Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Jennifer Writes

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Answering the previous Blog post

Dear Morley,

There are a few interesting thoughts in that piece - but I tend to stay away from theories about "Zionist control" over almost everything. It lets far too many people off the hook for their roles -- roles that were usually very active -- in bringing about and maintaining criminally unjust regimes and policies.

Are we to let people like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, George Bush and the rest of their criminal buddies get away with the hundreds of thousands of murders for which they are directly responsible -- all because "the Zionists control them"? Not in my opinion.

As I'm sure you would agree, the theory of Jewish/Zionist world control - financially, politically, and so on, is a lot of nonsense and fantasy. Individuals have free will and independent minds. They are not somehow magically directed by Jews to do whatever they (the Jews) want. That's the stuff of good, old fashioned anti-semitic hogwash. Worst of all, such theories (of Zionist control) are a gift to the Zionists and Jews who can then turn around and say, "see?!? this is why we need a state of our own; people will never stop hating us and blaming us for the world's problems."

We need to see things for what they are: Zionist power rests on the fact that what Israel wants fits in so well with US national security interests, or that both Israel and the US use each other to further their own goals. How cosy for each, no?

I'm sure you know what I mean.

As for the Palestinians - and God really being on their side, well... I've always believed that God is on the side of the Just, and Just people come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, religions, nationalities, etc.

My own opinion is that life for the people of Palestine is getting worse and worse and harder and harder by the day. I don't have much hope for their survival as a national group that will one day have its own state. But I do think that their legacy will continue to educate people as to the horrors of occupations, ethnic cleansings, torture, harassment and so on.

Off to get dinner for the family.



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