Top Leaderboard, Site wide
September 30, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates






The Underground Girls of Kabul


Truthdig Bazaar
Kolyma Tales

Kolyma Tales

By Varlam Shalamov; John Glad (Translator)

America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise

By David Armstrong and Joseph J. Trento
$16.47

more items

 
Report

The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Aug 9, 2010
Nasser Shiyoukhi

An Israeli border policeman watches tear gas disperse in front of Palestinian supporters of Hamas after the 2009 election.

By Chris Hedges

(Page 2)

And if these words are what it means to be a Muslim, and I believe it does, name me too a Muslim, a follower of the prophet, peace be upon him.

The boat to Gaza will be named “The Audacity of Hope.” But these are not Barack Obama’s words. These are the words of my friend the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. They are borrowed words. And Jerry Wright is not afraid to speak the truth, not afraid to tell us to stop confusing God with America. “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands [killed] in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said. “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Or the words of Edward Said:

Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a difficult and principled position which you know to be the right one, but which you decide not to take. You do not want to appear too political; you are afraid of seeming controversial; you want to keep a reputation for being balanced, objective, moderate; your hope is to be asked back, to consult, to be on a board or prestigious committee, and so to remain within the responsible mainstream; someday you hope to get an honorary degree, a big prize, perhaps even an ambassadorship.

Advertisement

Square, Site wide
For an intellectual these habits of mind are corrupting par excellence. If anything can denature, neutralize, and finally kill a passionate intellectual life it is the internalization of such habits. Personally I have encountered them in one of the toughest of all contemporary issues, Palestine, where fear of speaking out about one of the greatest injustices in modern history has hobbled, blinkered, muzzled many who know the truth and are in a position to serve it. For despite the abuse and vilification that any outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights and self-determination earns for him or herself, the truth deserves to be spoken, represented by an unafraid and compassionate intellectual.

And some of the last words of Rachel Corrie to her parents:

I’m witnessing this chronic, insidious genocide and I’m really scared, and questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. I don’t think it’s an extremist thing to do anymore. I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I feel. Disappointment. I am disappointed that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it. This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world. This is not at all what the people here asked for when they came into this world. This is not the world you and Dad wanted me to come into when you decided to have me. This is not what I meant when I looked at Capital Lake and said: “This is the wide world and I’m coming to it.” I did not mean that I was coming into a world where I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide. More big explosions somewhere in the distance outside. When I come back from Palestine, I probably will have nightmares and constantly feel guilty for not being here, but I can channel that into more work. Coming here is one of the better things I’ve ever done. So when I sound crazy, or if the Israeli military should break with their racist tendency not to injure white people, please pin the reason squarely on the fact that I am in the midst of a genocide which I am also indirectly supporting, and for which my government is largely responsible.

And if this is what it means to be a Christian, and I believe it does, to speak in the voice of Jeremiah Wright, Edward Said or Rachel Corrie, to remember and take upon us the pain and injustice of others, then name me a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ.

And what of the long line of Jewish prophets that run from Jeremiah, Isaiah and Amos to Hannah Arendt, who reminded the world when the state of Israel was founded that the injustice meted out to the Jews could not be rectified by an injustice meted out to the Palestinians, what of our own prophets, Noam Chomsky or Norman Finkelstein, outcasts like all prophets, what of Uri Avnery or the Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai, who writes in his poem “Rypin,” the Polish town his father escaped from during the Holocaust, these words:


New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

severed2009: What needs to happen is that a large group of possible future outcomes is sketched with words and statistics, and each side indicates which would be acceptable.  Once an outcome is acceptable to all sides, they figure out how to get there.

Wrong.  The matter is already decided on the basis of international law.  There are borders which have already been recognized and which one side refuses to accept because they want more than they are entitled to.

severed2009: The conflicting claims of justice will have to be given up.
Translation:  Rape victims need to get over it and move on.

severed2009: Many peoples have been driven by various forces from their ancestral homes.  Land is no longer the basis of prosperity for most people in countries that are not poor.  If they want a decent life for their children, they must let things go.

Translation:  Israel should get to keep the land it stole and the Palestinians must move on

Report this

By severed2009, August 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

To make peace, all sides are going to have to give up trying to put all or most of the blame on the other sides.  This blaming and fighting is like a blood feud; it has no ending. The discussion here is evidence of exactly that.  It shows that all are wrong because all have an attitude and a position that can only keep the struggle going. 

What needs to happen is that a large group of possible future outcomes is sketched with words and statistics, and each side indicates which would be acceptable.  Once an outcome is acceptable to all sides, they figure out how to get there. 

The conflicting claims of justice will have to be given up.  There is never any way to achieve more than a very rough and very imperfect justice in situations like this, and it is not useful to try to do this.  All sides should focus on how they want their children to live, and let forgiveness and compromise and future welfare trump justice and the past. 

Many peoples have been driven by various forces from their ancestral homes.  Land is no longer the basis of prosperity for most people in countries that are not poor.  If they want a decent life for their children, they must let things go.

Report this

By ofersince72, August 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment

Shingo….  I have my own term for that

it is called the

  A Z T E C   S Y N D R O M E

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

Misterioso, August 9 at 11:31 pm: For the edifiation of the Hasbara rat pack

Amazing isn’t it, how a Hasbrat like randyjet can read that same passage and come to the conclusion that Hamas were to blame?

Report this

By Misterioso, August 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

For the edifiation of the Hasbara rat pack:

In June 2007, Hamas retained control of the Gaza Strip by carrying out a preventative counter-coup or counter-putsch against a U.S. orchestrated attempt by Fatah, known as the Dayton Plan, to take control by military means. In an article published in Vanity Fair, investigative journalist Peter Rose reveals the details: “Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by [Fatah’s Mohammed] Dahlan and armed with new weapons at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.) But the secret plan backfired, resulting in a further setback for American foreign policy under Bush. Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S. backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza.” (Peter Rose, “The Gaza Bombshell,” Vanity Fair, April 2008, http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/04/gaza200804)

Report this

By Sodium-Na, August 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

For Chris Hedges:

Chris,

You and writers like you are the CONSCIENTIOUS SOUL
not only of America,but what is decent in all humanity.

Thank you,sir,for the privilege of reading your splendid column every Monday.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

I read everything I link to randyjet,

“I guess you did not read it since you would notice it said in the first part that Hamas siezed power in all of Gaza in a bloody coup in Jun 2007 and rockets have been falling into Israel nearly every day. That says it all thank you.”

I guess written comprehension isn’t your forte.  The coup in Jun 2007 was started by Fatah,  and the serge on Gaza commenced in 2006.  Furthermore, Israel began firing shells into Gaza in September 2005, and have fired twice as many ordnance in since than that Hamas have fired into Israel. 

Needless to say, Israel have always violated every ceasefire.

“There is no question that Hamas and Fatah had been bloody to each other. There is a difference though since YOU take only the Hamas side and that of the fundamentalist Islamics”

The fact that Hamas are Islamic fundamentalists is entirely irrelevant and only a consequence if you happen to be an Islamophobe. The fact that Israel is a Jewish state is incidental and is not the reason why Israel is a fascist apartheid state, quite the contrary.  Those crimes are antithetical to Judaism.

“ I hate such folks since because of their politics of fascism that far exeeds anything that the Israelis do.”
And how do you arrive at that conclusion?  Israel has killed many times more people than they have, so what is your yardstick for coming to such a conclusion, other than the assumption that you simply have an irrational hatred os Muslims?

“Let me know when Israel starts chopping off noses of women, stoning them to death, or insisting that they stay at home and be kept illiterate.”

You Zionist hacked are so predictable.  I guess dumping White Phosphorous on entire populations, and causing women and children to cook from the inside is just sport to you.  And dropping millions of cluster bombs where children play or farmers tend to their crops is your idea of entertainment? 

“I guess you missed the boast that Fathid Hamad made that Hamas uses women and children and old folks as human shields.”

