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Hedges: "There will never be transports or extermination camps for the Palestinians, but amid increasing violence against Palestinians larger and larger numbers of them will die, in airstrikes, targeted assassinations and other armed attacks. Hunger and misery will expand."

Author Chris Hedges. (photo: PBS)
Author Chris Hedges. (photo: PBS)


Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process'

By Chris Hedges, TruthDig

14 July 14

 

aul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote.

The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, robbed of assets including much of their land and often their homes, have suffered from mounting restrictions on their physical movements, been blocked from trading and business, especially the selling of produce, and found themselves increasingly impoverished and finally trapped behind walls and security fences erected around Gaza and the West Bank.

“The process of destruction [of the European Jews] unfolded in a definite pattern,” Hilberg wrote. “It did not, however, proceed from a basic plan. No bureaucrat in 1933 could have predicted what kind of measures would be taken in 1938, nor was it possible in 1938 to foretell the configuration of the undertaking in 1942. The destructive process was a step-by-step operation, and the administrator could seldom see more than one step ahead.”

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+37 # RMDC 2014-07-14 21:26
Thanks, Chris. This is a really perceptive analysis. I've been citing it all over the net. And I'm combining what you say here with the very important analyses of Tanya Rinehart, an Israeli scholar, who made the point that the right wing in Israel thinks that the current conflict with Palestinians is a continuation of the war of 1948. She has a book called "How to End the War of '48."

The Israeli right wing has driven themselves into a box canyon and there is no way out other than a holocaust of enormous proportions, as you point out. They have fought Palestinians as if they were at war and they see only one conclusion to this war -- the total and unconditional surrender by Palestinians. After that, Israelis will dictate the terms of peace and life post-war. Surrenders are for armies. Palestine has no army. They are only civilians. Civilians can't surrender and the Israelis have already been dictating the conditions of life for Palestinians since 1948.

Israelis by their own logic have to keep increasing the suffering of Palestinians until they surrender. But there is nothing more to surrender. It is a psychological problem for Israelis. They just need to hear Palestinians say that they are the superior race. It is like demanding that Hamas and all Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish State. No one cares. Israel can call itself anything it wants to. Palestinian recognition would mean nothing. Israel is a state.
 
 
+32 # RMDC 2014-07-14 21:39
Israel is fighting a demon of its own demented and racist psychology. We see this same thing in the US where white racists simply cannot give up trying to control african americans. The methods of control grow increasingly severe. Netanyahoo's view of Palestinians says a lot more about him than it does about any Palestinian, but I guess that is true of all racists.

Right wing Israelis know that a slow-motion genocide will retain the support of the US. Death camps will not work. But what is the difference?

Israel is a death cult. It is killing itself as it destroys Palestinians. Culturally Palestine is 100x more alive and wholesome than Israel. As Blumenthal whom you cite shows, Israel is making itself into a brutal and hard edged society filled with hatred and suspicion.
 
 
+23 # jimslaton 2014-07-14 21:51
I believe that even the death camps you mention would not deter our politician's support of Israel's fascism. That is, so long as their fat checks remain fully negotiable....

no strength of character seems to survive today's political realities.
 
 
-16 # Henry 2014-07-15 07:46
Chris Hedges doesn't read his stories and comments on RSN.
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2014-07-15 09:16
Quoting Henry:
Chris Hedges doesn't read his stories and comments on RSN.


Eh?
What the fuck does this contribute to the discussion?
DO explain -or belt-up!
 
 
+6 # bmiluski 2014-07-15 11:13
Henry.....how many troll points do you get for this post?
 
 
+3 # ritawalpoleague 2014-07-15 11:38
Yes, RMDC. Chris is indeed a prophet (a.k.a. truthteller) who deserves great thanks.

And, evil ain't nothing new. The evil greed and need for power over all true rulers, both in the anything but a democracy U.S. and Net's Nasty Plus Israel, must be recognized for their greed and push for control over all, certainly including endless war, war, war. Time to implode and revolt, or as the Occupy Wall Street truth outers so smartly chanted.....

