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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land

August 23, 2006

I don’t know all the history of Israel and Palestine but I do know that is a messed up situation that goes back several generations.

Below is a video called “Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land”

I can’t really vouch for the objectiveness or validity of all the facts. However, it is well made, thought provoking and seems on the mark.

It coversIsrael’s 35 year occupation of theGaza strip and theWest Bank. It also covers
Israel’s ongoing campaign to distort the facts in the media. Especially the American Medias coverage of what happens to the Palestinians.

The saddest thing about all of this is that we as Americans have forgotten all about Israel’s other war with the Palestinians. Or should I really say what it is, a 35 year occupation.  “Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land “may serve as a reminder of how brutal and frankly unnecessary the Palestinian occupation really is.

So the next time you watch something on Foxtard News and you are seeing some Neo-Conservatard cheering on the Israelis. And that person is saying what a great job they are doing at kicking the “Terrorists” butts. You might just want to stop and think about what you saw in this video.

You might just want to stop and ask yourself. Would I like to live in an occupied city or state? How would I feel about an occupying army killing one of my friends or family? When you try to imagine yourself in the same situation that the Palestinians are in you might just understand why people turn to extremes in violence. If you lived under a brutal regime you might just not value life at all. You might be willing to throw away your own life and any one else’s that get in your way of ousting your occupiers.

I am not in any way condoning violence as a solution for anything. In fact violence, besides being wrong, often has the opposite effect of what is intended. Violence won’t solve the issues in the
Middle East or anywhere for that matter. Only peace will do that. And how do you achieve peace? It seems to me the only way to peace is thru negotiation, compromise and self restraint. All of which are much harder because peace requires people to be patient and a steadfast belief that violence is never the right choice for any situation.

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