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Cumpari Panetta, Sent’ A’ Mmìa

Carissimu Cumpari Leon Panetta

Comu non essiri cuntenti ‘a sintiri chi ‘ddu furbacchiuni ‘i Obama sciglìu comu Capu Spiuni propriu ‘nu figghiu ‘i Sidernu? ‘U giurnali dici puru chi tu canusci propriu bbeni ‘a Calabria, parri ‘u dialettu e tto cugginu Mimmu s’arricorda tuttu ‘i tto vacanzi cinquanta anni fa.

E allura, Calabrisi ppi Calabrisi, sperandu chi ‘dda bona donna ‘i Dianne Feinstein nun faci ‘na camurrìa ppi tta confirmescion, pozzu dirti cacchi cosa puru ieu?

(1) ‘A CIA e’ sicuramenti cchina ‘i surici chi vogghiunu sulamenti vidirti fallire. Statti attentu. ‘U megghiuri metudu e’ cangiari chianu chianu tutti i capi cchiu’ ‘mportanti, e solu dopu fari ‘a rivoluzione (ppi esempiu, pinsandu ‘a nu pocu i moralita’, dopu tutta ‘dda tortura)

(2) ‘Natra cosa chi dovristi cangiari e’ ‘a struttura da’ sicurezza ‘mmericana. FBI, CIA, NSA e adessu puru Homeland Security, chista e’ ‘a ricetta sulamenti ppi ‘nna lutta ‘ntestina sinza fini.

(3) ‘Nun sacciu si ttu voj ristari ‘a CIA moltu tempu. Ma si ttu voj, ricurdati chi si Obama voli leggiri ‘na cosa, ma ‘a CIA scuprìu ‘natra, tu haj ‘a purtargli prima cchiddu ch’iddu voli. Ma poi parra cu iddu ppi spiegari bbeni ‘i cosi comu stannu. Almenu ‘nna vota, circa ‘i mustchari chi almenu unu teni ‘a ‘ntelligence, ‘nta Central Intelligence Agency.

(d) Anfini, quattchu dumandi chi ssi tu rispundi, pozzunu trasfurmarti in Eroe ppi seculi ddi seculi…ccu fu veramente ‘a ‘mmazzari ‘i ‘ddu frati Kennedy? E Martin Luther King? E aund’esti ‘u corpu ‘i Jimmy Hoffa?

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English Ethics Humanity International Law Israeli / Palestinian

Are Palestinian Lives Truly Worthless?

I am not saying that I disagree (and I don’t) with David Brooks’ definition of how to find a meaning in each Israeli-Palestinian act of terrorism or war (“The confidence war“, IHT, January 7, 2009). But what is missing from Mr Brooks’ analysis is the fact that the very strategies of successive Israeli Governments, the PLO and now Hamas have been based on the utter disregard of the value of the lives of individual Palestinians.

This has been true especially in the last decade or so, with one side casually bombing crowded residential areas from afar only to release increasingly hypocritical “sorry” press releases afterwards; and the other either sending youths to suicide missions or armed with stones against armored tanks, or proclaiming without a second thought that thousands and thousands of dead women and children are a price worth paying for victory against “the Zionists”.

As shown repeatedly during the last century, it should be the job of international institutions to push hard for the safeguarding of lives, especially when the local Government is clearly unable or unwilling to do so. But I am afraid that until negotiations get centered around politicking rather than the basic rights of individual human beings, Palestinians (and Somalis, and Darfuris, etc etc) can only expect a future made of innumerable deaths.