xNoOnex;13949586]I wonder how many people here would feel, if the UN decided that about half our nation was no longer sovereign American land and would return to the Native Americans.
I like this line of thinking. But the catch here is that most Native Americans are not asking for such extreme measures and the UN doesn’t have the power to tell America what to do.
Somehow, I don’t think a lot of people, including a lot of Catholics would be happy that their own ancestral land was stolen from them, even if its to be given to an oppressed people. Especially if movements with the new Native American state flirted with racial supremacy, even if it was only a minority, albeit an influential one, in the new government.
No one is happy to have something stolen from them. But the conditions today of many Native areas are about the failures of big government social policy, not whether or not they own land. Someone may have land, but if they don’t know how to manage it in the modern marketplace, it will not be productive.
Besides, I suspect that non-Native progressives are much more interested in such matters than Native Americans, who have in large measure taken practical approaches ever since Europeans began living next to them. There’s a lot myths perpetrated about that time period that are not accurate.
I’m also a bit tired of people relating criticism of the state of Israel ith anti-semitism. Especially considering that there are Jewish people who also speak out against some of the actions of the state.
Criticism of a state is not anti-Semitic. Nor is it racist, islamophobic or bigoted or whatever whiny buzzword of the day is. Israel is not a perfect place, but no place is, not even Finland or Iceland. But the fact of the matter is from a purely strategic standpoint, we cannot ignore the fact that Israel is the only democracy in the area—and make no mistake we are very, very fortunate that Egypt is what it is under the circumstances, or the situation could be much, much worse.
The concern with Palestine is that many Palestinians do not want peace, and they think that backed by the right forces in the Middle East they can eventually take over Israel and end the Jewish State. As one report noted, “if you talk to the Arabs in Israel, they do not want Muslim rule”.