Thursday, June 17, 2010

News from a little "Absurdistan" in the making; the oxymoronic "Jewish democracy"

Aren't they so magnanimous, or are they? 'Haaretz' reports: "The Prime Minister's Office announced on Thursday that the security cabinet had agreed to relax Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip, but as it turns out, no binding decision was ever made during the cabinet meeting." However, with the 'Guardian' telling us that Israel's decision to ease the blockade was given a cool response by the international community, we might be sure that binding or not the Israelis will go through the rigmarole of at leat appearing to partially lift the illegal siege of Gaza. Window dressing, of course, and is it not absurd that after their piracy on high seas that that international community doesn't clamp down on these people? There is no choice in this matter; this is an illegal blockade and it is both unacceptable and unsustainable.

In the meantime, Tony Blair provides his mates in Jerusalem with some spin and says that "the decision to allow foodstuffs and household items is a good start." However, we shouldn't be listening to a proven liar and war criminal and with Malcom Smart from Amnesty International, Oxfam's Olga Ghazaryan and Salam Kanaan, of Save the Children, all saying that the Israeli window dressing is insufficient, it really is time that someone put Jerusalem in its place.

Still, while that happening is extemely unlikely there is no need for us to be too pessimistic and with 100,000 ultra-Orthodox demonstrators thronging the Jerusalem streets in support of the Ashkenazi parents who refused to send their children to school with Shepardi girls, who knows the whole shebang might just implode. Sort of flounder on its innner contradictions, if you know what I mean; this oxymoronic "Jewish Democracy" and while their are some disgusting dictatorships, autarchies, absolute monarchies, here, there and everywhere, they can be hated but understood. Nevertheless, when it comes to "absurdity per se", things really don't get more absurder than they do in our little "Absurdistan" in the making. Yes, the whole shebang might implode but the people of Gaza don't have time to wait.

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