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Response to pscot (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 23, 2014, 12:08 PM

32. I am recognizing historical forces.

 

I am recognizing historical forces. I am living on land that was probably Cherokee summer hunting grounds prior to the Trail of Tears, a shameful incident in our own nation's history. But as someone born in this country forty-odd years back, I don't feel responsible or individually culpable for this past oppression. Back when the Cherokee were being driven off their own lands, my ancestors were busily trying to avoid starvation in Italy and Ireland. This is the world we inherit.

Like the Cherokee of the 19th Century, Palestinians in the 20th Century lost a number of political and military struggles. They need to come to grips with present 21st Century circumstances rather demanding a return to 1918, or 1947, or 1966. Them claiming land inside Israel now is as pointless as a Cherokee descendant showing up at my house and telling me to leave: it ain't happening.

-app

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