This Gaza mess

6 Jan

I wasn’t going to comment on this, but at the same time it’s foolish to just pretend it’s not happening.

Both sides, as ever, are in the wrong.

Hamas was moronic to continue to fire rockets at Israel. You don’t poke a government in the ribs prior to an election – especially when it’s vulnerable to its right flank.

The ambitious Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, failed to put together a coalition that would have made her the Prime Minister of the Jewish State. As de facto head of the majority party, she called for elections to legitimise her position.

That Livni and Kadima have responded to Hamas rocket attacks with overwhelming force is unsurprising. They have effectively created a tempest that many among the electorate will see, not only as justice, but as an unresolved situation that needs to be sorted.

Wars are often the last refuge of a spent administration.*

Israel is torn between its hard-right Zionist founders (and its indoctrinated progeny) and a more moderate and modern urban population – who know that only engaging and compromising with its neighbours will seed peace.

The far-right of Israel’s political spectrum represents a fanatical band of racist imperialists, who no-more respect the territorial integrity of their neighbours than they do the international organisation that censure them.

For decades Tel Aviv refused to co-operate with Fatah (a political, largely secular organisation), only to be rewarded with increasing violence and the eventual electoral success of Hamas.

American coalescence to the status-quo in the region (meaning the continued apartheid and imperial suppression of the Palestinians) has helped ferment this situation. Only America, with its tentacles reaching throughout the region – and its unwavering financial and political support for Israel, could possibly hope to broker a new solution.

President Bush’s approach to Israel – which amounted to little more than playing its slavish apologist, has emboldened Israel and led to even greater international outrage over the Israeli response.

The predictable rightwing response has been to excuse civilian bloodshed by lumping all responsibility on Hamas’ shoulders. Yet when you read about a family of seven killed (inc. at least 4 children) by an Israeli bomb, you can safely assume that Israel’s retaliation is hardly that of a responsible and compassionate government.

The whole region is a complete clusterfuck.

Hamas offers the Palestinian people no real future if it’s going to continue to act with religiously-spiked aggression towards Israel. And unless the Israeli people can elect a genuinely progressive government, committed to compromise and peace with its neighbours and a workable and self- determining Palestinian state, then they too have no future beyond hostility and mutual bloodshed.

It’s a fitting conclusion to the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush, that Palestine should implode as he boxes up his belongings and prepares to leave Pennsylvania Avenue.

That the greatest and most powerful nation on the planet could twice elect a lifelong loser and known fuckwit, proves two things: the first is that the wisdom of crowds is loony pseudo-intellectual claptrap, and the second is that dynastical monarchy is alive and well in the American Republic.

Early signs suggest that Barack Obama will not be vastly different from previous American presidents, but at least he’s not a complete incompetent.

*Apologies to Samuel Johnson

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6 Responses to “This Gaza mess”

  1. mattwardman@gmail.com January 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    I read the headline as “This Gazza Mess”. Ooops.

  2. mattwardman@gmail.com January 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    I read the headline as “This Gazza Mess”. Ooops.

  3. danielhg@gmail.com January 6, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    Hamas fears nothing more than a moderate and reasonable government in Israel, one that would retreat to the 67 borders and to behave itself.But as sure is anything, Hamas would provoke that government as best as it could, would it resist, maybe but until Hamas are marginalised by the people they dominate I can only see loss of life.

  4. danielhg@gmail.com January 6, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    Hamas fears nothing more than a moderate and reasonable government in Israel, one that would retreat to the 67 borders and to behave itself.But as sure is anything, Hamas would provoke that government as best as it could, would it resist, maybe but until Hamas are marginalised by the people they dominate I can only see loss of life.

  5. jameshigham@mail.com January 7, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    Early signs suggest that Barack Obama will not be vastly different from previous American presidents, but at least he’s not a complete incompetent. No, something far worse.

  6. jameshigham@mail.com January 7, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    Early signs suggest that Barack Obama will not be vastly different from previous American presidents, but at least he’s not a complete incompetent. No, something far worse.

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