Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bush gunned down! Rooming with Nixon in hell!

It's nice to dream.....

This is the dramatic moment when President George Bush is gunned down by a sniper after a public address at a hotel, in a gripping new docudrama soon to be aired on TV.

Set around October 2007, President Bush is assassinated as he leaves the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.

Death of a President, shot in the style of a retrospective documentary, looks at the effect the assassination of Bush has on America in light of its 'War on Terror'.

The 90 minutes feature explores who could have planned the murder, with a Syrian-born man wrongly put in the frame.

Peter Dale, head of More4, which is due to air the film on October 9, said the drama was a "thought-provoking critique" of contemporary US society.

Several comments to make on this:

First of all to all the lefty bloggers out there falling all over yourselves to say "Of course, I wouldn't want the president killed", shut the hell up. You know you would do a little dance if someone whacked that idiot. You just want to appear "above" such a thing.

Secondly, the only real problem I have is that he's gunned down. Too quick. A flash of pain and then the big dirt nap. For Bush I would prefer bone cancer, flesh-eating bacteria, or perhaps one of those deadly four hour erections we keep hearing about.

Alright, seriously. I would prefer Bush spend the rest of his life in a cell, tried and convicted of war crimes, but somehow I just don't think it's going to happen. So I can only hope for him to suffer in some other way.

Sad that I've been reduced to wishing great physical agony and death to my fellow humans but I truly believe that he deserves to suffer. Many right bloggers refer to my kind of hatred as Bush Derangement Syndrome, but I prefer to call it a yearning for karmic justice. This president has overseen the most criminal, arrogantly stupid, and homicidal administration in American history. He, and his partners in crime, deserve whatever horrors that karma may have in store for them.

As for Bush's cheerleaders on the Internet, such as the creepy Anchoress (who, by the way, is another right wing blogger that doesn't allow comments because she's such a coward) I can only hope that someone they care for deeply dies in one of Bush's wars of choice.

That seems fair.

Been saving up lots of dark thoughts. Can you tell?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

After piles of corpses and rivers of blood....the truth


Being a bit distracted, I missed this a few days ago:

In recent press conferences Bush has been stumbling and bumbling. Today was yet another example of his lies and reality catching up with him. He, as always, tried to tie the war in Iraq to 9/11, but this time a White House reporter interjected with a question:

Ken Herman, Cox News: "What did Iraq have to do with the attack on the World Trade Center?"

Bush: "Nothing."

Can we impeach this stupid, lying motherfucker now?

Friday, August 25, 2006

Not in GITMO yet


Sorry for my shameful non-blogging as of late. My wee little man, Marcus, has had a few health problems. Complications from recently diagnosed asthma have kept him home from pre-school for several days and though I'm glad to be able to be dad, I'm usually with him, working, or sleeping which leaves little time to blog. I'm currently working on a couple of different posts about 9/11 and will have them up as soon as possible.

Love and miss you guys,

Back soon.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Class, race, and disaster


"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

Barbara Bush, September 5, 2005

The Rude Pundit has a wonderful photo essay of New Orleans one year after Katrina.

I find the difference in the response to the human tragedy of Katrina and the response to the September 11, 2001 attacks to be quite instructive about class and race in American society.

Lots of white-collar white folks die, and it turns the nation inside out and affects us in a grave way even five years on.

Nobody is even sure how many people died during Hurricane Katrina. It doesn't seem to be a national priority to find out either. We do know they were mostly poor and mostly black so that tells you a great deal.

Yes, I know one was an attack and the other was a natural disaster. I also watched the response to both of them unfold , and I can tell you that if a natural disaster had hit Manhattan or the neighborhoods of Long Island, the response would have been entirely different.

I have some thoughts on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, but I'm trying to figure out how to string them together. I think instead of one large post I will be posting about various aspects of the events from different points of reference such as conspiracy, history, and impact on our culture and foreign policy.

Stay tuned....

