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Friday, 28 July 2006 14:51

Israel: Sullying the Widow

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- C. L. Cook - There is a pitiful woman in this country. She is the widow of the Canadian soldier killed in Israel?s deliberate attack against the United Nations. There?s a picture of her in the paper today, below the caption: ?Wife of missing UN observer believes he?s alive in rubble.? It?s a photograph of an earnest, hopeful, and doomed woman. And Israel would tell her, ?It was a regrettable accident.?

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Israel: Sullying the Widow

C. L. Cook

PEJ News
July 28, 2006


In a scene from one of the inevitable film dramas to come recounting the bestial behaviour of the wars of the early 21st Century, a father and husband, under the boot of leering soldiers in his living room, while his terrified family are lined up against a wall, will be promised; should he not cooperate, once dead his executioners will ?enjoy? his widow.

A too plausible fiction, given what we know of the burgeoning occupations in the Middle East. Listening to the official Israeli response to criticism of its horrendous criminality in Lebanon and Palestine these past weeks, not culminating, cresting perhaps, with the destruction of four UN observers within their landmark watch post, is nauseatingly analogous to that fiction; a raping of survivors.

As prosecutable as the ?accidental? crimes admitted are, the denials are worse.

There is a pitiful woman in this country. She is the widow of the Canadian soldier killed in Israel?s deliberate attack against the United Nations. There?s a picture of her in the paper today, below the caption: ?Wife of missing UN observer believes he?s alive in rubble.? It?s a photograph of an earnest, hopeful, and doomed woman. And Israel would tell her, ?It was a regrettable accident.?

Israel will also rail for an apology from the Secretary-General of the United Nations for even suggesting the six hour IDF barrage in close proximity to the UN post was deliberate; demand satisfaction and retraction for his allegation the incident was anything but a tragic miscommunication. They?ll contend the bombs and missiles that finished the place off were not smart enough to know better; then blame the dead for existing in the path of their progress.

And it?s no better at home for the widow, (and she surely is one now; had her husband survived in the rubble, he can?t have lasted without rescue) where her [sic] Prime Minister Harper agrees with the killers.

Further, Harper would point accusing fingers at the dead soldier?s employers at the United Nations, and at the Iranians, and the Syrians, and Hezbollah, and anyone but they that pulled the trigger; much less at those who handed the maniac a loaded gun. But she?s not the only Canadian widow sullied, her's not the only loss rendered irrelevant.

Entire families of Canadians, Lebanese/Canadians, too were killed in exactly the same callous manner as the four, unarmed soldiers stationed at that now razed outpost to monitor the peace. Some of these are known, many more are sure to turn up, if only in the paperwork as ?missing,? their mouldering bodies buried beneath the rubble of the houses they died in, irrevocably lost.

Those widows and widowers, surviving brothers, sisters, friends and relations will hear their [sic] Prime Minister Harper dismiss the murder of their kith and kin as easily as do his American and Israeli confreres. They?ll hear the leader of Canada say he considers the immolation of their loved ones in cars as they fled the onslaught, buried in the fiery ruins of their homes while eating dinner, or cowering for cover described thusly: ?Israel?s response, under the circumstances, has been measured.? 

Measures for Measure

Further, they?ll endure not just the degradation of their homeland under bombs and bullets, rockets, chemicals, cluster bombs, ?Whiskey Pete?, Depleted Uranium, and God knows what else, but also suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous media mendacity; a trumpet?s call is up from Canwest Global, dutifully echoed throughout its underling right wing mediums across the country, to Total War! It's a call for such repugnant horrors to be made of the labours of the nation it requires a demonizing of the Lebanese people whole so that can be done that none would contemplate: Loosing a wrecking madness upon humanity.

But there is a more pernicious campaign being waged against the Canadian public by the monstrous monolith masquerading as a free press in this country. Knowing Canadians are not as fully behind Mr. Harper as George W. Bush and his Israeli collaborator Olmert, and kenning the unique place the United Nations Peacekeeping scheme has in the hearts of Canadians, blaming the UN peace mission in Lebanon for the destruction of the Lebanese is a non-starter for the propagandist. Instead, they would have the Lebanese/Canadians trapped in Lebanon beneath the bombs separated, excised, divided, cut from the Canadian mosaic, their citizenship questioned.

The logic presumably being, Canadians will care less about them if they believe them not real Canadians. They would have we consider them not fellow citizens; a first step to forgetting they are also fellow humans.

Behind it all, there is a twisted logic, one elucidated most clearly by fellow Canadian, David Orchard. Orchard writes of Harper?s ?justification? for all we?re seeing, and not seeing unfold in Lebanon and Palestine:

?if one accepts Mr. Harper?s thesis that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, then a comparison could be made with Britain responding to the capture of two of its soldiers by the IRA in Northern Ireland by reducing Dublin?s airport and the rest of Ireland?s infrastructure to rubble. Who could defend that as a ?measured? response??

For too long the world has accepted the systemic racism and brutality in Palestine. For too long the violence and injustice upon which all colonial exploitation depends has been brooked; in far outposts and at home, oppression has enjoyed free rein. Perhaps this oppression, seen personified by Israel in its bare and grotesque reality today in Lebanon and Palestine, by America in Iraq, by Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and all exemplified by the rape of the innocents, we of ?the world? can finally agree: It?s past time this stopped.


Chris Cook is a contributing editor to PEJ News and hosts the weekly public affairs program, Gorilla Radio, broad/webcast from the University of Victoria, Canada. You can check out the GR Blog here.

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