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  •  If you're going to argue that there are many (6+ / 0-)

    similarities in kind if not degree in the ways in which the founders of Israel and of the United States mistreated and abused the people they found already living on the land they wished to settle, I won't quarrel with you.

    income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

    by JesseCW on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 05:30:02 PM PDT

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    •  This! Israel is doing to the Palestinians exactly (0+ / 0-)

      what Americans did to Native Americans - steal their land. Both fled oppression. Both cast the unruly natives as uncultured Philistines. Both contained the population in ever smaller reservations. The result will be the same, or already pretty much is, Obama's fine speech notwithstanding.

      •  The result is almost the same (2+ / 0-)
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        The Palestinians have three things the Native Americans didn't--- resistance to diseases,  international friends, and the emergence of postcolonial human rights morality.

        That's why, as poor a lot as the Palestinians have, they still have a glimmering hope of an independent future.  Obama's speech is a reminder to Israel that that door won't close.

        Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

        by nominalize on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:45:06 PM PDT

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        •  Good points all, especially, the resistance to (0+ / 0-)

          disease.

          Americans and Israel both had/have far superior military. I think that is the ultimate bottom line.

          •  Slaves in the South and women all over the US (1+ / 0-)
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            had no guns at all, so they got their Constitutional Amendments by other means. Similarly for most former colonies around the world, with notable exceptions like Vietnam, Congo, and Algeria.

            Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

            by Mokurai on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 10:39:34 PM PDT

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