This has touched upon stuff I've been thinking about for a few weeks now, mostly in preperation for, presumably, having to defend myself for the next three months in a class on Unionism; responsibility lies with those who have power over those who do not. Those with power create the structure in which all are forced to live. To create a structure as hopelessly, mindlessly self destructive as Israel and then turn round and go on about angetial causes for action is pathetic, lazy, ignorant and willfully destructive through its tacit approval for the perpetuation of the situation.
Those with power should be forced to take the majority of the blame for any action that they have pushed others in to. You simply cannot ghettoize almost an entire fucking subnational grouping and blame them for reacting, but you can blame opeople for fucking ghettoizing an entire subnational group.
Yes, Israelies who die in suicide bombings are unfortunate, innocent victims and their families deserve support and their people deserve to have the threat of suicuide bombings taken away from them, but killing everyone who, in the charming, moderate words of Clive James, 'looks like a suicide bomber'** isn't the way to go about it. You can't legitimise the use of force and then wonder why it is considered legitimate; Realist assumptions only work if everyone involved is working from a Realist point of view.
No one anymore thinks that states have a legitimate monopoly on force for a variety of reasons: increased democracy has simply weakened our sub-Hobbesan respect for the state through direct participation and a free press meaning eveyrone simply knows more now; the use of terror and the increaseing primacy of non-military targets going right back to Churchill's mustard-flavour lively terror on the Kurds (remember the Kurds?); retroactive legitimisation of terrorist actions such as in South Africa (this is, of course, a good thing, but still highlights the problem with semantics we're dealing with here); and the rise and rise of state terrorism viewed as a legitimate form of coercive diplomacy by other means. That and the fact that Arab terrorists simply don't view our states as legitimate, and so our use of force obviously isn't, and we've created a world where terrorism / military intervention is now a dichotomy almost entirely in the eys of the beholder.
This is like complaining that black people don't help the Metropolitan Police, and homeless crack addicts forced out of the house because of insane levels of debt: the problem lies with the structure within which actions take place, and until that is tackeled, how can anyone be expected to stop reacting to it?
In this situation it is both foolish to attempt to force an arbitary distinction between two different uses of force, both of which are equally wrong, as well as hypocritical to point to the victims of structural atrocities and blame them for agnetial ones.
Jenny Tonge's great, isn't she?
*My line on the the Blair thing.
**For context, this was said on This Week when justifying his idea for increased airport security on Arab's asses. he didn't say 'so far, every suicide bomber has been an Arab', he did actually say that 'so far, every suicide bomber has looked like a suicide bomber'. It's a good job I might be the only person in the universe to actually wartch This Week.
I can't help but feel, Needledick, that the point isn't that they're 'being released back on to the streets of this country without the evidence against them being tested' but that THERE ISN'T ANY FUCKING EVIDENCE TO TEST.
Notice how, when white people get arrested in Greece they're actually the physical embodiment of the rights of the freeborn Englishman? I can't wait for the 'they were visiting their family' line to get retorted with ' well fi they have family there then what are they doing here?'
No, wait, that's a lie; I think I might actually just start beating Sun readers up for being in my fucking personal space if that happens.
Yes! This is what we like! Does the Sun really understand so little?
In other news, now that I am not being forced to live with my hallmates for the next three years (God. Bless. Barbelith.), I seem to be able to put up with them a lot better. Not least because half of them can't seem to find houseing for next year, but also because there is a clearly defined time limit on how manyt more times they're gonna tell me that hip hop is all bitches and hoes, and that they should ahve more respect for women, and that Missy's too fat (still) and Brody Dale's too fucking ugly to be one of the best 50 guitarists of the next year and that women can't play guitar and that the good thing about Outkast is that even though they're black, they're not really hip hop.