An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Chris Hedges follows:
The Israel Defense Forces website is replete with this black propaganda. “Hamas exploits the IDF’s sensitivity towards protecting civilian structures, particularly holy sites, by hiding command centers, weapons caches and tunnel entrances in mosques,” the IDF site reads. “In Hamas’ world, hospitals are command centers, ambulances are transport vehicles, and medics are human shields,” the site insists.
“… [Israeli] officers are tasked with an enormous responsibility: to protect Palestinian civilians on the ground, no matter how difficult that may be,” the site assures its viewers. And the IDF site provides this quote from a drone operator identified as Lt. Or. “I have personally seen rockets fired at Israel from hospitals and schools, but we couldn’t strike back because of civilians nearby. In one instance, we acquired a target but we saw that there were children in the area. We waited around, and when they didn’t leave we were forced to abort a strike on an important target.”
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, in a Big Lie of his own, said last month at a conference of Christians United for Israel that the Israeli army should be given the “Nobel Peace Prize … a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.”
Do those Israelis, in the above YouTube videos (the bottom one which I added today, August 27, 2014), look like champions of human rights who are deserving of a peace prize?
Really, the propaganda and the contradictory actions that speak louder just won’t faze most people. Most people don’t care. Caring is knowing. The people passively learn what they learn, sucking up the offerings of bloody corporate-owned media, owned in some cases by larger conglomerates involved in the production of weaponry and profitting from slaughter like that which is happening Gaza.
Dolts can see for themselves the behavior of Israeli Nazis. But they won’t bother to look at alt media where reporters like Hedges and Glenn Greenwald report on behind the scenes stuff that also paints a picture of barbarism that contrasts with the view that the barbarians would like to convey, as Chris notes, to the dolts who will then support the aggression of the lawless actors and to the victims (and potential victims) who are terrorized by the knowledge that their racist, violent attackers act with impunity. Enablers, like the US government, are okay with the lies that the Israeli state tells and it tells it’s own. It’s not enough to physically destroy those who you have decided, for many reasons, to make enemies. You must torture them to death. You must destroy them inside, breaking their minds and spirit. It’s all good. Even godly. And so it goes. For now.
The following is an excerpt from the above linked-to article:
President Obama, in his press conference on Friday, said “it is heartbreaking to see what’s happening there,” referring to the weeks of civilian deaths in Gaza – “as if he’s just a bystander, watching it all unfold,” observed Brooklyn College Professor Corey Robin. Robin added: ”Obama talks about Gaza as if it were a natural disaster, an uncontrollable biological event.”
Each time Israel attacks Gaza and massacres its trapped civilian population – at the end of 2008, in the fall of 2012, and now again this past month – the same process repeats itself in both U.S. media and government circles: the U.S. government feeds Israel the weapons it uses and steadfastly defends its aggression both publicly and at the U.N.; the U.S. Congress unanimously enacts one resolution after the next to support and enable Israel; and then American media figures pretend that the Israeli attack has nothing to do with their country, that it’s just some sort of unfortunately intractable, distant conflict between two equally intransigent foreign parties in response to which all decent Americans helplessly throw up their hands as though they bear no responsibility.
“The United States has been trying to broker peace in the Middle East for the past 20 years,” wrote the liberal commentator Kevin Drum in Mother Jones, last Tuesday. The following day, CNN reported that the Obama administration “agreed to Israel’s request to resupply it with several types of ammunition … Among the items being bought are 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers.”
“And when facts no longer matter, when there is no shared history grounded in the truth, when people foolishly believe their own lies, there can be no useful exchange of information. The Big Lie, used like a bludgeon by Israel, as perhaps it is designed to be, ultimately reduces all problems in the world to the brutish language of violence. And when oppressed people are addressed only through violence they will answer only through violence.” – Chris Hedges