The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, just had a meeting with the local chapter head of Black Lives Matter, who handed out a list of demands regarding law enforcement.
Among their demands were:
1. Better police training.
2. De-escalation training.
3. Reduced funding to Atlanta PD.
4. End special operation to reduce gun crimes.
5. Move reduced funding to affordable housing.
Clearly, these people have no idea how the police work. Or funding. Or the economy. Or much of anything else. Looking at their list, they want better police training and in particular, better training for officers in de-escalating violent situations. Those are perfectly fine and I think admirable goals. But then they want to reduce funding for the Atlanta police department. Exactly how do they think they’re going to pay for this additional training if they take money away from the department? These things aren’t free and money doesn’t grow on trees. Then they want to end the special operations that reduce gun crime. What the hell? If their goals are to stop violent confrontations between the black community and cops, how is a program designed to stop crime, particularly gun crime, going to do that? Oh wait, they don’t want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, they want exactly the opposite! And then they want all the “extra money” that gets taken away from the police department and saved from ending crime-reducing programs handed over to the black community in the form of freebies. That’s really what this is all about. Keeping violent criminals safe and armed and put up in free housing!
These people are really idiots. This becomes painfully clear when another demand is that the Atlanta Police Department stop training with members of the Israeli police. Because somehow, better training with the Israeli police department has anything whatsoever to do with black lives, right? It keeps all of those black Palestinians safe.
Let’s not kid ourselves. This isn’t about black lives, it’s about pushing a regressive political ideology. I mean, I’ve got no love for Israel, but what does something that concerns a nation on the other side of the planet have to do with the *LOCAL* chapter of Black Lives Matter? Not a damn thing.
Of course, Mayor Reed said thanks but no thanks, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. These are unreasonable demands and Reed has no reason to take them seriously. Reed says, “I’m not going to do that; I happen to believe that the Israeli police department has some of the best counter-terrorism techniques in the world, and it benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.” But some groups of BLM have become blatantly anti-Semitic, just like we’re seeing on college campuses where groups of regressive students are crying out against Israel. As I said, I’m no fan of Israel, but I’m also not a fan of Palestine or any of the other religious states in the Middle East. But I don’t go around preaching hatred and destruction toward any of them except ISIS.
For some reason, people don’t comprehend the problems with BLM, of which there are many. They’re racist. They’re irrational. They’re unrealistic. They want special treatment. And, of course, they want tax money. All I can say to them is fuck off, and I can say that repeatedly.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews are afraid of women, gay-hating Jewish stabber returns to stab again, the secrets of the Reconstructionist Right, a three-year old terrorist and political donors come from a small pool. Plus, Iran isn’t a monster, stop pretending they are. So what are you still doing here, go listen!
I’m going to say something that will piss off our neo-conservative brethren to no end. No, correction, it will piss off most people. I desperately want someone to blow the holy shit out of Israel and leave the whole place a smoking crater in the sand.
Okay, probably not that bad. I’ll settle for Jerusalem. No, I’m not saying someone should nuke it, although that was my position for a very long time, I’ve changed my mind because it would just lead to endless religious bloodshed. I do want Jerusalem gone though, specifically because it would piss off the three major religious groups on the planet, the Christians, Muslims and Jews. I think instead of a nuke, a nice sized asteroid putting itself down right in the center of town, that makes a nice sized crater would be fantastic. That way, the religious wingnuts on any of those three sides can’t point fingers at anyone but nature, or maybe God. And to be magnanimous, let’s give them a chance to evacuate so the casualties are light.
