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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 588 29th March ­ 4th April 2004

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HERE WE GO AGAIN
The public debate surrounding Ian Thorpe's disqualification raises some very
important issues that go beyond the dilemma faced by Ian Thorpe. It's
interesting to note that a significant number of Australians believe that
Thorpe's disqualification should be set aside and he should be allowed to
swim the 400 meters at the Athens Olympics. It's highly unlikely that if
the swimmer in lane eight was disqualified in a similar manner that the
disqualification would have even rated a mention let alone triggered a
significant public debate.

NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
'WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES' ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

The current heated discussions are symptomatic of a problem that has
surfaced in Australia over the past decade. There now seems to be one set
of rules and laws for the rich, the famous and those who exercise power and
another set of rules and laws for everyone else. Access to the protection
the courts theoretically provide, is directly linked to the amount of money
you can throw at a problem. The greater the amount of money you have, the
greater the number of legal options you are able to exercise.

Taxation has become a voluntary exercise for rich and powerful figures who
can significantly legally minimise their tax, while P.A.Y.E taxpayers are
paying over 60 cents in the dollar when their taxable income climbs over
$60,000. If you can't obtain the necessary entry score to start the
university course you want to do, you can always buy your way into your
preferred course if you have the disposable income to pay for it. If you
need treatment or surgery for a chronic disability don't despair, if you
have private insurance you can jump the queue and be treated at a private
hospital courtesy of a significant taxpayer subsidy.

Equality of opportunity both as a philosophical position and a practical
reality has disappeared in Australia. Opportunity is fast becoming the
preserve of the rich, powerful and famous. Everybody else is expected to
fight for the crumbs that fall off their tables. The Ian Thorpe saga is
fast becoming a metaphor for the lack of opportunity that many Australians
currently face.

THE TRUTH AT LAST
I was surprised to see the country's leader lambaste Mark Latham for his
irresponsible plans to withdraw Australian troops from Iraq before
Christmas. I'm the first to admit that I've had very strong doubts about
John Howard's ability to tell the truth when dealing with difficult issues.
His track record leads many Australians to think that he has great
difficulty in telling the truth in these circumstances.

The weapons of mass destruction fiasco could have been avoided if he had
levelled with the Australian people and told them that the reason we helped
the United States invade Iraq was because we needed access to the world's
second largest reserve of oil to maintain our current standard of living.
His inability to take Australians into his confidence has led him to make
some outrageous statements during his three terms in office. His decision
to divide his promises to the Australian electorate into core and non-core
promises, the children overboard' fiasco and his never, never a G.S.T'
statement could have been avoided if he told the Australian people what he
was really thinking.

I'm pleased to see that he is trying very hard to shake off the ill deserved
reputation that he can't tell the truth. It's good to see that he has
learnt the lesson that truth is always the best policy.

Listening to Australia's current ruler the United States ambassador, Mr. Tom
Schieffer dress down the Australian Labor Party for their irresponsible
attitude towards Iraq, I realised that our Prime Minister John Howard had
been telling the Australian people the truth when he told them that he
wanted to be the United States' deputy in the Australian Pacific region.
Unfortunately because of his poor track record with telling the truth, most
Australians didn't believe him. It's good to see that the United States
ambassador, Tom Schieffer has now publicly acknowledged that John Howard was
telling Australians the truth. He is the leader of Australia and John
Howard is his loyal deputy.

CORPORATE MAFIA
It's interesting to follow the media hype surrounding Catherine Walter's
(the renegade National Australia Bank's director) decision to break with her
corporate colleagues. Australia has a limited number of directors that sit
on the boards of multiple corporations. These corporations wield an
extraordinary amount of power, setting both the political and economic
agenda in this country.

No significant political figure is willing or more importantly able to break
the stranglehold the corporate mafia has on big business in this country.
The number of people sitting on their boards in Australia is so limited that
it is unusual for them to break ranks. The cosy little arrangements that
exist between the members of this select band of extremely well remunerated
gang are in danger of coming to public attention.

Institutional investors domination of share lists ensures that people who
talk their type of language are elected or appointed to these boards.
Shareholder democracy is democracy in name only. Institutional investors
act to protect the interests of the limited number of people that control
the corporate agenda in Australia. Catherine Walter's decision to buck the
majority opinion on the NAB board is front-page news because directors do
not normally break corporate solidarity. NAB's shareholders will decide
Walter's fate as a director. Considering that institutional investors
control a significant proportion of NAB shares, it's highly likely that Ms.
Walters will lose her position as a director at the next NAB shareholders
meeting.

