[News] The Right To Exist: Who has it? Where is it? Why?
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The Right To Exist: Who has it? Where is it? Why?
By Gary Corseri
05 June, 2010
Does Israel have a right to exist? Do we?
Its a shibboleth of the Zionist entity: Israel has the right to exist!
But what is this Israel? What is this right to exist?
Where is it written? Is it in Holy Scripture?
The Song of Songs? The Book of Job? Proverbs? Ecclesiastes?
Is it written in stone on two tablets by the finger of God?
What does it mean when a people declare that they
have the right to exist as they please because
they are a democracy, but other people have no
such right? I solemnly declare my elections
legitimatethe will of my people--, but
obvious that you people over there (in Gaza, in
Turkey, in Iran, etc.) do not have the capacity
to choose leaders who can represent your true interests!
What does that mean?
Israel refuses to negotiate with Hamaswill not
recognize the political leadership that the
Palestinians chose in internationally monitored
electionsbecause, Israel declares, Hamas will
not recognize Israels right to exist.
And why should Hamas recognize that right? What
is always unspoken are the words, the right to
exist as we are now, as we have been, and as we
shall become. Recognize me, and suffer all my
faults! Recognize my right to exist as I am, have
been and will beand forfeit your right to
challenge me legally for illegal seizures of
property, for expropriations and appropriations,
for illegitimate detainments, incarcerations, torture, homicides.
In effect, Israeli commandos unilaterally
declared that Aid Activists on a flotilla in
international waters had no right to exist.
When Ahmadinijead of Iran quoted the Ayatollah
Khomeini that the Zionist entity would wither
away and disappear from the page of history, the
entity and its media stooges in the U.S. and
elsewhere accused Iran of threatening to wipe
Israel off the map of the earth. Israel declared
Iran an existential threat and threatened, in
turn, to destroy the Iranians with the 200
nuclear weapons that they will neither confirm
nor deny possessing (even though everyone knows they have them!).
Orthodox Jews, including the ultra-conservative
Hasidim, are among those most loudly proclaiming
that the state of Israel has no right to exist.
Their viewpoint is hermeneutical: they believe
that Israel will be established among the nations
after the Mashiach (the Messiah) comes. They
believe it is heretical for politicians to
reverse the process. First the Mashiach, then the
state. Thats the way they read the Hebrew.
Then, do Orthodox Jews have the right to exist?
(At last report, Israel had not threatened them with its nuclear bombs).
We the people in the infant republic of the
United States, did not think much about the
existence of Native Americans, women or slaves.
Some three score years after our founding, we did
not think Mexico had a right to exist north of
the Rio Grande. We did not think Hawaii had the
right to exist as a sovereign nation. Nor, in
spite of promises made at the time of the
Spanish-American War, did we think the
Philippines had the right to exist as anything
other than a U.S. colony in Asia (we needed the coaling stations!).
Is it simply power that determines the right to exist?
During the Cold War, the US and its allies
decided the Soviet Union had no right to exist.
We were prepared to obliterate the world to prove
our pointcertain nutjobs among us were. One of
our soldiers, a Lieutenant Calley, thought he was
just following orders when he decided that
hundreds of villagers in a hamlet called My Lai
in Vietnamunarmed men, women and childrenhad no
right to exist. He wasted them.
Does the U.N. determine who has the right to
exist? Does Tibet have that right? Does Palestine? Does Kurdistan?
Suppose the good people of Vermont decide that
they are sick and tired of bank bail-outs,
oligopolies, kakistocracies, phony American
elections, our media of the absurd, oil-slick
corporations with more legal rights than
persons, and artery-clogging, greasy fast food?
In a sterling, transparent, democratic election,
the vast majority of the state elects leadership
that claims its place among the nations of the
world as The Glorious, Independent, Technicolor,
Outstanding Republic of Vermont (which a media
wag soon dubs the GIT OUT of R Vermont
republic). Does the Glorious, Independent,
Technicolor, Outstanding Republic of Vermont have the right to exist?
The Zionist state demands the right to exist as a
Zionist statea non-signatory of the Nuclear
Non-proliferation Treaty, bristling with nuclear
weapons. Did Yahweh come out of the clouds and
declare that this state alone can break all the
rules of international decorum with impunity, without censure?
When did Yahweh make that announcement? Was it on
the Rachel Maddow show? Was it on Larry King?
Suppose we started from the other end? Suppose we
assumed that no one had the right to exist, but
that everyoneand every speciescould enjoy the
privilege of existence? How would we order the world then?
The Zionist zealots ask, Why dont the
Palestinians produce a Gandhi, a Martin Luther
King to lead them? But where is the Zealots
Martin Buber--a Jew who exhorted the Jews, and
all humankind, to live in harmony with
otherswith different species, toowith God,
tooin an I and Thou relationship?
The Zealots have raided the Kingdom of Heaven.
Like Lucifer, the Angel of Light, they will be
transmogrified by their pride and arrogance, and
lust for power. And
they will fall, corrupted from within.
Gary Corseri has posted and published articles,
fiction, poetry and dramas at Common Dreams,
CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, The New York
Times, Village Voice and hundreds of other venues
internationally. His books include the novels, A
FINE EXCESS and HOLY GRAIL, HOLY GRAIL.
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