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Like Israeli settlers, white mass shooters are a manifestation of their society

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Palestinian rap group DAM’s popular song, “Meen Irhabi?”  (Who’s a Terrorist?”) questions the very definition of that term, as it highlights the political bias behind its use:  Palestinians are defending their stolen land, yet get labelled “terrorists” by Israelis who act as “witness, lawyer and judge” over them. Videos of the song either show the group performing live, or are montages of scenes of Israeli violence against Palestinians—not the other way around—as the trio repeats the questioning of the term, which is of course generally applied to Palestinians, not the Israeli soldiers, nor the violent armed settlers depicted in the videos.

“Meen Irhabi” kept coming to my mind over the past couple of weeks—since the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, followed by the shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas and, less than twenty-four hours later, another massacre in Dayton, Ohio.  Yes, we are living in a state of terror, as no place seems safe from the crosshairs of armed white supremacists.  But then again when, in its entire history, has this country been safe for people of color? Every American generation has had its Sandra Bland, its Eric Garner, its Standing Rock, ND and Ferguson, MI.  From Mankato to Wounded Knee, most massacres have been committed by the government, not “lone wolves” with mental challenges. It is the nature of settler-colonial societies to be violent. Similarly, every Palestinian generation since al Nakba has had its Deir Yassin, its Jenin, its Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, where the boundaries between an individual “mass murderer” and the government soldiers are totally blurred.

And of course, as happens after every mass shooting, social media is abuzz with memes and graphs explaining that this is terrorism, even though it is not being called so by the mainstream, since the killers in these cases are white.  Even Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has equated white supremacy with domestic terrorism, saying the racist ideology is a threat “in the same way that foreign terrorism threatens our people.”

One needs to be cautious of the calls for designating white nationalist mass killers as “terrorists too,” because putting white supremacists in the same category as “terrorists,” that selective construct hitherto reserved for people of color, does not address the racism that allows the mainstream to turn a blind eye to its own violence,.

While it is tempting to point the finger at the likes of Dylann Roof, Patrick Crusius, and Connor Betts, and call them terrorists, let us remember that they are simply amplifying official social norms and government policy, a policy that has always been racist — from the genocide of the Indigenous people to the enslavement of Africans and their descendants, to the internment of the Japanese Americans, and the criminal justice system, from its inception to the present day.  These white killers are simply rogue militiamen magnifying, rather than challenging, the country’s official racism. Even if they are trespassing over the state’s “monopoly on violence,” to use Max Weber’s concept that the state alone has a legal right to enact violence on its citizens, these white supremacists are still enacting the very racist violence the state has long engaged in, and continues to engage in to this day.  This is becoming more obvious with the Trump Administration’s quasi-official embrace of white nationalism, and its interest in criminalizing popular opposition to the country’s dive into fascism, by designating antifa protestors a “major organization of terror.”

Just as there is an understanding amongst most progressive Americans that Israeli settlers are simply the rogue manifestation of Israel’s official policy of expansionism and land theft, so we must understand that white killers are also a rogue manifestation of the US government’s inherent white nationalism.

As we denounce today’s militant white supremacists, we need to associate it with its source — violent settler-colonialism. The United States has a  long history of racism in the service of a white nation, as evidenced in its treatment of communities of color throughout the existence of this country.  People of color are no more in the crosshairs of white supremacist violence today than we were under the conquest of “the West” (of Europe, of course), under slavery and the runaway slave patrols, under Jim Crow, under the Chinese Exclusion Act and NSEERs, all of which were “legal,” or protected by the government–just as Israeli settlers are protected by the Israeli army.

Terrorism, on the other hand, is criminalized counter-discourse:  terrorists do not have the right to bear arms, and they are not acting out the government’s policies, albeit in an unregulated manner.   “Terrorism” is a loaded term that has mostly been used to dismiss the struggles for human rights that people oppressed by a country’s government engage in  (which is why, when Palestinians have a public platform, they are routinely asked to “denounce terrorism.”) Placing hate-filled supremacist mass killers inspired by their government in the same category as justice-seeking fighters does not address the violence of settler-colonialism, as it presents these killers as exceptional, rather than emblematic of their society.  Simply, it may be time for well-meaning anti-racists to stop using the term “terrorism,” vague and inaccurate as it is, with its racist baggage, and instead show how white mass murderers reflect the society that created them, and which they presume to protect.