WHAT'S THE SOLUTION? GLOBAL REVOLUTION!

And, please, let us begin by booting out the bought off and/or scared of pols., certainly including Israel's 'Net', and the wannabe next pres. in the U.S., voting in favor of war Hillary Clinton.
 
 
+25 # treadlightly 2014-07-14 21:49
My father was rabidly anti Jew so naturally I had to marry one. I feel this experience gives me a unique perspective on this latest of so many violent, brutal, assault.
I'm 57 now and can't remember a year of my life passing without some new death struggle report from Israel.
Why are we always having to respond to their actions?
Why after all these years hasn't anyone thought of a way to get ahead of this insanity somehow?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could stop having to wipe up the blood and then enter another round of meaningless talks?
 
 
+32 # curmudgeon 2014-07-14 22:01
I had the fortune to visit Israel and the West Bank in 2000, just before the intifada - staying in East Jerusalem.

The anger and hatred on both sides was palpable - we observed the cobblestones lined up on roofs in E Jerusalem, just waiting to be thrown at encraching IDF. We saw young off-duty IDF soldiers harassing elderly Palestinians in the Old Quarter - with their helemets and rifles slung over their shoulders.

I came to think of the Israelis as the typical abused children who grow up to become even bigger abusers and carry on the hurt. Somehow the abuse they saw over time has affected the psyche and they are continuing in spades to become even better abusers. Some are beginning to compare their action to a pogrom...of which they know well.

It's too bad we can't( I really mean won't), declare a no fly zone against the IDF as we did at the Israeli request against Sadam, for the Israeli leadership is every bit as murderous as he was.
 
 
+32 # curmudgeon 2014-07-14 22:12
P.S.

Hedges ends with saying that if we don't take Israel's 'toys' away we will be complicit.

I disagree...we have been complicit for 60 years in the subjugation of the Palestinians and the gradual arrival of this state of affairs.

The citizens of the U.S. have ignored all the pleadings of many Jews who have and do disagree with the direction of Israel.

We already are complicit.
 
 
+7 # bmiluski 2014-07-15 11:17
curmudgeion.... Since most of the IDF are in their 20's, just what sort of abuse did they suffer? Did they have to live in any of the conditions that present day Palistinians do? Where any of their lands taken away from them?
 
 
+2 # A_Har 2014-07-18 13:00
Quoting curmudgeon:
I came to think of the Israelis as the typical abused children who grow up to become even bigger abusers and carry on the hurt. Somehow the abuse they saw over time has affected the psyche and they are continuing in spades to become even better abusers. Some are beginning to compare their action to a pogrom...of which they know well.


In psychology this is known of as *Identification with the Aggressor*, and it can make a person who is abused become as bad as the ones who abused them. It is all about power.

http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_index.php?idx=37&id=173
 
 
+28 # dseyoum 2014-07-14 22:29
How is it possible that a people that suffered so much under fascism is capable of inflicting genocide on others? The Jewish state of Israel is undoubtedly working against its own survival.
 
 
+9 # dipierro4 2014-07-15 08:39
"... The Jewish state of Israel is undoubtedly working against its own survival...."

I'm not so sure. Germany lost because there was a giant power across the Atlantic. But not all aggressors have some to stop them. Heaven knows, the Europeans were not "working against their own survival" when they slaughtered the Native Americans.

As long as the US is in Israel's corner (or acting at its behest), the Palestinians don't have a lot of hope. And history will be written by the self-congratula ting victors. Sad, but true.
 
 
-14 # arquebus 2014-07-15 15:45
What genocide? A nation of 6 million people lacks the power and ability to kill off 200 million + Arabs unless they use nukes--which Israel has yet to do.
 
 
+11 # Activista 2014-07-16 00:29
A nation of 6 million people has the power and ability to kill 1.5 million in Concentration Camp GAZA
 
 
+21 # Milarepa 2014-07-14 23:48
A pound of flesh didn't work for Shylock, nor will ten thousand pounds of flesh work for Israel.
 
