Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Hard Truths You Face When BREAKING THE SILENCE

Shall we go on conferring our Civilization upon the peoples that sit in darkness, or shall we give those poor things a rest? 
Breaking the Silence (שוברים שתיקה‎) is an NGO based in West Jerusalem composed of IDF veterans who have decided to actively come forward and describe what they have seen and done during their military service term.  The membership is composed of those who have served since the 2000 beginning of the Second Intifada in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.  There are and have been several equivalent groups in America from time to time, such as Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Afghanistan Veterans Against the War.  In a sense, there is also a distinct lineage in all these groups that goes back to the American Anti-Imperialist League, that collection of thinkers that included such notables as Jane Addams, Henry James, Mark Twain, Samuel Gompers, Andrew Carnegie, and Grover Cleveland.  Twain's classic summation of his rejection of imperialism was his missive of absolute black satire, TO THE PERSON SITTING IN DARKNESS, written in 1901 with the famous quote that still rings true.
Shall we bang right ahead in our old-time, loud, pious way, and commit the new century to the game; or shall we sober up and sit down and think it over first? Would it not be prudent to get our Civilization-tools together, and see how much stock is left on hand in the way of Glass Beads and Theology, and Maxim Guns and Hymn Books, and Trade-Gin and Torches of Progress and Enlightenment (patent adjustable ones, good to fire villages with, upon occasion), and balance the books, and arrive at the profit and loss, so that we may intelligently decide whether to continue the business or sell out the property and start a new Civilization Scheme on the proceeds?
What I have just posted is many hours of testimonials, public demonstrations, art exhibitions, and other footage featuring English-language subtitles.  This is just a small sampling of many more hours than have yet to be subtitled.  Furthermore, there are similar playlists featuring Spanish and German subtitling.  These videos are troubling and inspire disgust and outrage, especially when one considers American taxpayers subsidize this violence.  In that sense there is a real obligation for Americans to watch these videos and understand what they are paying for.

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