It is my estimation that the Nazis’ greatest sin was doing to white people (including Jewish white people) what white people had been doing to brown people for centuries.

That’s why an act like 9/11 can generate so much collective sobbing and hand-wringing amongst Western gov’ts and media, while the Israelis’ genocidal behavior in Lebanon and the Occupied Territories gets an attaboy from Bush and a gentle finger-wagging from Europe.

It’s not quite as simple as white/brown, but we in the West– especially the U.S.– identify more with Israel (a nation of white settlers wrested and defended from a sea of brown people) than we do with the Lebanese or the Palestinians. No matter how many brown babies the Israelis kill with their cluster bombs, ‘precision munitions’, and artillery, we’ll still support Israel (and our politicians who reflexively stand with them).

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