Apologies for so many guest posts and video links these last posts over Gaza. Sometimes I find that no matter what I want to say someone has already said it…and better. The first week of the semester, snow storm after snow storm, falling temps and rising unemployment. Demos in Dearborn. The baseball season seems so far way. Michigan in winter. If it is going to be winter let it snow I say, but could we have a little sun from time to time to remind ourselves that we reside on a living planet? Trudging to school through banks of snow with the awful Mark Regev ringing in my ears and cursing imperialism. Welcome to the New Year.
We’re well into the third week of Israel’s assault on Gaza and the casualty figures keep climbing. This “fish barrel” war has mobilized millions around the world in opposition, in solidarity with Palestine. The demonstrations everywhere have been impressive. No more so than in London. While I have all kinds of differences and more with Respect’s Member of Parliament George Galloway, no one in the west gives a “Free Palestine” speech like him. When you are enraged it just does you all kinds of good to hear and be with like minded people. So, despite Celebrity Big Brother and any number of other things that just make me shake my head, I share the rage George feels over Gaza. And he can put it so well.
Tariq is always his best when he is campaigning, when he is a member of a movement. He can be a powerful spokesperson. Here is Tariq at the same conference as Galloway. And he is at his best here where he lays out a clear alternative- a single, democratic, secular state quoting Isaac Deutscher on the way. I can’t imagine such a state that weren’t a socialist one as well for no solution can exist, that is not too horrible to contemplate, within the framework of imperialism. How else could a secular democracy in Palestine and Israel come about without a social revolution taking place? Imperialism, not just its Zionist gangster allies, are what created these divisions, this catastrophe. The regional ruling classes are, to a one, just the vulgar reflection of the American and European elites who lord over them. But it is not realistic some will say. But the alternative is what? The continuation of Zionism and an impoverished, dependent bantustan with all associated reactions? Their solution is no solution and, as proof, they haven’t been able to get it to work in all of the long years of the interminable “peace processes.”