POLITICAL CORRECTNESS REGARDING ISRAEL/PALESTINE

Browsing through the Blogesphere I came across this cute post at Chocoholic Madness. It’s a really cute blogsite… worth a visit.

The rules of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS when it comes to the Israeli-Arab conflict

Rule # 1: In the Middle East, it is always the Arabs that attack first, and it’s always Israel who defends itself. This is called “Retaliation”.

Rule # 2: The Arabs, whether Palestinians or Lebanese, are not allowed to kill Israelis. This is called “Terrorism

Rule # 3: Israel has the right to kill Arab civilians, this is called “Self-Defense”, or these days “Collateral Damage”.

Rule # 4: When Israel kills too many civilians. The Western world calls for restraint. This is called the “Reaction of the International Community”.

Rule # 5: Palestinians and Lebanese do not have the right to capture Israeli military, not even a limited number, not even 1 or 2. This is called “Kidnapping”.

Rule # 6: Israel has the right to capture as many Palestinians as they want (Palestinians: around 10000 to date, 300 of which are children, Lebanese 1000s to date, being held without trial). There is no limit; there is no need for proof of guilt or trial. This is called “War on Terrorism”.

Rule # 7: When you say “Hezbollah”, always be sure to add “supported by Syria and Iran”. this is called: “Axis of Evil”

Rule # 8: When you say “Israel”, never say “supported by the USA, the UK and other European countries”, for people (God forbid) might believe this is not an equal conflict. This is called “Helping our Friends”

Rule # 9: When it comes to Israel, don’t mention the words “occupied territories”, “UN resolutions”, “Geneva conventions”. This could distress the audience and is called “Anti-Semitism”.

Rule # 10: Israelis speak better English than Arabs. This is why we let them speak out as much as possible, so that they can explain rules1 through 9. This is called “Neutral Journalism”.

Rule # 11: If you don’t agree with these rules or if you favor the Arab side over the Israeli side, you must be a very dangerous anti-Semite. You may even have to make a public apology if you express your honest opinion like Mel Gibson. this is called “Democracy”.

6 Comments

  1. CrazyComposer (aka Peter Amsel) said,

    October 29, 2006 at 16:12

    Interesting points (I realize this is in jest, though it is not so much as it might seem) … however, I’d like to continue the thread of my previous comment here as opposed to within the previous thread … just because I can.

    (he’s back online and the world may never be the same … aren’t you glad?)

    I have no issues with “artistic license” – so long as there aren’t outright distortions of the truth, which aren’t the case here – what I was trying to point out, and what I still maintain, is that there is a certain uniqueness to suffering that adds a particular power to it as well … I know that may sound weird, but bear with me a moment and you will understand.

    Now … you have the right to remain silent … anything you say may be used against you … “When Palestine is free… we will all be free.” You said that. To that, all I can reply is this: BUFFALO BAGELS. Can you actually believe that, if tomorrow the Israeli government ceded the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and even 3/4’s of Jerusalem itself to Palestinian rule anything in the rest of the world would change??? Would the fighting in Iraq stop (not without a major shift in US policy … and Brain-Dead-Bush isn’t about to have that kind of brain-bowel movement, and if the scenario of “Dead President” came true, and it was – God forbid – President Cheney … oy … his policy in Iraq would likely involve field-level nuclear devices (they can be fired from field artillery – 120 mm – under one megaton … really cool devices … no more urban resistance REAL fast).

    The point is this: Darfur would continue. The human tragedy that is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other countries that just don’t warrant the attention of the west, will continue.

    Your blog may focus on Palestine, but, my dear father, Palestine is not the only tragedy of human rights taking place on this “big blue marble” we call home. Even here in Canada – the resolution of the Palestinian issue will have no effects on the Natives and their issues, nor will it resolve the myriad human rights cases around the world.

    I hate to say it, but on the grand scheme of things, it is small – I know that sounds terrible, but remember that infamous quote: “one death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic.” (J. Stalin) The fact of the matter is that the world cannot get itself worked up about a GENOCIDE taking place RIGHT NOW in Africa – a genocide. Not people being moved into camps, people being slaughtered outright.

    Where are the “world police” – the Americans with their guns and bombs, rushing in to liberate the oppressed? Unfortunately Darfur, like Rwanda of a few years ago, has nothing of interest to offer the West, so intervention isn’t high on their priority list.

    Now, if it was taking place in Kuwait, or Venezuela, or another oil producing country … there would be several aircraft carrier groups stationed off the coasts with hundreds of planes bombing the “evil doers” while the marines went in and rescued the poor innocent victims.

    Alas, the “Promised Land” was – I almost think by design – placed in an area where there is no oil or other natural resource that is of great interest (and your oranges aren’t really that great either, to tell the truth) to the west, otherwise they would have been there in 1950, solving this problem before it developed to the point it has reached today. Getting the world to come rushing in to liberate Palestine now? Right.

