By Carolyn Bennett
In a sense there are only Means and means must be judged against firm and impartial standards of morality and legality. If an End though a means is envisioned as an end, it too must stand and be judged impartially as moral or immoral, just or unjust, legal or illegal, humane or inhumane. Ends contrived by men never justify means. Given this—
The world watches Israel as it enters another corrupt phase in a sixty-year era of corruption—means upon means. Thomas Paine said “A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means and bad men” (and women). In its fraudulent cause Israel has caused deaths and displacements of hundreds of thousands of people who never harmed or threatened Jews.
In its 23-day reign of rabid violence (on top of continuous aggression and occupation) that left 1,330 people (among them 400 children) massacred and 5,450 wounded, Israel has left two thirds of Gaza’s 1.5 million people homelessness.
New refugees number 30,000 that the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and the UN refugee agency are scrambling to house in 700 tents.
Do you know (Are you acquainted with) any human beings who live in “tents” or have lived in “camps” for 60 years —under critically worsening conditions?
People in the United States and Europe think of tents and camps—if they think of them as all—as something they might sleep in on summer outings or vacation safaris—never as the sole, the only, form of housing day in and day out; housing handed out to you by some aid group because you are prohibited by an occupying nuclear power from obtaining the materials and building your own home and living in it in peace and permanence on your own land.
Israel’s sixty-one year reign of terror is said to have displaced “more than 700,000 Palestinians from their lands.” The Palestinians remember this as “the Nakba”—the “Catastrophe.”
“A good End cannot sanctify evil Means,” writes the Quaker; “nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.” This is decidedly true as far as it goes. But of Israel together with the assent of leading Western nations, their means and ends concerning Palestinians and Arabs and Muslims and their lands and lives are Evil—through and through, bad to the bone—and the cry in outrage persists in demanding justice before a demonstrably impartial court of law.
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