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  1. ‘Israel Expected World Community to Force War’s End’

    Not a bad idea from Israel’s point of view. If only it had worked out that way. It seems not everyone was handed the correct song-sheet. Maybe it was still at the printers when the war got going.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if next time – and, of course, there will be a next time – some care is taken by all concerned to learn the words and music to this type of rather intricate ballet.

    Again, not a bad idea but really only viable if all the players have had time to practise their lines and thus are able to deliver them with some confidence, some authority. That would seem to indicate a screenplay and a score written well in advance of such an eventuality.

    Wars are big productions these days. If you want to make them dance to your tune, it does help if that tune has the size and quality to match the more strident blasts of war. You’ve got to think big. Bigger and better.

    Are there any tunes like that, waiting in the wings? Maybe. The World has been in need of a new song to sing for quite some time. In fact, it probably needs a whole new songbook.

    One song, no royalties, no copyright at http://yorketowers.blogspot.com

    John Yorke

  2. if the nuremberg trials were held against these folks…and the crimes they were commiting were against jews, who would you exonorate?

    more than 90% of those killed in the lebanon war were civilians. surely nuremberg trials must be in order.

  3. Hi Samuel,

    The Nuremberg trials were set up and overseen by the victors of WW2 and, as such, were perhaps only possible in that singular context. Quite who will be victorious in this particular conflict remains very much in doubt. I really believe there will no victors at its conclusion, only victims.

    That is unless the Nuremberg trials could be brought up-to-date and have their modern-day counterparts pronounce some final judgement on equivalent crimes of this era.

    Curiously enough, I came across the basis for just such an undertaking many years ago.

    In Nuremberg of all places.


    John Yorke.

  4. Although Samuel Burke, does not seem, I like your kind of humor, John, Also I like that you always carefully avoid the traps of bias, turning things positively.

    Isn’t there a bit of a double standard involved, when such a plan meets deep disgust, but not the fact that the world community did not stop Israel? Of course everybody watches Washington nowadays, before they dare to open their mouth. Maybe that’s the flaw in the plan and to give Washington the ballet instructions would have been enough.

    But then, what if they did?



  5. Hi Jo,

    How are things in Cologne? Don’t worry about Samuel; I’m sure his sense of humour is out there somewhere – Irish ancestry and all that.

    Lately I’ve been locked into locating a poem/ballad for James on the TOY blog – acronym courtesy of JW. What do you think? An improvement on the ‘Towers of Yorke?’ Anyway, I thought everything could be found on the net and then twice over but I’ve had very limited success so far. Rather foolishly, I gave James the impression I knew this ballad backwards but, when I did try to recall it, my memory seems to have retained only a few stanzas. Couldn’t even remember the author. Must be a sign of the years ganging up on me.

    My son, Thomas, phoned me from India today, Sunday. He also phoned yesterday. Twice in two days! Something of a record for him, I think.

    You’re correct about some aspects of communication. It is interesting. Tom can reach me half way round the world across two, maybe three continents by conventional telephone and tell me all about the Temple of Amritsar and where he plans to go next. Calcutta and the Himalayas are definitely on his list. Whereas two of the most powerful nations on earth, in their respective spheres, can’t seem to communicate worth a damn – not even with the most technologically advanced channels available to them. Maybe they’re both relying on mental telepathy. That wouldn’t be MY first choice but then I could be wrong there.

    Too many variables, too much second-guessing, too many assumptions; these are among the reasons why wars start up in the first place. Where are the certainties, the absolute limits that any rational nation or government should have in place before embarking on such adventures?

    That could be the problem. There simply may not be any such limits; just too many people ready to go ahead on the basis of some sketchy gameplan and the perception that no other alternative exists.

    At times like these, I wish the TOY blog scenario could actually impose itself on those making these decisions. It might make them a little more cautious, more reluctant to unleash ‘the dogs of war.’

    Must go now; have to be in Birmingham tomorrow morning – correction this morning!.


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