| ||Chris Hedges speech about Gaza Transcript|
The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace.
The Israeli decision to reign death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battle field on a largely defenceless civilian population is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.
The assault on Gaza is about creating squalid, lawless, and impoverished ghettos in the West Bank and Gaza where life for Palestinians will be barely sustainable. It is about building a series of ringed Palestinian enclaves where the Israeli military will have the ability to instantly shut off movement, food, medicine and goods to perpetuate the misery.
Privilege and power, especially military power is a dangerous narcotic. Violence destroys those who bare the brunt of its force. But also those who try to use it, to become gods.
Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and navel vessels to bomb densely crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques and slums. To attack a population that has no air force, no air defence, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armour, no command that control no army, and calls it a war.
It is not a war. It is murder. Images of dead Palestinian children lined up as if asleep on the floor of the main hospital in Gaza, are a metaphor for the future. Israel will from now on speak to the Palestinians in the language of death.
Those who orchestrate such sieges do not grasp the terrible rage born of long humiliation, indiscriminate violence and abuse. A father or a mother, whose child died because of a lack of vaccines or proper medical care, does not forget. A boy who's ill grandmother died while being detained at an Israeli checkpoint does not forget.
Families who carry the broken bodies of their children to hospital do not forget. All who endure humiliation, abuse and the murder of those they love, do not forget.
This rage becomes a virus within those who eventually stumble out into the daylight. Is it any wonder that seventy-one percent of children interviewed at a school in Gaza recently said they wanted to be a martyr.
The refusal by our political leaders, from Barack Obama to all but five members of congress, for the major media to speak out in defence of the rule of law, and fundamental human rights, exposes out cowardice, and our hypocrisy.
The public debate about the Gaza attack, engages in the absurd pretence that it is Israel, not the Palestinians whose security and dignity is being threatened. This blind defence of Israel is really brutality towards the Palestinians, is a betrayal of the memory of all those killed in other genocides, in other times.
The lesson of the Holocaust is not that Jews are special. It is not that Jews are unique. It is not that Jews are eternal victims. The lesson of the Holocaust is that when you have the capacity to halt genocide, and you do not, no matter who carries out that genocide, or who it is directed against, you are culpable.
And we are very culpable. The F16 fighter jets, the Apache Attack Helicopters, the two hundred and fifty pound smart GBU -39 bomb are all part of the three billion dollar military aid we give to Israel.
Palestinians are being killed tonight with American made weapons.
Perhaps our callous and indifference to human suffering is to be expected. We after all kill woman and children on an even vaster scale in Iraq and Afghanistan.