Thursday, August 17, 2006

More terror crap


How many of the twenty-odd "Muslims" arrested in the recent London terror plot have been charged with a crime?

That's right, none.

How much of the "liquid explosives", the wonderfully named "Mother of Satan" explosives, have been found?

That's right, none.

This is starting to remind me of the dreaded Miami Seven.

Craig Murray has the Brits' number:

This brings us to one particularly sinister aspect of the allegations - that the bombs were to be made on the plane. The idea that high explosive can be made quickly in a plane toilet by mixing at room temperature some nail polish remover, bleach, and Red Bull and giving it a quick stir, is nonsense. Yes, liquid explosives exist and are highly dangerous and yes, airports are ill equipped to detect them at present. Yes, it is true they have been used on planes before by terrorists. But can they be quickly manufactured on the plane? No. The sinister aspect is not that this is a real new threat. It is that the allegation may have been concocted in order to prepare us for arresting people without any actual bombs. Let me fess up here. I have just checked, and our flat contains nail polish remover, sports drinks, and a variety of household cleaning products. Also MP3 players and mobile phones. So the authorities could announce - as they have whispered to the media in this case - that potential ingredients of a liquid bomb, and potential timing devices, have been discovered. It rather lowers the bar, doesn't it?

I admit when I first heard of this plot I was chilled to the bone. Ten airliners blown up over the Atlantic? Horrible and highly ambitious.

Then, the news announced that the explosives to be used were liquids.

ding ding

Alarm bells

I have a working knowledge of explosives favored by various rebel groups, and as far as smuggled bombs go, liquid is the last thing you want.

Some form of plastique such as Semtex would be much better suited, but it's much easier to detect by airport security.

As Murray points out, you can't just whip this stuff up.

The odors of the mixing chemicals alone would give you away, and you would need a hell of a lot of the stuff to "blow up" an entire plane. Much more than could be carried in a sports drink bottle. The most you might be able to do with that amount is put a hole in the fuselage. More likely you would blow your hands off trying to mix the shit quickly.

I had all of these thoughts that first day, but I just assumed those ever-inventive "terrorists" had come up with some new toys to play with.

Now it seems as if they had not. The government wants us to believe that these folks were going to mix a highly unstable nitroglycerine explosive in the airplane restroom, and get it done so as to be able to blow up ten separate planes simultaneously.


I'm really getting tired of this bullshit.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I was in line at the grocery store and this cover caught my eye.

Tell me again how well things are going in Iraq

Cell Phones of Doom



And the point I was trying to make

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Die Screaming


I called it last week.

Now everyone is saying it and coming up with various excuses.

Uri Avnery tries to be tactful about it:

More than once it has been said in this column that an army that has been acting for many years as a colonial police force against the Palestinian population - "terrorists", women and children - and spending its time running after stone-throwing boys, cannot remain an efficient army. The test of results confirms this.

Let me translate that:

The IDF has spent the last several decades gunning down innocent men, women, and children. And when they ran up against an actual fighting force, they found out what it feels like to fight against someone who can actually shoot back.

A few days ago I wrote that I most definitely did not wish to see Israel "wiped off the map" or anything of the sort. I meant that.

But let me climb down off of my lofty perch and get down into the dirt and say I'm very, very glad the IDF was soundly defeated by Hezbollah.

I've only been following Israel's ongoing destruction of the Palestinian people for four years. Not long by many standards, but long enough to become sick to death of stories of murder at the hands of the Israeli military.

Children murdered

A little girl gunned down on her way to school, shot twenty fucking times while she tried to crawl away.

The shooter got off with a fine and no jail time.

You think it's wrong for me to be glad the IDF was defeated? Look at these pictures of the IDF's handiwork , and if that doesn't convince you that it's a cadre of murderers, you are beyond hope.
These are but few examples of a policy of deliberately targeting children by the Israeli Defense Force.

This is not propaganda. Hundreds of innocent deaths have been investigated and corroborated by human rights organizations and the guilty are never, ever punished for what they did.