The incestuous relationship between corporate boards and institutional
shareholders guarantees that a director of a board who can't be bought off
with a golden handshake, will be ousted in any extraordinary general
meeting. Not that I personally have any sympathy for Walter's dilemma, if
she loses her position on the NAB board she, like the rest of her corporate
colleagues, will find solace in the directorships of a few other corporate
boards she sits on.



SO, YOU WANT
YOUR DECISION RATIFIED
You have to hand it to core and non-core man when it comes to front, his is
bigger than Myers. John Howard and his Cabinet didn't bother asking
parliament when they made their decision to commit Australian troops to the
war in Iraq. John Howard was out there with Blair and Bush beating the war
drums long before the invasion of Iraq.

One year later he's keen to have his decision ratified by parliament. Not
only does he want parliament to endorse his plans for war, he now wants
parliament to give him the authority to keep Australian troops in Iraq
indefinitely. I'm certain that if Mark Latham hadn't floated the idea that
the troops should be home by Christmas, that John Howard wouldn't be seeking
retrospective parliamentary endorsement. Howard has shown an extraordinary
contempt for parliament over the last eight years. He is not interested in
what parliament may have to say; all he is interested in is the passage of
his ideologically driven privatisation agenda.

The level of debate about the proposed withdrawal of Australian troops from
Iraq has been infantile, nebulous and without any substance, let alone
depth. The fourth estate's response has been dictated more by the needs of
the Bush administrators, than the needs of Australians. The Australian
media takes its lead from conservative United States media outlets. Article
after article about Iraq reflects the neo-conservative opinions of a limited
number of self-appointed experts.

Iran has religious police to keep the Islamic fundamentalist regime in
power. Australia relies on a non-critical, politically passive media to
bolster the status quo by manufacturing a national consensus that reinforces
the status quo.

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF CHILDREN
Some thing very unusual happened at the funeral of Benji', Melbourne's
latest casualty in a gangland war that has claimed over twenty lives in the
past few years. Children attending the funeral service threw eggs and golf
balls at the media vultures that had come to cover the funeral. What
happened highlights the utter contempt that the Australian media is held in
by a diverse range of people.

The Australian media acts as a gatekeeper deciding what is and isn't news.
It manufacturers consent by limiting the debate about what they consider to
be news. It protects the interests of the rich and powerful while
denigrating and humiliating many sections of society with impunity. The
daily diet of manufactured scandals and manufactured news has created a
climate where anything and everything becomes grist for corporations that
treat people's lives and emotions, hopes and aspirations as commodities.

The ability of people to obtain redress for the lies, slanders and
half-truths that appear in the media is impossible. Defamation laws have
become the preserve of the rich and powerful. Allegations are made that
would not stand up in a court of law because media sources, that now have
the resources available to media juggernauts, far outstrips any available to
people who have been defamed and humiliated in the search to bolster
audiences and advertising revenue. The increasingly hostile unbalanced and
biased accounts that are aired in the media about extra-parliamentary
political activism and activists, as well as other sections of society, are
creating a climate of contempt, disgust, loathing and hatred in the
community towards the corporate dominated media juggernauts and the
government gelded ABC.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WHAT ROLE DOES RESEARCH PLAY IN AN ANARCHIST SOCIETY?
A. Research is not value free. The type of research that occurs in a
society is linked to the economic and social values that are held by that
society. The smaller the public sector the greater the amount of research
conducted by the private sector. Research in a society that is dominated by
the private sector is profit focused. The greater the profits that can be
made, the greater the amount of capital available to pursue that research.
Patent laws in capitalist societies give individuals and corporations
exclusive rights to extract profits from the fruits of their research for up
to 25 years.
An anarchist society is based on different principles of association.
Wealth is held in common and used for the common good. The principles that
drive research in an anarchist society are not profit based. People have an
opportunity to discuss what they believe are the problems facing their
communities. The direction in which research is focused would be determined
by the needs of that community. The amount of resources that will be
allocated to pursue a particular problem will be determined by the effects
that problem is having on a community.
Provisions would also need to be made to support research that is not
problem orientated. Before decisions about who gets what can be tackled, a
decision needs to be made by the community about what proportion of their
resources will be devoted to research. Individual decisions about what
group gets what could be made by a special panel that's appointed on a
yearly basis to distribute community resources allocated for research. If a
community is faced with a particularly difficult problem, they may make a
decision about what percentage of the resources that have been allocated for
research will be used to tackle that problem.
Individuals and groups would make applications for access to the resources
that are made available. The results derived from any research conducted
would become community property. Patent laws would not be an issue in an
anarchist society as the needs of the individual are met by the community
they live and work in. Nothing that I've written would stop anybody in an
anarchist society conducting research into what interests them. The problem
is balancing an individual's interests with the interests of the community
they live in. The major benefit when research resources are allocated on
the basis of need, is that the resources that are now squandered developing
useless gadgets that are designed to maximise profits and destroy the
environment, could be ploughed back into projects to satisfy human needs.

