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Posted on Jan 12, 2009
AP photo / Abdel Kareem Hana

Fire and smoke from Israeli miltary operations light up the night sky over Gaza City.

By Chris Hedges

(Page 2)

The public debate about the Gaza attack engages in the absurd pretense that it is Israel, not the Palestinians, whose security and dignity are being threatened. This blind defense of Israeli brutality toward the Palestinians betrays the memory of those killed in other genocides, from the Holocaust to Cambodia to Rwanda to Bosnia. The lesson of the Holocaust is not that Jews are special. It is not that Jews are unique. It is not that Jews are eternal victims. The lesson of the Holocaust is that when you have the capacity to halt genocide, and you do not—no matter who carries out that genocide or who it is directed against—you are culpable. And we are very culpable. The F-16 jet fighters, the Apache attack helicopters, the 250-pound “smart” GBU-39 bombs are all part of the annual $2.4 billion in military aid the U.S. gives to Israel. Palestinians are being slaughtered with American-made weapons. They are being slaughtered by an Israeli military we lavishly bankroll. But perhaps our callous indifference to human suffering is to be expected. We, after all, kill women and children on an even vaster scale in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bloody hands of Israel mirror our own.

There will be more dead Palestinian children. There will be more cases like that of the U.N. school, used as a sanctuary by terrified families, that was blown to bits by Israeli shells, with more than 40 killed, half of them women and children. There will be more emaciated, orphaned children. There will be more screaming or comatose wounded in the corridors of Gaza’s glutted hospital corridors. And there will be more absurd news reports, like the one on the front page of the Sunday New York Times, titled “A Gaza War Full of Traps and Trickery.” In this story, unnamed Israeli intelligence officials gave us a spin on the war worthy of the White House fabrications made on the eve of the Iraq war. We learned about the perfidious and dirty tactics of Hamas fighters. Foreign journalists, barred from Gaza and unable to check the veracity of the Israeli version of the war, have abandoned their trade as reporters to become stenographers. The cynicism of conveying propaganda as truth, as long as it is well sourced, is the poison of American journalism. If this is all journalism has become, if moral outrage, the courage to defy the powerful, the commitment to tell the truth and to give a voice to those who without us would have no voice, no longer matters, our journalism schools should focus exclusively on shorthand. It seems to be the skill most ardently coveted by most senior editors and news producers.

There have always been powerful Israeli leaders, since the inception of the state in 1948, who have called for the total physical removal of the Palestinians. The ethnic cleansing of some 800,000 Palestinians by Jewish militias in 1948 was, for them, only the start. But there were also a few Israeli leaders, including the assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who argued that Israel could not pick itself up and move to another geographical spot on the globe. Israel, Rabin believed, would have to make peace with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors to survive. Rabin’s vision of two states, however, appears to have died with him. The embrace of wholesale ethnic cleansing by the Israeli leadership and military now appears to be unquestioned.

“It seems,” the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe wrote recently, “that even the most horrendous crimes, such as the genocide in Gaza, are treated as discrete events, unconnected to anything that happened in the past and not associated with any ideology or system. ... Very much as the apartheid ideology explained the oppressive policies of the South African government, this ideology—in its most consensual and simplistic variety—has allowed all the Israeli governments in the past and the present to dehumanize the Palestinians wherever they are and strive to destroy them. The means altered from period to period, from location to location, as did the narrative covering up these atrocities. But there is a clear pattern [of genocide]. …”

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Gaza has descended into chaos. Hamas, which despite Israeli propaganda has never mustered the sustained resistance Hezbollah carried out during the Israeli incursion into southern Lebanon, will be ruled in the future by antagonistic bands of warlords, clans and mafias. Gaza will resemble Somalia. And out of that power vacuum will rise a new generation of angry jihadists, many of whom may spurn Hamas for more radical organizations. Al-Qaida, which has been working to gain a foothold in Gaza, may now have found its opening.

“Hamas will win the war, no matter what happens,” Avnery said. “They will be considered by hundreds of millions of Arabs heroes who have recovered the dignity and pride of Arab nations. If at the end of the war they are still standing in Gaza this will be a huge victory for them, to hold out against this huge Israeli army and firepower will be an incredible achievement. They will gain even more than Hezbollah did during the last war.”

Israel operates under the illusion that it can crush Hamas and install a quisling Palestinian government in Gaza and the West Bank. This puppet government will be led, Israel believes, by the discredited Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, now cowering in the West Bank after being driven out of Gaza. Abbas, like most of the corrupt Fatah leadership, is a detested figure. He is dismissed as the Marshal Pétain of the Palestinian people, or perhaps the Hamid Karzai or the Nouri al-Maliki. He is as loathed as he is powerless.

Israel’s destruction of Hamas and reoccupation of Gaza will not bring peace or security to Israel. It will merely obliterate the only internal organization with enough stature and authority in Gaza to maintain order. The Israeli assault, by destroying Hamas as a governing force, has opened a Pandora’s box of ills. Life will become a nightmare for most Palestinians and, in the years ahead, for most Israelis.


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By prole, January 13, 2009 at 2:02 am Link to this comment

Yes, “never mind that nearly all these voices are Jewish” - because nearly all Jewish voices are not among them. This is just another cunning liberal media ploy that has been tacitly accepted ; to highlight a few Jewish semi-dissenters and totally ignore the multiplicity of voices of goyim and Muslims and others that are condemning the slaughter, and have been all along. This, despite the fact that, as noted, the U.S. provides $2.4 billion per annum (set to soon rise, courtesy of the hopeless Obama) in “misery” money to Israel - most of it provided by tax dollars of the goyim. And the “rain of death and destruction” and relentless “ehnic cleansing” are suffered by Palestinians. It’s insupportable to create the false impression that this is a matter for Jews alone to decide or that Jews are leading the protest against it. Instead of hearing from the victims themselves, we’re treated to another self-pitying lament by shifty ex-terrorist Avnery, a vehement opponent of an economic boycott of Israel. But Avnery is forced to admit that “We cannot stand in the shoes of Palestinians or Arabs to ask how we would react in the same situation.” Incredibly enough, the article then, in typical liberal fashion, goes on not to quote Palestinians, but to focus exclusively on Jews like Avnery and Ilan Pappe. Why don’t we take inveterate zionist Avnery’s suggestion and listen to Hamas rather than him?  In a televised address from Damascus over the weekend, that was more instructive than anything Avnery or Pappe have to say, Hamas political chief, Khaled Meshaal explained: “Let me now speak to Israelis and Zionists. What have you achieved in this war that you supported? You supported your leaders in going ahead with this war, but what have you achieved besides killing innocent children, breaking skulls and creating an ocean of blood in Gaza? ...What have you achieved except a Holocaust that your leaders want to use to win the next elections in February? Palestinian blood is now a means for political achievements in your elections… Let the military campaign stop, let the Israelis withdraw, and let the rights of our people be admitted to, let them recognize our rights to live without a siege and closed border crossings, just like other humans, then we are ready to discuss a truce, just like we did before…Some are speaking about the tunnels as if Gaza is a super power with advanced weapons, while we are people with very limited capabilities to defend our territories and ourselves. No body has the right to take our legitimate right for defense and resistance. The US, as if the whole of the Israeli arsenal does not exists, sends hundreds of tons of explosives and artillery shells to Israel. ..All political detainees must be freed and the Palestinians in the West Bank must be free to hold protests without being arrested. We saw them arrested of course yesterday. We also call on Mahmoud Abbas to stop cooperating with the enemy and to stop negotiations …The Arab leaders must coordinate and be aligned with the will of their people. Moreover, I call on Arab countries that have relations with Israel to tell the Israelis either that they should stop their war, or that the Arab countries will stop their relations… What we need is more stern resistance in Gaza and we need more fierce protests in the Arab and Islamic world and the international community to achieve victory for the people of Gaza… What provided the atmosphere for the Zionists to boost their reputation (among their people) and to increase our wounds and impose new circumstances, for example the separation wall, settlement activities and so on, all happened at the time of negotiations… It is unjust that after all these massacres to just go and say lets make a truce. On the contrary, the price of this bloodshed is freedom and to decide our own destiny and to end the occupation and siege.” Amen.

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By ok, January 13, 2009 at 1:31 am Link to this comment
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i think you ppl better read these links and keep them in mind very clearly:
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/663

http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/un/do.htm

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By Gabriel, January 13, 2009 at 1:16 am Link to this comment
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condensed version [full version = 1000’s of books]:

Let’s start at the beginning. Pharaoh Akhenaten the bastard son who changed Egyptian worship to sun god [the one]. He thought he was the true son of god Ra [he lied]. He stole his ideas from Bal/Baal/Babylon which was destroyed for heresy.
After he was overthrown Hebrew sun worshipers lost their land and were forced out into Sinai desert [Red sea] with Moses [Amun] king of lower Egypt.