So why do I hate Israel so much? Because it really has been nothing but a leech on the planet since it was forcibly formed in 1948. If it wasn’t for the constant monetary and military support, particular of the U.S., the Jews would have been pushed into the sea within days of declaring themselves an independent nation. The only reason it was formed in the first place was because the U.S. and UK felt guilty for not having stopped the Holocaust earlier, plus the religious lunatics, primarily in the U.S. needed to have Israel around so their religious fantasies could come true. The fact is, Israel, as a good friend puts it, is the material component for fundamentalist Christianity’s “Summon Jesus” spell. The only reason Christians give a damn about Israel is because the Bible calls for Israel to be destroyed in the end-times, a prelude to the second coming of Jesus. No Israel, no Armageddon. The whole claim that the Jews deserve that particular bit of unremarkable rock, just because their holy traditions tell them it’s theirs, is absurd. Much of North America once belonged to the Native Americans. Nobody is in any hurry to give it back to them. Much of the western United States used to belong to the Mexicans. Anyone except MEChA suggesting we should hand it over? So no, that’s not a valid argument.
But sure, the Jews did buy a lot of land in the area and the rest was arbitrarily handed over to them by the powerful west, the Jews ought to be able to hold on to their ill-gotten lands on their own, right? Of course not! They’d be gone if the U.S. hadn’t directly and indirectly aided them in military action over the years.
Add to that the fact that Israel is the single largest U.S. foreign aid recipient and has been virtually every year since it existed. Not only do we ship them a ton of military aid but we also supply, at current, about $3 billion dollars per year. This has been increased regularly by continual governmental decree, between 2001 and 2007, the U.S. gave nearly $20 billion dollars to Israel in both Foreign Military Financing and Economic Support Fund financing. In 2010, the U.S. gave $380.68 to Israel for every man, woman and child in the country. We only gave $233.53 similarly to Afghanistan, where we’re paying to clean up the military disaster of the Afghanistan War. Compare that to Iraq where we only gave $33.91 per person.
What’s worse, U.S. law strictly prohibits the president from providing arms, selling weapons or giving aid to any nation which violates international human rights standards or uses those weapons in an offensive, rather than defensive manner. Israel is guilty of doing all of this. According to the U.S. State Department, Israel is guilty of “torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of punishment, prolonged detention without charges and trial, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, and other flagrant denials of the right to life, liberty, or the security of people.” According to Amnesty International, Israel is the only nation on the planet which has legalized and routinely uses torture.
Israel, in it’s short history, is one of the worst violators of international law and U.N. edicts. It has violated 28 resolutions of the U.N. Security Council and almost 100 resolutions of the U.N. General Assembly. The Security Counsel resolutions are legally binding on member nations, yet Israel apparently doesn’t care. The General Assembly resolutions, although not binding, represent the will and understanding of the international community. Currently, Israel is blatantly in violation of the 2004 binding resolution against building a wall across the occupied West Bank.
Israel is an exclusionary country, you can only get full rights if you are a full-blooded Jew. Displaced Palestinians who were thrown from their homes have been unable to return because they are not Jewish. Israel has also been found to train foreign troops which go on to violate human rights standards. In the 1980s, Israeli forces trained Honduran Battalion 316, which is known to have “disappeared”, tortured and killed Honduran citizens, as well as South African Inkatha hit squads that targeted and killed ANC leaders. That’s U.S. money going to indirectly fund regimes we would not normally have supported.
But hey, there are plenty of other reasons to dislike Israel. You support gay marriage? Don’t go to Israel then. While they do respect any legal marriage performed in other countries, don’t think you’re going to get one done in Israel. All marriages performed in Israel are religious. Atheists cannot get married. Gays cannot get married. People of different religions cannot get married. Marriages in Israel are performed by the country’s Chief Rabbinate and Rabbinical courts which hold to traditional Jewish values. Many people in Israel are pissed off, they have started the “Choose Your Way to Marry” campaign, it’s tagline is: “In Israel you can get married only in one way—the Jewish Orthodox way. Many Israelis want to get married in their way but can’t!”
