Illegal bulldozer trade cracked down upon

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The parents of anti-Israel activist Rachel Corrie are suing a bulldozer:

The suit against Caterpillar Inc. alleges that the company “violated international and state law by providing specially designed bulldozers to Israeli Defense Forces that it knew would be used to demolish homes and endanger civilians,” according to a news release.

It’s against international law to provide bulldozers? My family—many of whom have bought and sold ‘dozers—is toast.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/16/2005 at 10:24 AM
    1. If this lawsuit isn’t thrown out of court, then civilization is dead and there is no God.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 03 16 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. No, no, no, Tim.  Its illegal to do anything effective against terrorists.


      Posted by Roberts on 2005 03 16 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. The suit against Rachel Corrie Parents Inc. alleges that the partnership “violated international and state law by providing specially indoctrinated youths to Palestinian attack Forces that it knew would be used to demolish homes and murder civilians,�? according to a comment release.

      Hopefully she wins a Darwin.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 03 16 at 11:36 AM • permalink


    1. They filed a complaint about violations of state law in US District (i.e., federal) court?

      Er… is there a reason this isn’t going to be thrown out?

      Posted by rosignol on 2005 03 16 at 11:37 AM • permalink


    1. ….its a new class of weapon – the Assault Bulldozer. Of course the only differene is cosmetic but no self respecting military vehicle can be painted Federal Safety Yellow.
      Now, if CAT is selling these things with TOW missiles, .50 cals and flamethrowers as factory options, well…  I Gotta Get Me One Of Those.
      in flat black.

      Posted by Wass on 2005 03 16 at 11:51 AM • permalink


    1. Part of the reason and blame for the Corrie disaster is that her parents sent her to Evergreen College, a radical lefty place (along with Hamilton College in NY).  That’s where she got her late adolescent start in trying to save the world.

      Posted by Gerry on 2005 03 16 at 11:55 AM • permalink


    1. First they came for our bulldozers. Then they came for our Bobcats. Next they’ll be coming for our Bush Hogs! These people must be stopped!

      Posted by paco on 2005 03 16 at 12:14 PM • permalink


    1. Bulldozers — the really slow driveby menace…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 03 16 at 12:25 PM • permalink


    1. rosignal,  likely not to be thrown out for having state law as subject matter.  US Federal courts have what is called “diversity jurisdiction”.

      Posted by Roberts on 2005 03 16 at 12:28 PM • permalink


    1. I await with anticipation the Bulldozer line of SUV’s. Trouble in rush hour or Leftist protests? “Do it ‘your’ way.” Make your own road. Seek the joy of being alive! Squash….

      Posted by J. Peden on 2005 03 16 at 12:30 PM • permalink


    1. I wonder if the relatives of the Iranian “desert vampire” (who was recently executed by crane, according to the BBC) will follow the Corrie family’s lead?

      Posted by Spartacus on 2005 03 16 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. The Corrie’s are proving how deserving they are of being the parents of a pancake.

      (I, for one, hope the bitch suffered.)

      Posted by profeti on 2005 03 16 at 12:49 PM • permalink


    1. Wonder how long before they try to sue these guys

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 03 16 at 01:08 PM • permalink


    1. Bulldozers contribute to global geomorphological effects, the next big thing. [url=] [/url] via David Appell

      Posted by rhhardin on 2005 03 16 at 01:10 PM • permalink


    1. Or they could sue about this.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 03 16 at 01:11 PM • permalink


    1. Too funny, Jeff – that was the link I was originally going to post.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 03 16 at 01:16 PM • permalink


    1. Rachel Corrie’s personal motto:  “Don’t tread on me.”

      Posted by Baby M on 2005 03 16 at 01:31 PM • permalink


    1. I always liked the word “bulldozer.” Bulldozer, bulldozer, bulldozer.

      <cough> Well, let me try this..

      The suit against Crystal Lake Sporting Goods Inc. alleges that the company “violated international and state law by providing specially designed hockey masks to Jason Voorhees that it knew would be used to sell tickets and endanger buxom teenagers,�? according to a news release.

      Posted by Vasco on 2005 03 16 at 01:47 PM • permalink


    1. Geomorhpological effects? “We’re headed for disaster”, says Wilkinson, a Moron.

      Posted by J. Peden on 2005 03 16 at 03:00 PM • permalink


    1. I believe the technical term for this is a “tantrum”.

      Posted by Brian Tiemann on 2005 03 16 at 04:05 PM • permalink


    1. Rachel Corrie’s parents should be sued by their local welfare authority for bringing up such an idiot daughter…

      Posted by Sam G on 2005 03 16 at 04:20 PM • permalink


    1. According to unusually unreliable sources, the shadowy arms cartel, known to enforcement agencies as “the Blair Family” is suspected of trafficing WMD (bulldozers) to non-terrorist suspects.

