Sunday, September 25, 2016

Netanyahu lookalikes

GUEST: Medea Benjamin, long time activist, provocateur, author and co-founder of Code Pink, talks about her latest book, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.–Saudi Connection.

I learned a great deal from Medea's book, and we had a very animated discussion about what the US media leaves out when it comes to Saudi Arabia. In the past I have spent so much time criticizing the media for its biased reporting of Israel, that I simply had not looked further down the list of Pentagon supported repressive regimes. 

Saudi Arabia certainly fits the Israeli mold. Our country supports the monarchy with billions of dollars, protects it from international censure, and flies its royal family home the day after 9/11. Obama may incur his first veto override for further protecting Saudi Arabia from public scrutiny. He is trying to stop a bill that would allow 9/11 survivors to sue the monarchy for damages. 

With friends like Israel and Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies? Or is the truth somewhat more troubling? Perhaps Israel and Saudi Arabia share similar values with the imperial nation that formed both colonies, the United States.

I included the picture above with rows of Netanyahu lookalikes holding up their bloody hands. Code Pink can find hilarity in the most despicable of public figures. The mockery gives us all hope that one day, we will throw these evil leaders from power. 

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