Now that the U.N. has decided that a Palestinian State ought to exist, we can expect Israel to, well… keep doing what they’ve been doing and ignore it. Their behavior in the West Bank and Gaza has been horrific over the years and when they’re not killing innocent civilians, they’re making their lives miserable. In fact, in the Palestinian settlements in Area C, an Israeli-controlled section of the West Bank, the Israelis have decided that the eight big solar panels that provide power to thousands of poor Palestinians, most of whom live in tents and who would suffer or die without power, no, those solar panels are illegal and targetted for demolition. One UN official, speaking under condition of anonymity, said “From December 2010 to April 2011, we saw a systematic targeting of the water infrastructure in Hebron, Bethlehem and the Jordan valley, now, in the last couple of months, they are targeting electricity. Two villages in the area have had their electrical poles demolished. There is this systematic effort by the civil administration targeting all Palestinian infrastructure in Hebron. They are hoping that by making it miserable enough, they [the Palestinians] will pick up and leave.”
So why does it keep going on? The real reason, as I said before, is because American Evangelical Christians strongly believe that Israel has to exist in order for the Second Coming to occur, therefore they will do whatever is necessary to keep the Jews around so they can be killed during Armageddon. To be honest, Israel is wholly aware of this and, I imagine, laugh at it but really don’t care so long as the checks come in. The second reason, equally as religious, is the belief that Israel provides us a friendly power against the evil Muslims. However, just how friendly is Israel to the interests of the United States? Not very, clearly they are not as easy to control as many of the other regimes we’ve propped up over the years. They act in their own best interest, which I would have no problem with, if it wasn’t for the fact that they continually play the “anti-Semitism” card. The second anyone criticizes Israel or Israeli policy, they get called an anti-Semite and a Jew-hater and suddenly, it becomes a religious, not a political issue. That’s done on purpose, just like all of the Holocaust rhetoric, done to stop people from getting in the way of what the Israeli’s want. It’s not gone unnoticed, though, more and more people are realizing that this is part of a plan and are rejecting it wholesale.
“…The charge that criticism of Israel is implicitly anti-Semitic — is regarded in Israel and the United States as Israel’s trump card. If it has been played more insistently and aggressively in recent years, that is because it is now the only card left. The habit of tarring any foreign criticism with the brush of anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in Israeli political instincts: Ariel Sharon used it with characteristic excess but he was only the latest in a long line of Israeli leaders to exploit the claim. David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir did no different. But Jews outside of Israel pay a high price for this tactic. Not only does it inhibit their own criticisms of Israel for fear of appearing to associate with bad company, but it encourages others to look upon Jews everywhere as de facto collaborators in Israel’s misbehavior. When Israel breaks international law in the occupied territories, when Israel publicly humiliates the subject populations whose land it has seized — but then responds to its critics with loud cries of “anti-Semitism” — it is in effect saying that these acts are not Israeli acts, they are Jewish acts: The occupation is not an Israeli occupation, it is a Jewish occupation, and if you don’t like these things it is because you don’t like Jews. In many parts of the world this is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling assertion: Israel’s reckless behavior and insistent identification of all criticism with anti-Semitism is now the leading source of anti-Jewish sentiment in Western Europe and much of Asia…”
excerpted from the article
“The Country that Wouldn’t Grow Up”
by Tony Judt
Ha’aretz, www.haaretz.com, 5/5/06
It’s about time we stop catering to these religious dictators who are playing two religions against each other for their own personal good. Let’s stop paying Israel’s defense costs, let’s stop giving them money and let the best nations, the strongest and most worthwhile nations in the Middle East win. Artificially propping up a religious nation in the middle of everyone who hates them is foolish, it doesn’t do our credibility in the Middle East any good whatsoever.
If the Muslim nations want to push Israel into the sea, I say let them. Then, hopefully an asteroid will take out Jerusalem too, absolutely ruin the beliefs of all the major world religions, show to them all that religion is absurd and reality doesn’t respect religious beliefs.
Let’s become a planet that values rationality and intelligence and logic. Let religion and religious nations die.