Ah, consider the American Indian, his noble mien and savage gaze!
What a wonderful specimen of humanity, proud and haughty, wild and mysterious…
How we love to see him in those old films, armed with bow and arrow tackling
white settlers with guns, pointlessly retaliating in a war of attrition we know he will
always lose. Pushed to the margins and penned into reservations, his buffalo killed off, his land appropriated, his culture destroyed. An eternal underdog we can safely root for since the battle is long over, the outcome safely determined. Manifest Destiny I think they called it. Today we call it Ethnic Cleansing.
Where is he now? What has become of him?
He and his family now live on 2.3% of US soil. 1 in 10 of his brothers and sisters will die of an alcohol-related illness. He is 10 times more likely to be unemployed and will likely live and die in poverty.
What of the Australian Aboriginal? What amazing people possessed of an ancient culture. How we marvel at their skill in navigating the land, finding water where there is none, producing an unceasing array of amazing art and mystical stories. We love to see them dance and allow a few to surprise us by competing in our sporting events or showcasing their artistic skills. How strange that their encounter with white invasion went so badly for them since they not organise and fight their occupiers in strength and numbers. I think they called it ‘smoothing the pillow of the dying race’.
Where are they now? What has become of them?
They and their kind were dispossessed, their country declared Terra Nullius and their children stolen from them wholseale. They live on the margins of society, bedevilled by poor diet, alcohol and substance abuse. Only 20 of over 200 of their languages remain.
Let us turn to the Palestinians. What can we say of them?
They continue to resist the fate of the Native American Indian and the Australian Aborginal. We punish them for that resistance. If they are defeated and their hopes for self-determination destroyed we will then colonise even the memory of their struggle. What do they have to lose?
Wow, that’s some title! You’ll have to bear with me while I try to do it justice and explain to you why the US will never lift a finger to help the Palestinians yet do everything it can to defend and assist the Israelis.
Perhaps there never was a man more appropriate to his time than Major-General Orde Charles Wingate. In 1936 this highly religious Plymouth Brethren was assigned to the then British Mandate of Palestine as an intelligence officer. With immediate effect he allied himself with the Jewish political leaders and became an ardent Zionist who saw his role in the creation of a Jewish State as part of his own religious duty and the literal fulfillment of Christian prophecy. To this end Wingate began training irregular units of British and Haganah (fore-runner of the IDF) known as Special Night Squads in guerilla warfare tactics. He personally led these units on collective punishment attacks against Arab villages. In fact, he so identified with Zionism that he came into direct conflict with British policy of the day and was removed from his post in 1939, having “gone native”. He was no longer carrying out British policy but following his own agenda. Today he is recognised as one of the founders of modern guerilla warfare and numerous streets, squares and places are named after him in Israel. Among those he trained were the first order of the future Israeli military including Moshe Dayan. There is much that could be said about Wingate and I have kept this biography brief in order to illustrate the two central points: as a devout Plymouth Brethren Wingate literally believed that it was necessary for a Jewish State to come into being before the Second Coming of Christ would occur; and he instilled into the Haganah that the best form of defence was attack.
For more see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orde_Wingate
We all know that a great many Americans have some pretty odd religious views. Whether these apply to abortion, capital punishment, education, foreign policy or whatever, the vast number of Americans believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, specifically the Old Testament. Whether they are fully formed eschatologists or simple fire-and-brimstone worshippers at the local Pastor Whackjob’s Church of the Holy Gun, a great many of them believe in End-Times, Raptures, and all manner of religious drivel. Orde Wingate believed it and so do many millions of Americans. To be clear and without wishing to delve too deeply into this morass of religious weirdness “Dispensationalists believe that the nation of Israel is distinct from the Christian Church, and that God has yet to fulfill his promises to national Israel. These promises include the land promises, which in the future world to come result in a millennial kingdom and Third Temple where Christ, upon his return, will rule the world from Jerusalem for a thousand years.” This is why, in a nutshell, the US Government will ALWAYS make common cause with Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. Of course the Israelis know this and exploit it as best they can. For any US Government to act contrary to the interests of Israel invites inevitable electoral backlash of the strongest kind. The Christian Zionists who eagerly await the Second Coming, before which the fulfillment of a Jewish State is a pre-requisite, also believe that when this miraculous event occurs the Jews will join with them as the Saved ascend to Paradise. Of course the Arabs occur nowhere in this eschatology other than as victims. They will not be saved then so why help them now? They will be God’s collatoral damage. So which extremists terrify you more? The crazed Moslem and his perverted paradise or the whackjob Zionist Christian who looks forward to the End Times and seems happy to help make that happen? Regardless, unless you share their madness you too are simply destined to be God’s Collateral Damage.
For more see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispensationalism
For any that are unclear as to the pedigree of the Israeli State that so firmly opposes terrorism whilst it occupies and oppresses its former host, I urge you to read the brief outlines of the history of Irgun and Lehi provided by Wikipedia. There you will learn that the State of Israel was founded on exactly the kind of terrorism it now condemns. Moreover, they do not disavow this history; they rejoice in it! Two long-serving former Prime Ministers of Israel were wanted terrorists: Begin & Shamir. The latter belonged to Lehi - an outfit so extreme they sought alliances with the Nazis and were avid and avowed fascists. Their methods included bombings, assassinations and massacres of civilians such as that of Deir Yassin. In the late 40s both organisations were integrated into the IDF and many members came to occupy prominent roles in Israeli society. Even today the IDF awards what is known as the Lehi Ribbon as an award for ‘bravery’. Such is their reverence for their own terrorism whilst condemning Hamas. The hypocrisy of the Israeli State is truly breathtaking.
Bought this lovely 1940s watercolour of what looks like Vesuvius from Capri for a tenner! (at Hampton UK)
EMG playing Astaire! (at Hampton Village)