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Truth and Reconciliation

Twenty-five years later, those concepts are as foreign to China as dairy and flatware:

During a Harvard University conference Saturday marking the 25-year anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, students stood, gave their names, and posed questions to a panel of former protesters.

But one young woman, a freshman from China, would not give her name.

“I took this class because I am the generation that’s being brainwashed,” she told the packed auditorium. “Everything I knew about June 4, 1989, was the fragments I heard from my dad.”

A quarter-century after tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into Beijing to suppress a student-led prodemocracy movement, fear persists. The Chinese government has only minimally acknowledged its crackdown, which killed hundreds of the protesters and possibly thousands, and heavily censors media references and Web searches related to the 1989 protests.

“I wanted to know more about this part of history that was hidden from my people, that was a taboo for decades,” the student said, explaining why she enrolled in a class on the Tiananmen uprising.

What happened in Tiananmen 25 years ago? You asked:

“I’m very reluctant to tell what I saw and experienced,” said Liane Lee, a former student journalist who traveled from Hong Kong to Beijing to document the protests. “But I don’t think I have a choice, because I was rescued by those people. They are so courageous, so brave. They are good people.”

Lee spent nearly an hour describing in vivid detail her experiences in Tiananmen. She recalled trying in vain to restrain a hysterical, bereaved protester who wanted to attack soldiers he said had killed his brother. Lee later fainted when she saw the man later being carried away, suffering from a severe gunshot wound.

She also recalled being shepherded into an ambulance by an insistent doctor as Chinese Army units firing guns moved into the square.

“She told me, ‘My child, please get in the ambulance and leave the square safely. Go back to Hong Kong . . . tell the world what our government has done to us,’ ” Lee said, as another panelist wept.

Also at the conference was Jeff Widener, the photographer who captured the iconic image of a Chinese man standing in front of a column of tanks. Widener shook his head as he listened to Fang Zheng, a student whose legs were crushed by a tank as he tried to lift another protester to safety, describe how Chinese officials tried to use the photograph as evidence that tanks would not have run over protesters. The officials were warning Zheng, a paralympian, not to tell Western news media outlets how he sustained his injuries.

Isn’t it interesting how the one thing the Chinese despots are afraid of is the truth? More than having committed these atrocities, they fear being discovered. Still.

[Professor] He said some of her students drew parallels to the Boston Marathon bombings last year, which occurred on April 15, the same date the Tiananmen protests began in 1989.

“They felt like they could identify, understand what it was like to lose legs,” she said.

As He watched television coverage of memorials for Marathon bombing victims this month, she lamented that China never had a similar opportunity to mourn and reflect.

“People here got the counseling. They can openly talk about it; they can mourn together,” she said. “I felt like, why didn’t we get a chance to heal?”

China teaches us that if revolutions are violent, permanent revolutions are permanently violent. What happened in Tiananmen 25 years ago is part of a continuum of bone-crushing and oppression unbroken from 1949 through the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward to this very day. The only thing that unnerves such totalitarian regimes is the truth. Which is why they teach even their victims (especially their victims) to fear the truth.

The only mildly surprising thing about the events of a quarter-century ago was that it took the Chinese tyrants so long to act.

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What’s Russian for Achtung!

History repeats itself, Marx avers, first as tragedy, second as farce.

What about the 2,748th time, Groucho?

A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community’s Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern.

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” the flyer began…

Love the use of “dear”! Why not “Dearest Jews” or “My darling Hebrews”? You’ll see why not:

“Due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta,” a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: “Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

Because some Jews—most of whom would be dead by now—wanted a free Ukraine after WWII, this fascist Russian occupier wants to round up—or the first step—all of today’s Jews over the age of 16. Flocks of Jews, are there?

Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people – 10 percent of Ukraine’s population – and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country’s heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists have captured government buildings in the past week.

Donetsk is 0.4% Jewish; 99.6% not. Pardon me if I’m not surprised. Disgusted, but not surprised. Remember, part of the reason Russia invaded Crimea was to battle supposed Ukrainian fascists—even though local Jews had had no problems.

Have you heard it said that WWII came about in part out of the unfinished business of WWI? Doesn’t this feel the same way? Only with Russia in the role of Nazi Germany?

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Obama’s IRS Lies And The MSM

In fact, the IRS did not hassle “progressive” groups

IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.

IRS agents testified before Oversight that ACORN groups were scrutinized because the agency thought they were old organizations applying as new ones. Emerge America was scrutinized for potential “improper private benefit.” No evidence exists that the IRS requested additional information from any Occupy Wall Street group.

“Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which were then approved by the IRS, while Tea Party groups received unprecedented review and experienced years-long delays. While some liberal-oriented groups were singled out for scrutiny, evidence shows it was due to non-political reasons,” according to the Oversight staff report, which was obtained by The Daily Caller.

“[T]he Administration and congressional Democrats have seized upon the notion that the IRS’s targeting was not just limited to conservative applicants,” the report states. “These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the facts. Yet, the Administration’s chief defenders continue to make these assertions in a concerted effort to deflect and distract from the truth about the IRS’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants.”

“[T]here is simply no evidence that any liberal or progressive group received enhanced scrutiny because its application reflected the organization’s political views,” the report stated.

Big surprise.

- Aggie

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Care to Hear the Other Side?

So, we’re all on board that Russia behaved very badly, right? There should be “costs” (per Obama) for this “act of aggression” (per Kerry), right?

Ri-i-i-ght…:

The West organized the coup in Ukraine and they can make this very ugly, but there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, Danny Welch, blogger and anti-war activist, told RT.

Russia’s dispatch of a stabilization force in Crimea on official request from local authorities was harshly criticized by US Secretary of State John Kerry over weekend, threatening to isolate Russia economically and politically and warning of potential asset freezes and visa bans.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century.”

Danny Welch: The harshness of his [Kerry’s] reaction is indicative of the weakness of his position. In the first place it is absolutely surreal for the Secretary of State of the US to state that a country doesn’t have a right to invade other countries without a pretext, when right at the moment his own government is involved in up to a dozen countries. And I think the whole world thinks it sounds crazy except for the Western press.

RT: Western countries back Kiev … are we seeing a self-appointed government receiving international recognition?

DW: I’m not sure that’s international recognition. The Western powers always use a term international community when they mean themselves and a few of their closest friends. I think what remains to be seen is Russia and China – they are the two strongest members of the UN Security Council. They’ll obviously withhold recognition. Turkey basically agrees with Russia on the Crimean issue.

The coup is unraveling. The Navy commander defected and swore his leniency to Crimea. It’s not a tenable position for anyone involved, I think [the West] will try and they have military muscle, if they really want to start a war they can. [The West] started the coup, they funded the coup, they organized the coup – they can make this very ugly. But there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, so I don’t think they can do much.

RT: Washington and Brussels appear to be ignoring the nationalists and extremists within the Kiev government. Why is that?

DW: Because it’s supremely embarrassing. I was in Kiev and in Moscow many years ago, and one of the things that you can see when you’re on the ground there, that you are never taught in American schools, is the overwhelming pride at having defeated the fascists, and having pushed back the Nazis, and at what an incredible sacrifice of tens of millions of people for the Soviet Union and how important that is to the national identity. And now to have these Western powers actually paying fascists, paying neo-Nazis, to seize power in a country on Russia’s border is simply too evil and too embarrassing to admit, and so they’ll just continue to deny it.

That’s more than enough, as I’m sure you’ll agree. But it’s what they’re telling themselves. Or at least what this Danny Welch (who he?) is telling us.

I stopped there because there’s one little hole in his story: to paraphrase John Kerry, the Soviet Union was for the Nazis before they were against them. And it does little good to defeat German fascists if all you’re going to do is impose Russian fascism for the next four decades.

But if this is how Russia sees Obama/Kerry bluster, Ukraine is in for a very, very, very long winter.

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Commies vs. Nazis

Sorry, that was a typo.

It should read Commies + Nazis = Luv4Evah:

I was familiar with the National Bolshevism of the early Nazi years. Thinkers like the Ukrainian Bolshevik Karl Radek and the Nazi Otto Strasser dabbled with the idea of merging Bolshevik and Nazi ideology. After all, if you’re already a National Socialist it’s not that long a trip to being a National Bolshevik, now is it? Some left-wing members of the Nazi military described themselves as National Bolsheviks as well. But ultimately, National Bolshevism as an intellectual movement died in the crib. Or so I thought.

What I did not know is that National Bolshevism is making such a comeback. And while, it’s evil and a national-security threat and all that, I can’t help but smile.

National Bolshevism must strike some on the left as quite perplexing. After all, Bolshevism and Nazism — like fascism and socialism — are opposites, right?

If you read my book, you’d know I consider this the greatest myth and/or lie of the 20th century (coming in a distant second: the idea that there is a difference between good flan and bad flan).