I guess you missed the fact that Shin Bet appealed a ruling by the Israeli Superme Court that banned the use of human shields, arguing that human shields are useful, or the fact that IDF troops admitted to using human shields in Gaza?

“Sorry, but hiding behind such folks is NOT what I or any rational person would consider either right or legal.”
Again, thanks for the comic relief, but a state that has flouted over 100 UN Resolutions, and velated gross war crimes is no yard stick for what is either right or legal.

“If you place an artillery tube on top of a hospital you cannot claim war crime when the hospital is bombed. SO spare me the crocodile tears about civilian casualties.”

You’re too funny.  Not even Israel are making that claim. 

It’s a pity you don’t bother to read, but I suspect illiteracy is a condition you share with the Taliban.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

I was witting for the one trick pony, Peter Knopfler, to show up and soil himself on this forum and he hasn’t disappointed.

If voting for Hamas was self inflicted self sabotage, then perhaps our resident village idiot would care to
demonstrate how voting for Fatah has born fruit?

“Americans can`t take care of your homeless veterans, your prison population, consumer crap society.”

That’s hilarious coming from a country that not only relies entirely on the world’s biggest welfare cheque from the US to function, but even demands that US arms manufacturers forgo profits so that Israel can brandish the biggest stick in the region – albeit all paid for by the US tapxpayer.

“Piss on Israel somemore is only get you closer to Attack on Iran!”

An attack that is oly made possible by the weapons the US has given to Israel and the guarantee that the US not only has Israel’s back, but will fight the war that Israel starts.

“Palestinians made their own bed when Israel left GAZA, more rockets and media crap, that`s all.”

Actually that’s complete BS.  Israel fired 7,700 rockets into Gaza over the ten months as it withdrew.  It then proceeded to blockade and strangle the region.

“Not to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, is their death warrant.”

Don’t you just love it when Peter talks tough?  Mind you, that too is a lie.  Arafat recognized Israel and they killed him anyway.

“So let the Arab nations shoot themselves in the foot, while arranging for more suicide bombers thanks to the wall far less.”

False on all counts.  Hamas called an end to suicide attacks in 2006 and seeing as 3000 Palestinians climb over, under and around the wall every day, it’s safe to assume that any suicide bomber would have no problem getting into Israel is he so desired.

“Tears for Gaza Tears for Israel, Tears for Nazrella, tears for Lenanon and tears for Iran. TEARS FOR NAGASAKI!!!”

As we can see, the 60’s weren’t kind to Peter, not that he can remember any of it.

Report this

By randyjet, August 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Thank you shingo I had not read article but knew much of what was in it. I guess you did not read it since you would notice it said in the first part that Hamas siezed power in all of Gaza in a bloody coup in Jun 2007 and rockets have been falling into Israel nearly every day. That says it all thank you.

There is no question that Hamas and Fatah had been bloody to each other. There is a difference though since YOU take only the Hamas side and that of the fundamentalist Islamics. I hate such folks since because of their politics of fascism that far exeeds anything that the Israelis do. Let me know when Israel starts chopping off noses of women,stoning them to death, or insisting that they stay at home and be kept illiterate. THEN I will start viewing them in the same light as Hamas and the Taliban.

I guess you missed the boast that Fathid Hamad made that Hamas uses women and children and old folks as human shields. Sorry, but hiding behind such folks is NOT what I or any rational person would consider either right or legal. If you place an artillery tube on top of a hospital you cannot claim war crime when the hospital is bombed. SO spare me the crocodile tears about civilian casualties.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment

Thank you brewerstroupe,

It’s becomming tedious having to debunk the BS from these Zionist Islamphobes, so I respect and appreciate your efforts.

Report this
Peter Knopfler's avatar

By Peter Knopfler, August 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

Same old sh-t different assh-le, or just same old. Tired of hearing the self inflicted palestinian self sabotage vote for HAMAS! Americans can`t takecare of your homeless veterans, your prison population, consumer crap society. Piss on Israel somemore is only get you closer to Attack on Iran!. Palestinians made their own bed when Israel left GAZA, more rockets and media crap, that`s all. Not to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, is their death warrant. So let the Arab nations shoot themselves in the foot, while arranging for more suicide bombers thanks to the wall far less.Tears for Gaza Tears for Israel, Tears for Nazrella, tears for Lenanon and tears for Iran. TEARS FOR NAGASAKI!!!

Report this
brewerstroupe's avatar

By brewerstroupe, August 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

Final results show that Hamas won the election, with 74 seats to the ruling-Fatah’s 45, providing Hamas with the majority of the 132 available seats and the ability to form a majority government on their own.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_legislative_election,_2006

The demonization of Hamas is entirely a propaganda exercise. Hamas consists of the Change and Reform political Party and a militia of less than 1000 men. More than 90% of Hamas revenue goes into Social programs. They hold and will continue to hold power in the Palestinian Authority for one simple reason. They have pledged never to compromise on the right of return to or compensation for the lands stolen from them in 1948 and 1967 - a pledge that is supported by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Accords and U.N. Resolution 242.

They are quite demonstrably not oppressive of women or religion - six Hamas members of the Palestine Authority are women. The Mayor of Ramallah is a Roman Catholic woman who won office when three Hamas Councilors supported her.

Further reading/listening:
Sir Jeremy Geenstock, former British Ambassador to the U.N.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7823000/7823746.stm

Gaza’s Christian Community:
http://www.culturalcatholic.com/ChristianGaza.htm

Henry Siegman, director of the US Middle East Project in New York, is a visiting research professor at SOAS, University of London. He is a former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America:
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n02/henry-siegman/israels-lies#

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

Another few examples of how the peaceful Israelis state responds to non violent protests:

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At A Nonviolent Protest In Gaza
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8633&Itemid=28

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Thanks babycatajesus,

Yes, I’m familiar with that articel and most of Andrew Bacevich’s work. 

I think we are beginnig to witness the failure of militarism.  Just look at how the world’s largext power is losing to a bunch of rat tag militia with assault rifles in Afghanistan?

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

Congratulations randyjet,

part 1 of 2

Of all the points you raised, you managed to get 100% of them wrong. You’re nothing more than an Israeli propagandist who claims that he criticises Israel all the time, then post comments that focus entirely on the Palestinians.

Let’s begin with your childish notion that Fatah are the more legitimate of the two groups.  Fatah have become Israel’s sock puppet, and corrupt to the core.  Not only did Abbas lose the election, but his term ran out last January and he continues to insist that he and he alone is the rightful representative of the Palestinians. It was Abbas that took his orders from Tel Aviv and Washington, called off the unity talks he was scheduled to hold with Hamas (following their election victory) and then conducted a coup, sponsored by Washington and Tel Aviv, to overthrow Hamas.

Sadly for him and the PA, they lost, and yes, some of the PA actors got killed.  This was amply documented in Vanity Fair,
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/04/gaza200804.

Fatah also refused to endorse the Goldstone Report Under orders from Tel Aviv. So yeah, there’s a difference between Fatah and Hamas.  Hamas are not on Israel’s payroll.

And FYI.  Hamas won the election in both Gaza and the West Bank. 

You are also absolutely wrong about Hamas rejecting the accords.  In 2005 Hamas signed the Cairo Declaration of 2005 and the National
Reconciliation Document, which, as interpreted by Haniyeh and
Maschaal, means that Hamas “fully respects” the previous agreements between the Palestinians and Israel.

In 2005 Hamas in its election campaign, for an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.  They have reasserted their support for a 2 state solution ever since.

“ By the way, a cease fire is NOT a peace treaty or an agreement.”

Wow, that’s a new concept.  Please explain how a ceasefire can take place without an agreement?

“Hamas decided to declare war on Israel and acted on it.”

