Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

January 21, 2008

Israel Shuts Off Power to Gaza City

Filed under: politics — Tags: , — codesmithy @ 11:20 am

Al Jazeera has a story about the Israeli government shutting off power to about 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza. Israel’s ability to pull off such a feat is the result of decades of policy. Palestinians have been forced into regions analogous to bantustans. The bantustans serve the same purpose they did in South Africa, where the name was taken, to give the state the ability to easily quell a potentially rebellious demographic in society and keep them subservient.

The issue is not defense. Everyone accepts the fact that Israel has the right to defend itself. The issue is what type of retaliation is justified. It is clear “collective punishment” is not an instrument of justice.

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November 19, 2007

Wolf Blitzer vs. Norman Finkelstein

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , — codesmithy @ 8:09 am

I think Wolf Blitzer might be a little bit too used to talking to people that share the predominant American establishment view on Israel: Israel can do no wrong. Norman Finkelstein absolutely destroys Blitzer’s argument. Blitzer tries to smear any criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic. Criticizing Israel’s government policies is no more anti-Semitic than criticizing the United States’ government is anti-American. For the record, I can’t be anti-American. I’m a huge fan of John Brown. Now, there was a man who thought big.

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