Tuesday, July 18, 2006

About the war in the Middle-East

"Words fail; ordinary terms are inadequate to describe the horrors Israel daily perpetrates, and has perpetrated for years, against the Palestinians. The tragedy of Gaza has been described a hundred times over, as have the tragedies of 1948, of Qibya, of Sabra and Shatila, of Jenin -- 60 years of atrocity perpetrated in the name of Judaism. But the horror generally falls on deaf ears in most of Israel, in the U.S. political arena, in the mainstream U.S. media. Those who are horrified -- and there are many -- cannot penetrate the shield of impassivity that protects the political and media elite in Israel, even more so in the U.S., and increasingly now in Canada and Europe, from seeing, from caring.

But it needs to be said now, loudly: those who devise and carry out Israeli policies have made Israel into a monster, and it has come time for all of us -- all Israelis, all Jews who allow Israel to speak for them, all Americans who do nothing to end U.S. support for Israel and its murderous policies -- to recognize that we stain ourselves morally by continuing to sit by while Israel carries out its atrocities against the Palestinians."

To read more of Kathleen Christison's article, click here.

Mrs. Christison is a former CIA analyst, and an outspoken critic of US policies in the Middle-East and of the war in Iraq. I had a chance to hear her speak at a conference a couple years ago, and she gave me the impression of a widely read, sharp-witted lady. I very much enjoy her writings.

For more about the Israeli tactics and long-term strategies in Lebanon and Gaza, I recommend Gideon Levy's opinion piece that appeared in last Sunday's Haaretz (I got this link thanks to Ibn Kafka, who by the way has an excellent coverage of the war and the reactions to it on his blog), and this other one by an Israeli jew. See also this piece by Mike Whitney on the silence of the mainstream media in Europe and the US.

The most troubling thing in all of this was when the Saudi government gave carte blanche to Israel to do whatever it wants in Lebanon! There was a time where we wondered why arab leaders kept silent in the face of israeli agression. Now, we just wish they would shut up.


Karim said...

In today's al-Hayat, a sober editorial by Ghassan Sharbal.

Karim said...

Here is another excellent opinion piece by Ghassan Sharbal in today's issue of al-Hayat. Lucid, and to the point.

Jallal said...

Another quite interesting analysis of the crisis is given by As'ad AbuKhalil in this interview.

Karim said...

Patrick Seal on the conflict.

Karim said...

Oops! The link in the first comment doesn't work. Here it is again.