[A-List] Fwd: The Crisis in Gaza
tboyle at rosehill.net
Sat Jan 10 15:30:04 MST 2009
I nominate this letter from a man in Western WA.
to his Senators, for letter of the year. GREAT. 5-stars.
We should read it to the public, instead of to our Senators,
who of course ignore everything except the money - power
--- On Fri, 1/9/09, tkrebsbach at msn.com <tkrebsbach at msn.com> wrote:
From: tkrebsbach at msn.com <tkrebsbach at msn.com>
Subject: FW: The Crisis in Gaza
To: tkrebsbach at msn.com
Date: Friday, January 9, 2009, 9:49 PM
The following email was sent to Senator Murray and a similar one to
Senator Cantwell through their websites.
At one time not so long ago, I respected and admired members of
Congress. Now I totally despise them.
From: tkrebsbach at msn.com
To: tkrebsbach at msn.com
Subject: The Crisis in Gaza
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 21:25:16 -0800
Dear Sen. Murray,
I am becoming increasingly concerned for the United States Congress
and its reputation in the world. I fear that most people in the
world are beginning to think that the people of the United States are
governed by a large collection of fools and mad men and women.
What else could they think considering how the United States Congress
continues to support, defend, and praise a government which over the
years has repeatedly slaughtered people indiscriminately, ignored
dictates of international and human rights law, and commited the most
egregious abuses and atrocities against an essentially helpless and
The insistence of Congress that Israel is righteous in decimating the
Palestinian people when all evidence suggests quite the opposite
might very easily lead most people in the world to conclude that the
members of Congress are not playing with a full deck. For you see,
people who continually deny reality and live in a fantasy world are
often judged to be insane.
Of course, members of Congress, such as yourself, might stubbornly
maintain that Israel has a right to exist and is only defending its
sovereignty. This has always been the ploy of members of Congress
when forced to defend their irrational defense of the most heinous
acts of Israeli barbarity.
Even assuming that Israel has a right to exist and to defend its
sovereignty, how does that justify what Israel has done to the people
of Gaza over the last month, or to the people of Lebanon in the
summer of 2006, or to the refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps in
1982, or to Palestinians in general ever since the founding of Israel
Does it not matter a little that the Zionists forced the Palestinians
from their land in 1947 and 1948 through a process of ethnic
cleansing so that they could establish the state of Israel on what
had been Palestinian land? (If you do not think that this process of
ethnic cleansing took place, then you need to read the book, The
Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by the Jewish Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe.)
Is it totally irrelevant that Israel almost always responds to any
act of defiance in a completely disproportionate manner? Hamas
militants fire rockets into Israeli territory with little damage
being done, and Israel responds by pounding the Palestinians
mercilessly with weapons supplied by the United States
government. Since the fighting started, over 700 Palestinians have
been killed by Israeli forces, with many of the dead children. Four
Israeli civilians have been killed and ten Israeli soldiers. Sorry,
that is not proportionate.
Have you and your colleagues in Congress ever asked yourselves why
Hamas fired those rockets which brought on the disproportionate
Israeli response? Do you suppose it might have something to do with
the fact that the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas never produced
what it was supposed to produce, namely a freeing of political
prisoners and an opening of the borders of Gaza so that the people
there could seek to have a reasonable life? In a most deceitful and
disgusting manner, Israel did everything it could to destroy the
people of Gaza by limiting aid to this crowded sliver of
land. Israel did everything it could to turn Gaza into a hopeless,
stinking prison of despair. Under the circumstances, it would seem
the behavior of Hamas was completely rational.
Considering the actions and pronouncements of Congress with regard to
Israel/Palestine, please forgive me if I insist that you and your
colleagues are completely delusional and off your rockers. For I
find it hard to accept the alternative: that you are sound and
rational people. If you are people of sound mind, then I must
conclude that you and your colleagues are nothing better than cynical
murderers and supporters of genocide. In that case, your hands are
covered in the blood of people of the Middle East. In that case, you
are little better than the war criminal, George W. Bush, and like
Bush, you belong in jail for the rest of your life.
How I regard you and the others in Congress may not matter all that
much to you. But it would not surprise me if many people in the
world, viewing things objectively and rationally, share my
view. What does that say about you, Murderer Murray?
With the utmost sincerety and sense of despair,
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