The Blame Game

UPDATED BELOW:  Israel now has one, count ‘em, one, ally left on the planet.  Guess who that is?

I’m shocked, shocked, that Israel is blaming the humanitarian flotilla for getting itself attacked, since after all bringing drywall and water purifiers to the suffering Gazans makes you “extremist supporters of terrorism.”  Does this drill sound familiar?  Uniquely among nations, both Israel and the US have been carefully taught by their hawkish elites to harbor the demented notion that the more random people they kill all over the world, the “safer” we’ll be, and we both pay big money and gladly see our own die, too,  just to prop up this aberrant delusion.

But for them, it’s a win-win.  Just as Orwell predicted, the constant urgency and importance of each trumped-up “emergency” renders people accepting of the fact that other than constant, expensive violence against scary Others, their government no longer provides them with much of anything for what they pay in taxes.  And, the hawks always seem to be proved right in our credulous media when, yet again, we are attacked, in nothing more than the dreary tit-for-tat that has plagued bloated, surly military aggressors since the dawn of time, but is always treated as an unconscionable, senseless, and unprovoked outrage.  Terrorism has always been, of course, the price that domineering, venal, resource-grabbing countries pay for the privilege of sitting, temporarily, in the catbird seat, and inevitably their citizens will soon suffer another way as well, as the country is bled dry financially by purchasing nothing but the weapons of war, and all programs that promote domestic progress land on the chopping block.

Then there’s the pesky math side of it.  In its initial raid on Gaza that led to the current blockade, Palestinian deaths were, oh, about a thousand times Israeli ones, and for this, Gaza must be punished.  Today, up to 20 unarmed unarmed civilians were slaughtered, and many more injured on the “extremist” side, while a few trigger-happy Israeli soldiers were treated for bruised shoulders and cut fingers, and maybe a bloody nose or two.  You could take the numbers from Israel’s wars, or for that matter Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and come up with similarly asymmetric kill rates every time, which can’t help but tend to muddy the precious idea that we are the victims in all this pointless killing.  Then, you could add up the costs, to both Israelis and Americans, in blood and treasure, compared to the “benefits” of any of these wars.   Israel “won” in 1967 and 1973, and look what it got them.  We “won,” too, in Desert Storm, and got the Saudi bases that later led to Osama bin Laden’s jihad and September 11.  We’ve either lost, or are losing, all the others; if history is any guide, these might turn out better.

It’s too late to hope that the leaders in either of these misguided and anachronistically religious nations will ever voluntarily come to the same conclusion the new testament of the Bible does, that violence only begets more violence, and will continue into the only kind of peace the old testament permits, that of the “victorious” or that of the dead.  Both countries, in maniacal and self-destructive pursuit of the former, will end up with the latter, and blame it all on the “terrorists,” who turn up everywhere but in the mirror, which is where they can so easily be found.

Happy Memorial Day.  And, obviously, many more.

UPDATE: (Tuesday)

Well, it seems that, outside of the US mainstream media and, sort of, Hillary Clinton’s State Department, the whole world is pretty horrified at Israel’s belligerence, and laughingly dismissive of its fevered and ridiculous “justifications.”  The Likudniks just lost both Turkey and Egypt as allies, possible forever, and now they really might end up being pushed into the sea, unless they nuke all present, which would be the kind of thing they’d do.   Nice, and smart, “allies” we’ve got there, with the universal health care we basically pay for, and we’ve got jack for our billions annually, aside from more Arab enemies.  What would Ayn think of that deal?

13 Comments

  1. dirigo says:

    WHAT?

    I can’t hear a word you’re sayin’ … ?

    http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/052910.html

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Pretty unsurprising, but nonetheless informative, article.

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  4. nailheadtom says:

    When ‘Peace Activists’ Attack
    A flotilla organized by a Turkish Islamist group has failed in its attempt to break the naval blockade Israel and Egypt have imposed on the Gaza Strip. Styling themselves “peace activists” carrying humanitarian aid, the Turks, joined by members of other anti-Israel groups, were invited by the Israelis to dock at Ashdod, an Israeli port, and unload their goods there for delivery to Gaza. When they refused, Israeli sailors boarded the boats.

    According to YnetNews.com, the Israelis made a tactical error in assuming that “peace activists” would behave peacefully:

    To their misfortune, [the Israeli commandos] were only equipped with paintball rifles used to disperse minor protests, such as the ones held in Bilin. The paintballs obviously made no impression on the activists, who kept on beating the troops up and even attempted to wrest away their weapons.

