22 June 2020

The American People and the American Police

There is an article at the Mondoweiss website that is long and worth reading. It is not an easy read, but it is a necessary read:  Israelizing the American Police, Palestinianizing the American People, by Jeff Halper*.  The title says it all, actually.  I encourage it as a "must read" article but it will not be easy.  However, understanding the background it provides is vital for understanding what seems to be a collection of insurmountable obstacles plaguing our nation (pun not intended but it fits).

Although it may seem so, this is not an article that is putting all the blame for U.S.A. wrong-doing on Israel.  But U.S.A. could not do what it does without Israel.  Read on, and you will better understand.

As an American I was "Palestinized" in numerous ways many decades ago which is why I have been pushing back against the "Iraelizing" of our government, since. Of course it also woke me up to injustice in general, and my responsibility to understand how to prevent it in my own nation and elsewhere too, especially when our nation is causing it or supporting it. Standing up to injustice . . .  and living - it is NOT a one man or one woman job, for damned sure!

The Israelizing of our nation has been very publicly showing up in the past several years (for those who were not paying attention to the Middle East until after 9/11).  It seems most evident in the criminal behavior of some in our U.S.A. police forces who get themselves and their entire force in trouble. In earlier decades U.S.A. police were shipped to Israel to be trained. In more recent decades the training is done by Israel in U.S.A., also, or instead, sometimes locally, so an entire police force can be trained. Many may be unaware of that.  Also most of the training is financed by U.S.A. military aid to Israel, from the funds promised in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement between U.S.A. and Israel every 10 years, which provides for well over $40 Billion U.S.A. military aid to Israel every time the agreement is renewed. 

We see some of the most obvious results of U.S.A. military aid to Israel showing up in the militarization of our own police forces, nationwide, which as Halper says is part of the process of creating "the American Security State" with Israel as the model.  The MOU demands that a certain amount of those funds to Israel be invested in military related U.S.A. products and services.  Two examples would be the purchasing of aircraft, and providing militarized training to U.S.A. police forces.  The percentage of the MOU not required to be used on American products and services for Israel's military use, can be put to "military use" in Israel.  But "military use" is interpreted differently in a militarized nation because defense forces, occupation forces, law enforcement, and the population, are all dedicated to the security of a militarized nation which Israel is and has been since 1948.  So any use to which "military aid" is put in Israel is considered to be for "security" - which nine times out of 10 ends up harming Palestinian population in the occupied territories or building housing for immigrants to Israel in Palestinian territory which international law makes illegal. Both Israel and U.S.A. are signatory to agreeing to international law, yet Israel violates it and U.S.A. finances the violating.  Something is very wrong with that picture, but it is fact, none the less.

Jeff Halper's long Mondoweiss article needs to be read. For those concerned about police officers who are committing criminal acts, and worse getting away with it, this article is background - the big picture of how that evolved.  More precisely  how that increased and became more wide-spread, as well as becoming  public knowledge, particularly since the turn of the most recent century - which shows U.S.A. on the way to becoming a "security state".  Divide and conquer is always how the game progresses, and "security" is the name of the game from which, together all the turmoil arises.  Beware.

If you are not already familiar with any of the history in the Mondoweiss article then it will not be an easy read. It is not easy even for those who are already familiar with some or most of the aspects of the big picture that is presents.

However, the understanding provided can shine a light on the way forward, but it requires warrior souls, committed to non-violence. The collective well-orchestrated interrelated dilemmas with which we are all confronted - "the obstacle" - is a dangerous weapon that has gone undetected by too many for too long . . . and it is not painless to learn about it, though much less painful than loosing all of our freedoms if we do not choose to educate ourselves and be responsible citizens who use the rights properly with which we are empowered to "persuade" all aspects of government at all levels, to do right by us - the American people.

As the article makes clear, Israel can can not be blamed for U.S.A. wrong-doing. U.S.A. efforts to move towards dictatorship are responsible.  Governments everywhere will try to do so unless the citizens are empowered by law to stop that from happening. And we, the people are responsible too, for not realizing that is something all governments eventually try to do, at first, in ways that are not noticeable.  They only become emboldened when they succeed at the unnoticeable erosion of our legal rights.  Some of the ways we miss what would otherwise be noticeable can be due to crises being magnified (whether manufactured or real) the intent being to redirect our attention away from government sleight-of-hand wrong-doing so that our attention is consumed with whatever crisis is looming that saturates the media 24/7, and in some cases the lives of most.  This is not our first rodeo as a nation in that respect, but you wouldn't know it.  "Fool me once shame on you.  Fool me twice shame on me", pertains.  Be aware of government policies there are efforts to advance or roll-back when the nation is in crisis. 

The way in which our Constitution was crafted informs us of the danger of government trying to move towards dictatorship, because of the protections and rights with which it empowers us.  However, we are empowered IF and ONLY IF we, collectively, use our protections and rights as we are supposed to do to prevent government from becoming dictatorial.  It's known as collective "self-government" and requires a lot more participation then only voting.  We never know how vital self-governing  is and how much responsibility for it belongs to each and every one of us, until there is danger that confronts everyone. That is a reason we want to elect Representatives and Senators who want to advocate for what their constituents need and want, rather than people who kow-tow to the highest bidder which is not always party politics but instead sometimes, illegally, the wishes of a foreign nation, any and all foreign nations, instead of we, the people  People who do that really do not belong in office representing our wishes, which they do not do.  There is a word for people who do that which some may know.