So if any of the Israeli soldiers killed in the recent fighting in Lebanon ever served in Occupied Palestine, I hope they died screaming.

Nemo's World: Enough is NOT Enough?


Well, isn't THIS just "precious"?!

Now that Israel's seemingly insatiable blood lust finally appears to be winding down -- in no small part directly attributable to the staunch, heroic resistance put up by Hezbollah's fighters -- we're made privy to some remarkably ugly, underlying *truths* about this capricious, unprovoked, PRE-MEDITATED campaign of carnage in Lebanon involving the purposeful prodding of one George "War Criminal" Bush of the US.

Revolution, anyone? I mean, at least a Nuremberg-style Tribunal ought to be entirely appropriate for "leaders" who have deliberately and repeatedly fostered unprovoked "wars of convenience" and the wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians that goes with them! Have we NO remaining decency at ALL? These are clearly outright Crimes Against Humanity, as defined by the US itself *at* Nuremberg!

(Of course, even as I write this, the Bush Reich is attempting to grant itself immunity from the US War Crimes Act.)

Israeli Leaders Fault Bush on War
By Robert Parry [Consortium News]

Amid the political and diplomatic fallout from Israel's faltering invasion of Lebanon, some Israeli officials are privately blaming President George W. Bush for egging Prime Minister Ehud Olmert into the ill-conceived military adventure against the Hezbollah militia in south Lebanon.

Bush conveyed his strong personal support for the military offensive during a White House meeting with Olmert on May 23, according to sources familiar with the thinking of senior Israeli leaders.

Olmert, who like Bush lacks direct wartime experience, agreed that a dose of military force against Hezbollah might damage the guerrilla group's influence in Lebanon and intimidate its allies, Iran and Syria, countries that Bush has identified as the chief obstacles to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

As part of Bush's determination to create a "new Middle East" -- one that is more amenable to U.S. policies and desires -- Bush even urged Israel to attack Syria, but the Olmert government refused to go that far, according to Israeli sources. ...

[WELL worth the full review.]

But never fear, Fascists! Your own maniacal Chickenhawk cheerleaders are hard at work condemning Israel's mere "half-measure" and clamoring for ever MORE bloodshed, as long as it doesn't *remotely* involve any of their OWN blood. (The NeoCons have indisputably *proven* themselves to be about as "Nazi" as it gets!)

Hard-line Neo-Cons Assail Israel for Timidity
By Jim Lobe [IPS]

While much of the world has criticized Israel for carrying out a "disproportionate" war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, hard-line neo-conservatives have attacked the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for timidity.

"(Hezbollah) is today the leading edge of an aggressive, nuclear-hungry Iran," wrote Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer earlier this week. "...(Olmert's) search for victory on the cheap has jeopardised not just the Lebanon operation but America's confidence in Israel as well. The tremulous Olmert seems not have a clue."

In particular, Krauthammer and other leading neo-conservatives have assailed Olmert for not launching a massive ground invasion from the outset which, in their view, could have effectively crushed Hezbollah's military capabilities, if not the organisation itself. ...

Still others attacked him for failing to widen the war beyond Lebanon to Hezbollah supporters, Iran and Syria. ...

I personally believe that each and every one these inexplicably *deskbound* "warriors" should be provided free (ONE-WAY) air fare to Lebanon, or Syria, or Iran, so that they themselves can take the "battle" to their perceived enemies. Of course, common decency dictates that the "receiving" countries should be *fully* forewarned of the arrival of these "bloodthirsty" lunatics.

But then, I doubt that any of these arrogant, LOUD-MOUTH cowards would ever *avail* themselves of such a "golden" opportunity. They undoubtedly have "other priorities" -- Dick Cheney's own excuse for his FIVE-TIME Vietnam draft deferment -- like, say, soliciting *other* people to "fight their battles" (that is, engage in unrestrained mayhem) for them.