      “We’re at our wit’s end”, said UN spokesman Kofi Annan on a completely unrelated matter.

      Posted by jlc on 2005 03 16 at 04:27 PM • permalink


    1. Ooops – that should be spokesperson

      Posted by jlc on 2005 03 16 at 04:28 PM • permalink


    1. Anyone know who is FINANCING these very expensive legal actions?
      THe ISM is nothing more than a branch of pal terrorist groups, a toothless Hammas for westerners.
      Posing as a “peace group” they are as anti american as they anti Israeli.
      They seek the destruction of Israel, not the establishment of a seperate Pal state.
      They recruit amongst the dissaffected leftist students and establishment hating kids.
      Fortunately, apart from the fact that they have been known to smuggle or hide weapons for Pal terrorists and Jihadists,they have no teeth.
      THey falsely call themselves a peace group, but support totally the violence of suicide bombers against jewish civilians.

      Posted by davo on 2005 03 16 at 04:32 PM • permalink


    1. BTW
      If Corrie’s parents want to sue the “Guilty” parties, they should aim squarely at the ISM who corrupted and indoctrinated their weak willed daughter into becoming a “Shahida” for the ISM couase.

      Posted by davo on 2005 03 16 at 04:35 PM • permalink


    1. Spokesorganism, jlchydro. Don’t disriminate against one-celled forms of life and other living organisms that may not fall under the restrictions of the whitemaleoppressor designation “person,” do you?

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 03 16 at 04:50 PM • permalink


    1. Anyone know who is FINANCING these very expensive legal actions?this crap?

      ISM funded by Hamas/Fatah
      < funded by Palestinian Authority/extortion from Palestinians
      < funded by UN/EU/US/bleeding hearts and jew haters everywhere.

      22 year-old IDF heavy equipment operator and the CAT he rode in on, funded by US and Israeli taxpayers.

      It’s not efficient but it gets the job done.

      Posted by Blue on 2005 03 16 at 04:51 PM • permalink


    1. Oops—that should have been “You don’t want to discriminate…” It’s hard to think like a moonbat and write sensibly. Impossible, in fact.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 03 16 at 04:51 PM • permalink


    1. We should all write a thank-you note to Caterpillar. Their superior equipment withstood the very harshest of moonbat reliability testing.

      Posted by Jihad Pundit on 2005 03 16 at 05:33 PM • permalink


    1. I dunno, JP.  Moonbats strike me as kinda squishy (lacking, as they do, a spine).  I think more testing is in order.  Perhaps tim can get us a bulk discount.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 03 16 at 05:53 PM • permalink


    1. Andrea, I vote for “spokesthingy” on the grounds that it covers the Left more accurately.  It is sometimes hard to tell that those moonbats are even organisms.

      Plus, why doesn’t the IDF counter-sue Rachel Corrie’s estate and anyone making money off her death for damaging their bulldozer?

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2005 03 16 at 06:26 PM • permalink


    1. JorgX – thank heavens that the IDF isn’t nearly as silly as any of the Corrie family!

      They understand better than anyone that this is war.  Ms. Corrie intentionally wandered about in a war zone, and tried to physically obstruct one force from operations against another.  That force killed her.

      The only surprise in this is that the Corries are shocked, given the Left’s screeching insistence that war is bad for you.  (Or maybe they even tune themselves out after a while?)

      PS – about halfway through this I suddenly realized that you were being sarcastic.  I’ve clearly spent more than too much time trying to fathom this nitwittery.  Sorry!

      Posted by Nightfly on 2005 03 16 at 06:37 PM • permalink


    1. Yeah, but “spokesorganism” is snootier.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 03 16 at 07:22 PM • permalink


    1. According to the ABC, witnesses say that Rachel Corrie was “deliberately crushed”. Of course, the ABC didn’t go in to the veracity of these sources. Nor did they, or the article linked above, mention that the Israeli policy of house destruction is directed at the homes of suicide bombers. MSM bias on Iraq is bad enough, but their bias on the Arab/Israeli conflict is simply breathtaking. So much for Zionists controlling the Media!

      Personally, I think the house destruction policy is a bad one. It gives Palestinian extremists free PR, the Anti-Israel media characterise it as “collective punishment”, and the houses are quickly rebuilt with PA money (and until 2003, Bathist money from Iraq). It serves no useful purpose. However, on a moral level, it is justified. The householders are complicit to some degree in terrorism and the IDF ensures that the houses are empty of occupants at the time.

      The death of Rachel Corrie is a tragic but predictable outcome of “peace�? activists placing themselves between bulldozers and the homes of terrorists. It also gives the MSM a blank page on which they can write whatever the hell they want.

