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Monday, July 31, 2006

Qana outcry creates Israeli dilemma

Un-be-leev-able. That BBC headline, along with all of the mainstream reporting I have seen or heard, makes it clear that the Lebanese are unpersons. Each massacre-from-above, each precision strike on an ambulance, a UN post, or a residential structure are merely part of an overall dilemma for Israeli and American leaders on how to create a new Middle East. Indeed, if that is the project, then it obviously entails many tons of bombs dropped on civilians and their supporting infrastructure, as has been clear for some time. And this latest destruction is happening to the very country that these idiots where trumpeting as one of their democratic transformation successes.

One wonders how the average person can countenance such stupidity and such savagery, especially when it is presented as “defense” or worse, part of a struggle of the civilized against the evil terrorists. Or a cease-fire is predicated on a plan for sustainable peace, a meaningless phrase and yet another insult. Israel’s history of occupation and aggression, its relentless racist attitude toward its neighbors, clearly show that it has no interest in a sustainable peace short of Lebanon’s and other's acceptance of vassal status.

This is the global project for a hyper power and its client state, now running wild like children realizing there is nothing stopping their party once the parents leave town. Mass murdering hundreds, possibly thousands, destroying a country, and now the Qana massacre, and Bush continues to blather about “sustainable peace.” As if the whole conflagration wasn’t part of Dick and Rummy’s Long War that could last generations, as if Israel was not the aggressor and the terrorist in this conflict.

It’s easy to see that treating people as if their lives do not matter will eventually cause those people to enact a murderous price on the civilians whose nations are conducting the slaughter, and those deaths will be equally dismissed as “worth it.”

This is shaping up to be the most savage, hideous era in human history.

I think it’s time to order that Stupidity of Hubris bumpersticker. It will make an excellent epitaph.

We had to destroy humanity in order to save it.
yes, we never learn.

on a related note, I was watching a documentary on British rockers The Clash the other day and was impressed with Joe Strummer's insight and way with words. He says, paraphrasing here, that as a young man he quickly realized that authority was not based on wisdom, etc., but was merely a system of control, and that you either got powerful or you got crushed.

Sounds like the foundation of world politics to me.

A while back, Tim at Dem Left Infoasis recommended I read "A People's History of The United States 1492 - Present" by Howard Zinn. I bought the book then and am now reading it. It - our history - is brutal beyond belief. On the first page is a quote from Columbus's notes upon meeting the Arawaks.

They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells. They willingly traded everything they owned. ... They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features. ... They do not bear arms and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane. ... They would make fine servants. ... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.

Our history gets worse from there. To think this is my way of taking a break from current events! Sigh...I need the perspective.

I'm only on the third chapter and I must say this is the first history book I've ever called a page-turner. Zinn is an excellent teacher.
hey, I took a break from current events recently and read Derrick Jensen's "The Culture of Make Believe."

try that sometime. yikes.

I have Zinn's book at home but haven't read it yet. I've always hated "history."
I have Zinn's book at home but haven't read it yet. I've always hated "history."

Well, then, you should definitely read Zinn.

If you haven't read much history, or if your common understanding of a history textbook is from high school, you'll find Zinn a breath of fresh air. Completely different, bottom-up perspective.

If you get a jonesin' for more, I also recommend Eric Foner's 'The Story of American Freedom'.
I plan to Bill, one o these days. And thanks for the book recommendation.
Yeah, I read Zinn while I was still in the U.K. and my eyes were opened. I only wish there was something as frank and revealing on English history, rather than the hero-worship I read in school. Recommendations anyone?

"Lies My Teacher Told Me" is another good one. When I came over to the U.S. I was amazed at how little people knew about thier own history, alternative or not. It's alarming even more so because these people think that the world history began and ended with Sept 11th. Much like the Lebanese Isreali war/genocide that's happening right now, people who support Israel tend to believe that it all began with the Hezbollah capturing the two IDF soldiers... of course it didn't, but then these people don't read thier history and take everything on Fox News as gospel... scary stuff.
No book recommendation at the moment, but to your point about ignorance: I overheard a man in a coffee shop talking about how Israel was taking on the terrorists for us and how he's glad we have Fox News to tell us the truth. so you are absolutely correct and it is scary and depressing.
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