This picture is a screenshot from a Wall St. Journal report titled "Spectators flock to Gaza's borders". The article is here and the accompanying slideshow is here. What better image to portray the pornographic obsession of the Israeli citizens with the slaughter of innocent Gaza civilians. With orgasmic cheers the crowds express their approval of the onslaught by the Israeli military, much as the Roman crowds gathered in the coliseums to watch the slaughter of Christians.
At the same time the Israeli government denies that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. It is one thing to deny a holocaust that occurred before most of us were born, but completely another to deny the Gazan Holocaust which is happening before our eyes.
The coming of this Palestinian "shoah" was indeed announced almost a year ago by Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai in February 2008. He boasted that "they [the Palestinians] will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves". And we all know that "might makes right".
And now the same Matan Vilnai promises "weeks of action". Well the Israeli government can't disappoint it's blood thirsty citizens now. They want "action" and action is what they'll get. Better than the latest James Bond thriller. With lots of pyrotechnic explosions and flying body parts. Blood and guts, and lots of it - that's what the crowd's calling for. Nothing sells like sex and violence.
Only this violence is real. And the blood is real. And innocent people are dying. Have I adequately conveyed how revolted I am by this whole putrid demonstration of inhumanity?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Posted by Frank Hope at 9:23 PM