 
+28 # ctcarole 2014-07-15 05:48
As a Jewish person I abhor the designation of Israel as a "Jewish State." Just that name invokes memories of a horrible past and the undeserved sympathy of hundreds of thousands of American Jews. Enough time has passed where Israel should be judged by its actions and no longer by atrocities committed against a people by madmen. The people who were the first generation in Israel and the real victims are now mostly dead. The generations who live there now are not the victims. They are the oppressors living in a bygone time and should be judged by the same standards of any other country. Jews are not oppressing the Palestinians. Israelis are and when American Jewry finally accept this we will be on the road to solving this horrendous problem.
 
 
+7 # Glen 2014-07-16 05:16
Thank you for adding this. Too many Americans, and others world wide, of course, don't see the difference. And they don't see how young Israelis are being educated, either. Israel is a world apart.
 
 
+12 # John S. Browne 2014-07-15 06:15
#

"...If we fail to act we are complicit in the slaughter."

Selah = That is truth! Considering how powerful the corporate-fasci st, Zio-fascist "Fourth Reich" is today, I don't know that we're ever going to successfully stop the Israel-created neo-holocaust against Palestine, the U.S., the rest of the West, and the entire world. But we've got to try, and not give up trying come what may. The madness is taking over completely, and we've got to stop it or we're all "screwed and tattooed" [marked with the "Mark of the Beast"; absolute domination, subjugation and control of all of us under the "New World Order (NWO)", one-world global government, which is really going to be an international slave state in the lying guise of "saving humankind and the planet"].

That's why Western and global government are now erecting a panopticon surveillance and control grid; a wide-ranging monitoring of everything we do, and retaining all of the collected data to use against us if we "get out of line", or even think about exercising our rights and duties to dissent against this massive elimination of all True Liberty, Freedom, Privacy, Security and Dignity.

But we can't just lay down and let this juggernaut roll over us and crush us. We have the duty to resist it; and, since it is not worth living in enslavement, we have got to lay our very lives on the line to prevent this global enslavement, which will be a hell on earth far worse than anything we have heretofore experienced.

#
 
 
+8 # John S. Browne 2014-07-15 06:22
#

(Continued)

"...Get up; Stand up! Stand up for your rights!..." --Bob Marley, et al.

Or, paraphrased:

'...Get up; Stand up! Stand up for your freedom(s)!...'

Or:

'...Get up; Stand up! Stand up for your liberty(ies)!...'

Or:

'...Get up; Stand up! Stand up for your duty(ies)!...'

Etc.

#
 
 
-26 # moafu@yahoo.com 2014-07-15 06:53
Mr. Hedges,
You have credentials of the highest level and I respect you for many of your articles.

Just a word of caution:
Present both sides of that conflict. You don't see any "Palestinian" hospitals treating injured Jewish Israelis.

And the attacks from Israel are in response....not initiation of....violence.

Balance, sir, keep your balance.
 
 
+21 # riverhouse 2014-07-15 07:41
Jeepers. You have clearly never been in a Palestinian hospital. They have limited or no drugs because the Israelis control what can be allowed into the Occupied Territories, limited or no equipment because the Israelis bomb hospitals in the OTs even though they have a big universal sign for hospital designation painted on the roof of the hospital. There are only hateful settlers in the OTs and they would never allow themselves to be treated by a Palestinian hospital.
 
 
+11 # reiverpacific 2014-07-15 09:33
Quoting moafu@yahoo.com:
Mr. Hedges,
You have credentials of the highest level and I respect you for many of your articles.

Just a word of caution:
Present both sides of that conflict. You don't see any "Palestinian" hospitals treating injured Jewish Israelis.

And the attacks from Israel are in response....not initiation of....violence.

Balance, sir, keep your balance.