What did they do to make Egyptians and everyone else so angry? They stole, cheated and manipulated resources and knowledge and practiced Satanic rituals. They were thought of as unclean due to “practice of sacrificing lambs on that first Passover”

They slowly moved into Palestine coastal areas and took over piece by piece till they have amalgamated and loose state of Israel was born. Israel explained:
Is = Isis [personification of wisdom]
ra = Amun-Ra [sun god, false god]
el = El [Canaanite god, Saturn]
90% of Jewish religion is worship of Saturn, 10% Ra

Due to bad practices 10 most northern tribes of Israel were booted out buy Assyrians [10 lost tribes of Israel]. One of these, the Ashkenazi, mixed with Romans and burned Rome. Later spread throughout Europe changing their names and inbreeding till they took over vast lands due to money lending and confiscating land. They also spread into Russia and finally took over that country under tribe name of Rus.

Note: In previous history and original laws humans were given 5 to 10 acres of land at no cost for food and to live on. Their payment was contribution to collective. No one could take this land away PERIOD. Kings were there to advise and spread knowledge as needed, all knowledge with no hording involved. The world worked as a collective. Read Sumerian tablets.

Roman Catholic Vatican is actually a derivative of Israel pagan rituals extracted and adapted as it went conquering the world. It’s main and core source is the Kabbalah.

After WW2 Ashkenazi spread into USA and other countries doing their usual tricks of banking and misinformation under names of British empire, RC church, illuminati, high ranking freemansons and any extensions of these. Their plan is World Domination at any cost, ANY cost! Keep in mind anyone not of the very top elite may not even know of their existence.

Without these banks USA and others would not be such a great power and have military bases in over 190 countries. Hence the term, follow the money. USA, Britain and Israel are in actually run by same few.

For any future system to be free, respectful and right we must get rid of these evil people and their system. Then make our own and live happily afterward. No matter how nice they are to us, If we don’t we can safely say the whole world will be one big concentration camp.

Gabriel - House of Anu

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By brewerstroupe, January 13, 2009 at 1:09 am Link to this comment

This looks like…the big one.

Haaretz.
Israel bans Arab parties from running in upcoming elections

Knesset spokesman Giora Pordes said the election committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motion, accusing the country’s Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Arab lawmakers have traveled to countries listed among Israel’s staunchest enemies, including Lebanon and Syria.

http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1054867.html


It seems they are taking off the mask and revealing the grisly visage.

No more lip service to the ideals of democracy, the pretense to humanity was discarded a week ago.

Pity the Palestinians.

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By M.B.S.S., January 12, 2009 at 11:22 pm Link to this comment

howard the duck

take your quackery somewhere where lies work.  try washington.

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By M.B.S.S., January 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

john:  hurr durr, lets regurgitate mainstream media memes.

occupation

blockade

genocide

starvation

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By Virginia777, January 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment

Serious investigation is needed into the millions and millions of dollars poured into “charities” that have done nothing less than to foster propaganda in favor of Israel.

Check out the page which lists the organizations given grants by the JEHT Foundation - the charity that recently closed having lost all their money in the Madoff scandal!

http://www.jehtfoundation.org/internationaljustice/active_grants.html

This page is FULL of “charities”, “ethical” organizations, “human rights” groups, etc. - all of which have done little to nothing for Palestine, quiet the contrary, many seem to exist to put “spin” on the conflict.

Take, for example, just one: the “Crimes of War” project. Sounds like they, at least, would report on the situation in Gaza…

Think again!! On their homepage, there is only one essay that addresses the conflict, and take a look at the title (dated Jan. 7, 2009):

“Are Israel and Hamas Committing War Crimes in Gaza”?

(the “Crimes of War Project” needs to ask IF Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza??)

A quick survey of Crimes of War reveals loads and loads of articles on Darfur, and only a handful on Palestine.

In general, Darfur seems to be, by far, the “favorite” topic (and beneficiary) of JEHT’s millions.

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By OzarkMichael, January 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

Fadel Abdallah, while wiping the tears away for the children of Gaza, posted this little crescendo to the whole affair:

As for the more advanced students with good background, such as Cyrena, I would recommend two books:

1. THE GENIUS of ARAB CIVILIZATION- Source of Renaissance, John Hays, Editor, Second Edition, 1938.
2. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, by Maria Rosa Menoncal, 2002.

This finish reminds me of what happened to Ralphie in the Christmas Story. He works to obtain a Little Annie Decoder Ring, only to find that the secret messages, the crescendo… is just an encoded message to “Drink More Ovaltine”. In the same way Fadel transmits a trashy advertisement when we thought it might be something really humane and important.

Here is the Fadel Abdullah’s ‘Ovaltine’  sequence:
1. Wave the bodies of dead children and display concern for ‘relatives’ in Gaza
2. Play the wounded man who must ‘fight steel with steel’ which implies a hard embittered life, a man on the edge and at wits end
3. Gain the support of Leftists even while uttering threats of violence against people whose opinion doesnt support Hamas enough
4. Introduce propaganda that furthers the Islamist cause, as we saw in the quote above.

The problem for Fadel is that step #4 is inconsonant with step #1. A person who has relatives in real danger is not very likely to also have this interesting Islamist supremacy library. And certainly not refer to it in a time like this. Men who truly carry overwhelming grief ask the probing question “why”? even of God.  Instead Fadel pushes stupid Islamist books and insipid Islamist music and even made rough Islamist threats to anyone in his way. Which fools the Truthdiggers but not me.

I suspect Fadel does not have any relatives in Gaza. Except he might feel a ulema sort of brotherhood with Hamas, and he counts that as having ‘relatives’ there. Here at Truthdig he can make common cause with Leftists, who sometimes have kind hearts if the cause fits into their world view.

Most well-off Muslims in the Middle East hate Palestinians almost as much as they hate Israel. Thats the the sad truth, but here is worse: the Palestinians are useful to the Islamist cause, arent they? The more they suffer, or seem to suffer, the better chance Islamists have of getting rid of Israel, and gaining other things they want. So the tune of the well off Islamists is “We love-love and weep-weep for poor Palestine!” but the undercurrent of the whole thing is “We advance our cause though their suffering.”

All while Palestinians bleed. Nothing was done to help them. For 60 years. And to this day Palestinians suffer the consequences of being the proxy front for the well off Islamists against Israel and the West.

Oh, I dont want to even think of the kind of monster Fadel would be if he actually did have relatives in Gaza and used them in this way. That would be the worst shame of shames.

For those Truthdiggers who cannot bear the truth, you can cling to your “Little Orphan Abdullah” decoder rings. Another secret message to the chosen few will be coming your way soon.

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By KDelphi, January 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

Howard—History certainly doesnt bear that out, and, it is an unproveable statement..

Are you working for someone? Can you give me a site or link?

Not if they are just word for word, like your last ones.

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By Howard, January 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

No instigation by Hamas for the last 6 months sending rockets and missles into Israel then there would have been no response by Israel.

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By john, January 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment
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What a lengthy bloviation.  The minute Hamas stops rocketing Israeli civilians is the minute Israel stops fighting back.

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By Folktruther, January 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

Nara, The US has never been a real demoracy in the sense that the people made the crucial power decisions in their own intersts.  Thbese deicisons have been made by the agents of a capitliast plutcracy in their interests.  the capitalist ruling class own the mass media, hold the power positions in the universities, fund the churches, and finance and media both political parties.

The American people are miseducated, misinformed and misentertained from childhood to identify with their own oppression and the oppression of other people.  You, along with the rest of us, have be so indoctinated to not blame power but rather the population ruled by power.  This is part of what marxists call ‘false consciousness.’

Most Americans have no idea of real history, and could not pick out Israel or Eygpt on a map.  They are not taught it in school and are lied to systematically in the mass media when they are adults.  They are involved in their personal lives and trying to keep their heads above water.  So the power decisions are made by the political class in their own interests.  It is this power structure that must be held responsible for US-Israeli imperialism.

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By Robert, January 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

January 12, 2009

How Many Divisions?

The Blood-Stained Monster Enters Gaza

By URI AVNERY

“Absurd? No more than the daily descriptions in our media, which are being repeated ad nauseam: the Hamas terrorists use the inhabitants of Gaza as “hostages” and exploit the women and children as “human shields”, they leave us no alternative but to carry out massive bombardments, in which, to our deep sorrow, thousands of women, children and unarmed men are killed and injured.

* * *

IN THIS WAR, as in any modern war, propaganda plays a major role. The disparity between the forces, between the Israeli army - with its airplanes, gunships, drones, warships, artillery and tanks - and the few thousand lightly armed Hamas fighters, is one to a thousand, perhaps one to a million. In the political arena the gap between them is even wider. But in the propaganda war, the gap is almost infinite.

Almost all the Western media initially repeated the official Israeli propaganda line. They almost entirely ignored the Palestinian side of the story, not to mention the daily demonstrations of the Israeli peace camp. The rationale of the Israeli government (“The state must defend its citizens against the Qassam rockets”) has been accepted as the whole truth. The view from the other side, that the Qassams are a retaliation for the siege that starves the one and a half million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, was not mentioned at all.

