Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Wonderful World Of Meeja.

Via LGF.

One of the big things last year in that small disturbance in the Force between Israel and hezbollah and hamas, was a certain photograph of a dead baby. Needless to say, it went around the world in 90 seconds flat, and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth and rending of clothing at the inhumanity of the Israelis.

Please excuse my levity, as I find this an incredibly offensive subject, but one which I do believe is necessary.

Recently, I had sent to a mate of mine a link to an article about the artwork of children in Sderot.

I also sent her a link to a blog post about the human cost of the so-called "primitive" weapons that are all that's left to the palestinians. You know the ones, the rocks, molotov cocktails, suicide vests filled with ball bearings, those ones.

Her reply?
Thanks Nilk. The savage truth about war is that there will always be children who will suffer, no matter which side of the border they are on, and this will never end as long as men continue to use ever-increasingly perfected weapons to enforce their point of view on others.

I've just seen 'Grave of the Fireflies', the Ghibli animation about the fire-bombing of Japan by the Americans. A powerful statement about the terrible ongoing effects of war on people, particularly children. Suffering children have been used by political, religious and humanitarian organisations throughout history because they are such a powerful emotional tool. The winner is the organisation who has the contacts and the resources to be able to broadcast their message to the widest possible audience. The thing to remember is that, while the exhibition is a genuine expression of the terrible pain and suffering of the children of Sderot, it is also being used in a blatant political way, to raise support for the Israeli cause in the USA. I would rather see a joint exhibition by children from many different countries, expressing their own feelings & experiences of war - this would be a truly powerful collective statement by children - and a reminder that war affects everybody in the same way, no matter what their beliefs are.


I have not been able to respond to this email in any way, shape or form, as it has left me truly speechless for one of the few times in my life.

I do wonder how she would feel upon seeing this picture?

Please excuse the lack of photos - I've included the links so you can go check them out yourself, and encourage you to do so. Nothing beats a further education on the perfidy of the mainstream media.

3 Comments:

At 11:06 PM, Anonymous wbb said...

What your friend wrote is wonderful.

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger Jessica Rabbit said...

Yeah nilk, yet probably during the conflict your friend was semi hysterical over "Israeli brutality". Always, when you point out the other side, it's eh!

 
At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supply and demand champs. Surely even a Rightard can understand that? If the IDF (the D stands for Death)would stop killing so many more Palestinians and Lebanese than the other way 'round, perhaps you'd have more footage for your "oh so pro Arab media".

Speaking of primitive weapons, well how about a fair fight then? Stop whinging about the 'Europeans' (i.e. the dreaded French! The ones who actually achieved what the US has failed to do in the ME when they brought democracy to most of Europe in the 1800s)supplying the Palestinians with money for meagre weapons and encourage them , in the interests of fariness, to supply the Palestinians with tanks, attack helicopters and jet fighters.

 

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