ACTION BOX
ANARCHIST BOOK CLUB
One of the greatest challenges we face is the challenge to keep the ideas we
are interested in uppermost in our minds. In a world that's awash with
ideas that are diametrically opposed to what we believe are important, it's
easy to lose interest in what we believe is important. It's essential we
spend time building intellectual oases in the intellectual deserts we live
in.
One good way of doing this is by establishing an anarchist book club.
Ideally this should involve face to face discussions between people who have
agreed to read a particular book. The discussions generated by the book can
refresh our ideas and give us a much needed outlet with people who have
similar interests. If face to face interaction is not possible, an internet
based anarchist book club can also help us refresh and maintain our ideas.
Book clubs are non threatening organisations. They can act as an easy entry
point for people who are interested in our ideas but don't have enough
energy, will or time to become more involved in the activities we're are
involved in. Book clubs provide a much needed escape from the greyness and
boredom of everyday life. If you're lucky, you may make new friendships
with people who have similar opinions about the society they live and work
in. Book clubs are easy to establish, they're low maintenance and don't
need much money to keep them afloat.
If you're interested in forming an ANARCHIST BOOK CLUB anywhere in
Australia, the Anarchist Media Institute can help you contact like-minded
people in your neck of the woods. We can act as an organising focus for
you, by placing ads in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review, coordinating any
responses and possibly even recommending titles that you may be interested
in reading. Lonely?, isolated?, think no one else in your area has a
radical thought in their head?, send us a 50 word advert' by email, snail
mail or fax and we'll see if we can help you form an Anarchist Book Club.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 No. 11
JAMES McGILL ­ No. 1
James McGill was a well known figure around Ballarat. He had worked for
over a year for an American goldmining company on the fields. McGill
claimed he had military experience and had studied for a year at West Point.
The Americans as a body, had shown little interest in the struggles going on
at Ballarat.
Governor Hotham worked closely with the American Consul Tarleton, to ensure
that the Americans would not become involved in the unrest on the
goldfields. Carey, a New Yorker who had been unjustly convicted of sly
grogging and who had been sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, was given an
unconditional pardon by Hotham to try to keep the Americans (the best armed
miners on the goldfields) on side. James McGill acted as a go-between
between the Americans on the goldfields and the rest of the miners. He
organised the Independent Californian Rangers, a body of around 200 well
armed Americans, which entered the dispute on the side of the miners. At 4
o'clock on Saturday afternoon on the 2nd December 1854, the Independent
Californian Rangers entered the stockade site and placed themselves at the
disposal of the miners.
McGill was appointed second in command to Lalor and as he said he had
military experience he was given direct responsibility for the tactical
arrangements in the stockade. McGill took this responsibility seriously, he
set up a sentry system so the stockaders would have prior warning of any
attack. He got Alfred Black to draw up a general order of the night '
which he read to the stockaders on Saturday night.
Concerned about likely reinforcements coming up from Melbourne, McGill and
most of the Californian Rangers set out from the stockade to intercept and
attack these reinforcements. Of the almost 2000 men that had milled in the
one acre stockade site on Saturday the 2nd December, only about 120 remained
in the stockade after midnight. Rede's and Hotham's spies in the diggers
camp relayed the information that Lalor had gone to sleep about midnight,
that McGill and his Californian Rangers had left the camp and that most of
the other miners had dispersed to their tents on the goldfields, to the
military reinforcements at the government camp.
NEXT WEEK: More about James McGill

