In which, since this is the real world and not an ancient book of irrational fairy tales, Goliath stomps on David and brutally crushes him.
I said yesterday that my next post would be about something serious, so ... here you go. Some random thoughts on the brutal slaughter now ongoing in the open-air prison known as Gaza, referred to by Western media - for some incomprehensible reason - as a 'war'.
First of all: I am not an anti-Semite. Despite the fact that I am Norwegian. Whatever you may have heard, anti-Semitism is not rampant in this country. Forces in USrael clearly have an interest in tarring us with that brush. This is because they either are incapable of distinguishing, or because they do not wish to distinguish between entirely valid criticism of policies carried out by the government of USrael on the one hand, and dislike of Jews in general on the other. These things are unrelated. It's obvious that there are many who have great political interest in the blurring of the line between them. Don't let them get away with it. Anti-Semitism is not more widespread in Norway than in any other European country - and to the extent that it is in fact growing, I, for my part, blame the current USraeli regime for that - but the political climate here allows more criticism of USrael than in certain other places. (Sweden, I'm looking at you.) And that is exactly what the powers that be in USrael don't like and would rather stamp out if they only could.
I am not an anti-Semite - to be honest I don't care about the Jewish people either way, for or against. I am against their religion, as I loathe and despise all religions of Middle Eastern origins. But that's another story. What I am, though, and not ashamed to admit it, is an anti-Zionist. I don't believe these people should have their own state. Look at what those that they have elected are using it for. They're doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to them. It makes me sick. USrael use the Holocaust for all it's worth - it's an industry, literally - and there's a significant group of USraelis always banging on about how we must never forget the Holocaust, never forget the Holocaust, on and on. (Despite the fact that they, percentage-wise, clearly suffered less than other groups who are almost never mentioned in this connection.) But personally, I think I could have managed to remember the godawful Holocaust with only verbal reminders - I do not need a reenactment.
Random thoughts ...
The reason for the offensive against Gaza now is that there is an election coming up in USrael, and Kadima want to win. That's it. 'Defending against aggression from Hamas' = LIES AND BULLSHIT. Lies, lies, lies, that's all the USraeli regime spews out into the world. It's worthless. They offend my intelligence with their blatant mendacity. They're dropping bombs on Gaza to 'take out' Hamas rocket firing ramps. Are you fucking kidding me??! Those things are portable!! They're so goddamned tiny that one person can probably carry a dozen of them at a time. This lie is so obvious that it's ridiculous. But the Western media swallow it hook, line and sinker. A lot of people ought to be really ashamed of themselves.
Two Arab parties have been denied participation in next month's elections. Has this been reported in our media? I haven't seen it. Allegedly, they can't be allowed to participate because they have the political goal of destroying USrael. Another lie. What they want is to create a true democracy in USrael, one which gives equal civil rights to every citizen regardless of religious affiliation and/or ethnic background. But of course, that would destroy USrael from the point of view of many.
The Wall. A complete and utter abomination. The UN should go in and physically tear it down. But oh no, it's so useful, it's decreased the number of suicide bombings by umpteen! Bullshit. You can get over the wall if you want. It happens. The suicide bombings dropped in number because Hamas leaders ordered it - because they realized it was costing them foreign support. Something USrael itself ought to learn from.
An average USraeli citizen is 34 times more likely to be killed in traffic than by a Hamas rocket. That's according to USraeli statistics. NO, it's not right for Palestinians to kill USraelis. That's not what I'm saying. It's not right for anyone to kill anyone. But if some random unknown family had come to your house (backed by the police), taken your house for themselves and forced you to live in the filthy dangerous basement, based on the claim that their great-great-great-great-great grandpa lived there first. You would not take that sitting down.
This makes me so fucking angry. I have more random thoughts ... but I probably ought to take a walk round the block before writing more just now. People absolutely suck.
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