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  • df2830 df2830 Aug 21, 2002 10:23 PM Flag

    let me make it clear for all of you!!!

    Israel is frequently referred to as a democracy. If so, then it
    is a democracy without a conscience, a country whose soul has
    been captured by a mania for punishing the weak, a democracy that
    faithfully mirrors the psychopathic mentality of its ruler,
    General Sharon, whose sole idea -- if that is the right word for
    it -- is to kill, reduce, maim, drive away Palestinians until
    "they break". He provides nothing more concrete as a goal for his
    campaigns, now or in the past, beyond that, and like the
    garrulous official in Kafka's story he is most proud of his
    machine for abusing defenceless Palestinian civilians, all the
    while monstrously abetted in his grotesque lies by his court
    advisers and philosophers and generals, as well as by his chorus
    of faithful American servants. There is no Palestinian army of
    occupation, no Palestinian tanks, no soldiers, no helicopter
    gun-ships, no artillery, no government to speak of. But there are
    the "terrorists" and the "violence" that Israel has invented so
    that its own neuroses can be inscribed on the bodies of
    Palestinians, without effective protest from the overwhelming
    majority of Israel's laggard philosophers, intellectuals,
    artists, peace activists. Palestinian schools, libraries and
    universities have ceased normal functioning for months now: and
    we still wait for the Western freedom-to-write-groups and the
    vociferous defenders of academic freedom in America to raise
    their voices in protest. I have yet to see one academic
    organisation either in Israel or in the West make a declaration
    about this profound abrogation of the Palestinian right to
    knowledge, to learning, to attend school.

    In sum, Palestinians must die a slow death so that Israel can
    have its security, which is just around the corner but cannot be
    realised because of the special Israeli "insecurity". The whole
    world must sympathise, while the cries of Palestinian orphans,
    sick old women, bereaved communities, and tortured prisoners
    simply go unheard and unrecorded. Doubtless, we will be told,
    these horrors serve a larger purpose than mere sadistic cruelty.
    After all, "the two sides" are engaged in a "cycle of violence"
    which has to be stopped, sometime, somewhere. Once in a while, we
    ought to pause and declare indignantly that there is only side
    with an army and a country: the other is a stateless dispossessed
    population of people without rights or any present way of
    securing them. The language of suffering and concrete daily life
    has either been hijacked, or it has been so perverted as, in my
    opinion, to be useless except as pure fiction deployed as a
    screen for the purpose of more killing and painstaking torture --
    slowly, fastidiously, inexorably. That is the truth of what
    Palestinians suffer. But in any case, Israeli policy will
    ultimately fail. Edward Said

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