I hope DUers will watch this with open minds...
We have had a lot of very harsh disagreements lately over differences of opinions on Israel/Palestine and I am cross-posting this video found originally here: https://democraticunderground.com/13222626 because I feel that the inarguable points presented (humor aside) might give us all a starting point for some unity in these difficult conversations.
I'm not allowed to start threads yet.
Israel-Gaza War Set to Splinter Democratic Party - James Zogby
And was sympathetic to both Israel and Palestine and how Hamas took over and Bibi took advantage to keep his power. They needed a two state solution and Bibi was ok with Hamas to keep his power.
speech (7:14) on the House floor. Laughing at our own domestic stupidity isn't a good setup for his addressing the bloody Israel-Hamas war. But it's not my show.
Yes, Oliver's information is key to establishing an agreed upon set of facts for judging who should live or die when
a) conflating the leaders with their people as a monolith, and
b) downplaying the suffering of innocents to use them as "assets" when promoting one's own side.
Knowing this --
"We are doomed to live here together and we have to choose whether to share this land or to share the graveyard under it." --
We as allies must expedite their decision that both people's descendants live in a peaceful two-state future. Just my opinion.
Or somewhere in between.
But based on my experience with other topics, I think Oliver, while frequently funny and incisive, often oversimplifies complicated issues to make his viewpoint seem unassailably correct. I hope he didn't do that here.
And, although this won't make a lick of sense to anyone who didn't watch the show, I will quibble with his choice for 'bird of the century.' There were more deserving choices, IMHO, and my votes reflected that. I did enjoy his needling of New Zealanders. Funny stuff.