When was that?  In June 2004 Sheik Yassin stated that Hamas would end armed resistance in exchange for a Palestinian State in the West Bank,
Gaza and East Jerusalem. Israel assassinated Sheik Yassin and Dr. Rantisi in 2004.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

part 2 of 2

“You want to shoot rockets into Israel, you get bombed.”

You Zionist hacks are like broken records.  Even when all the evidence shows that Hamas are not firing rockets, you simply repeat this same BS mantra.  For the 100th time, Hamas were holding to the ceasefire in 2008 and Israel broke it.  Get it?  There were no rockets fired by Hamas and even Israel’s MFA acknowledged that fact.

“At least the Israelis try to hit their targets, Hamas makes no such claim or attempt.”

Yes, it just so happens that Israel target civilians and hit them, which is why more that 60% of the victims in Gaza were women and children.

They simply WANT to cause innocent murders!

“They also practice this on their own people who disagree with them as you admit that Hamas murdered their prisoners from an alleged coup.”

Alleged?  I just gave you a link to a report that proves this.  If there had been a coup conducted in the US, it would be regarded as treason, a crime punishable by death. It is you my friend, who are SICK!  Too much Ziocaine.
“I guess that torturing and murdering your opponents is OK if you are Hamas.”

So by your own standards, Israel who has secret torture chambers and boasts openly about it’s assassination programs is what exactly?

“There is a big difference between Israel and Hamas internal regimes that is obvious to most rational people.”
Correction:  That is obvious to Zionist shills like you.  Israel kills 100 times the number of civilians that Hamas kill, yet you smother them with kisses.  Remind me who is sick here?

“Israel has a peace movement and a large opposition movement within Israel.”

Is that supposed to be proof of anything?  FYI. The opposition movement was the side that started wars with Gaza and Lebanon, massacring nearly 3,000 people in the process.  Secondly, the majority of Palestinians are committed to non violent resistance, but it hasn’t stopped Israel murdering them by the thousands.

Thanks for the comic relief.

Maybe it’s time you looked up the definition of fascism, because you might be enlightened by the discovery that Israel is a an ethnic supremacist state, who believes in the superiority of it’s people and has state sanctioned apartheid written into it’s charter.

Report this

By Kalpal, August 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

I asked and you misanswered? Are you George Bush in disguise?

“1.  Can any of you out there who claim that Israel has refused every peace overture explain the infamous 3 NO’s in 1967?

Answer:  Netanyahu was caught in tape admitting that he sabotaged the Oslo accords.”


I am amazed at the precision with which you responded to my question. Such a non sequitur must have taken you a second or two to compose.

The way you dealt with the 3 NO’s was masterful and I am heartbroken at not having foreseen you exacting and totally academic respones. 

How stupid are you? I know you are abysmally ignorant I just wonder how low your IQ is?

When I say Arabs are not being benevolent I do not speak of individuals. I speak of governments, none of which have been benevolent for at least 1,000 years.

I will no longer respond because I weary of dealing with non sequiturs and ignorant oafs.

Live long and prosper but cease wasting everyone’s time by silliness disguised as thoughtfulness

Report this

By babycatajesus, August 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment

Indeed EVIL does exist, but there does appear to exist another force, generally obscured in this day and age, this veil of tears.

Thank you for your humanity, Chris Hedges!

Report this

By babycatajesus, August 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

Shingo, I refer you to this article appearing in Mother Jones:

The End of (Military) History? A retired Army colonel turned history professor discusses the United States, Israel, and how the western way of war failed.

http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/07/end-military-history

Report this

By cvd, August 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

genocide is too strong a word and unfair this is a civil war as was the bosnian war in yugoslavia where the word genocide was used too freely as well -
hedges is a bit preachy - and why drag religion into it - northern ireland is not about religion nor is palestine - the israeli occupying army is slowly killing off all resistance in the name of survival - they have the winning support of the US and EU - the palestinians have nothing - it is a disastrous long standing american policy since 1967 in particular - israel does what it does because of the US - however we should not drag religion into it - also - Hannah Arendt is not a Jewish Prophet - really too embarrasing this hagiography and proselytizing - she never saw herself as a Jewish thinker but as a social philosopher - it is unfair to call her so and somewhat racialist and mongering

Report this

By randyjet, August 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment

Shingo is the only KoolAid drinker I have seen. I have been quite critical of Israel and do NOT support much of what they do. But I CAN see the difference between Hamas and the rest of the PA. The people who were murdered by Hamas were two Fatah supporters who had just been released by the Israelis. Hamas has established a one party dictatorship in Gaza. To state that just because a majority elected Hamas makes them NOT fascist is absurd. Then Hitler could not have been fascist since he got the most votes in the 1932 elections.

While it is true that Hamas won the election, they only won in Gaza. They then decided that since they won there, it entitled them to ALL the PA positions and offices. That is like the GOP claiming that since they won so big in Texas, that they deserve to take over ALL the Federal jobs, positions and offices and border control points. Of course, the PA would resist that as would Obama were the GOP so stupid as to try such a thing.

Hamas has rejected all of the accords that were reached with Israel in principle. They are NOT for a two state solution and they have ACTED on that. By the way, a cease fire is NOT a peace treaty or an agreement. Hamas decided to declare war on Israel and acted on it. They are simply reaping what they have sown.

I have as much sympathy for Gazans as I would have had for Germans, Japanese, and Italians during WWII, NONE. You want to shoot rockets into Israel, you get bombed. At least the Israelis try to hit their targets, Hamas makes no such claim or attempt. They simply WANT to cause innocent murders! They also practice this on their own people who disagree with them as you admit that Hamas murdered their prisoners from an alleged coup. I guess that torturing and murdering your opponents is OK if you are Hamas. You are SICK!

There is a big difference between Israel and Hamas internal regimes that is obvious to most rational people. Israel has a peace movement and a large oppostion movement within Israel. Gaza has no such thing, and those who disagree with the new Sharia laws and Hamas are killed. THAT is fascism. Fascism does NOT allow ANY opposition organizations to even EXIST! So WHO is the KOOL AID DRINKER?

Report this

By sharonsj, August 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

When am I going to read a diatribe or expose about how the Palestinian leadership has stolen the billions of aid sent to them?  Have you forgotten that Arafat swiped enough money to set up his wife and kid—in France, no less—with tens of millions of stolen money?  Where is the outrage over the living standards of the Palestinians which was supposed to be raised with all that foreign aid?  Where has the money gone besides more armaments?

Report this

By samd11, August 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Thank-you Mr. Hedges. This Israeli apartheid must end. All the best on the voyage
of The Audacity of Hope. I wish I could send money but all I have is Hope. It is
yours for the taking. Salaam aleichum.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

severed2009, while it is true that the Arab world has neglected the Palestinians, the plight of the Palestinians was created by Israel, not the Arab states.

Yes, there is plenty of one-sided reporting going on here, because Israel is overwhelmingly more powerful and holds all the cards.  Needless to say, you seem completely disconnect from reality.

1.  The Arab support for the Palestinian cause does them no good at all; they have to recognize that they have been used for generations and should strike out on their own to make their own deal.

Answer:  How do you propose they do that?  Israel holds all the cards and the US, the only recognized broker, is clearly so biased and one sided that any deal offered would be grossly inadequate for the Palestinians.

2.  A Palestine that had good relations with Israel would be able to use these relations to become by far the most dynamic economy in the Arab world.

Answer:  This has to be the most reality free statement of all.  Before this could happen, the Palestinians would need their own state, which Israel denies them.  The offer they have had would amount to disconnected and discontinuous Bantustans, which would make existence practically impossible.  On top of that,. Israel insists on controlling all air and sea access to any such entity.

3.    A Palestine that fought with nonviolent civil disobedience would force Israel to compete with it for the moral high ground, and this competition would lead to economic cooperation.

Correction: Based on recent history and countless examples, Israel do not distinguish between nonviolent civil disobedience violent civil disobedience.

4.    This is a winning strategy and so far has been blocked by the rest of the Arab world, whose survival depends on keeping the Palestinians the miserable quasi-prisoners that they are.