BOOK REVIEW
'EUREKA STOCKADE.'
By Richard Butler, Angus & Robertson 1983, ISBN 0 207 1464 62
Over the past few years when I've come across a second hand bookshop, I've
gone in and asked them if hey had any books about the Eureka stockade. I
thought I had got lucky on Saturday when I discovered a hardback copy of
Eureka Stockade' by Richard Butler. Unfortunately the contents did not
match the blurb on the front cover Richard Butler's compelling narrative of
rebellion on the goldfields'.
I should have taken a close look at the word narrative ­ story of events,
experiences, or the like whether true or fictitious'. The author has
attempted to flesh out the historical record of what happened at Eureka by
putting words into the mouths of some of the participants in the Eureka
rebellion. I assume he hoped to give a human dimension to the events
surrounding the rebellion by fleshing out the historical record with
conversations that may or may not have occurred. The liberty he's taken
with the historical account has not really come off. The conversations seem
trite and unrealistic, the web woven around the events is flimsy and
tattered. Butler has failed to breathe life into his characters and the
events surrounding the historical record.
The book's one redeeming feature is the use of illustrations, many of which
I have not seen before. The illustrations break the monotony of the
monosyllabic utterances in the book. All in all, Eureka Stockade' by
Richard Butler was neither compelling, nor dare I say it interesting. I
believe the book would be suitable for the younger reader or for someone who
has little or no knowledge about Eureka. It doesn't add anything to the
body of knowledge that is already available to most people who are
interested in the events surrounding the Eureka rebellion.
On second thoughts Eureka Stockade' does the job it was expected to do. It
gives people an insight into what may have happened. I does a good job for
what it is meant to be, I think I've made the mistake of thinking that I'd
find something new in the material presented. The problems I have with the
book is more likely due to my expectations, than any shortcomings of the
author. If you know of children or adults who don't know much about Eureka,
this is a gentle way of introducing them to this important, fascinating
event in Australian history.
Try your local library, the publishers or a 2nd hand bookshop, if you want
to get hold of a copy of Eureka Stockade' by Richard Butler.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
It's difficult choosing what to write about, so many things can happen in a
week. Many people believe nothing happens in their lives, maybe nothing
happens, maybe they choose not to look around them, preoccupied with their
own mortality. Private grief in public places still unsettles me. I don't
know why it makes me uncomfortable.
May be as human beings we don't like to be confronted by suffering. The
Nazis soon found that you can't expect men to blow brains out 8 hours a day,
day after day. The development of the gas chambers were a direct
consequence of the resistance that human beings displayed when killing other
human beings. Even Gengis Khan's hordes, the first people to successfully
use genocide as a weapon of war, never overcame their soldiers reluctance to
slaughter other human beings. When a city that had been conquered was
marked for slaughter, it could take up to a week to kill everybody in that
city. The Romans were much more practical, if they wanted to disperse a
conquered people they killed the old, the young and the disabled, while the
rest of the population was sold into slavery.
Getting back to the Mongol hordes, when a city was marked for slaughter, the
number of people in that conquered city was counted. Each soldier was given
a quota to fill. If they couldn't come up with the required number of ears
by the end of the week, they too would be killed. It's amazing how one's
own personal waltz with mortality is able to overcome the moral and ethical
scruples we hold.
Getting back to private grief in public places, the victims invariably seem
to be women. Earlier on this week I was stuck in traffic waiting for one of
those traffic lights to change that seems to have made a pact with the
devil. I wait and wait and wait, to cut the boredom factor I turn my
attention to one of those see through bus shelters lining the streets. A
woman in her early 30's, fat bulging out of her tracksuit pants was weeping
silently in the corner of the bus shelter. Her feet were covered with
crumbled tissues, every few seconds she pulled out another one, wiped her
eyes and threw it on the ground. She pulled out her mobile phone and had a
short sharp conversation with someone on the other end. She got up and
started banging her fists on the glass. The traffic lights changed from red
to green. I seized the moment driving off as she slid back onto the bench,
a new tissue in her hand, soaking up her pain.

