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Universal Right to Defense…

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I have been silent for a while; giving thought to my next project. Of course I always tend to come full circle to my favorite topic of discussion- the hypocrisy of two of my beloved targets- The US and Israel. This time around I am going “on the record” not about peace, but about the “universal” right to defend one self, something that a peace activist rarely delves into.

The US President just addressed questions from the press about amongst a host of other things, his thoughts on Israel’s potential war on Iran. I could sense his apprehension, and rightly so. Is the US really ready for another war even if it is in support of their unshakeable friendship with Israel? While most polls show that a large number of American’s believe that Iran is gearing toward obtaining nuclear weapons, does this translate to their support for a war with Iran? What does Israel want the US to believe about Iran? Does the Kenesset want the US to lead the war? What happened to old-fashioned diplomacy? So many questions with unclear answers. The public is left perplexed and dependent on unintelligent feeds from unreliable and incredible sources.

While attacking his critics President Obama said that Republicans could talk war with Iran because they have zero responsibility and while Obama thinks he may be able to prolong the possibility of war, it is only a matter of time that if the opposition takes power the war will become inevitable. Rumors and politics are not mutually exclusive. This is election year and Obama has to please if he would like to improve his odds of being re-elected. This is not a rumor; it is reality.

Everyone wants to resume talks with Iran. But how many have tried to decipher how Iranians interpret this whole drama? If there is one issue that unites the Iranian government and the Iranian people, it is their steadfast resolve that they have an absolute right to protecting themselves and obtaining nuclear power and energy. Even American enthusiasts in Iran view obtaining nuclear energy as a means of getting at par with western powers. And why shouldn’t they? India, Pakistan, Israel, the US and others have nuclear weapons. Why shouldn’t Iran join the ranks? Every country has a right of defense. And this is assuming that Iran is en route to weapons of mass destruction!

Why is it fair that Netanyahu and his folks have access to deadly weapons, while Iran just watches with folded arms? Iranians have always been proud of their country and they have been known to fight for what they believe is theirs. We saw this with the Constitutional revolution of the early 1900s, during the 1979 Islamic revolution, then during the Iran-Iraq war, and most recently in 2009. A war with Iran would not weaken the country but only strengthen it. It may very well unite the people and the government, a move that the West will not appreciate.

If nuclear weapons and weapons in general did not exist, it would be a different story, however they exist and now we cannot deny the right of countries to obtain them, especially if the populace is in support of this move. I must confess I don’t understand the technicalities of building nuclear weapons, that my expertise lies else where. But it does not take a rocket scientist to explain that India and Pakistan have not used their nuclear weapons to hurt each other. If anything they have become safer grounds because they both realize the consequences. But the existence of a nuclear Israel in the presence of an un-nuclear Iran could lead to unfavorable outcomes. If Israel and the rest of the world are troubled by the idea of a nuclear-equipped Iran, their fears could be calmed if Iran does exactly this. Perhaps there would be less speculative drama, a war would be justified, and there could be some real talk because Iran then would feel at par with its negotiators. But, hold on; would there even be a war?

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Hypocrite

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Genre: Serious Satire
A film produced using “found” and “archival” footage. I remixed videos to create new meaning! Sit back, and enjoy “Hypocrite” and learn about the American dream!!

The project was produced for a class that uses found footage. Ideas expressed in the video are mine alone. For a complete list of sources, please contact the producer.

 

 

What about the Inalienable rights of Palestinians?

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Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms,
” Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

The drafters of the UDHR meant well when the UN General Assembly adopted the document on 10 December 1948. Somehow however, their successors have adopted selective enforcement. They impose the rights guaranteed by the declaration as they deem suitable. Thus it can be concluded, that there is no such thing as universal human rights. The document is worthless. Why else would the US continue to support Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land?  Why would they  then harshly criticize the Iranian government for its crackdown on the protestors post 2009 elections? They seem to be suffering from bipolar justice disorder.

It is common knowledge that the US has a long track record of human rights abuses. The list is endless-racism, unnecessary wars, war crimes, treatment of Guantanamo prisoners, and most recently the government’s crackdown on the Occupy movement participants in New York and a number of other US cities. It is shocking then, that they shift their rhetoric toward other leaders who oppress their population or their opposition. It is even more shocking that they keep calm in the presence of continuing oppression of Palestinians. How is it that Palestinians have no human rights and Israelis do? Many analysts have argued that the Israel-Palestine situation is way beyond resolution, and it will stay unresolved if the human rights of Palestinians continue to be violated. Others argue that it will take a genocide of the Palestinians for the US to act as it did following WWII for German Jews. Then there are a few who believe that a whole generation change would be the single most important step toward a solution. The oppression however, must cease.

On a closer study of the Articles of the UDHR, Israel is in violation of all the rights listed in the document in some capacity or the other. If the document is legit, shouldn’t Israel be prosecuted for the grave violations? The Zionist lobby in the US will prevent that from happening, and the US government remains non-compliant despite changes in the administration. It can therefore be concluded that the US government is a puppet organization. They don’t deserve the respect accorded to them for being powerful, because in essence, they are not! This disregard for US power from international allies will perhaps hold them back from forcing their values (which they don’t even follow) on other nations,  unless of-course, they can be fair and just themselves. If they continue to disregard the rights of Palestinians to their homeland, essentially ignoring the UDHR they should consider giving up the power position they hold in the international community before their (and their controller’s) power is shamefully displaced or ousted  from the global community,  just as their colleagues in the Arab world.

But can the US government be trusted on defraying from their position to recognize and uphold the rights of Palestine? Perhaps. They have betrayed every partner in the Middle East they had once supported- the Shah of Iran, Mubarak,  and Saddam Hussein. Have we forgotten that they (the CIA) were responsible for creating Osama bin Laden by supporting the Mujahedeen to fight the Soviet Union? Does anyone else see the trend continue with NATO support of rebels in Libya. More on this in a separate post. For now, let us continue to embed some humanity into the heart and mind of  the US government.