Nada Elia

Nada Elia is a Palestinian scholar-activist, writer, and grassroots organizer, currently completing a book on Palestinian Diaspora activism.

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  1. Marnie on August 7, 2019, 12:04 am

    But republicans are putting the blame of gun violence on video games and mental illness because almost all mass shootings have been carried out by white men. If the shooters were anything but white men, they’d be called terrorists who hate amerikkka and democracy. Secretly they are considered heroes for doing their part to keep amerikkka safe (white). They’re useful idiots. The KKK has many members, many who wouldn’t participate in a cross burning or a lynching, but will be sure and slap the backs and cross the palms of the useful idiots who’ll do the dirty work.

    In the zionist state, settlers and IOF are honored for their ‘service’, doing their ‘duty’, ‘God’s work’, etc., but there is no secret about the approval they receive from their friends and neighbors and all the way to the top of the food chain with netanyahooo. Some of them have songs written about them, or their likenesses on grocery bags. Some are ‘martyrs’ and their gravesites are hallowed ground.
    The world is so f’kd.

    • Talkback on August 7, 2019, 2:24 pm

      Marnie: “But republicans are putting the blame of gun violence on video games and mental illness because almost all mass shootings have been carried out by white men.”

      That’s the white supremacist way of dealing with this mass shootings. That it has nothing to do with white supremacism.

      • Elizabeth Block on August 8, 2019, 10:09 pm

        Someone pointed out that there are racists, people with mental illnesses, people who play too many video games, etc etc etc in other countries, but they don’t commit mass shootings, because they can’t get hold of assault rifles.

    • RoHa on August 8, 2019, 1:32 am

      “almost all mass shootings have been carried out by white men. ”

      I think you will find that this claim depends on the definition of “mass shooting”.

  2. on August 7, 2019, 8:37 am

    Good points, but I think terrorism needs a new definition, so that it includes the terrorizing actions of Israel, the IDF, the brownshirt-like settlers, and the US against the Palestinians and other Arab, Muslim and Middle East populations.

    Along the same lines, the “replacement” idea, which says we should replace “inferior” races and ethnic groups with “superior” ones, apparently embraced by the El Paso shooter, mirrors the actions of the Israelis, the IDF and the settlers in trying literally to eliminate or scare off the Palestinians, so they can be replaced by Jews and Zionists in Gaza, the West Bank and Golan Heights.

    Reminds me of Hitler’s call for Lebensraum and oh yeah, they also call it genocide.

  3. Jackdaw on August 7, 2019, 9:26 am

    Only Mondoweiss would publish this sewage,

    ‘Othering’ in the most vile way, the Jews in Judea and Samaria by grafting them to American mass murderers.

    Thanks, Mondoweiss, for reminding me what the bottom of the barrel looks like.

    I’m going to take few days off, so I can breathe clean air.

    • Misterioso on August 7, 2019, 11:21 am

      @Jackdaw

      Spare us your nonsense!! Take twenty years “off.”

      Speaking of “bottom of the barrel,” here’s just a peek at Zionists’ approval of Jewish “mass murderers.”

      Rabbi Perin, in an eulogy for mass murderer, Baruch Goldstein, 1994: ‘One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.’ (New York Times, Feb. 28, 1994)

      Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party and former Israeli Chief Rabbi, described the Arabs as ‘serpents’ and in his Passover sermon, he stated that ‘the Lord shall waste their seed, devastate them and vanish them from this world. It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable.’

      P.M. Menachem Begin, in a speech to the Knesset, referred to the Palestinians as ‘two-legged animals.’

      P.M. Yitzhak Shamir: ‘ [The Palestinians] would be crushed like grasshoppers… heads smashed against the boulders and walls.’ (N.Y. Times, April 1, 1988.)

      Rafael Eitan, Israeli Chief of Staff: ‘When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle.’ (N.Y. Times, 14 April 1988.)

