- Conflict & Crisis
By JG Vibes
November 18, 2012
For years the mainstream media has failed to present a view of events in the Middle East that is even remotely accurate or balanced.
During the most recent conflicts in Gaza, the western media has been a propaganda mouthpiece for Israel, as many expected, based on what has been seen in the past.
Since the siege on Gaza begin to escalate this week there have been protests popping up all over the world in support of the Palestinian people who are caught in the middle of this brutal, and totally orchestrated conflict.
One of these protests happened to be in front of the BBC headquarters, in answer to the propaganda that the network has been generating, not just now, but in the past as well.
“The protest, organised by Merseyside Friends of Palestine (FOP) and Merseyside Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), comes after a week of escalating violence in the Gaza strip. It was supported by Jews for Justice for Palestinians, students, and local Trade Union leaders, as well as socialist and anarchist groups.
Leaflets handed out by demonstrators asserted a different timeline from the one put forward by Israel, claiming the escalation of conflict has resulted from the killing of Palestinian children playing football by the IDF in two separate incidents at the beginning of November, rather than by rocket fire from Gaza.
The reports of these incidents appear to originate from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), an independent NGO which receives funding from the Danish and Norwegian states. It is accused by some pro-Israel pressure groups of demonising Israel.
The leaflet included a quote from prominent activist Noam Chomsky, who claimed “news items overwhelmingly focus on the rockets that have been fired from Gaza … what is not in focus is the shelling and bombardments of Gaza.”
Regardless of who fired the first shot, or if the story about the rockets origins are true, it is completely immoral to punish a massive group of people for the actions of a few people who aren’t even connected to them.
This is why wars are fought and billions of people are killed, because actions taken by individuals can ultimately blamed on entire civilizations.
And if entire civilizations can be blamed for something that is serious enough to fight a war over, then ultimately entire civilizations filled with innocent people run the risk of loosing their lives because they were being punished for something that they had nothing to do with.
This is the fundamental lie of war, the idea that it is morally justified to punish large groups of people for the actions of a few unrelated individuals.
Read more articles by this author HERE.
J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intellihub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio.
You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com