~ Nemo

Saturday, August 12, 2006



Here's something to chill the soul from MSNBC:

LONDON - NBC News has learned that U.S. and British authorities had a significant disagreement over when to move in on the suspects in the alleged plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.

A senior British official knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case.

Sure OK. It almost seems like the US wanted to get these guys before they had a chance to pull some kind of stunt that goes boom, right?

Analysts say that in recent years, American security officials have become edgier than the British in such cases because of missed opportunities leading up to 9/11.

Maybe our guys learned a lesson about taking threats seriously, right?

Here is where we go off the tracks into the unbelievable land of savagery that the War on Terror has become:

The British official said the Americans also argued over the timing of the arrest of suspected ringleader Rashid Rauf in Pakistan, warning that if he was not taken into custody immediately, the U.S. would "render" him or pressure the Pakistani government to arrest him.

British security was concerned that Rauf be taken into custody "in circumstances where there was due process," according to the official, so that he could be tried in British courts. Ultimately, this official says, Rauf was arrested over the objections of the British.

For those of you who don't have the your copy of Fascism 101 handy, to "render" someone (shorthand for extraordinary rendition) is to use the intelligence assets of the United States, such as the CIA, to kidnap citizens of other nations, drug them, and fly them to one of several "black sites" where they are brutally tortured for information. Anyone can be rendered. Without the benefit of charges, evidence, or representation, any citizen of any country in the world can be rendered if the United States suspects that person of being involved in terrorism in any way.

So, according to these British sources, the Brits had to fight the bloodthirsty American government to keep them from rendering their suspects. In the end, the Pakistanis, no doubt ordered and supervised by the CIA, nabbed one of the guys and after "interrogation" he gave up the names of the the others.

I want to go into extraordinary rendition a little more. Here is a nicely concise definition and history of the phrase from the site World Wide Words:

This legal term has gained much attention in the press in the past couple of years because of reports that the CIA has been capturing terrorism suspects in one country and delivering them with no court hearing or extradition process to a second, in which torture is practiced, in order to get confessions or useful intelligence. The term dates to the end of the 1980s at the latest, but is in the news at the moment because of accusations that the CIA is being actively aided by the British government, and because of a court case last month in New York in which a Canadian citizen challenged his removal to Syria in this way.

The core of the term is rendition, an old but little-known legal principle. It comes from an obsolete French term that derives from render, to give back or render. Most people know rendition as a posh word for the performance of an actor or musician, but in the time of the first Queen Elizabeth—about 1600—it referred to the surrender of a garrison (the occupants rendered, or gave themselves up, to the victors).

In US law rendition refers to the transfer of individuals from a foreign jurisdiction to the USA to answer criminal charges; the defendant is said to have been rendered up to justice. However, the formal process iextraditionon. When the transfer is done by extra-judicial methods, the process is strictly called informal rendition, though this can be casually shortened to rendition.

A problem for the security forces is that once brought to the USA the person is subject to US law and the rules of due process, which of course excludes torture. Hence extraordinary rendition, a euphemism for taking them to a country where these rules do not apply.

The rules do not apply.

This is what we've become. Our own allies are afraid to let terror suspects fall into the hands of the dreaded Americans because they will be tortured.

This is a matter of policy.

This is not " a few bad apples" or some other kind of aberration.

This is the policy of the United States of America.

We are so lost......

Thanks to the fellow heretics at Debunking Christianity for the pic.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Thank God for the Michigan State Police


Hard on the heels of the alleged plot to blow up airlines using Gatorade, the Michigan State Police show us why we definitely needed the Patriot Act:

Around 1:00am August 11th the three men purchased cell phones from the Wal-Mart store on M-81 near the corner of M-24 in Caro. Wal-Mart places a limit on the number of cell phones that can be purchased at once, that number is three. The three men allegedly bought 80 by purchasing them three at time so that an alert wouldn't be triggered by the cash register. They also paid cash.

