The Unswung Bat

Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Why is your head together?

I hate you fucking idiots so much. Here it is:

In response to the attack, Hamas called for attacks on the US. “America is offering political, financial and logistic cover for the Zionist occupation crimes, and it is responsible for the Beit Hanoun massacre. Therefore, the people and the nation all over the globe are required to teach the American enemy tough lessons,” the Islamist group said in a statement sent to the Associated Press.

Here it is:

A barrage of tank shells hit civilian homes, and women and children were among the dead. (There were 19 dead as of tonight).
Hospital officials said 13 of the dead belonged to the same family, and two of them were women and six were children.
"It is the saddest scene and images I have ever seen. We saw legs, we saw heads, we saw hands scattered in the street," 22-year-old eyewitness Attaf Hamad told Reuters news agency.

Here's more:

A local Hamas leader has called for the group to resume suicide bombings inside Israel, a policy suspended two years ago by the main militant factions.

Which was, of course, the point.

Here is Israel threatening to "rethink" the truce with Lebanon.

If you don't feel just a little sickened, you aren't even trying.

You with the Kassam rockets, with the supersonic low-flying jets and the segregation wall, with the money, with Assad and with Bush, with everything. Are these your people? These are not your people. Keep your fucking guns under control.

I hate you so much. For using the word "Islamist" like that. For calling for hate attacks on people you don't know to teach an idiot government a "tough lesson." For executing hate attacks on people you don't, or do, know, to inflame a situation where you have military dominance. For conflating Israel and the US and Americans and Palestinians and Arabs and George Bush and Zionists and mythical "Westerners" and mythical Jews and mythical Muslims and god knows what else. Deliberately. For giving them our tax dollars and arming them. For shooting a 13-year-old girl in the forehead in her house in front of her sisters and family with a sniper rifle through the window. For arranging so these things will happen. For seeing this as a necessary thing. Go die. I won't show a trace of emotion if you do.

I used to be baffled at what looked like wanton provocation. By any side. Could they not see what they were asking for? But for fuck's sake no one in a position of power is that stupid except the supremely self-confident, which I don't see any of outside of Washington DC, and maybe not even there for the next while, thank god. No, in a soulless way it's very smart, what they're doing. Every revenge attack on Israelis justifies the next IDF escalation of course. And Avigdor Lieberman—for one—is better off than he was before. Like Sharon before him. The destruction of southern Lebanon and incredible devastation of their own confessional constituency was a "divine victory" for Hizbollah of course. And Nasrallah is better off than he was before. He says he wouldn't have kidnapped the soldiers if he'd known what Israel would do. That isn't what he said right after kidnapping the soldiers.

Too much of the reasoned discourse is happening behind closed doors, between people who all think the same thing and don't want peace anyway. Want to do away with earnest discourse? Okay, go eat a clusterbomb, there's enough lying around, asshole. I don't hope your kids are among those who get blown up by them, but I do hope very much the horror of that gets into you and doesn't ever leave. The collateral is everything. Your stupid ideas are not. I could name a lot of people who'd agree.

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