as i was reading thru this my thoughts were moving towards: 'there's nothing new here', until i got to the end when it was made more clear. the author shows what we've been seeing is the 'new normal' and its not been obvious if you don't look harder, perhaps;
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has kicked off yet another round
of “Iran is totally gonna nuke us any second now you guys”
ejaculations. This is of course another demand that we accept
unsubstantiated claims from a proven liar
about another longtime target for neoconservative regime change, and
I’d like to tap out a few thoughts about war and how to oppose it as
pertains to the latest trend in neocon Iran shenanigans.
writing about rape a lot these last few days, partly due to where I’m
at in my personal rabbit holing and probably also partly because of
where the zeitgeist is at with the Kavanaugh and Cosby stuff in the
news. So since we’re already on the subject I hope people don’t mind if I
kick off this piece with another rape analogy.
recently, most people had a wildly different understanding of what rape
is than how it actually tends to show up in real life. Even today,
saying the word “rapist” tends to conjure up a very unrealistic image
for many people: a stranger in a ski mask grabbing a female jogger and
dragging her off into the bushes and leaving her severely injured, or
something similar. Because such an event is rare, there was a belief
that rape itself was something rare; it didn’t say anything about the
majority of rapes which don’t entail severe physical injury, or the
rapes which are inflicted by acquaintances, friends, coworkers,
partners, family members, prison mates, partners, exes and spouses. Rape
is common, and, like murder, the perpetrator of a rape will most likely
be someone the victim knows.
Just as our society is readjusting
its understanding of what rape is and how it tends to happen, it is
important for any antiwar movement to readjust its understanding of what
war is and how it tends to happen.
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