The Left has clung to this belief (not about flan) for decades, but there’s not a wisp of truth to it. Fascist and socialist ideologies are two sides of the same coin. It was nothing for Molotov and Ribbentrop to sign a non-aggression pact, and even less for the Nazis to break it. Stalin finished what Hitler started (domination of half a continent), killing many more people than the little Austrian corporal could ever manage—and with a better mustache. Both systems crushed individual liberty under a totalitarian military and police state. Both regimes committed torture and both subjected people to unimaginable abuses under the guise of medicine and science.

Jonah Goldberg (Liberal Fascism) looks at the modern revival under Putin. We’re watching it play out daily in the streets of Kiev.

PS: And both regimes got their Olympic Games for propaganda.

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The Fascistic States of America

Via Mark Steyn:

A couple of weeks back, cancer patient Bill Elliot, in a defiant appearance on Fox News, discussed the cancelation of his insurance and what he intended to do about it. He’s now being audited.

Insurance agent C Steven Tucker, who quaintly insists that the whimsies of the hyper-regulatory bureaucracy do not trump your legal rights, saw the interview and reached out to Mr Elliot to help him. And he’s now being audited.

It’s true.

The cancer victim:

[I]n an interview with Sara Marie Brenner this week, Bill Elliot revealed that he is now being audited by the IRS for the tax year of 2009:

[Audio at link.]

The thuggery never stops with this administration. All Bill Elliot did was tell the truth about his insurance and how he’s being targeted by the IRS because he spoke out against Obamacare.

And the cancer victim’s insurance agent:

One afternoon a few weeks ago, Chicago insurance broker and ObamaCare critic C. Steven Tucker happened to see a cancer patient tell Fox News’ Megyn Kelly about losing his health care insurance policy. Tucker looked up the South Carolina resident on Facebook and offered help him find health care coverage immediately so his badly-needed cancer treatments could continue.

Tucker and cancer patient Bill Elliott connected and Tucker was able to find Elliott the help he needed. Elliott publicly thanked Tucker for his life-saving assistance, but little did either know they would soon be fighting another battle – this one with the Internal Revenue Service.

Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, both Tucker and Elliott received official notifications that they were being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Elliott, who is a retired government worker, was told he would be facing audit in 2014. Tucker says the IRS letter to him demands $4000 from 2003 and $2000 from 2010 be paid before December 26, 2013.

The seeming coincidence of two vaguely connected persons getting notice they are being investigated by the federal government is sending shock waves throughout the web. A growing number is wondering if the message is “Don’t publicly embarrass or challenge ObamaCare, or you could face the IRS.”

Who can’t scrounge up $6,000 on a month’s notice in the holiday season?

This is the same unreformed IRS that denied the free speech and free assembly rights of conservative Americans in the 2012 election cycle, by the way, thereby stealing the election for the namesake of ObamaCare. Webster’s defines fascism as “a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government”.

Any argument with that word here? I didn’t think so.

PS: Why was I not surprised to read this weekend the first mainstream media plea for abolishing presidential term limits? Or that the Obamas plan to remain in DC after his term in office? One way or another, he’s not going away.

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Not So Golden Dawn

Now, this is getting interesting:

Greek police are investigating a statement by an unknown group claiming responsibility for the killing of two members of the far-right Golden Dawn party.

The group, Fighting Popular Revolutionary Forces, said the Nov. 1 killings were retribution for the slaying of a left-wing activist rapper by a Golden Dawn member in September.

The group threatened to keep killing Golden Dawn members and their supporters.

The Zougla (Jungle) news website said it reported the statement Saturday after receiving an anonymous phone call saying it could be found on a USB stick in a plastic bag at an Athens location.

A member of the police counterterrorism division said it is studying the statement which wasn’t from any known terrorist group.

What better way to make a name for yourself? Though their action might have had unintended consequences:

Support for Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party has grown since two members were gunned down by unknown assailants this month, an opinion poll released on Saturday showed.

The poll by ALCO, for Sunday’s Proto Thema newspaper, conducted on November 12-15, put support for Golden Dawn at 8.8 percent, up from 6.6 percent in a previous poll carried out a month earlier, still below the 10.8 percent it enjoyed in June.

Golden Dawn denies accusations of violence and rejects the neo-Nazi label. It denies any involvement in the killing.

Hey, it’s not us you have to convince. Talk to the… what’s their name? Fighting Popular Revolutionary Forces. Tell it to them.

