The accusation of war crimes is not to be taken lightly. The problem is that the phrase can be co-opted to misrepresent the truth in a conflict.
During a recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver towed the media line and continued to spread the same old lies about the Israel/Palestine conflict. I could show the video, but I would like to be able to sleep tonight. Normally, I love John Oliver. He presents the news in a way that includes much needed common sense but a few drops of comedy.
But on this subject, I cannot stomach the lies he and other media outlets/personalities have shared. Nor can I be silent.
For the rest of this post, I am going to let author, actress, and activist Noa Tishby speak. She is far more eloquent on than I could ever be.
Part comedy show and part reflection on the previous week’s events, John Oliver talks about the state of politics and the world that we live in as only he can.
Last Week Tonight, as far as I am concerned, is the one the best shows on television these days. Oliver pulls no punches, telling the truth about our world with the perfect British accent. It also helps that his program airs on HBO, giving him more freedom in terms of language and content than if his show was airing on one of the big 3 three networks.
Over the past few days, the world has been riveted by the Brexit referendum.
For those who are unaware, the Brexit referendum was a vote put forth to the British voters. The question was whether or not to retain a membership in the European Union.
The vote was a close one, with 52% of those voting to leave the EU versus 48% voting to stay within the EU.
While I as an American am not personally impacted by the decision at this moment in time, I can see how it could affect the global community in the future.
The way I read the decision is that it feels very isolationist. Not that the fears of those who voted to leave the EU are completely unfounded, but it could be interpreted as racist and prejudicial against certain communities, especially those who are fleeing destruction and hate in other parts of the world.
I am going to end this video with John Oliver, because he hits the nail on the head every time.
If there is nothing else to be said about John Oliver, I can say with confidence that he knows what we are thinking. Perhaps it takes a TV camera and an audience to have the courage to speak aloud what many of us are thinking.