On Death and Moose - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
On Death and Moose|
|Date:||March 12th, 2002 08:33 am (UTC)|| |
continued from part 1, above
> FWIW, here in my little piece of paradise, which is even further away from where you are than Maine is, there are weekly vigils in support of various peace efforts, and people donate time, money, and effort to try and resolve the situation. But here, they count all the dead, and they don't color-code them by ethnic derivation.
Again, distinguishing between Israeli casualties and Palestinian casualties does not necessarily mean their deaths are deemed of unequal import or injustice.
I don't know what else to say; you have simply (chosen to?) misread my statement and responded to a value-judgement I did not make.
As for vigils in Port Townsend, it's a laudable effort, but do you think it is at all useful? Does it at all affect the situation? Does it save even one life?
>(who finds the ethnocentric view of the war)
>(to be at the root of its continuation)
Well, that may be, but I don't think ethnocentricism is going to go away any time soon. So we can either wring our hands and say "let's all be brothers and forget about ethnoi and nationalities" until everybody listens, or we can take different, more pragmatic steps, to cease bloodshed in this cursed land.
I happen to think what is at the root of the current bloodshed (as distinct from the root of the general Jewish/Israeli<-->Arab hostility) is the illegal and immoral settlement of the occupied territories by Israeli citizens. I think the primary reason people still die all around me is that no more than 20,000 Israelis are refusing and actively sabotaging any and all peace initiatives that include an evacuation of said settlements from the OT. These people, by their actions, are the fuel for the terrorists who have killed six Israelis today, and will kill more by the end of the week, and still more next week.
I happen to think that the so-called "settlers" will never evacuate peacefully, and that consequently Israeli cannot relinquish its control of the OT without going into civil war. I further think that this must happen before Israel can try to rebuild all that has been destroyed and poisoned by its occupation of another people.
And I don't need tears to make my point.