Divine deception and deceit are alive and well. That truth, honesty, and admission of guilt are met with cruelty and callous, cavalier disregard for the Oppressed IS crushing. So then— how, when, and where will Democracy thrive? Who and What are the democratic values of our day? Are they the ultimate sham of the ‘Westernized’ 21st Century? Are they the bane of a citizenry gone blind, deaf, and impotent by perplexing contradictions within national struggles which belong to no one seen or heard? Help us comprehend why and how the machine of madness and mendacity can continue to churn and burn, and erode the core of a humanity that is left with the desperation of denial? Who gets to pick the heroes? The winners? Who gets to leave the losers behind? The spoils-of-war may quicken the death and demise of the meek… but the enlightened, enraged, educated minions will multiply and surely rise and resist. Thank You Phil, et al for expounding (with some hand-wringing) on the contradictions and the counter-forces of Justice for too too long, delayed and denied. Thanks to Gideon Levy, Miko Peled, Marc L. Hill,
et al, for placing themselves in the center of our national struggle (in the East and in the West). PS: I am a living, breathing, resilient Semite.
What a commendable modern-day concept! Today, Howard Schultz of STARBUCKS, closes down more cafes in order to conduct serious (and committed) Employee Sensitivity and Diversity training, following the distasteful April Philadelphia debacle -- the treatment of two African American young men who visited and tried to patronize one of the ubiquitous and iconic cafes. An outrageous egregious incident it was, which immediately permeated the airwaves and social media… and thankfully, not to the point of Boycotting the S’bucks. Schultz did opine: "This takes moral courage... we must stand up and be accountable." Hey Howie, as a seemingly Liberal Zionist and head honcho of a world-renowned corporation, why not send your inspiring message of wisdom, humility, and shame to another world-renowned “beacon of light” … oops… the brutal, apartheid, racist regime which considers you a native son and also lauds and imbibes your brand? Shall we drink up and toast to justice, equality, and dignity, that is sooo long overdue? Is Democracy coming to the USA... and will it hopefully and somehow reach its shame-ridden Ally that has operated with impunity and insolence for far toooo long? Please listen up dear Itzhak and Humanity… there’s a lesson to be learned and digested here.
Alas, Ms. Hussein. You've been duped. Under the guise and/or auspices of journalistic perpetuity which tows the Pro-Israel line. Pity on Mr. Cohen-- who is an NYT hack-- a relic, a quisling, a fully subsidized and brain-demoralized Zionist aparachik, who pretends that he possesses integrity, insight, and empathy while delivering "da news" about Israel and Palestine. Would we go so far as calling Roger "an Israeli insider or infiltrator?" Maybe he gets "first dibs" on cool assignments in the fledgling West Bank. Would we hold Cohen's bosses at the NYT accountable for his blatantly false, irresponsible journalism, and his vacuous misrepresentations, which intentionally negate and omit "on-the-ground" facts about the brutal, dehumanizing, interminable occupation and oppression of the indigenous Palestinian people (men, women, children, clergy, decades-old refugee ghosts, and the very Holy Land itself?) Maybe Roger Cohen's visit to Nablus via Ramallah was well-intentioned... an academic "field trip" of sorts... an "old school" assignment that's meant to help re-educate and edify a key class member of the "ahemmm, biased" press corps. Ms. Hussien works for an NGO? Accolades for her honest, altruistic, and U.S.-educated, hard-working self that "survives" in a depraved settler-colonial, apartheid regime. But alas, Miss Darin saw the light, AFTER Cohen turned in his homework assignment and it passed inspection at the NYT editorial checkpoint. Like so many MONDOWEISS supporters, I had seen/and sill see through Cohen's clever mumbo-jumbo (and guilt-absent) journalism over the many years... much like the tainted, tempestuous journalism of Cohen's other bought-and-paid-for colleagues Ethan, Tom, Isabel, etal... who by the way, have subsidized apartments, family, and retirement aspirations in beloved Israel (and its facsimile Illegal Settlements, thereof). It is sooo hard not to be cynical and critical about peace and justice in Palestine. Long live free speech! In the words of our Beloved Leonard Cohen, "Democracy is coming... to the U.S.A." Thank You Phil and staff! Your work does not go unnoticed and unappreciated.