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    other activities and this law was racially politically motivated Driving a car flying in a plane checking into a hospital and drinking in a bar all require show picture identification A driving i d however is not an i d it is a license a demonstration of training in use of a dangerous object There is notably no license for intelligence or judgment in use of that dangerous object which is why states require insurance in addition to the license Flying on a plane was until very recently the only form of travel requiring picture identification Now some trains require it too and for the same reasons terrorism and though they don t come out and say it lawsuits Decades ago you didn t need a picture i d You could just walk right up and buy a ticket Hospitals need to reference patient histories and need to know they aren t operating on the wrong person another reaction to lawsuits And drinking alcohol like driving has a minimum age limit And here s where many people think they have a case voting has a minimum age limit too But here s the rub cities states and the federal government have voter registration information based on home addresses By using that database there are only as many votes possible in a given district as there are registered voters in that district This makes voting fraud extremely difficult In order to vote more than once requires a fake address and much easier to obtain a fake i d just ask the kid drinking next to you at the bar In fact a fake i d is easier to obtain than a real one States like Pennsylvania haven t helped and for a sadly obvious reason one political party knows that registered

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    count the votes do Joseph Stalin 1 note Permalink Posted at 6 44 PM Tagged voter suppression politics joseph stalin ussr Political Theatre How Much of a Difference Did New Voting Restrictions Make in Yesterday s Close Races BillMoyers com A quick look at the numbers shows that in several key races the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement 1 note Permalink Posted at

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    proxy leader of the forces ousting Mobutu and he lasted four years in Mobutu s place before being ousted permanently by his own bodyguards His son Joseph Kabila was swiftly declared president at the ripe old age of 29 and now almost 11 years later has been declared winner of yet another term in the kind of rigged election that sub Saharan Africans used to accept as something beyond their control Not anymore The Congolese may be poorer than many of their neighbors but they are no longer isolated from events as they were during the decades Mobutu and his ilk raped and pillaged across the continent The events communicated to them over the past year have taught many that they have options they had not recognized before options they re only now getting an opportunity to explore As long as Kabila and his backers try to play them for fools expect the violence of frustrated Congolese to be an option they exercise with increasing force One of the countries at the heart of the Arab Spring Egypt also saw its share of frustration and violence last week following elections That Islamist parties won the lion s share of votes shouldn t have surprised anyone either They have name recognition for one thing and in basing their platforms of religious morality they also have an easy time placing themselves in political opposition to the corruption of the Mubarak era Will the right wing Salafi party have control over the government No nor will they have control over the writing of the new constitution They will however have the second most seats in the new parliament should it ever sit That Egyptians have some doubts about this is because the Egyptian military so instrumental in the success of the Egyptian uprising has been less helpful in letting go of the power it assumed The generals may think they ve pulled a fast one giving a population used to abuses of power what they probably should have expected On the other hand being a conservative institution like all militaries the generals may be looking at the chaos in the streets of Cairo and other newly democratic democracies and thinking we d better play this slow To walk away now would leave a power vacuum and we all know what happens when revolutions have power vacuums Speaking of which what surprised many last week were the masses of Russians voting against Vladimir Putin s candidates and the tens of thousands daring to protest the expectedly rigged results that you d think they d be used to by now Despite the half assed smirking nods to democratic forms Putin has long positioned himself as the successor to the Soviet premiers of old and the czars after whom those premiers had fashioned themselves That his sheep would somehow recognize the opportunity before them and embrace actual democracy as they ve seen others doing around the globe must have caught him by surprise because he was

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    the Tea Party establishment yes establishment and a man who would reduce government regulation to an afterthought Heck even George W Bush has come out of hiding offering up his big brother as if American s had somehow forgotten just how horrible a president he was The Democrats who roundly deserved to have their asses kicked would be wise to give the Republicans as much rope as they can get their over exuberant hands on Just as they did in 2010 the right wing is already setting policy that will offer instant gratification to the angry increasingly impoverished fools who elected them and that will by 2016 provide Democrats with the one incentive they really need to get their base out to vote We all know that voter turnout in presidential years skyrockets It s a marquee event and that like access to fair easy voter registration and early voting favors the Democrats which is to say the left wing which