Friday, August 19, 2005

Media Watch: Israel=Colonial Power?

ISRAEL'S PAIN in giving up Gaza may not compare to the hurt that the Palestinians have suffered, but it is real pain nonetheless. Decolonization is never easy when there are settled populations of the colonizers to be considered, as the British and French found in Africa.
So begins an Op-Ed column in the Boston Globe by H.D.S. Greenway. Okay, so now we're equating Israel's occupation of Gaza and the West Bank as the result of a defensive war for survival with the past colonial policies of European powers. The Europeans went into foreign lands, where they exploited the resources and indigenous populations for the sake of establishing vast empires.

Vast empires? I'm starting to see a connection. I better stop before I veer off into Zionist world conspiracy territory. Nonetheless, bias such as this can subtly influence people unless it is exposed for what it is.