BALANCE sir or whatever you are, is exactly what is NOT extant in this conflict.
Almost home-made, minimal damage peashooter "rockets" (granted, the attacks are impractical and almost futile; the desperate last resort of a war-hardened, suppressed, trod-upon people) against a state-of-the-ar t air, sea and land weaponry including nuclear, a murderously efficient secret spy and attack agency in Mossad driven by a deeply reactionary proto-Fascist LIKUD, led by a fanatical warmonger bent on their obliteration in an Apartheid imposition of a heavily concentration camp mentality, dictating everything from commerce to direct access, to media censorship and academic access.
Sadly, Israel began as a more or less Socialist state and has moved this far right -and is the third-largest Global manufacturer and seller of arms in follow-my-leade r imitation of it's big Bro'.
Death toll: Palestinians, approaching 200 (mostly non-Hamas civilians). Israelis, NADA.
And that's just the tip of a heavily-tilted iceberg.
Oh aye, can you say "Rachel Corrie".
You call that "BALANCED"????
 
 
-9 # bigkahuna671 2014-07-15 10:18
If you're shot with a zipgun, you can still get killed. Both sides are wrong in this conflict but painting the Palestinian situation as all the fault of the Israelis is ludicrous. Prior to the establishment of the Jewish state by the Brits, Jew and Muslim got along quite well, both socially and economically, farming and doing business daily with no input from Europeans. When the State was established, Palestinian anger at "losing their birthright" was centered on these very neighbors, as well as on immigrants who'd been callously shucked aside by the Europeans. As no one wanted them, they did what they needed to do and prospered. They created canal systems that brought water to the desert, making land productive, something the Palestinians had never done and still don't do without relying on Israelis. To compare the Jewish "destructive process" to the Palestinian process is ridiculous, Jews didn't fire rockets at the Reichstag, not even "bottle rockets" as some of you have said. You say Palestinian death toll is 200 vice Israeli death toll at 0. You know that's a lie. The current situation started with the kidnapping & killing of 3 Israeli teenagers, then escalated. The current state of affairs need not have happened but for that kidnapping, but Hamas has vowed to destroy Israel. People in the US just don't get it. If we were faced with enemies at the gate, we wouldn't sit around and wring our hands. I know this will upset my RSN brethren but someone has to speak for Israel.
 
 
+10 # bmiluski 2014-07-15 11:27
bigkahuna671... .......Unfortun ately, you have been reading too many pro-Israeli articles. There was a thriving civilization prior to the establishment of the Jewish state by the Brits. And as you said Jews and Muslim got along. But tell me, how would you react if soldiers came into your town/village and forced you to pack up and then onto trucks and into camps. How would you feel watching the olive groves that for generations your family planted and tended being bulldozed down so that condos (that you will never be allowed to live in) could be built. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Tell me, what would be your reaction? Would you just lie down and say OK, or would you try to fight in any way you could?
 
 
-12 # Huey 2014-07-15 10:40
Clearly RSN readers do not want balanced reporting.
 
 
+7 # bmiluski 2014-07-16 08:14
Really Huey..........i s that the mantra you people are going to keep droning on with?
 
 
+1 # A_Har 2014-07-18 13:05
Myths about the Jewish State | Interview with Miko Peled

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD9RISk9T2o
 
 
+1 # A_Har 2014-07-18 14:13
How Israeli PR Sells Gaza Slaughter
http://consortiumnews.com/2014/07/17/how-israeli-pr-sells-gaza-slaughter/

July 17, 2014

"A favorite line of Official Washington goes: “Perception is reality!” — a misguided notion that makes the U.S. mainstream media particularly vulnerable to “perception management.” And no one does that better than the Israelis when justifying the slaughter of Palestinians, as Danny Schechter notes."
 
 
+10 # Citizen Mike 2014-07-15 06:57
How can the US not support Israel? It is our mirror image, treating their natives the same as we treated ours in expanding our territory, and indiscriminatel y bombing civilians, same as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both cultures are gun-crazy with a macho swagger, and both nations are oblivious to the very idea of "international law." Might makes right for the US and for Israel. So we are natural allies by way of ideological and cultural kinship.

Our first priority should be to look to ourselves and see to our own correction and improvement. Until this is done, no American presently has any legitimate standing to criticize Israel.
 
 
+15 # riverhouse 2014-07-15 07:44
As an American taxpayer and a person with moral values, I resent having to pay for the subjugation and murder of innocent people. I do not accept that we are moral allies with the fascists nazis of this Fourth Reich that is Israel.
 
