BY WILLIAM C. HENRY Two weeks ago, the U.N. Security Council voted down a Palestinian resolution granting it statehood status. Somewhat remarkably, the resolution was only one vote short of the nine required for passage. Guess who voted against it? “We voted against this resolution not because we are comfortable with the status quo,” said UN Ambassador Samantha Power. “We voted against it because … peace must come from hard compromises that occur at the negotiating table.” And thus did a dehumanized Palestinian mission once again take it up the ass from us and the rest of our ilk at the United Nations. Once more the Palestinians had demonstrated the unmitigated gall of requesting that their existence as human beings be recognized as being on a level at least approaching that of the Zionist usurpers who continue to forcibly occupy their lands — as they have for the past 65+ years — all the while depriving them of every human right said usurpers claim to hold dear.
Well, here’s an altogether magnanimous idea: how ’bout if the rest of the world’s so-called “civilized” governments spring for an online course in human decency for the likes of the United States, Australia, Nigeria, the UK, South Korea, Lithuania and Rwanda? France, Russia, China, Chile, Chad, Argentina, Jordan and Luxembourg probably needn’t contribute since they’ve apparently already completed one. Those in the former group, however, obviously couldn’t care less what unconscionably immoral misery Palestinians have to suffer — for eternity if need be — so long as Israel is GUARANTEED inviolable security for the remainder of its unnatural life. Who cares what indignity, what injustice, what outrage the Palestinians have to bear so long as Israel gets to maintain its pharisaical Elohim-/Adonai-
But then it’s ALWAYS been about Israel, hasn’t it? I mean, when has it EVER been about ANYTHING Palestinian? It’s ALWAYS been about Israel’s right to exist, no? When the hell has it EVER been about Palestine’s right to exist?! As a matter of fact, when the hell has it EVER been about ANYTHING pertinent, applicable, relevant, apropos or germane to ANY of the legitimate rights, grievances, concerns, wants or needs of the Palestinian people?! It has N – E – V – E – R been! Never in the annals of oppression have so many of the self-righteous so flagrantly ignored the desperation and despair, the sheer wretchedness, of so many of the egregiously wronged.
This morbid Middle Eastern opera may finally be reaching the fat lady’s solo, though. Following their reaming by the Security Council, the Palestinians have decided to resubmit the draft resolution that would impose a three year deadline on Israel to end its occupation of their lands. They’ve also applied for membership in the International Criminal Court. But, oh my, have these actions ever pissed off the Israeli and American governments! With what are no doubt some of the most classically sinister examples of “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”, Zionists and their sympathizers have reacted with vitriol ranging from agitated ire to lethal venom. The Obama administration is considering cutting off its annual aid, and Israel has already stated that it will cease returning in kind all of the taxes it currently collects from Palestinians. What should it tell us that the U.S. and Israel desperately want to prevent Palestinians from being able to bring charges of war crimes before an internationally participating independent investigative and determinative body?! It’s enough to make one wonder what indignity, what injustice they may yet feel entitled to inflict.
Sixty-five years and counting; sixty-five years of infamy and abomination and still it endures. One thing’s for certain: it will NOT last forever. Far sooner than later the tide will turn in the Palestinians’ favor. Far sooner than later a sufficient number of nations will discover consciences and tip to the Palestinians’ side. If Israel thinks for one minute that America is willing to go to war to insure the preservation of this kind of putrid status quo, they are sorely mistaken. Surely Refaat Alareer speaks for decency-seeking people everywhere when he writes: “There’s a Palestine that dwells inside all of us, a Palestine that needs to be rescued: a free Palestine where all people regardless of color, religion, or race coexist; a Palestine where the meaning of the word “occupation” is only restricted to what the dictionary says rather than those plenty of meanings and connotations of death, destruction, pain, suffering, deprivation, isolation and restrictions that Israel has injected the word with.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fed up early stage septuagenarian who has actually been most of there and done most of that. Born and raised in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. Quite well educated. Very lucky to have been born into a well-schooled and somewhat prosperous family. Long divorced. One beautiful, brilliant daughter. Two far above average grandsons. Semi-retired (how does anyone manage to do it completely these days?) and fully-tired of bullshit. Uncle of the Editor-In-Chief.