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First They Came for the Post-Partum Depressed Mom

And Mark Steyn spoke out:

[A]n unarmed woman was gunned down on the streets of Washington for no apparent crime other than driving too near Barackingham Palace and thereby posing a threat to national security. As disturbing as Miriam Carey’s bullet-riddled body and vehicle were, the public indifference to it is even worse. Ms. Carey does not appear to be guilty of any act other than a panic attack when the heavy-handed and heavier-armed palace guard began yelling at her. Much of what was reported in the hours after her death seems dubious: We are told Ms. Carey was “mentally ill,” although she had no medications in her vehicle and those at her home back in Connecticut are sufficiently routine as to put millions of other Americans in the category of legitimate target. We are assured that she suffered from post-partum depression, as if the inability to distinguish between a depressed mom and a suicide bomber testifies to the officers’ professionalism. Under D.C. police rules, cops are not permitted to fire on a moving vehicle, because of the risk to pedestrians and other drivers. But the Secret Service and the Capitol Police enjoy no such restraints, so the car doors are full of bullet holes. The final moments of the encounter remain a mystery, but police were supposedly able to extract Ms. Carey’s baby from the back of a two-door vehicle before dispatching the defenseless mother to meet her maker.

Did I mention she was African American? When a black teen dies in a late-night one-on-one encounter with a fellow citizen on the streets of Sanford, Fla., it’s the biggest thing since Selma. But when a defenseless black woman is gunned down by a posse of robocops in broad daylight on the streets of the capital, the Reverend Jackson and the Reverend Sharpton and all the other bouffed and pampered grievance-mongers are apparently cool with it.

This isn’t very difficult. When you need large numbers of supposedly highly trained elite officers to kill an unarmed woman with a baby, you’re doing it wrong. In perhaps the most repugnant reaction to Ms. Carey’s death, the United States Congress expressed their “gratitude” to the officers who killed her and gave them a standing ovation.

This was a repulsive act by Congress.

Miriam Carey is already forgotten, and the lawyer her family hired has now, conveniently, been jailed for a bad debt. I am not one for cheap historical analogies: My mother spent four of her childhood years under Nazi occupation, and it is insulting to her and millions of others who know the real thing to bandy overheated comparisons. But there is a despotic trend in American government. Too many of our rulers and their enforcers reflexively see the citizenry primarily as a threat. Which is why the tautness of one’s buns is now probable cause, and why in Congress the so-called people’s representatives’ first instinct is to stand and cheer the death of a defenseless woman.

Worship him as I do, Mark Steyn glosses over a few important points. The late Ms. Carey did have a documented history of erratic behavior—if not outright loopiness (yes, loopiness—look it up in the DSM). She did try to drive her car onto White House grounds, and she did knock over a Secret Service agent while trying to get away.

The chain-of-events began when the woman sped onto a driveway leading to the White House, over a set of barricades. When the driver couldn’t get through a second barrier, she spun the car in the opposite direction, flipping a Secret Service officer over the hood of the car as she sped away, said B.J. Campbell, a tourist from Portland, Ore.

“This wasn’t no accident. She was not a lost tourist,” Campbell said later near the scene that had been blocked off with police tape.

Then the chase began.

“The car was trying to get away. But it was going over the median and over the curb,” said Matthew Coursen, who was watching from a cab window when the Infiniti sped by him. “The car got boxed in and that’s when I saw an officer of some kind draw his weapon and fire shots into the car.”

And yet, the story may not be so cut and dry. Before the lawyer was jailed:

Besides, I remember another time Mark Steyn held his applause at the gunning down of another “terrorist”:

Mark Steyn 12:01AM BST 26 Jul 2005

[W]e turn to Jean Charles de Menezes, the supposed “suicide bomber” who turned out to be a Brazilian electrician on his way to work. Unfortunately, by the time the Metropolitan Police figured that out, they’d put five bullets in his head. We’re told we shouldn’t second-guess split-second decisions that have to be made under great stress by those on the scene, which would be a more persuasive argument if the British constabulary didn’t spend so much time doing exactly that to homeowners who make the mistake of defending themselves against violent criminals. And, if summary extrajudicial execution was so urgent, why did the surveillance team let him take a bus ride before eventually cornering him in the Tube?

[F]ew of us had an inkling of the Met’s new “shoot to kill” policy until they shot and killed Mr de Menezes. And although I’ve had a ton of e-mails pointing out various sinister aspects of his behaviour – he was wearing a heavy coat! he refused to stop! – it seems to me there are an awful lot of people on the Tube who might easily find themselves in Mr de Menezes’s position.