 
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-07-15 08:03
& consider Iraq....
 
 
+10 # glyde 2014-07-15 10:21
How do you feel about your tax dollars paying for all the dead and wounded and displaced in Iraq for 11 years - and it's not over yet. Money and moral values in the same sentence. How quaint. How interesting that we are moral allies - of whom?
 
 
+16 # walt 2014-07-15 07:09
Israel's strength and power are all based on the unconditional support given to it by the USA. Yearly we give over $3 billion in US aid and unknown amounts of military support, and we generally find ourselves engaging in wars on their behalf. All this is due in large part to the "Israel Lobby" that owns the US government and was revealed so well in Mearsheimer and Walt's excellent book of the same name.

Americans need to start questioning all this as we see our tax dollars going to a repressive government that seems unwilling to resolve this matter of a fair settlement for the Palestinians.

People should not fear the usual aspersions cast at them as "antisemitic" when they criticize Israel. The same accusation was leveled at Mearsheimer and Walt, but it has nothing to do with religious prejudice and everything to do with government. The USA would be quick to act against other repressive governments under similar circumstances. It's time we did so here too since we are continually paying with our lives and tax dollars while increasing the hatred for ourselves in the middle east. It's time that the USA took a stand for peace.
 
 
+12 # futhark 2014-07-15 09:43
I continue to marvel at the pro-Israeli propaganda machine going at full throttle in the United States mainstream media for at least the past 70 years. In middle school choir we sang the Exodus song. When I was in high school, the Ballad of Moshe Dyan was always on the radio. We were taught that Israel was a mirror of the United States, in which persons of European descent were bringing freedom and democracy to an indigenous population blighted by ignorance, tribalism, violence, and implacable hatred. Israel continued to demonstrate the parallels by rounding up the natives in reservations of a sort, and we can all see how that has worked out in both countries...
 
 
+1 # A_Har 2014-07-18 13:47
'US lawmakers forced to support Israel'--Cynthi a McKinney

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeVBa4lSscw

9 minutes long
 
 
0 # MidwesTom 2014-07-15 07:30
As I read the quote from Yeshayshu Liebowitz I came to compare the Palestinians situation to that of most American citizens, with the Israeli militants being replaced by our local police forces that Obama has changed into para-military forces. If FEMA has set up concentration camps that many believe are out there, if are simply on a slower path to servitude.
 
 
+6 # bmiluski 2014-07-15 11:31
Oh for the love of God MidwesTom.....G o live in Palastine and then see just how close we are to those living conditions.
 
 
-4 # spinspin 2014-07-15 10:30
I agree that Israel finds itself in a conundrum. Let us remember attacks on Gaza are always in retaliation for rockets from Gaza or kidnappings. Israel will eventually find and try the revenge murderers of the Palestinian boy. Palestinians will always cheer any Israeli death. Rockets fall on Israel every day, even during truces. Should Israel never be able to defend herself?
Here’s a hypothetical. A Mexican drug cartel has taken over an elementary school in a border town. Although children are attending the school, the cartel has setup a portable rocket launcher in the school yard. Rockets are lunched across the border falling in a football field of a US High School. No one on the US side is hurt. How long do you think it would take before the Mexican elementary school was demolished? How long would it take before the Mexican town was in the hands of the US military? Would the US military send warning shots? Now let’s be honest you all know the answer. US retaliation would be immediate and deadly. Many of you who believe that Israel should never answer an attack would be right their demanding that we expand our attack taking no prisoners. The US has been attacked.
Yes Israel has made mistakes. Sometimes their answer has been out of proportion. Israel has the right to exist; when the Palestinians accept that right real negotiations can begin. When the rockets from Gaza stop so will the rockets from Israel. Then and only then should Israel take down the walls.
 
 
+3 # bmiluski 2014-07-15 11:12
no strength of character seems to survive today's political realities.

Did it ever?
 
 
-6 # daruten1 2014-07-15 11:52
Quoting reiverpacific:
[quote name="moafu@yahoo.com"]Mr. Hedges,
You have credentials of the highest level and I respect you for many of your articles.

