by Scott Creighton
“When you are willing to sacrifice the most vulnerable for political expediency it becomes easy, as Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have amply illustrated, to sacrifice all who are vulnerable—our own poor, workers, the sick, the elderly, students and our middle class. This is a Faustian compact. It ends by selling your soul to Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil.”” Chris Hedges
I, like Chris said, have 15 minutes to start a revolution. So let’s get to it.
A couple thousand “liberal” people gathered Saturday at the 13th annual Fighting Bob Fest at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis. to hear U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Chris Hedges speak.
Sanders spoke first which allowed Chris to come to the stage and say he basically agreed with “most” of what Bernie said, but he then went on to imply that the powers that run Washington manipulate both the Dems as well as the Republicans making me wonder if perhaps Bernie was just white-washing the latest events on behalf of his “side” once again.
When Chris got to the meat of his speech, he started off with Gaza and the plight of the Palestinians in general.
“An impoverished, captive people that lack an army, a navy, an air force, mechanized units, drones, artillery and any semblance of command and control do not pose a threat to Israel. And Israel’s indiscriminate use of modern, industrial weapons to kill hundreds of innocents, wound thousands more and make tens of thousands of families homeless is not a war. It is state-sponsored terror and state-sponsored murder.
The abject failure by our political class to acknowledge this fact, a fact that to most of the rest of the world is obvious, exposes the awful banality of our political system, the cynical abandonment of the most vulnerable of the earth for campaign contributions. Money, after all, in corporate America, has replaced the vote.” Hedges
Though he didn’t make mention of it, I wonder if he did that because of Bernie’s recent town hall meeting where he was recorded yelling at his constituency and threatening to have the police haul them off if they didn’t stop complaining about his position supporting Israel’s mass murder in Gaza. Bernie is Jewish and lived in Israel on a kibbutz after graduating from college.
Seems to me, without any question, Hedges was calling out Bernie for his stance on Operation Pillar of Defense, for his abject failure to recognize the actions of Israel for what they are: terrorism.
Hedges has made mistakes in the past and is a gate-keeper when it comes to the real deep state machinations at play all around us.
But that said, he is passionate about the plight and the suffering of the Palestinian people and being such a talented writer and honest speaker, when he talks about the things he has seen in Gaza or the West Bank, it has a tendency to illicit a visceral response from audiences which is exactly what happened at the Fighting Bob Fest this past Saturday.
Chris was heckled during the opening segment of his 15 minute speech by someone from the crowd. The heckler accused Chris of being an antisemitic idiot because he mentioned Israel’s long history of indiscriminately killing Palestinian children. The irony of the exact moment of the heckler’s racist taunt is hard to dismiss.
“I would like to begin by speaking about the people of Gaza. Their suffering is not an abstraction to me. I was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. I spent seven years in the region. I speak Arabic. And for much of that time I was in Gaza, including when Israeli fighter jets and soldiers were attacking it.
I have stood over the bodies, including the bodies of children, left behind by Israeli airstrikes and assaults. I have watched mothers and fathers cradle their dead and bloodied boys and girls in their arms, convulsed by an indescribable grief, shrieking in pitiful cries to an indifferent universe.” Hedges
“You’re an antisemitic idiot!!!” heckler
I suppose one could come to the conclusion that this guy simply wanted everyone to remember that Baraboo, Wis. is still apart of the indifferent universe Chris was speaking about. And as long as there is a Youtube or an internet, Baraboo will be thusly remembered.
This is Hedges at his best. He pulls no punches as he calls out “The pathetic, Stalinist-like plebiscite in the [U.S.] Senate, where all 100 senators trotted out like AIPACwindup dolls to cheer on the Israeli bombing” … Sanders included.
Sure he makes mistakes and refuses to see or at least SAY what 9/11 really is, what all the world clearly sees. But, that aside, this 15 minute speech is more than worthy of your time so I offer it here.
The full text of Chris’ speech and the video (incident at the 2:00 mark) are reproduced after the break from TruthDig and Global Research.
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