Dear Mr Netanyahu and your Canadian buddy, Stephen Harper:
We’ve just marked a day here that was originally meant to be all about remembering so we won’t forget how bloody, uselessly, senselessly awful war is and that we shouldn’t do it again. Now it’s all we do, all we care about. We R War.
We beggar our social programmes because we want the toys of the big boys, stealth bombers and big honkin’ ships; we want to be ‘muscular’, we want to ‘punch about our weight’! We wanna be in the big leagues, eh. We write messages on missiles destined for some unseen enemy out there.
Sorta like these ones right here. These terrorists of whom Bibi is so scared. He does a little bit of targeted killing – it used to be known as ESAE (Extra-judicial, Summary and Arbitrary Execution) in UN-ease – and who cares because, hey, it’s become cool, drones are the new ‘it’ weapon, KWOP (killing without price [to us]). Against such as these, this young woman and her tiny baby are those against whom Bibi needs ‘defence’ killed in the Orwellian-designated ‘Operation Pillar of Defence’. Ah huh. Shame on Israeli exceptionalists and their cheering squad, which includes our Prime Minister. Imagine dismissing this as an act of defence. Mr PM: we’re talking occupation, we’re talking open-air prison, we’re talking shooting fish in a barrel. The power imbalance, the death toll imbalance is staggering. Stop the killing, stop the repression.
Brothers, you came from our own people. You are killing your own brothers and sisters.. Any human order to kill must be subordinate to the law of God, which says, ‘Thou shalt not kill’. No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is high time you obeyed your consciences rather than sinful orders. The church cannot remain silent before such an abomination. …In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cry rises to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you: stop the repression.’ ~ Archbishop Oscar Romero, El Salvador, 1983 ~