GOP or no GOP, that is not the question

beithanun2.jpgAs the whole world focuses its attention on the Roman empire of our times – and we all know the fate of that empire and all empires that have gone before and come after it – and the decision of its citizens, and how this will impact the fate of civilians thousands of miles away, a massacre has taken place in the Gaza Strip, with no condemnation from the “international community” – a moot point, really, given the complete bankruptcy of this community, if it exists at all – and an encouraging pat on the back by the puppet Arab states. The latters’ reactions have been increasingly becoming “more American than the Americans”, heck, more Israeli than the Israelis even. The loudest condemnation from an Arab quarter has been a reference to the “disproportionate” actions by Israel. So, killing children in their sleep is OK if it is proportionate? Well, it is OK even if it is disproportionate: isn’t that the message relayed by those who only fold their arms and try to shed the guilt of complicity off their shoulders by making such half-hearted statements?

Those who have been hailing the “historic” decision of the American people in giving Democrats the mandate have missed and continue to miss the point. The point is, at least for us in this part of the world, that GOP or no GOP, it is all “more of the same”. Just ask Nancy Pelosi. And let me know when independents (real independents, without the backing of big money and big lobbies), or those who diverge from the Republican-Democrat vision of American foreign policy, actually stand a chance in contesting seats, let alone winning any, in this great democracy of yours. Maybe that can signal some hope for the people in this part of the world who are trying to throw those poor, innocent Jews into the sea, and leaving them no choice but to massacre them.

Note that the events in Beit Hanun provide an accurate explanation for the Israeli defeat against HezbAllah. Namely, if you base your entire military strength and logic on the premise of killing children and civilians in their beds, you really are no match for a real army that is ready to fight you on the battlefield. I am sure, however, that the conspiracy theorists (especially ones over at the Little Green Fascists, err Footballs) will stretch their imaginations and come up with analyses of the above photo; such as, these same babies appeared in the photos of the Qana massacre (sorry, photo-op), the kid is wearing the same top as some kid in one of the photos of the Lebanese children who had been killed by, erm, HezbAllah… And the hands that you see are those of the “green helmet guy”. Yeah.

Photo: AFP/Mahmud Hams

7 responses to “GOP or no GOP, that is not the question

  1. Pingback: Does anyone care… « Tears For Lebanon

  2. The explanation of Isreal’s most recent barbarianism was that there was a “technical error”. If it weren’t so tragic, I’d be splitting my sides with laughter. Technical Error? Maybe the artillery guidance system was accidentally set to “women and children” instead of “rocket launchers”. I don’t quite get how you set the landing coordinates of an artillery shell and somehow “technical” errors creep in. How does that work? Just one more Israeli BS white-wash job – knowing full well that they could come up with just about any explanation and the West would swallow it whole. Bobbing their heads.

    On the BBC I saw an interview with some Israeli “spokeswoman” clone. In the show, the anchorman asked her exactly who would be conducting this so-called independant investigation – three times he asked her. She avoided an answer on all three occasions.

    This most excellent “spokeswoman” went on to impress us over and over during the interview with how Isreal, “…never ever targets innocent women and children.” I found it amazing how well some people can lie right in your face and not even flinch. Not a blink. It’s incredible how folks can do that. Where do you learn how to do that?

    Imagine if the situation were reversed: Israel kidnaps yet another individual who has nothing to do with anything. Hamas or HezbAllah replies by rocketting to death a dozen Israeli children. The worldwide (meaning Western) outrage would be on fever pitch, unrelenting, sanctions, other punishments, on and on. Isreal pulls it off? A slight ripple on the international scene.

    Wouldn’t it be great if some all-powerful, all-knowing entity could just “fess up” and say, “Listen, we fucked up. We tried to solve the Zionist ‘problem’ in Europe by sending them somewhere else because we didn’t know what else to do and, hey, it just hasn’t worked out. Let’s take ’em all back and start all over again.”

    Oh, for the day!

    The US Election:
    It’s most definitely a good thing the Republicans were put in their place (let’s face it, though – the Democrates didn’t win, the Republicans lost). What real, tangible improvements will be made in US policy? Probably few. Rumsfeld is gone. That is extremely good. But he’s being replaced by an ex-CIA head (during the Iran/Contra outrage no less). How different will this be? Probably not much.

    The most significant change I’m hoping to see is simply a stalemate of Bush. Hopefully, his penchant for destroying the US (the Constitution of the US is just a “goddam piece of paper” – according to him) and significant parts of the world (his otherworldly “stay the course” hallucination) will be checked to some extent.

    One of the better long-term effects is that Bush will no longer be able to nominate (and get easily pushed through to confirmation) the appointing of frothing right-wing judges (also, Bolton-the-Barbarian will most assuredly not be appointed to the UN – also very good). With Demo(n)crates in charge of Congress, this, at least, will change, and that is good.

