This is the reality.
What’s happening in Israel and Gaza at the moment is a catastrophe, no doubt about it. But it’s a tiny part of the real picture. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people are dying in an internecine religious war, being financed by fanatical plutocrats.
It makes you wonder. Twenty years ago, the United States and their allies sent their whole military might to Kuwait, to repel the secular despot who had invaded that nation. The Bush family’s oil interests in Kuwait had absolutely nothing to do with this decision, we were assured. Then a few years later our governments invaded Iraq itself, on the basis that this despot was a really bad guy who had killed thousands of his own citizens and was hiding weapons of mass destruction out in the desert. We strung up the despot, patted ourselves on the back, and went back to our nice, civilized lives.
How far back in history need we go in order to explain what is occurring there today? Forever, and no further than last week, is the only answer. British and French annexation, mandatory slicing and dicing of the Middle East in the aftermath of the Great War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire? The Balfour Declaration and the rise of the Zionist Federation of Britain? The Mughals? The Caliphs? The coming of the Prophet (peace be upon him, if not upon anyone else)?
Or maybe just the video clip above, of the scene in the Iraqi parliament yesterday? I’m no historian. But I do know that you can only change today and tomorrow, not yesterday. Yesterday you can only learn from. And it appears that nobody has.