is to say anyone to the left of the right wing The Republicans party of the American right wing now and possibly forever know that too They don t even need charts What they all should know but insist that they don t is that high voter turnout can also be the result of one other thing a deep unavoidable belief that we really do have something to lose That s the incentive that will return Democrats in all their uselessness to power Give the right wing two years less one week to achieve that Count on it Daniel Ward 1 note Permalink Posted at 8 02 PM Tagged politics elections 2014 midterms 2016 presidential election barack obama John Boehner Mitch McConnell democrats republicans congress house of representatives senate chris christie rand paul ted cruz George W Bush russia ukraine eastern ukraine china hong kong democracy voter registration voter suppression Elections Dec 11 Democratic Funny how so many elections seem to be scheduled around the end of the year In theory if we want new leaders we want to be able to start our new year with their new leadership and even if for whatever reasons we might have we want to keep the leadership and leadership we already have starting afresh with a new number on the calendar seems like a nice symbolic break with the past however recent it may be That the calendar has placed this break conveniently in between the harvest and beginning of planting in the northern hemisphere is no accident If something s going to change let it happen when we re busy staying warm and celebrating just how happy we are even to be alive with the exchanging of reasonably priced gifts and the drinking of eggnog or the warming beverage of your choice As long as the final decisions are made before the year is out and the new guys take over no sooner than the start of the next one we ll take what we can get Of course there

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    military and its actions over the past months have held such strong support among the Egyptian people is because Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood failed spectacularly at both and it was their failure in the latter that opened the door for the coup d etat Put yourself in the position of an Egyptian not aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood Would a president capable of removing judicial oversight with the stroke of a pen be just as capable of removing oversight of future elections Could a president and majority party capable of pushing through a constitution that removes the rights of some in favor of the rights of others including rights Egyptians enjoyed under the previous oppressive regime be expected to protect the rights of all Egyptians going forward What about ones protesting because they didn t think the results of the next election were legitimate What in the face of Morsi s power grab could they expect Egyptians have good reason not to trust that those in power would simply do the right thing It s quite a thing to ask them to be patient with what they ve seen and endured Morsi and his allies in the Muslim Brotherhood have lived their entire lives under brutal oppression They and others many of them non Muslims have spent time in Egypt s prisons no doubt subjected to torture for threatening the regime s hold on power It shouldn t have come as a surprise to anyone that democracy is as foreign to them as it is to the military it should also come as no surprise that the Egyptian people like so many coming out from under dictatorship are perhaps more comfortable with a system that is authoritarian but fair than one that is democratic but decidedly unfair Democracy is not as so many defenders of Morsi have reduced it to just holding elections It is the system that precedes and especially that follows them It is accepting that the rule of law means accepting that the law applies equally It is accepting that that necessarily leads to just enough chaos to slow change down It is knowing or at least believing that the people decide and will have the opportunity to be heard Morsi and his allies had little faith in democracy They didn t trust it What s more they lacked the patience so many have demanded of their opponents Perhaps they were afraid that someone would come along and take it all away from them how else to explain why they did everything you have to do to make that a self fulfilling prophecy We like to romanticize the early years of democracy in America The truth is despite having the advantage of centuries of British trial and error those early years were chaotic with factions consumed with petty parochial disputes The Constitution that we so greatly revere took over a decade to come together And yet even after George Washington had taken the oath of office it took the peaceful transition of power not merely between him and his successor but between his party and the opposition to cement the concept of representative democracy without an aristocracy in the minds of Americans Even with that it took decades more for the concept of a truly federal government to sink in and only then after a civil war started by one group seeking to preserve its right to abuse others It s a war some in the American South insist on fighting still When some in this country attempt to hold onto power by undermining the ability of others to vote or by redrawing electoral districts to ensure reelection of incumbents it undermines democracy not just here but everywhere We d be fools to think it doesn t and we d be fools to think other people in other countries don t watch these actions and laugh at our claim to be defenders of democracy They do watch and they do laugh at us Morsi surely was one of them The idea of Americans lecturing anybody about democracy must seem hilarious to anyone in the Arab world The United States supported the regimes that tortured and oppressed them That the U S didn t support Morsi s right to do the same must have seemed hypocritical and it surely is but only because American support of