It is really great to see that The Nation has published an editorial on the events near Gaza. A compelling humanitarian crisis has existed there, with the endorsement of the mainstream political establishment in the US, for forever and a day, and recently, as the Israelis have engaged in the full-scale strangulation of the people there, culminated in a moment of simultaneous despair and triumph. This poor, oppressed miserable people, cast aside by the wealthy and powerful of the Western world, has blown down a wall and bought, with its own money, a slightly extended lifespan.
It is shocking that the crisis in Gaza, in this climactic moment, has not registered a blip in the US presidential election.
To many, including myself, the US presidency can easily be reduced to one tangible result: body count. Every time a President is elected, the election's results can be communicated exactly and completely in terms of the resultant foreign body count. The election of a US President does not create net hope abroad for anything other than some measure of death, enumerated in the suffering and corpses of men, women and children.
Why in the name of God has the issue in the Gaza been given zero seconds of response by US presidential candidates--in particular, the supposed populist, humanitarians of the Democratic primary? Why is Barack Obama not forced by reporters to take a position on what's happening in Gaza? Why do women and children suffer so miserably while supposed feminist "icon" Hillary Clinton plays dice with photos of Tony Rezko?
The unaddressed plight in Gaza is yet another indictment of our political system--we claim the mantle of world leadership, yet our candidates have spent more time focused on whether Obama was rude to have not shaken hands with Hillary Clinton at the recent State of the Union Address than on the ongoing pathos of 1.5 million people who are subjects of a foreign policy agency that has a stranglehold on our government.
God save our souls as every last dollar and bullet is shipped to Israel and this poor suffering mass of people in Gaza, in the name of our mighty vacuous "democracy" and "freedom," is consigned to suffering and death.
Feb 3 2008 - 11:34pm