As Israel continues to murder Gaza’s children – and the rest of the 1 million Palestinians who live there – Britain, especially its Prime Minister David Cameron, has been exposed as being both pathetic and hypocritical. In an attempt to hide his own weakness, Cameron has authorised another £3m in aid to Gaza, a tiny amount in comparison with the £12 billion Britain has made from selling arms to Israel.
Britain is pathetic in the sense that despite Cameron’s rhetoric about ‘Britain punching above its weight’, the UK is so hamstrung by its reliance on and subservience to the United States, it has decided to go along with whatever the Americans want. The Americans of course, have no wish to upset the Israelis for precisely the same reason that the UK doesn’t want to upset them……money.
Cameron, now even condemned by his own backbenchers as being weak and pathetic over Israel, is well aware that in one way or another, nearly 40% of Britain’s GDP comes from the city of London; much of which is controlled by organisations with Israeli connections. It would seem that Cameron prefers chasing old men through the courts for sex offences that allegedly took place half a century ago, to actually doing something about the mass slaughter of children that his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu seems intent on continuing.
The hypocrisy to which we refer, concerns the British export licences for the sale of military equipment to Israel. When confronted with the fact that most of these UK licences were still active – over 250 of them – Cameron’s only comment was, “….we will review the situation.” When criticised by the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, the Conservative response was that they were “…surprised that Labour were playing politics over such an important issue.”
To be fair, TheOpinionSite.org must point out that the hypocrisy is not limited to number 10 Downing Street. Most MPs, whilst anxious to wring their hands in public, are in the same situation as Cameron; unable to speak out for fear of upsetting their Jewish constituents, of which there are many. MPs may take some consolation from the fact that not everyone in Israel agrees with Netanyahu’s action against Palestine; but those against the war are easily outnumbered by those who support it.
It is apparent however that hypocrisy in Britain’s charitable sector has also been exposed. The ubiquitous NSPCC, always ready to make a few quid out of children’s suffering, has said nothing about the suffering of Gaza’s children, despite the fact that children make up the majority of the thousands of casualties. Given that the NSPCC is always selling its services abroad, supposedly in order that children outside of the UK can also be ‘protected’, it seems extraordinary that an organisation that make so much money out of children is silent about something so important. It must be that the NSPCC, like the British government that part funds it, finds more value in a retrospective ‘paedo-hunt’ at home, rather than doing something truly useful abroad.
Again, in the interests of fairness, it should be pointed out that the NSPCC is not alone in its derogation of true caring. ECPAT, yet another children’s charity that makes its money from selling itself abroad, has also been completely silent over the suffering of children in Gaza. Quite clearly, it is the view of all these children’s charities that whilst money from abroad to fund their organisation is welcome, charity itself not only begins at home but also remains here.
So what could Britain do in order to force Israel not to systematically destroy 1 million people in Gaza?
TheOpinionSite.org would suggest that a good start would be to immediately stop selling military equipment to Israel. GCHQ could also play its part by not slavishly servicing America’s NSA, which apparently passes GCHQ’s intelligence onto the Israelis for politically strategic purposes. David Cameron could stop whingeing on about Internet porn filters (now shunned by the public) and European Union reform (which he is unlikely to get) and instead force the Security Council of the United Nations to take real action against Israel.
After all, Cameron is the one who sees himself as a world statesman, even if no one else does. It’s about time he proved his worth in that role, over something that really mattered for a change. Cameron could also make his position on Israel clear, assuming that he has a position to make. It must presently be extremely uncomfortable for him, even if he is there by his own volition , sitting on the top of what appears to be a very pointy fence.
The United Nations has suggested that Israel may be guilty of war crimes. Netanyahu clearly believes that because 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, killing 1 million Palestinians is okay. He has again confirmed that even when the infamous tunnels (that supposedly allow Hamas militants to attack Israel from within its own borders) are destroyed, he intends to continue the war anyway.
Any political observer can see that this continuance is purely for political reasons; Netanyahu on the other hand insists it is for the benefit of Israel’s ‘security’. Presumably, Britain will continue to weakly stand aside as more and more innocent children die. Presumably, Cameron and his government will continue their populist war against historic sex offenders, immigrants and those on benefits, in the hope that such tabloid-style policies may count for something at next May’s general election. As far as the murder of Gaza’s children is concerned however, TheOpinionSite.org believes it highly unlikely that Cameron will do or say anything of any significance.
This entire tragic episode does however have some value: it exposes Britain for the country that it really is. A country that made its money from slavery and by stealing other people’s lands; a country that now has no significant voice on the world stage, having lost its empire a long time ago; a country where populist and feminist driven hypocrisy is endemic to both the political and legal processes; a country where the poor are persecuted and the rich get richer every day; a country where greed and the love of money have subsumed and destroyed any moral compass that may have once existed.
Meanwhile no doubt, as more and more of Gaza’s children die, the British will continue to sing “Rule Britannia”.
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