On proportion (and the lack thereof)

The Associated Press reports that thus far more than 360 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been slaughtered by the Israelis and some 1,400 Palestinians have been wounded in Israel’s latest massacre.

The AP notes that in the entire year of 2008, 17 — seventeen — Israelis were killed by those rocket attacks from Gaza (presumably by Hamas) that we hear so fucking much about as the excuse for the current bloodbath that the Israelis initiated a few days ago.

The Israelis’ current massacre has the full backing of the mass-murderous Bush regime, of course. Because, as I’ve said time and again, it’s only “terrorism” when an Arab or a Muslim does it.

P.S. I love these excerpts from a column by Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald and I thought that I’d share:

Opinions about the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are so entrenched that any single outbreak of violence is automatically evaluated through a pre-existing lens, shaped by one’s typically immovable beliefs about which side bears most of the blame for the conflict generally or “who started it.”

Still, any minimally decent human being — even those who view the world through the most blindingly pro-Israeli lens possible, the ones who justify anything and everything Israel does, and who discuss these events with a bottomless emphasis on the primitive (though dangerous) rockets lobbed by Hamas into Southern Israel but without even mentioning the ongoing four-decades brutal occupation or the recent, grotesquely inhumane blockade of Gaza — would find the slaughter of scores of innocent Palestinians to be a horrible and deeply lamentable event.

Yes, if you had any sort of a conscience whatsofuckingever, you would. Another excerpt:

One can travel from the farthest right fringe of the GOP to the heart of the Democratic Party leadership and hear exactly the same thing: Israel is always right. Israel must not be criticized. Israel never bears any blame. Any action taken by Israel is justified.

No matter the situation, that just gets repeated over and over like some hypnotic bipartisan mantra. Meanwhile, American citizens overwhelmingly — [by] 71 percent — want their government to be “even-handed” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet that view is simply ignored, disregarded, not even viable for any American mainstream political leader to express.

Yup; it’s a problem. Where it comes to same-sex marriage and treating the Palestinians with even-handedness, the Repugnicans and the Democrats are in lockstep. Israel’s shit just doesn’t stink. The Holocaust, you know! The Holocaust!

P.P.S. This AP news story puts the number of Israelis killed by rocket attacks thus far this year at 19, and the number of Israelis killed in the past few days’ fighting at four. This news story also puts the number of Palestinian dead at 364, with the United Nations saying that at least 62 of those were civilians.

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