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Once upon a time there were a group of people scattered around the world that had a common dream; to shake off their shackles of oppression and discrimination, lose their chains of poverty, be free and become rich. They dreamed of a land of opportunity where men could be men, and so could the women. It was a dream where every family had their own house, a beautiful house, with a washing machine, two washing machines, and two cars, three cars, and everyone smiled all day.

Then one day a rumour spread throughout the countries of the world that a promised land had been discovered, and all it would take to realise this great dream was to get there somehow. Many of the countries where these people were born didn’t want large numbers of their low paid workers to leave, especially as many were at the bottom of the heap and without them, who would those above them in the social pecking order have to pick on? But somehow, someway, many, not all, escaped, hired passage across the sea, and most, not all, made it to this brave new world.

It wasn’t easy at first and many didn’t survive, but the strongest did and they claimed this new land as their own. They were joined by businesses men, merchants, tradesmen, anyone that saw a business opportunity or the chance to make a profit or a new life. But soon they discovered they were not alone. The land was occupied by indigenous natives, darker in complexion and alien in appearance. At last the poor and the wretched that had fled their own country were no longer at the bottom of the heap, and now they had someone to pick on. The businessmen looked upon these natives as a business opportunity, but it wasn’t long before they realised they had no money, and even worse, they didn’t care, and even worse they worshiped a different god; these were truly savages.

It didn’t take long before the new comers started to show these savages who was boss, and as their cities grew, they made it clear that savages were not welcome, so the natives retreated into the wildness that they called home, assuming there would be a 2 state solution. The natives would let them have their cities on the coast, and they would have the land of their forefathers.

Unfortunately for the natives, it didn’t take long for the now crowded, busy and bustling cities on the coast to start resembling the crowded, busy and bustling cities from the old country. The new businessmen of the brave new world had started to resemble the old businessmen of the old world, and many of the poor that had come to seek their fortune and freedom from poverty, found they were still looking, and opportunity and time was running out if they were to find land to call their own, build their houses, buy those two washing machines, and own those three cars. So, groups of the most hardy, adventurous, most resilient packed all their worldly goods up at set off to settle down in a place that they could call their own; for this was their land. And as they set off from the cities into the sunset, you could hear them singing;

“This land is my land, this land is your land, got to believe it's my land, this land was made for you and me. This land. This land is your land, this land is my land. This land, your land”.

As the settlers moved ever westward, some setting up settlements on the way, other carrying on to see what the wilderness would bring, the natives were revolting. Who were these palefaces fencing off their land, growing crops and raising herds of livestock, taking what they want and giving nothing back? Skirmishes turned to ever brutal raids between palefaces and savages, as each now called each other. To the palefaces it seemed they were dealing with wild animals to be put down or caged, to the natives the palefaces seemed like a plague upon the land and their people. Soon the settlers called in the military to protect them and war ensured. Hopelessly out-matched in guns and numbers, the natives fell back, and the settlers moved forward with the army at their side.

The natives won the odd battle, but basically it was a blood bath. Hostilities flared up which the paleface calmed with the repeated promise of a two state solution; one where the natives would have their own land and the palefaces would have theirs. The palefaces didn’t mention how big their state would be in relation to the savages, but calm was the goal and calm was achieved. Finally, exhausted, defeated, beaten physically, mentally and culturally, the natives surrendered and were herded into reservations where they were left to rot. They would find themselves with nothing to do, where nothing would grow, and where they was no work. A place that would destroy their culture, them as a people, and them as individuals. They would become poor, unemployed, alcoholic, addicted to opioids, dependent of state aid from the palefaces; an underclass of immoral violent drunks and beggars in their own country.

Many years have passed since this tale started and it’s still unfolding today. The old and new countries are now best buddies, so much so that some of the old countries, one in particular, generously gives money and weapons to the new country to support its military, to defend themselves against the natives in their reservations should their protests ever threaten the peace of this new world.

Some in the old countries feel uneasy about how this new world is treating its natives. They see them isolated, blockaded, treated as second rate citizens, kept poor and uneducated, penned in ghettos that some feel more resemble concentration camps, denied travel, and many of the human rights taken for granted in the old countries. Any uprising, or lashing out at their imprisoners is subdued mercilessly, often resulting in many deaths of civilians, often children. Some from the old countries look at their own history to see a similar tale of how their ancestors took the land for themselves from those that once greeted their arrival on their shores. A history that they are perhaps not so proud of, and yet they remain silent as the two state solution reveals itself; a state for natives that is a reservation for them to die out on, and solve the problem of their existence; and a state for the paleface which is everything else.

I am of course talking about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Israel-West Bank/Gaza two state solution. USA and the rest of you old countries; stop shuffling in your seats.

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Mon May 17, 2021 1:43 pm
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If I can paraphrase what the Israeli ambassador said the other day...

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Israel will defend itself until every last Palestinian is dead or Hamas is back on the reservation


...or something like that; I wasn’t paying attention. It’s such a shame that only black lives matter and not all lives.



As Peter Green once said; “oh well”


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Happy ending for one little girl, don't know about the rest of the family.


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