Friday, January 16, 2009

Moab Mourning

“We have a war pimp in our midst,
serving up anger and hate on a plate
that gets fed to our kids day after day,
month after month and year after year
A mother’s love and hope that heals
cannot compete in this cesspool of divide and rule
as our leaders cower in the corner of their
cowardice.” J

I sat curled up on the sofa with the cat curled up in the crook of my arm purring her head off. It was strangely comforting, in the face of the eerie deathly silence of a world waiting and watching the horrific images of death and destruction in Gaza leaping off the TV screen, late into the night. And If that is not Israeli State Sponsored Terrorism, enacting a War OF Terror on a captive, civilian, oppressed and occupied people that number one and a half million … would someone please define it better for me?

Perverted still, is the mighty Israeli war machine bombing UN compounds, Red Cross Hospitals, NGO aid agencies such as CARE and international media offices all the while the Secretary General of the United Nations is currently in Israel, that great beacon of democracy …. to try and convince Livni to “cease fire” . And all he can do is leave with his tail between his legs having expressed a sense of disappointment.

… and all I saw in Livni’s face was the look of smug arrogance and lust for power and blood that knows no bounds. Is she actually human? No, she is the face of a true Zionist … racist to the core … that afflicts not just the Arab world but America and Israel itself; something that she and her ilk share with their ideologist bedfellows, the Nazis.

And I thought that ‘never again’ would humanity arrive at this stage …

As Rami Khouri so aptly wrote in the Jordan Times today :

“Gaza will get its ceasefire soon, but will Washington ever find relief from the choking stranglehold of Israel’s political thugs?
These congressional votes in the past few days were not an unusual event, sadly, but rather a routine reaffirmation of the chokehold that Israel enjoys over the elected representatives of an otherwise healthy democracy. For example, two years ago, when Israel attacked Lebanon with similar ferocity, the US House of Representatives voted 410-8 to support the Israeli onslaught and to condemn Hamas and Hizbollah for “unprovoked and reprehensible armed attacks against Israel”.
Two years before that, in 2004, the House voted 407-9 to support President Bush’s position that it was “unrealistic” for Israel to return completely to its pre-June 1967 borders.
On no other foreign policy issue does the US Congress collectively sticks its head in its back pocket, turns off its power of independent judgement and disregards the impact of its decisions on how the United States is perceived around the world. At no other time does the US Congress vote according to the interests of a foreign country, rather than according to the US national interest. This kind of blind, wholehearted plunge into a maelstrom of pro-Israeli fanaticism and zealotry reflects precisely how strong the pro-Israeli lobby is in the United States, and how weak the voices of reason, balance and justice as drivers of American foreign policy are.
This is the distorted reality that Obama will inherit in a week’s time, and what an ugly thing it is. It captures the worst of all worlds rolled into one - the vicious, hysterical force of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States that buys and terrorises politicians as easily as buying bags of peanuts at a circus; the anaemic, mindless and spineless Arab governments who stand naked before Israel and the United States, and shameless before their own people; and the American political establishment that behaves on this issue, with a handful of brave and decent exceptions, in a most un-American manner in the face of the omnipotent pro-Israeli forces that decide if they live or die politically.
None of this is surprising or new. It only amazes me that Americans expect us to take them seriously and not to laugh - or throw up - when they preach to us about promoting democracy.”



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