The Pollitikat



Israel Does Not Have The Right To Strike Iran

I understand the fear the Israeli live with, because as an African American I live among what used to be the enemy (the so called white race), and even though “whites” continue to have all the advantages in American society and hence the world, I have to have faith that they are not going to thrust Africans or people of color back into bondage. And so I try my best to be the example of how I want to be portrayed. Of course Israel has a right to exist and be a secure place, but there comes a time when we must compromise and we have to trust each other. I believe the source of the animosity is the conflict between the Jews and the Palestinians; we have to be honest with ourselves about that. If we solve that problem, we may have peace. I think Israel should allow Obama to negotiate with the Palestinians and Arab states on their behalf and Israel should go back to the pre-67 borders. Jerusalem is another issue, it can be split in half but if the Israelis don’t agree with that it should go to the Palestinians, they are the ones being imposed upon, and Israel should never try to expand beyond those borders. In return the security of Israel is guaranteed, there will be no aggression against the Israeli people, to do so would bring the full wrath of the US. This should happen immediately—the US will man the border for a period of time allowing both countries to organize themselves without interference. I think no one is seeing the others side, neither Palestine or Israel existed pre-48, and now they both want to exist–there must be compromise–the threat of pre-emptive war must be off the table–in order to achieve peace we must be examples of peace. With all the years of Israel bombing and killing and assassinating-(the eye for eye theory) has it brought peace. Now Israel is saying the only way to achieve peace is annihilation of the other side, isn’t that what Hitler was saying. I don’t believe that, I believe we can co-exist peacefully even among those who may have done wrong in the past, we must–I do it every day.

Why Is Iran More Important?

It is very interesting that the American media is showing the protestors and doing extensive reporting on the election that is going on in Iran, however when hundreds of thousands were here protesting the war and the actions of the Bush Administration there was no media to be found. Here is the media again marketing a political position. They are influencing the American people with their biased coverage.

Without any information or research on the matter they have all but said the Iranian elections are a fraud. Putting on people who are selling this line like John McCain. Who gave the authority to the media to declare the elections a fraud? I think they might be stroking the embers and trying to start something between the US military and Iran. How come they haven’t figured out who leaked the name of the CIA agent?

Our political system is not without its flaws, so what give America the right to be the democratic police. It seems the media is trying to influence a war policy in the new administration with their covering of North Korea, Iran, the Somali pirates, and the fighting in Pakistan. Remember that we are an infant nation when it comes to matters of race and gender. Thank goodness we have a president that understands this is a situation for the Iranian people to resolve. When we can speak freely here about matters concerning race and gender then maybe we can lead on democracy. Remember that our democracy is still in the making and many of the disenfranchisement that is reported to have taken place in Iran is similar to the problems millions of Americans face during our elections. We have not perfected our own election process and now we are going to pass judgment on elections being held all the way in Iran.

Once again, I’m going to call out the media, and show what hypocrites they are and how irresponsible they are. When Bush was lying to us about weapons of mass destruction they did no research, they reported exactly what the right wing republicans wanted them to report. Now we are seeing it again. By focusing on this election in Iran we are butting into things that do not concern us. We have many issues here that need to be reported on where is the substance in the reporting of the American media. I was watching CNN and they were talking about the spelling bee. Kiran asked a guest if he could spell a word and the guest asked if she could use the word in a sentence. Her reply was “no” and she really couldn’t because she didn’t. She had done no research on the spelling bee and even less on the word she was about to ask a guest to spell.

These are the kinds of people that are going around calling themselves reporters. The way I see it the main stream media is just a lot of throwing up imagery and opinions, there is very little facts. They are just throwing opinions out there trying to get people emotional and then they become reactionary, this is dangerous style of reporting. When you are not giving quality information and people are making decisions based on the information you are providing then there should be some accountability when you incite or put out inaccurate information.

When people were protesting the war in Iraq and thousands would show up in Washington DC they would be lucky to get a still picture much less moving video on every cable channel. Where was the Medias responsibility to the American people? Why is what’s going on half way around the world more important than what was happening in our nations capital and cities across the country. Why are they so eager to have the American government to have a response and protect democracy abroad but did nothing to help preserve it right here in America?

The Iranian people are free to protest but the American media enabled the Bush Administration in its attempt to silence the voices of the American people. Where is the apology..? The media seems to think the election of Barack Obama has cleared them of their ineptitude during the Bush years but their coverage since the inauguration and their hyper reporting of the tensions between the US, Iran, and North Korea is prickled with the subtext of a possible war with either of those countries. It shows they have not changed and are still tools of someone’s political agenda and have a long way to go before I will consider them a credible source of information.

The Republican Jihad

what would jesus do We could learn something from the Republicans on exploitation of the media. When I watch the US media I see why many countries regulate their press and sometimes censor them. I don’t think censorship should be necessary for a professional news agency, but I think I could make the case for it.

I happened to turn to Fox News this morning just in time to hear Dick Morris and Fox News promote the idea that the US, Iran, and Israel are locked in a nuclear stand off. He painted Iran as the equivalent of Nazi Germany quoting Benjamin Netanyahu (the new Israeli prime-minister) “Netanyahu put it plainly, its 1938 and they are heating up the gas ovens”. I guess this is where the problem is, these people still think they are living in 1938. Morris states Israel must respond if the US will not, chillingly Morris declares “Israel is getting set to attack, they need to and they ought to” the interviewer Brian seemed to agree with Morris throwing his two cents in saying “Iran is basically laughing at us” and egging on not Morris but the larger audience.