STOP PRESS
OMEGA 3 MADNESS'
Omega 3 fatty acids help to control cholesterol. The best natural supply of
Omega 3 is found in fish. So far so good, the tale now gets a little bit
complicated. In order to improve the Omega 3 content of cattle and overcome
buyer resistance to the purchase of meat, cattle farmers are now feeding
cattle fish meat.
It seems that the cattle industry is slow on the uptake. Remember all the
trouble they got themselves into when they were feeding sheep to cattle and
MAD COW' disease (I wonder why the sick cows are considered to be mad, it's
obvious that the cattle farmers were mad) became a major concern to the
world's meat lovers.
I don't want to look into that story, I think we'll keep that one for
another day. What I'm really interested in is how the scientific mind
works. Instead of encouraging people to give up eating cattle and eat fish
or plants, fruits or nuts, EUREKA!!, some bright spark has come up with the
solution to the current conundrum. Hey presto!, let's genetically modify
cattle by introducing a fish gene into their genetic make-up so consumers
can enjoy eating Omega 3 rich cows. I'm not kidding. Millions of dollars
have gone into experiments to alter the genetic make-up of cattle so their
meat is rich in Omega 3. It seems that the scientists involved in these
projects have had some success with their work and have been able to splice
the Omega 3 fish gene into the cattle genotype.
The world's prayers answered, while millions continue to die from lack of
food, lack of access to clean water and lack of sanitation, you and I can
get our grubby little fangs into Omega 3 rump steak. The only problem
confronting this brave new world is consumer resistance to the idea. With a
little bit of slick advertising, a hit television show, some scantly clad
models (both male and female), a few free mass BBQ's, in a few months
they'll be able to overcome any consumer resistance to the idea of people
eating cattle meat with fish genes in it, unless that is if some nasty
undiagnosed disease rears its ugly head. Promise, I didn't make any of this
up, if I was still a Christian I'd swear on a stack of Bibles and cross my
heart ­ folks just believe me, it's the gospel truth ­ yes brothers and
sister, it's the gospel truth.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.


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A BATALHA Vol.30 No. 203 JAN/FEB 2004, R. Marques de Ponte de Lima,
37-2-D, 1100-337, Lisboa, PORTUGAL. Jornalabatalha@hotmail.com
ARIVISTA ANARCHIA Vol.34 No2, MARCH 2004, Editrice A, C.P.17120, 20170
Milano, ITALY, Tel:022896627, Fax:0228001271, Email:arivista@tin.it
www.anarca-bolo.ch/a-rivista
CNT No.299 MARCH 2004, Organo de la Conferedacion Nacional del Trabajo,
Pza Tisso de Molina 5-2, 28012, MADRID, SPAIN, Tel:913690838/913690972,
Fax:914200856, redaccion@periodcocnt.org
LE LIBERTAIRE No.244 MARCH 04, Revue de synthese anarchiste, Boite
Postale 745, 76060 Leitavre Cedex FRANCE Tel:(0148414594),
www.le-libertaire.org,libertaire@normandnet.fr
SICILIA LIBERTAIRIA No.226 FEB 2004, Giornale Anarchico per la Liberazione
Sociale L'internazionismo, Via Galileo Galilei 45, 97100 Ragusa, SICILY,
ITALY, email:si_lib@hotmail.com
UMANITA NOVA Vol 84 No.8 EL 7TH MARCH 2004, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo 46, 10152, Torino ITALY. tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it

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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
An investigation into workplace violence at a Centrelink office in Adelaide
found Centrelink management failed in its duty to protect the health &
safety of people working there. Comcare investigated the Currie Street
office of Centrelink, after staff complained of being threatened, physically
assaulted & spat on. Union delegate Andrew Reschke said he was threatened by
a client & told "no one would help me if anything happened". He also said a
client pulled a knife when he was in the office. Mr Reschke said he rarely
reported or recorded being abused or threatened b/c it happened so often.
Health & Safety rep Louis Poiana said management had made some improvements
at the office after the report, eg backing down on their initial refusal to
hire a security guard. (Source: CPSU)
ALP leader Mark Latham has backed down on a promise to withdraw Aussie
troops from the Iraq campaign, only days after making it. Mr Latham now said
Australia would withdraw the 850 troops involved in 'Operation Catalyst' in
Iraq (possibly not counting the 90 currently guarding the Aussie mission)
but leave about 430 troops assigned elsewhere in the region. The ALP is
believed to have come under intense pressure from the US govt after making
the promise. (Source: The Age)
A magistrate in Wagga Wagga says police there nearly beat a man to death,
planted a knife at the crime scene & later lied in court about the incident.
41-year-old Alan Hathaway ran from the police when they came to arrest him
over driving offences. He was found by Constable Chris Jackson, hiding in
the bedroom of a nearby house & an 'altercation' followed. The 'altercation'
left Mr Hathaway with severe facial injuries, an arm broken in 3 places as
well as injuries to his lower body. He was hospitalised for more than a
month. According to magistrate Bill Pierce, police were "lucky they didn't
kill him". An unknown police officer then planted a knife at the scene.
Police told an ambulance that they couldn't take Mr Hathaway to hospital &
instead took him to the police station where they charged him with
assaulting police. During the trial, a police officer sat in court,
according to the magistrate & rolled his eyes dramatically in an exaggerated
fashion calculated to interfere with the ability of the witness to recount
what had happened. He also threw up both hands in mock horror. It is amazing
that arrangements were made to clean the premises so very quickly. That
makes me suspect, taken with all the other evidence, that there was an
attempt to make things appear less bad for the police b/c the bedroom was a
bloodbath". An internal police inquiry into the incident a year ago cleared
the officers involved. A spokeswoman for the Police Minister said she was
unable to comment & a police spokesman said the force's local area commander
had full confidence in his officers, although he said he would welcome the
findings of an enquiry by the Police Integrity Commission.
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to the leader of Australia ­ the United States Ambassador
Mr. Tom Schieffer for his unprecedented attack on the leader of the
Opposition Mr. Mark Latham because he had the audacity to announce the ALP
s policy on Iraq without first floating the idea by him.
Johnny the Prime Minister agrees with his mentor and master Tom.
Mark is a bad, bad, boy.