    I understand that this is what you are passionate about, and I respect that – but remember – myopia is not a great way of seeing things. You cannot measure the worldview by one issue, nor can you identify all issues against one issue – especially when they are unrelated. Try as you might, you cannot “make” things relate to this issue just because you want them to.

    Yes, human suffering is something that is, in a sense, universal – in the sense that it has been experienced through the continuum of existence – but that doesn’t mean that the villagers who were raped and pillaged during the Vietnam War (for example), while innocently protecting what they thought was “their land” in a time when an imperialistic army was marching through, trying to “liberate” their nation (without having been invited in to do so) would have felt any kinship with the people of Palestine – these illiterate farmers who had never seen a television or read a newspaper would have never heard of Palestine or the plight of its people.

    Yes, it is a terrible thing to continue, but when it ends (soon, I pray) it will change nothing in the grand scheme of things – and that, I fear, is the worst part of this whole mess.

    Proof: Apartheid. What has changed since the end of Apartheid in South Africa? Things have improved in SA, but one would have thought that this event SHOULD have been the trigger to end the Palestinian situation. Instead, Israel is taking a lesson from the old fascist state with the Wall.

    The end of Pinochet’s rule in Chile: the fall of a fascist dictatorship – a great thing – yet what has changed? We can buy fruit from Chile now … big deal. Democracy in the rest of the world? Right. Not.

    The “ripple effect” – or, as the west so feared the spread of communism through the “domino theory” has been – again and again – been proven to be nothing more than hyperbole – fear mongering at its highest.

    The type of thing that Georgie Boy, et al, are so enamoured with.

  2. DesertPeace said,

    October 29, 2006 at 17:21

    Interesting points Peter… Perhapsd i can chane my words of ‘no one is free until Palestine is free’ to ‘No one is free unless we are all free’!
    You know me well enough to know that I love all of humanity… I feel closest to the Palestinians because I am here with them physically…. but that does not in any way mean I care less about any other oppressed nation…
    So… i have no disagreements with anything you said… mainly because what you are saying reflects the way you were brought up by your parents…
    So, yes, be assured that I do care for all…. and wait for the day that we are ALL free.
    OK???

  3. Anonymous said,

    October 29, 2006 at 18:17

    do you live in west jerusalem.If so how do you live there in a zionist neighbourhood in a hebrew zionist society.You seem to not like zionists and consider what they believe to be like nazisim .dont you feel sick everytime you step out the door

  4. DesertPeace said,

    October 29, 2006 at 18:49

    Anon… actually I live in what is technically East Jerusalem,,, it’s a fairly mixed neighbourhood.
    My personal lifestyle of non-hatred is known by all in the community and has opened many hearts and minds.
    So no, I do not feel sick at all when I leave home, I feel challenged to change a few minds… and you know what? it’s working!

  5. CrazyComposer (aka Peter Amsel) said,

    October 30, 2006 at 03:12

    The idea that freedom is a universal goal or ideal (perhaps the word global is more appropriate to use) to be pursued is certainly not something that I can disagree with … and it is, in a sense, what I was trying to point out in relation to the previous post and the cartoons. What is of particular importance regarding the universal aspect of freedom is that part that is reflected in the old song of resistance from South America: The people united will never be defeated.

    Having said that, it must also be stressed that the “struggle” must not be diminished for other people while one group is in focus. I understand your concern for the people living near you, as you were also concerned before you moved there (I recall the stickers and posters we had at home in Sudbury). Yet where does genocide fit into the scheme of things?

    We boycotted Chile, we went to meetings about what was happening in other Latin American nations … but what is happening to stop the slaughter of innocents? People blogging will not save Darfur, nor will it establish the “State” of Palestine. It will take a democratic action of miraculous proportions to change Israel, and a new senate and congress in the United States to allow for any possible redirection of their foreign policy (not to mention a new [read Non-brain-dead sycophant republican zombie] president in 2008).

    It is truly a sad statement about the times we live in when the state of the world now hinges upon the outcome of American elections. Alas, with this nation being the “last” of the true superpowers, and the self-appointed police of the world, we must hope (and pray) that the American people will wake up and elect a government with a conscience (as opposed to sexual predators who decide that the pages are nice playthings for their personal enjoyments).

    This is something that the world needs to truly wake up to: the Palestinian issue would be solved tomorrow if the U.S. said boo. All it would take would be one statement by either Sec. State Rice or the Big Boffo himself – that statement being: you want your next aid cheque? thought so.

    Money talks … bullsh*t walks.

    Take care,

    oh – anonymous – what difference would it make if DesertPeace lived in the most Zionist part of Jerusalem? You recognize from his writing that he is NOT a Zionist, but someone who desires peace for all people … or did you miss that? You have no idea what it means to be involved in a struggle against something, anonymous – if you did you wouldn’t be such a coward and reveal your true identity. Just because DP is in Jerusalem doesn’t mean he should be feeling bad about where he lives – it means he has chosen to live in a place where he believes that he can make a difference because of where he is.

