I am a lineman for the county
and I drive the main road
searchin’ in the sun for a hamburger to eat
This could pretty much be “how to piss off someone from Alaska” too. There’s like a 75% overlap. Ask us if we live in igloos and see how fast your teeth go missing.
Is it just me or does that real doll in the front there look remarkably like Jensen Ackles
Seriously, I’m pretty mad right now at how much minimization of Hamas’s bullshit I’ve seen on my dashboard lately. Not even remotely OK, guys.
I can’t not say something about this. This is absurd. I’m going to preface my rant with this: I’m pretty much on the side of the Palestinians w/r/t all this bullshit. But this kind of rhetoric is dishonest and tries to legitimize one genocide over another genocide. I see my friends reblogging this and I want you guys to see why this black and white rhetorical nonsense is something you ought to give deeper thought to before sounding off.
First let’s look at the photos: “Tel Aviv beach”. No date even given. The text of the story that was attached to it is nowhere to be seen. Then the Gaza photo: abject destruction, clearly dated to the current flare up of hostilities. This is called cherry picking and it’s designed to appeal to confirmation biases. One could easily take that picture on wikipedia of a ton of people flying kites on the beach in Gaza and attach it to a story about Gazans coming up for air after hunkering down. This is classic agitprop. Be smarter than that.
Here’s an important thing to be aware of: Breaking the conflict down into two sides is erroneous. Gaza and the west bank are two separate geopolitical entities, who share a common goal but have two different sets of immediate problems. With the west bank it’s occupation, with Gaza it’s basically siege. They also usually have two different governments, with two entirely different approaches to their problems. Fatah is nothing if not reasonable. Hamas is indefensible. Their stated goal is to wipe Israel off the map and get rid of the Jews; It’s utterly mindboggling that people who condemned Mahmoud Ahmedinejad for wanting to do exactly that will look the other way when Hamas goes and acts on it, with support from Iran. Hamas are extremely good at using the PR machine to their advantage. By hiding out in and attacking from hospitals, schools, and mosques, they use their own people as human shields, and legitimize those places and people as targets under the geneva conventions and laws of land warfare. These are the rules, from the ICRC’s website. However, the PR fallout from those buildings being destroyed works in their favor when “School bombed” makes headlines. They had the audacity to do this from UN buildings, much to the UN’s dismay. What’s more, the fact that Israel has an excellent air defense artillery DOES NOT negate the fact that Hamas has been firing rockets on civillians. The fact that relatively few of those rockets made it through doesn’t make it OK for Hamas to try to rain indiscriminate death on everything their rockets have the range to hit. To get an idea of how many rockets they’ve actually fired, try checking out “underattackbot” on twitter. They’ve fired something like umpteen gazillion in the last 3 weeks. I’m not against Palestinians engaging in resistance, even armed, against the IDF and Israeli government, but THERE IS NOT JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS.
Then there’s the text, talking of occupier and occupied. Well, they aren’t two equal sides, that’s for sure, but Jews and Palestinians have been murdering each other, selling each other land and then running each other off of it and murdering each other again in an unbroken chain of inhuman events victimizing each other since the dawn of time, more or less. Assigning blame for starting it is a chicken-and-egg question and a fool’s errand. Considering that Gaza is basically an Israeli free zone, it’s hard for me to call it occupied, although it’s more than fair to call it oppressed. The occupation exists in the west bank, and there’s no excuse for it.
Here’s the thing, though: Egypt and Jordan share in the blame for creating these desperate areas. A lot of these so-called palestinians are Egyptians and Jordanians who ended up basically stateless when their own countries wouldn’t take them in after the 6 days’ war and the ceding of the sinai back to Egypt in 1979. After all this time, they’ve hardly stepped up to help their own, but they do take advantage of them by assisting them in what is partially a proxy war.
The Israeli government is not the Israeli people is not even Jews. The IDF are mostly conscripts and have a wide spectrum of political beliefs. Hamas is not Palestine and Palestine is not Hamas. Gaza is not the west bank and there are NO PAT ANSWERS OR EASY PLACES TO PUT HONEST, DESERVED BLAME. After this latest flare up, I’d be willing to bet that their unity government falls apart acrimoniously once again. Speaking to Israeli politics, the Knesset is a parliament and suffers from parliamentary weaknesses. Likkud is a mendacious center right party that has to cater to its partners in a coalition government. They got a stronger position from allying right than they would have had they gone left. It’s a big problem. Another problem is the rise of the Haredim, who have gone from being 2% to 10% of Israel’s population because they have so many goddam kids. They are ultra orthodox right wing assholes whom most Israelis can’t stand and who are a wingnut population bomb that threatens to really fuck up any chance of peace. It’s really sad. Some Israelis really do want a genocide. Most don’t. Likkud is letting it happen for the sake of political capital.
The occupier/occupied dichotomy is historically false and only partially politically true. I firmly want to see the West Bank permanently vacated by israeli settlers and gaza to get some relief. I want there to be a corridor of free travel between the two places. I would like Jerusalem to be shared or given autonomy so that everyone can be there. I want to see Palestinians get the peace they deserve. I can not and will not accept a conversation that’s framed in a way that condemns one genocide and supports another. Neither should you, or anybody.
Augh I read the love bunglers and I’m feeling such feelings
My newest addition to my Ghibli family. I now have Totoro, Haku, No Face, and Jiji. My sleeve is slowly growing.
This was done while I visited Canada in Ontario at Idols & Anchors, by George. He is @geoska on instagram.