11-15-12 Terrorists

 

 

The Irish writer Brendan Behan assessing Irish-British relations in the 20th century summed up the madness this way:

The terrorist is the man with the small bomb.

It is an idea Americans, accustomed to hanging around the men with big bombs, should inhale, and, in a paraphrase of another Irish writer, Samuel Beckett, begin revolving it, revolving it all in their poor minds. As difficult as it is to look past the slogans and propaganda, as uncomfortable as it may be to accept a point of view that casts a pale glow of humanity over a maligned culture, it has to be done. Benjamin Netanyahu’s continuing brutal assault on the Palestinian people – paid for by us – must be brought under control. There is, admittedly, only a minority of Israelis seeking peace in their divided land, but they are waiting, eager, for the United States to help them throw off the misery, and self-destruction, wrought by ignoring the United Nations declaration that Israel is in violation of the 1967 Mandate.

Jimmy Carter has pleaded with us for years, suffering opprobrium, for putting a name on a situation which we all know is true, yet turn our faces away for fear of similar disgrace: apartheid; an ugly word for an ugly political decision.

Noam Chomsky, unafraid of anything, writes on a visit to Gaza: “Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force. And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison, where some 1.5 million people on a roughly 140-square-mile strip of land are subject to random terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade.”

Even the rabidly pro-Israeli New York Times is taken aback by this week’s ongoing attack: “Engaging in a full-scale ground war is especially risky. Israel’s last major military campaign in Gaza was a three-week blitz in 2008-09 that killed as many as 1,400 Palestinians, and it was widely condemned internationally. It did not solve the problem. Hamas [democratically elected in one of the few uncontested elections in the mid-East] remains in control in Gaza and has amassed even more missiles.”

Broken and humbled by the Holocaust, Americans have lost their moral compass. To assuage their guilt, they have become like the neglectful father, filled with remorse, who denies nothing to his child even as he watches that child grown into a thug.

Photo: Ed Ou / The New York Times

 

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  1. It was a wonderful day in Fallon today–the sun shone brightly and I took a walk.

    I prefer to think positively about life! The things and people that I can not do anything about are always there and will be there probably forever. I choose to do what I can where I am.

    I stay abreast of the news — I like to stay current on what is going on in the world — as you do. You do so much more than I! But I have accepted the fact that I — an old lady (though I don’t feel like one) can do do nothing to change things. I worked at my office today and did some over-due paper work. I have 3 mobiles listed that are not selling– a sign of the poor economy. I called my Mary Kay customers — prices on everything are going up daily — some have decided to not take care of their skin for now. But I have accepted the fact that it is not me personally. I do what I can to help people — with “customer service” — and I think that tomorrow will be POSITIVILY BETTER! I am an optimist.

    It is dark and it isn’t even 6:o’clock yet. Mary will get off at six and drive home from Fernley and I will have a little dinner ready for her. Deanna works till 8:0′clock and I will be picking her up and taking her home.

    And so — I do what I can when I can — and hopefully make a little bit of difference where I am.

    It was a beautiful day in Fallon today.

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