As horrible and unacceptable as we all believe the terrorist
attacks were against civilians and non-military targets, which is the
definition of terrorism (and this would make practically the entire war against
the Iraqis and Afghanis a terrorist attack undertaken by the United States and
its allies, following the long and inglorious history of them from Hiroshima
onwards), we can�t help but be shocked by the utterings of Tzipi Livni
regarding the attack.
briefing excerpt: �During the past days the entire world, and we in Israel,
have witnessed a murderous terror attack in India. There is no doubt that among
the targets chosen by the terrorists were Jewish and Israeli targets, which are
viewed as Western.�
Why is there �no doubt�? It is always good practice in
events like this to have ONLY doubt, since certainty is lacking. Among the
targets were also train stations, hotels, restaurants . . . Sites that are
places of aggregation for people in transit, be they locals or foreigners. I
didn�t really know before this moment that the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus,
headquarters of the Central Railway was Jewish, Israeli or even Western, and
how does one explain the bombing of the Vile Parle railway, which is basically
a suburban residential area? Is that all of a sudden a Western target too?
Livni continues: �The world is under
attack, and it makes no difference whether it takes place in India or
elsewhere. There are extremist Islamic elements who do not accept our existence
and do not accept the values of the Western world. Only when such events occur
do the leaders of the world understand that we are all partners in the same battlefield.
It is sad that such bloodshed is required to remind some world leaders of this
fact. Some live with this understanding, and some wake up on such a morning and
suddenly understand that we are the target -- we meaning not only Israel, but
the entire Western world.�
Holy Cow. The extremist elements that do not accept �our�
existence (here making us try to see Israel and The West as interchangeable
concepts, ones that �We� must defend, because we are the same thing) are only
�Islamic.� Well, how would that explain the policies of the entire Israeli
government and the majority of the Western governments that go along with them?
They do not accept the existence or even allow the mere survival of the
people penned in Gaza and those who are victims of the settlement and control
system of Israel in the West Bank. Yes, Livni sees the world as
a battlefield, and there is on one side �the Good Guys,� i.e., Israel and those
who support it, which she lumps together as The West that are engaged in
a constant battle against �the Bad Guys,� well, The Rest.
Livni continues: �This attack was
carried out by a little-known local organization which claimed responsibility
several months ago for another attack in India. The Chabad house in Mumbai is
located at the end of an alley, and it is clear that it was chosen as a target.
I understand that also those terrorists who attacked the hotels were looking
for tourists of American, British and Israeli citizenship. This was a
Uh huh. Tourists. Yes, hotels are crawling with them,
usually. But more interesting is the idea here that the Israelis killed were
peaceniks who don�t have any political views that would cause trouble to others
in nations where Islam is a religion that is practiced by a sizable number
of people and at times the majority. Anyone familiar with the Lubavitchers
is aware that they are Jewish Extremists. This does not mean that they deserve
to die in terrorist attacks; it just means that it is simple to understand how
they could be viewed as being hostile to Muslims and being very,
very vocal about it, as well as acting upon this belief in order to
inhabit and illegally occupy lands that are clearly Palestinian.
During the days of the unilateral Gaza disengagement, the
Chabad Lubavitchers were the most vocal critics of the �abandonment of Eretz
Yisrael� to the �enemy.� Their site has
always been a propaganda to get American Jews to settle in Gaza.
�So the military in Israel is going to
follow us wherever we go. Well, not exactly but they will be there to protect
us from this sick and deranged enemy that Israel has nurtured and armed. It�s
as if we had this beautiful garden at our disposal and of all the things we
could have planted in the garden we chose to plant cancer. Are we crazy? Who
else would do such a thing?�
and, they even see themselves as MILITARY TARGETS . . .
�The point of all this is that Jews
everywhere are targets of the current craziness. If we are being shadowed by
Israel Air Force planes and escorted by police cars then even though we are not
in uniform, I think that by not too much of a stretch we are all members of
Israel�s Defense Force. Okay so maybe you�re stationed at the Plaza or the King
David. It doesn�t make you any less of an important foot soldier.�
So, the question begs; if they see themselves as foot
soldiers in the mission of military occupation of Palestine, why wouldn�t
Rizzo is an art restorer, translator and writer living in Italy. She is a
co-founder of Palestine
Think Tank. She also contributes as a translator to www.tlaxcala.es.