    If you remove all of the people who believe in peace, you have lost the war. Israel would love nothing more than to have people like DP leave Jerusalem – it would allow them to be even more brutal in their treatment of the “other” residents as there would be no credible witnesses to say anything. We need more non-Zionist Jews to stand up and declare that speaking out against the policies of Israel is NOT being an anti-Semite and it is NOT being anti-Israel. Just like being critical of the foreign policies (idiotic) of George Bush does not make me anti-American. I have very deep roots in America and love the people of that nation, but the government? Thank you, no.

    It is our duty to watch over our political leaders and WATCH them. Being a citizen is not a passive thing – it involves the verb “being” – to be. If we act, if we decide that “I will be” a _____, we can effect true change – in the voting booth. Municipal elections in Ontario are coming up soon – I’ll be in the polling station, as usual. But that is only a small part of the battle. Peace is a much larger issue.

    Peace is not selective. It cannot be for one group and not another – something that the Zionists have missed (having not learned anything from the millions murdered during the Holocaust). No, peace cannot exist unless everyone is included. That is why we are in a defacto state of war, right now, and we have been for many years.

    World War III has been raging for 60 years, since 1946 – yes, since the end of World War II. The “Cold War” was nothing. Korea – feh. Vietnam? just a minor incursion into a jungle.

    No. World War III is the war that has killed more than any other war in history: millions of Chinese more than thirty eight MILLION Chinese people murdered by their own government – a term called “democide”, over two million (a number that pales compared to China) murdered by the Khmer Rouge. Estimates vary, (as intelligence is difficult to gather), but the best guess is that as many as 3.5 million North Koreans were murdered by their brutal leader, Kim Il-sung.

    Millions more have been murdered through the labour camps – the gulags – in the former Soviet Union, and then there are the hundreds of thousands by Tito, those murdered by Milosovic, … and the list goes on and on …

    We are living in a time where “peace” has become something that is sold in week-end new age seminars, slickly packaged in “self-help” books available at the corner bookstore for $39.95, promising to “restore your inner peace”. We don’t need to restore our inner anything – we need to remove the constant state of fear that exists because the world in which we live is being run by a group of neo-conservative psychotics that act only in their own best interests, not in the interests of those whom they are supposed to be serving.

    Israel will be free – Palestine included – when the world (and the people thereof) wake up and realize that we cannot continue to live our lives as though that philosophy “its ok so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone” is acceptable. We cannot go blithely on while the people next to us are dying. We ARE our brother’s keeper, and we ARE responsible for what happens to them.

    Just this afternoon I met a friend for coffee and dinner. At one point I was relating an incident where I lost something on the bus and I said, “this just confirms to me that there is no such thing as Karma. What goes around does NOT come around. I walk with a cane, in pain, and have run – yes – run – after someone who has dropped a glove, but when I left a large reusable coffee cup on the bus – on the seat – did anyone say anything? no. What goes around goes nowhere. Remember, the saying is ‘do unto others as you would LIKE to have others do unto you’ – not ‘as they WILL do unto you’ … big difference.”

    The point being that we, particular the “we” in the western world – the “developed” nations – have a tendency to live highly insular lives. We take great pains to insure our privacy, to make sure we have “our space” and are able to “get away” from it all. People will spend thousands of dollars on their vacations to go off to some exotic locale, flying half way around the world to enjoy what they can’t see at home, all while a majority of the world’s population lives in squalor.

    While the west represents only 20% of the world’s population it continues to consume at least 70% or the world’s resources – a disparity that essentially enslaves the rest of the world, a servitude to provide that which the west will gorge itself on as it continues to become the fattest humans alive.

    We will have peace when this disparity begins to be equalized. The poverty of the Third World can be solved, but it involves taking a great deal from the west – taking what the west may not be too thrilled about parting with. Imagine, however, how easy it would be if you were living in a shack without electricity, heat and plumbing and your neighbour – living in a luxurious mansion only a few hundred feet away – was constantly throwing large outdoor parties with many guests and so much food you can see them filling garbage bags with what is left over at the end of the day … all to be thrown away while your stomach growls in painful protest.

    Can you imagine how much you would want to walk across that short divide to visit your neighbour? What’s stopping you? Nothing at all … oh … did I forget? There is a ten-foot wide river that is teeming with crocodiles at the edge of the property. Anytime you approach the water’s edge, the crocs rear their heads and snap their massive jaws at you, convincing you that crossing is not an option.

    It is time to get rid of the crocodiles: we have wasted far too much for far too long. The problems of the world could be solved in one week (I’m serious) if we really tried – and I’m including things like Iraq and other issues. All it would take is a word that strikes fear in the heart of the west (and many men, but for other reasons) – that word: commitment.

    On that not, I bid you Shalom.

  6. DesertPeace said,

    October 30, 2006 at 07:39

    Can’t disagree with you son…. thanks.


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