Correction:  if it was a winning strategy, it would have yielded results. Clearly it hasn’t.

5.    The Palestinians have to tell the Arab governments (who do not let them emigrate even temporarily) to shove their illusion of support.

Answer: Yeah sure, that will really rally the Israelis to do the right thing right?  Yours is nothing but a recipe to send the lambs to the slaughter.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

Kalpal, sometimes I wonder if you Hasmbrats are simply here to make fools of yourselves.

1.  Can any of you out there who claim that Israel has refused every peace overture explain the infamous 3 NO’s in 1967?

Answer:  Netanyahu was caught in tape admitting that he sabotaged the Oslo accords.

2.    I am still waiting for someone to link to some of these peace overtures made by Arabs?

Answer:  Sure.  Look up the Arab Peace Initiative, signed by 22 Arabs states, which offers not only to recognize Israel, but normalize relations with Israel.  The offer ahs been on the table since 2003, and Israel has rejected it ever since.

3.Anyone who imagines that Arabs are somehow benevolent should bank on Santa buying them a new Ferrari next Xmas.

Answer:  Spoken like a true bigot and racist.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Scorpionet, you’re a poorly informed as randyje, which explains why you admire his BS.

Let’s correct your mistakes too shall we?

1.  A lot of you in Truthdig refuse to admit that every time there is a flashpoint with the Israelis, Hamas instigates it with rockets or kidnapping.

Correction:  Israel instigated and started the 2008 war, even though Hamas has stuck to a 4 month ceasefire.  Israel recently admitted that Hamas had nothing to do with a recent rocket attack, but attacked Hamas anyway

2.  Like the Taliban, they use Islam as a rallying point and it is incredibly easy to stir up passions in the Muslim world using religious propaganda.

Correction:  Hamas actually never cite Islam in their call for resistance to occupation.  You will never find a quote to that effect from their leaders.

3.  Note the outcry from Danish Prophet Cartoons and yet you get silence when the Taliban executes 10 doctors and nurses in the name of Islam.

Correction:  Hamas have nothing to do with the Taliban, and never voiced an opinion about Danish Prophet Cartoons.

4.  So it is a kind of ‘their religion is superior to yours’ deal and the Hamas plays the same game.

Correction:  Israel basses identity on religious supremacy.  John McCain’s pastor claims that the US was created to destroy Islam.

5.  If the Gazans suffer, it is because of the actions perpetrated by Hamas and their propaganda machine effectively diverts blame on the enemy.

Correction:  As Israel withdrew from Gaza, they fired 7,700 shells into Gaza and imposed a siege after Hamas were elected.  By Israel’s own admission, the siege is part of a policy of economic warfare on Hamas.

6.  Can you be more stupid to believe the Gazans as the ONLY Palestinians… you forgot those in the West Bank who do not share the same ideology and by-the-way has not send any Kassam rockets into Israel or kidnap her soldiers. Wonder why the Israelis don’t oppress THOSE Palestinians?

Correction:  Israel continue to demolish homes, steal land,  impoverish and kill the Palestinians in the West Bank.  Poverty in the West Bank, among Palestinians, is worse than even Gaza.

Report this

By haensgen, August 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Judging from many of the comments here, Israel is hot and heavily churning out
their Zionist propaganda.  They have the best covert prop. game in the business. 
And it shows.

Report this

By Misterioso, August 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

Kalpal

The 2002 Beirut Peace Initiative was first rejected by Sharon in 2002 and by a SUBSEQUENT govt. of Israel in 2008.  THAT IS WHAT I WROTE!!
As for the so-called “three no’s” at the 1967 Arab League Khartoum Conference, please do some elementary research.

Israel attacked Egypt (and thereby Jordan and Syria who each shared a mutual defense pact with Egypt) at 7:45AM on 5 June 1967. The land and air invasion occurred just hours before the Egyptian VP was to fly to Washington for a June 7th meeting with Johnson et al. to defuse the crisis between Egypt and Israel on the basis of a deal worked out between Nasser and US envoy Robert Anderson. Israel’s attack also violated a commitment PM Eshkol and his cabinet gave Pres. Johnson to not initiate any attack until at least June 11th to give Washington time to pursue a diplomatic solution. 

However, on June 4, when it heard about the June 7th meeting and the distinct possibility that it would rule out war, Israel attacked Egypt the next day.  In short, the war was another massive land grab by Israel.

Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Minister without portfolio in Eshkol’s cabinet, while addressing Israel’s National Defence College on 8 August 1982: “In June, 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves.  We decided to attack him.” (New York Times, 21 August 1982)


The Eshkol govt. did not at anytime offer to withdraw from the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem or the Gaza Strip. It did offer to withdraw from Egypt’s Sinai, Syria’s Golan Heights and Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms, but promptly withdrew the offer and commenced settlement construction weeks before the Arab League’s Khartoum conference (29 August to 1 September 1967.) Hence, the entirely appropriate so-called “three no’s.”

However, if one takes the time to study what actually occurred in Khartoum, one will discover that the Arab League in fact opened the door to negotiations with Israel for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.  Consistent with its expansionist policy since 1948 (and that of the Jewish Agency in late 1947), however, Israel chose to retain its illegal occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands.

Report this
brewerstroupe's avatar

By brewerstroupe, August 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

The Palestinians are the Arab world’s patsies, set up to be a constant distraction from the fecklessness of Arab governments.

Let me see if I’ve got this right.
Zionism was an Arab plot?

Report this

By kalpal, August 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

Can any of you out there who claim that Israel has refused every peace overture explain the infamous 3 NO’s in 1967? Were those NO’s a peace overture? If so, how? Oh, yes the famous rejection of peace by Sharon in 2008 when he had been in a coma for 2 years already is truly fascinating.

Those of you quote Israeli sources may wish to actually quote Israeli sources rather than filteres sources through an insurgent prism.

I am still waiting for someone to link to some of these peace overtures made by Arabs? Surely they are listed on the net with their true sources? Bah humbug. You guys are disgusting. Why believe? Why not get to know?

Anyone who imagines that Arabs are somehow benevolent should bank on Santa buying them a new Ferrari next Xmas.

Report this

By Misterioso, August 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment

BTW, I neglected to note in my previous posting that apart from the Arab League, the 2002 Beirut Peace Initiative has been accepted by non-Arab Iran, Hezbollah, the P.A. and even Hamas has agreed, subject to a Palestinian referendum and a connecting corridor between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Report this
M Henri Day's avatar

By M Henri Day, August 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment

«Israel has tried repeatedly to make peace since 1967. The Arab league without any consultations with Palestinians determined that no peace is possible. That same Arab league has forced the Palstinians [sic !] to subsist in utter misery because to do otherwise is to concede that peace is possible.» Signature «kalpal» seems to presume that his or her (I suspect «his»)  interlocutors are utterly ignorant of the recent history of Southwest Asia in general and Israel and Palestine in particular - or perhaps simply entertains utter contempt for those who might read his posting. With regard to the Arab League «determin[ing] that no peace is possible», interested readers might want to examine the peace proposal of 2002 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Peace_Initiative ). This in no way justifies the Arab League’s lack of support for the Palestinians in anything but words, which were designed for the consumption of their domestic publics and which have proven extremely cheap, but the facts do demonstrate kalpal‘s utter lack of credibility on this issue. As to the manner in which «Israel has tried repeatedly to make peace since 1967», those unfamiliar with the peace initiatives taken by that regime during the present century might want to read Avram Noam Chomsky’s brief review (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21788.htm ), published on the occasion of the launching of the Israeli government’s most recent full-scale attack on the inhabitants of Gaza. «Peacemaking» Israeli style would seem to have more to do with the Colt 45 than with what most of us would regard as the received meaning of the word - although admittedly, with the help of their US patron, the Israelis do employ somewhat more advanced armament than that produced in the factories of Samuel Colt’s successors….

