Sunday, July 07, 2002

The BBC has obtained a video which shows an Israeli tank in Jenin firing, at close range, at a group of civilians who were running away from the tank. They killed 6-year-old Ahmad Abu Aziz and his 13-year-old brother Jamil. In their defence, the Israelis claim that the tank crew opened fire to deter Palestinians breaking a curfew and approaching them. I won't ask about the unbelievable injustice of the curfew and the imposition of military rule over the Palestinians. I can't even be bothered to comment on the specifics of this latest slaughter (although perhaps the international community can start to see the fruits of letting the Israelis get away with the earlier massacre at Jenin). This sort of outrage is now so common from the Israelis, who fall all over themselves telling us what 'humanitarians' they are, that it is no longer worth even bothering to remark about. It's no worse than we expect from them. I do, however, have one question for the Israelis. In time, the violent punks who are in these tanks, who gratuitously brutalize the Palestinians at the military checkpoints, who easily steal from and vandalize the homes of the Palestinians they arbitrarily decide to take over, and who generally act like a roving street gang of thugs, are going to grow up. These are exactly the type of psychopaths who will end up running Israel (if you want to see what they look like when they 'grow up', just look at Sharon). What is Israel going to look like in twenty or thirty years when all its government and all its businesses are run by characters who might have come right out of "A Clockwork Orange"?