I’m sorry to keep repeating myself and writing blogs about the same thing over and over again, but I just can’t seem to get my mind off of it. The situation in Gaza is getting worse by the day and it needs to be talked about. More and more people are beginning to realize that it is OK to speak out against genocide and the destruction of country. Normally I don’t quote from the NY Times, but they featured a very interesting article today- even the United Nations and the Red Cross are speaking out about the atrocities. The United Nations has ceased aid to the region after another one of its drivers was killed and a UN school was bombed by the seemingly soulless Israeli Army. Since Israel is refusing to let media into the Gaza Strip (pretty much admitting that what’s going on there is too horrible to show the rest of the world) it’s hard to get an idea of just how bad things are. Even if the media was over there, releasing truthful stories every day I don’t think we would really understand what was happening unless we were there. Even so, the picture that was left in my head after reading this:
The International Committee of the Red Cross reported finding what it called shocking scenes on Wednesday, including four emaciated children next to the bodies of their dead mothers. In a rare and sharply critical statement, it said it believed that “the Israeli military failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded.”
is not going to go away any time soon. Just try to imagine walking down a random road in your town and seeing a scene like that. If there was some kind of natural disaster it would be tragic, but the fact that this is something that another, more powerful country is doing purposefully while the whole world watches, is enough to make someone don a suicide vest.
One of the most frustrating aspects of this whole situation is that most of the world is against what is being done to these human beings. Almost all the countries of the world are speaking out against the genocide, even though that doesn’t seem to be the picture one gets from reading most mainstream newspapers or – especially – from listening to our elected representatives speak. The majority of USers either feel that what Israel is doing amounts to genocide or – at the very least – that it needs to stop immediately. Normally, in a Democratic society when a high majority of the public feels a certain way, the representatives represent that. In some situations the representatives pretend to do what is asked of them, while really ignoring the situation. However, what is happening in the United States right now is just insane. The US public just spoke overwhelmingly about the need for change; we have a Democratic (some would even say, left-leaning) President-elect and we increased the lead of Democrats in both the House and the Senate. How do our public servants respond to our screams of change? They pass a resolution encouraging Israel to do what they think they need to do, and blaming Hamas for it all. It’s a pretty short resolution, and can be found here; I recommend reading it in its entirety. If this was almost any other country there would be riots in the streets and these so-called representatives of the people would be literally getting carried from their offices. Instead, we have a country where people think that voting once every two (or – more likely – four) years fulfills their civic duty.
All of this makes me wonder why. Why does the US government – despite the objections of its citizens and the world – consistently and blindly support each and every horrible thing that Israel does? I have heard a lot of people speak ignorant comments like, “the Jews run the world”, but I’m pretty sure this is untrue. People seem to have this misconception that the United States is a puppet of Israel, but no one can really say exactly why or how they think this is the case. In reality, Israel is a country full of people who look more like the average USer than any other country in the Middle East (an area of the world with A LOT of oil). It’s the same reason the US blindly supports repressive regimes in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, while condemning the ones in Iraq and Iran. This country needs to have control over the oil fields of the world in order to survive. If that means that we have to sit back and watch (and supply sometimes free weapons to) countries systematically destroy millions of people, then so be it. There is a good article in the Socialist Worker that breaks it down more than I can, so I suggest reading that. I also suggest – plead would be a better word – attending a rally in a neighborhood near yours and trying to find as many people as you can to have conversations with. We all have a responsibility to speak up for our brothers and sisters getting destroyed for no good reason.