It is not Dick Morris’ comments because he is there to push the republican point of view, but why is Fox News promoting a nuclear war. Why is this obviously propagandist agency able to masquerade as a legitimate news organization while promoting a destructive and violent agenda? Since his election they have launched a vicious attack against President Obama by saying he is associated with fascism, and socialism, saying that his policies are threatening our democracy and freedom and wants to take their guns. They are harping on whether he should have bowed to the Saudi King, or he hasn’t been to church–what I consider another attempt to say he is a Muslim and that he thinks “Islam is more superior to any other religion” according to one Fox News commentator. Fox News is the most irresponsible news organization and are an obvious extension of the Republican Party, preying on Christians and ignorance.

It makes you want to start talking negatively about Christians and religion but every time people advocate for the separation of church and state these zealots is able to say they are being persecuted, playing into martyrdom. That’s what the fanatics want, that’s how they recruit members because it ties into their bible philosophy about the “end of days”. I remember going to church and being taught about the end of days, when humanity would have to choose sides, and the earth would be consumed by fires and plagues, massive deaths, where good would have to confront evil face to face. I think I might have been about ten years old when I realized that nuclear bombs could be one of the destructive forces the bible spoke about. But the bible was also talking about telling truth in spite of lies, some of the bible is fable and some is history, there are lessons in fables and history repeats itself. Man could be aiding his own destruction by creating the very tool for our demise, in the bible days it could have meant flaming arrows raining from the sky; today it might mean radiation consuming everything in sight. I see the landfills of garbage that were not biodegradable and learned that flaming rocks from out of space could penetrate our sky and destroy our earth, and I have came to a conclusion; the bible was right about something.

We do have free will, I thought; a) we could destroy ourselves by our own hands by not respecting the earth and the environment, b) we could also go for total annihilation and launch a nuclear war taking care of our environmental problems, or c) we could settle our differences and band together to combat the natural threats that face us. What choices will we make? Save the world or destroy ourselves, sounds like a blockbuster movie or a very successful television series, but the entire story cannot be wrapped up in a single season or two hours of action. This is a most crucial time in our history because we cannot feign ignorance. We know the challenges that face us, We Are SELF AWARE.

Some people are itching to use the bomb and their voices are growing louder chanting if the US will not do their bidding then Israel must. They have been successful in planting themselves in the media and are marketing their strategy. These same people thought Iraq was a good idea. It feels like some people might want the earth for themselves because they seem to be pretty sure they are going to survive a nuclear disaster. They are willing to contaminate the earth with poison to promote their ideology.

Why are the Republicans willing to be so apocalyptic, if you ask what Jesus would do, they stand dumb founded. Jesus overturned the tables at the Temple because the church had become corrupt and was too heavily involved in politics and getting rich and not enriching the community. Was Jesus a protestor, or was he a war monger? If he were alive would he have thrown a shoe at George Bush, or propagate the total destruction of Iran?

I think Jesus believed in sharing what he had, he believed in giving people a chance even a second and third chance, isn’t that the story of the “Prodigal Son” and Mary Magdalene. Wouldn’t Jesus forgive, the story of Judas is about forgiveness, and one could get stuck on the betrayal and if Jesus had done that he would have probably killed Judas right there on the spot.

Would Jesus be a socialist or a capitalist? I think we have enough information to make a call. Why are the fanatics willing to ignore the very teachings they say they believe in? Pat Buchanan on MSNBC this week in talking about Somalian pirates, “we’re killing people left and right in Pakistan, for heaven sake you’re telling me we can find someone in Somalia” — happy Easter!!

I am weary they are going to cause something to happen, and it is going to be a direct result of what they say on the air, they want anarchy. We have already had the marketing of the Iraq War and the manipulation of the media by the Bush Administration, we have already had the Rev. Wright fiasco and had Obama being called a socialist, and terrorist and someone yell “kill him”. These things are happening because of the hate spewed by this Republican spin machine, these things pretending to be unbiased. We have to recognize that these guys are not different than the radicals that we fight against in Al-Qaeda, the Limbaughs, Becks and Hannitys. How different are they from some Islamic radical teaching in a madrassa. It is from this group of listeners comes the Timothy McVeigh’s, or the one who killed three police officers. People who listen to them have access to weapons, it is one of the core message, they stand on the Bill of RightsFox News puts out a call to action, and then hide behind the First Amendment… They exploit our laws using them as a platform for their rebellion. The stuff I hear coming from Fox News is tantamount to calling for Jihad. Does Hannity and Beck love America, I am sure it is not the same America I love.

The things they are saying now do not reflect love or respect for the country, so I’m wondering which America they are talking about. I think some people might still be fighting the civil war. The Republicans are effectively using the media to tear down our democracy. Fox News is a very influential network and their words resonate, people believe what they hear on the news and talk radio. I know because I had coworkers repeating the points to me at work. Fox News in particular has been constantly “reporting” unsubstantiated outrage against President Obama, they and Rush Limbaugh are deliberately trying to incite the public. Their news is slanted and reflects a particular agenda, the Republican Agenda. These positions are being fed through Fox News an obvious Republican Trojan Horse.

They have found a way to destroy our democracy from the inside. I witnessed what they did when they had the power, the patriot act, the war, Katrina, and the secrecy. They were the ones promoting the “if you are not with us you are against us” mentality; Bush could not have done it alone the media helped. Republicans cast themselves as fighters for the blue collar, middle class, and small business,–average Americans–they say they respect Americans but they are only using our own kindness and tolerance against us, they are very dangerous and should probably never be allowed back into power. I am sure there are some Republicans who do not agree with the party leadership. The rhetoric of the right wing Republicans has heightened, they are at war with someone and I fear it is America.

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