Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Introspective in Israel: On Zionisms Legacy and Its Future

Introspective in Israel: On Zionism’s Legacy and Its Future

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Arab refugees flee the fighting during Israel’s War of Independence, or the “nakba.” Now, with the peace process stalled and Israeli politics dominated by right-wing Zionists, some Israelis are looking inward for answers about history and the way forward. (Photo: Government Press Office / Flickr)
The Israeli government presents a unified face to the world. But Israeli society contains a kaleidoscope of perspectives: on Israelis, on the Palestinians and other regional neighbors, and on Israel’s role in the greater world. Although certain voices might dominate the discussion, a variety of differences and nuances lurk beneath the uniform exterior. Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel and Ilan Pappe’s The Idea of Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge are just two of these “introspectives” that offer pointed advice for their country. Shavit’s deeply personal account of Israeli history differs greatly from Pappe’s critical historiography, but both are dissatisfied with the current order and call for a reinvigoration of debate and resolve in their society.

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