Only when the horrible scenes from Gaza started to appear on Western TV screens, did world public opinion gradually begin to change.

True, Western and Israeli TV channels showed only a tiny fraction of the dreadful events that appear 24 hours every day on Aljazeera’s Arabic channel, but one picture of a dead baby in the arms of its terrified father is more powerful than a thousand elegantly constructed sentences from the Israeli army spokesman. And that is what is decisive, in the end.

An example of this process surrounds the most shocking atrocity of this war so far: the shelling of the UN Fakhura school in Jabaliya refugee camp.

Immediately after the incident became known throughout the world, the army “revealed” that Hamas fighters had been firing mortars from near the school entrance. As proof they released an aerial photo which indeed showed the school and the mortar. But within a short time the official army liar had to admit that the photo was more than a year old. In brief: a falsification.

Later the official liar claimed that “our soldiers were shot at from inside the school”. Barely a day passed before the army had to admit to UN personnel that that was a lie, too. Nobody had shot from inside the school, no Hamas fighters were inside the school, which was full of terrified refugees.

But the admission made hardly any difference anymore. By that time, the Israeli public was completely convinced that “they shot from inside the school”, and TV announcers stated this as a simple fact.

So it went with the other atrocities. Every baby metamorphosed, in the act of dying, into a Hamas terrorist. Every bombed mosque instantly became a Hamas base, every apartment building an arms cache, every school a terror command post, every civilian government building a “symbol of Hamas rule”. Thus the Israeli army retained its purity as the “most moral army in the world”.”


http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery01122009.html

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By Robert, January 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

Alex Thomson shuts-up Israeli spokesman!

01.08.2009 | YouTube.com
By THEWAYTOJUNNAH

Alex Thomson from Channel 4 news on 08.01.2009 @ 8pm (London news) shuts up Mark Regev about Israel’s appalling satanic lack of human-rights!!! Not even sparing the babies!!!


http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=2457

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By cyrena, January 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

“..These figures do not take into account the Holocaust reparations, European aid, World-wide private donations…”

Thanks (as usual) Brewerstroupe, for this very excellent information, and the low-down on the aid. I was aware of some of this, but not all of it, and that seems to be the case with the average American, if they’re even conscious of it at all.

Anyway, your comment above reminded me of something I’d never considered until one of my mentors included it as a sort of ‘aside’ in a course lecture on the development of the Geneva Conventions in the aftermath of WWII. He mentioned how the rest of the world in general, and the US specifically, invested/financed so much in creating what amounted to brand new physical infrastructures in Germany and Japan, and other places that had been destroyed in the war, but we never get anything ‘new’ here. So despite supposedly being the super-duper most advanced, blah, blah, blah country on the planet, (a delusion now if there ever was one)our physical infrastructure has rotted out and never been repaired or otherwise upgraded to keep up with the times.

Seriously. Our levees, bridges, roads..weak, broken down, inefficient and even toxic in many places. Same with our transportation system. The air transportation system is totally antiquated, literally the same as the proverbial White Elephant. The entire system is old and inefficient, and guzzles up resources like an old whore on her last hurrah. And while even a sliver of insight and planning could have prevented this, (such as installing a high speed rail system to service the entire nation or continent)nothing like that has ever even been allowed consideration until very recently.

We’ve over-fished our lakes and rivers, and polluted whatever might have been left. We continue to over develop in the most invasive ways so that the natural barriers that might protect parts of the more vulnerable areas during some of Mother Nature’s restless moments or bursts of seemingly excess energy (Like in hurricanes and such)have eroded and left us even more vulnerable, and obviously without any plan for those inevitable times.

In short, while we’ve certainly financed the reconstruction of so many other places, the physical infrastructure of the US is as broken down as most of us are psychologically…millions of backs bent under the weight from the destruction of the past 8 years, even though we were in decline even before then.

And yet, we’re still shoveling billions over to Israel, with over 2,000 of our own veterans sleeping in the streets and under bridges that are likely to crash on top of them..over half of them probably hoping for exactly that, considering the overwhelming suicide rate for so many of them.

It’s overwhelmingly obscene. I wanna throw up just thinking about it.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

A sad song by an artist with a heart, Michael Heart, about the tragic situation in Gaza its heroic resistance.

Though I am in a state of mourning and sadness bordering on a nervous breakdown due the carnage in Gaza, my spirits were lifted after listening to this moving song!

I wish Obama, in some miraculous way, will hear about this song and have the courage to listen to it with his darling little daughters!
 
http://www.michaelheart.com

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By joe, January 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment
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the end is near ZionNazi genocidal gang and it’s collaborators in ameriKKKa.

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By paul bass, January 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment
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http://news.antiwar.com/2009/01/12/israel-bans-arab-parties-from-election/

ah yes the model democracy…
just like in our constitution… i believe its the first amendment “and the government shall determine based on ethnicity who may run for office” or perhaps im mistaken

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By Nara52, January 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

By Folktruther, January 12 at 11:43 am #

“.....  The Gazans are being slaughtered by the US-Israel military, but the American people are not responsible for this, but the American power structure.  Including Obama, whom Hedges fails to mention sufficiently.”

[snip]


“The American people must revolt against the American power structure, including the Dem-Gop bloc.”
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In a democracy people are ultimately responsible.  If enough public outrage is expressed the politicians will run for cover.  For example, Clinton abandoned Healthcare reform due to public pressure.  W’s Social Security reform efforts came to a screeching halt, thankfully, due to public outcry. 

The fact is, there is no organized opposition to unquestioned US support to the state of Israel. Even though it is often claimed that the US public desires an even-handed approach, politicians know there is no cost, and a lot to gain, falling over each other with uncritical support for Israel’s war policies.  This is why we the American public is ultimately responsible for the unspeakable suffering of Palestinians in general and Gazans in particular.  In the absence of a public revolt we are collectively as much, or more, guilty of war crimes against the Palestinians, as W, Obama, Barak, Ohlmert, et al.

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By Jason Crowson, January 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

Brewerstroupe:

Thank you for your detailed post about aid. The question I would ask is:

How many American voters realize where their tax dollars are going?

Why is this information not available in the mainstream media, especially during elections when people from cities large and small would have a chance to express their concerns at the ballot box?

An answer is below. It’s a quick read, a mere 12,000 words or so. 

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/mear01_.html

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By Jason Crowson, January 12, 2009 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

Here’s an idea: A Super Bowl commercial, a 15 second slot, black screen, white text, no sound, Michael Moore’s money funding it:

“The cynicism of conveying propaganda as truth, as long as it is well sourced, is the poison of American journalism.” —Chris Hedges

Somebody e-mail Michael for me and make this happen, alright?

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By KDelphi, January 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment

http://www.endtheoccupation.org/

http://www.imemc.org/article/58313 (Palestine)


Some broswsers are blocking these, citing “your browser does not support hatred and racism”...why do we put up with this shit?! Time to switch to Firefox…

http://ingaza.wordpress.com/

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By Allan Gurfinkle, January 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment
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Hedges writes “The lesson of the Holocaust is not that Jews are special.”  Is he joking?  If it’s the Holocaust, it’s the Jews.  American’s have no idea how many Americans were killed in WW II, but they know that six million were killed in the Holocaust.  If you question the accuracy of that number in most of Europe, or Canada, or Australia, you will be put in jail.  There is a very active campaign being waged by the ADL to make any challenge of the official Holocaust narrative illegal in the US.  Thus far they have been thwarted by the First Amendment to the Constitution, but they haven’t given up by any means.

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By brewerstroupe, January 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

Hey Howard.

The Israel economy has a GDP of about 100 Billion

Without the following aid, it is a basket case.

Israel became the largest annual recipient of U.S. foreign assistance in 1976, a position it has retained ever since.

Israel now receives on average about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, an amount that is roughly one-sixth of America’s direct foreign assistance budget and equal to about 2 percent of Israel’s GDP. In recent years, about 75 percent of U.S. assistance has been military aid, with the remainder broken down into various forms of economic aids in per capita terms, this level of direct foreign assistance amounts to a direct subsidy of more than $500 per year for each Israeli. By comparison, the number two recipient of American foreign aid, Egypt, receives only $20 per person.

Three billion dollars per year is generous, but it is hardly the whole story. The canonical $3 billion figure omits a substantial number of other benefits and thus significantly understates the actual level of U.S. support. Indeed, in 1991, Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) told reporters that Israel was one of three countries whose aid “substantially exceeds the popularly quoted figures” and said the annual figure was in fact more than $4.3 billion.

Israel receives an estimated $2 billion annually in private donations from American citizens, roughly half in direct payments and half via the purchase of State of Israel Bonds. These bonds receive favorable treatment in U.S. law; although the interest paid on them is not tax-exempt, Congress specifically exempted them from the provisions of the 1984 Deficit Reduction Act, which imposed additional tax penalties on other bonds with yields below the federal rate. Similarly, private donations to charities in most foreign countries are not tax deductible, but many private donations to Israel are, due to a special clause in the U.S.-Israel income tax treaty.