*** 7th DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE RALLY ***
5.30PM WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY
(POST BUDGET RALLY)
Forecourt THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA
Corner Swanston & Latrobe Streets, Melbourne.
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, MELB, VIC. Tel: (03) 9766 8555.
Email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
www.defendandextendmedicare.org
Access to health care a right, not a charity or a luxury.

EIGHT HOUR DAY CELEBRATIONS
148TH ANNIVERSARY EIGHTH HOUR DAY
WEDNESDAY 21ST APRIL 11.30AM
AT THE
EIGHTH HOUR MONUMENT
Cnr Victoria and Russell Streets, Melbourne
Bring along banners, food and drinks

ASSASSINATION: A FOOLISH OPTION
By James Emerton, Independent Activist
It has all happened before'Israel assassinates some important figure or
supporter of Palestinian resistance; Palestinians killed in process;
Violence continues'. They're hardly instances that are newsworthy ­ at least
that has been the situation in the past. It's something that happens on a
seemingly regular basis, with very little coverage, if any. Imagine my
surprise when I saw that the assassination of the disabled (now ex-) Hamas
leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin was front-page news on the corporate equivalent to
the Anarchist Age, not too long ago.
But to give credit where it is due, he was the leader of an increasingly
popular Palestinian resistance organisation that, ironically, was encouraged
by Israel when it first formed. However, how killing a man, especially a
blind, wheelchair-bound man, is supposed to be a step towards peace is
beyond my comprehension. Leaders do not decide history ­ masses of people
make history.
It's increasingly obvious to the Palestinian people that the situation is
out of their hands. That's why the majority of the Palestinian population
now support suicide bombings (note that Hamas doesn't enjoy such support).
There's no external help in the face of a state that's backed by the
economic & military might of the world's only super-power. It's exactly this
reason why the death of a leader, or any amount of leaders of any
organisation, will not stop Palestinian resistance.
They'll keep on going & going as long as the Palestinian people feel as
though they're being unfairly dealt with. For all their peace talk, Israel
has continued to drive Palestinians out of their homes by destroying
villages outside Israel territory & replacing them with Israeli settlements.
This has been accompanied by an obvious segregation with the so-called
security fence that separates Palestinians from Israel that is enforced by
gun-toting lackeys of the State. The sudden disappearance of a leader
doesn't change these facts & the feelings towards the oppression in fact as
has been witnessed it's made resentment grow.
The best thing that can be done in this situation is for Israel to withdraw
to the original borders decided by the UN, keep out of Palestine & help
rebuild the ruined nation. It'll almost certainly be found in such a
situation that the security of Israel will be preserved. The ordinary
Palestinian will be more than happy with such arrangements, where they might
be able to start living relatively ordinary lives again. They'll be more
than happy to co-exist with the Israeli State. This way, organisations like
Hamas who wish for the destruction of Israel will not even need any
attacking ­ there'd be very little support for them to continue their
military excursions & they would indeed decrease dramatically.
However, this is an extremely unlikely situation. The fact that Israel has
even dared to claim parts of Palestine for their own, is an indication of
the desire for imperialist conquest. They've the backing of a super-power
who vetoes every resolution in the UN that take steps towards the peace that
is desired by so many. The very concept of the state is to look after the
political & economic interests of the status quo & both nations are doing an
excellent job indeed.

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