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  • Lustick sounds the alarm on the two state solution, but offers little alternative
    • Since I don't know anything about Lustick, I will assume he genuinely thought long and hard on finding a resolution. He simply wasn't able to. This conflict has bedeviled the world for close to a century. And if you believe the Zionist narrative, bedeviled the Jewish people for over 4,000 years. From genesis to today, the pesky Philistines refuse to cooperate on the Zionist project. They are always in the way of fulfilling God's plan. It seems the natives are the last ones to get the memo from the divine one. In any case, there has been dozens of UN /League of Nation committees, government officials from across the globe, experts from top universities and think tanks who concluded creating a Jewish state in Palestine will not work without a massive population transfer of Arabs out. The modern day settlement project in post 67 territory operates as though the mass transfer of Arabs remains a viable option. Why not, it worked in 1948. The expansionist drive in post 67 continues while dismissing the demographics in the occupied territories. The reason the final solution remains a mystery or too politically charged for anyone in so called mainstream Israel to spell out is because the unthinkable is being planned - without a viable independent state - which everyone who has any common sense knows is something Israel will never accept - means that the eventual transfer of ALL Arabs from "inside" Israel and occupied territories is only a question of when - as facts on ground show already a mass transfer of Jews has taken place. This is step one and only a matter of time before step two is enacted. People assume Israel will reject apartheid - and they might be right - but the alternative is surely not a viable Palestinian state or one bi-national state but will be the fulfillment of a long wet dream of Zionists - all the land without any of the Arabs.

  • John Kerry's doomed peace process is deja vu all over again
    • I can’t imagine everyone else sees the absurdity of American involvement in this process but the PNA. The fact Abbas caved once again to American demands is not surprising. He got nothing once again, is not surprising either. The settlements will continue to expand and this charade will once again provide a cover for Israeli war crimes. That too is not surprising.

      What is clear -I should add, abundantly clear, is that the Palestinians have lost this battle on all fronts decades ago. No two state solution will ever materialize and no right of return will ever happen for the exiled Palestinians.
      The only question that needs to be answered, what does a defeated people do having lost ALL their territory and rights? Defeat has to be acknowledged. A white flag has to be thrown. Surrender is the only viable option. Declare the end of the armed struggle. This is a nightmare scenario for Israel.

      They are behind propping up corrupt leadership. They brought the PNA crowd and pumped billions – with other people money, of course – to sustain this corrupt institution while Israel thrives with a cost free military occupation.

      The apple cart needs to be turned upside down.
      Palestinians need to abandon any notion of having a independent state. Palestinians need to abandon any right of return. The refugee card has to expire and people living in Arab countries should be seeking permanent and equal rights in their respective place. If those host countries refuse, plan B goes into effect, Targeting Jordan as a place to return to – if that fails – then and only then an armed struggle to topple the Hashemite Kingdom should commence.

      As for Israel and it’s Arab problem, no more should Palestinians waste time fighting a losing battle over territory – against the 3rd best army in the world with nuclear weapons – backed by the mightiest superpower in modern times.
      The Zionist project has been allowed to thrive because it’s true nature has been masked cleverly.

      Palestinians should be making new demands and fighting over things that are realistic. They shouldn’t fight over stopping settlements but be fighting over the right to live in them? They shouldn’t be fighting over making East Jerusalem their capital but making ALL of Jerusalem accessible to them?

      In essence, allowing the natural course of history to take it’s rightful place. By prolonging the conflict it only serves to delay the inevitable outcome which is a state for all its people – and not just its chosen few.

      Zionism is an anachronism. The only reason why such a truism fails to pierce the light of day is because of the success of Zionist efforts to perpetuate the conflict. And also because the Palestinians are truly utterly incompetent on every front. The fact there is division within the ranks – with Fatah and Hamas – is enough reason to throw the white flag. Why should a Palestinian refugee in Syria or Lebanon continue to be used as pawns in a failed mission?

      It’s over. The Arab countries are themselves too dysfunctional to tackle problems within their own borders to be concerned about the Palestinian cause – not that before this current uprising things were any different. Therefore it is time for the Palestinian cause to be about rights and not territory. It is essential this struggle evolves to deal with the new realities in the region.

  • Egyptian coup reveals the 'deep state' in all our lives
    • The sad fact is the lessor evil paradigm remains the only valid approach going forward. Progressives and secularists throughout the Arab world - not to mention the Christian minorities - have no choice but to align themselves with the junta regimes - whether in Egypt or Syria - because no matter how you break it down, radical Islamist groups are beyond any hope of redeeming. Morsi failed the test in a big way when it came to representing all Egyptians - instead he chose to represent the Muslim Brotherhood. He showed little to no sensitivity towards secularists and minority Christians and as a result such groups became targets of Islamic extremists.

      Unfortunately, the only right path is to allow the Islamists and secularists to fight it out. I'm usually against intervention by the US and would like to see the Egyptian people sort it out on their own but that would be wishful thinking. The US will continue to play a major role in shaping Egypt's future. I just hope the secularists will be as vigilant of American sponsored military rule as they were of Muslim Brotherhood rule. First, they need to defeat the radical Islamists and insist on creating truly democratic institutions. Defeating the radical Islamists will not be easy and this process will be a bloody affair that could take a decade or more to resolve itself. When both sides get tired of fighting and in the process create a new consensus based on a new majority, and accept the principle mosque and state should be separate that is when genuine democracy is able to take root.

      I have to agree with the administration Morsi didn't rule in a democratic fashion. Democracy is more than election, where was the protection of the minority Christians under the law? Where was the constitution that provided protection for religious minorities and women?

      Therefore, it seems to me the coup was a valid response - even though I have serious misgiving of this military - not sure I can see an alternative path towards creating a true democracy than starting over again.

      In the US, our constitution took a few rewrites and revamping - from the Article of Confederation to what we have now.

      So I don't see starting all over again as bad as some seem to think. I understand the Muslim Brotherhood will have a different take on thinks but so be it. I look at Hamas rule in Gaza and honestly, regret ever expressing support for their election win. Another perfect example, in Gaza, Islamic fundamentalism is no less oppressive than the Israeli occupation. In Egypt, Islamic fundamentalism will be just as oppressive as Mubarak dictatorial rule.

      I don't have any answers but will argue the lessor of two evil approach has become necessary because it is the only option for those seeking protection from the extremist elements of Islamic societies. When churches are under attack, who are you going to call? Hamas? Muslim Brotherhood?

  • Israel's new political face on Palestinian refugees: 'we have been waiting... for more and more of them to die'
    • I have always been suspect of the so called "Jewish liberals" , "the peace camp" " the left" in Israel or in the states for that matter. There was always a very definite disconnect and double standard when it comes to Israel. A double standard so glaring only the blind could fail to see it. Tribal blinders prevent many from being able to apply a fair standard when it comes to treatment of Palestinians under Israeli rule.

      Now to the comment of hoping Palestinians would "die" off, it's not surprising. Unfortunately for Zionists, the math doesn't add up and never will . In fact, it never added up since day one of this experiment. So all this effort after 100 years of creating the "Jewish state", the MATH still doesn't add up. Despite incredible efforts to "change facts on ground", the math grows more against Israel no matter how many settlements are being built. Zionist expansion is an illusion with temporal boundaries, not unlike the state of Israel. Settlement expansion doesn't shrink the population of the Arabs or adds any Jews to the Jewish state. What is not being talked about - and is top secret are the actual numbers of Jews in Israel and rate they are leaving. So yes, the Jewish left are defeated because they have no ideas, no answer and no vision beyond tribalism. In that context, a quick natural death of all
      their enemies will seem like a nice fantasy. Why bother thinking outside the box. I just think her comments are telling and reflect the views of so many who call themselves liberals.

  • Approaching 60, Norman Finkelstein reflects
    • I couldn't help but be somewhat upset at his response as to why Arabs tend to like him as he states " for the wrong reasons" . I understand he is upset over what transpired with his career and the wounds of political battle remain fresh but as an Arab-American who read his books and yes, watched his youtube debates over the years I came to like him simply because of his scholarly work as it relates to the Palestine/Israel conflict. I'am Palestinian and I learned so much from his books to this day my views on the conflict are shaped by what I read in his books years ago. So, not sure what youtube moment he is talking about that went "viral" but I would hope he would give Arabs more credit as to their motivates why they view him favorably. The facts are "The Holocaust Industry" and "Image and Reality of the Israel -Palestine Conflict" are incredibly informative and ground breaking books that should be available in every library, bookstore and if I had my way, part of college curriculum. Without getting carried away, the point is, while I can't speak for other Arabs - much less those outside of the USA, not sure it was proper to characterize support for him because he went off on this female who he claims Arabs thought
      "were Jewish".

      That was a weird response.

      I do feel bad he has become another casualty of the Lobby. The truth be told, many and I do mean many, from politicians - including Presidents, artists, clergy, lawyers and yes, even professors who unfortunately had to go through that gauntlet for speaking the truth. It's brutal and there are many casualties in this struggle.

      I just hope, even though I sense he is leaning towards that direction as he grows older, that he doesn't do a Goldstone move and attempt to re-clarify and re-write what has already been written and spoken by him.

      Dershowitz went after President Carter and Desmond Tutu - Finkelstein should be honored that he is in good company.

      We saw the Lobby in action against Hagel and one needs to ask how many careers were cut short by the Lobby before it even starts? How many SOS, SOD, POTUS, Congressmen, Senator, movie director or actor and even heads of Universities were passed over because they at one time expressed a critical view of Israeli policies?

      This is a sad fact of this conflict. There are no borders, literally and figuratively.

  • Roots of Resistance: The intifada brought Palestine home
    • A very thoughtful and insightful article which I must admit, as a Palestinian, can relate to very much. I think the questions you raise in the end overshadow what romanticism there is, there was or there ever will be over the struggle to liberate Palestine( what's left of it). In the cold war era, the struggle played out it's anti-colonial anti-imperialist theme. The news of the Berlin wall falling seemed to have never reached Israel. The new world order after the collapse of FSU allowed for the conflict to be domesticated. The hired revolutionary guns on the international arena saw their safe havens behind friendly Arab regimes no more and hiding behind the iron curtain for protection was no longer an option as well. Their funding had dried up and time for a new paradigm shift. On the home front in Palestine, impatient with the lack of progress to end the occupation, kids in Ramallah took matters in their own hand - literally, to give birth to the first Intifadah, broken bones and all. Those two factors, the PLO being financially broke to irrelevancy and the natives getting restless enough to where the occupier sought out a less costly occupation gave birth to Oslo.

      So, back to the most important question you raise, at least for me, as I have often wondered myself if not the land is cursed - maybe the land itself is the problem. All the historical biblical mythological baggage that comes with the "Holy Land" inherently invites the crazies. Is there space for a secular state - put aside the question if it is democratic or not - Jewish or not - can a normal secular state ever stand in the "Holy Land" against the enormous gravitational pull of its religious past - the cries of it's mythological forefathers and as we see today, it's current holy warriors on both sides?

      This conflict in my view is insoluble short of Armageddon. If Israel was a true secular state, this conflict would have been resolved by now. When your negotiating partner uses the Torah as exhibit A in their arguments; when discussing Jerusalem, the retort of Zionists is to point out the number of times in the Torah Jerusalem is mentioned, as somehow this is rational, you just have to shake your head in disbelief.

      History, real or not, biblical or mythological, will repeat itself. No getting around the fact, those who are shaping history are the religious crazies. With their "Pillar of Cloud" operation and "Sampson Option" in hand, not hard to figure out where this is going. Everything else is background noise. The Palestinian's role in shaping that history is negligible. They are hapless pawns twirling in a perpetual man made geopolitical storm.

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