Friday, January 2, 2009

The Hamas-Israel conflict and my feeble photojournalism....

I posted a bunch of photos that I made of the Arab-American protest in Nashville this Wednesday. I noticed a few lensmen there, including (natch) the local Fox station. I'm sure we got fair and balanced from them. I had merely my first generation iPhone. A small voice told me that morning, "Why not bring your new Luxim LX3 to work today?" But I didn't. Woulda had better pics. But this is what I could do.

It was quite an exciting experience. Metro police were parked around the area but did not interfere; a Metro helicopter hovered overhead, apparently, watching to make sure that there was no violence. But it was quite peaceful. I was proud of Metro for not interfering. It was, in essence, a classic, all-American protest. We haven't had many of those here lately, and we've needed them.

Now, beyond the photographs, my personal opinion of the sitation is essentially informed by a couple of indisputable truths.

First... about 70 percent of the American public believes that the United States should remain neutral in the current Israel-Hamas conflict. Not pro-Israel... but neutral. Over two-thirds.

Second... The United States is the prime supplier of arms to Israel. Not saying that's bad; not saying that's good. It's just the truth. And Nashville has received it's fair share of military spending loot. So, if the Arab-Amercans want to protest the war in Nashville, I say, "Be my guest." I noticed at least one Nashville poster who gave the standard jingoistic retort on a local news site, "Don't protest here--go back to where you came from." My response: If you got money jangling in your pocket by benefit of the military-industrial complex, as most Nashvillians do, then give these people a few minutes of your attention. Be informed.

I did.

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