"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Apr 6, 2010

The Face of A Fascist

Source: AP

"JERUSALEM — Israel's hard-line foreign minister warned Palestinians on Tuesday against plans to unilaterally declare independence next year, saying such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and annul past peace agreements.

The remarks by Avigdor Lieberman took aim at a Palestinian policy that has emerged as U.S. attempts to restart peace talks have stalled...

...The international community has welcomed Fayyad's reform efforts, raising fears in Israel that a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood could win international recognition.

Lieberman warned that Israel would not tolerate such a step, and could revoke a series of agreements made under the so-called Oslo interim peace accords of the 1990s or even annex parts of the West Bank.

"Any unilateral decision will release us from all of our commitments and will allow us also to make unilateral decisions," Lieberman was quoted as saying by the Ynet news Web site.

"For example, imposing Israeli sovereignty on certain areas, cutting off all kinds of ties and transfers of money and a string of benefits and agreements put into place since the Oslo accords," he said.

An official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said it is Israel's long-standing policy that unilateral moves by the Palestinians draw similar action from Israel. He spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official comment on Lieberman's remarks...."



I really enjoy the word magic of treating "the international community" as a self-directing agency with personality traits. It allows the writer of this article to present the complex, varied moves and counter-moves of hundreds of persons, representing an equal number of interests and power blocs, as a single will. A single will dedicated to backing the "reforms" of the current Palestinian puppet head. Reforms which, of course, will sadly fail.

I love the conceit of "US attempts to restart peace talks." Note to writer: you lie. The US - as represented by HRC, Obama, Gates, most national elected officials, the military CoCs, the neo-feudalistic economic power houses and the federal secretariats - has no structural interest in peace. Our government retains its cohesion, to the benefit of the moneyed class, by waging constant low and high grade war. The last three generations of American princes have sent so many billions of dollars (our labor, stolen) to Israel precisely so that Israel can wage war - a long, slow occupation and theft of indigenous Palestinian land. So that Israel can maintain the capacity for a brutal, decisive hot war.

Avigdor Lieberman does not represent an anomaly, or a worst case scenario. He represent the honest face of Israeli policy, as funded by the American government.

It took a nightclub bouncer to strip away the veil and show, for however brief a time, what the scions of the State of Israel have always done: take what does not belong to them, and make it their own, breaking agreements on the flimsiest of pretexts, to justify brutal oppression with false equivalencies.

So that they can continue to take land and destroy lives.

So that they can feed themselves at the expense of others.

A word for this: colonialism.

A term for the method by which they enforce their will, within Israel proper and without it: national fascism.

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