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MIDEAST: Israel exerts right of conquerers

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on Aug. 5, 2014 at 9:55 am with No Comments »
August 5, 2014 2:47 pm

Conquerors uproot natives from their homeland, forcing them to live on reservations, denying them the right to enter or exit the prison camp, controlling with an embargo what flows in or out.

The conqueror assumes that the native will be docile and subservient, never questioning the conqueror’s cultural superiority. When a native dares to resist, the conqueror labels him “criminal” and “terrorist.”

We could be describing South American tribes facing Spanish conquistadors, Native Americans of the United States, South African blacks under apartheid or Palestinians in Gaza. This is the double standard of historical colonialism.

Why are indigenous people who resist conquest called “terrorists” and “criminals,” while conquerors who steal their land and slaughter their children are never called “war criminals”?

Conquerors get the privilege of writing the history, never indigenous tribes. Maybe we should listen to their telling of the story.

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