Henri

Report this

By rjg1971, August 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

A lot of the responses I’ve seen the release of the
FBI file on Zinn has been that it is much ado about
nothing, since we already know that he must have had
a considerable file because of his politic positions
and activities. Here Hedges shows why these kinds of
files are worth ready. We find out that Zinn was an
honrable man who refused to be intimidated into
snitching on other people in the movement.

I think it is a mistake for Hedges to portray the
hired spooks of the government as a bunch of
ineffective and bumbling buffoons. The activities of
the FBI and other spying agencies has been very
effective at crushing dissent in this country. Today
we have a labor movement that has been in a long term
terminal decline for decades and the Democratic-
Republican political duopology remains firmly
entrenched in power. The FBI has played an effective
role in the current sad state of our democracy, and I
think it is a mistake not to see this.

Report this

By stanley Marcus, August 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

It all makes sense and I could accept what Hedges has written if he would only
explain to me how a country can live next door to a political entity (Hamas) that
has announced it means to destroy you.

Report this

By Misterioso, August 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

To quote Nahum Goldman when he stepped down as president of the World Jewish Congress in 1977:  “In 30 years, Israel has never presented the Arabs with a single peace plan. She has rejected every settlement plan devised by her friends and by her enemies. She has seemingly no other object than to preserve the status quo while adding territory piece by piece.”

To quote Professor Avi Shlaim, the renowned Israeli historian, as summarized by Ha’aretz (11 August 2005) in its review of his highly acclaimed book The Iron Wall (2000): “...[B]ased on facts, he surveys the history of Israel’s contacts with the Arab world from 1948 to 2000, and states decisively (‘The job of the historian is to judge,’ he says) that the Israeli story that Israel has always stretched out its hand to peace, but there was nobody to talk to - is groundless. The Arabs have repeatedly outstretched a hand to peace - says Shlaim – and Israel has always rejected it. Each time with a different excuse.”

In April 2002, the Arab League presented Israel with a peace plan known as the Beirut Arab Summit Initiative. Looked upon with favor by the U.S., it calls for full peace between all members of the Arab League (which includes the Palestinian leadership) and Israel, i.e., full diplomatic recognition, normalization of relations, exchange of ambassadors and open borders in exchange for Israel’s compliance with international law (e.g., the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention - all ratified by Israel) and its previous commitments. The initiative also “calls upon Israel to affirm” that it agrees to help pursue the “achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem…” (i.e., no demand for en masse repatriation of Palestinian refugees.) Regrettably, then Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dismissed the Arab League’s peace overture, as did Israel’s govt. in 2008.

Other peace initiatives that Israel’s governments have rebuffed include: U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers’ The Rogers Plan (1969); The Scranton Mission on behalf of President Nixon (1970); Egyptian President Sadat’s land for peace and mutual recognition proposal (1971); U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s call for a Geneva international conference (1977); Saudi Arabian King Fahd’s peace offer (1981); U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s Reagan Plan (1982); U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s Schultz Plan (1988); U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s Baker Plan (1989); the much heralded 1993 Oslo accords signed by Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that unravelled following the latter’s assassination and subsequent return to power of the Likud party from 1996-1999 under Benjamin Netanyahu; continuation of the Taba II negotiations (2001), and the unofficial Geneva Peace Initiative of November/December 2003.

Report this

By Shingo, August 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

randyjet, you have clearly swallowed the Zionist Koolaid.  Let’s correct your mistunderstandings:

1.    Unfortunately, you will have to KILL off Hamas FIRST to have that freedom! Hamas would not even let Fatah supporters LIVE in Gaza.

Correction:  Hamas were elected in free and democratic elections in 2006 that Israel and the West refuse to rexongnize.

2.    They murdered them, chopped their hands off, kneecapped them, and all others who do NOT support Hamas.

Correction:  They murdered them, chopped their hands off, kneecapped them, and all others who took part in a 2007 US and Israeli sponsored coup to overthrow Hamas.

3.  I suggest you talk to Hamas FIRST about love and peace with their OWN people, much less Israelis.

Correction:  Israel is killing ten times as many people, imposing an illegal and inhumane blockade and inflicting collective punishment.

4.  To think that Hamas is simply some kind of liberation movement like all others is wrong. They are an Islamic fascist movement like the Taliban.

Correction:  False. Hamas are a social services group that were created by Israel to offset the influence of the PLO.  Hamas support a 2 state solution, and by Israel’s own admission, have go to great lengths to maintain peace.

5.  Hamas is of the same stripe and to support such types is obscene and a betrayal of all progressive movements and principles.

Correction:  Hamas was elected by the Palestinians and as such, represent the will of the oppressed and subjugated population.  It is Israel that has become the fascist entitity.

6.  Supporting fascists is flat out wrong, even if they are getting the hell beaten out of them. I only wish to kill such types and I am proud of that. They are the political enemies of all that progressives hold dear.

Correction:  You clearly support Israel, which is a fascist apartheid state.

Report this

By David, August 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

To quote Nahum Goldman when he stepped down as president of the World Jewish Congress in 1977:  “In 30 years, Israel has never presented the Arabs with a single peace plan. She has rejected every settlement plan devised by her friends and by her enemies. She has seemingly no other object than to preserve the status quo while adding territory piece by piece.”

To quote Professor Avi Shlaim, the renowned Israeli historian, as summarized by Ha’aretz (11 August 2005) in its review of his highly acclaimed book The Iron Wall (2000): “...based on facts, he surveys the history of Israel’s contacts with the Arab world from 1948 to 2000, and states decisively (‘The job of the historian is to judge,’ he says) that the Israeli story that Israel has always stretched out its hand to peace, but there was nobody to talk to - is groundless. The Arabs have repeatedly outstretched a hand to peace - says Shlaim – and Israel has always rejected it. Each time with a different excuse.”

In April 2002, the Arab League presented Israel with a peace plan known as the Beirut Arab Summit Initiative. Looked upon with favor by Washington, it calls for full peace between all members of the Arab League (which includes the Palestinian leadership) and Israel, i.e., full diplomatic recognition, normalization of relations, exchange of ambassadors, trade, tourism and open borders in exchange for Israel’s compliance with international law, and its previous commitments. The initiative also “calls upon Israel to affirm” that it agrees to help pursue the “achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem…” (i.e. no demand for the mass repatriation of Palestinian refugees.) Regrettably, then Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dismissed the Arab League’s peace overture, as did Israel’s govt. in 2008.

Apart from the Arab League, the Initiative has also been accepted by non-Arab Iran, Hezbollah, the P.A, and Hamas has indicated its acceptance subject to a Palestinian referendum and a connecting corridor between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Other peace initiatives that Israeli governments have rebuffed include: U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers’ The Rogers Plan (1969); The Scranton Mission on behalf of President Nixon (1970); Egyptian President Sadat’s land for peace and mutual recognition proposal (1971); U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s call for a Geneva international conference (1977); Saudi Arabian King Fahd’s peace offer (1981); U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s Reagan Plan (1982); U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s Schultz Plan (1988); U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s Baker Plan (1989); the much heralded 1993 Oslo accords signed by Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that unravelled following the latter’s assassination and subsequent return to power of the Likud party from 1996-1999 under Benjamin Netanyahu; continuation of the Taba II negotiations (2001), and the unofficial Geneva Peace Initiative of November/December 2003.

Report this

By Judith, August 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

If my brother hadn’t been killed by Hazbollah, I could probabably more easily simply take the Story of Rachel and her serious and noble effort and use it as the best catalyst to my current and future actions and those of the hamon ( i.e.huge number) of people hoping against hope to end the atrocities…: on all sides.

Each time , and every day, this scene is recreated and the emotions rubbed awake, I try to think how to bring people together to find answers. I do know that one-sided condemnation is a certain path to more death, more violence and more hatred.

