Sunday, April 6, 2014

Life in self-imposed prisons

Human beings are assumed to be of a higher intelligence than other creatures on this planet. But, looking at the way they behave it's really hard to believe that's true.

Take Israelis for example. Rather than compromising with the Palestinians by allowing each to form a state and live side by side they would rather live behind a concrete wall lined with electrified fencing, much like what you find surrounding prisons.

What do these people tell their children as they are growing up in this self-imposed prison? What is the rationale they use in order to make sense out of something that is on it's face absurd.

Walled off: Twelve years of Israel's separation barrier | Al Jazeera America

Worse yet the US supports this bunker mentality policy and, in fact, there are those in the US who would like to do the same here.

Idiots, is the only word that comes to mind.

Everyone knows what the solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is; 2 states! No walls, no nukes, no massive armies, just a line on a map signifying the borders of Israel and Palestine; something Israelis understand very well given that at one time they were in the Palestinian position. Without a homeland. Still, they seem completely blinded by some crazy "might is right" ideology.

If Americans allow that kind of crazy minded ideology to grab hold here we will soon also be living in a self-imposed prison. The rationale for it here is even crazier than in Israel.

We want to build a wall to keep migrant workers and drug dealers out. At first blush that sounds reasonable until you look at the fact that both migrant workers and drugs are in "high" demand in this country. Americans want cheap labor to pick their fruits and vegetables because it keeps prices down. And, even greater still, is the American demand and consumption of drugs.

Americans, constituting only 4.6% of the world’s population, have been consuming 80% of the global opioid supply, and 99% of the global hydrocodone supply, as well as two-thirds of the world’s illegal drugs.

So, who in their right mind would want to build a wall to cut the flow of drugs to Americans?

Idiots is again the only word that comes to mind. 

You would have thought that Americans learned that lesson with Prohibition.

Israelis and Americans alike need to realize that building walls does not keep out reality.

So, the question that needs to be asked and answered is. Why the walls? Who is profiting from them?