The Wide, Wide World of Imprisonment
A discussion of involuntary incarceration seems appropriate at this point, as Israel continues to bombard the Palestinians who are in effect their prisoners. In 2006, Israeli senior official Giaora Eiland described Gaza as a “huge concentration camp.” That’s not a “conspiracy theorist” saying it- it’s one of our beloved allies.
That same year, 2006, a much ballyhooed election was held on the West Bank in Gaza. The Americans, under the great Dubya Bush, pushed for such an election, and called it “democracy promotion.” However, as often happens, “democracy” didn’t go the way they wanted, as the dreaded bogeyman Hamas won the election. Even Jimmy Carter gave his imprimatur, declaring that it was “honest and fair.” Except that the “wrong” people won. Can’t have that in a “democracy.” So the forces of freedom, meaning America and Israel, instituted one of their notorious blockades on Gaza in retaliation. Israel has the right to defend itself against a vote! But as with the murderous embargo of Iraq, it was “worth it.” It’s a “democracy” thing, you wouldn’t understand.
Something similar happened in the 1980s, when demonized Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos won an election, overseen by international observers. Including the vaunted Jimmy Carter, who is something of an election specialist it seems. Despite no credible evidence of fraud, the U.S. simply captured Marcos and whisked him away, then installed puppet Cory Aquino in power. Imelda Marcos barely had time to collect her thousands of shoes. Elections aren’t sacrosanct if those running them don’t like the results. Even the “most safe and secure” election in history, in 2020, was questioned by many. Well, probably 100 million or so. Those “threats” to democracy were imprisoned. Some are still being prosecuted.
We hear a lot about the Nazi death camps. That’s what they call them. Or maybe the extermination camps. I won’t delve into that here, other than to say that we ought to be able to question everything. But for a much longer period of time, the Soviets and the communist Chinese had their gulags. Mainstream estimates state that Mao’s Red China incarcerated some fifty million over a period of eighty years, with twenty million dying. But for some reas
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