What is going on in Gaza at this very moment involves the brutal response of Israel to a hideous situation in which the ordinary citizens of Gaza are suffering terribly. And they are also captured, tortured and depressed—oppressed—by the same religious insurgents who strafed the camps and residences for young children and fought girls and women with Acid and arms to stay at home and illiterate: although all the world knows it is too late for that.

Academic papers on this subject are boring and obstruse, but passionate protest papers try to simplify a situation that is anything but.

I wish there were people on both—many!—sides of the divide who want to do better. You named a few: Uri Avineri, Noam Chomsky, others like David Grossman—who also only knows the fate of Israelis like his own son who died===was killed—in the process of trying to end this intolerance.

I don’t know the answer. Interns for Peace, young people getting together and emerging across the intellectual gaps or the elders of both camps: silencing them with right ideas. But hoe to do this!

And in the mean time, Gazans are hungry and Israelis are wounded.

Report this

By inL.A, August 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Chris, once again, thank you for your humanity. Just donated $50 to USTOGAZA.

Report this

By kalpal, August 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment

When an incompetent oaf repeatedly shoots at you and misses how much faith is required to assume that the oaf will always miss? The oaf does not intend to miss but is incompetent. The oaf swears that as soon as the shooting improves you and all who are with you must die. How much faith do you need to be sure the oaf will never improve?

Which people on this planet display infinite compassion and patience? Who ignores a threat to all life in his community because the threat comes from a self professed religious source?

Israel has tried repeatedly to make peace since 1967. The Arab league without any consultations with Palestinians determined that no peace is possible. That same Arab league has forced the Palstinians to subsist in utter misery because to do otherwise is to concede that peace is possible.

How many of you know that the Egyptian dictator Nasser founded the PLO? Prior to that founding any Palestinian who made waves or tried to organize was punished.

I would love to see peace bloom in the middle east but too many people have bet on war as the only solution. The Arab nations will no longer Attack Israel because they lack a trained military and material resources to win. So they sacrifice Palestinians to keep peace from being achieved.

If a Palestinian nation came into existence it will be very difficult for Arab leaderships to insist their lack of progress is due to Israel’s refusal to lie down and die. The Palestinians are well educated and will create the same sort of vibrant economy as the Israelis. Such a possibility must not be permitted to occur if the current scum running the Arab nations wish to remain in power. 

War is a difficult and brutal affair. The whole world knows what the outcome would be if the Arabs were to win against Israel. They would make Germany’s national socialists appear positively benevolent.

After the war of independence ended in 1949, The majority of Jews living in Arab countries were expelled and their property was stolen or expropriated. No nation or group of activists found it necessary to comment on the matter or berate those governments. It is quite SOP to to kick Jews out in this world. No one seems to understand why the Jews decline to simply shut up and accept whatever maltreatment is handed to them. It is the fate of Jews to be murdered, maimed and abused by Muslims and Christians and Jewish intrasigence in accepting the matter is just outrageously uncool.

How many centuries has it been since an Arab army has won a war? How long has Islam’s dark age been seeking a light? When did Muslims last contribute much to world civilization?

When was a Palestinian nation first formed? Who founded it? What happened to that founder and his progeny? When did any country first acknowledge the existence of a Palestinian nation? Where were its embassies?

Why do the ME nations uniformly abhor and disrespect the Palestinians so throughly and go to such lengths to insure they remain as miserable as possible?

Report this

By severed2009, August 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm Link to this comment

There is so much one-sided bullcrap about the Palestinians, and I am sad that Chris has added to it.  If we tell the truth, almost nobody looks good.  The Palestinians are the Arab world’s patsies, set up to be a constant distraction from the fecklessness of Arab governments.  If the Palestinians won or lost decisively, most of the Mideast would be destabilized.  So year after year it does not happen.  The Arab support for the Palestinian cause does them no good at all; they have to recognize that they have been used for generations and should strike out on their own to make their own deal.

A Palestine that had good relations with Israel would be able to use these relations to become by far the most dynamic economy in the Arab world.  Young Arabs would come, legally or illegally, from other countries to seek their fortune, and dissatisfaction would spread in the Arab world and endanger existing power structures there.  This is why such good relations have not happened. 

A Palestine that fought with nonviolent civil disobedience would force Israel to compete with it for the moral high ground, and this competition would lead to economic cooperation.  This is a winning strategy and so far has been blocked by the rest of the Arab world, whose survival depends on keeping the Palestinians the miserable quasi-prisoners that they are.  The Palestinians have to tell the Arab governments (who do not let them emigrate even temporarily) to shove their illusion of support. 

There are Palestinians and Israelis who understand all this and have tried to act on it; they are blocked and controlled by forces on both sides who benefit from keeping the present situation stable as long as possible.  These forces are excellent at polluting good so that it becomes evil.  The result is a situation of heartbreaking ugliness, and good men and women find their best efforts perverted.

Report this
Robespierre115's avatar

By Robespierre115, August 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

@NIKHILANANDA, you present cheap liberal arguments for trying to balance out this conflict. Israel continues occupying Palestiniand land, PERIOD. What do you mean the other 20+ Arab nations should let Israel exist? Egypt and Jordan are corrupt dictatorships that do whatever the Israelis tell them to, that seems to be acceptance enough.

Great article by Hedges by the way, a true work of passion and power.

Report this
M Henri Day's avatar

By M Henri Day, August 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

Gaza is no more than an example - even more extreme than that of the West Bank - of basic Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, perhaps best expressed by Moshe Dayan : «We have no solution, you shall continue to live like dogs, and whoever wishes may leave, and we will see where this process leads». That the regime is able to carry out this policy with impunity is, of course, the result of the decisions of US foreign policy makers, some of whom probably realise - but never publicly express - that it may be very difficult to dismount from this tiger which possesses its own idea of where the ride should end. Alas, until the US manages to bankrupt itself with its bloated military and continual wars of aggression, the Palestinians are going to continue suffering under the yoke of an occupying power which is doing its imaginative best to render conditions so miserable that they will, as Dayan noted, decide to up and leave. The tenacity of the Palestinians in the face of this vicious oppression is both remarkable and admirable - it restores one’s faith in the resilience of human nature. In the perhaps unlikely event that we manage to get through the coming decade without blowing ourselves up, one can hope that this resistance will be rewarded….

Henri

Report this
Ed Lytwak's avatar

By Ed Lytwak, August 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Not just the “tears” of Gaza but the resistance of Gaza has become our resistance.  The same names that seek the “extinction and obliteration” of Palestinian culture in Gaza are also seeking the cultural extinction and obliteration of America and Israel.  The nation states of Israel and America are waging a war of cultural obliteration against the people of the United States and Israel not just the Palestinians in Gaza.  The names are the same overt totalitarianism in Gaza and inverted totalitarianism in the United States and Israel.  As such, resistance must be as a culture, against the military-security corporate empire that the U.S. and Israeli democracies (nation states) have become.

Report this
brewerstroupe's avatar

By brewerstroupe, August 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

“Hamas would not even let Fatah supporters LIVE in Gaza.”

Not according to Vanity Fair:
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/04/gaza200804

After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.

or William Sieghart who deals with Hamas daily:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article5420584.ece

The political leadership of Hamas is probably the most highly qualified in the world. Boasting more than 500 PhDs in its ranks, the majority are middle-class professionals - doctors, dentists, scientists and engineers. Most of its leadership have been educated in our universities and harbour no ideological hatred towards the West. It is a grievance-based movement, dedicated to addressing the injustice done to its people. It has consistently offered a ten-year ceasefire to give breathing space to resolve a conflict that has continued for more than 60 years.