      Posted by Adam B on 2005 03 16 at 07:31 PM • permalink


    1. People don’t kill people. Bulldozers do.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2005 03 16 at 07:32 PM • permalink


    1. Sadly, the family does have a good chance of getting a cash settlement from Caterpillar.  This is what we call in the US of A a “nuisance” lawsuit.  The point is to make it so expensive for the manufacturer to defend the lawsuit, they will pay something to make the lawsuit “go away.”

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 03 16 at 07:42 PM • permalink


    1. 🙂 there is a precedent…

      “Death stalks at 3mph”

      Posted by Paul on 2005 03 16 at 07:45 PM • permalink


    1. I have to admit; I feel bad for this girl. She plainly didn’t know what the hell she was dealing with; how could she, considering how she was brought up and educated? Reading about this story always reminds me of that scene in “Die Hard” where Ellis tries to negotiate with the terrorists – he’s so in over his head it’s not funny anymore, just sickening.

      That being said, her family are asses for suing. Caterpillar certainly sold the bulldozers to the Israeli army, and I’d be surprised if they didn’t know they would be used for home-demolishing, but if she hadn’t *deliberately stood in front of the damn thing* she’d probably be alive and fine now (I say probably because who knows what other messes she might have gotten into later on, the area being what it is). If she had trespassed onto a construction site in the US and ignored orders to get out of the way, she would have met the same fate. How exactly is Caterpillar to blame for the fact that she wouldn’t move?

      That being said – yeah, they’re a big company, they’ll probably settle because it’s less of a pain than going to court. What’s unfortunate is that the Corries will probably wave the settlement around as “See? THEY ADMIT THEIR GUILT!” when it’s really nothing of the kind.

      Posted by Sonetka on 2005 03 16 at 07:55 PM • permalink


    1. Andrea,

      I’m sorry, I apologize and my head is appropiately tilted.

      “We must not forget the billions of microorgansms destroyed by Blair Family WMD”, said UN spokesentity Salim Buqet.

      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2005 03 16 at 08:01 PM • permalink


    1. ………..appropriately……………

      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2005 03 16 at 08:02 PM • permalink


    1. The reason people like Rachel Corrie went into the war zone is because knew that those ‘evil zionists’ don’t kill indisciminately like the terrorist who they were protecting.
      Sadly, it’s easier to sue a bulldozer than accept that your daughter is a moron.

      Posted by Melanie on 2005 03 16 at 08:23 PM • permalink


    1. ….because they knew…

      Posted by Melanie on 2005 03 16 at 08:26 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe we should all take a moment, breathe deeply, then ACTUALLY PROOF READ OUR POSTS BEFORE WE POST THEM.

      We don’t want to be mistaken for a gaggle of Margos, do we? Insert Sideshow Bob-style shudder here.

      Thank you, and may purple we all monkey post dishwasher properly forevermore.

      Posted by blandwagon on 2005 03 16 at 09:34 PM • permalink


    1. Bulldozers bad! They can be used for digging up all sorts of horrible, unpleasant things. Like this, for example. (Though I’m pretty sure that’s technically a hydraulic excavator, not a bulldozer.)

      Speaking of which, I bet Saddam Hussein had lots of bulldozers for those extensive, er, civic improvement projects. That would clearly mean he was violating international law. I trust the Corrie’s parents will follow this argument to its logical conclusion.

      Posted by Bryan C on 2005 03 16 at 10:10 PM • permalink


    1. ‘Cos them Israelis went and killed her,
      Mom is suing Caterpillar;
      Can’t sue Mack, it weren’t a lorry,
      That made a pancake of Rachael Corrie.

      The big D9 was put in gear,
      But Pali Rachael showed no fear;
      She stood her ground, clad in burnous,
      Became one with the earth, the fucking goose.

      Just another spoiled rich brat,
      But at least she’s now quite flat;
      The dozer made her just go splat,
      She never worries if her arse looks fat.

      Posted by Habib on 2005 03 16 at 10:31 PM • permalink


    1. As a parent myself, I can imagine nothing worse than the loss of a child.  Compounding my sorrow might be guilt if I felt in any way complicit with that child’s death.  Even in the most ordinary circumstance that death would cause a huge amount of self examination.

      I haven’t met Rachel Corrie’s parents but clearly they condoned and even promoted behaviour that put her in harm’s way.  If that is the case they have 2 choices: blame themselves or blame others.  In this case they have chosen to blame others.  While understandable it defies belief that any logical or empathetic person would support them in a case that will ultimately prove their own culpability.  It can have no good result for anyone, least of all these parents.

      Posted by allan on 2005 03 16 at 10:37 PM • permalink


    1. My politics aside, I can only concur with sonetka.  It is beyond horror to lose a child in such a way.  Even though she was stupidly naive in what she did, that cannot lessen the pain a parent must feel.

