Politics or People ?

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gaza_dead_childImagine : your family has been slaughtered…

Imagine : the government calls it “collateral damage”…

Imagine : you live where thugs have taken charge…

Imagine : you’re now considered a thug…

Imagine : people in government are truly loving, just, and fair…

That last one’s pretty hard to imagine, eh?

So many people taking about the Gaza massacre; so little being done…

Some recent cases of verbiage [ vúrbee ij ] noun, Definition: 1. excess of words: an excess of words that add little or nothing to the meaning.

Political word-dance:
“…asked today if the Israeli response was proportionate to the provocation of the Hamas rocket and mortar attacks, the White House declined to offer a view. ‘I’m not going to take a position on proportionality, because I’m not even sure if I could define what that is’, said Gordon Johndroe, the lead White House spokesman on this issue.”

From President Bush:
“In response to these attacks on their people, the leaders of Israel have launched military operations on Hamas positions in Gaza. As a part of their strategy, Hamas terrorists often hide within the civilian population, which puts innocent Palestinians at risk. Regrettably, Palestinian civilians have been killed in recent days.”

A religious (?) view:
“The Rabbinical Council of America, an umbrella group of Orthodox rabbis, said ‘Israel has every right and obligation to respond as it has.'”

And, quite incredibly:
“U.S. stocks rallied Friday to lock in solid weekly gains…”

Now, some news from the ground:

Also, some news from the interplay of the people suffering from the war:

“Gaza City and the Israeli city of Sderot are separated by just a few kilometres. A year ago, even while the people of Gaza were living in severe conditions under Israeli blockade, and Sderot was an ongoing target for rocket attacks coming out of the Gaza Strip, a blog was started by two men, one in each place. Since then they have been documenting their experiences and giving us their perspective on events, including those of the last week.”

And, an amazing site that brings the last quote to vivid life!

Spiritual Quote :

“Behold the disturbances which, for many a long year, have afflicted the earth, and the perturbation that hath seized its peoples. It hath either been ravaged by war, or tormented by sudden and unforeseen calamities. Though the world is encompassed with misery and distress, yet no man hath paused to reflect what the cause or source of that may be. Whenever the True Counsellor uttered a word in admonishment, lo, they all denounced Him as a mover of mischief and rejected His claim.”
Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 218

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8 thoughts on “Politics or People ?

  1. “And, quite incredibly:
    “U.S. stocks rallied Friday to lock in solid weekly gains…””

    As Naomi Klein posits in her theory ‘The Shock Doctrine’, in the current neoliberal capitalist order, opportunity arises from crisis for those who wish to make money.

    Great blog.

  2. Thanks for the link to the Gaza Sderot blog. It puts real faces and real lives behind the news stories we hear. How tragic, it’s heartbreaking (especially the photo at the top with the man carrying his child). These are people we can relate to, their concerns and pain and hopes are just the same as ours, but they are living under horrible conditions.

  3. To make war the enemy needs to be made into illigitimate beings.
    To see for real that real people are involved make so called enemies, people like you and me, no longer illigitimate beings.
    Politics can make the people they are at war with illigitimate. We can stop that by seeing real people and voting for ‘no more’.

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