I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t matter if tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Paris. Oh,it might put a little pressure on Sarkozy to remonstrate a little harder with the Israeli government, but in the larger scheme of things it isn’t very significant.
US Israel policy is driven by . . . the Israeli rightwing.
If all those people waving useless cardboard posters in the air really want to change things, they have to change the US domestic political equation.
Cole says, use Web 2.0 tools like Obama did in getting elected. Mass presence. Create a broad-based movement, in this case of multiple organizations nationwide working to directly lobby and influence Congress and the president to rollback the Israeli colonization of Palestinians.
I underline that such an organized push in American politics for more equitable policies in the Middle East is not anti-Israel, but rather intended to help Israel find a way forward with its neighbors that does not involve continued displays of sado-masochistic politics on both sides. Make no mistake. AIPAC and other rightwing Israel lobbying organizations are enablers and drug dealers, hooking Israeli politicians on the high of power and violence, and we can only heal Israel and Palestine by cutting off that supply.
Look, mass protests don’t change things anymore. People in the streets no longer inexorably leads to social change. These were effective tactics during the labor organizing of the 1930’s and the civil rights and Vietnam war protests of the 60’s. But that was then. There have been enormous anti-Iraq War protests, but politically they accomplished practically nothing. Times have changed. Media and the world moves much faster now, and big protests aren’t really newsworthy any more.
Obama used the web in extraordinary new ways to build a mass organization in cyberspace and on the ground. We need an organization like that that can directly influence and lobby Congress to bring about peace in the Middle East.
We lost 2.5 million jobs in the US last year. This effort would create jobs for progressives. In fact, the people who get in on the ground floor organizing it will likely get to be rather well off. And, it might prevent another big terrorist attack on the US, or prevent your child from being drafted and blown up near some godforsaken oil well in Khuzistan someday.