the ceremony of Innocence
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
the blood dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere
the ceremony of innocence is drowned
the best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Yeats; The Second Coming
The attacks on Gaza have a certain Groundhog Day-like surreal-ness. Where can a resolution ever be found? Each side is mired in it's own destructive and dysfunctional construct. A deadly and perverse gamesmanship seems to infect all the players and a sado-masochistic inevitability permeates the bloody discourse.
"These strikes fuel our popular support, our military power and the firmness of our positions" Mushri al-Masri, a Hamas legislator intones. Yes indeed, and I can walk on water and shit gold nuggets. Who can he possibly think he is kidding at this exhausted stage? Is shooting random rockets into Israeli towns a reasonable response to being slowly strangled to death? Perhaps. Does it "fuel" anything other than the Palestinians ultimate destruction? Of course not. Because all imagination has been sucked out of the hollow shell of "politics as such", nothing more creative than mass suicide is suggested. To get a feel for the state of our "democratic" discourse, click on any comments link to any article on the current assault and read. Ignorance, racism, brutality and coarseness reign like cockroaches after a nuclear winter. Lots and lots of passionate intensity. Am I immune?
We see Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni parade through the propaganda circuit, stone cold and deliberate as lizards. "Right now Hamas didn't accept, is not willing to accept the requirements of the international community..." "We are trying to avoid any kind of civilian casualty.." David Gregory nods.Hillary Clinton blinks. Joe Lieberman checks his mailbox. When you strangle something to death, you can actually let a little air in, draw out the process. Like water boarding on a pleasant afternoon with nothing else scheduled. The Israelis bombed the university, the fishing fleet, the main medical warehouse supplying pharmacies. The rockets fired by extremists don't even have expolsive tips. Whatever.
Last week Mumbai, this week Gaza, next week, who knows? Packistan-India? Have a nice vacation Obama because the next time you say "We only have one president at a time" it will be a sobering gut-check. The "ceremony of innocence", like the water-boarded Palestinian, will be drowned.