Thursday, February 7, 2008

"From Prison to Zoo"

Great article via the blog of a Palestinian mother and journalist, on how the experience of Gazans moved from one designed to punish, to one that aspires to control every facet of daily existence.

Along similar lines as a point made nearly a year ago by Canadian author and journalist Naomi Klein:

Within three years, large parts of Israel’s tech economy had been radically repurposed. Put in Friedmanesque terms: Israel went from inventing the networking tools of the “flat world” to selling fences to an apartheid planet. Many of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs are using Israel’s status as a fortressed state, surrounded by furious enemies, as a kind of twenty-four-hour-a-day showroom—a living example of how to enjoy relative safety amid constant war. And the reason Israel is now enjoying supergrowth is that those companies are busily exporting that model to the world.

The complaint is actually an old one - the Palestinians have been the test subjects for everything from interrogation procedures to laser-guided rockets. The difference today is that Zionists find themselves in possession of an economy that can now support a lot of the technological infrastructure for these things with foreign investment, when in previous decades they were reliant on gifts from Washington. Among the world's militaries, the IDF is not outstandingly brutal. It is, however, exceptionally methodical.

As everyone knows, however, the Palestinians Elected Terrorists. Therefore they Hate Freedom. Ergo, they should be Grateful for the Good Treatment they are getting.

Keep blowing down those walls, Hamas. A government is worthless if it never tries to get justice for its people.

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