Then As Now
Can we please just drop the pretenses and officially designate Israel a terrorist state and take appropriate military action?
Suppose aid convoys from the UN acted in concert with another nation to bring desperately-needed relief supplies into Israel. Then that nation, seemingly forgetting having just coordinated with the United Nations, fires tank shells at a supply truck, killing a UN aid worker, injuring two others and continues firing mortar shells deep into Tel Aviv. They kill at least 765 Israelis, 220 of whom being children.
How would we as a planet react?
Well, we'd all have post traumatic stress disorder flashbacks of a Holocaust that transpired before any of us were born, hoarsely scream "Terrorism!" and call upon all nations and the UN to impose economic sanctions and maybe even launching nukes on the attacking country and would likely get it.
Well, it's a different story when the tables are turned and Israel murders and wounds aid workers without apology after promising them safe passage and curtly promising to "investigate the incident." It's a different story when the 765 dead are Palestinians and when the 220 dead children are Palestinian. Who cares if nearly fifty women and children were killed when three schools were bombed in one day (43 perished in one mortar attack on one school)? It's enough for Israel to claim that there was Hamas activity somewhere in the area.
And through all this, all we're hearing from Israel and its endless apologists is how they're the victims in all this. 11 Israelis have died from Hamas bombs in the 12 days of these newest hostilities. That's less than one a day. Palestine, particularly in the Gaza strip, has lost an average of 63.75 lives per day, not including injuries and maimings.
But who cares? As long as they're not Israelis, all's fair in love and war.
The firing on civilians trying to flee the carnage and getting murdered indiscriminately is very reminiscent of the 34 day-old hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon in July-August of 2006. Israel, after declaring martial law in southern Lebanon, announced that anyone left behind would be considered a terrorist. After demanding that the city's residents leave, the IDF then strafed minivans and even clearly-marked Red Cross ambulances, killing fleeing civilians within. Then, as now, they killed over 40 women and children in one mortar attack by leveling a building. Approximately 165 more Palestinians than Lebanese have been killed in just over a third of the time. Then as now, Human Rights Watch gave us some pretty grim figures and the casualties were occurring so fast that the HRW's figures were already grossly outdated by press time.
Then, as now, Jewish casualties were minimal. In fact, the slaughter in Lebanon started because two Israeli soldiers were captured. These days, 11 Israelis are dead from Hamas mortars and missiles, most of them military. 765 Palestinians dead, over half being civilians, 220 or more being children.
You do the fucking math.
Israel says it's doing its utmost to avoid hitting civilians. I'd say they're failing miserably and the murder of the UN aid worker seems synecdochal of that, a wanton terrorism that's rooted not so much in incompetence as it is pure sociopathic bloodlust.
Qualities that we've seen in terrorist organizations such as al Qaida. Yet Bush is blaming Hamas. Obama, who will surely prove to be yet another AIPAC puppet and completely worthless for Palestine's purposes, has echoed the worst foreign policy president in the history of latter day geopolitics.
I'm at a loss to understand the longest alliance that Israel has enjoyed since establishing independence 61 years ago. It's not as if they hold the note such as China. In fact, we're subsidizing Israel's terrorist activities to the tune of $3,000,000,000 annually. Obama, in fact, is talking about increasing their aid by $30,000,000,000. Somewhere in the shadows of the Senate, Joe Lieberman is grumbling that Obama didn't call for $100,000,000,000.
Maybe it's post-Holocaust guilt, a guilt that we've yet to embrace when it comes to African American slavery and lynching, Native American ethnic cleansing and other terrorist atrocities of which Rev. Jeremiah Wright has forcefully reminded us. Crimes of which we truly are guilty.
What do we have to feel guilty about? Did we supply the Zyklon B that killed the Jews in the showers? Did we drive the trains to Auschwitz and other death camps? Did we bulldoze the emaciated corpses into mass graves? No. We liberated them and, unlike the Soviets when they got there first, we didn't withhold food and medicine from the survivors unless they swore fealty to our government.
So we have nothing to feel guilty about. The Holocaust was 65-70 years ago. They've had time to get over it. Any knowledge of it is academic, not even atavistic. Israel pulling the Holocaust card is somewhat akin to my having flashbacks about the Irish Potato Famine of 1845. Even John McCain pulling the POW card has some relevance since he was actually a POW.
Since we keep turning a blind eye to the Zionist bastards' war crimes (they're acting in defiance of the UN Security Council not to mention the fourth Geneva Convention), then how come we're still persecuting gays and lesbians and don't feel any guilt for Nazis targeting them even before the Jews?