Congress votes (again) 390-5 to wholeheartedly condemn Hamas and support Israeli military aggression. Ron Paul voices resolution “is not in the interest of the United States; it’s not in the interests of Israel either.”
The House voted on Friday January 9th to pass House Resolution 34 which can be summed up with this short excerpt: The United States “calls on all nations to lay blame both for the breaking of the calm’ and for subsequent civilian casualties in Gaza precisely where blame belongs, that is, on Hamas.”
Umm, I don’t think this will find much support from the peoples of “all nations.” Now, the firing of Hamas’ highly inaccurate rockets into civilian areas is to be condemned. However, let us put things into some perspective here:
The Human Rights Watch reports that for 3 years from 2004-2007, ten (10) Israelis civilians were killed and zero (0) soldiers. Hamas rockets also killed two (2) Palestinian civilians as well. This latest attack was set off by the deaths of three (3) Israeli civilians and one (1) IDF soldier per the AP. So for 4 years, we have roughly (probably a few more) fourteen (14) Israelis dead and a couple Palestinians (most likely by mistake) by Hamas.
In retaliation, the Israelis have killed, at last count 828 Palestinians and wounded another 3,340 just in the latest attacks. Of the dead, it is fair to say that many are not from Hamas, and the claim is 235 children dead, 92 women dead, 62 elderly people dead, four local journalists dead and 12 medics dead per CNN.
This is a major case of overkill, and if one compares the Palestinian dead on a per capita percentage basis, it would be like 177,500 Americans dying over the last couple weeks, which is quite a bit larger than 9/11 (under 3000) and our Iraq-Afghanistan campaigns (about 5000).
Ron Paul repeated the same message as he did in a similar vote in 2008, where he was outvoted 404-1 as I wrote about in Part 5. This time around, four Democrats voted with Paul, notably including Dennis Kucinich. Read this Raw Story article and watch the video, Ron Paul started losing his cool near the end of his 2-minute statement.
Speaking for myself, I probably would have echoed Dr. Paul, but I might have also added this:
“As a country born in a righteous-but-bloody revolution of its own against the British, and the wrongful aggressor in the genocide and near-extermination of the indigenous Native American Indian population, America does not condone violence, murder, theft, and rape in any form where peaceful revolution remains a viable option. We believe in the right to self-determination and open, armed rebellion only as a response to onerous, oppressive force, both physical and economical.
“In order to disentangle ourselves from this conflict, America should withdraw all government-sponsored military and foreign aid from not only Israel, Palestine, and Hamas, but the rest of the world, especially in light of our current economic situation.
“Individual American citizens are encouraged to provide humanitarian aid to the oppressed civilian populations around the world since surely they are unarmed innocents and losers in these conflicts.
“Some may even, like Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff and former investment banker Rahm Emanuel, chose to fight on one side or the other. In Rahm’s case, he served as a mechanic for the IDF even though he never served a single day as an American serviceman. However, these individual decisions must not and cannot have any bearing whatsoever on the direction we will take.
“America has always been a home for the oppressed as is engraved on our Statue of Liberty:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!“
“To all Americans, if you believe this should still hold true today, contact your State legislature as an immigration decision of this type is certainly not a proper decision for your federal government to make as outlined in the Constitution, Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1. Perhaps our great country can make room for some of the 1.4 million Palestinian civilians, if they would be willing to leave their ancient lands, which have been defiled by so much killing and destruction for so many years.
Hey, that last bit was just a wild idea, I get them all the time, it’s an affliction of free thinkers.
Now, what do you think of it? I live in China, so don’t say we don’t have any room! We can even use our brand-new, government-paid, KBR-built “detention and processing” concentration camps! Heck, KBR even stated they were built in “the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the US, or to support the rapid development of new programs.” I bet there is even a little miniature Statue of Liberty at the gates of each one…. or will it say “Arbeit Macht Frei” instead?
Join the r3VOLution! Why? Well, for starters, our version of “camping” involves tents, some Smores, and star-gazing!
Jake is also a contributor to Nolan Chart.