a letter...  

sparkee58 58M
606 posts
8/16/2006 3:45 am

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8/18/2006 1:47 am

a letter...

A Letter from 18 Writers

including three Nobel Prize recipients

The latest chapter of the conflict between Israel and Palestine began when Israeli forces abducted two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from Gaza. An incident scarcely reported anywhere, except in the Turkish press. The following day the Palestinians took an Israeli soldier prisoner- and proposed a negotiated exchange against prisoners taken by the Israelis- there are approximately 10,000 in Israeli jails.

That this "kidnapping" was considered an outrage, whereas the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and the systematic appropriation of its natural resources- most particularly that of water- by the Israeli Defense(!) Forces is considered a regrettable but realistic fact of life, is typical of the double standards repeatedly employed by the West in face of what has befallen the Palestinians, on land alloted to them by international agreements, during the last seventy years.

Today outrage follows outrage; makeshift missiles cross sophisticated ones. The latter usually find their targets situated where the disinherited and crowded poor live, waiting for what was once called justice. Both categories of missiles rip bodies apart horribly- who but a field commander can forget for a moment?

Each provocation and counter-provocation is contested and preached over. But the subsequent arguments, accusations and vows, all serve as a distraction in order to divert world attention from a long-term military, economic and geographic practice whose political aim is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.

This has to be said loud and clear, for the practice, only half declared and often covert, is advancing fast these days, and in our opinion, it must be unceasingly and eternally recognized for what it is and resisted.

PS: As Juliano Mer Khamis, director of the documentary film "Arna's Children," asked: "Who is going to paint the 'Guernica' of Lebanon?"

John Berger
Harold Pinter
Eduardo Galeano
Naomi Klein
Charles Glass
Gore Vidal
Thomas Keneally
Carolyn Forche
Jessica Hagedorn
Noam Chomsky
Jose Saramago
Arundhati Roy
Howard Zinn
Richard Falk
Russell Banks
Chris Abani
Martin Espada
Toni Morrison

AstirRelicLatah 64M
1993 posts
8/16/2006 3:55 am

As bad as the Israeli actions are and they are bad there is still no recognition by the Palestinians, or at least Hamas of the right of Israel to exist. Until that happens, there is no chance for humane treatment for Palestinians.

On another topic if you get a chance, Noam Chomsky has some great lectures out on DVD about the US involvement in the Middle East. He makes a strong argument that the US is sponsoring terrorism over there. He does this with using our definition of terrorism. If you're a member of netflix, you can get them through them.

Nice post, it makes me think about my position.

sparkee58 replies on 8/16/2006 7:46 am:
Those lectures are available through ads in The Nation.
I thought about ordering them.

So if tomorrow Hamas would say Israel has the right to exist there would be peace and everybody would sit around the campfire singing "kambaya"?

catseyes23 61F

8/16/2006 8:42 pm

Strong words indeed-I'm not making fun when I ask, "What would Picasso say about all this?"

sparkee58 replies on 8/17/2006 1:35 am:
i really don't know; perhaps another 'Guernica', or maybe another disguised phallis

FrankPicasso 52M

8/17/2006 4:13 am

While painting Guernica:

"The Spanish struggle is the fight of reaction against the people, against freedom. My whole life as an artist has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against reaction and the death of art. How could anybody think for a moment that I could be in agreement with reaction and death? ... In the panel on which I am working, which I shall call Guernica, and in all my recent works of art, I clearly express my abhorrence of the military caste which has sunk Spain in an ocean of pain and death."

sparkee58 replies on 8/17/2006 5:13 am:
art is our only weapon in the fight against the dark side
satire is the sharpest knife

AstirRelicLatah 64M
1993 posts
8/17/2006 8:45 am

So if tomorrow Hamas would say Israel has the right to exist there would be peace and everybody would sit around the campfire singing "kambaya"?

Probably not, but there can be no progress until Hamas agrees that Israel has a right to exist and takes actions to stop the cross boarder incursions. Whether we like or not, that's probably reality...Unless of course, we want to see the state of Israel disappear.

sparkee58 replies on 8/18/2006 1:46 am:
an unstoppable force vs an unmovable object equals a continuous status quo

wickedeasy 67F  
26804 posts
8/17/2006 5:56 pm

sighs - i am bereft - there is no easy answer - no one "true thing" but i cannot support the "extinction of all jews" even if some feel certain actions were unwarranted.

i think Iraq was unwarranted but i would argue that the destruction of America is not a responsible or appropriate response

love the post


You cannot conceive the many without the one.

sparkee58 replies on 8/18/2006 1:45 am:
If Hitler's mighty army didn't exterminate them, it's doubtfull the Palestinians will.
We have only succeded in making Iran stronger by attacking Iraq.

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