Report this

By NIKHILANANDA, August 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

and chris hedges says the people on the ship were unarmed!.... that is a blatant, false LIE!.... yes, israel should NOT have killed them….. israel should NOT blockade gaza…. YES, the arabs should STOP arming and funding terrorists and attacking israel and hamas SHOULD remove from its charter the destruction of israel and ALL jews around the world… until then, israel, with the support of israel, will defend its right to exist… as golda meir said… they will do anything for peace… BUT commit suicide….. this is a TWO SIDED situation… the israelis are NOT the only ones wrong ... let the 20+ arab governments allow israel to exist… perhaps, maybe, israel would be more open to supporting an independent and free palestinian state, something JORDAN nor EGYPT supported when THEY controlled the region…. aloha from the northshore of maui….

Report this

By Scorpionet, August 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

randyjet is right on the money when he describes Hamas. A lot of you in
Truthdig refuse to admit that every time there is a flashpoint with the Israelis,
Hamas instigates it with rockets or kidnapping. Like the Taliban, they use Islam
as a rallying point and it is incredibly easy to stir up passions in the Muslim
world using religious propaganda. Note the outcry from Danish Prophet
Cartoons and yet you get silence when the Taliban executes 10 doctors and
nurses in the name of Islam. So it is a kind of ‘their religion is superior to yours’
deal and the Hamas plays the same game. If the Gazans suffer, it is because of
the actions perpetrated by Hamas and their propaganda machine effectively
diverts blame on the enemy. The Gazans swallow it because this is how Hamas
shove it down the brains of less-than- educated populace. Chris Hedges for all
his education is reduced to the same level as the typical brainwashed Gazan.
‘Crushing the Palestinian people?’ Can you be more stupid to believe the
Gazans as the ONLY Palestinians… you forgot those in the West Bank who do
not share the same ideology and by-the-way has not send any Kassam rockets
into Israel or kidnap her soldiers. Wonder why the Israelis don’t oppress THOSE
Palestinians?

Report this

By ofersince72, August 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

I don’t need speed, alcohol or any other drug

for stimulation Diamond.  My stimulation is to get

this duplistic president to stop the next war !!!!!

Report this

By gerard, August 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

randyjet:  The problem is that Israel’s cruelty toward Palestinians works to justify Hamas and aid in its militance, intolerance, desire for revenge, etc.  The fact is that, since Israel has the power to repress, deprive and dominate, they also have the power to stop repressing, depriving and dominating.
  Do Israelis seriously think that if they stopped repressing, depriving and dominating, Hamas would overpower them?  Doubtful. 
  Closer to the truth might be that Israel needs Hamas offenses to help justify the occupation and Hamas needs Israel’s relentlessness to justify its own existence.
  Counteractive factors, using each other as reasons for their own behavior, tend to perpetuate each other and prevent solutions

Report this

By randyjet, August 9, 2010 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

I had to laugh at the comment that when there is freedom in Gaza they will forgive and ask to break bread in peace with their Isreali counterparts. Unfortunately, you will have to KILL off Hamas FIRST to have that freedom! Hamas would not even let Fatah supporters LIVE in Gaza. They murdered them, chopped their hands off, kneecapped them, and all others who do NOT support Hamas. I suggest you talk to Hamas FIRST about love and peace with their OWN people, much less Israelis.

To think that Hamas is simply some kind of liberation movement like all others is wrong. They are an Islamic fascist movement like the Taliban. I supported the Soviet backed regime in Afghanistan when they were fighting against the Taliban because of the retrograde Islamic nature of that movement. Hamas is of the same stripe and to support such types is obscene and a betrayal of all progressive movements and principles. Supporting fascists is flat out wrong, even if they are getting the hell beaten out of them. I only wish to kill such types and I am proud of that. They are the political enemies of all that progressives hold dear.

Report this

By ofersince72, August 9, 2010 at 11:36 am Link to this comment

Once again,  PROLE puts everything in its

proper perspective.!! ! ! ! ! ! !

Report this

By gerard, August 9, 2010 at 11:16 am Link to this comment

Why sidetrack Chris’s message here by devolving into a futile argument over certain unvarifiable religious beliefs and/or lack of unverifiable religious beliefs?  The inevitable result is harangue and counter-harangue—a shouting match in CAPITAL LETTERS.
  Meantime, what can we do about Gaza and other crushing injustices?  That’s the main question and it shouldn’t be allowed to get buried in self-defeating religious harangues.

Report this
prole's avatar

By prole, August 9, 2010 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

“The boat to Gaza will be named ‘The Audacity of Hope.’ But these are not Barack Obama’s words”…so be sure that the recipients understand that because Hussein Obama’s words are not too well received in the Arab world anymore. The latest poll of popular opinion on ‘the Arab street’ released last week by the Brookings Institution showed that 62 per cent had a negative view of Obama, compared with 23 per cent a year ago. Only 20 per cent said they had a positive view of him, down sharply from the 45 per cent who said they felt positively about Obama in ‘09. Further, 63 per cent of those surveyed said they were “discouraged” by the administration’s Middle East policy, way up from last year’s 15 per cent; while the percentage of Arabs who said they felt “hopeful” shriveled from 51 per cent to 16 per cent. Nice going, Barry!
But if all this is understandable, the caption under the photo in the article still isn’t, which reads: “An Israeli border policeman watches tear gas disperse in front of Palestinians supporters of Hamas after the 2009 election”...say what? What 2009 election? Hamas, the legitimate government of Palestine, was elected to power in the Palestinian Legislative Council in free and fair elections in 2006 for a four year term. Abbas of Fatah was elected president in 2005 and his term of office expired in January ’09. New elections for both the presidency and Legislative Council were to have taken place this year in 2010, but have been postponed indefinitely due to internal and external strife. Is this caption referring then to the Israeli Knesset election of Feb. ’09? Those elections, of course, were greeted with justifiable scorn but no reported large scale organized demonstrations in the Territories, coming as they did right after the onslaught in Gaza the previous month. In fact, Hamas political bureau member Mohammed Nazzal was reported by the Palestine Information Center at the time, as commenting :“Hamas is not concerned with who will form the Israeli government whether Livni or Netanyahu because Livni used internationally banned phosphorous bombs in its war against the Palestinians in Gaza, so what Netanyahu can do more than that unless he intends to use a nuclear bomb to kill our people”.  And it was too early then perhaps for many naive observers to understand just how appropriate such outraged demonstrations would have been – and still are – against the ’08 Obama election.  Nasser Shiyoukhi is one of the most courageous and perceptive photo-journalists in the Middle East, so examples of his penetrating images are always welcome - but this caption is a mystery. Otherwise, it’s a very good sermon (in the best sense of the term!) 
So, “Let me close tonight with one last name. Let me name those who [exhort those who] send these tanks and fighter jets to bomb the concrete hovels in Gaza with families crouching, helpless, inside, let me name those who deny children the right to a childhood and the sick a right to care, those who torture, those who carry out assassinations in hotel rooms in Dubai and on the streets of Gaza City, those who deny the hungry food, the oppressed justice and foul the truth with official propaganda and state lies”…are you listening Bill Boyarsky?

Report this

By balkas, August 9, 2010 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

Correction!
It should read: I would gladly proclaim i am an atheist if i could prove god does not exist.

And i add the obvious: no one can be an atheist until one proves god exists. She or he can do that by simply apearing to us.
Meanwhile let us stop behaving as a lunatic!

Report this

By balkas, August 9, 2010 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Ellis,
It seems to me that you called me atheist. Ì would gladly proclaim that if i could prove god[s] exists.

So, calling people who cannot prove a god’s existence “atheists” and tacitly calling people “theists” for being `able` to see, smell, hear, touch gods “theists”, leaves us dumbfounded.

So, you can smell god! So teach us how we—who are much dumber than you—also how to smell a god.
And presto, we see and smell god, and we in an instant become theists.

But, still, what does this have to do with organized reiligion? You got god, but that`s not enough for you; you got also to read bible and obey man. tnx

Report this

By gerard, August 9, 2010 at 10:05 am Link to this comment

Chris, thank you for the vision—for many visionaries who made their lives count for mercy and understanding. Keep up your spirit and ours!