Mubarak and others like him was so wrong This sadly is a legacy the United States could have and should have foreseen That the U S does not now seem to support the military s right to torture and oppress doesn t negate that certainly not in the minds of Egyptians and others Most of the billions of dollars the U S funnels into Egypt still goes to the military and the U S refusal to use the words coup d etat however rooted in a desire to avoid the economic catastrophe using those words would cause has only made the U S seem callous or weak or both Most Egyptians couldn t care less about the nuances of foreign policy and foreign aid they d rather the United States and other foreign powers simply keep out of their lives That s what Morsi played on That s what gave him what he thought was a mandate He was wrong Morsi should have considered how his actions played on TV He should have thought about the legacy of first presidents He should have thought about his duty as a first president not merely to shape the country as he wanted to see it but to ensure that there would be a second president and another from a different party But he didn t and we d be fools if we ever thought any of that was ever going to happen Egypt is currently sliding into sectarian violence Their neighbor to the west Libya slid in to violence courtesy of the Gaddafis delusional attempts to hold on to power and never left

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    the polls to use this event to make themselves relevant North Korea s kingdom of heaven will go on with little if any interruption Daniel Ward 6 notes Permalink Posted at 11 57 PM Tagged Kim Jong Il North Korea Kim Jong Un Congo Joseph Kabila politics Supreme Leaders Dec 11 Democratic Funny how so many elections seem to be scheduled around the end of the year In theory if we want new leaders we want to be able to start our new year with their new leadership and even if for whatever reasons we might have we want to keep the leadership and leadership we already have starting afresh with a new number on the calendar seems like a nice symbolic break with the past however recent it may be That the calendar has placed this break conveniently in between the harvest and beginning of planting in the northern hemisphere is no accident If something s going to change let it happen when we re busy staying warm and celebrating just how happy we are even to be alive with the exchanging of reasonably priced gifts and the drinking of eggnog or the warming beverage of your choice As long as the final decisions are made before the year is out and the new guys take over no sooner than the start of the next one we ll take what we can get Of course there are limits to taking what we can get and those come when we find our choices limited to only what s being offered We like to think even in countries in which democracy is spelled just like that with quotation marks that we deserve the options we see other people in other countries having This is what has been so devastating about the Arab Spring to the elections held around the world in the last few weeks That there would be violence both preceding and following the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should be no surprise there is always been violence in Congo where millions conservatively over 5 million have died since the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko back in 1997 That came on the heels of multiple genocides in neighboring Rwanda and Burundi and the proxy wars that continued out of them and laid waste to Congo s eastern half Laurent Desire Kabila was the proxy leader of the forces ousting Mobutu and he lasted four years in Mobutu s place before being ousted permanently by his own bodyguards His son Joseph Kabila was swiftly declared president at the ripe old age of 29 and now almost 11 years later has been declared winner of yet another term in the kind of rigged election that sub Saharan Africans used to accept as something beyond their control Not anymore The Congolese may be poorer than many of their neighbors but they are no longer isolated from events as they were during the decades Mobutu and his ilk raped and

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    They don t even need charts What they all should know but insist that they don t is that high voter turnout can also be the result of one other thing a deep unavoidable belief that we really do have something to lose That s the incentive that will return Democrats in all their uselessness to power Give the right wing two years less one week to achieve that Count on it Daniel Ward 1 note Permalink Posted at 8 02 PM Tagged politics elections 2014 midterms 2016 presidential election barack obama John Boehner Mitch McConnell democrats republicans congress house of representatives senate chris christie rand paul ted cruz George W Bush russia ukraine eastern ukraine china hong kong democracy voter registration voter suppression Elections Sep 17 Deterrence pt 2 Community The word gets thrown around a lot Take for instance the term diplomatic community This particular community operates under a very particular set of rules Diplomats abroad are afforded special rights the most special being immunity from prosecution for breaking the laws of their host countries As we see from time to time this exception remember that word leads to what we in the host country might call bad behavior You know like unpaid parking tickets It is illegal for them to park where and when they should not and it is illegal not to pay tickets given for breaking the law but because they cannot be charged for not paying diplomats find themselves succumbing to the temptation to park in loading zones during street cleaning In New York and Washington D C as well as consulate and embassy filled cities around the world unpaid parking tickets are a problem although not a big enough problem that the host countries threaten to violate the sanctity of diplomatic community ettiquette and