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.
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.”