I don't want to talk about this too much, because just thinking about about the massacre, the willful murder of at least nine people on board of a humanitarian aid flotilla en route to the Gaza ghetto by the Isreali "Defense" Forces just turns my stomach.
I don't want to talk about ti too much, because I cannot believe that it's okay for a country to simply disregard international law and not get called on it by anybody. And don't tell me that our "leaders" have reacted properly. What did they say? What the fuck did they all say?
"We regret the loss of human life."
What a fucking euphemism that is. These lives weren't lost. They weren't misplaced. They didn't fall overboard and drowned. Their boats didn't hit a fucking iceberg.
They were murdered. In international waters. Attacked by speedboats and military commandos. Who, and this is the shitkicker, now claim they acted in self-defense. Hello, murderers? The people on those boats acted in self-defense when they had baseball bats. When you came aboard and started shooting. Sure, at first it was rubber bullets, so you say, which by the fucking way can also kill when shot at short range, and fuck me, if there is nothing other than a short range on a fucking boat. Oh, and did you tell them, hello, hi, we are just here to fucking shoot you with non-lethal (well, not really) force?
I don't want to talk about it too much, because I am a German, and there are people who will start pointing their fingers at me and shout NAZI! NAZI! NAZI! the way they always do when somebody is disgusted by the barbaric, inhuman and disgusting actions of the Israelis against other people.
I don't want to talk about it too much, because there are people who will say, "oh, what the hell. Iran has done worse. And the PLO has done worse. And Osama Bin Laden has done worse" as if that is now the moral standard we are supposed to adhere to. They point at the lowest piece of scum at the bottom of the barrel and say, if it was fucking good enough for them, then we have the fucking right to do what they do. This is war, after all.
Only it isn't war. It's a humanitarian aid flotilla. It had people like Mairead Corrigan Maguire on it, the Irish Peace Nobel Laureate. It had Henning Mankell on it, who is not only the author of bestselling crime novels, but also well-known for being a humanitarian.
The reason I am talking about this? It's because Shahar Arieli, a spokesperson for the Israeli State Department, went onto television to say, and I quote, "the Israeli Forces were attacked but at least 30 terrorists".
Yohanan Plesner, a member of the Israeli Parliament, knew that even beter. In an interview with the BBC, he claimed that "hundreds of terrorists tried to destroy Israelis".
Hundreds! Of! Terrorists!
Like Henning Mankell.
Like Mairead Corrigan Maguire.
It's such an easy word. Such a wonderful word.
To be used to do whatever the fuck you want to do.
It strips you of your right. it allows you to be murdered, detained without due process, it allows you to wind up in a torture chamber run by our democratic governments. Who thenw onder why "they" hate us.
Terrorist. A word that no longer applies to just Muslims.
Terrorist. Now it applies to humanatarian aid workers. To Peace Nobel Laureates. To authors. Terrorist. If you don't do what the people with the machine guns, rubber bullets or not, tell you, and you do not do it right the fuck now, you can and will be shot.
In international waters.
By people who think they are special. Who think that the law doesn't apply to them. Who play with the same moral compass used by dictators, rapists and murderers. Who have not learned the right lesson from history.
Terrorist. We didn't call them that. We didn't need to. When we murdered and raped and destroyed. We called them Untermenschen.
We called them Juden.
One day, somebody will hold Israel accountable. They should pray. They should pray right now that the one who will sit in judgement of them will show them more mercy. And no, I'm not talking about god. I'm talking about a world who is getting increasingly fed up. Who no longer connect the holocaust to Israel's actions right now. Who judge them on the merits of what they are doing. Right now.
And who see a country that is run by murderers.