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Israel/US_Israel_Lobby_1_ILUSFP.html

These figures do not take into account the Holocaust reparations, European aid, World-wide private donations.

Israel is the biggest welfare cheat in the World.

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By PatrickHenry, January 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

My heart goes out to those Palestinians who are caught up in this mess….again.

The day to day struggle to get food and clean water while dodging bullets impresses and depresses me at the same time. 

I’m sure they are represented by their government as we are ours.

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By cyrena, January 12, 2009 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

“..Cyrena, as I stated earlier, we must now speak out loudly and clearly that, we, as Americans will no longer stand for the inequities in policy that have plagued and added to the troubles of the Palestinians
any longer.  For if we do not speak out now, even after all this time, we will have the blood of the Palestinian genocide on our hands and much more….. I take pride in knowing that I am Jewish, yet I am not and never will be a Zionist. I cannot countenancethe fact that these butchers are committing these atrocities in the name of Israel, for the sake of a small piece of land. I will loudly protest the invasion, blockade and slaughter of an innocent people who have done nothing more than exist on land that the government of Israel, a rogue nation wants…”

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Well nrobi, I agree that we all have to speak out and stand up, at least to the extent that we can.  But therein lies at least a large portion of the difficulty. You are in the excellent company of other Jewish people who have been doing this for a long time, the same individuals that Hedges mentions in this piece. I have carefully followed the work of these man, and the efforts .  I’ve been heartbroken by the treatment of Professor Falk at the hands of the Israeli officials when he traveled there 3 weeks ago , in his official capacity as the UN Human Rights envoy specifically appointed to this conflict. He was there because of the blockade that had already put so much of the most vulnerable population in crises, and they treated him like a terrorist. These men have made great sacrifices, particularly as Jews, as they’ve been demonized, black listed, pilloried, and all of the rest, just for speaking out.

The SAME has happened to countless others in the political environment of the past decade (or better)  including me. Because the hard cold reality is that so many of our own voices have been as silenced as the Palestinians, and by the same basic techniques; Intimidation and boot heel coercion. People have lost their jobs, and all other methods of social survival, just for being truth tellers in an era where telling the truth can be a dangerous occupation. (Especially if it involves criticism of Israel) So it’s a sacrifice that many simply aren’t able to make, especially when they are responsible for the well-being of others.  I do understand that. On the other hand, even for those of us who ARE willing to make such sacrifices and take those risks/hits, we still have to be smart about how we do it. Otherwise, we just become additional casualties, prevented from maintaining the truth-telling mandate.

My constant critics would suggest that I’m engaging in rhetorical speech here, or somehow dramatizing the danger involved in ANY resistance (like truth-telling) to the political power machine, because the tiny minority that actually hold and manipulate all of that power are damn determined to hold on to it. And they have. They’ve gone to great lengths to do it, and sacrificed a lot of human lives. We have to remember that we’re not dealing with ‘nice people’ here. They’re Thugs. That’s how the US Administration has operated for the past 8 years, and that’s how Israel’s dictatorship has been for the past 60 years, with limited breaks of more reasonable and pragmatic leaders, who are eventually assassinated because of it. (Hedges mentions Rabin as the example of just how incredibly ruthless these Zionists are.) We have our OWN history of the same, where somehow, the good guys always end up assassinated.

All of that said, the path taken to resolve the conflict, if we are to have a part in this as we should, must be a very cautious one, if it is to work at all. It obviously CANNOT be ANYTHING like what has been allowed to happen these past 8 years.

Here’s a link to an article I think you’ll find encouraging. I know I do.

http://www.alternet.org/audits/119050/

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By Nozferatu, January 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

You can look at either charters and you’ll see which one is the one that preaches/calls for genocide. Israel never wanted to extend the cease-fire and Hamas was denied. Do not be that confused.

And Israel attacked the indigenous people in ‘48 while the British were there. Later in ‘67….& ‘74, as Israel forced expansion, 5 Arab nations decided to try and stop it.  None of these countries save Egypt and its corrupt leaders, chose to give a zionist state like Israel recognition due to its two-faced activities.  Israelis the reason Gazans are in camps.

And if you wish to talk about a viable people or country, is this what you mean?

1. The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel who also develop spy technology to tap into everyones phones…thanks to US money.

2. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel thanks to US money and funding and favoritism.

3.The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel thanks to US money and funding and favoritism.

4.The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel US money and funding and favoritism.

5.Voice mail technology was developed in Israel US money and funding and favoritism.

6. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel US money and funding and favoritism.

7. The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis US money and funding and favoritism.

8. According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats US money and funding and favoritism.

9. Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined US money and funding and favoritism of a tune of $30 billion a year.

10. Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita thanks to leeching off the banks of the world for the past 60 years.

11. Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the worldUS money and funding and favoritism.

Now Howard…do you expect Intel to build a plant in Gaza and help out the Palestinians when a good portion of the Intel Board Members are jews?  Heavens no…it’ll be bombed and demolished in a week anyway….waste of money.

You are a tool.  If the money train you so conveniently not mentioned stopped, your country would go back to the 15th century.

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By Howard, January 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

You can look at either charters and you’ll see which one is the one that preaches/calls for genocide. Israel also wanted to extend the cease-fire and Hamas refused. Do not be That confused.

And Israel was attacked in ‘48 by 5 Arab countries, and later in ‘67….& ‘74.  None of these countries save Egyp have even recognized Israel, and are the reason gazans are in camps.

And if you wish to talk about a viable people or country, is this what you mean?

1. The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel
2. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel
3.The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel
4.The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel
5.Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
6. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel
7. The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis
8. According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
9. Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined
10. Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita
11. Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

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By troublesum, January 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm Link to this comment

democracynow.org is the place to go to hear the language of death.  Every day they lead with somebody from Washington or some pro-Israeli group giving the Israeli line about terrorism.  On the other side they have some nuetral person from the UN or the Israeli Knesset.  There is no discussion whatsoever about the history of the conflict.

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By KDelphi, January 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

“..The lesson of the Holocaust is not that Jews are special. It is not that Jews are unique. It is not that Jews are eternal victims. The lesson of the Holocaust is that when you have the capacity to halt genocide, and you do not—no matter who carries out that genocide or who it is directed against—you are culpable. And we are very culpable. The F-16 jet fighters, the Apache attack helicopters, the 250-pound “smart” GBU-39 bombs are all part of the annual $2.4 billion in military aid the U.S. gives to Israel. Palestinians are being slaughtered with American-made weapons. They are being slaughtered by an Israeli military we lavishly bankroll. But perhaps our callous indifference to human suffering is to be expected. We, after all, kill women and children on an even vaster scale in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bloody hands of Israel mirror our own…”

Once again, Hedges is so right…

Here is an article, from toady, by Avnery, on Counterpunch:

http://www.counterpunch.org/

Yes, gail. greyston—Ed did not bring up the “who fired first” stuff…Howard did.

This is not an “intellectual exercise’‘-people are dying. Right now. Kids, Women. students. NOt soldiers or “terrorists”. People who DID NOTHING!! Stop it! Stop pretending that a “militant group” (which only exists because they cannot have a standing military) is a good excuse to do what you want to do anyway. You sound like Dubya!

criticalthinktank—You are correct.

Shift—I wish that I knew the answer to that question. I think that we can agree that , yes, something drastic MUST be done—but what? The uN seems to be helpless without the uS’s (swinging dick) jumping in.(The least we can do is “lead, follow, or get out of the way”!!

Does anyone know if Blackwater or other para-militaries are involved? I woudnt be surprised.

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By Nozferatu, January 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

Israel speaks the language of Death.  Teaches their people nothing else in the schools and synagogues.  It is in their charter to eliminate Arabs and kill all the Muslims.

Israel did not take the opportunity to start a viable society or reasonable country, No.  Destroying homes and peoples’ lives daily since the supposed truce in 1950. Refused to continue the shaky truce 3 weeks ago and broke off any talks with Palestinians and increased the rate of bombardment.

Hedges has it right.  Israel glorifies death. Has declared war on all Arabs. Like any country in rest of world Gaza finally see the barbaric animals Israelis are. Good for them!

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By Mainesongwriter, January 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

In song: LULLABY FOR A CHILD IN WAR

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6086636
(free download)

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By Amerikagulag, January 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment
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And all this because of a BOOK OF LIES.

Unless and until the “Bible” is exposed to be the collection of lie, myth, forgery, wishful thinking and pre-existing theology THAT IT IS, this type of sadism will continue unbated and largely unquestioned behind a guise of “god’s will”.