An alert clerk grew suspicious and called Tuscola County central dispatch. The Caro Police Department sent a unit and stopped the rented van on M-81 just east of Caro. The suspects were headed towards Bad Axe on M-81 where there is another Super Wal-Mart.

The three men are described as being of Palestinian descent but live in Texas. Police say the three, ages 19, 22, and 23 appear to be naturalized citizens.

Do you see?!!! Palestinian appearing Middle Eastern men are trying to take away our cell phones!

You won't get away with you dirty Middle Eastern men!

The three suspects are now facing two counts each of Homeland Security Terrorism charges. All three suspects are due to be arraigned August 12th.

Serves them right. This is but a taste of what the Israelis have been going through for years now. You can hardly find a cell phone in all of Israel thanks to those dirty Middle Eastern Palestinians.

Are you an Islamic Fascist?


I think I may well be an Islamic Fascist.

What a weird thing to discover about myself this late in life.

I see the patterns. I'm outraged by the indiscriminate killing of innocents. I find myself often questioning why the military of the United States is in Iraq and why oh why we are building huge permanent bases there. I'm quite certain Israel has lost whatever collective mind it once may have had.

I have all the signs and symptoms.

Of all the things I wanted to be when I was a kid, X-Wing pilot, porn star, the car on Knight Rider, I never thought I would wind up as an Islamic Fascist.

Why I like Hugo Chavez


I believe the word is cojones.

Fuck you very much America and Israel.

This dark place


When I think I'm jaded to the horror of what we have become I am always proven to be simply a wide eyed innocent in a world full of monsters and monstrous ideas. Please take a look at what is considered civilized discourse these days. The post from BlackFive is charmingly titled On the Virtues of Killing Children .

Frankly friends, I'm starting to lose what small hope I have maintained for any sort of civilization here on earth. Oh, it's not just this post that is no doubt designed to enrage. I'm savvy enough to know when a blogger is desperately trying to draw attention to himself. But there just seems to be more that is dark these days than light.

The President declared yesterday that instead of fighting "terror" we are now at war with something called "Islamic Fascism."It doesn't seem to bother most people that the name of who and what we are fighting seems to change at the Idiot-In-Chief's whim.

By the way Duuuhbya, no one has declared war, no matter how many times you say it. We are illegally occupying a sovereign nation and supplying weapons to rogue regimes for terrorist attacks against civilians. These are simply crimes against humanity, not warfare.

A larger percentage of Americans today believe that Iraq did indeed have weapons of mass destruction than thoughts so six months ago. Americans want to believe. We are desperate to cling to any fantasy that will tell us that all of the bloodshed is for a reason. Like Vietnam. Like Desert Storm. But it isn't. There is no reason, other than the fact that war is a potent distraction for a poorly informed public. The dreams of glory that the man/child in the White House and his evil handlers have dreamt is slowly turning into a nightmare for more and more Americans. But it's happening far too slowly to prevent the coming confrontation with Iran.

Here in America, in this dark place, hope for peace and justice seems farther away than ever.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

And then.....


Just a post to say I really don't know what to say.

It seems as if we are going to see mushroom clouds in the Middle East quite soon.

Nemo pointed me to this piece on the who's, where's, and why's of the sudden U.S. hardon against Hezbollah and, of course, the connected dots lead right to Tehran.

Our military is currently occupied in Viet... Iraq, so I'm quite certain there are a couple of low-yield nuclear weapons being polished up right now so as to strike a decisive blow for.....whatever the fuck the "War on Terror" is supposed to accomplish.

That's what I really want to ask these folks leading the charge: And then what?

I want to ask Bush and the rest of the nutjobs, what the hell are you gonna do after you nuke Iran?

I want to ask the bloggers and pundits so frighteningly praying for war: What are you going to do when we finally kill millions of innocent people in the Middle East? What the fuck are you wanting to get out of this? What do you think this will bring?

What are the nutty fundamentalist Christians going to do when Israel finally reigns supreme and their promised messiah is a no-show? What a pathetic fucking joke their prophecies are.