      P.M. Ehud Barak: ‘The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, the more they want.’ (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 30, 2002)

      Furthermore:
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-education-minister-to-speak-at-confab-honoring-rabbi-who-praised-hebron-massacre-1.7619653

      “Education Minister to Speak at Confab Honoring Rabbi Who Praised Hebron Massacre” Haaretz, August 9/19 by Shira Kadari-Ovadia.

      “Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smotrich will be guests of honor as Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, seen by many as a spiritual figure for violent settler extremists, receives prize.”

      “Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich are set to give speeches at a conference which will also honor a rabbi who praised the 1994 Hebron massacre and was previously charged with inciting racism.

      “The ministers, who are both running in the United Right political alliance in the September election, will speak at a Thursday event during which a prize will be awarded to Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh.

      “The U.S.-born rabbi is known for publishing a pamphlet praising the actions of religious extremist Baruch Goldstein, who in 1994 carried out the massacre in the Tomb of the Patriachs, in which he killed 29 Muslims at prayer. Ginsburgh is also among the rabbis who endorsed the book ‘The King’s Torah,’ which discusses circumstances in which Jews may kill non-Jews according to Jewish law.

      “The prize will be awarded under the auspices of an institution called the ‘Cathedra for Torah and Wisdom,’ which received approximately 25,000 shekels ($7,162) in 2017 and 2018 from the Education Ministry’s department for Jewish culture.

      “In response to a query from Haaretz, the Education Ministry said it would not be funding this institution in 2019. Peretz’s spokesperson said the minister is proud to attend the event, but added both he and the ministry were not involved in choosing the recipients of the awards.”

      • Jackdaw on August 7, 2019, 2:41 pm

        @Misery

        Liars of the feather…..

        In the context of talking about defending the children of Israel from terror attacks, Begin said the following:

        The children of Israel will happily go to school and joyfully return home, just like the children in Washington, in Moscow, and in Peking, in Paris and in Rome, in Oslo, in Stockholm and in Copenhagen. The fate of… Jewish children has been different from all the children of the world throughout the generations. No more. We will defend our children. If the hand of any two-footed animal is raised against them, that hand will be cut off, and our children will grow up in joy in the homes of their parents.

        But, here there are Katyushas, missiles and artillery shells day and night, with the sole intention of murdering our women and children. There are military targets in the Galilee. What a characteristic phenomenon, they are protected, completely immune to these terrorists. Only at the civilian population, only to shed our blood, just to kill our children, our wives, our sisters, our elderly.

        He clearly wasn’t characterizing ‘Palestinians’ as two-legged/footed beasts/animals, only those who would murder innocent children.

        Liar.

      • Talkback on August 7, 2019, 5:47 pm

        Jackdaw: “He clearly wasn’t characterizing ‘Palestinians’ as two-legged/footed beasts/animals, only those who would murder innocent children.”

        Liar.

        The condition is not that a Palestinian is a “two-legged/footed beasts/animals” IF he raises his hands against Jewish children.
        The condition is that the hand of any “two-legged/footed beasts/animals” will be cut off IF he raises it against Jewish children.

        Which clearly equates Palestinians with being “two-legged/footed beasts/animals”. A view of Nonjews which many Jews share. I know what I’m talking about.

        Jackdaw: “’I’m going to take few days off, so I can breathe clean air.”

        Liar.

      • Mooser on August 7, 2019, 6:47 pm

        “Liar.”

        Hey, if it wasn’t for Mondo, “Jackdaw” would have talk to Israelis. And that always ends badly.

      • eljay on August 7, 2019, 9:03 pm

        || Jackdaw: … In the context of talking about defending the children of Israel from terror attacks, Begin said the following:

        … We will defend our children. If the hand of any two-footed animal is raised against them, that hand will be cut off …

        He clearly wasn’t characterizing ‘Palestinians’ as two-legged/footed beasts/animals, only those who would murder innocent children.

        Liar. ||

        Interesting. If a non-Jewish leader were to say about Jews…

        … We will defend our children. If the hand of any two-footed animal is raised against them, that hand will be cut off …

        …I would consider that comment unequivocally to be offensive and anti-Semitic because it refers to Jews in general as “two-footed animals” who might “raise their hands” against non-Jews.

        But you seem to be saying that you wouldn’t consider such a comment to be either offensive or anti-Semitic. Huh.