      If we are going to blame anyone, it should be the monsters who formulate a political stance that denies human feeling and says that its aims transcend the murder of innocents.  They have names, and we know who they are.  Our shame if we do not name them publicly and loudly.

      Let me begin here:  Yasser Arafat (who mercifully died before he could meet his proper end); Gerry Adams, shame of all Irish people; Abu Musab al-Zaqawri; Osama bin Ladin, shame of every Arab teenager who ever bought his poster; Saddam Hussein, the embarrassment of whoever thought he would embarrass the awful Crusaders of the West; Koffi Annan and Robert Mugabe, and all their African kinsman who are this minute engaged in horrors they think will never see the light of day; and last, but not least, all those European beaurocrats and their heretoforeunknown North American counterparts who thought their misdeeds would be covered up by the rest.

      It’s a new day, opened by the blogosphere.  Go ahead and hide.  You will be found.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 03 16 at 11:58 PM • permalink


    1. It’s against international law to provide bulldozers?

      I quote Article 47 of the Geneva Accords on Gentrification…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 03 17 at 12:02 AM • permalink


    1. OMG – if the Blairs are Toast, (and assuming it will be retrospective) then I am in even deeper Ka Ka for environmental vandalism using a Cat D8 in 1979.

      I did most wonderful landscaping 🙂 Geological treasures!

      Come to think of it, I bettered myself in 1981/82 when I punchedna a track from Kununurra to a location west of the Ord River – now officially on the topographic sheets.

      Hissink’s highway it was called. 🙂 I heard Ivanhoe Station were chuffed because they finally got access to round up the cattle in that area.

      Posted by Louis on 2005 03 17 at 06:01 AM • permalink


    1. Dozy lefties.

      The parents must be baby boomers. Lost their religion, lost the plot forty years ago, now lost their daughter.

      And now they turn to the law for salvation.

      Like it will bring back their daughter.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2005 03 17 at 07:23 AM • permalink


    1. RebeccaH has got the right of it, but she doesn’t go far enough.  After 50 years of corrupted murderous leadership the Palestinians are beyond redemption.  The Syrians and Iranians too share collective guilt.

      Israel has the bomb.  World opinion would understand a demonstration use of that weapon against Ramallah, Damascus and Tehran.  It’s time.

      Posted by ssssabre on 2005 03 17 at 09:08 AM • permalink


    1. “Israel has the bomb.  World opinion would understand a demonstration use of that weapon against Ramallah, Damascus and Tehran.  It’s time.”

      Israel is already a pariah state. How would world opinion “understand”?

      “Nuke’em all” is a silly position.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 03 17 at 12:16 PM • permalink


    1. Dave – agreed.  But sooner or later, somebody is going to cross the line and set off a horrible biological plague in a Western city, or a “Sum of All Fears” bomb… and then what?  It’s terrible to to contemplate what the US would do if half of Baltimore (or Kansas City or Boise or whatever) was incinerated; the President has to think about it all the time.

      In a situation like that, could we NOT nuke the responsible parties?

      Posted by Nightfly on 2005 03 17 at 02:44 PM • permalink


    1. The source of the troubles in the Middle East “seems” to have originated during the times of the Exodus and the times thereafter.

      It might be useful to revisit that time in light of what we have learnt since.

      Eccentric I. Velikovsky might have stumbled on something in his various books analysing those times.

      Can’t hurt to review it I suppose.

      Posted by Louis on 2005 03 18 at 07:20 AM • permalink


    1. ‘“Nuke’em all�? is a silly position.’

      Years of terrorism, murder of teenagers on buses would be more suitable to your sensibilities?

      ‘Silly’. What a stupid dumb ass leftie word. And what a stupid dumb ass comment.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2005 03 18 at 07:33 AM • permalink


    1. ilibcc, Dave S. isn’t a stupid dumbass leftie, and “silly” isn’t a stupid dumbass leftie word. On the other hand, “nuke ‘em all” is indeed a silly, if not a stupid dumbass, thing to say. And if you keep on with your attitude, you may find yourself the first regular long-time commenter banned for a while or forever. So pull your head out of your ass.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 03 18 at 08:28 AM • permalink


    1. I don’t remember Corrie in this, a seventies classic where a 900kW, 100,000kg piece of equipment would sneak up on people, or run them down at a walking pace.

      Ahem, Corries?  You don’t win judgements because you parented an idiot.  Oh well, it’s probably congenital.

      Damn you Jeff S, you beat me to this.  Damn all you full-time jobs and policed firewalls to hell.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2005 03 18 at 11:15 AM • permalink


  1. That’s OK, Craig.  I stole borrowed it from a previous thread, where some one else posted a similar comment.  Next time, it’s yours!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 03 19 at 02:11 AM • permalink