I get sick at heart and sick and tired of hearing the world does not care about Gaza and Israel.
Plenty of people care.
But, do they care, do they act, do they have a program about everything else in the world related to the events that lead to Gaza, almost all of which is open for all to see?
Maybe, if they did, we would have a real Opposition, a Resistance and not have a Gaza.
I might ask equally, for example, how is it in the US that 3,000 and more of its own citizens are dead from 9/11 and its damage, horror and many repercussions go UNCHALLENGED! Not to mention anthrax scares.
Why are not people out on the streets in the US demanding an investigation, heads rolling, etc?
It's not even a subject for official discussion.
Why is it two or three BILLION people on this planet suffer, live with and die from extreme hunger and/or malnutrition, homelessness, disease, endless wars, poverty, despair, hopelessness, unemployed, underemployed, overworked and underpaid employed EVERY SINGLE DAY and people are not in the streets in horror, including the US which has an army of poor, homeless, malnourished, impoverished, destitute wandering and roaming its urban streets.
Why does this situation chronically perpetuate itself?
Why and how?
And, in addition, why is it something so fundamental and simple as a universal single-payer health care system in THIS country cannot be accomplished?
Why is it that multi-billions of working class taxpayer dollars can be stolen from the US Treasury and given as gifts to Citigroup and multiple other private multinational corporations and interests, while American workers and industry gets sold off, out and down the drain, as a corollary of the poverty mentioned above?
How does this happen and no riots, strikes, political repercussions ensue?
And US national assets, natural resources, heavy industry and money supply remain in private hands to be controlled willy-nilly by them?
How is it this happens??
When people can begin to answer the above questions and tie it all together and act upon it, then, they can do something about Gaza.
Not until then.
Instead, here, we have the Fake, Opportunistic foundation, private and state sponsored Left, and various and other sundry Trotskyite groupings and Islamists yelling and screaming about the big, bad, horrible Zionist, Jewish state of Israel against the Arab, Muslim Palestinians.
Of course, Israel, whether or not defined religiously, operates in lieu of and for the interests of PRIVATE Western, Russian, Arab, Iranian and you name it capital.
Capital does not distinguish itself religiously or ethnically, altho, we do now have another mythologically created category of "Islamic" finance.
I hear no objections or exposes to that Fascist created absurdity, either.
But, I have another example about the above from the nixed Dow and Kuwait Chemical joint venture.
Keep in mind, the Dow-K chemical deal, as THEY refer to it, was opposed by the Kuwaitis BEFORE events in Gaza transpired.
Their opposition is NOT a direct consequence of Gaza.
I can only say if one, I repeat, emphasize, just one, MAJOR victory of this sort/kind occurred in the US, the entire power equations would shift.
It would be a seismic earthquake:
But, better to scream, yell, demonstrate and REACT about the Nazi Israel state and Gaza and prove one's moral and Left bona fides then to confront and do something specific to challenge and change ANY of the concrete global and domestic power relationships expressed above which lead to and enable events in Gaza.
Certainly, under no circumstance, do not confront our Fascist union leadership, here, and their pension fund investments, their rabid anti-Communism, their anti-nationalization, pro-privatization, or organize the unorganized or much of anything else.
All of the above is hard, dangerous, difficult work.
So, let's not talk openly about it and air the dirty laundry.
Let's just sweep it under the rug.
So, I am NOT planning to march about Israel and Gaza and join with any of the opportunistic fake Left and Opposition, above.
Not because I do not care about Gaza and the Palestinians.
Precisely because I do care.
I will not give legitimacy to political opportunism and expediency on a grand scale, including that of the Islamists and Iran for whom the Palestinians are truly sacrificial lambs.
I can only repeat a truism, which is why it is a truism:
Get your own house in order FIRST and the rest will follow.
So, Kudos to those wonderful, marvelous kids in Greece who set a global example and, at minimum, did more to challenge, confront and bring out class issues above than the entire labor movement in the US combined.
And, then, there is/was Turkey's enormous, ferocious, tenacious, principled, ongoing opposition to their Fascist, Islamic AKP and the AKP's passion to sell state enterprises.
And, then, there is/was the aborted General Strike in Lebanon, sabotaged by Iranian sponsored Hezbollah.
And, as well, militant labor resistance to privatization in Pakistan, again, NOT helped by reactionary, fake Islamists, including Egypt. And, elsewhere. And, that includes Iran.