        Jackdaw.

      • oldgeezer on August 7, 2019, 9:38 pm

        @jackdaw

        Nope. Not a lie. He clearly called the Palestinians ” two-legged/footed beasts/animals”. If we could read his mind then there’d be something to discuss but what was stated is quite clear.

        “‘Othering’ in the most vile way, the Jews in Judea and Samaria by grafting them to American mass murderers. ”

        I’m with you! Totally inappropriate. The settlers are much better organized for sure. They use their money to fund a highly equipped and advanced armed force and send their sons and daughters out to perpetrate slaughters for the benefit of the family. Heck a medic perpetrating cold blooded murder in front of everyone, and the cameras, is a hero to the settlers and Israelis at large.

    • Marnie on August 7, 2019, 12:26 pm

      @Jackdaw

      ‘I’m going to take a few days off, so I can breathe clean air.’

      Nonstop hasbara trolling must be exhausting. You go ahead on now Jackdaw and get some rest. It will be received with joy on these pages and also provide a respite from your zionist filth.

      • Mayhem on August 7, 2019, 10:04 pm

        @Marnie, you would prefer that MW be an echo chamber with an abutting cesspool? Don’t you realize that it is the Jackdaws, DaBakrs and Mayhems, although few and far between, who stop MW degenerating even further into unmitigated anti-Israel hate speech.

      • Keith on August 8, 2019, 12:03 am

        MAYHEM- “Don’t you realize that it is the Jackdaws, DaBakrs and Mayhems, although few and far between, who stop MW degenerating even further into unmitigated anti-Israel hate speech.”

        Far from being “few and far between,” you Jewish Zionists have succeeded in turning the Mondoweiss comments section into a sort of verbal food fight, detracting from the reality that Zionism, like Nazism, is an undemocratic form of Blood and Soil nationalism, the very essence of nationalistic racism. Back before there were so many Zionist hasbarats, the Mondoweiss comments section was much more lively and interesting, we anti-Zionists arguing our differences without concern for a unifying meme. Ah, the good old days!

      • Marnie on August 8, 2019, 12:05 am

        I’m sorry, uh ‘Mayhem’ is it? Let’s see what happens if you all disappear.

      • RoHa on August 8, 2019, 1:42 am

        What’s the difference between anti-Israel speech and anti-Israel hate speech?

      • Marnie on August 8, 2019, 5:56 am

        @Mayhem –

        You sound like you believe you and the other stooges are doing a public service. Save yourself from continuing to squawk the same squawk as Jackdaw and Yonah. Nothing is degenerating, all is the status quo. Some good trouble needs to brew; for starters, MW should and must stop giving oxygen to any and all so-called ‘liberal zionists’ in the world. They have as much blood on their hands as the ravenous wolves who are 100% zionist, for their complicity, duplicity, looking the other way and often their continual obstruction to any possibility of allowing palestinians to become just as free as their jewish israeli counterparts. FO.

      • Marnie on August 8, 2019, 6:45 am

        @mayhem – peeped your hold card dude. Faux News much?

        “Trump said last month that the White House would “explore all legislative and regulatory solutions to protect free speech and the free speech of all Americans.” The official, however, put it in more clearly partisan terms: “If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system.” Trump and others have complained when social media platforms have banned or limited conservative accounts, although this sometimes includes the accounts of unabashed white supremacists, and we don’t know if conservative accounts get suspended disproportionately.” Vox.

      • Talkback on August 8, 2019, 9:19 am

        Mayhem: “Don’t you realize that it is the Jackdaws, DaBakrs and Mayhems, although few and far between, who stop MW degenerating even further into unmitigated anti-Israel hate speech.”

        To the contrary. Your comments make people hate Israel even more. It has to do with your arrogant self righeousness which is the result of a deep racist indoctrination you either can’t perceive or embrace it. It’s people like you who make others hate Jews, because you, the Jackdaws and the DaBakrs always need to suggeset that what Israel does to Palestinians is somehow genuinly Jewish and what a “real Jews” wants.

        RoHa: “What’s the difference between anti-Israel speech and anti-Israel hate speech?”

        The latter is filled with arguments Zionists can’t refute. They hate that. It makes them feel even more stupid.

      • Mooser on August 8, 2019, 8:19 pm

        “Don’t you realize that it is the Jackdaws, DaBakrs and Mayhems, although few and far between, who stop MW…”

        Uh, why the plurals? Like each one of you isn’t just an ego on the half-shell.

    • Mooser on August 7, 2019, 2:27 pm

      “I’m going to take few days off, so I can breathe clean air.”

      Maybe you could spend some time with your family.

      • Mooser on August 7, 2019, 6:51 pm

        BTW, “Jackdaw”, if you are taking a few days off, use it learning to count, and do percentages and fractions.

    • Talkback on August 7, 2019, 2:32 pm

      Jackdaw: “‘Othering’ in the most vile way, the Jews in Judea and Samaria by grafting them to American mass murderers.”

      What makes you think that this is only about Jewish settler terrorists in the eastern Lebensraum expansion of the colonial Apartheid entity when it says “It is the nature of settler-colonial societies to be violent.”?

      Jackdaw: “I’m going to take few days off, so I can breathe clean air.”

      You mean “ethnically cleansed air”, don’t you.

    • Marnie on August 8, 2019, 6:47 am

      @Hacksaw –
      When does your vacation start?
      Love,
      Anxious for you to be gone.

  4. Mayhem on August 7, 2019, 9:53 pm

    Elia’s remark “It is the nature of settler-colonial societies to be violent. ” is specious.
    Of course when you are met by a rabidly xenophobic, reactive Muslim population driven by a
    Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine, namely the Mufti of Jerusalem who collaborated with the Nazis, then violence is bound to ensue.

    • peon on August 8, 2019, 2:08 am

      Specious? (Violent) Settler-colonialism rings true when Europeans settle in lands they have traveled to and squatted. Kant would have universal hospitality, but also the visitors would be expected to leave, not settle. What, the violence in Palestine has nothing to do with AshkeNAZI re-settlement after European terrorism of Jews made the flight to Israel more pressing?

    • eljay on August 8, 2019, 8:25 am

      || Mayhem: Elia’s remark “It is the nature of settler-colonial societies to be violent. ” is specious.
      Of course when you are met by a rabidly xenophobic, reactive Muslim population driven by a
      Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine, namely the Mufti of Jerusalem who collaborated with the Nazis, then violence is bound to ensue. ||

      As usual, you make an excellent Zionist point: Women who are kidnapped and dragged into a basement to be raped should just lie back and enjoy the ride. “Necessary evil” might happen in the course of the rapist “self-determining” himself in his victims, but at least violence against the rapist would not ensue.

    • Talkback on August 8, 2019, 9:13 am

      What’s your point Mayhem? That not only Jews sought to collaborate with Nazis?
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehi_(militant_group)#Italy

  5. Ossinev on August 8, 2019, 7:05 am

    @Mayhem
    ” namely the Mufti of Jerusalem who collaborated with the Nazis, then violence is bound to ensue”

    Remind me were Zionists first in the queue or did the Mufti get there ahead of them ?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haavara_Agreement

    • Mayhem on August 8, 2019, 9:05 am

      @Ossinev, quite plainly you need a history lesson.
      From as early as 1920 the Mufti actively opposed Zionism, and was implicated as a leader of the 1920 Nebi Musa riots, the first example of Arab reactionary violence against the Zionist influx. What I am saying is that the very first major incident of violence between Arab and Jew in Palestine was instigated by the Mufti and his henchmen.

      • Talkback on August 8, 2019, 2:01 pm

        Really? So there were non Jew fighting against the Ottoman Empire and no Jewish Legion led by Zionist revisionists? No thousands of Palestinian Jews who joined them? No fighting in the Jordan valley and North of Jerusalem?

        And isn’t it rich how much it serves Zionists like you that yet again another major power was doing the dirty job for you by occupying Palestine and then carving it up to implement Jewish settler colonialism? Isn’t it strange that as soon as Britain wasn’t longer interested to do the bloody job for you Jewish terrorism started in Palestine which let to a full scale war and expulsion of the natives?