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By sugarsnap88, January 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment
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The Gazans are being massacred partly by our annual 3 billion arms aid to Israel, money which could be put to better use in the USA.
Where is Israel getting the petroleum products to run their war machine?  OPEC could refuse to sell oil to Israel.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment

As we are increasingly becoming the laughing stock as well as the hatred target of the world, or at least most of it, concerned Americans should give considerable serious thought to two important aspects of our sad situation:

(A). The reasons we have reached this point of
    lowest common denominator and moral and
    economic crises. And this is due to three
    obvious reasons:
    1. The disastrous policies of the outgoing
      president as well the signs of their
      continuation under the incoming president.
    2. The disastrous stand and misguided
      trajectory of the Israeli-occupied Congress,
      as exemplified by a long history of being
      bought and manipulated by the Israeli
      lobby. 
    3. The economic terrorism emanating from Wall
      Street ethics and the culture of theft and
      exploitation as exemplified by Bernard
      Madoff and his many predecessors.

(B) The other important aspect of our sad situation
  needing serious thought and reflection is about
  the whole validity of our so-called political
  democratic system, which I think has many
  shortcomings and is in need of radical reform. I
  am convinced that our system is not democratic
  in the real sense of the word, except that we
  have elections that lead to the “democracy”
  that money and lobbyists can buy and manipulate.

The American ship is slowly but surely sinking, and I am wondering how and what all its passengers can do to prevent the deep sinking!

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By Howard, January 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment

Hamas cannot rule or govern.  They have caused nothing good yet.  With a charter that states as its goal the elimination of Israel and destruction of its people it is a neighbor for no one. Don’t know of any nation that calls for destruction of its neighbor. 

Its educational system promotes hatred, nay, teaches hatred of the Israeli people. It is as serious impediment to creating a profitable or quality citizenry.

Neither Egypt or Jordan had helped the gazans in all these long years. To get them off the UN dole. Or start a viable land. Only people who would help them economically and otherwise grow into a Singapore or Switzerland of the Mid East is the Israeli’a, but their leaders will not recogize Israel or work with them.

Very discouraging for the Israeli’s who left gaza, and since the first day they left have received nothing back but terrosim and calls for its destruction (israel’s).

Only fools think the Israeli’s do not want peace and peaceful neighbors.  They do not want or desgin on anything else.  They wish to live in peace; but no one has offered so much as a hint of that.

That is why the Hamas leadership is a bad bad bunch of guys.

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By TAO Walker, January 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

If a couple thousand years ago somebody looked at “the-situation-on-the-ground” in what many these days like to call “the Holy Land” and its Roman-imperial surroundings, could he or she have sensibly foreseen the likely shape and content and direction of elements and forces already fully-formed and active there (as they are aging and ailing and dying right now)?  This old Indian here suggests the answer is plainly YES, and that such a Person there-and-then wouldn’t've had to have “divine” prompting or ESP to pretty accurately predict the eventual emergence of what we’re seeing here-and-now.

According to “the record,” somebody, posing as a “god,” set-up that “situation” for the express purpose of getting it to exactly the CONfiguration it is in now.  Somebody expects “the Holy Land” to be the toilet-bowl down which Humanity will foolishly flush itself and the rest of our Mother Earth’s Native Children….except (we’re told) for a “chosen few.”  Is some desperate idiot even now reaching to pull the chain?

This old Savage suggests respectfully that there is in-progress here a “project” the end-product of which is intended to be the annihilation of not only Humankind, but of every Kind….ALL of us Kindred in Body and Spirit (Just ask your “scientists.”).  It is further suggested that Humanity, as a component in the immune system of our Mother Earth, has the organic function within Her LIVING Arrangement of addressing this condition to the benefit of ALL CONCERNED.

Further yet, in order to have sufficient organic integrity to fulfill its responsibility within Her Living Arrangement, Human Beings must be in their Natural Organic FORM.  Humans do NOT occur in Nature as “individuals,” and are in-fact not viable as such.  “Nuclear” (and even “extended) families share the same fatal flaw.

The industialized “individuation” of much of the Human race is a process intended to suppress our natural response to the presence of a wannabe completely parasitic presence here….so as to force Her to “accept” something that is by-design and intent terminally inimical to Her and all Her Children….including US.  It is only by recovering our Natural Organic Form that us Human Beings can do what is necessary to fulfill our natural organic function here.

That’s why this Old Man is here urging our tame Sisters and Brothers to abandon the CONtraption meant by our tormentors to be the death of us ALL, and to re-FORM their pitifully helpless “selves” into what our Lakotah Cousins call Tiyoshpayes.  That’s why your Old Friend here says there is no other Way open to us that we might ALL go-on living-with.  It’s basic BIOLOGY.

HokaHey!

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By ZombieNation, January 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment
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Arabs MUST first rid themselves of the TRAITORS who currently misrule them, in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc., etc,.

Only then, will the terrorist State of Israel & its criminal partners (USA, U.K., etc.) feel their wrath.

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By Eso, January 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

In the post by criticalthinktank (10:19 a.m.), at the link provided, the author of the article, Michael Chossudovsky, writes (among other things): “The decision to speed up negotiations [with regard to Palestine-Gaza offshore gas fields] with British Gas (BG Group) coincided, chronologically, with the planning of the invasion of Gaza initiated in June. It would appear that Israel was anxious to reach an agreement with the BG Group prior to the invasion, which was already in an advanced planning stage….. ” Chossudovsky also writes that “According to reports, British Prime Minister Tony Blair intervened on behalf of Israel with a view to shunting the agreement with Egypt.”

What is Tony Blair doing in Egypt today (or was it yesterday, or is it tomorrow?)? Brokering peace and making money? Or is he perhaps at Yale teaching theology?

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By Bilejones, January 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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Folktruther is right. There is all the difference in the world between the murderous thugs in the US Govet and the majority of the people. No-one tells the story as eloquently as the great Arthur Silber
http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/

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By Glendon Wayne, January 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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Madam Mammon’s ‘Sieg Heil’ Song

Madam Mammon
Do you carry pleasure?
What is it that you treasure?

Chief officer Mammon
what measure do you fathom?
Is the tempo of decline picking up the pace?
Are your losses peaking from their hiding place?

Commander Mammon
Do you know biblical Samson of tumble down fame,
the Iraelite suicide strongman now ain’t that lame?

Media Mammon
Is there joy on ‘Planet Money’?
Is this the land of ‘milk and honey’?

Make out with Mammon
Don’t belie the beat
Total brake down is on a roll
Planet singe is on its final fling
The sieg heil tune has Zion zing
Three Abrahamic truths cry out in song
how long can destiny be wrong?

Madam Mammon
What’s your pleasure?

empirePIe

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By Folktruther, January 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

Hedge’s morally eloquent piece, which is lightyears above TD’s other truthers, has some serious defects. Basic is the failure to distinguish between US power and the American people ruled by power.  The Gazans are being slaughtered by the US-Israel military, but the American people are not responsible for this, but the American power structure.  Including Obama, whom Hedges fails to mention sufficiently.

The Dem-Gop bloc are so far from comming down on the side of law and morality, they come down on THE OTHER SIDE.  They sujpport lawlessness and imorality, as does Obama.  His silence is a tacit consenst for Bush’s policies, as it is in so many other areas. 

Just as his economic policies support the bailout swindle and the attempt to gut social security and mdecare as the Bushites have done, so his foreign policy continues the failed policies of Bush while both the US and Israel decline historically.

And this includes the politics of Israeli ethnic cleansing, the diologue of death.  Uri Averny, the courageous, honest and intelligent Israeli peace leader, is a bi-nationalist, sincerely promoting a policy of a two state solution.  This contrasts with most two-state forulations by political leaders, who advocate it as lipservice while Israel continues its policies of ethinic cleaning, and stealing the land, water and resources from the Arabs.

The American people must revolt against the American power structure, including the Dem-Gop bloc.  They are leading not only the Israelis to a historical death march, but the US as well.  Solving the Israeli hisorical problem is central to making peace with the states containing a billion and a half Muslims. 

But the Gazan war is a historical turning point, making a solution much more difficult, as the NYTimes acknowldeged.  Israel, and the US under Obama, are now increasingly isolated from world public opinion, for reasons Anarcissie mentioned.  By developing an anti-Zionist perspective in the American people, it may be possible to mitigate some of the historical effects of this war.  But as Hedges says, US-Isreli policy from now on historically is a dialogue with death.

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By Ed Harges, January 12, 2009 at 11:54 am Link to this comment

Cyrena - glad to know you read that book. It does help one to keep matters in perspective as Israel’s apologists go on tirelessly with their obfuscations, evasions, and phony “complexities”.

When confronted with anything approaching a fair assessment of the situation, they love to blow smoke in our faces till we’re numb, and then tell us that it’s all so terribly complicated — so we Americans had best just keep supporting the Israelis without question. We can’t hope to keep up with it all, since (a) we don’t live there and (b) the “Chosen people” are so much smarter and wiser than we are, anyway.

“There, there ... don’t worry your little blindered heads, you poor dumb oxen - just keep doing whatever we tell you and it will all be for the best….”