Israel does play a big part in the dilemma's of the U.S.A. because U.S.A. has empowered Israel to do so - a classic "vicious circle" situation.  The U.S.A. empowering Israel's criminality, is returned in kind by Israel supporting U.S.A. efforts to move in the same direction of government control and abuse (by labeling it "security") as the Israeli government started out with in modern times when political zionist terrorist groups orchestrated attacks on Palestinian villages, massacring the Palestinian people who did not leave - then in 1948 declared all the land of the Palestinian people to be the nation of Israel.  Perhaps the easiest way to truly understand the relationship is to consider that  if U.S.A. and Israel were children in elementary school, we would keep them away from one another because they each influence one another to be increasingly naughty - daring one another toward dangerous collusive ends, type of naughty.  Anyone who does not already understand the meaning of "Israelizing the American police" and "Palestinianizing the American people" will understand after reading the recent history presented by Jeff Halper in his  Mondoweiss article which is vital, at this juncture, for all to know and understand.

*About the author.

22 May 2020

Sickle Cell Anemia, Aplastic Crisis, Aplastic Anemia and a Virus

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I had a younger cousin who, when we were barely entering teen years, lost a gallant battle with aplastic anemia that had lasted a few very long years.  His father being in the Navy from which he eventually retired, the Navy covered the cost of treatment which included increasingly long hospital stays.  Ronnie was kept aprised and knew as much about his condition and treatment as the team treating him, more in some cases associated with the specific hospital care he required.  He was going to be a physician if he lived.  I still vividly recall the day of our Grandfather's funeral when all of us cousins took a walk to Grandpa's woods and sat around quietly on stumps for a while, in reverie, before returning to the house.  Ronnie broke the silence, calmy and quietly stating that he was going to die - and did approximately nine months later.

After nearly 40 years in which we never spoke of Ronnie, his brother finally talked to me about him.  The illness and loss had caused deep sorrow in the entire extended family.  He told me that the protocol created to treat his brother eventually resulted in the first successful effort to prevent a patient's death from Aplastic Anemia.  He also said Ronnie's medical records are still studied by medical students and fill up an entire room.  Additionally, he said that flexible IV containers were created to replace the bottles, initially, because of the demands of Ronnie's treatment.  Ronnie had needed  numerous and repeated blood transfusions for two years. 

My cousin finally seemed at peace with that part of his life that had been a widely share grief.  And it was an amount of closure for me.  Even though Ronnie did not live to become a physician, that he had more or less been the successful "test case" at the center of and focus of a team which finally created a successful treatment,  means that because of the suffering he endured which caused extensive grief for so many including those who studied the case and treated him, people have since been able to regain their health from a condition patients did not recover from in the past.  Until then I had only known that Ronnie had been treated at a Spokane Hospital (Sacred Heart, where my life had be spared, twice before age 2 1/2), and that the Navy and covered the cost of treatment.  In later years I learned that Walter Reed Army Hospital had become renown for treating Aplastic Anemia.

Additionally, until I read this relative short article a few months ago,"Aplastic Crisis", I was unaware in what ways Aplastic Anemia is connected to and similar to Sickle Cell Anemia, other than both being blood disorders.  It looks like they are very closely connected, even though they are each a result of differing causes.  It looks like Sickle Cell can be exacerbated by a virus, and that a virus could be the cause of Aplastic Anemia which, from what the article, says seems to be a permanent aplastic crisis that does not resolve on its own and then requires much more complex treatment. The article states that what causes an aplastic crisis is usually a virus, commonly Parvovirus B19, but that "other viruses besides parvovirus can cause an aplastic crisis."  The article makes the connection clear - at least clear enough for me have learned more - enough more to have new questions in place of the long-term old questions. 

Apparently a temporary "aplastic crisis" is a HUGE problem for folks with sickle cell anemia.  This article provides insight into the problem of an aplastic crisis.  Given the fact that people without Sickle Cell can also experience an aplastic crisis, and the fact that  a virus can create problems for people with Sickle Cell by causing an aplastic crisis, it seems possible to deduce that a virus can induce an aplastic crisis in anyone, in conditions where the immune system has been weakened, whether or not a person has Sickle Cell.  It may even be possible to extrapolate that long term effects of a virus being present could cause a condition of permanent aplastic crisis in anyone, or something like it perhaps in those with Sickle Cell who would suffer from the problem much sooner than most. 

Labeling of the medical condition as "Aplastic Anemia" suggests, to me at least, that it could be considered a permanent aplastic crisis.  Like Aplastic Anemia a permanent aplastic crisis would require much more complex and extensive treatment efforts to  attempt to undo the damage and restart the normal bodily processes which create healthy red blood cells.  I do not know if the protocol that was a result of my cousin's condition can be and is used, in some revision or another, for extreme cases of Sickle Cell, but it seems reasonable to imagine so, depending on the severity of the Sickle Cell case, that it would be and has been, whether or not there has been an episode of aplastic crisis from which a person with Sickle Cell has recovered.

That this came to my attention in current time and place several months ago, connecting it to current issues seems called for even though "a virus" is ubiquitous terminology.  Even so, it suggest to me that it would be wise for the medical field, for everyone, actually, to be vigilant about the possibility of unexpected "novel corona virus", CoVid-19, side-effects, some of which seem to already be more common in children.  In the "better safe than sorry" category, seems to me it would be advisable to be vigilant about the possibility of aplastic crisis as a later side effect of Covid-19, in some, especially in those who may be more immunocompromised at times - thus more at risk - like people with Sickle Cell Anemia.