Afscme Local 444, retired
The Zionists can relax. Their backers, the US capitalist class has confirmed it will restock their arsenal of weapons of mass destruction after so many of them have been used murdering Palestinian children over the last few weeks.
The slaughter has even caused a few harsh words between the Zionists, the Obama administration and other US political figures.
As they send more death machines to replace those already used, the US State Dept. and the White House condemned the shelling of a UN school where some 3,300 Gazans were seeking shelter from the storm killing 16 of them.
The language of terror coming out of White House is bizarre as it gets. The Obama Administration condemns the shelling but neither Obama nor State Department officials will assign blame. "Obviously nothing justifies the killing of innocent civilians seeking shelter in a UN facility,", says State Department spokesperson Mary Harf and that, "Innocent Palestinians seeking refuge in these schools should not have shells dropped on them, should not come under attack." But she then goes on to say that "we don't know for certain who shelled this school, we need to get all the facts.".
Wait, don’t tell me, the Palestinians are bombing their own schools. With what? Perhaps Osama bin laden is doing it. Maybe Saddam Hussein or Moamar Ghaddafi. National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan condemns "those responsible for hiding weapons in United Nations facilities in Gaza" . Oh, who might that be Ms. Meehan? Who else but Palestinians.
Gaza, a concentration camp with 1.8 million people in it is being pummeled by US armed neo-Nazis. But try as hard as they can, they can’t figure who bombed the school. And where might the Palestinian resistance put their primitive weaponry? Perhaps they can store their rockets that have killed three people or so at their air base somewhere on the outskirts of town.
The US Congress is all war criminals. The lies and distortions coming out of Washington and the Pentagon spin-doctors are enough to make one sick. I am filled with anger and frustration. The people that govern this country are Americans in name, in that sense they have the same label as the rest of us. But we are not them most of us, the Americans I see and live with are not the same. We can be blamed for our lack of action. We can be blamed for sticking our heads in the sand and doing whatever we can to avoid a fight with our own corrupt rotten murderous ruling class. But like all dictatorial, terorristic regimes, it takes great shocks to dislodge them and there needs to be leadership, that is clearly absent here.
It is well known that Americans hate our own government. The US ruling class treats its own workers with ruthless abandon and wanton violence. The daily family anihilations are not caused by the existence of guns. They are caused by the fear, alienation, insecurity of life here. Poverty and insecurity among great wealth. Will I lose my job? Will I lose my home? Will I lose my health care if I am lucky enough to have it? Better keep my mouth shut.
AP says that “More than 100 people died in Israeli strikes across Gaza Wednesday, medics said, including 17 at a crowded marketplace, sending the Palestinian toll from the 23 days of fighting to 1,363. On the Israeli side, the conflict has cost the lives of 56 Israeli soldiers, and two civilians.”
That tells us all we need to know. The US says it is committed to the security of the Israeli state but what does it mean. The US bourgeois have no love for Jews. Israel is their most reliable ally in the region that can protects US corporate interests. The revolutionary potential of the Arab working class is always a threat. The billions in military hardware to the Arab regimes is also to defend them from revolt from below. The declining US influence on the world stage makes the beast more dangerous, just like a wounded animal. All empires suffer this fate. the difference is that the folks at the Pentagon have the ability to destroy all life and they will do that if left in control of the machine as Mario Savio once said.
The foreign policy of the US ruling class will strengthen religious fundamentalism as the only force able to combat US aggression and the occupiers and is not in in the interests of US workers.
The failure of the heads of organized labor at the highest levels to condemn the slaughter in Palestine and the US role in it places them in the role of executioners as well. They are not innocent bystanders. The more they remain silent the more they are implicated in the crimes.
Little Bolivia has declared Israel a terrorist state. Good for Morales.
It’s time we divorced ourselves from our own government.