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By nrobi, January 12, 2009 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

Re: Cyrena, you are absolutely correct in that the only
narrative of “holocaust” that has become a part of the collective conscience and consciousness in the past 60
years is the “Jewish holocaust.”
This collective narrative has been perpetrated by the
very same people who brought you this horror, the leaders of the world. They are the ones, who when faced with the evidence decided to deny it and force Jews back to Nazi Germany to be slaughtered.
In much the same way, the Israelis have forced the hand
of the Palestinians, they(the Israelis)made up their minds to blockade a whole section of a country, for collective punishment, would not allow anyone to move
out of the Gaza Strip, would not allow any food, fuel
medical supplies, or humanitarian aid to enter this area, thereby collectively punishing the Palestinians
for choosing a government in a legal and ethical manner, which election was forced on them by the US and Israel.
Why then, if the US and Israel, would not deal with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, did they think that the Palestinian people would choose another more secular government, over an organization
that had funded hospitals, schools, universities and civil service projects to enhance the life of the people of Gaza?
Cyrena, as I stated earlier, we must now speak out loudly and clearly that, we, as Americans will no longer stand for the inequities in policy that have plagued and added to the troubles of the Palestinians
any longer.  For if we do not speak out now, even after all this time, we will have the blood of the Palestinian genocide on our hands and much more.
I have come to the conclusion that those of my heritage, the Jewish people of Europe, are the perpetrators of a vast and widespread genocide that will lead to the end of the Palestinian people as a whole. This shames me to think that those people, who are supposed to be the “righteous of the land,” could commit such atrocities.
I take pride in knowing that I am Jewish, yet I am not and never will be a Zionist. I cannot countenance
the fact that these butchers are committing these atrocities in the name of Israel, for the sake of a small piece of land. I will loudly protest the invasion, blockade and slaughter of an innocent people who have done nothing more than exist on land that the government of Israel, a rogue nation wants.

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By criticalthinktank, January 12, 2009 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

It is time to look at what drives the US around the world. It is a war for Resources. Large quantities of Natural gas have been discovered off the coast of Gaza by the British. Resources are more valuable than human life…it is always about MONEY, CONTROL, and GREED. What drives Israel is controlling the OIL in Iraq, eventually getting the vast Water reserves in Iran and now the Natural Gas reserves in Gaza. They get a double bonus. They get rid of the Palestinians through genocide which apparently the world approves of, they get the land, and the vast reserves. The US shares in the wealth. It is too bad more investigative journalism is not done. It takes an organization in Canada to expose the REAL reasons the US and Israel go to war. The rest is a smokescreen as always.

Here is the article:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11680

Always follow the money and the truth will be known.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 12, 2009 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

By Romira, January 12 at 9:39 am #

@ Howard

Your capacity to continue to have brain farts is astonishing, as is your capacity to lie and to justify murder and usurpation.

“...it ALL belongs to the Pakestinians and that they stole it from them.”
======================
Thank you Romira for being a strong warrior for truth and justice. I always enjoy you insightful and powerful posts!

However, just an editorial typo note on writing the word for “Palestinians” as the wrongly-spelled “Pakestinians.” Nothing serious for I know it’s just hitting the wrong key on your keyboard!

Keep up the good noble fight for truth and justice!

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By Howard, January 12, 2009 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

Yo cosmoooo;

Any so called assanations were done to stop the architchts of the bombardment campaing which was unrelenting into the southern half of Israel for months.

If no missle and rocket attacks, Israel today would not be in gaza. No instigation, no response.

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By --- The Great Unknown ----, January 12, 2009 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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Causalities/ Fatalities have never been an issue to those with an insatiable appetite for more wealth, prestige and power. <—- This is universal.—-}

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By Greg Worley, January 12, 2009 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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Might be interesting to compare what’s going on now with the fate of the Amalekites in 1 Samuel l5, where the Lord says through Samuel,
  ” ‘Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ ”
  And the Lord got very angry that the Israelites didn’t actually destroy everything.

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By Shift, January 12, 2009 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

Does extreme inhumanity require extreme action of a different kind?  Would it not make more sense to assassinate a few inhumane butchers (wrongly called leaders) instead of large populations of people? 

Most religions suggest otherwise but are they right?

I don’t know the answers to these questions but they do deserve to be asked.

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By cyrena, January 12, 2009 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

Great post Ed,

•  “..Your pseudo-liberal complaint that we need to “get beyond blame” induces a political paralysis that always benefits Israel…”

I read Neuman’s excellent book as well. On this, the ‘get beyond blame’  position induces a political paralysis that not only always ‘benefits’ Israel, but destroys the entire mechanism put in place to AVOID this very paralysis, so that the rest of the International Community can respond appropriately. This whole concept of ‘getting beyond blame’ means that no one will ever ADDRESS the cause! How the hell are we supposed to STOP the perpetrator if nobody will even acknowledge who the perpetrator IS? So no..we CAN’T ‘get beyond blame’, and far too many otherwise intelligent people have continued to be caught up in this false narrative.


“..By nrobi, January 12 at 7:42 am

“The problem as I see it is this, in the world of political and social understanding, Israel, has gained the foothold of people’s imaginations because of the Holocaust. We, the world, feel a collective guilt and shame for not watching and listening to the voices of the Jewish people.”

~*~*

This is entirely true nrobi, but I think what is most important here is that our so-called guilt and shame have been manipulated by the Zionist narrative. I mean, why do we obviously not suffer or consider the same collective guilt and shame for the victims of other massacres, including the Native American genocide, the Armenian genocide, or the genocides of the Cambodians and the Rwandans?

Shouldn’t the world feel the same collective guilt and shame for not watching and listening to any of THOSE voices?

Of course we’re ‘aware’ of these atrocities, but overwhelmingly, in the past 50 years of “US Conscience” the ONLY awareness of any historical ‘Holocaust’ is the Jewish Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis and the Stalinist Communist regime against the Jews. That is how the majority of the West has been cultivated in terms of our socio-political awareness of these things. The western conscience associates “Holocaust” with the Jews ONLY, despite the fact that there were others besides Jews exterminated by the Nazis, (hundreds of black victims among others) or the fact that the Jewish voices are not the only voices to have ever been ignored in circumstances of genocide. Nor do we even consider that under the manipulation of the Nazis, the voices of those Jewish victims wasn’t particularly loud, and we certainly didn’t ‘ignore’ them for as long as we’ve CONTINUED to ignore the cries of the millions of other Arabs that we ourselves are currently genociding in Iraq.

In fact, when the ‘surge’ of 2 years ago was initiated, the main component of that ground strategy involved setting up this same apparatus of all genocidal operations. The US immediately began walling in entire neighborhoods and communities of Iraqis. Now Iraq is basically the same as Gaza and the West Bank. The infrastructure imprisons the population, via walls, check points, and a foreign military presence. It’s a collective punishment (for nothing any of the Iraqis did) that has taken millions of lives over the past 6 years, and that continues to this day, without much of a shameful or guilty reaction from any of us, collectively or otherwise.

But SOMEHOW, everybody ‘knows’ about the Jewish Holocaust, as if it’s the only one that ever happened. It’s because of a decades old concerted effort to maintain that narrative to the rest of the world…. The eternally persecuted Jews. And in so maintaining that narrative, they’ve attached the concept of eternal impunity for anything they do to anybody else, INCLUDING this 60 year old practice intended to ethically cleanse the entire region of Arabs.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 12, 2009 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

Thank you again Chris Hedges! No one like you can express and document the truths, sad and horrifying as they might be!

This is a must read piece for all truth-seekers and it would be particularly an enlightening must for the new American savior idol, Barack Obama! But the problem is that after they become president-elects or presidents, the reading of what matters for enlightenment and wisdom becomes a luxury they cannot afford!

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By Ed Harges, January 12, 2009 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

Cosmo writes:

“Howard - you are lying.  It was Israel who broke the truce in November by carrying out assassinations in Gaza….”
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Yes, Cosmo, you are right that Howard is lying, but November is the wrong date.

Aside from any assassinations, Israel was CONTINUALLY violating the “ceasefire” long before November by imposing a strangulation blockade on Gaza, with only a tiny bit of relief here and there. Imposing a blockade is a violent act of war. So there was no “ceasefire” at all for Hamas to violate.

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By WR Curley, January 12, 2009 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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“Howard” certainly puts paid to the notion that Jews are smarter than the rest of us.

Hedges skirts delicately around the matter central to a major problem we face in this new millenium…our press is controlled by an ownership class dominated by Jews and their neocon allies.

Conduct a simple test. Listen to NPR for a few hours, and make notes whenever you hear a Jewish voice, as subject or correspondent or “analyst” on a story. Then remark to yourself that Jews comprise perhaps 1.5 percent of the U.S, populace. You will be astonished. Our news cycles are dominated, hour to hour, day to day, year to year, by stories about and stories by the Jews. This tiny ethnic minority controls what you are permitted to learn about the world through the mainstream media.

