The world will know, and never forget, which countries voted against freedom for oppressed people, when votes are cast today at the United Nations General Assembly, for or against, non-member observer status for Palestine.
No person or group on the face of the planet should ever be required to negotiate with their oppressors for their freedom. Peace will come for the Palestinian people when the world recognizes their right to be free, thus, with that backing, allow the Palestinians to enter into more substantive peace talks with a neighbor, Israel, who has thus far denied them their God-given freedom rights.
The USA, my country, will today lose all credibility in waging their forever wars around the globe under the guise of wanting to set oppressed peoples free from tyranny, when they cast their ‘nay’ vote for Palestinians desiring to achieve peace through legal, non-violent means.
Israel has yet to recognize Palestine’s right to exist.
It is the responsibility, thus duty, for the oppressor, Israel, to recognize the oppressed, Palestine’s right to exist.
Members from Israel’s Knesset flew to the United Nations to stand out in front of this prestigious international body to burn the Palestinian flag, stating that they did not want a Palestinian state. These Knesset members, part of the Israeli governing body, were representing the Israeli government and the Israeli people. They were subsequently stopped by police on hand for the event. This is yet another example of Israel’s lack of respect for world opinion, world order, and the desire of oppressed people to be recognized as having the international legal right to be free from oppression.
The USA stood arm and arm with Israel in hopes of thwarting this democratic process in the United Nations General Assembly. History has been made, however, and those who stood on the side of a democratic process and on the side of oppressed peoples everywhere will be remembered for doing the only right thing. The United States, Israel and every other country that cast a ‘nay’ vote will be remembered, not for facilitating democracy and peace, but will be seen as a never-ending cancerous obstacle to both. The days of badgering behind closed doors with threats of aid-cutting, blackmail and extortion are coming to an end. It didn’t work.
Today I stand proud with all the oppressed people of the world. There is Hope. And where there is hope, no matter how powerful the dissenting nations and peoples of those dissenting nations, a peoples’ aspirations for a better life will not be snuffed out.