I must say, the brutal and criminal attack by Israeli military forces on Palestinians in Gaza, followed by the despicable responses from the Bush administration and a Democratic Congress to that criminal, savage attack, has been burning my ass in the extreme.
There are no comprehensible justifications for the wicked responses from American leaders. None whatsoever. Unquestioningly supporting, nay...cheering on, Israel's crime, does not, in any non-maniacal way of thinking, serve any legitimate American purposes. It is simply madness.
Setting aside for a moment the open insanity of American leaders.....and their stenographic, pom, pom waving appendages in the corporate media.......the following piece offers up what could be a credible explanation of why Israeli leaders are carrying out their dirty deeds....
The Israelis are a gifted and resourceful people who fully deserve the right to live in peace, but who seem intent on squandering every chance to allow that to happen. It's difficult to avoid the conclusion that this conflict serves the political and economic purposes of Israel so well that they have every interest in maintaining it. While there is fighting they can continue to build illegal settlements. While there is fighting they continue to receive huge quantities of military aid from the United States. And while there is fighting they can avoid looking candidly at themselves and the ruthlessness into which they are descending.
Gaza is now an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly...and, surprise, surprise - they turn hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment?
Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now 'under attack' you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation.
And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland. Link
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