I happened to be passing through London on Friday. It didn’t feel terribly warm, but I spend half a year up to my neck in snow so when it climbs to a balmy 48 I start wearing T-shirts. But I can understand why a Brazilian might find 61 and overcast no reason to eschew a heavy jacket. So a man in a suspiciously warm coat refuses to stop for the police. Well, they were a plain-clothes unit – ie, a gang – and confronted by unidentified men brandishing weapons in south London I’d scram, too.

Mr de Menezes is forgotten; Miriam Carey is on her way to join him in oblivion eight years later. Their behaviors aroused suspicion, and in tense times (Tube bombings and Navy Yard shootings) their unnecessary deaths were “collateral damage” in the war on terror. There’s a fair amount of that going around—if I were a Waziristan grandmother, I’d leave the fu**ing okra to rot on the vine, or however it grows.

It is what it is, the sports cliche goes. But we don’t have to like it. We don’t have to excuse it. And shame on us, forever, if we choose to forget it.

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Interesting

- Aggie

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Demander and Ye Shall Recevoir

We noted the other day that a French government official wanted to scatter the gypsies from his land like so many cockroaches.

Lo, and behold:

Police in the northern French town of Roubaix have dismantled a Roma (Gypsy) camp, days after the interior minister said most Roma should be expelled.

Officers moved in around 07:00 (05:00 GMT) to remove caravans parked in the sprawling camp as Roma families hastily packed up their belongings.

Many people had already left the camp, where 200 people were living, during the night, French media report.

On Wednesday, Interior Minister Manuel Valls drew criticism for his stance.

After the Socialist minister said few Roma could ever integrate into French society and “the majority” should be sent “back to the borders”, human rights campaigners, the European Commission and one of his cabinet colleagues voiced indignation.

Amnesty International said more than 10,000 Roma had been evicted from temporary camps in the first half of the year and Mr Valls’s remarks were likely to “perpetuate stereotypes and encourage animosity”.

The mayor of Roubaix, Pierre Dubois, said the town had asked police to clear the camp for reasons of “security, hygiene and major inconvenience to local residents”.

But the eviction was criticised by politician Majdouline Sbai, who is deputy head of the Nord/Pas-de-Calais regional council.

She said that many children from the camp had been enrolled in local schools and that the eviction had been carried out without any substantial offer of new accommodation.

The treatment of Roma people – who face widespread discrimination in Europe – is a political hot potato in France.

Yes, but the French are geniuses with hot potatoes!

We like to call this phenomenon the Daily Humiliation of the Roma People™.

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Apartheid State Update

Apartheid is alive and well…and living in France!

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls says he stands by remarks calling for the country’s Roma (Gypsies) to be expelled.

He said few Roma could ever integrate into French society and “the majority” should be sent “back to the borders”.

He has been criticised by human rights campaigners, the European Commission and one of his cabinet colleagues.

Amnesty International is calling for a ban on forced evictions of Roma people in France in a report out on Wednesday.

It says more than 10,000 were evicted from temporary camps in the first of half of the year.

That sounds like the French have “occupied” Roma lands. The daily humiliation of the Roma people must stop.

Mr Valls was also criticised by the UN human rights body, the European Commission, other rights groups including Roma organisations – some of whom are pledging to take Mr Valls to court for incitement to racial hatred.

I’m sure the UN’s Human Rights Council will act immediately as well.

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North Korea Threatens To Wipe South Korea Off The Map

Hmm. Where have we heard this sort of talk before? Sounds like Iran.

(Reuters) – North Korea threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week.

“As the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea’s erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction,” North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting.

Jon’s comments drew quick criticism from other nations, including South Korea, France, Germany and Britain, whose ambassador Joanne Adamson said such language was “completely inappropriate” and the discussion with North Korea was heading in the wrong direction.

“It cannot be allowed that we have expressions which refer to the possible destruction of U.N. member states,” she said.

Spanish Ambassador Javier Gil Catalina said the comment left him stupefied and appeared to be a breach of international law.

“In the 30 years of my career I’ve never heard anything like it and it seems to me that we are not speaking about something that is even admissible, we are speaking about a threat of the use of force that is prohibited by Article 2.4 of the United Nations charter,” Catalina said.

Apparently Spaniards can’t hear it when Iranian leadership threatens to “wipe Israel off the map”. Do Spaniards have broken ears?

- Aggie

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