Report this

By balkas, August 9, 2010 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

Ellis,
Balkas learnt to behave the way he behaves. Ellis, too, thinks-behaves the way he does, because he’s been taught to behave that way by his own and other people’s thinking.

Most of which appears horrendous. Every human teaches and is beng taught by others. [OR MUST BE THAT WAY] That’s that person’s inalianable inheritance.

Alas, taken from her/him by the worst people amongst us.

Am i unsane in some aspects of living-thinking-behaving? You bet! Often a basket case! Thanks to mostly greatest criminal minds!

WE ARE NOT—WE ARE BECOMING! To behave more criminally or less! tnx

Report this

By WriterOnTheStorm, August 9, 2010 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

I’ve got some more names to add to the list.

Chris knows that one of the biggest barriers between the Palestinians and the
Israelis is the taboo against open and honest discussion of what has happened
to the broken dream of Eretz Yisrael. All the cowardly tip-toeing through the
minefield of Zionist bigotry ain’t gonna cut it anymore. It’s time we understood
that Capital Hill’s idea of the “honest broker” is as much an enemy of peace as
anti-semitism.

It is morally reprehensible to support a country that proves tireless in its
repressive practices. This destroys our credibility as a nation, and seriously
erodes our international standing. Even worse, when we allow that country’s
proponents here at home to blackmail our politicians, when we expose our
citizenry to fear and military reprisals stemming from this support, we are simply
hapless, pathetic patsies. Or just straight up collaborators.

Report this

By omop, August 9, 2010 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Weeping is good for one it is said.

  Whats never said is why is a democracy supporting morally and financially a
religious sect that clams its legality to exist as a “distinct” entity is ordained by
their God while all the while economically punishing as well as militarily attacking
those who it is claimed are living in the 14th Century?

  Should not one be weeping for the democracy that is promoting and allowing
such conditions?

Report this

By MeHere, August 9, 2010 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

Praised be all the Jewish people from Israel, the US, and other places around the
world who are not silent. They are not relying on brute force, political power, or
wealth to bring about much needed peace and justice. Let’s get to know them.
They need our support.

Report this

By ofersince72, August 9, 2010 at 7:30 am Link to this comment

That was damn good Cris.

Report this
Arabian Sinbad's avatar

By Arabian Sinbad, August 9, 2010 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

Another wonderful and moving piece of ultimate political activism in support of justice and peace.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNMATCHED SUPREME COURAGE CHRIS HEDGES!

Thank you for quoting the names and words of some princes and princesses of peace and justice, ancient and modern, Muslim, Jewish and Christians, but most of all thank you for calling a spade a spade when you name those officials responsible for the horrors in Gaza, both Israelis and Americans as the true TERRORISTS they are.

And not to my surprise, you reminded me that I am one of those “terrorists,” though a pacifist one, who supports state-sponsored terrorism, in both America and Israel, through my tax-payer money and through my lack of political activism to end this reign of terror in both America and Israel. And unlike you Chris Hedges, not only I consider the tears of Gaza to be my tears, but I consider that I have the blood of innocent Gazans and Palestinians in general on my own hands! And the worst part of this is that I am originally of Palestinian descent forced through my Americanism to participate in this terrorism and genocide through my taxpayer’s money and through my forced silence!

Report this

By wildflower, August 9, 2010 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Powerful speech .  .  . An important question to ask is why do we allow our tax dollars to be used to support a country that commits such immoral acts? 

“Let me close tonight with one last name. Let me name those who send these tanks and fighter jets to bomb the concrete hovels in Gaza with families crouching, helpless, inside, let me name those who deny children the right to a childhood and the sick a right to care, those who torture, those who carry out assassinations in hotel rooms in Dubai and on the streets of Gaza City, those who deny the hungry food, the oppressed justice and foul the truth with official propaganda and state lies. Let me call them, not by their honorific titles and positions of power, but by the name they have earned for themselves by draining the blood of the innocent into the sands of Gaza. Let me name them for who they are: terrorists.”

Report this

By balkas, August 9, 2010 at 7:04 am Link to this comment

Only a power can confront and even defeat another power.
Hedges assiduously omits to aver this fact. And the sole an antipodal power to the US war power and one war party, is an antiwar, anti-exploitation political party.

Proof for this can be found in some european lands which have also antiwar and anti-injustice party.
Some of these lands are midway between an US or indian structure of society and governance; thus, all of its citizen being cared for by the governance.
Note please, i am delighted about an US ship going to gaza! tnx

Report this

By balkas, August 9, 2010 at 6:54 am Link to this comment

Helen keller had been wrong when she blamed the victims and let poverty and ignorance wagers go free of blame.

Shall we ever learn to stop blaming a raped woman because she did this or that or wore short skirt, etc.

I aver we are ok! But became [BECAME AND NOT ARE]ignorant and thus victimized. tnx

Report this

By balkas, August 9, 2010 at 6:47 am Link to this comment

To me, the best thing a muslim, christian, or ‘jew’ [means talmudnik or mosheist] could do is to abandon their respective criminal organizations and by that finally join us humans.

I do not respect any human being who’s not first of all a human; thereafter a husband, father, friend, citizen and finally a believer in any god.

However, never ever a muslim, talmudnik, or christian. As such they have inflicted untold horrors upon us:
whipped and wiped indigenes; instituted slavery and serfdom; approved all their respective wars, etc.

Jesus had said or someome had said it in his name: you shall always have poor amongst you. Now, why would god create and maintain poverty for some people and arrogance and sybaritic way of living for others?

Jesus said that because he knew that it had been clerico-noble class of people who waged not only poverty on some people, but also ignorance as one cannot ever rule people like dogs if they’d be enlightened!

So, don’t please confuse or conflate god [s] with a criminal organization! tnx

Report this

By FRTothus, August 9, 2010 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

“You may have the bulldozers, planes and helicopters
that smash houses to rubble, the commandos who
descend from ropes on ships and kill unarmed
civilians on the high seas as well as in Gaza, the
vast power of the state behind you. We have only our
hands and our hearts and our voices. But note this.
Note this well. It is you who are afraid of us. We
are not afraid of you. We will keep working and
praying, keep protesting and denouncing, keep pushing
up against your navy and your army, with nothing but
our bodies, until we prove that the force of morality
and justice is greater than hate and violence.”

And prove it we will.  Thank you, Mr. Hedges.  Well
said.

Report this

By elisalouisa, August 9, 2010 at 4:21 am Link to this comment

Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all
-apathy of human beings.

       
Helen Keller

One often reads on these threads of the advancement of science in bettering our lives. Yet Gaza tells us that humans have not progressed for savage violence and apathy are still very much a part of our nature.

Report this
kerryrose's avatar

By kerryrose, August 9, 2010 at 4:14 am Link to this comment

You would imagine that as the victims of ethnic cleansing themselves, the Jewish state would not revisit such evil.

I can’t explain that disparity.

Report this

By don smith, August 9, 2010 at 3:44 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

This will be recorded in history as a holocaust. I trust the words of Ms. Corrie over those of Hillary Clinton. Obama should be ashamed for supporting these Israeli terrorist.

Report this

By ardee, August 9, 2010 at 3:25 am Link to this comment

Some here criticize this author for his supposed hyperbole, perhaps for his supposed twisting of fact in their own opinion. I would imagine that there will be such here shortly as well.

But no amount of petty criticism or nitpicking can possibly diminish the power of this speech, nor hide the truths it uncovers as well. There will be no solution until all humanity understands that we share a small blue planet together.

The profit motive has bred a selfishness, an ability to rationalize or ignore the countless acts of inhumanity committed in the name of self-interest. But worse, we are a people who have forgotten that we are in charge of, and thus responsible for, our government, this nation’s direction and the acts it commits in the name of Mammon.

I read the words of Rachel Corrie contained within that article and I know that there are many like her here in this nation , and around the world as well. People who will not rest until we stop this corporate machine we call our democracy.

Report this

Page 2 of 2 pages  <  1 2

 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.