Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.
The toxicity of greedy European Colonialism, a Sykes-Picot that created ‘The Middle East’ and its ‘Nations‘ , The Balfour Declaration, The Holocaust and European/American Guilt, legitimized the Zionism of atheist Theodor Herzl. Never fear the Neo-Conservative Intelligentsia, in the person of @BretStephensNYT, repeats the Zionist Party Line of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel! Or just call it part of a manufactured theology born of an ersatz modernized tribalism!
Israel has its own Warsaw Ghetto: call it what it is the Concentration Camp of Gaza. Gaza is totally reliant, of being reduced to a calorie count of just maintaining a marginal existence. The land and sea blockade make the total control by Israel of all imports into Gaza a fact, as does the cowardly American acquiesce to such an egregious violation of human rights!
America gave $38 billion in military aid ,over a ten year period, to Israel in 2016. A state that has between 100 and 200 nuclear bombs, and the means to deliver them to targets in the region, that is not a signatory to any nuclear arms agreement. Mordechai Vanunu is the whistle-blower that revealed to the world the fact of a nuclear armed Israel. He remains to this day a Prisoner of Conscience.
A nation that continuously re-enacts the conditions of their European oppression, upon the indigenous peoples that they have shared lands for millennia.: the Settler Movement, and their zealotry, of seizing land by ‘law‘, for more room for grandma’s kitchen, and burning down Palestinian olive groves are the vanguard of contemporary Zionism. As is the blundering, not to speak of corrupt, Ultra-Nationalist Netanyahu. The question that occurs: Are Fascism and Zionism compatible forms of politics?
Karl Kraus’ Ghost