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Time to silence the Middle East cacophony

A "monger" is defined as someone involved with something in a petty or contemptuous way. Fear is triggered by condescension and being treated unfairly, with a lack of dignified respect. A warmonger is someone who urges or attempts to stir up conflict, with synonyms including agitator, firebrand and belligerent.

Israel's "hawkward"-thinking, power-monger, birds-of-prey, Gaza striptease strategy is being plotted by 3B's: Prime Minister Bibi, Defence Minister Bogie and Chief of Staff Benny, excluding the hard-line extremist foreign minister who advocates the total annihilation of Hamas. In classical music, Brahms, Bach and Beethoven celebrate odes to joy. In occupied Gaza, the harsh off-key siege plays non-stop cacophonous, atonal death-monger dirges.

We all aspire to wellness, safety, affection, love, passion and a future of hopeful possibilities for our beloved families and disheartened, over-stressed children, free of imposed occupation unfriendly invasion constraints. Continuing the bellicose fear-monger occupation would be catastrophic. The campaign now gaining momentum, including boycotts, divestment and sanctions further isolating Israel, I now support as the only legitimate alternative.

Charles Frederickson


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