And, an irresistable New Year's ending or beginning comment about this past year, 2008, US Democratic Presidential Primary and Hillary Clinton's pilloried campaign and the idiotic, ignorant either willful or not incorrect political analysts and responses.
Hillary Clinton and hubby are clearly a part of the Fascist Establishment.
We all know that. It's a given.
Together, they have been bought and purchased, just like Obooma.
BUT as a consequence of the debauched chicanery and challenge of the Obooma mafia primary campaign, a nascent united front, a resistance of sorts, coalesced surrounding Hillary's campaign.
Blowback ensued, primarily, as I said, due to their dirty tactics.
This development was obviously an unexpected, unanticipated event. Hillary was supposed to have been knocked out early in the primary. This did not occur. And, she resisted, whatever her reasons. She spent some of her own money and even went into debt.
Even the stupid, backwards, reactionary, white working class that OBOOMA'S campaign called them in West Virginia and Pennsylvania who overwhelming rejected Obooma, had the good sense to either see through or resist SOME of the hype and railroading shenanigans in Obooma's campaign.
As the tenacity of Hillary's campaign developed, it and they morphed into a broader based, symbolic resistance and opposition to the heavy handed, underhanded, omnipresent, historical, dirty tricks and tactics of the Democratic mafia machine, especially Chicago, and both she and her supporters transcended into something they were not at the beginning, a nascent broad based coalition and potential MOVEMENT.
She and they stood at an historic crossroads.
She/they HAD A CHOICE.
THEY/SHE, together, COULD have challenged the hierarchy of the corrupt Democratic Party machine, its agenda and/or BOLTED from the Democratic Party and combined themselves into an independent, broad based united front against Fascism and MOVEMENT which would have presented the country with a significant power base and political alternative.
All the objective conditions existed in SPITE of Hillary's background.
This was the BIG threat to the Establishment represented by Hillary and the people behind her and their spontaneous MOVEMENT.
Unintentionally, a political Frankenstein monster was created threatening to move beyond their control.
Perish the thought it is/was class based.
And, as I contend, THIS was the reason both Hillary and her followers and the potential mass movement they represented HAD to be dismantled, dissolved and, as much as possible, bought and brought back into line, coopted into the Presidential campaign and the officially sanctioned power conduit of the Democratic Party.
And, perhaps, as well, at the point of her maximum power and leverage, Hillary reached a deal with Democratic officialdom for her present position as Secy of State.
As I said in a previous blog regarding Hillary, "you coulda been somebody," to quote/paraphrase Brando's famous line in the movie about the mafia,
"On the Waterfront."
Instead, Hillary will become an historical footnote.
Of course, while this explains Hillary's possible deal with Democratic officialdom, it does not excuse, justify or rationalize the typical pattern of behaviour and collaboration by everybody else named above, organized Fascist led Labor, our fake Left etc. who willingly obliged by dissolving their nascent, broad based coalition in favor of the other Fascist led, mafia, Democratic candidate, Obooma.
So, be adults.
Take responsibility for what you have done and change yourselves FIRST and foremost.
Then, the rest of the world will fall into place and not the other way around.
In conclusion, maybe I should add to everybody else's New Years reading list, if they have not already done so, Lenin's classic polemical pamphlet, presentation,
"Left Wing Communism, An Infantile Disorder."
One need only update it slightly to accommodate the present. True of everything classic.
And, finally, speaking of classics, I left this article about Israel-Gaza for the end because I thought it a possible controversial distraction from the emphasis of my main points, above, at the beginning.
The following presentation is more or less an accurate description of how the Israeli-Gaza conflict plays itself out in the US and what I, too, receive in my e-mail inbox, with far worse, totally wrong, incorrect, disgusting to me historical references, analysis and analogies from the fake, opportunistic opposition, Left and moral thought police.
However, I would hope that people reading the following realize that the specific political-economic relationships and causes for the very reasons we are in the Middle East in the first place, the GCC bubble, privatization, counter-revolution, which I constantly present in my blogs and are my central thesis, are not mentioned below, nor is Iraq, for that matter.
So, that's my caveat.
And Iraq's shoe tosser, Muntadar al Zaidi's, trial has been postponed indefinitely and his torture overshadowed by the Israel-Gaza conflict.
So, the following headline,
"Israel is the Opium of the People and Other Taboos"
(or, I could paraphrase it and say,
Israel, a Weapon of Mass Distraction):