Just a word of caution:
Present both sides of that conflict. You don't see any "Palestinian" hospitals treating injured Jewish Israelis.

And the attacks from Israel are in response....not initiation of....violence.

Balance, sir, keep your balance.


Hamas is putting their rockets and weapons in schools, Mosques, and senior housing and you wonder why so many Palestinians are dying when Israel goes after the launch pads? When Hamas loves their people and children more than they hate Israel, then there will be peace. Below is a video you should watch:
Please
just take only 4minutes watch this
http://youtu.be/8EDW88CBo-8
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2014-07-15 13:26
And of course, the whole concept of using "human shields" only works if the enemy feels any compunction about killing civilians, including women and children. Since Israel has been slaughtering families in its quest to claim the "Promised Land" of "Greater Israel" since at least 1948, the use of human shields obviously won't stop Israel from raining death from the skies.
 
 
+4 # ganymede 2014-07-15 13:51
Despite the fascists currently running Israel, I'm optimistic that there will eventually be peace in the Middle East simply because there is much more at stake for the Israelis than we're aware of. Some bright leader will emerge in Israel who will tell the Israeli people that they can't go on as a garrison state and all that needs to be done is put down the Jewish nationalism and desire for a theocratic state and open up to the need and aspirations of the Palestinians. That means creating a Jewish/Muslim state with protection for all. Israel has everything the Middle East needs - a great business, educational, scientific and cultural infrastructure.

Israel has no choice, their support amongst American Jews is dwindling. A two state solution is no longer viable as too much West Bank land has been taken and a "two state" solution was never really viable. Jews and Muslims have gotten along very well in the past, and there's no reason this can't happen again. In the meantime we must all protest the unfair slaughter going on right now. It's like David and Goliath, except that Goliath is beating the blazes out of David!
 
 
-9 # arquebus 2014-07-15 15:51
If, as Mr Hedges adovccates, the US stopped backing Israel and providing arms, the state of Israel would cease to exist within 6 months. Why? Because the Arabs by sheer weight of numbers would complete the Hamas vow and drive all the Jews into the sea where they would drown thereby finishing what the Nazis started...

Without help, Israel--which has every right to exist and which claimed Jewish land when they declared independence--d ies.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2014-07-17 12:23
Quoting arquebus:
If, as Mr Hedges adovccates, the US stopped backing Israel and providing arms, the state of Israel would cease to exist within 6 months. Why? Because the Arabs by sheer weight of numbers would complete the Hamas vow and drive all the Jews into the sea where they would drown thereby finishing what the Nazis started...

Without help, Israel--which has every right to exist and which claimed Jewish land when they declared independence--dies.


You really MUST get out a bit more, broaden y 'r perspectives and seek more "Balanced" journalism from sources outside of the US corporate-owner media.
Israel is now the THIRD LARGEST arms manufacturer and exporter in the world.
It may have begun with a bunch of US aid but it's been able to steer it's own warship for a long time now, with a very happy LIKUD, now led by that rabid warmonger Nutty-yahoo, at the wheel!
 
 
-4 # brux 2014-07-18 00:21
Not really true ... Israel and the west need to work together to stave off terrorist barbarians who if they had their way would bring the abomination of Islam to the world. For God's sake, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism ... they are bad enough ... but Islam really takes the cake.
 
 
+3 # LGNTexas 2014-07-16 11:29
Having Jewish family members by intermarriage, none support the right-wing Likudists under Netanyahu. What is often overlooked is that the bulk of Zionists in the USA are actually evangelical Christians pining for "the Rapture" and therefore hoping for the razing of Temple Mount and rebuilding the Jewish Temple to ensure Jesus will return to Earth during the Battle of Armageddon. As long as our religious Christian right maintains their political power the Middle East's biggest problems will not be solved. We probably would never have had 9/11 if not for the hate of USA support for the right-wing Israelis.
 
 
-4 # brux 2014-07-18 00:12
Nonsense. The people who support Israel are folks who can actually take in information, process it and come out with correct conclusions, not the people who have been programmed with Anti-Semitism and whatever else who are irrational on this and most other issues.
 
