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"They Make a Desolation..."

The Bombing of Gaza

By Tom BakerPublished 4 months ago 4 min read
Democracy Now! Israeli Holocaust Scholar Raz Segal Decries Israel's Assault on Gaza

"We are not lovers, we are not romantics, we are here to serve you." Gary Numan, "Down in the Park"

Let me start off by saying there's one thing you can be sure of: Whoever has the power to dictate terms decides whose "rights" matter, and whose don't.

Alarmists are ringing the fear note about the rise of AI, and its possible "takeover" of the human race; or, at the very least, its ascendancy. Well, looking around at the state of the world, I would say, YOU'D BETTER F*CKING HOPE SO.

The Powers That Be are speaking out of both sides of their "puffy bourgeois faces" about human rights. Meanwhile, the United States is shipping military aid to Israel so it can continue carpet-bombing women and children in Gaza. The UN says the humanitarian crisis will be catastrophic. Already thousands are dead. Keep in mind: Gaza is fully HALF comprised of children. I don't suppose that three and four-year-olds are somehow responsible for the attack last week that left 1,200 Israelis dead. But years of brutal occupation and a sixteen-year blockade will stoke the neverending fires of cyclical violence.

However, the ball is in Israel's court.

Who has the full backing of the world's major superpower?

Who has the eleventh largest, most powerful military apparatus the world has ever seen?

Who has instituted a very uncomfortably familiar system of racial segregation, and ethnic apartheid, complete with checkpoints and places where Palestinians are exclusively restricted from entering, such as the streets in Hebron?

The vomit brokers of the mainstream media, the political gangsters and talking head pundits, seem as absolutely bloodthirsty, to a man, as I've ever experienced. They're like sharks in the water. "Senator" Tom Cotton, who has the look of a "sheep-killing dog" (to quote Naked Lunch), proclaimed loudly and flatulently, "I hope they make the rubble bounce." Which I take it means, "Kill everything." The former Israeli PM Naftali Bennett was aghast that anyone should dare question him about the lives of Palestinian women and children. One would think such a man, one whose country boasts a military apparatus sworn to abide by the rule of international law, might be concerned about such considerations.

I want to quote from an article by Amy Wilentz in The Nation [2]:

Describing the siege now being launched against Gaza, Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said: “No power, no food, no gas.” Israel Defense Forces spokesman Daniel Hagari said that the country’s impending attacks on Gaza would be unprecedented in their violence, and that’s saying something. When the IDF is finished, Hagari said, Gaza “will be something else.” A desolation. We see it already in photograph after photograph of gray craters and rubble.

The anger, revulsion, and indignation of Israel is wholly understandable, after what Hamas’s militants did in the kibbutzim near Gaza and at the Supernova rave. But the inability of Israel’s leaders to respond with any sign of balance, sobriety, or maturity is more than disturbing. It’s criminal. And it’s dangerous. Its precedent, of course, is George W. Bush’s disproportionate and incorrectly targeted military response to the attacks of September 11.

Today, a number of Jewish activists were arrested outside the White House. The group, a progressive group called IfNotNow, is calling for the United States to broker a ceasefire, before the Israeli incursion into Gaza, and to halt the shipment of arms to Israel. There is blood on both sides, all sides, every side. I personally don't know how the alignment of international forces is going to play out. Will a greater war result from this flashpoint? What will save us this time?

Perhaps the rise of AI, these alien intellects we've created, is the work of some supernatural agency we can't understand. Perhaps Mr. Grusch's "alien biologics" will sweep down in their UFO technology, finally, and become our messiahs or overlords. Both may coincide with this bloody, turbulent epoch, as the new "turn of the screw," the one Last Great Hope for the world, before it is plunged into eternal winter. America ceded that particular position long ago, every imperialist debacle putting the lie to its commitment as a "global peacemaker" and staunch defender of "human rights." Whoever has the power to dictate terms decides whose "rights" matter, and whose don't.

Etty Hillesum was right. If there is a God, we should have to beg his forgiveness for failing Him. "Help us to help You, God." she wrote. Etty was murdered at Auschwitz. But, most assuredly, if she were alive today, she would have understood.

Note: I didn't understand the extent of the racial segregation in the occupied territories until I saw this young female journalist's documentary. Palestinians are not permitted to even be in the same streets as foreign visitors or Israeli settlers. If this same situation were happening in any other country, modern South Africa for example, the entire international community would be revolted; they would be up in arms. But, for the Palestinians, there is nothing but relative silence.

How Israeli Apartheid Destroyed My Hometown


[1] The title of this essay refers to the Latin phrase: Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant. This translates as “they make a desolation and they call it peace.”

[2] Wilentz, Amy. "In Gaza They Don't Even Bother to Call It Peace." The Nation. Oct 30/Nov 6, 2023. Retrieved 10/15/2023.

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Tom Baker

Author of Haunted Indianapolis, Indiana Ghost Folklore, Midwest Maniacs, Midwest UFOs and Beyond, Scary Urban Legends, 50 Famous Fables and Folk Tales, and Notorious Crimes of the Upper Midwest.:

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  • Vicki Lawana Trusselli 2 months ago

    Interesting story. Apartheid is horrifying. The two countries are side by side but yet so distant from each other. Genocide is horrifying. I am part Choctaw and my ancestors remember The Trail of Tears. It's all about control over other people. I pray to the universe it doesn't happen here in America but we are on the precipice of a full takeover here in America. I am politically inclined but try to be more subtle but direct. Check out my stories on here

  • Patrick M. Ohana4 months ago

    What a bunch of Judeopathic baloney! Shame on you and on Vocal for publishing your ignorant Judeopathic out-of-context antisemitic drivel.

  • Soda Stream was one of those things that sounded like it would be fun to try. But when I heard that it's an Israeli company which supports the settlers & settlements in the occupied territories..., I just feel sick whenever I see the displays in the stores. I seriously want to spit, knock the displays over & destroy everything I can.

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