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Palestinian Loss of Land and American Manifest Destiny

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If it were, say, Iowa, and Century Farmers had been evicted at gunpoint since WWII by more recent immigrants, things would look mighty different. (h/t Clipmarks friend Jimbo1000)
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Palestinian Loss of Land 1946-2005

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Tragically, Israelis may owe much to an American model. Their expansion so reminds me of the American doctrine called Manifest Destiny. It assumed all the territory that would become the USA was divinely given to white people. MD was used to justify the moving, killing, containment and lasting impoverishment of Native Americans. Indeed, westward expansion’s completion and total dominance of the indigenous people of the contiguous United States (not to mention Hawaii and Alaska) was only thirty years old at Israel’s birth in 1946: about as recent in American memory as the Vietnam conflict is today.

I would guess that the writings of the Hebrew Bible were used to encourage westward expansion in the USA; they are still, of course, the claim some Zionists stake (and some evangelicals support) to all the territory in and around Israel.

Such dominance—in either American or Israeli history—is starkly at odds with the ways of Jesus Christ, of course.

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What a Billion Muslims Really Think

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“[N]o one in Washington had any idea what 1.3 billion Muslims were thinking, and yet we were working on intricate strategies that were going to change the world for all time.” (-Jim Clifton, Gallup Chairman and CEO.) But there’s good news:

Muslims prayingIn order to discover what Muslims truly think, Gallup spent 6 years interviewing nearly 50,000 Muslims from 35 countries representing the most comprehensive analysis of the wishes, desires, grievances, complaints, and opinions of nearly 1.3 billion Muslims.

The results were collected and analyzed by John L. Esposito, a leading American expert on Islam and University Professor at Georgetown, and Dalia Mogahed, a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, in their new, groundbreaking work: “Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.

Get it? For the first time, ever, we have a basis for saying “most Muslims are of the opinion … “ And the conclusions may shake things up.

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When Muslims are asked, “Do they admire anything about the West?” contrast that to Americans when asked, “What do you admire about Muslims?” Read the rest of this entry »

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March 6, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Militarism: the new American virtue

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Several quotes are worthy of note in The Next War, And the Next, Part 1 by Jack A. Smith in the Asia Times (emphases are mine, of course):

  • We will export death and violence to the four corners of the Earth in defense of our great nation.” – President George W. Bush (quoted in Bob Woodward’s book Plan of Attack)

Ponder that over an à propos Nicholson cartoon:

Marriage of Fundamentalism and Militarism

Eewww. Now back to business:

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October 25, 2007 at 11:29 am

To the Person Sitting in Darkness

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Mark Twain – To the Person Sitting in Darkness
Servant at Ressentiment tipped me off to this haunting modern rendering of words of Mark Twain from the time of the Spanish-American war by Italian poets/filmmakers at Nuovoviautori.
Servant has here a link to the text as originally written in the New York Times of 1901 (and the NYT’s response), with more explanatory details.

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A brief history of Iran-US relations, part 1: Constitution to Khatami
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May 26, 2007 at 12:09 pm

And now, about that Iraqi oil …

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“How come?” one might wonder. “How come so much of the Middle East is poor when so much oil has been sold to the whole world?” Some go on to theorize that Arabs and Persians are simply inept or corrupt. Others lay the blame at the feet of Islam, and suggest that “Christian nations” more fairly distribute wealth.

But the truth is that western nations (read here USA and UK) have succeeded in diverting oil profits from those countries for a hundred years. And it’s about to happen again.

If you read A brief history of Iran-US relations, part 1: Constitution to Khatami, you’ll recall that eighty or ninety percent of Iranian oil profits during the first half of the 20th century ended up in Britain. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 22, 2007 at 1:57 pm