A Nuclear Free Middle East!

Why aren’t they talking about it?

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Here’s the Occupy movements attempt to get some sanity into the Middle East. Read Chris Hedges’ most recent thoughts on #occupyAIPAC and beyond.

The battle for justice in the Middle East is our battle. It is part of the vast, global battle against the 1 percent. It is about living rather than dying. It is about communicating rather than killing. It is about love rather than hate. It is part of the great battle against the corporate forces of death that reign over us—the fossil fuel industry, the weapons manufacturers, the security and surveillance state, the speculators on Wall Street, the oligarchic elites who assault our poor, our working men and women, our children, one in four of whom depend on food stamps to eat, the elites who are destroying our ecosystem with its trees, its air and its water and throwing into doubt our survival as a species.

What is being done in Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison, is a pale reflection of what is slowly happening to the rest of us. It is a window into the rise of the global security state, our new governing system that the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls “inverted totalitarianism.” It is a reflection of a world where the powerful are not bound by law, either on Wall Street or in the shattered remains of the countries we invade and occupy, including Iraq with its hundreds of thousands of dead. And one of the greatest purveyors of this demented ideology of violence for the sake of violence, this flagrant disregard for the rule of domestic and international law, is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.


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I wonder what would happen if suddenly Hamas said "fuck it" and instead of fighting (quite possibly in vain) for autonomy, joined Israeli society? Multiculturalism, anyone?


You miss the point. Israel is defined (by its declaration of independence) as a Jewish state. Many of its laws - specifically its immigration laws - reflect this. It doesn't believe in multiculturalism. Or to be more precise, for Israel, multiculturalism is Russian Jews, American Jews, Sephardim (Middle Eastern Jews), and African Jews. And even *this* level of "multiculturalism" is causing *huge* problems for the Jewish state.

To the extent that I care about their affairs, I think it would be wonderful if Hamas and the Israelis gave each other a hug, but you're mistaken if you place all the blame for the fact that they don't at the feet of Hamas.


I would. If Russia can do it, so can Israel. I'm not saying, people wont get greedy and delusional though. It's smart to weight out options before nation building completely.


If you look at Israel, they're not that developed. They still have a sovereign system. Most nations do, including America. To take on Soviets or Communists would literally be taking on national security and the police.


As we can see, they aren't easily swayed to be Vegan without a revolution. Well, I'm not the one who caused it in the Middle East. Everyone knows that it takes religious fundamentalism.


I also think we overestimate how rotten war is. Being against war feels great for Middle Easterners. They enjoy the fight and they say it brings them closer to Contemporary values. I myself see through Contemporary culture but it sells. I prefer Modernism, honestly. IBM or Macintosh? I like Macintosh but everyone knows IBM are the best computers for design.


Oh yeah. Israel would stop expanding settlements and grant palestinians full and equal citizenship the very next day. Of course!


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