Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Israeli Attack Upon Gaza in Pictures

Courtesy of Glenn Greenwald are two pictures that perfectly sum up the recent attacks by Israel upon Gaza.


  1. I don't know why the US government and media are so supportive of the Israeli government even though they don't deserve it. The government, it could be because of too many Christian fundamentalists in high places, as for the media, I don't know why support them.

  2. Hi Sheldon, thanks for the comment.

    I think there are a few factors that cause the government to be so supportive of Israel. First, the infamous “Israel Lobby,” which can be influential when the government is making policy decisions. However, according to Noam Chomsky the “Lobby's” influence is often exaggerated and it ignores the second major reason: the major support by the U.S. government for political and strategic reasons. To the U.S. Israel is a “strategic asset,” as it can be used as a buffer against interference against U.S. actions in the Middle East from other states, like Russia. The reason the U.S. believes this is necessary is because they have been eying Middle Eastern oil for years and want a large slice of that pie. “A State Department analysis of 1945 described Saudi Arabia as 'a stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.'” Noam Chomsky continues to write, “Since World War II, it has been virtually an axiom of U.S. foreign policy that these energy reserves should remain under U.S. control.” (Fateful Triangle; 17)

    As for the media, rather than being a check on state power like they ought to be they are more often than not entirely subservient to power. I believe part of this stems from the innate need to grovel to and praise authority figures (much like a religion). I also believe it's because it can further their careers. It's commonly considered a highlight of a journalists' career to get “high level” access to world leaders and they can often get scoops about certain government actions, such as certain war efforts. It's a simple fact that if a media personality says something the government doesn't like they can simply take back that access they've been given.


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