There’s no doubt Middle East politics have inflamed passions on this blog and more generally elsewhere. And as a result we generally steered clear of the topic to concentrate on other issues. Furthermore, I was generally more predisposed to Israel’s position than that of Hamas and the other organisations in the area.
But something has clicked in my head since the invasion of Gaza started. It wasn’t just the sheer amount of lies and obfuscation coming out of the Israeli government. It wasn’t just the amount of rubbish in support of Israel’s position that was being written on other blogs that also annoyed me. It was also the realisation that the story being told about this issue itself is so far out of touch with reality that it requires participation on some scale. That discussion should be for the well-being of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples. But it should also point out that most of those who claim they want peace are lying to others as well as themselves. They’re not. They’re just batting for their own side while sitting around with the smug feeling that they’re doing it for peace and human rights. Rubbish.
So yes, there will be lots more coverage of Gaza on here, along with other issues, because I think the space in British politics to talk about the issue is too damn narrow, and too dominated by highly emotional people on both sides who think the next (Muslim or Jewish) holocaust is just around the corner.
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