One Israeli Human Being v. An Undifferentiated Mass Of Arabs
"The Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be released after a long captivity. One can only rejoice for him, his family, his loved ones. And forget, for a moment, that he is a member of an occupying army. And that no-one seems to care about the fact that European-Israeli dual nationals are serving in the Occupied Territories, in violation of international law. When will the EU decide that such acts are punishable by the courts?
According to an AFP report, Nicolas Sarkozy "warmly welcomes the announcement of an agreement that should lead to the release of Gilad Shalit," and has congratulated Netanyahu for "major success". We can be sure that Bernard-Henri Lévy will do the same.
In return, if you will, 1027 Palestinians (including 27 women) will be released. Who are they? How do their families feel ? You know nothing of this, or at least next to nothing, from reading the Western press. They are a faceless mass, a subgroup of the 6,000 Palestinians still held in Israeli jails, of whom 22 are members of Parliament, and 280 are children (34 of them less than 15 years old) – see here how Israel finds guilty all the children it arrests. Some are "administrative prisoners”, that is to say, imprisoned without trial. Others have passed through the Israeli justice system, which - according to all international reports - is far from just, often mistreats detainees, and convicts them on the basis of weak or non-existent evidence. Dozens of them are now on hunger strike. Do they have no family? No relatives? No, they are just a number. They are Arabs, colonized and faceless."
Abbas's speech received a standing ovation, which should have alerted Netanyahu that his own excuses for failing to stop settlement building on Palestinian land was empty.
Israel clearly creates its own security problems by engaging another people, for almost 45 years, in a military occupation, whose sole purpose was to steal their lands. Every UN member must understand that obvious fact.
It gives one some idea of the direction Israel is taking these days, although some might prefer to say, misdirection. And for all of those idealistic one state advocates, time to wake up and say goodbye to those good feelings.
Israel will soon become the Apartheid state of Israel, at least for the Palestinians, the Likud plan will advance the Greater Israel dream, the annexation of all of the Palestinian territories (except maybe Gaza) will occur, which will leave the Palestinians and rest of us with more generations of activism, the BDS movement, and flotillas to Gaza.
What is sad about animal cruelty apart from the cruelty itself is the fact that most states have laws against it, but they are not routinely enforced. And a lot of it is related to inhumane farming practices, by corporations we are all familiar with, like Tyson.
But the sad thing here is that so many US workers are conditioned to reject unions, and as you say, vote GOP, that they do not recognize the fall they are taking into, as you also say, a Third World existence. Blame Clinton, or the DLC, or the Obama administration, but average Americans are not getting the message. No one is telling them the truth about what they are in for. This state of affairs today seems to be that the Democratic party has just accepted this reality. And soon the word "poor" will return as a way of speaking about the middle class.
If you don't like liberal-socialism, you ought to move to a third world country where it is not in practice. However, in the US we practice liberal-socialism, however imperfectly. Maybe one day we will follow the social democracies of Europe, e.g., Sweden, and attain a much improved social system than we have today.
The DC exclusion is a vote against women, and as long as women understand that, I have no problem with the right wing war against them. It may come back to haunt them in 2012.