In this no-holds-barred essay, former New York Times Middle East correspondent and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Chris Hedges examines how the United States’ staunch support provides Israel with impunity to visit mayhem on a population which it subjugates and holds captive. Notwithstanding occasional and momentary criticism, the official U.S. cheerleading stance is not only an embarrassing spectacle, Hedges argues, it is also a violation of international law, and an illustration of the disfiguring and poisonous effect of the psychosis of permanent war characteristic of both countries. The author goes on to conclude that the reality of its actions against the Palestinians, both current and historical, exposes the fiction that Israel stands for the rule of law and human rights, and gives the lie to the myth of the Jewish state and that of its sponsor, the United States.
The Psychosis of Permanent War
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who spent fifteen years as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times. He was based in the Middle East for seven of those years, four of them as the newspaper's Middle East bureau chief. Hedges, who speaks Arabic, writes regularly for Truthdig and other progressive news outlets, and is the author of numerous books, including Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, the New York Times best seller, which he co-wrote with the graphic artist Joe Sacco (New York: Nation Books, 2012).
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Chris Hedges; The Psychosis of Permanent War. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 November 2014; 44 (1): 42–51. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2014.44.1.42
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