(CFPA) http://peacecoalition.org/ 33rd Annual Conference & Interfaith Service for Peace on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Princeton featuring Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman & Juan Cole.
We are treated to some 44 minutes of Noam Chomsky’s special clarity just a week after the 2012 Election’s wide ranging discussion of Media, Objectivity and Reality in US Foreign Policy on Terrorism and the Middle East.
It was a David and Goliath battle in which the Zionist Goliath was forced to retreat with a bloody nose and a severely dented ego.
The biblical reference is rather apt since the Zionist regime launched its onslaught – Pillar of Cloud – on the people of Gaza with presumptuous divine right only to find that their God was not on their side. While the casualties and toll of human suffering are as usual disproportionately inflicted on the Palestinian men, women and children, nevertheless the victors in this latest battle are the people of Gaza and the many people around the world who stood with them.
Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank. The continued failure to respond aggressively to climate change, the report warns, will mean that the planet will inevitably warm by at least 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, ushering in an apocalypse.
* A shorter version of this paper has been published in the Russian Academy of Sciences journal, Mir Peremen (The World of Transformations), 2012 (3):49-64 (in Russian). An earlier version was posted by the Global Policy Forum meeting in Yaroslavl, Russia, September 7-8, 2011, on its website.
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Light the fire so I can see my tears
On the night of the massacre … — Samih al-Qasim, 1939 – present
It was that “pinpoint accuracy”, “surgical strike” stuff again. There were “unavoidable tragic errors”, “mistakes”, “scrupulous efforts made to avoid” etc., blah. And as Britain’s Colonel Richard Kemp declared of the fourteen hundred dead of the Christmas and New Year onslaught on Gaza in 2008-2009: “Mistakes are not war crimes.”