I arrived in LA in the wee hours of the morning. The trip was long from Deheishe to Amman to New York to Los Angeles. I spent two days in Amman settling my affairs and such and seeing friends. It was a relief to read the Jordan Times and to see opinions that were far from King Abdullah’s blind support of Israel and the U.S. I know why he does this: he cannot afford to give up the U.S. aid that Jordan would not be able to survive without. All over Jordan it seems that the people, of course, have quite a different take on things, though I’ve heard that the few demonstrations have been sparse and that it has been difficult to get people to protest in front of the Israeli consulate instead of the UN headquarters. I was especially delighted that even some Jordanian cabinet ministers requested the cessation of diplomatic relations with Israel by asking to recall their ambassador and to send Israel’s ambassador to Jordan home. I doubt this will happen, but it’s nice to at least read about it. Jordan is also giving aid to Lebanon, including fuel, which is great. But all of this leaves me wondering: why is Jordan acting now to help the Lebanese people. How long do people in Ghaza have to suffer before Jordan will open an air bridge to send medicine, food, water, and fuel to Ghaza?
Yes, Ghaza was off the radar screen in Jordan as it is in the U.S. I told myself I wouldn’t watch any CNN or pay attention to any U.S. media, but when you have to wait 4 hours at JFK airport in New York City it is a bit difficult to avoide the big-screen tvs with CNN broadcast non-stop. I almost threw up when the first face I saw on it was Alan Dershowitz. As if he has any idea about what’s happening in Ghaza or Lebanon? Unbelievable. What’s even more shocking is to continue to hear this rhetoric of the U.S. “giving birth to the New Middle East.” It is so sickening to hear this rhetoric. The only thing that the U.S.-Israel will be giving birth to anytime soon is hatred and violence. That’s it. If these people like Condi and Bush believe that anything else will come out of these developments in Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon they are more clueless than I thought.
CNN’s coverage, of course, said nothing of the Israeli invasion down in Rafah and the 8 Palestinians killed there today/yesterday (I don’t know what day it is exactly any where as I’m intensely jet lagged). Nor are there any images of the carnage of the Qana massacre. It’s like that didn’t even happen if you live here. Like neither of these things are happening. These images of kids being killed by Israelis are not in the news. Although there are a few references to it, they lower the numbers of innocent civilians killed and talk about the Lebanese as either Hezbollah fighters or human shields. The CNN reports are like the embedded journalists in Iraq; the are with only the Israeli Occupation Forces and focus almost entirely on their military hardware. It’s horrifying. They are only interviewing IOF people and buying all the things they say. There are no interviews on the other side with people in Lebanon. Thus, the IOF state terrorist position is the only one people in the U.S. are hearing. Of course, I suspected as much, but I’ve been living in denial and I’m not really looking forward to being thrust out of this.