You will be told that this obvious and inescapable truth is an anti-semitic myth, an ancient canard meant to demonize the Children of the Covenant. You will be told this through the mainstream media that the Jews control.

No one suggests we should shut these people up. They have the same rights to freedom of speech as the 98.5 percent of us who do not have an ownership stake in the notion of a Zionist reserve for the Chosen. But it might be wise to ask yourself whether we should suffer the essential and complex conduct of our international relations to be wholly dominated by an ancient tribal entity pursuing an ancient blood-feud for the ancient and utterly archaic notion of a God-promised preserve for the generations of their seed.

In the world we know - in the world where Nepalese teens wear t-shirts emblazoned with the portrait of Che Guevara - the creation of a homeland exclusive of all but the miniscule population self-identified as children of Zionist prophecy is absurd. Let them assimilate. And quickly, too.

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By P. T., January 12, 2009 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

It will be interesting to watch what this Gaza attack means in the future for U.S.-backed Arab dictators, who have supported Israel.  Those collaborators have been completely exposed.

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By Eso, January 12, 2009 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

In previous posts at Truthdig, I suggested that the key to Middle East violence must be looked for in the use the West makes of history as a tool of war. That is to say, the West changes history or meaning of words and then imposes its interpretation on the rest of the world. For example:

Yaroslaw = Jerusalem;
Yaro in Russian = the spring
Slawa in Russian = honor
Thus Yaroslav = Jerusalem = City of Honor

Those curious might want to use their Search buttons and see why in 1829 so many Russians made pilgrimages to the City of Honor and why before this date pilgrimages to Jerusalem did not exist—except of course in a history made by fantasy.

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By Howard, January 12, 2009 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

Anarciss:

Do agree with you…almost.
But..

I’m sure you know Israel tried everything and everyone to help stop the bombardment of Israel for the last six months. Carrots galore and even mild sticks. No results. So this what they got after leaving gaza in 2005 Not peace and a responsible gove’t, but more and more rockets.  And no media or country or UN cared in the slightest that Israel was suffering.  An now Iran and Syria are upsetting it futher by smuggling in larger and more far-reachig missles . Promoting it actually and that’s why its a wider piece of conflict than meets the eye.

Hama’s charter and their leaders since day one have called for destruction of Israel and elimination of its people. Did they offer to release soldier Schallit for hundreds of prisoners in Israel ?, for example.  No, not interested. Not interested in governing, basically. Refused 3 weeks ago to continue the supposed cease-fire.  Instead increased the rate of the bombardment.  Promoting Israel to reenter Gaza. Looking for the world sympathy which surely has to come whenever civilians who they hide amongst exist.

If Israel does not respond it will enoble Hamas further and put Israel at more risk in the near future.  What would you do in their situation?

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By cosmo9, January 12, 2009 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Howard - you are lying.  It was Israel who broke the truce in November by carrying out assasinations in Gaza.
You keep repeating your Hasbara lying talking points hoping some people will believe it.

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By dick, January 12, 2009 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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In Palestine, Jews and Muslims are determined to murder each other, as commanded by their (same) god.The USA is encouraging and supporting the slaughter. The final solution will be world war three.

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By nrobi, January 12, 2009 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

The problem as I see it is this, in the world of political and social understanding, Israel, has gained the foothold of people’s imaginations because of the Holocaust. We, the world, feel a collective guilt and shame for not watching and listening to the voices of the Jewish people.
We are now faced with a nation that has a notion of its collective importance to the world that does not truly exist and, which nation is not amenable to listening to the rest of the world.
Israel, has succeeded where many other nations have failed, they have succeeded in alienating most of the nations of the world by its actions in regards to the issue of a separate Palestinian state. The intransigence of the leaders of Israel and their backers, the United States has made it impossible for
the Palestinians to secure a homeland for themselves and their posterity.
While fighting an obscene and obviously one-sided war
of attrition, Israel, has caused and is causing the genocide of a whole race of people for two strips of land. Is this a worthy act of righteousness on the part of the Israeli government? Is a mitzvah being performed in regards to the Palestinian people?
The answer is obviously not!  We can no longer claim that the US is not complicit in the genocidal acts of Israel, as we are the main suppliers of weapons of
mass destruction and weapons imbued with depleted uranium, which weapons kill slowly but completely.
We must then ask ourselves, America and Israel, why oh why do the nations rage against us? Is it because of the criminality of the Israeli government or the complicity of the United States government in allowing such an atrocity to go on and on and on?
We all know by know, that the spin of the Israeli government is such that they claim that they are protecting themselves from attacks by an indigenous population with barely stone knives and slingshots, compared to the firepower of the US Military-Industrial-Congressional complex.
Yes, the Legislative Branch of the government of the US is now and has been complicit in the backing of the rogue Israeli government for as many years as Israel has been in existence, except for a brief period when D.D. Eisenhower was president.
We the people, of the US can no longer stand idly by while the governmental entities of both Israel and the US commit war crimes and crimes against humanity.
We must stand up and let our voices be heard, loudly and clearly that we will no longer support any legislator or president that does not have an equitable and reasonable policy towards both the Israelis and the Palestinians.  And if they do not, we will boot them out of office, even to the extreme of calling for special elections and recall votes.
I am certain, that once the people of the US, do these very things, that Israel will and must be brought to the bargaining table and truthfully and without dissemination deal with the Palestinian people in a forthright and honest manner.

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By greystone, January 12, 2009 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

Ed

yes Ed I don’t need to read whatever you mentioned there as I suspect we are in partial agreement in that from my viewpoint the bigger stronger smarter guy oughta be by some unseen concurred right the one to apologize immediately and do whatever it takes to rectify the morass. Waiting for others to beg for mercy is so unkind and ignoble. And tends historically to be a temporary stop gap.

when my dogs fight I pick up a stick and tell them to knock it off. Comparisons are probably moot. For although those in close seem to have that seeing red thing going on and the adrenaline of fighting and flying we’re talking semirational beings right? Not dogs. Right? lol.  I suppose a big dose of cold water might allow for some settling of the dust and stepping back to take reaccount. Again.

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By Anarcissie, January 12, 2009 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

Howard:
’... Like any country in rest of world Israel finally had to act. Good for them!’

Actually, it’s probably not very good for them.  Besides the matter of sinking into moral depravity, there is the question of publicity and media.  Media, as a whole, is changing; it is no longer controlled by a few talking heads as in the days of big newspapers, radio, and television.  Today we have the internet and cell phones.  Israel is now creating a lot of videos and images of dead children and smashed buildings which will be circulated throughout the world virally, including the United States, on which Israel now seems to be totally dependent.  If it becomes expensive and wearisome to the ruling class to keep the lid on present and growing public displeasure, they may flip over and hang Israel out to twist slowly in the wind.  In fact, that moment may not be far off.  So I think that the present exercise may have turned out to be a very bad move for Israel.

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By Howard, January 12, 2009 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

Hamas did NOT honor the cease-fire that was initiated over 6 months ago. Every day missles and rockets were launched into southern Israel. They were warned not to keep it up.

Then Hamas refused to renew the truce 3 weeks ago and instead incresed the rocket fire. Begged Israel to come into Gaza.  Of course, Israel left in 2005 and all they received in return was a bombardment. Makes you wonder if Israel is eager to give up more land for “peace”

Finally Israel responded to these unprecedented attacks. Can’t blame’ ‘em. Much as any nation would do.

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By Eso, January 12, 2009 at 8:10 am Link to this comment

4000 patients bleeding to death, but not a drop of blood.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/13/gaza-israel-egypt-sinai

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By M.B.S.S., January 12, 2009 at 8:10 am Link to this comment

israel has become what they hate.  the worst of all fates.  american taxpayers:  like how your money is being spent?  just like lady macbeth, the blood wont wash from your hands.

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By Ed Harges, January 12, 2009 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

To greystone:

Please read “The Case Against Israel”, by Canadian Jewish professor of ethics Michael Neuman. He demolishes your fatuous position of “there’s enough blame to go around for everyone - everyones’ to blame, so nobody’s to blame.”

Neuman shows with crystal clarity that fundamentally Israel is in the wrong and the Palestinians are in the right.

Furthermore, it is especially morally idiotic for Americans to take your even-handed view, because our government has heavily and brutally backed just one party in the issue - the party that is fundamentally in the wrong, i.e., Israel.

Your pseudo-liberal complaint that we need to “get beyond blame” induces a political paralysis that always benefits Israel. The more “liberal” supporters of Israel like to pretend to themselves that they are enlightened, while looking the other way and passively allowing this injustice to continue as Americans foot the bill.

Israel’s thought monitors love people like you: “It’s all so complicated,” they say, “So just shake your head at eternal human folly and move along to some other topic, like Darfur….”