Will there come a moment of clarity? Will the blood thirst be finally quenched when they stand in the ashes of entire civilizations?

Sure, corporations are becoming fabulously wealthy on the occupation of Iraq. Christians are getting their Armageddon. But what are all you blogging and blathering war-cheerleaders getting out of it? Validation? Proof that our way is the way and nothing else matters? Are your souls sold so cheaply? Is that the price of your humanity? Bragging rights?

Today is August 6th. Does that date have any meaning for you folks spoiling for an American/Israeli vs Iran showdown?

Does history even matter to you people?

These are the lives of millions of your fellow human beings you're playing with.

Does that not matter at all anymore? Did it ever?

Ask yourself that question: And then?

Who attacked who and who started what is not going to matter one damn bit when that first nuke flies.

And then....

Friday, August 04, 2006

Fireworks. Ugly Fireworks....


Want to know just how ugly blogging can get?

There's this.

And then there's this.


Death To Israel?


I'm a child of the 70's.

So my first exposure to American culture had some remarkable milestones. Star Wars, Jaws, The Six-Million Dollar Man, Kroft Super Show, and Good Times are but a few of the great, and not so great, television and film memories I carry.

But mixed into the warm memories of watching Steve Austin run in that cool slow motion is the first understanding that all things in the world were not sweetness and light.

In 1977, the mini-series Roots exposed me for the first time, along with a great many Americans, to the horrors that were an everyday occurrence during the years that slavery was legal in this country. I will never forget seeing Levar Burton as Kunta Kinte tied and lashed with a bullwhip. I was confused, frightened, and fascinated. I was six years old.

Now, you may ask what a six-year-old was doing watching a program with such obviously adult themes as Roots. There are a couple of reasons: In the 70's many parents still had the faith that if it was shown on television it was OK. Cable, and all of it's racy goodness, was still a few years away and the Big Three networks generally kept the mayhem out of the living rooms of the American people. The other reason I saw those wrenching scenes was that my parents were not exactly what you would call vigilant about what I was doing at any given time. That would turn out to be quite wonderful when cable did finally arrive. By the time I was ten-years-old I was a veritable fountain of knowledge on human sexuality, but that's another story.....

The incredible success of Roots must have shown the networks that people were interested in history if it's told in the acceptable narrative, because the following year, 1978, came the mini-series Holocaust.

By now I was all of seven years old and deep into what was to be a lifetime obsession with all things fantasy and sci-fi. I had the obligatory child-of-the-70's life-changing experience of seeing Star Wars for the first time, and I was hooked.

Still, as an American child I had little understanding of actual violence. Sure, I would slay legions of Imperial Stormtroopers or Cylons with my trusty laser six-shooter, and I even knew, vaguely what a war was. I knew war was a bad thing. I knew this because we had just finished fighting a war in someplace called vietnam. It was always referred to in whispers. As in "He's hooked on drugs because of Vietnam. " and "He doesn't like loud noises because of Vietnam."

I didn't know where Vietnam was, but there was a war there and it was bad.

So as fall approached, promos for a new mini-series began to air. Holocaust. I had never heard that word before. Asking the adults in my life proved to raise more questions still. A kind of blank stare followed by vague things like " Lots of people died". For the most part I might have given the whole thing a pass in favor of something with robots and explosions but for the disclaimer at the end of each promo: "Parental discretion is advised." Well, hell. To a curious seven-year-old that was like saying"There is something here you really need to see".

Now let me say at this point, for those that don't know, I was raised in the South by wacky Fundamentalist Christians. At this stage in my life I didn't know there was such a thing as different religions. And my understanding of ethnicity went as far as knowing that there were black people and white people and maybe some strange people with different eye shapes. Shogun was still a couple of years away.

I certainly knew not one thing about Jews. Odd for someone who was raised hearing the Old Testament at exhaustive length, but I'm convinced many American Christians don't like to think about the fact that Jesus was a Jew. Certainly all the artist depictions I had seen did not cast him in a Semitic light.

