can’t see the forest

Vicious Circles

Jason Miller at Thomas Paine’s Corner brings you a piece by Ramzy Baroud on the violence in what is today called Israel:

While some Israeli commentators had the courage to recognize the horror put forth by their malicious army, Ben Caspit was hardly one of them. He equated Gaza’s homemade rockets — which produced few injuries in many months — with his country’s barbaric “response”.

“Every other method has been tried, and failed. With scoundrels you behave like a scoundrel, and with murderous, bloodthirsty terrorism that wants to wipe you off the map, you have to respond accordingly: wipe it out.”

And with it, wipe out entire families, devastate whole communities, send a whole nation into a perpetual state of grief, loss and despair.

What does the state of Israel hope to achieve from all this? After sixty years of Palestinian revolt against dispossession and occupation, do Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his henchmen expect the Palestinians to raise the white flag of surrender? Haven’t they seen the ever-flowing footage of Palestinians burying their dead? Haven’t they read the defiance, the tenacity in the faces of the living?

“I lost my whole family; is there anyone who is still alive? Anyone?” screamed a Palestinian mother from Beit Hanoun as she fell in the arms of her neighbor.

“My husband, my sister, my children, my mother …,” she counted what seemed like an endless list, but “I swear in the name of God, we will not surrender; this is our land and here we shall live and die.”

But history offers no lesson to Israel; it shall remain isolated in its antiquated, ideologically racist, and inherently theological ideals, operating outside law and morality. But then there should be no surprises when more crude rockets burn their way towards Israel, when many more hideous suicide bombings detonate in crowded Israeli streets, creating further suffering. For, Israel’s insistence on living by the sword will continue to create the perfect environment for violence to prevail, for innocent people to die, and for people to lose everything, even their will to live.

To bring an end to casualties, let us examine the causalities.

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  1. peoplesgeography said, on 11/18/06 at 9:37 pm

    Yes, peace starts with ‘u’

  2. Jim Harris said, on 1/18/07 at 1:45 am

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