control.

Carnage at Gaza food aid site amid Israeli gunfire” reads another CNN headline, as though the carnage and the Israeli gunfire are two unrelated phenomena which just unluckily occurred at around the same time.

CNN also repeatedly refers to the killings as “food aid deaths”, as though it’s the food aid that killed them and not the military of a very specific and very nameable state power.

Let's be clear: Just like when stephen harper and his crew of drooling, imbecilic basket-cases (including lizard-faced Pierre Poillievre) covered-up torture in Afghanistan, it made them war criminals.  And by doing its part to enable a deliberate genocide, Trudeau's government of hypocritical sociopathic mewling liberal fuck-faces are also war criminals.  Sadly, given bloated, rancid, pants-pissing, closet-case stephen harper's continued ability to waddle about in freedom, Canadians are fine with tolerating war criminals in their midsts.  Hell, we even give retired nazis standing ovations in our Parliament.



zoombats said...

I often indulge myself in researching Bio's of our various politicians because, as a working stiff I am interested in what it takes to get a decent salary for doing what they do.From Bill Blair to Seamus O'Reagan, Marcie Eon, Madame Joly, Christia and all there ilk. The bottom line is that Police chiefs, lawyers, talk show hosts and drama instructors/snow board coaches make up the pool from which the incompetents are drawn from. Let's not forget the under(never) employed contingents of the opposition.
Not to forget the Israelis accusation the massacre victims weren't all shot but most were run over by traffic in the confusion is akin to any cowardly cop claiming that their victims "fell down the Stairs"! Crooks ,liars and incompetents masquerading as intelligent beings. One wonders when the equally stupid public will finally take notice.

thwap said...


The pool of talent that presents itself for political careers is something of a cesspool isn't it?

And the Israeli scum with their sickening lies:

IDF: "We didn't shoot at them. They trampled each other in a desperate rush for the food-aid trucks. Oh. And they were too desperate to wait for the trucks to come to a complete stop."

HUMANITY: "Why were they so desperate for food?"

IDF: "Because we're starving the-- uh, ... who knows?"

HUMANITY: "Video evidence from the event shows that the IDF shot at the crowd."

IDF: "Well, we did shoot at some of them I guess. But that's not how they died."

HUMANITY: "Why did you shoot at starving people trampling each other for food and falling under the wheels of moving trucks?"

IDF: "Because we were afraid of them."

Purple library guy said...

Well, in slightly related but far more cheerful news, here's George Galloway spanking a mainstream interviewer just after resoundingly winning the Rochdale by-election:

thwap said...

Purple library guy,

I saw that.

Galloway is a problematic figure in some ways. But sometimes he is able to brilliantly attack the rot at the core of the imperialist brain-trust.

Twice last year I went and re-watched his dismantling of the US Congress for its evil and shit-headed decision to invade Iraq during their Congressional hearings on the Oil-For-Food Program.