    One soldier who came to the aid of a comrade was captured by the rioters and sustained severe blows. The commandoes were equipped with handguns but were told they should only use them in the face of life-threatening situations. When they came down from the chopper, they kept on shouting to each other “don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” even though they sustained numerous blows.

    The Navy commandoes were prepared to mostly encounter political activists seeking to hold a protest, rather than trained street fighters. The soldiers were told they were to verbally convince activists who offer resistance to give up, and only then use paintballs. They were permitted to use their handguns only under extreme circumstances.

    Such circumstances having materialized, the Israelis did open fire, and nine of the so-called activists were killed.

    Palestinian Media Watch notes that a day earlier, al-Jazeera had reported that the “peace activists” were chanting: “Khaibar, Khaibar, oh Jews! The army of Muhammad will return!” Explanation:

    Khaibar is the name of the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad’s army in 628. Many Jews were killed in that battle, which marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia. There are Muslims who see that as a precursor to future wars against Jews. At gatherings and rallies of extremists, this chant is often heard as a threat to Jews to expect to be defeated and killed again by Muslims.

    Al-Jazeera also interviewed a woman who said that the flotilla participants’ goal was “one of two happy endings: either Martyrdom or reaching Gaza.”

    As the Washington Post reports, “Israel delivers about 15,000 tons of supplies and aid to Gaza every week.” Breaking the blockade was unnecessary to get humanitarian aid to Gaza–but it is necessary if the terror group Hamas, which dominates the strip, is to be rearmed. These “peace activists” seek peace only in the Orwellian sense: “War is peace.

    • cocktailhag says:

      That makes a nice story, if one weren’t aware that the blockade and Israeli occupation are both illegal, and one knew nothing of Israel’s demented knee-jerk belligerence. How I know it isn’t true is that the Israelis have quarantined the supposed attackers, and will only let its own propagandists talk to the media. As Greenwald and others have noted, if Israel were so innocent, it would hardly be keeping the witnesses from the news media.
      Is there anything on the lengthy menu of right-wing obsessions you haven’t swallowed whole? The Pauls, pere et fils, at least understand how destructive, and dangerous our relationship and blind support for Israel is, but apparently you don’t.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Yes, the story is being quickly coordinated; I give you that. But again… Who died? Whose stealing of territory led to this? Who’s starving? Who has nukes, and refuses to admit it or sign nonproliferation treaties? When you read “Little Red Riding Hood” did you think the wolf was the victim, too? The US/Israeli media/military complex is, admittedly, pretty good at typing; we all know that, but on sourcing or eyewitness reports, not so much. The body counts tell the clearest story, as always.
      Aren’t you a little embarrassed to believe such horseshit? The truth of course, could be somewhere between, but clearly not entirely on Israel’s side. That’s just common sense. Too bad that escapes you.

      • nailheadtom says:

        Who sends suicide bombers into pizza parlors? And buses? And supermarkets? Who sends un-guided rockets into housing developments? Who accepts millions in western funds and then gives $22 million as a severance check to Suha Arrafat? Who summarily executes their own people if they’re suspected of spying? Who performs “honor killings” on their own daughters and sisters if they’re seen in public with a man? Who considers homosexuality a capital crime?

        • cocktailhag says:

          Well, if I were a Palestinian, I would be embarrassed not to do those things, given the circumstances. As for the anti-gay stuff, your kind always likes that, except in others, so your concern is both insincere as well as unconvincing. Overly religious people, of all stripes, are anti-gay, be they orthodox Jews or Christians, and I think they all are benighted bigots. This isn’t about petty cultural differences, however; it’s about survival. Please, show me a “settler” who is liberal about sexual orientation. At your earliest convenience.

          • nailheadtom says:

            You’d be embarrassed not to kill your daughter for being seen with a strange man? It’s also interesting that you and others with a feeble grasp of human nature and politics aren’t cognizant of the fact that Gaza itself has been invaded not by Israelis but by gangster tribes such as Hamas that want to get in on the stupendous international charity dollars that shower down on the place but don’t make it to Ahmed on the street, ending up instead in Swiss bank accounts. But it’s typical of left-wing pseudo-thinkers to be taken in by their own propaganda.

  5. sysprog says:

    The story so far.

    Egypt said there could be no negotiation with Israel.
    Israel said there could be no negotiation with Egypt.
    They negotiated.

    Syria said there could be no negotiation with Israel.
    Israel said there could be no negotiation with Syria.
    They negotiated.

    Fatah said there could be no negotiation with Israel.
    Israel said there could be no negotiation with Fatah.
    They negotiated.

    Hamas says there can be no negotiation with Israel.
    Israel says there can be no negotiation with Hamas.
    (To be continued.)

  6. nailheadtom says: