It’s utterly embarrassing!
The media seems to have a complete and utter blind spot the size of New York and New Jersey when it comes to Israel.
In fact, they actively seem to be going miles and miles out of their way to avoid connecting even a single dot when Israel comes up in anyway in regard to Iran and the JCPOA. Israel who not only rallied against the agreement, but who was caught actively spying and trying to undermine the negotiations AS they were underway in Europe!
Even Rachael Maddow, arguably one of the most studious and well researched shows on network news, who has no problems identifying each and every single Russian and American that has ever worked for, with, or who has come into contact with the FSB or a previous agent of the FSB, can connect the dots back to Putin and the Russian governments attempts to interfere in US policy. Yet can’t get within a country mile of the exact same thought or scenario, when it is abundantly clear that Israel and previous (arguably current) Israel intelligence agents have and are doing the EXACT same thing?
Today our President pulled out of the JCPOA with Iran while reading out a speech that quite literally couldn’t have sounded more like Benjamin Netanyahu if Bibi himself had himself written it! In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if huge chunks of it were cobbled together and copy and pasted from Bibi’s last address to the UN General Assembly and his recent “They lied!” farce.
And yet even the most cynical, suspicious, progressive, “open minded”, deeply researched, and diligent talking heads and journos in the land seem to willingly ignore the glaringly obvious hand Israel (a foreign nation) has had in this matter. Maybe it’s just the ol’ unspoken elephant in the room for US media, or maybe that same and obvious hand at play is so far up their collective rear ends, that they aren’t even aware anymore that it is and has been moving their lips for them for decades now...
Let’s cut straight to the chase. There is NOTHING accidental about snipers shooting unarmed civilians. Period!
Snipers by their very description are employed and deployed to do one thing and only one thing. Deliberately identify, verify, eliminate valid military targets, and confirm the elimination of said targets with nothing but the utmost accuracy. Nothing more, nothing less. Snipers shooting over 2000 non-violent protesters is NOT an accident.
We know that basically every single killed and wounded Gazan was a non-combatant civilian, because if the IDF had (by some miracle) managed to kill, wound, and maim over 2000 Hamas combatants (ie. 1/20th of their military force) they would be firing rockets like it was the end of the bloody world!
So it’s no accident that IDF snipers were deliberately targeting and shooting non-combatant civilian targets. It’s no accident that they were more than likely deliberately firing depleted uranium and or hollow tipped bullets to inflict the absolute most damage possible on each of their over 2000 identified targets. It’s no accident that in doing so they knew that they were deliberately violating the rules of engagement, International Law, and committing what amounts to nothing short of war crimes. It’s no accident that Israel, like they have done previously, are also actively blocking and preventing the UN of any other independent investigations into the shootings.
Even if their honest to goodness intention was to only “wound” their targets with live ammunition, that would still be an unjustifiable and disproportionate use of of military force against an unarmed non-violent civilian population. No different to Assad dropping bombs on protesting civilians in Aleppo and killing and wounding 2000. There is simply NO justifying this behavior. Period! Even if these people were being forced to protest while Hamas held their relives captive on threat of death, it would not justify the illegal and disproportionate use of military force. In fact, some would argue that, if anything, it would oblige and require Israel to offer them assistance and even refuge!
Israel and its military trying to spin this as an “accident” is like Germany trying to say it was just an accident that all those poor Jews they targeted for the concentration camps ended up dying, or Rwandan Hutus saying that it was just an accident that they chopped off the hands of Tutsis, or the Apartheid government of South Africa saying that it was just and accident that they killed all those protesting black students in Soweto.
Sorry, but the world isn’t buying this BS anymore! STOP SHOOTING AT KIDS!
When drawing parallels to Israel’s future, the end of the Occupation, the inevitable single democratic state that will eventually emerge, and the end of Apartheid in South Africa, many doomsdayers always point to the high crime rate and murder of whites in post-Apartheid South Africa.
What they conveniently omit in their gloomy outlook is that the transition from decades of colonial, highly oppressive Apartheid South Africa to a fully inclusive constitutional democracy was a spectacular and historic success story given the history of the continent and extreme transitions of power throughout ALL of human history. No military occupation, no military dictatorship, no bloody civil war, no genocide, no ethnic cleansing, and not a single coup d’etat in the nearly quarter of a century since.
Yes, South Africa has still has many, many problems and faces many challenges, but most of these that affect the daily lives of its citizens are a direct result of centuries of colonialism, gross inequality, and socio-economic conditions that will take generations to remedy. These are the very same challenges that ultimately face Israel-Palestinian yesterday, today, tomorrow and a 50 years from now. However, both sides would do very well to heed the lesson Apartheid and the transition from Apartheid has to teach. The alternative? Well... see the end of paragraph two above.
Despite being woefully off topic... make no mistake about it. The ongoing trend of white farm invasions and murders since 1994 in South Africa is a horrific thing. However, the vast majority of rape, violence crime, and gruesome murders in South Africa every single day, is overwhelming enacted on the black population. In fact, the current murder rate of about 50 per day is currently at a historic low that hasn’t been seen since about 1972!
70,000 farmers killed since 1994 is a disgusting number, but in a country that has seen a murder rate been between 50 and 100 murder per day, the average of less than 8 white farmers per day over the exact same period suddenly seems woefully insignificant in comparison.
The math speaks for itself, so go sell those fear tactics elsewhere.
Even if that number was tripled, would that have justified the continuation of Apartheid and the mass oppression and denial of equal rights to the vast majority of the population that isn’t white? Because is sure sounds to me like you’re suggesting that you would prefer the eternal oppression of dark skinned ethnicity majorities, and Apartheid in South Africa (and Israel for that matter) in favor of even the slightest bump in the murder of white South Africans and white Israelis.