In the short run (and so far, human history has consisted only of short runs), the victims, themselves desperate and tainted with the culture that oppresses them, turn on other victims.” Howard Zinn


An interesting quote from Howard Zinn’s A people’s History of the US, which if read correctly might taught us something about the psyche of the settlers state Israel is today, and the supremacist philosophy that underpins its policies. It also helps to understand the cycle of hatred/revenge that Israel is endlessly fueling. Next time innocent Israeli civilans are murdered, remember where and when that all started.

Zionists have created a racist ideology for themselves and now that they have gone further down the way of murder and crimes, they feel they don’t have alternatives other than sticking to the ugly business they’ve started.

Why would they stop?

Now that a new president, pretty much in the Israel lobby’s pocket, is set to replace the old one in Washington, Israel, pretexting the expiration of a six-month truce with Hamas, has launched a wave of terror on Gaza, already badly hit by months of cruel embargo and total siege in punishment for the democratic election of Hamas to lead the Palestinian government back in 2006; Gaza is one of the most densely populated and impoverished places on earth with one and a half million people trapped between Egypt and Israel.

Actually it was Israel who first broke the truce, back in November, contrary to what is widely reported by the mass media, the BBC included.

Ehud Barak, the Isareli War minister (or criminal, as you like) says today that his operation will go on for “as long as necessary,” ignoring international calls for an end to the massacre.

He made his remarks as the first pictures of the onslaught began to appear on TV and the internet and as world’s governments protests began to emerge.

“Waves of Israeli aircraft swooped over the Gaza Strip, killing more than 210 Palestinians. The center of Gaza City became a scene of chaotic horror, where dozens of mutilated bodies were laid out on the pavement,”

the New York Times reported.

Gazans have been deprived of basic needs for months, have no reliable source of clean water, nor regular power and according to the UN’s own account, the strip is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Zionist apologists heard tonight on radio talk-shows regularly used the usual excuse: “civilians compounds were bombed because Hamas activists are using the civilian population.” Ironically, the Nazi excuse for bombing whole neighbourhoods in occupied Europe was that insurgents and resisters hided and were helped by the population.

Bombing civilian areas is not something civilized countries do. Since Nuremberg this is considered a war crime. This is a war crime; a massacre; a mass murder, committed by American made deadly weapons, mostly paid for by American taxpayer’s money.

The terrible thing is, this will not make Israel safer and will only aggravate the trend in the Palestinian (and indeed the Arab street) toward a more extremist position. These policies have been pursued for decade after decade and have led nowhere. It is Israel that is upholding the status quo.

No reaction as now from Britain and the US governments, the “best friends of Israel” according to Tony Blair. The same happened with Lebanon in 2006.

Many of Obama enthusiasts think that he will dust off the Arab Peace Initiative made by all Arab states in 2002 in Beirut (which will be bombarded and reduced to dust by Israel less than four year later), accepted in principle by Iran and Hamas, and which proposed a plan to end the conflict as a whole and promised the Jewish state a full normalization in exchange for a withdrawal of the Israeli forces from the occupied territories. This was deliberately ignored by Israel and the Bush administration.

My deepest condolences to all those helpless Palestinian families, who are grieving tonight.

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