send the diplomats home Host countries usually reserve that for espionage Or murder Yes even then the diplomat may be immune Sure the diplomat s country may wave his immunity but odds are they won t not unless doing so might cost them something more valuable With no leverage the host country can only open the door and ask the guest to leave and even then they can only ask nicely That s the trouble with throwing words around Calling something a community is fine but you can t deter bad behavior from an outsider Deterrence requires an individual or group s acceptance of the authority of a community and no one on the outside wants to hear the word When we see what we think of as bad behavior such as political corruption corporate abuse police brutality rioting terrorism or military invasion these actions are taken by men and women who do not accept that they are part of the community they are harming This is to say they do not accept that those they are harming could have authority moral or otherwise over them Either they feel excluded from the community common feelings in cases of police brutality rioting and terrorism and use that to justify bad behavior or they wish to behave badly that would be political corruption corporate abuse and military invasion and attempt to exclude themselves from the community preemptively This latter group has a name for their choice Exceptionalism Like diplomats with parking tickets these people want to believe the rules of common people simply do not apply to them In the short term they get away with it like all criminals do in the long term they and everyone else in whatever community they ve touched pay a very high price What s happening in eastern Ukraine and in Syria and Iraq right now is rightly described as exceptionalist behavior Russian President Vladimir Putin has guided his people wherever they may live to the belief that rules imposed by others the United Nations and the United States in particular do not apply to them To hear Putin or one of his lackies speak international opinion is just a means of keeping the Russian people down Likewise the group calling itself Islamic State of has gone out of its way to violate any international sense of human decency in great part to remove themselves from having to accept being part of a community that disapproves of their violent invasion of Iraq and the atrocities committed there and in Syria They dress is up as a war for islamic traditions but their cruel taunting videos of executions show them to be outside just about every other Muslim community on Earth And that to be sure is fine by them Both groups have committed violent cruel atrocities both have thumbed their noses at international outrage and both have used identification with those atrocities and nose thumbing as a means of tightening bonds within their own communities This is what exceptionalism is And here s the uncomfortable bit what s happening in Ukraine and the Middle East right now is part of the price to be paid for America s dalliance with exceptionalism To be clear this is not to say that America is directly at fault for what has been done by masked people in Ukraine and Syria Their aggression was always going to find a target and they wear masks for the same reasons bank robbers and kidnappers do No this is what happens when one country decides that the rules of a world community in which they reside such as those regarding the invasion of another country do not apply to them That is what the United States did in Iraq That is what the United States was perceived to have done elsewhere At some point to a lot of people the United States became the biggest bully on the block Is it any wonder that American diplomacy in dealing with Russia and ISIS ISIL only seems to make things worse Think back to Benghazi Think back to attacks on embassies consulates and diplomats in the ten years prior to that and then the ten years prior to that Think about the targets Many of them weren t even American The people who attacked had convinced themselves that they did not belong to the same community as their victims that embassies and consulates are spearheads of foreign invasion that whatever community their victims belonged to they the justified and righteous attackers did not want any part of it The point is we can t deter people who choose to consider themselves outside of our community especially when to them we are the outsiders They more they need us to be outsiders the harder it becomes A quarter century ago we had the certainty and oddly comfort of mutually assured destruction aka MAD At any moment thousands of nuclear missiles could rain down on us all devestating the entire planet That kind of power made it essential that we see ourselves as being part of a world community All we have left of that is the rhetoric and the still dangerous weapons ones no one seriously believes anyone will ever now use At least not in a missile What we need to deter that horrifying spectacle is to remind everyone including ourselves that we belong to that greater community Having convinced ourselves we then have to start acting like it That means no exceptionalism That means accepting the authority of a greater community morally if not legally That means the rules must always apply to us even if we re just parking Daniel Ward Permalink Posted at 2 10 PM Tagged politics russia ukraine isis terrorism police brutality mutually assured destruction Cold War benghazi deterrence corruption united nations nuclear war iraq exceptionalism american exceptionalism corporatism diplomacy Deterrence pt 2 Aug 21 Unknown Track It s been a while This summer has seen wars launched both political and literal It has seen missiles and rockets launched most often at defenseless innocents It has seen the human rights of women girls and unarmed men thrown down while the rights of corporations continued to be elevated above those of humans It has offered distractions from misery and distractions from reason That s two months