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I am not a supporter of Hamas

Hamas should be Supporting Me Instead

American Presidents have a way with coming up with soundbites. One of the most memorable belonged to George W Bush who declared that “you are either with us or against us,” in the wake of the September 9, 2001 attacks in the USA.

Whilst this phrase was meant to rally the world against global terrorist movements, the reality was that it ended up summing up what many people in less developed countries have felt about what the Western world really thinks about the world – namely the fact that it can tell the rest of the world “Do as we tell you or else.”

This is particularly true whenever military conflicts occur between Israel and one of its neighbours. Rationality and objectivity get thrown out of the window and the conflict inevitably becomes framed as an “us versus them” issue.

This most recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza trip is no exception. I’ve taken the view that whilst the October 7 attacks on Israel were horrific, the reprisals have been murderous. This point was made very clearly in IT’S NOT GENOCIDE AS LONG AS WE’RE DOING IT?, and GOD’S TRIAL. Here’s the response I got:

The person who made these comments is quite funny. I like the fact that he or she decided to remain anonymous rather than put his or her name down online.

Then, I like the fact that I’ve been dubbed a supporter of Hamas, even though I never said that Hamas were good guys and I did make the point that the attacks on October 7, 2003 went beyond what most people would call “resistance”

What makes it particularly amusing is the fact that I’ve been told that I continue writing, I would actually achieve the destruction of the State of Israel. I believe that the writer of this comment believes that I am an exceedingly powerful person.

Let’s put it this way. I am an ugly obese middle-aged about to be divorced man sitting in a hovel of an office in a small island in the South China Sea. The State of Israel by contrast is a rich technologically advanced society with one of the most powerful militaries in the world, equipped with some o f the best military and surveillance and has the total support of the richest and most powerful countries in the world.

Yet, despite this obvious contrast of power and relevance, the commentator believes that it is the State of Israel who should fear me. Thanks to writer, I am now aware of my power and instead of calling me a supporter of Hamas, they should persuade Hamas to support me – that way I’ll be able to afford my next cup of coffee.

 

Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able to meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be.

 

 

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3 Responses to “I am not a supporter of Hamas”

  • American Apologist:

    Bush meant exactly what he said. “You are either with us or against us.”

    Successive POTUS all work on that meaning. Take the Ukraine war. Anyone who supports Russia get sanctioned by US and NATO.

    That’s why Singapore kuai kuai follow along and sanction a giant country Russia. They put their snow here, and we get tsunami up BT.

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  • opposition dude:

    No lah, how this has been presented by Israel is shown below.

    They said self defence the first time. Now no more self defence but changed to eliminating Hamas as justification. They know and the whole world knows this won’t happen ever.

    Main thing people do not approve of is the wonton killing of civilians in Gaza. Israel basically sees anyone in Gaza not wearing military fatigues as the enemy whether they are carrying a weapon or not. In their blind hunt for Hamas they have completely disregarded civilians. The thinking is “If we see you we kill you, we assume you are the enemy even if you are not. It’s your own bloody fault you are in the same area we are currently bombing”.

    Israel will basically just continue doing what they are doing now until thy feel satisfied. Whole world loves condemning them but as long as no one does anything to them things won’t get better for the Gazans.

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  • Dalai Says "Read My Lips":

    The author confuses ‘one part of the brain’ performing more than one function as a confusion of categories when one is material and the other is metaphorical. This is a more direct demonstration of how the same neural substrate is used to understand both actual and metaphoric throwing. No less explicit than the HAMAS CHARTER? “No?”. Let’s be honest–the reason you don’t mention these–is because you don’t find these abhorrent. You would welcome the destruction of Israel–like so many of your ilk. Just don’t try to shove it down our throats, in the name of pandering to the widespread revulsion to HAMAS. There’s not as much daylight between you and them as you would like to believe.

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