    The feel good effect is all great and everything, but in terms of real-world, positive changes, I’m not holding my breath. The US’s undying approval of all things Isreal, for example, will continue – and that is a very bad thing.

  3. Anarchorev,
    I followed your link to the Nancy Pelosi thing. She goes on and on about Israel’s “right to exist”. Personally, I don’t think Israel has a “right” to exist. In fact, I don’t think Lebanon has a right to exist. The United States doesn’t have a right to exist. Either does any other country on this planet.

    Where are all these “rights” coming from? Why in the world “should” a country exist simply because it now “does” exist? If countries do have a “right” to exist, I think there should be conditions under which they lose the right to exist.

    And wouldn’t that be fun? Write a list of things that would result in a country’s revocation of its “right” to exist. I have my list. Do you have yours? (As a kind of hint of my list: both America and Israel have lost their “right” to exist – along with a whole host of African countries, and…well…most others on the planet).

    At damn near the top of my list is the Vatican – it never should have been a “country” to begin with! The president of that country (who wears a hat that costs more money than most people make in a year) says he talks to an invisible guy – who lives in a place up in the sky that is also invisible. Whew! Talk about delusion.

    And how screwed up is this world when fools who worship invisible guys who live in invisible places can own their own countries…that have a “right” to exist? (I might extend that metaphore to Judiasm, Islam, Hinduism, and all other delusional organizations peopled by delusional fools).

  4. In the show, the anchorman asked her exactly who would be conducting this so-called independant investigation – three times he asked her. She avoided an answer on all three occasions.
    Heh, typical, of course. Though I’m beginning to feel that Israeli self-fooling has reached new lows.

    I agree with everything else you said in reply #1.

    Regarding the issue of Israel’s right to exist, however, let me point to Noam Chomsky’s response to this question, put to him during one of his talks at a university: STATES DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXIST. (or something to the effect). I agree with this.

    Your take is a bit on the light side of things, though it is perceived as such exactly because we have turned any discussion or challenge of statehood into taboo, which makes us chuckle (albeit in agreement) at the very accurate image that you painted.

  5. One of the more beautiful parts of the US Constitution shows that the authors were quite well aware of the fact that states do not have a right to exist. They codified in the Constitution the obligation of citizens to overthrow the government, throw the bums out, and start all over again if things got just too out of hand.

    The authors of that document were some incredibly wise and thoughtful individuals, and it just breaks my heart to see George Bush using it for toilet paper.

  6. What a relief! Israel has completed an investigation! Thankfully, it was conducted by the military (who better?). It was headed by Major General Meir Kalifi, and as deputy chief of the ground forces he’s high up in the chain of command for artillery firing units. Obviously he is in an excellent position to ferret out all the salient details; who made the decision, who did the targetting, who is responsible! Ahhh, gotta love those independent investigations. I’m sure, with that clown…I mean independent investigator in charge, all will become clear shortly. And I’m also sure the deaths of the innocents will prevent further rocket attacks into Israel. I’m sure.

    Since September 2005, Palestinians have launched about 1,700 home-made rockets into Israel. The carnage has been awesome – 36 people…injured.

    Since September 2005, the IDF has launched 15 thousand American made artillery shells into Gaza, killing 49 Palestinian civilians and seriously injuring dozens more.

    The more rabid Israel-supporters, of course, will shrug their shoulders, “This is how it should be”. Killing Palestinians and Lebanese is like clearing agricultural land of weeds. (Land they probably stole anyway, but nevermind all that).

    The thing that is most depressing is the lack of any kind of powerful response from the Arab League, amonst others. Where’s the outrage? Where are the speeches at the UN, the call for sanctions against Israel, boycotts of Israeli products? Where is the Arab-led media attack? Where are their agressive lobbyists in Washington to press their cause and have their voices heard?

    Their pathetic, limp-wristed response is nothing less than acquiescence. It’s almost as if they themselves consider their own people to be weeds, too.

  7. The Alawite Regime in Syria is more commonly but wrongly known under the name of the Baath regime. This terminology is wrong since the idea of the Arab Baath died with its founder Michel Aflaq a long time ago. All what is left is a gang of criminals and sectarian haters. Here are the six main points against this despicable regime.This regime is guilty of high treason because:1-it sold the Golan to Israel in exchange for Lebanon2-it allied itself with the Persians in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) against the Arabs3-it declared war on the Palestinian cause and on the Palestinian people, and it committed war crimes and massacres against them in Lebanon4-it brutally occupied Lebanon for 30 years and committed mass murder and massacres against the Lebanese population5-it left Syria in a state of under-development and mass poverty6-and above all, it ruled the Syrian people with the armored fist for more than 35 years by filling the concentration camps of Tadmour and Mazzeh. All while committing acts of mass murder, annihilation (Hama 1982), atrocity, rape, torture, and mass deportation against anyone who dared to speak up against their absolute rule.

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