Quote of the day
11.19.2012 Leave a comment
Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp. These sacrifice zones, filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums or mud-walled villages, are increasingly hemmed in by electronic fences, monitored by surveillance cameras and drones and surrounded by border guards or military units that shoot to kill. These nightmarish dystopias extend from sub-Saharan Africa to Pakistan to China. They are places where targeted assassinations are carried out, where brutal military assaults are pressed against peoples left defenseless, without an army, navy or air force. All attempts at resistance, however ineffective, are met with the indiscriminate slaughter that characterizes modern industrial warfare.
Can this happen here, in the United States, land of the free and home of the brave? Will Uncle Sam turn on the ‘lesser people’ (Alan Simpson)?
Those questions were rhetorical, of course.
- Gaza hospitals stretched, need supplies to treat wounded: WHO | Reuters (andrewazzopardi.org)
- War In Gaza: Why Now? (pakalertpress.com)
- Israel Broadens Its Bombing in Gaza to Include Government Sites (nytimes.com)
- Israel shells Gaza from the sea (bbc.co.uk)
- Israel attacks Hamas media operations in Gaza (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Occupy London The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears by Chris Hedges (projectbrainsaver.wordpress.com)