SPIN THIS

I try to stop thinking and writing about the Israeli issue, but it keeps grabbing me by the neck and shaking me violently:

Today I read that the U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution giving unconditional support to Israel’s current actions (the House is set to follow). Then I remember the words of Rabbi Yaacov Perin, quoted from his eulogy for New York doctor Baruch Goldstein (after Goldstein had killed 29 defenseless men, women, and children as they knelt to pray):

A million Arabs are not worth one Jewish fingernail.

Then I stumble across the following photos, via Jonathan Schwarz and Sabbah’s Blog:

Now, if I recall from our nation’s corporate-media-driven narrative, aren’t the Arabs and Muslims supposed to be the ones training their children from infancy to be murderous haters? Aren’t the Israelis supposed to be the plucky little besieged nation, reluctantly (and regrettably) using lethal force only in the cause of self-defense? Well, having Israeli children smile for the cameras while they autograph the instruments of death for their Arab counterparts reminds me less of that aforementioned notion than it reminds me of the following bemused youth:

Of course, the recipients of the Israeli ‘greeting cards’ usually look more like this (click on the photo to see more):

Because this pisses me off to no end, now I will leave this ghastly post with a point I always wind up making whenever discussing the Israel/Palestine issue. In this instance, I’ll let commenter “sk” from Jonathan Schwarz’s blog do the honors:

In the spirit of this post, this coming Saturday marks the 60’th anniversary of the bombing of a building. The ‘militants’–as the Wikipedia article coyly puts it–who carried out this barbaric act went on to enjoy successful careers as statesmen, Prime Ministers, Nobel laureate, anti-terror fighters, etc.

Maybe if we start buying tanks, helicopters, and F-16s for Hezbollah, Hamas, etc., give them billions of dollars a year in aid, and offer them unconditional political support, we could eventually stop calling them terrorists and start calling them “statesmen.”

11 comments on “

  1. Very strong post and very good points made.

  2. Cynthia says:

    CS: You out did yourself on this one. This is powerful…

  3. Roderick says:

    Although I’m (barely) supporting Israel on this one the ground invasion is over the top and they are going to turn public opinion against them in the long run.

  4. schwede_oh says:

    Those dead children are my daughter’s age. And she’s no terrorist, either.Hezbollah joins Al-Qaeda.

  5. Cynthia says:

    I read Israel initiated this incidence…

  6. I have definitely not been a supporter of Israel (now or the last time). Those pictures were too much. *smh* Just too much. If more people saw the real toll of this nonsense would they still support it? Unfortunately, I think the answer is yes, b/c it is too easy for too many people to turn a blind eye, in our brainwashed, ‘civilized’ society…

  7. Thank you all for stopping by.E.P., I was going to write a comment responding to your point, but it quickly turned into a separate post.

  8. Roderick says:

    Cyn, I’m not sure about anything more. I heard that two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped but now that the US neocons are banging the war drums and want to use this situation to invade Syria and Iran it could have been a lie. Who knows what’s true with all of the crap that comes out of the MSM.

  9. Roderick, I don’t doubt that Hezbollah took two Israeli soldiers. The important thing is context. Israel is currently holding about 9,000 Lebanese and Palestinians (and others, most likely) in their prisons. Hundreds of those prisoners are being held without charge, and I don’t doubt that a lot of them have been tortured. Who knows; maybe some were innocent people snatched in retaliation for Hezbollah, Hamas, or other militant groups’ actions.The point is, Palestinian groups and Hezbollah have a history of exchanging prisoners with Israel. Before Israel launched its offensive against the civilians of Lebanon, Hezbollah made a public offer to negotiate a prisoner exchange. Israel refused, and used the two captives as their excuse for launching the offensive. It is clear that Israel had already planned this assault, and would have found another pretext for launching it had not Hezbollah given them a timely excuse.As to the Iranian/Syrian connection, Billmon seems to think there is something to that. I agree. It is quite likely that, in addition to addressing its own security/expansion concerns, Israel is performing its duty as U.S./Western Europe’s attack dog against the Arab/Muslim Middle East and providing the Iranians and Syrians with a preview of what could happen to them if they don’t bow before the White Man.

  10. Roderick says:

    Thanks for clearing that up for me CS. So many things have happened since Bush has been president that it is hard to figure out what is real and what is fake.

  11. Cynthia says:

    Roderick, You are correct. There are so many lies even mixed up with the truth. Here is a nice little video that shows what the Hezbollah group has to say. I don’t look at these people as militant groups. These are only terms the West uses to frame an argument in their favor and they work.http://getintheirface.blogspot.com/2006/07/hezbollah-youth.html

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