What we have here is a failure to communicate. Cool Hand Luke.
That's what we're having in the world right now, a failure of communication and the reason is simple, we've reached a point of conflict, and when people reach a point of conflict, they stop communicating to each other and start shouting slurs.
I read some articles about how much good the wealthy do with their wealth, as if that means wealth is good. But if we don't know the whole story, how can we make that judgment? Yes, Bill Gates made a product that made him one of the richest men in the world, but didn't his company engage in monopolistic behavior? Do these laws not matter, these laws that limit how companies behave in trying to secure their profits?
It appears that laws don't matter anymore. Lies matter. And I see the decline in the rule of law directly connected to the founding of Israel. International law says no country can take occupied territory and settle it. Israel has done that, but denies doing it, despite the fact that satellite images over time show the growth of Israeli settlements in occupied lands. We know that other countries do this, take land from people by force. We know that we've done it. What is new is that we were asked to deny the obvious for the sake of our relationship. We were asked repeatedly to sit on the Security Council and do Israel's bidding because the Israeli's said they were getting a raw deal, being judged by a higher standard. But I've see the Hebrew National adds. The Jews revel in the fact that they're being judged by a higher standard, when it suits them.
I'm sorry for harping on Israel, but they are our weak link. The weakest of many. We have not been willing to use our influence to soften Israeli behavior. No, we've been a pawn, and slowly our policies have become more and more aligned with Israeli policy, such as targeted assassinations, intrusions in the political affairs of other nations, less and less concerned with the civil rights of displaced groups and aggrieved people. The Obama administration refusing to be the lone objector on a resolution to condemn Israeli settlements wasn't the beginning of a change of policy, it was a way of lying to the American electorate, to be able to make a claim that the US is not Israeli's patsy, when in truth we are.
Businesses and politicians have used this schizophrenic foreign policy, the bully claiming to be a savior, to engage in insane claims. No, man doesn't effect the climate. How could he? He's so small and the world is so vast. We don't need laws to keep people from behaving badly. It is laws that make people act badly by restricting their natural right to act in their own, best, self interest. Isn't that what Israel is doing as a nation? Why should there be constraints?
I don't think the Israelis are willing to concede that the Nazis had every right to exterminate whoever the hell they wanted because they believed it was in their self interest. I don't think the Israelis would concede that being pushed into ghettos and forced to live like animals is something the world should accept, but the Israelis accept it, and we accept it, and what does that say about us going forward? What does the Trump regime with it's bizarre disregard for legal precedent and scientific inquiry say about what will be acceptable tomorrow?
It has taken us almost seventy years to get to this point where no one is pushing for peace, no one is thinking about peace, no one believes in peace, that it is an admirable and achievable goal. We have emerged from the greatest era of prosperity and equality that the world has ever known into a new era of wealth concentration and insularity where wars are fought for the sake of nothing more than short-term corporate gain and the protection of weak allies, all done with deficit spending that makes a mockery out of fiscal responsibility.
That's the message that has been lost in all of this, the duty of a legitimate society to hold its leaders, its partners, its largest holders of wealth and privilege, the duty to hold them accountable, to protect the right of all people in this world to have justice. Yeah, it's impossible, the rich and powerful always get more justice that the poor and weak, but it is the basis of law in a democracy, that people will be held accountable in the courts, have a chance of being called to task for their crimes and have a chance to defend themselves. It is the only hope we have going into the future and it is a message that we need to make clear for the world.