vendredi, août 04, 2006

Lecons de l'histoire

One country bombed two countries. Such impunity might astound were it notbusiness as usual.

In response to the few timid protests from theinternational community, Israel said mistakes were made.How much longer will horrors be called mistakes?

This slaughter of civilians began with the kidnapping of a soldier.How much longer will the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier be allowed tojustify the kidnapping of Palestinian sovereignty?

How much longer will the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers be allowed tojustify the kidnapping of the entire nation of Lebanon?

For centuries the slaughter of Jews was the favorite sport of Europeans.Auschwitz was the natural culmination of an ancient river of terror, whichhad flowed across all of Europe.How much longer will Palestinians and other Arabs be made to pay for crimesthey didn't commit?

Hezbollah didn't exist when Israel razed Lebanon in earlier invasions.How much longer will we continue to believe the story of this attackedattacker, which practices terrorism because it has the right to defenditself from terrorism?

Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon: How much longer will Israel and theUnited States be allowed to exterminate countries with impunity?

The tortures of Abu Ghraib, which triggered a certain universal sickness,are nothing new to us in Latin America. Our militaries learned theirinterrogation techniques from the School of the Americas, which may nolonger exist in name but lives on in effect.How much longer will we continue to accept that torture can be legitimized?

Israel has ignored forty-six resolutions of the General Assembly and otherU.N. bodies.How much longer will Israel enjoy the privilege of selective deafness?

The United Nations makes recommendations but never decisions. When it doesdecide, the United States makes sure the decision is blocked. In the U.N.Security Council, the U.S. has vetoed forty resolutions condemning actions of Israel.How much longer will the United Nations act as if it were just another namefor the United States?

Since the Palestinians had their homes confiscated and their land taken fromthem, much blood has flowed.How much longer will blood flow so that force can justify what law denies?

History is repeated day after day, year after year, and ten Arabs die forevery one Israeli. How much longer will an Israeli life be measured as worthten Arab lives?

In proportion to the overall population, the 50,000 civilians killed inIraq-the majority of them women and children-are the equivalent of 800,000Americans.How much longer will we continue to accept, as if customary, the killing ofIraqis in a blind war that has forgotten all of its justifications?

Iran is developing nuclear energy, but the so-called international communityis not concerned in the least by the fact that Israel already has 250 atomicbombs, despite the fact that the country lives permanently on the verge of anervous breakdown.Who calibrates the universal dangerometer?

Was Iran the country that droppedatomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

In the age of globalization, the right to express is less powerful than theright to apply pressure. To justify the illegal occupation of Palestinianterritory, war is called peace. The Israelis are patriots, and thePalestinians are terrorists, and terrorists sow universal alarm.
How much longer will the media broadcast fear instead of news?

The slaughter happening today, which is not the first and I fear will not bethe last, is happening in silence. Has the world gone deaf?

How much longer will the outcry of the outraged be sounded on a bell ofstraw?

The bombing is killing children, more than a third of the victims.Those who dare denounce this murder are called anti-Semites.How much longer will the critics of state terrorism be consideredanti-Semites?

How much longer will we accept this grotesque form of extortion?

Are the Jews who are horrified by what is being done in their nameanti-Semites?

Are there not Arab voices that defend a Palestinian homelandbut condemn fundamentalist insanity?

Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members ofgovernment, and private terrorists, madmen acting alone or in thoseorganized in groups hard at work since the Cold War battling communisttotalitarianism. All act in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, orJehovah.
How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn humanlife and feed off of one another?

Isn't it clear that in the war between Israel and Hezbollah, it is thecivilians, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Israeli, who are dying?

And isn't it clear that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the invasion ofGaza and Lebanon are the incubators of hatred, producing fanatic afterfanatic after fanatic?

We are the only species of animal that specializes in mutual extermination.We devote $2.5 billion per day to military spending. Misery and war arechildren of the same father.How much longer will we accept that this world so in love with death is theonly world possible?

Par Eduardo Galeano, journaliste uruguayen - traduit de l'espagnol

3 commentaires:

Pierre a dit…

Ci joint un appel d'un mouvement juif américain

Renaud Delaplace a dit…

Ce qui est sûr c'est que tant que le lobby juif américain continuera de prédominer à ce point dans la politique extérieure des US, aucune solution ne pourra jamais être trouvée. Car ce sont les US qui offrent cette impunité à l'état d'Israël et pour quel motif, pour quel retour ? A part leur fournir un rempart factice contre le soit-disant terrorisme des extremistes islamistes...

Anonyme a dit…

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