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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Equality Warrior's Middle East Peace

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The last post was about Netanyahu's childish response to being called out. The world is finally taking notice of the fact that he is occupying land and illegally encouraging Israeli Jews to move there, which would be theft, instead of providing for the existing population as the Geneva Convention requires. What's a guy to do when called out on the world stage? Admit wrongdoing and begin reconciliation and reparations? NOPE! Why do that when you can say, NO, I'm not ethnic cleansing, YOU'RE ethnic cleansing! So there! Isn't that convincing? So this is very obviously trying to reclaim some victimhood status or to somehow occupy the status of both oppressor and victim at the same time. It's the same thing Israel's always done, just a new level of absurdity.

There is another tactic people use when they want to see above the fray- equality, They want to say all parties are bad. Both Republicans and Democrats are equally as bad. You know, I don't follow the Middle East conflicts, but both sides are just as bad. Why don't both stop with the violence and hatred? Peace in the Middle East! In fact, there's a song by Matisyahu, One Day, that makes me think about this argument. I realize a song is supposed to be dreamy and not meant to be an instruction manual on how to achieve peace, but it always makes me think of this thing people say that is really pointless and to repeat American officials "unhelpful"- but BOTH sides are just as bad, how can you blame only one or require only Israel to do this or that?

Here's some of it:

All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There will be no more wars
And our children will play

One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate

 I hear people around me so often say that they personally aren't taking sides, they believe both to be at fault, they both need to stop the violence and hate. But this is like having a broken arm and wishing the pain would just go away. Even if you could magically hit the reset button on the pain in the arm or violence and hate in the conflict, these are EFFECTS, and addressing them without fixing the main cause of the malady gets you nowhere, the effects will return and you shouldn't be shocked. It's pointless to talk about peace if you're unwilling to talk about ending the occupation, right of return, equality, compensation -JUSTICE. Everyone wants to ask why do they hate each other, why is there so much violence, but no one wants to look past yesterday and state the historically obvious -hold Israel accountable for its criminal and inhumane activities. End the occupation. Address the cause for once, don't have talks about having talks about talking about how to end violence!

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