The apologists whose only concern
is to keep everything flowing in obedience to the dictates of the Israeli
hawks, are fond of calling for the Palestinians to come to “the peace
table.” That sounds so moderate and
reasonable, and also it is such a safe thing to say.
Years ago someone named Francis Fukuyama made
himself famous by claiming that the “End of History” had arrived. As ridiculous as this idea was, boatloads of
supposed thinkers nevertheless readily jumped aboard this contention, without
ever giving a clear explanation of how history could possibly end, and in our
times to boot. The idea of the U.S. being able
to play any role in negotiating peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis
falls right into this area of total nonsense, and yet few people boo such
proposals right out of the room.
Negotiators are supposed to have at
least a few grains of impartiality. Yet,
do the Samantha Powers of the world really expect the Palestinians not to have
noticed whose side the U.S.
has consistently taken throughout and that it’s never been their side? Despite its 450,000 churches and even despite
the statue in the New York City harbor celebrating it as being the eternal
haven for the downtrodden, throughout this conflict in the Holy Land the U.S.
has consistently favored the Israelis, the elephantine side that uses F-16’s
and powerful artillery pieces, over against the Palestinians, who are
restricted to throwing stones as in Biblical times and to modern equivalents
thereof that are used in the U.S. mainly to color the night skies on the 4th of
Isn't it strange, how, when it
comes to negotiating for “peace,” all of a sudden the Palestinians become
equals with the Israelis, and as such, with nothing to concede except to shut
up and keep baring their breasts to the IDF bullets, the Palestinians are expected
to match the Israelis in concessions, point for point. Yet when it comes to preparing for war, the
Palestinians, recognized by many as being a national state in their own right,
are denied all possession of the armaments and munitions that the Netanyahus
receive in huge quantities, so that in the recent Gazan massacres we saw how
the U.S. could hardly open its legs fast enough to keep the Israelis supplied
with all they needed to keep up the killings and the demolitions in Gaza, while
sending the Palestinians no anti-aircraft batteries, no anti-tank weapons, and
other implements that they could’ve used to defend themselves, and also not
much if anything in the way of food, doctors, medicines, or even caskets.
It never seems to occur to those
apologists, or to anyone else, who would urge the Palestinians to the peace
table, that if peace was really the goal, in negotiations like these, much,
much more should be asked from the Israelis than from the Palestinians, simply
because the Israelis are bristling with so much more of everything than the
Palestinians, by factors of hundreds and thousands, and they have been the
aggressors by the same heavily disproportionate amount. Or maybe these disparities mean nothing to
the apologists, because they are fully aware of what has often been pointed out
-- the Yahus are quite happy with the way things are, complete with the blood
sport afforded by being able to keep in operation their Gaza killing fields.
So how can Hamas, stymied by being
unable to accomplish anything else meaningful in the way of resistance except to
keep the Israelis scurrying to their bunkers, be faulted for firing rockets
that hurt almost no one and as far as I know haven’t yet so much as scratched
even one corner of any Israeli hospitals, power plants, synagogues, or schools?
Hamas's purpose seems to be to
remind the Israelis that the Palestinians are still there, and to testify that
they still have faith that the rest of the world will yet not forsake the
Palestinians and let them go down the drain, as it did with a group in Europe
that once numbered upwards of six million who were confident that civilized
people, including Germans, would not let such a thing happen, only to find
themselves being shoveled, along with many others, into gas chambers and execution
trenches wholesale and being almost completely obliterated.
But the news services never report anything that
indicates that any outcome other than complete expulsion of the Palestinians from
their homelands, under threat of complete obliteration a la the European Jews
of the 1940’s, is envisioned by most Israeli politicians and the majority of
carefully oblivious American politicians, pundits, and journalists. And everything that the dominant Israeli
“leaders” contemplate and set into motion will be in the name of bringing about
that outcome. Everything! -- no matter
how much these moves are presented in various guises of being something else.
It is amazing how much of this “negotiation” trickery
continues to be offered up for general consumption, along with notions of “the
end of history” and other concepts that are actually nothing but other forms of
intellectual horse poop, as if the simple ability to reason accurately really is
in very short supply throughout the world, and nowhere is that more true than
among so-called “world leaders.”
The late, great historian, Barbara W. Tuchman, would deeply resent having an elderly Kneegrow of no distinction whatsoever using her book length revelation of the missteps of world leaders from the times of the ancient Greeks right up through Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Vietnam War, as support for my contention here, in her very eye-opening volume "The March of Folly." But I still think she left herself in a box with one of her earlier books, "Bible and Sword," in which she supported earlier Israeli actions, though one has to wonder what she would think of them all told through today's times.