Think of the emptiness and cold dedication to wielding the power of violence you would have to have to get up every day and lead an islamic extremist group.
Think of the entitlement and greed you would have to feel to create a situation in which an islamic extremist group would have ready recruits.
It’s not that hard.
Islamic extremist groups are made by capitalism.
They are, in fact, capitalism’s manufactured boogeymen.
No, they are not imaginary. They are just made that way on purpose. The situation is created that will allow their numbers to grow to dangerous levels on purpose. Then once they are a threat, they are ready made villains for leaders to point at to say, “This is who we are protecting you from.”
Indeed they do protect most of us most of the time, but every once in awhile, something has to happen to show people the threat is real. If we do not comply with those in power, this threat will kill and enslave us all.
Against such a threat, just about anything is considered justified.
They justify using human shields. Those fighting them justify killing those human shields to get to them.
That’s just how this works.
This is why this war is so bloody.
What to do about it? I have no idea. I’m just a peasant here waiting for my turn to die at the hands or the missile of someone trained to believe that killing me is a good thing.
Many have already been killed by people who thought killing them was a good thing, or that killing them was an unfortunate but justified thing.
Can it please not matter what the killers think before they kill us anymore?
Can the leaders not pander to the wealthy who create the situations of deprivation and hopelessness that manufacture fake freedom fighters who kill everyone except anyone who could do anything about their situation anymore?
Can we stop lying to soldiers that what they may have to do after the fact, to get rid of these deluded manufactured boogeymen is not being forced to kill innocent people because the wealthy set it up that way?
I think a lot of PTSD could be helped by soldiers and survivors understanding how and why they are in the situation they are in. To be honest, this is a country of readers and thinkers, so I think many of them know.
What many may not know about Israel is that enough people know that we do have strong opposition parties here. Not big enough or powerful enough yet to prevent the current tragedy, but maybe they will be big enough and strong enough in the future. People are telling the truth here. People are speaking out. People are resisting the right wing and the greedy manufacturers of mayhem here.
Elephant in the room, most people here are not colonists but refugees. They’re people or descendants of people who didn’t come here to make a lot of money or something. They came here to survive because where they were, they were being killed and oppressed. Many of these people make the resistance here. They want not only peace for now, but a solution to this conflict.
No doubt, it’s very complex, and I’m just an idealistic peasant living in fear. My death is less fearful to me though, than more death. Looking at this situation, all I can see is more people dying because of a situation that could have been prevented by the nations of the world not neglecting the Palestinian people when they had the chance to make things better for them.
So many countries decry the deaths of the Palestinian dead, but what were they doing before they died?
Some sent money, but didn’t make sure that money went towards development and security, and not missiles and tunnels. It was of no interest to them.
But see, making sure the money went to development would stop the manufacture of recruits.
This is why this is a the-wealthy problem and not a specific governments problem. Blood is on the hands of leaders and donors all around. Some paid the factory, and some huffed but did nothing to stop it.
Israel is a nice scapegoat for some, and indeed our government currently sucks, but Israel is not alone in this. Many gallons of Palestinian blood is on the hands of people who make lipservice of supporting them.