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  •  What would we all do if someone (8+ / 0-)

    came here and took over America? Would we grab our guns and fight to the death? Or would we run for our lives? How long would we stay in another Country and dream of our homeland? The World needs Justice now more than any other emotion.

    "Though the Mills of the Gods grind slowly,Yet they grind exceeding small."

    by Owllwoman on Sun May 13, 2007 at 04:36:29 AM PDT

    •  Ask the Sudeten Germans. (0+ / 0-)
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      These are the stories that need to be told. Some kind of compromise will have to be reached, but to say "your leaders blew it in 1948, so you have no one to blame but yourselves" is ridiculous. If the Native Americans had been forced into Russia by some kind of land bridge in the 1700s, and then returned to claim North America as some kind of inherent right in the twentieth century, how the merde would fly. 2,000 years is a long time to reassert the right of ownership, even if it's based on the Bible. Meticulous tax records of Palestine kept by the Ottoman empire for centuries document owneership of the land.

      The problem is, hard-right Israelisand AIPAC seem to feel that might makes right, just as whoever drove them out did 2000 years ago. But modern ideas of justice have changed.

      Unfortunately, the laws of time and gravity do apply. Decades pass, and what seems an outrage becomes a fait accompli (a yawn for the rest of the world). I don't think most Palestinians like the 73-year-old chmist believe they'll get their original homes back. But a certain monetary compensation would acknowledge the size and injustice of the loss (see reparations, Japanese).

      People understand they can't turn back the clock. But just as the Armenians fight to have their genocide at the hands of the Turks recognized (and for no possible territorial reason), so I doubt Palestinians will go quietly into that good night of whatever Israel on its own deigns to give them. Some kind of mututal process must take place; all voices must be heard.

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      ...since our ancestors did do that, and forced (and still force) the remnants of native American tribes onto reservations.

      And I think the world rarely needs justice; it usually needs reconcilliation.

      The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

      by Jay Elias on Sun May 13, 2007 at 08:36:03 AM PDT

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