[iDC] The Current War (Digest)
trebor at thing.net
Sun Aug 6 16:35:29 EDT 2006
Current War -- iDC Digest. August 06, 2006
Ellis Godard <egodard at csun.edu> in response to Horit Herman Peled
Any killing is saddening. But tolerating Hezbollah's attacks,
imprecisely directed *at* civilians, is not humane.
Myron Turner <mturner at cc.umanitoba.ca> in response to Sascha Brossmann
Also relevant, Human Rights Watch:
Bas van Heur <basvanheur at gmx.net> also in response to Sascha:
as far as I can recollect the discussions about the Israel/Lebanon
conflict do not embrace the Hezbollah as the saviours of the Lebanese,
but are critical of the senseless and useless killing of civilians.
in any case, your complaints about the selective perception of this
conflict on this and other lists ignores the fact that it is, in part, a
reaction against the way mainstream media and politicians deal with this
conflict: namely as a conflict in which Israel is either on the right
side of morality (and the 'others' as simply not rational - as a rather
annoying and frankly ignorant article by Joseff Joffe in the German
weekly Die Zeit argued recently), or in which Israel might be
'overdoing' it a little, but in which criticism remains rather limited,
to say the least.
I realise there is a thin line between criticism against hegemonic
powers and a non-reflexive defense of those so-called oppressed that
might be oppressing those they claim to represent, but it is - I feel -
very important to understand and think through the role of critique in
relation to larger structures of power and forms of systematically
it could be that there hasn't been enough 'moral outrage' in relation to
Rwanda or Uganda, I'm not sure, but even the possible truth in that
argument does not detract from the necessity of raising critical voices
now. a lot of shit happens every day, you're right, but crititism needs
to be focused.
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