The Way of Empire
by Kim Petersen, Dissident Voice, November 18th, 2011
Not that you lied to me but that I no longer believe you has shaken me.
– Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
“This morning we reminded the Israeli ambassador how much we deplore the consequences of this raid for the head of our consulate and his family,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.
Immediately a pretext was added: “While we recognize Israel’s need to ensure its security, …”
Why is it that the security of the perpetrator of violence is emphasized but the victim of the violence’s security is not mentioned? Why is the violence deplored when one’s own group members die at the hands of violence but so little is said when out-group victims die? Many would call this racism.
Gaza is under a siege that is illegal and immoral. It is immoral because of the principle which holds that any actions against an enemy must be targeted solely against that enemy such that civilians are not put at risk. The Israeli actions target indiscriminately — not separating combatants from non-combatants.