More Israeli misbehaviour:

A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said. (Read more)

This is not new behaviour on the part of the Israelis. They've been blockading Gaza for some time, not allowing food relief, medical supplies, or fuel in to the territory. They say it's to keep out weapons, but the net effect is a collective punishment inflicted on the people of Gaza, which meets the definition of a war crime. They've also been turning away U.N. human rights envoys and journalists, in an attempt to keep the world unaware of what's actually going on. The blockade is why Israel is just as responsible for the violence, not just Hamas (The Bush White House blames Hamas, but not Israel, for the violence).

Desperate people turn to desperate measures. Israel is trying to blame Gaza's rockets (which killed one person) for the escalation of violence. But it is Israel's behaviour that is absolutely appalling, and it's really starting to piss me off. The Israelis are NOT the good guys here (and neither is Hamas). Sadly, the abused stepchildren of Adolph Hitler have grown up to become abusers themselves. Violence perpetuates.

This coming Saturday, my friend Alex ([livejournal.com profile] seespikerun) is organizing a protest here in Bellingham at the U.S. Federal Buiding ( http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=56833142386 ). I plan on being there. The weapons being used to kill Gazans are being supplied by the U.S. government -- our tax dollars -- and this must stop. I plan on writing my congresscritters this week to demand that we stop funding Israeli terrorist organizations like the IDF.

And, on a side note, I must applaud Cynthia McKinney for her attempts to help the Gazan victims of Israeli aggression. I voted for her in this past Presidential election instead of Obama, because I knew she walked the walk, not just talked the talk.
As I write these words, big fat cathartic tears are rolling down my cheeks, and goosebumps are covering me.

Something's changed. I can feel it.

Even though I voted for Cynthia McKinney, I am absolutely delighted that Barack Hussein Obama has been elected.

Not because he's a Democrat -- I happen to think that the Dems as a party are just as corrupt as the GOP, bought and paid for by big corporations and the Military-Industrial Complex. And certainly not because I agree with many of his political positions, because I emphatically do not.

What strikes me this morning is that, for the first time in over a decade, I'm actually feeling hopeful about the country I was born in.

My gods, we as a people CAN change!

Our conception of what "American" is has changed. When this country was founded, a person like Obama would have been a slave, counted as only 3/5 of a person.

Now, a man of African descent has been elected President. Wow. I never thought I would actually live to see the day.

The problems of race in this country are not over. Not by a long shot.

But our country, founded on slavery, racism, and genocide, has finally reached a place where it can see that we are not a "white" nation. We still have to come to a place where we recognize that we are not a male, Christian, heterosexual nation. We still have tremendous issues of class, poverty, justice, and violence to overcome.

But last night, progress was made.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union..." reads the first line of our Constitution.

We've just become a little more perfect. Progress towards that perfection CAN be made. There is room for hope.

Thank you, America, for restoring a little bit of my faith in you. Thank you for growing up.
I have a dilemma. I can't figure out who to vote for president:

Cynthia McKinney (Green Party) or Ralph Nader (Independent).

They're the only candidates talking about the real issues.

I've voted for the Green Party every presidential election since 1996 (1996: Nader, 2000: Nader, 2004: Cobb).

My dilemma is, should I give my protest vote to the Greens, or to Nader?

I like Nader. I really, really do. I wear as a badge of pride the fact that I worked very hard on his campaign to defeat Gore and Bush in 2000 (And if you blame me for Bush, you can just go back to one-party Soviet Russia where you belong, asshat).

But I also want to see the Green Party continue to grow and build in the United States.

Decisions, decisions.
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