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By Purple Girl, January 12, 2009 at 7:47 am Link to this comment

The Israeli Gov’t has had a free ride since it’s birth as a nation. It ahs offered NOTHING in return to those who have granted them funds, weapons and Diplomatic support. Instead they return the favor by spur on more violence and using the ‘gifts’ as proof of ‘Carte Blanche’.
Lets all be sure to thank the Israeli Gov’t, and their ‘Friends’ when we suffer another attack on Our soil.
Seems the Israeli Gov’t has already secured their seat on the Evangelicals ‘Rapture Express’. Since Bush couldn’t get a green light on Hagee’s proposed Pre-emptive strike on Iran stratedgy to kick off the Festivities, the Israeli Gov’t decided to go for Plan B.
It’s not jus those living in Gaza who need to get some reins on their Leaders, so do the Israeli’s. Beleive it or not, Not every American Loves Israel. That’s why their ‘Friends’ have been out campaigning for them for the last 30 yrs. what Gains they have made pale compared to those that have been set deeply in many’s psyche through religious doctrines and Raicist ideology. They have bet on a hand that has Only One Ace, The Religious Right…and we see how much influence they had during the last election.
Israel has been the drum beat of the ‘Armegeddonists’ for decades, and many American Know Why (a means to ‘The End’)- and it not only disgusts US, It scares the hell out of US.
These groups who have a MORBID OBSESSION with the ‘End’ have been defeated by the Masses who prefer to focus on the future and dare to HOPE.These Fanatics are NOT Chrisitians nor Muslims Nor Jews, their religious Delusions have plagued man since the time he realized the elements were far greater than himself.It is time that those religions they have infiltrated and used as camoflague Expose their psychotic delsuions of granduer and Heretical Ideology for what it is…Working to bring on the end of Humanity which Only a Jealous hateful entity would condone. Only servants of Satan would strive for such Destruction and annilation of all that we have been given.
Don’t tell me you are a ‘Faithful’ if you are instigating a battle between ‘Good & Evil’ (‘Soldiers/Warriors of God’, ‘Jihadists’),Because only God will determine which is which in the end. I will venture to Guess that Killing each other will not be a quailfiying factor for ‘salvation’.
The World is Watching, and so Is God.

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By greystone, January 12, 2009 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

Ed

we’re a bit beyond he started it she started it un un he did she did. vile shmile we’re all miscreants have been can be and the flip side too hallelujah capable of having bing! I get it moments and eek what’s this blood on my hands awakenings. and as a friend of mine noted gigundo miracles seem to require great big piles of mess. so let’s set the vile aside and see what sparks of reflection may arise within and between our myriad selves.

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By Ed Harges, January 12, 2009 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

After the ceasefire took effect in April,  there was a dramatic drop in rocketfire from Gaza into Israel.

From June to September, only three of these piddlingly ineffective rockets hit Israel, with no Israeli casulaties, and it was generally believed by experts that these were from rogue individuals or groups not controlled by Hamas.

Hamas itself was honoring the truce. But what was Israel doing the whole duration of this “ceasefire”? Israel was continuing to strangle Gaza with an almost complete blockade - an act of war in itself - along with continued house demolitions, orchard destructions, assassinations, etc.

Israel continued to provoke until it got the excuse it wanted for this thuggish, one-sided massacre. Israel is vile.

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By greystone, January 12, 2009 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

pretend just for a millisecond that you are a higher power checking this out. if you know the other side of death maybe you can shake your head and laugh but back at normal human power even, I think man, we ain’t got time for this. Megalomaniacs all.  What this is how your parents raised you to treat yourselves and each other?  Paleese. Spare me the denial both of you. yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn. Our warring is like an insane soap opera and o so predictable.

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By Zeya, January 12, 2009 at 6:47 am Link to this comment
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Another article that should be required reading for anyone who really wants to know the truth about what’s happening in Gaza. The photo caption, however, should revised to read “[f]ire and smoke from Israeli military PHOSPHORUS bombs which have severely burned civilians in Gaza City.”

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By JoeBloggs, January 12, 2009 at 6:19 am Link to this comment
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Howard: 

Perhaps you have not been to Gaza and the occupied territories, as I have, so you do not appreciate the brutal facts of life for Palestinians living under a vicious and racist Israeli occupation for the last 42 years.

1. Hamas did not exist in 1967.  It is the unpleasant product of Israeli occupation and oppression, not the cause. And the “Islamofascists” of Hamas are scarcely more repellent than the “Judaeofascist” terrorists of Irgun who helped to found Israel and whose influence still dominates all Israeli treatment of the indigenous Palestinian people, not to mention their baleful influence on US policy towards Israel through their AIPAC proxies. Putting Palestinians “on a diet” or comparing them to “cockroaches”, while constantly attempting to ethnically cleanse them or starve them into submission, is hardly likely to encourage moderation in Israel’s opponents.
2. Palestinians have not had the opportunity to “start a viable society or country”, because Israel has besieged Gaza for years, destroyed much of the infrastructure in the occupied territories, and relentlessly undermines any halting progress towards peace.  Palestinians cannot build a viable state in their fragmented and impoverished bantustans while under Israeli occupation and siege, any more than you could.
3.  Israel broke the truce in November by kidnapping alleged Hamas activists.  One of the conditions for the truce was that Israel would ease the siege on Gaza.  This did not happen, so it is hardly surprising that Hamas refused to extend the truce without progress on ending the siege. Why should they act as Israel’s Kapos in the Gaza ghetto?
4.  Israel has killed over 5000 Palestinians in the last 8 years, almost 1000 in the last 2 weeks, compared to a total Israeli death toll of around 1000 since 2000 and about 13 in the last 2 weeks (several of them killed by Israel’s own forces). Israel is heavily armed and subsidised by the US taxpayer, while Palestinians have to resort (however unwisely) to home-made rockets to defend their people because nobody else has lifted a finger to protect them in the last 42 years. Israel is also permanently engaged in an illegal occupation, brutal siege and relentless oppression of a captive nation.  It seems pretty clear which side is in most danger here, despite the hysterical pro-Israeli rhetoric.
5.  If Israel wants peace, it simply has to remove *all* its settlers and soldiers from Palestinian territories (not just the 2% of settlers it moved from Gaza to the West Bank, or the soldiers it simply moved outside the perimeter of the Gaza ghetto to create a free-fire zone within), move its apartheid wall back to its own borders and allow Palestinians the freedom to “start a viable society or country” as you suggest.

This is the only basis for a lasting peace in the region (unless you would prefer genocide of one side or the other, of course).  Every minute wasted, every dollar spent on sustaining this conflict instead of promoting peace, every life lost or ruined on either side, between here and the only viable peace deal, is a crime.

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By gail, January 12, 2009 at 6:04 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Hedges,
Thank you for this article.  It was your book about Central America in the early ‘80’s that prompted me to activism in opposition to the US policies so well documented in Naomi Klein’s book Shock Doctrine.  She is galvanizing this generation.  It is articles such as this one of yours, speaking to the core of the issue and denouncing this massacre and also calling into question our own complicity that will fuel more people to act.  We must boycott and divest from Israel.  There is a movement building. Perhaps there is some chance of success as American realize their tax dollars which could be going toward anything else but weapons and war are needed desparately now that we are in ecconomic chaos. Bamboozled Americans,when hit in the pocket book may begin to rethink their passivity in the face of monsterous bloodletting.  I have no faith in the basic morality of Americans but I do have faith that they will watch their own shrinking wallet.  I think this is a point to pound along with the points you made so well in your essay. 
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By leftyrite, January 12, 2009 at 5:49 am Link to this comment

Week in and week out, Chris Hedges tells us the truth. It’s not always easy to hear, but, like Chris, we must bear witness.

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By Howard, January 12, 2009 at 5:33 am Link to this comment

Hamas speaks the language of Death.  Teaches their people nothing else in the schools and mosques.  It is in their charter to eliminate Israel and kill all the Jews.

Hamas did not take the opportunity to start a viable society or country, No.  Shot daily since the supposed truce in June rockets and missiles into Israel.  Refused to continue the shaky truce 3 weeks ago and broke off any talks with Israel and increased the rate of bombardment.

Hedges has it backwards.  Hamas glorifies death. Has declared war on Israel. Like any country in rest of world Israel finally had to act. Good for them !

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By Eso, January 12, 2009 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

“It seems,” the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe wrote recently, “that even the most horrendous crimes, such as the genocide in Gaza, are treated as discrete events, unconnected to anything that happened in the past and not associated with any ideology or system. ... “
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It is not that Hamas cannot lose this war, but Hamas can win the war if those who support Palestinians dig deep into history, reject their own false myths, and tell that this war is a continuation of the war the West began to wage many centuries ago against the East. This why the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, etc. support this war. The total subjugation or even death of the Gazans is just another “step forward” for the West.

I suggest that supporters of the Palestinians look at the take on history of the Russian mathematician and historian Anatoly Fomenko. Fomenko may not have the whole answer, but his research is a crack in the wall that can be further widened by further research.
A quick overview can be also gained at http://esoschronicles.blogspot.com , re the last four blogs of five blogs.

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