Gaza and the Road to World War

In Gaza, raw brute force is on display here.  There are no apologies for what is being done to the Palestinians.  Not by Obama.  Not by Netanyahu.  Not by John Kerry or Hillary or anyone else in the establishment.  There is virtually no acknowledgement of anything called human rights.  There may be Jewish rights.  There may be American rights.  But there are no human rights.  No rights for the Palestinians.  Not one ounce of compassion for any of them.  The Palestinians have been the sacrificial lamb to the god of oil, of hegemony, of Jewish privilege. But the less obvious price we pay for power in the Middle East is our own freedoms, our own protective wall that keeps the wolf out.

9\11 and the subsequent “war on terrorism” was the defacto initiation of a police state that encompasses both Israel and the United States.  And the example has been set. Human life is as expendable as yesterday’s leftover lunch.  How bad can the wolf be?  The Jewish-Israeli-American model for taking power and property that is coveted from those who possess them tells our children to be just like them, to take life, property and the blood of those who we simply don’t like.  And I don’t see anyone trying to turn this moral ship around.  The state has become an ancient primitive instrument of otherwise civilized men’s thirst for the uncivilized, that which observes no law but self-preservation and greed.

Obama’s unequivocal support for Israel, shown in his response to a Florida student this past week, which became viral on Facebook, demonstrates just how far this administration has gone in betraying the dearest fundamental beliefs we have all regarded as the very pillars of democracy.  It shows how really weak Obama is in the face of the Jewish lobby.  He is unwilling to take the moral high ground. He is bullied by his own fears. He is a coward.  Perhaps he knows he will be little more than road kill if he challenges the Jewish establishment, with their tentacles in everything from banking to intelligence to arms trade.  He be a dead duck if he doesn’t answer to that. And maybe his wife and children. It is only much greater men like Martin Luther King who are willing to make that sacrifice.

Nevertheless, the gross, vulgar, brutal and inhumane assault of Israel upon the Palestinians is obvious to everyone in the world.  Four Latin American countries – Chile, Peru, Brazil and El Salvador – have recalled their ambassadors to Israel. Bolivia has declared Israel a terrorist regime.   64 public figures, 7 Nobel laureates, have called for an arms embargo on Israel similar to that imposed upon South Africa.  Tutu, Chomsky, Waters, Pappe, and others have accused the country of ‘war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.’ There have been massive demonstrations around the globe. Yet it continues, and the level of the assault is rising, and is not being scaled back.

This is sheer arrogance.  How could one group of people, upon whom such consideration has been showered by the world in order to give them a home free from persecution, manifest such evil?  The paradox is unfathomable.

A poll published by Tel Aviv university on Tuesday found 95% of Israeli Jews felt the offensive was justified. Only 4% believed too much force had been used. As much as 57% believed that not enough force was being used.  Breitbart

This is the road to world war.  The policies established here are a clear precedent for just about anything you can imagine.  When the soul has been eviscerated, the empty shell of the monster that remains only  wants to maim, to kill, to dehumanize all else that lives. Something has been let loose upon the world that sooner or later must be challenged.  It isn’t just the killing of thousands of Palestinians.  It’s the idea, the obscene value, of how the state may regard life. And it will not be easy.


Palestine and Kashmir: Brothers in Sorrow

What all of us are experiencing first hand with the widespread networking of social media are the excruciatingly brutal effects of one nation’s attempt to oppress another through widespread bombing of mothers and children, schools, hospitals, and playgrounds.  Israel’s murderous campaign against Gaza expresses something much larger than either of them, which is that this world is clearly divided along lines that offer authority and dignity to some at the expense of others.  Some of us are in one camp, some in the other.  It’s the 1%ers vs the 99% of the rest of us.  Most of us sit back and think, gee, too bad about you guys. Wish we could do something,  not realizing that the wolf is at our doorstep too.

In the case of Kashmir, those same lines appear, drawn around the borders of Kashmir in much the same way that they are drawn around Gaza.  Gaza is notoriously known as an open air prison, where its infrastructure lies shattered in ruins, where there is no water and almost no electricity, and where 100s of thousands are now homeless and suffering the wounds of war inflicted by Israel, a lawless non-state with power that far extends its ability to intelligently comprehend its use and ramifications.

And curiously Kashmir has suffered a similar fate drawn out over the same lifespan and historic period as Palestine due to the inept withdrawal of the British from both territories in 1947.  It is also now an open air prison.   In both cases, an alien invader has taken up occupation of the land and laid claim to it.  In both cases, 100s of thousands have died as victims of useless purposeless slaughter, rapes,  disappearances, and imprisonment, and the persistent terrorizing of the entire nation,  where racism has been stirred up where it did not exist before, and where the means to live in dignity as normal human beings has been completely removed.  In both cases, the intelligentsia, the entrepreneurs, the innovators, the doctors and lawyers, and all those who could bring wealth to the people, have been driven out, and what is left is an underage population of people stricken by poverty and helplessness.   In both cases, Israel plays a role in the criminal brutalizing of the population with the consequent radicalization of peoples who would not take this lying down.  In both cases, international agreements establishing the rights of both parties have been ignored.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness, in his submission to the United Nations Working Group which is meeting this week at its headquarters in New York, raised the issue of India’s oppression of Kashmir again, as he has done repeatedly in the past in his long career as Kashmir’s ambassador with the hope that the United Nations will look at its own resolutions made time and time again on the conflict since it began in 1947.  A somewhat detailed statement of his presentation examining the history  follows, and takes the view that a deeper consideration of economics would bring sense to the issue and help heal the bitter strife .  An oppressed nation cannot contribute to the wealth of the oppressor, and the oppressor would stand to gain much by a return of health and vitality to the people allowed to freely govern their own affairs.

Jews, Israel and the Seeds of Prejudice

In the context of the current reign of terror and devastation being brought upon Palestine, I don’t think there’s a word in existence that would describe how ugly and utterly depraved the state of Israel seems to me, as well as all those who support it.  I searched online for some graphic that would come close to describing this monster as it appears to me, and nothing even comes close. And then we have the prevaricators who step up to the plate with comments about how there are Jews both in Israel and elsewhere who don’t agree with what Israel is doing, and do speak out against it. I know. The minute you say something bad about Israel, we have to hear the apologists and all about the exceptions who don’t go along.  I have Jewish friends, and I would never consciously rank them with such horror…  But let me tell you something.  There is little that can be said to overcome the fact that this is a gang of thieves and murderers who commit all their evil deeds in the name of all Jews for Jews and by Jews, and that has created a prejudice in me that is very hard to deal with.  I know I shouldn’t have bad feelings toward all Jews, and I can intellectualize it, but emotionally, when I hear the word Jew, something in me wants to puke.  I am personally not to blame for what America does in its support of this travesty, because I’m in no position to do anything about it, and I speak out against it constantly. And I do not hold all Jews accountable either.  But Israel has planted the seeds of prejudice by their actions, and prejudice is not a rational being.  It too is a monster. There are little Hitlers in all of us, and I hope for all our sakes that Israel is destroyed utterly and completely by whatever means fate brings it.    .  .