Monday, July 31, 2006

The swimming pool massacre at Qana

The Israeli press release on the massacre at Qana contains the text of the warning given by the IDF to local civilians, in the usual obscene effort to explain the massacre in terms of not obeying the IDF warnings (my emphasis in red):

“To all citizens south of the Litani River

Due to the terror activities being carried out against the State of Israel from within your villages and homes, the IDF is forced to respond immediately against these activities, even within your villages. For your safety! We call upon you to evacuate your villages and move north of the Litani River.

This massacre is part of the ongoing efforts by the IDF to grab the Litani River to fill settler swimming pools.  They are not even trying to hide the connection. 

Condi Rice, who couldn’t think of any possible good reason for a ceasefire (I dunno, but keeping civilians from being killed is one that springs to mind), is now going down in history as one of the great war criminals of all time.  I doubt that she cares, but when you look ‘Condi Rice’ up in a reference work 1000 years from now (if there still are human beings around), there will be a picture of the massacre at Qana, and nothing more.

At the end of the day, Condi will stage-manage a way for the Israeli politicians and generals to withdraw from Lebanon with dignity, leaving behind a husk of a country, and nobody will pay any price, as always.  There seems to be nothing that any normal human being can do to stop them.  Here’s a small suggestion.  Why don’t we reappropriate the term ‘Holocaust’, just as some jokers have reappropriated the term ‘gay’, in order to refer solely to the Zionist attacks on the Arabs, including this most recent massacre at Qana.  They can’t stop us from talking (yet), and the Zionist misappropriation of the perfectly good word ‘holocaust’ has provided one of the chief propaganda weapons of the ongoing colonialist war against Arabs and Muslims.  Whenever you hear the term ‘Holocaust’, assume the speaker is talking about the mass slaughter of Arabs by the Jews, and refuse to accept that it could mean anything else.  ‘Holocaust survivor’, one of the most misused terms of all, will refer solely to those Palestinians, Lebanese and Iraqis who are suffering under the effects of Zionist violence.  Given what the Jewish people are doing – and let’s have no nonsense about who is responsible for these outrages – they have given up the right to use the language for their political propaganda.