[eDebate] Rejecting the cult of fairness
Thu Nov 15 07:39:03 CST 2007
Josh Branson writes: "Performing Palestinian equality by speaking with a muzzle? I've gotta say that sounds even dumber than the worst Aspec debates. But of course I think teams, if they want to do that, should by all means be allowed to do it. If you lose to that, you deserve to lose."
Really, Josh? Doesn't this double-turn everything you have already said? Don't worry about the darkness covering the Palestinians, just worry about whether the plan specifies the State Department. Really?
As a judge you would rather hear Elwood in 88 (or whatever) rather than evidence like this?
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2007 by The Independent/UK <http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/johann_hari/article3138336.ece>
Stop This Strategy of Strangulation
by Johann Hari
The Israeli Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, will this week decide whether to tighten to slow the strangulation of an entire people. Since the democratically elected Hamas government took power in the Gaza Strip in June, the 1.5 million people who live in that cramped and crumbling prison on the Mediterranean have been punished by being choked off from the world. Gaza is surrounded by gun-toting soldiers and razor-wire; nothing goes out, and almost nothing goes in.
The result? The factories are shuttered. Some 85 per cent of the people have no work. Virtually all the essential building projects - including repairs to the sewage system - have stopped, because there is no concrete. The price of flour has soared by 80 per cent. The banks have almost run out of money. The charity Save the Children say that malnutrition - once confined to the worst refugee camps - is rippling out into the general population.
And then a new form of punishment was thought of. The Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak decided to turn out the lights. Some 60 per cent of Gaza's power supply comes from Israel - so Barak decided to halt it. Food rotted in freezers. Work in hospitals stuttered to a halt. Israel's message seemed to be: Let there be darkness.
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