Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Syrians right to exist

According to the actions (or inactions) of some European nations, one could easily assume that Syrians are less than human. True, throngs of Syrians are flocking across Europe – some with reckless abandon – but with good cause. Which is, the right to exist. The harrowing refugee narrative has the polarising force to beg the abhorrent question: Do Syrians have the right to exist? That we must ask such a question is bad enough. That some of us forget that Syrians are human is perhaps worse.

Is Syria so different than other Middle Eastern and Gulf regional states? If you think the GCC is nothing more than a US/British protectorate governed by dictators, then you would be right. That the rest of the Middle East – excluding Lebanon – is an authoritarian haven rife in tyranny and oppression has long been verified by decades of unmistakable facts on the ground. Recent years have seen a shift in totalitarian behaviour – Tunisia and, to a lesser extent, Algeria - come to mind, but don’t think “peaceful protests” is an easy endeavour in the Arab/Islamic world.

The geographical state of Syria today is a by-product of a French-mandate post WWI. Despite gaining independence in 1945 as a parliamentary republic, Syria has always been surrounded by the stench of dictatorship and so, accordingly, followed suit. I often then wonder why Syria is prohibited from being a dictatorship while everyone else is given a pass! 

Does Syria cow-tow to western foreign policy? No. Do Western military bases/installations dot its land? No. Are its oil and gas reserves given to and sold cheaply to the west? No. So not being a western lackey has its perks and, unfortunately, its pitfalls (Just ask Iran). The entire Middle East – to varying degrees – was redrawn by the French, British and American governments in order to act as satellite states to serve their plutocratic interests – but not Syria! 

I recall opening my ancient history textbook in grade 11 for the first time and reading about the Sumerians and Mesopotamians. I know the Sumerians have all but vanished but what about the Mesopotamians? Just ask the British. Iraq is the recently renovated and refurbished version of Mesopotamia, spawned by British and American interests and later catapulted into a colossal dictatorship whose prime engine was no other than the western-backed Saddam Hussein. 

So what’s the point of highlighting western meddling in installing autocratic dictators throughout the middle east and gulf region in order to extract resources and install military bases to maintain a “manifest destiny” whose only adherents are a unique brand of apocalyptic acolytes? Amongst other obvious reasons, it’s A-OK (predominantly) for the US of A to install the best of the best autocratic despot if only they are willing to jump off a cliff, no matter how high! 

In which case Saudi Arabia shoots to first place like a rocket! That leviathan of public beheadings, that misanthropic misogynist of women’s existence, has – with American collusion and its polarising media – taken the moral high ground. So much so that it has the indignantly righteous audacity to tell the world how lost and wayward Syria is and how only the “kingdom” can steer it correctly onto the course of peace and prosperity! The irony, of course, is insufferable – made worse by the fact a Saudi was recently appointed to head a key UN human rights panel! 

So yes, of course, Syrians have the right to exist. But they do not require the vetting and approval of the USA (The United States of Arabia) in order to claim that right. Does Syria need to change politically? Yes. We have established  the fact the geopolitical stripes of the Syrian government is a by-product of western intervention and its bloodthirsty lust for bloodthirsty tyrants acting as western plutocratic agents over the last century. Do we want a Saudi-like government in place of Assad? If you answer yes to this question, then maybe humanity has no future.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lost, never found

With heart slowly annexed, her lungs scream for air.
With soul attentively enslaved, her shadow lurks everywhere.
A mind so carefully encased, hence a voice bereft of sound.
And now a vessel holed bereft, she is there, never to be found.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

To de-exist

An epiphany struck me late last night. I now truly understand why Israel wants the Palestinian's to accept their right to exist. Allow me to elaborate.

Israel's right to exist is at the expense of Palestine's right to existence. Therefore, how can an occupying force, such an Israel, ask the very people it occupies, the Palestinians, to accept its right to exist, when, in doing so, would be accepting Israel's continued dispossession of their land and any chance of acquiring nationhood?

Would you, for example, allow a thief to rob you and, in the same breath, ask of you his right to continually rob you until you acquiesce to his ludicrous demand? Of course not. And would you allow such a routine to continue for 62 years? The same answer shall do.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Ethnocracy of it all!

Israel’s decision to make all goyim wanting citizenship within its undefined and ever-expanding borders swear an oath of allegiance is one step closer to realising the return of the Kingdom of David. An Ethnocracy is a form of government where government officials of a particular ethnic group (Jews) hold a number of government posts disproportionately large to the percentage of the total population in order to advance their position at the detriment of others (Palestinians).

This definition defines Israel’s governmental system perfectly. As Israel sees its Zionist goal of reclaiming all of historic Palestine hindered by a demographic, “fifth-column” time-bomb which constitutes 20% of the population, it has pulled out all stops to further discriminate against the Bantustan-ghettoized Palestinian population. If anyone needed further clarification of Israel’s obvious supremacist legislation, one need only read from Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy: "Remember this day. It's the day Israel changes its character ... From now on, we will be living in a new, officially approved, ethnocratic, theocratic, nationalistic and racist country."

What is even more disturbing is this “pledge” requires applicants to swear an oath of allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. A Jewish and democratic state? The fact that a government is ethnocratic negates any connection to democracy. And a law that forces an already discriminated ethnic group to pledge allegiance to a particular religion – Judaism – can only hold democracy in contempt. And remember, this oath is applicable to any non-Jew applying for naturalization not via the Law of Return.

The intended consequences? Sadly, the slow and painful death of Palestinian land, culture, identity and existence – in a homeland called Palestine. How can Israel ask a stateless people, whom they occupy, to say they have a right to exist when the Palestinians have no right to existence? Imagine a man stealing your car and saying, “I have a right to own and drive a car.” And you would say, “Yes you do, but not my car!” And the fact that Israel’s greatest benefactor has allowed this pillage, plunder and annexation to continue for 43 years defies belief. So get ready. The ethnocratic return of the Kingdom of David is nigh.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Western Interventon: Saviour or Virus?

Does an increase in Western interevntion in the affairs of a sovereign nation increase its potential for domestic and international terrorism?

Taking and No Giving

Does dispossessing the land of Palestine help protect the State of Israel?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Do you recognise Israel's right to exist?

Based on basic human and democratic principles, I cannot accept a supremacist, illegally occupying force that expands at the expense of a nation that wants nothing more than the basic recognition of its heritage, culture, identity - and existence - as a viable, independent state.

No, I cannot accept Israel’s right to exist as a supremacist state.

But I do recognise that Israel is a supremacist state that has become no more than a colonising pariah that wishes to eradicate any trace of a nation once called Palestine.