So I tuned in to watch Holocaust. Sure enough, before the movie started they aired once again that warning. But this time with a twist, "The following program is for mature audiences and contains graphic depictions of violence and nudity". Wow! Violence and nudity. I had certainly picked a winner!

I was hopelessly lost, of course. Having no frame of reference for the events unfolding, all I understood was that these people in the uniforms had a serious dislike for the people with the odd accents. These Jews. I don't recall how many nights I watched. At least three, I think.

But it all faded into the Scene. When I think of it, that's what I think. The Scene. In the Scene the Germans (I was later to find out specifically the Nazis, more specifically the SS) had forced a large group of Jewish prisoners to dig a trench. Then they made them strip. There, at last was nudity. But not of the kind I had desired. These were scared and crying people who tried vainly to cover themselves and to preserve a bit of dignity. Some knew what was coming, some were confused. They were told to stand, side by side, in this vast pit. They were then gunned down by soldiers standing above and behind them with machine guns.

But that description, any description, could not do it justice. I was seven years old and for the first time I saw what cold-blooded murder was. I saw what genocide was. I can still see the bullets hitting them in the back and them falling in the pit. I can still remember my confusion. I knew this was a true story. I knew this had happened. But I couldn't for the life of me think of why these people had to die in this coldly calculated way. Many children have had much, much more difficult introductions to the real world, but this was enough to color my view of the Jewish people and Israel for the rest of my life.

I have since learned how much even that graphic representation had spared me. How the children were there too. How not everyone died quickly. And how that sad line of exposed and bullet-ridden flesh was repeated over and over thousands of times.

I have never forgotten the Scene.

I know personally several people who deny the Holocaust happened. I had a good friend that I eventually parted company with because of an obsession with Jewish conspiracies. In supporting Palestinian rights you run up against a great deal of anti-Semitism disguised as concern for human rights. Another good friend recently expressed surprise that I didn't hate the Jews considering how angry I've been as of late about Israel's conduct.

It made me pause.

I do not hate Jews. I do not hate the people of Israel. I hate the policies of the Israeli government. I hate the IDF soldiers who shoot down children in the street. I hate the Israeli pilots that target ambulances. I hate the fact that many citizens of Israel are content to allow their government to lay waste to the Palestinian people.

Hear me well, my friends. I believe the Jewish people deserve a homeland of their own. No people have a greater reason for wanting the security of their own state.

But in the formation and "defense" of that homeland, Israel has become the great evil they once feared. In their refusal to deal fairly with the people of Palestine, they have turned the entire world against them. In their recent invasion of Lebanon, they have shown little regard for human life and the sovereignty of nations. They will pay for what they have done in the past month for decades to come. And the currency will be the blood of Israeli citizens. Every time they try to bring security with the gun and the bomb, they push real security farther away. The old saying still applies: without justice, there can be no peace.

Israel has backed itself into a corner and I don't think they know how to get out of it. I feel pity for them as much as anything else. Their future stretches before them filled with unending violence. Just as I have said of the United States, the days until a devastating nuclear or biological attack on Israel are numbered. Too much hate and too many available weapons make it inevitable.

The reign of the Bush administration and the neo-cons has shown me that governments can do horrible things despite the objections of large numbers of citizens. It is perhaps one of the most bitter lessons I have learned in my life. I know there are large numbers of Israelis that only want to live in peace. Israelis who want justice.

So when I hear cries of "death to Israel" or similar calls for the destruction of the Jews, I look at what my government has done. And I think that if Israel deserves to be destroyed then perhaps we all deserve it. If "death to Israel" is the answer, then we are all truly lost to the abyss.

And if the day comes that we bring back the machine gun and the pit, rather than be a part of it, rather than watch it happen, I would prefer to take my place beside my fellow humans and face the bullets with them.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Bush Grants Self Permission To Grant More Power To Self


This spoof from the Onion is just sooo spot on.