 
+2 # A_Har 2014-07-18 13:11
Quoting brux:
Nonsense. The people who support Israel are folks who can actually take in information, process it and come out with correct conclusions, not the people who have been programmed with Anti-Semitism and whatever else who are irrational on this and most other issues.


Like you? Now there is a real knee slapper!

You regurgitate almost verbatim the line of AIPAC. Read something else for a change. Hedges lived in the middle east and is an Arabic speaker. I think he knows more about this conflict and where it will lead than you do!
 
 
+4 # Jingze 2014-07-16 13:35
Israel lacks love and compassion. Given a fair piece of real estate, it took more and more and more. At the same time, it has practiced what in other lands would be considered genocide. It has deliberately induced the hatred of those from which it stole.
 
 
-4 # brux 2014-07-18 00:11
Chris Hedges, you are a smart guy, you have a lot right, but you will always be relegated to the fringe group nuts because you fly off the deep end when it comes to Israel and US Empire to please your wacked out readers who have no loyalty to you anyway.
 
 
+1 # A_Har 2014-07-18 13:21
Do you get paid to post such things about this author who is a Pulitzer prize winning reporter? Chris Hedges retains a certain loyaty from his readers simply because he tells the truth, and the truth is not popular with the MSM.

And we get it that you *do not bother to read* any of the posted documentation in the rebuttals to your arguments--not a one. Why? because you have no answer except to slam people for being anti-Amerian or anti-semite: weak and lame in the light of the reports posted right here. You have *no solid verfiable facts* to support your claims. And, your OPINION is not FACT.

BTW here is a report coming from an ISRAELI general's son who has a decent idea as to how the conflict CAN END:

Myths about the Jewish State | Interview with Miko Peled

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD9RISk9T2o

Why don't you watch the video FOR A CHANGE! It's 11 minutes long.
 
 
+2 # A_Har 2014-07-18 15:02
And, Brux, *I doubt you read what Hedges wrote* such as this:

"Israel is currently attacking a population of 1.8 million that has no army, no navy, no air force, no mechanized military units, no command and control and no heavy artillery. Israel pretends that this indiscriminate slaughter is a war. But only the most self-deluded supporter of Israel is fooled. The rockets fired at Israel by Hamas—which is committing a war crime by launching those missiles against the Israeli population—are not remotely comparable to the 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs that have been dropped in large numbers on crowded Palestinian neighborhoods; the forced removal of some 300,000 Palestinians from their homes; the more than 160 reported dead—the U.N. estimates that 77 percent of those killed in Gaza have been civilians; the destruction of the basic infrastructure; the growing food and water shortages; and the massing of military forces for a possible major ground assault.

When all this does not work, when it becomes clear that the Palestinians once again have not become dormant and passive, Israel will take another step, more radical than the last. The “process of destruction” will be stopped only from outside Israel. Israel, captive to the process, is incapable of imposing self-restraint. "

Now go ahead and justify it. To a thinking person who has morals, it is impossible. No Army, No Navy--NOTHING, and yet you keep blaming them for the carnage.
 
 
0 # brux 2014-07-23 02:11
What do you propose Israel does? Just sit there and decide that so many rockets flying over their heads daily, sniper victims, kidnap victims is acceptable - a cost of living and ignore it.

I have plenty of morals and something you are missing, brains and wisdom.
 
 
0 # arquebus 2014-07-20 16:33
Once again....what should Israel do....just sit and let the Arabs shoot rockets at them? Israel agreed to a cease fire and put it into effect. Hamas said "hell no" and kept on shooting.

And, in what military manual or any other study have you read that the losses in war are supposed to be equal. A lot more German soldiers died than did Americans....wa r is about creating so much pain that your opponent quits.
 
 
0 # brux 2014-07-23 02:15
Yes, that is the RSN solution, do nothing until the Palestinians destroy them. RSN is here to brand the progressive movement as stupid, violent, terrorist, anti-semites, anti-Americans ... and from the comments here .... if they are to be believed, they are doing a bang-up job.
 

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