What We Say and What We Do

From: Democracy Now!

“We have brought torture,
cluster bombs, depleted uranium,
innumerable acts of random murder,
misery, degradation and death
to the Iraqi people and
call it ‘bringing FREEDOM
and democracy to the Middle East.'”

– Harold Pinter (1930-2008)

Read/Watch/Listen to Pinter’s Nobel Acceptance Speech

Kucinich: UN should investigate Israeli Gaza strikes — “this…is disproportionate indiscriminate mass violence”

From: Raw Story

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) called for an independent investigation to be led by the United Nations into the recent eruption of violence between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza strip that has killed scores of innocent civilians.

Monday brought a third day of Israeli bombing Gaza in what the state is calling its “all-out” war on Hamas. So far, 345 people have been killed by the bombs. At least 57 of the dead are civilians, including 21 children, according to the UN.

Kucinich said he wrote to UN General Secretary Ban ki-Moon urging an “independent inquiry of Israel’s war against Gaza.” The Democratic lawmaker said Israel’s attacks are an example of “collective punishment,” which violates the Geneva Conventions.

“The perpetrators of attacks against Israel must also be brought to justice, but Israel cannot create a war against an entire people in order to attempt to bring to justice the few who are responsible. The Israeli leaders know better,” Kucinich said in a news release Monday. “The world community, which has been very supportive of Israel’s right to security and its right to survive, also has a right to expect Israel to conduct itself in adherence to the very laws which support the survival of Israel and every other nation.”

Kucinich compared the latest bombing campaign to Isreal’s earlier strikes at southern Lebanon targeted at Hezbollah. Then too, he said, civilians were killed, infrastructure was destroyed and lawlessness took hold in the country.

“All this was, and is, disproportionate, indiscriminate mass violence in violation of international law. Israel is not exempt from international law and must be held accountable,” he said. “It is time for the UN to not just call for a cease-fire, but for an inquiry as to Israel’s actions.”

President Bush, on the other hand, has signaled a continuation of his firm support for Israel.

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How Come Israelis Can Criticize Israel, But Americans Can’t?

From: George Washington’s Blog

There has been scathing criticism of Israel’s attack on Gaza in the Israeli press. For example, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, Haaretz, has run the following stories about the attacks:

Whether or not you agree with these opinions, the point is that they can be expressed in Israel.

In America, people are lambasted for even raising the issue of whether Israel could possibly do anything wrong.

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My Favorite Phil Keaggy Song: “March of the Clouds”

Some songs go sideways. Many pull people down. But this rockets straight up — it’s so clean and pure — and infinite as to how high we can go!

A 1-minute tribute from the stupendous middle section

The March of the Clouds

A few of the YouTube comments:

“playing with the finger and the plectrum of God, he could calm an army of sauls.”

“This is the song that God plays at the cloud factory :)”

“If I had to define Phil Keaggy musically, I’d say this: His greatest talent and gift, I believe, isn’t just that he plays so well – its that he also knows exactly where and how to hang each note – as if he’s decorating with the music. He’s an artist more than a guitar player. He just paints with music.”