Rattling the Cage: Our exclusive right to self-defense
The right to self-defense – perfect.
But I'd like to ask: Do the Palestinians also have the right to self-defense?
We probably wouldn't admit it out loud, but in our heads we would say – again, in one voice – “No!”
This is the Israeli notion of a fair deal: We're entitled to do whatever the hell we want to the Palestinians because, by definition, whatever we do to them is self-defense. They, however, are not entitled to lift a finger against us because, by definition, whatever they do to us is terrorism.
Phi Beta Iota: The Israeli assaults on Gaza are a perfect example of state-terrorism, especially when combined with the atrocities of Palestinian ghettos created with huge cement walls, and the clear discrimination between Jews and Palestinians nominally part of the same nation-state. Israeli misbehavior must be understood by the US public because the US public is paying for 20% of the total Israeli government budget while also supporting Arab nations with military assistance that could be redirected toward a 50-year UN peace enforcement action that dismantles the walls, imposes equitable services across all boundaries, and raises a new generation that is not taught from birth that the others are “pigs and monkeys.” See Zionish Howard Bloom's book, Global Brain, for insights on the latter.