      • eljay on August 8, 2019, 3:37 pm

        || Mayhem: … From as early as 1920 the Mufti actively opposed Zionism, and was implicated as a leader of the 1920 Nebi Musa riots, the first example of Arab reactionary violence against the Zionist influx. … ||

        Thanks for stating so clearly that Arab violence was both reactionary and directed at the “Zionist influx” – a relatively benign-sounding term for foreigners intent on taking control of and colonizing as much as possible of an inhabited territory and, at the expense of the territory’s indigenous population, establishing in it a supremacist state for themselves and for people throughout the world who share their religion-based identity.

      • RoHa on August 9, 2019, 12:54 am

        Eljay, are you not shocked – shocked – that an invasion of foreigners intent on taking over a territory at the expense of, and against the wishes of, the territory’s indigenous population was met by violence?

        Even though that invasion was facilitated by a foreign power which controlled the territory?

      • Talkback on August 9, 2019, 4:02 am

        Yeah, “Influx” was sloppy, Mayhem. Next time call it “infiltration” like Herzl.

      • eljay on August 9, 2019, 9:08 am

        || RoHa: Eljay, are you not shocked – shocked – that an invasion of foreigners intent on taking over a territory at the expense of, and against the wishes of, the territory’s indigenous population was met by violence?

        Even though that invasion was facilitated by a foreign power which controlled the territory? ||

        I would have to say that I am not shocked by that.

        I am, however, puzzled by how a Zionist:
        – is able to understand the facts well enough to explain them clearly to others; but
        – is incapable of accepting the very facts he has understood and clearly explained.

  6. Mayhem on August 8, 2019, 9:00 am

    What a shame that the analysis by Elia is seriously flawed because she mindlessly assumes that Connor Betts, the perpetrator of the Dayton shooting is a white supremacist, when in fact he supports the Democratic presidential candidates and progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as well as antifa. In other words he is a left-winger which would undoubtedly make him a MW fan.

    • Mooser on August 8, 2019, 8:16 pm

      It never fails. “As goes the Right, so goes the all-rightnik

  7. RoHa on August 9, 2019, 12:42 am

    “show how white mass murderers reflect the society that created them, ”

    Do mass murderers “of colour” reflect the society that created them?

  8. RoHa on August 9, 2019, 12:46 am

    I am not convinced that the position of the Palestinians is advanced by dragging the fashionable obsessions of the US pseudo-left into the discussions.

  9. Ossinev on August 9, 2019, 1:15 pm

    @Mayhem
    “@Ossinev, quite plainly you need a history lesson.
    From as early as 1920 the Mufti actively opposed Zionism, and was implicated as a leader of the 1920 Nebi Musa riots, the first example of Arab reactionary violence against the Zionist influx. What I am saying is that the very first major incident of violence between Arab and Jew in Palestine was instigated by the Mufti and his henchmen”

    Do you mean real history as opposed to Alice in Judeoland History ?

    Anybody including you who claims ancestral or God given rights to another peoples homeland,homes and resources based on fairy tale events allegedly happening 3000 years ago is incapable of being taught and taking on board real actual history lessons.

    You are incapable of understanding or facing up to or learning from the Zioland history of the last 24 hours ie relentless oppression terrorising detention of innocent children to name but a few examples let alone the history of Palestine from the Balfour Declaration onwards.

    On the subject of what you blandly describe as “reactionary violence” to”an influx(FFS!)” I am assuming that you would have absolutely no objections to strangers stealing your home and possessions. In fact why not cut to the quick by putting a notice outside to the effect”If you believe that your ancestors were expelled from this plot 3000 years ago please feel free to come in and take over – first come first served”.

  10. Arby on August 13, 2019, 4:48 pm

    Nada is right of course. I might not stop using the word terrorism – I ‘always’ speak plainly – but neither will I fail to educate those who I have the opportunity to educate, with the very same talking points offered here by Nada.

    If the author, and others here, haven’t read the late Edward Herman’s “The Real Terror Network,” I highly recommend it. Herman always told it exactly like it was. He explains, in that book, the difference between retail terrorism and State terrorism. Apologists for the war-making State focus on retail terrorism and make it out to be much bigger and harder to deal with than the terrorism (called counterinsurgency) carried out by the State and its tools. It’s a real eye-opener.

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