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Posts Tagged ‘Naomi Klein’

Crap by any other name still stinks

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 23, 2007


paguinea-pigs.jpg“Gaza in the hands of Hamas, with masked militants sitting in the president’s chair; the West Bank on the edge; Israeli army camps hastily assembled in the Golan Heights; a spy satellite over Iran and Syria; war with Hezbollah a hair trigger away; a scandal-plagued political class facing a total loss of public faith.

At a glance, things aren’t going well for Israel. But here’s a puzzle: why, in the midst of such chaos and carnage, is the Israeli economy booming like it’s 1999, with a roaring stock market and growth rates nearing China’s?”

As if there’s something wrong with a growing economy…oh, but there is according to Naomi Klein, at least if it’s Israel’s – because the Academia is booming with intelligent, inventive and driven students that seem to be able to invent just about anything. It seems that it somehow eluded Klein that all scientists and businessmen have always tried to improve their local environment, not just Israelis.

Naomi Klein answers her own opening question at the end of her article:

“Since Israel began its policy of sealing off the occupied territories with checkpoints and walls, human rights activists have often compared Gaza and the West Bank to open-air prisons. But in researching the explosion of Israel’s homeland security sector, a topic I explore in greater detail in a forthcoming book (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism), it strikes me that they are something else too: laboratories where the terrifying tools of our security states are being field-tested. Palestinians – whether living in the West Bank or what the Israeli politicians are already calling “Hamasistan” — are no longer just targets. They are guinea pigs.”

When the public is not buying the vocabulary of your propaganda – change the vocabulary. Preferably to something the refers to Nazi Germany by implication, and blame this alleged “industry” for the progress and success your “enemy”. That always works.

The Israelis are evil because they experiment on Palestinians like Hitler did on the Jews…</sardonic >

 

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