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Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Time To Ask

Jan 31st, 2011

How long can the nation of Israel maintain the position that it's very existence is dependent on preserving the oppressive regimes of it's neighbors? Yuval Ben Ami asks the question:

"According to Haaretz, the Israeli governmensent a message to world governments urging them to enhance their support of Mubarak’s regime in Egypt. The message urged that the stability of Egypt’s regime is beneficial to the stability of the entire middle east and thus must be preserved.
What is the value of our so called democracy if it can only flourish by keeping millions and millions out of democracy’s reach? We have been told for years that such occupation techniques as the construction of the separation barrier are neccesary to ensure the survival of “the Middle East’s only democracy”. We learned to accept that our democracy is dependent on human rights infringements. Now we learn that the scale of these infringements must be fantastically greater.
For 30 years Israel enjoyed the status quo with Egypt, while Egyptians suffered from tyranny, lacked freedom of speech and could not effect their own destiny. What message is Israel sending now? Does it truly imply that only a dictatorial Middle East will permit it to survive as a Jewish state?
Is this Jewish state such a fragile fantasy, that an entire region of the world must be kept imprisoned in order for it to thrive?" 
"How many people must be deprived of liberty so we can have ours? Can we only have our liberty by maintaining absolute dictators as allies? Are we really that scared?"


  1. Grey, apparently Israel and the United States wish to ensure that others have an inalienable right to, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of haplessness."

    Yes, I made that up. Cletis

  2. This is a very serious issue that has been festering for years. Most people really don't get that our relationship with Israel is the centerpiece of the deep anger against the west - particularly Americans. My late mother spent a lot of time in the mid-east during the early years as a singer on cruise ships and later as a radio interviewer. She was well aware of the underlying issues and not at all surprised at the anger towards the West.