Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Israel Resolution pt. 2

Remember how I wrote about Ryan Flynn's silly post over at MDE, accusing Representatives McCollum and Ellison of being cowards for voting present on a non-binding resolution supporting Israel's actions in the Gaza strip? Find it here.

Well, Flynn's comments could look sillier in light of this intense condemnation of the resolution over at Juan Cole's blog. Cole's blog is easily one of the most informed blogs on the middle east, and this post has some real bite. Sarah Shields is the author and she doesn't hold back. She sees the resolution that was passed as an action against civilians and against further peace in the middle east. You should really read the full post here, but here's a great nugget:

I accuse you [the 390 who voted for the Resolution] of making our ally, Israel, less secure than ever before, as the orphans of today seek vengeance in the future. Instead of seeking a real peace, a peace of mutual security and prosperity, you have chosen to support only one side in this ongoing struggle, condemning the others to enormous suffering.

I accuse you of putting politics before humanity, of condoning the slaughter of innocents, of supporting war crimes instead of standing up for the most basic human right: the right to live without the terrifying fear of immediate death.

I accuse you of putting politics before humanity, of condoning the slaughter of innocents, of supporting war crimes instead of standing up for the most basic human right: the right to live without the terrifying fear of immediate death.

I hold you responsible, each of these 390 members of America’s 111th Congress. I accuse you of complicity in the most serious transgressions that humans can commit.


I don't agree with all of it, but it is one of the strongest statements (the full text) that I've read in a while. Polemics are useful, if only for clarifying what you believe. Where do you stand?

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