Monday, January 12, 2015

Who benefits from being Charlie: "I am NOT Bibi Netanyahu!"

      Clearly this subject has already been covered in the media news cycle ad nauseam but I still can't stop thinking about the "I am Charlie" concept.  Was the idea behind all those people who held up "I am Charlie" posters supposed to be about protecting free speech?  Really?  Then why isn't everyone carrying "I am Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden" posters too?  Or demanding that the police stop arresting guys who falsely yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater or deliberately start barroom brawls?

     Or if those "I am Charlie" posters are in protest of armed thugs in Paris gunning down civilians in cold blood, then why isn't everyone in Paris also carrying posters proclaiming "I am Iraq" or "I am Syria" or "I am Palestine" or "I am Ukraine" or Libya or Mali or....  You get the picture.

      All those people holding up signs protesting the slaughter on Rue Nicolas-Appert might actually think that they too are "Charlie" -- and that's fine.  Terrible things happened to the employees of Charlie Hebdo.  No one should ever have to suffer the fate of being shot down in cold blood, and thus the victims deserve to be mourned.  However I myself chose NOT to be Charlie Hebdo, a vicious slimy obscene rag clearly designed to stir up religious tensions in France.
     And I also choose not to be any other bigots or terrorist troublemakers who clearly delight in trying to stir up religious tensions in France, crassly using others' religious differences to pave their own way to riches and power -- and yet who have the ultimate and offensive hypocrisy and nerve to show up for the French "I am Charlie" marches with innocent smiles on their faces.  "Who us?" they innocently proclaim -- after doing everything they possibly can to stir up bigotry against Muslims.

     I am NOT Avigdor Liberman

     I am NOT Naftali Bennet

    And I am definitely NOT Bibi Netanyahu.

    These three guys and their cohorts seem to be always at the center of any religious tension or terrorist attack almost anywhere in the world -- starting in 1948 when the Stern Gang blew up the King David Hotel and Moshe Dayan's "army" slaughtered Christian and Muslim Palestinians left and right in order to steal their land.  “Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East,” a Jesuit priest stated back then.  And that's still true today.

     Israel's sleazy military-industrial complex then went on to be an uber-cheerleader for America when our own sleazy military-industrial complex bombed Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yugoslavia, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and I forget what all else.  And Israeli neo-cons themselves have bombed Palestine, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and I forget what all else too -- not to mention their documented ongoing support for ISIS and Al Qaeda.

      If bombs, missiles, white phosphorus, tanks, false-flag operations, F-16s, tear gas or even bottle-rockets are involved, Bibi and these guys are so there! 

     Millions dead in the Middle East?  I call that terrorism.  And yet Bibi and his minions actually had the chutzpah to march in Paris "against terrorism," according to Paris Match.  Yeah, right. 

     Yet who benefited from the Charlie Hebdo incident?  Let's see.  According to Paul Craig Roberts, it's the American military-industrial complex that benefited. 
"Not France, not Muslims, but US world hegemony.  US hegemony over the world is what the CIA supports.  US world hegemony is the neoconservative-imposed foreign policy of the US."

     But as they say in poker, "I'll see Roberts and raise him."  Netanyahu benefited.  Apparently, right before the Charlie Dodo incident was staged, France had just announced that it might be backing off supporting sanctions on Russia.  What?  No immediate prospect of World War III?  No big Israeli weapons sales?  Bibi must have been tres disappointed!

     France had also just announced that it was gonna recognize the Palestinian state.  OMG!  That must have totally pissed Netanyahu off.

    Also, our Bibi is having trouble finding settlers to occupy his many illegal condos in Palestine's West Bank.  But he just loves French Jews -- and hopes to scare them enough to force them to flee to Israel and live rent-free on Palestinian land.  Heck, I like Israel well enough.  Wouldn't mind living there myself.  It's a nice place.  Heck, even the Palestinians used to like living there too.  But it's the Israeli neo-cons' blood-thirsty hypocritical scheming military-industrial-complex-flaunting neo-con national-socialist leaders that I do not respect or cannot like.

     And I'm not being anti-Semitic here.  Let's leave all that religious bigotry to Charlie Hebdo.  I am only being a student of American-Israeli neo-con "Realpolitik" (Rāˈälpōliˌtēk/:  A system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations).  And Realpolitik has nothing to do with religion.

     Good grief, I'm so glad that I'm NOT Netanyahu.

     And I also feel nothing but compassion for all the billions of Muslims, Christians and Jews who are being subjected to his vile manipulations. 
I also feel nothing but compassion for the hostages in the kosher supermarket who were also victims of Bibi's lust for money and power and to create chaos throughout the world -- even if it means putting the all world's Jews in danger again.
PS:  What is going to happen next in France?  Or in Israel and the United States too, for that matter.  As my friend R.J. suggests, let's follow Norway's heroic example after the dreadful 2011 massacre there and stop spending our patrimony on guns, bombs, war and alienation and start spending that money on integrating our nations' diversity into our national bank of excellent human resources instead.
      We've already wasted a hundred trillion dollars on "war" so far, only to discover again and again that violence doesn't ever work.  Not in the Middle East, not in Ukraine, not in Paris, not at the World Trade Center and not in Ferguson either.  Just imagine if we had spent all that money on education, jobs, and integrating our society into a smooth-running democratic machine instead. 

      To paraphrase Thomas Piketty, "You can't have a political democracy unless you have an economic democracy too."  And "war" has ruined -- absolutely ruined -- the economic democracy of both Israel and the USA.  And probably France too.