of a summer much like any other summer In Washington the Republicans have become so obsessed with the business of reelection that they have convinced themselves that digging their hole a little deeper will somehow lead to an exit on the other side of the Earth We should try avoid the mistake most of those we like to call journalists make which is trying to apply some sense of earnest belief to congressional Republicans actions There s only cynicism to see here folks Move on Move on With the modern marvel of gerrymandering see Florida Republicans know their majority in the House is secure That there are no Senate districts to gerrymander is the reason Republicans hope of securing the Senate are remote but they know that too The parliamentary foot dragging the attacks on Obamacare the lawsuit these are nothing but distractions The right wing already got what it wants an underfunded federal government incapable of enforcing the laws on the books They aren t campaigning to pass new laws they just want to maintain the underfunding they have now so they won t have be accountable to anyone And it s working but for how long Campaigning on fear works but only as long as the stakes are low Yes we re likely to see the status quo for another electoral cycle or five but underfunding means things will break and at some point the American people will recognize the real threats getting close to them You wouldn t want to be a Republican politician when that day comes Fear of course is the weapon of choice for politicians all over the world Vladimir Putin s war in Ukraine is almost entirely a product of fear mongering The idea that ethnically Ukrainian Ukrainians wanted to seek out and destroy ethnically Russian Ukrainians is a myth born of centuries of Russian dominance and abuse of Ukrainians There would never be a Rwanda Hutu Tutsi like genocide in Ukraine but for an ethnic group suffering from a two decade long post Cold War hangover Putin s cure has been a tonic Russians are powerful again a people and a nation to be feared and respected wherever that people and nation may be Of course winding people up and giving them lots of weapons can have consequences as anyone who lost loved ones on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 could tell you Russian news agencies have tried in vain to blame the unreasonable Ukrainians for the deaths but the missile was Russian where ve it was fired from Putin wants to stay in power Putin wants control over the oil and natural gas pipelines running through eastern Ukraine Putin wants naval control of the Black Sea Putin wants glory In the short term he ll get it all in the long term he ll return Russia to the parts of the Cold War nostalgic Russians have chosen not to remember such as government oppression economic isolation and being international pariahs The 2018 World Cup may remind more than a few of them of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics with boycotts and economic humiliation Israel doesn t have to worry about either of those at least for now Their economy is small and what they produce wouldn t make or break an economy the way a collapse of oil and gas would Their abuse of Palestinians has gone on so long and with such consistency it could passed off as a chronic condition Too often it has been That is to some small degree the fault of the Palestinians themselves Frustrated and angry they have allowed their political leadership to fall into the hands of violent fear mongers no better than the fear mongering leaders of israel but with less money and fewer smaller weapons Their bitter war against Israeli oppression has become a lifestyle unto itself What would happen if tomorrow Israel gave them everything they need What would they do if Israelis offered to share everything they have an equal partnership in the future Odds are the Palestinian couldn t know how to handle it and that just plays into the hands of Israel s leaders whose only real goal seems to be holding on to power Years from now decades really the bill will come due for what Israel just did to Gaza Two or three generations will have to pass for the stench of it to wash away and that would only happen if the more powerful partner in this mess stepped up and made peace happen They won t They think we ll forget They count on it When was the last time we thought about the military junta in Egypt When was the last time we thought about the girls kidnapped in Nigeria When was the last time we thought about sweatshops in Bangladesh and cyber espionage from China We can t remember everything Our social evolution as a species is based on not having to We externalize it and we hope especially when it s sunny outside and there s some flirting to be done that someone else is paying attention on our behalf Between ice bucket challenges and wondering if there ever really was song of the summer this summer we could almost be forgiven for ignoring what s going on in Ferguson Missouri or the Bronx or somewhere even closer The killing Michael Brown is still as unsettled as it is unsettling Like any crisis it has exposed things long ignored and kept at arm s length It s also a case study on the dangers of applying short term thinking to long term problems An unarmed man shouldn t die at the hands of the police It just shouldn t happen Ever Non violent protesters in what is so often touted as the freest country on Earth shouldn t face police in armored vehicles and military riot gear That shouldn t happen Ever Police culture in the United States is one of fear Officers are trained to expect the worst Often enough they actually face it Freedom to own weapons means criminals own weapons Expectation that police will fire their weapons means criminals fire theirs Expectation that a potential criminal will potentially shoot first leads under trained over armed men and women to shoot first to keep from being killed We all know what happens next It s this fear of killing and being killed that has law enforcement spending