Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
ludickid

The real terrorists

On Wednesday of last week, the Supreme Court in Belgium agreed to hear the case of plaintiffs who lost family at the massacres of Sabra and Shatila in 1982. In response, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Foreign Minister of Israel (and the former Prime Minister of that freedom-loving nation) recalled his country's ambassador to Belgium, promised a "very stern response", and referred to the plaintiffs as terrorists.

The attorneys representing those plaintiffs have drafted a response that I think is elegant in its muted outrage. You can find it here.

To quote a small but important fragment of the letter:

"Our clients are not 'terrorists,' but ordinary people who were raped, tortured, and wounded; who were forced to witness -- and relive everyday since -- the slaughter of their children, parents, husbands and wives."

This is why language is so important. This is why we must remember that irony is not dead. This is why I am obsessed with what people say in service of their needs.

We are tooling ourselves for a war of aggression which we justify by forging non-existent links to 'terrorists', and by claiming that Saddam Hussein, if left unchecked, would attack Israel, the 'sole democracy in the Middle East'. At the same time, victims of a bloody massacre orchestrated by the military of that democracy uses the word 'terrorists' to describe the families of those victims.

An apology seems hardly sufficient.
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