the situation in Palestine is one thing that makes me think that pacifism is bullshit. pacifism only works when A) your opponent is` moral or has a conscience or B) there is international sympathy for the oppressed (along with international pressure against the oppressor). and neither of those things are true in Palestine right now.
Now that I know what’s coming in the next five and a half seasons of Lost - the Dharma Initiative, time travel, the Oceanic Six, the Incident, etc. - it’s hard to see the first season while rewatching it as very subdued in comparison.
“A central premise of US media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza - beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably “defending itself” - is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by helplessly and lament the tragedy of it all. The reality is precisely the opposite: Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. This self-flattering depiction of the US as uninvolved, neutral party is the worst media fiction since TV news personalities covered the Arab Spring by pretending that the US is and long has been on the side of the heroic democratic protesters, rather than the key force that spent decades propping up the tyrannies they were fighting.”—Glenn Greenwald, "Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault of Gaza" (2012)