its taxpayer money on military hardware Everywhere in the country state and local law enforcement agencies see things they can t control and look for fast easy solutions Somebody s going to make money that way Selling fear somebody always does Again though he question is asked For how long Soon enough the people of Missouri will have had enough No more they ll cry The American people will have had enough of congressional Republican cynicism They too will cry No more We ll hear it in Iraq We ll hear it in Nigeria We ll hear it in Ukraine in China in Israel in Mexico in Bangladesh and everywhere else policy is driven by short term thinking Or not We ve started so many things that we can t ever hope to control so often without regard to where or when they will end We mark it down unknown track watch it for a while til the threat passes from us onto someone else and go on our way No More Perhaps if our real journalists cried it out first it might just catch on Daniel Ward 1 note Permalink Posted at 12 10 AM Tagged Short term thinking fear republicans John Boehner right wing koch brothers affordable care act michael brown ferguson missouri ukraine Russia Vladimir Putin austerity fever iraq islamic state of iraq aggressive selfishness china politics nigeria Israel gaza Palestine cynicism journalistic malpractice egypt libya syria world cup journalism no more Unknown Track May 24 Ahead of Ukraine elections a generational split on nationalism The Washington Post Michael Birnbaum Frederick Kunkle 05 24 14 Permalink Posted at 9 05 PM Tagged ukraine russia nationalism vladimir putin sergei lavrov pan russian ism democracy Political Theatre Apr 11 Oligarchies When we hear the word oligarchy we naturally think of Russia For the last twenty years or so it has been impossible to read or watch any coverage of the Russian economy or what passes for its politics without that term being central to the story There are many reasons for this some obvious some not The most obvious one is that in the tradition of mass media identifying villains with a scary term reduces coverage to a kind of shorthand oligarchs are bad we know this therefore mention of the word indicates something bad is going on Whatever else is or isn t in the coverage we know it s in Russia probably and we know it involves something we probably don t want to know the details of It practically eliminates the need to dig deeper and with little time to hold your attention that s very much the point Of course in this case the shorthand is actually pretty close to the truth In the chaos of the Soviet Union s collapse ruthless homegrown capitalists facing no regulation and little moral outcry scooped up undervalued de nationalized assets and cornered markets that had only one rule survive Most of what we think of when we hear the word oligarch is this basically a thug in a 5 000 suit These are the men mostly men who control the vast majority of Russia s wealth and at least one NBA basketball team These are the men who mostly have supported Vladimir Putin both in his rise to power and in his thuggish efforts to hold onto it They do this because they know

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    Airlines flight MH17 could tell you Russian news agencies have tried in vain to blame the unreasonable Ukrainians for the deaths but the missile was Russian where ve it was fired from Putin wants to stay in power Putin wants control over the oil and natural gas pipelines running through eastern Ukraine Putin wants naval control of the Black Sea Putin wants glory In the short term he ll get it all in the long term he ll return Russia to the parts of the Cold War nostalgic Russians have chosen not to remember such as government oppression economic isolation and being international pariahs The 2018 World Cup may remind more than a few of them of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics with boycotts and economic humiliation Israel doesn t have to worry about either of those at least for now Their economy is small and what they produce wouldn t make or break an economy the way a collapse of oil and gas would Their abuse of Palestinians has gone on so long and with such consistency it could passed off as a chronic condition Too often it has been That is to some small degree the fault of the Palestinians themselves Frustrated and angry they have allowed their political leadership to fall into the hands of violent fear mongers no better than the fear mongering leaders of israel but with less money and fewer smaller weapons Their bitter war against Israeli oppression has become a lifestyle unto itself What would happen if tomorrow Israel gave them everything they need What would they do if Israelis offered to share everything they have an equal partnership in the future Odds are the Palestinian couldn t know how to handle it and that just plays into the hands of Israel s leaders whose only real goal seems to be holding on to power Years from now decades really the bill will come due for what Israel just did to Gaza Two or three generations will have to pass for the stench of it to wash away and that would only happen if the more powerful partner in this mess stepped up and made peace happen They won t They think we ll forget They count on it When was the last time we thought about the military junta in Egypt When was the last time we thought about the girls kidnapped in Nigeria When was the last time we thought about sweatshops in Bangladesh and cyber espionage from China We can t remember everything Our social evolution as a species is based on not having to We externalize it and we hope especially when it s sunny outside and there s some flirting to be done that someone else is paying attention on our behalf Between ice bucket challenges and wondering if there ever really was song of the summer this summer we could almost be forgiven for ignoring what s going on in Ferguson Missouri or the Bronx or somewhere

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