An Interview With The Parents Of Peace Activist Rachel Corrie

Back in August of 2013 the US-based current affairs website, MintPress News, gained considerable publicity when a report by its correspondents allegedly exonerated the Assad regime in Damascus of any involvement in three chemical weapon attacks that had taken place in the Ghouta district of the Syrian capital. Instead the MintPress team blamed the machinations of Saudi Arabia and the incompetence of fighters from the opposition Al-Nusra Front for the several hundred casualties that had occurred. Some months later Buzzfeed published a detailed investigation of these claims and of the independent news site itself which raised serious questions about its nature and role. Many of those points have yet to be answered, however I thought this very recent MPN interview with the parents of the American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, stands on its own merits. The twenty-three year old student was killed by the Israeli military in 2003 during a protest in the occupied Gaza Strip, becoming an icon of the Western peace movement.

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  1. I can’t comment on the situation without being labelled as an anti-Semite, which I am not; but I can relate a comment made to me by an Israeli soldier while we were discussing PTSD. He told me that the Israeli armed forces had the highest PTSD rate of any armed force in the world (70% was the statistic he gave me). When I asked him why he thought this was so, he said, “Because we had to kill women and children almost everyday.”

    1. The PTSD stats for British troops in Ireland 1969-2005 would be astronomical if were not or the fact that such things weren’t formally recognised and recorded until the 1990s. There are tens of thousands of British “Long War” veterans who suffered physical and psychological trauma who have been effectively ignored in the UK for the last 45 years. I’m surprised they never organised themselves and spoke out vocally (I know some did of course in the 1970s and ’80s, only to be vilified in the British press or via malign whispers on the old boys network).

      1. I can attest to the validity of your statement; I’ve met a few of those guys. Even now, it’s difficult convince some that PTSD is real; but it’s been around as long as warfare itself.

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