The Trail of Tears was the forced relocation and movement of Native Americans from their homelands to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in the Western United States. The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831.
Many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation while en route to their destinations, and many died, including, for example, 4,000 of the 15,000 relocated Cherokee.
Thousands of enslaved and free African-Americans (as slaves accompanying their Native American slave owners and as former runaway slaves that were assisted by, assimilated by, or married to members of the tribes) accompanied the removed nations on the Trail of Tears.
Today, in modern day Palestine, we are seeing a modern day Trail of Tears. Last Night, 60 minutes reporter Bob Simon took America on a real journey into the Holy Land to show us the real crimes being committed using our tax dollars.
The modern Palestinians are being summarily excommunicated from their homes and being impolitely harassed and beaten by a wave of settlements that have been cheered on via a “looking the other way” policy during the Bush Administration. Which means that we, the American people, who fund Israel with Billions per year are paying for this modern day Trail of Tears. Can we really afford it both literally and spiritually?
Most of us modern Americans regret what was done in our name to the indigenous Native American. Most of us know it was an injustice. I sometimes wonder that, when faced with this massacre of a culture again, would we take action? In this case, we are paying for this and either we are unaware of it, don’t care about it, or are just so shocked by it that we are just so frozen we can’t act.
Is it any wonder that Arabs have so much contempt for us. Look what we are doing! And if front runner Benjamin Netanyahu is elected in the upcoming Israeli elections, then what he calls “Natural Growth” as they continue the explusion policies paid for by U.S. Taxpayers will excelerate (see Israeli politician would let settlements grow)
Do you think the indigenous Native American was thrilled to see our westward ho movements into their lands while we slaughtered them in the name of. What do you expect Palestinians to think about the USA? Do you think the terrorism war will end if we continue to be Israel’s proxy for it’s ambitions?
We are paying for Israelis to butcher the Palestinian culture and being in the the name of “security”. Do you think this is just? Do you think this makes our country better of, more secure? For me, the answer is a resounding NO!
For many of my fellow Americans who have towed the Congressional Company Line, they wholeheartedly believe that the Palestinians are 100% the terrorists and that Israel can do no wrong. No video evidence, words, or empathy can ever come from such stubborn determination to defend the indefensible. But for most of us who choose to not look the other way, the evidence is real and truth is truth.
You can’t change it, ignore it, or pretend it’s not true just because you were told once that these people are animals. They are not! They are people and it’s time we start looking at them as human beings and not aliens. This is are only real hope to change the dynamic in the Middle East and save ourselves from further confrontations in that twilight zone.
So watch the video above with Mr. Simon and tell me if we are not witnesses to a modern day Trail of Tears. Worse then witnesses, its’ being paid for by you and me and that means what to you? Your comments please.
Johnny Punish founded VT in 2004. After 20 years at the helm, he “retired” from the daily operations in late 2023 passing the ball over to the new owner of VT, Chief Justin Time. He now writes for VT as “Writer Emeritus”. He is also a global citizen eco-activist, visionary, musician, artist, entertainer, businessman, investor, life coach, podcast host, and syndicated columnist.
Punish is an ethnically cleansed Palestinian-American whose maternal family was evicted from their home in Haifa, Palestine in 1948 by Irgun; a Euro-Zionist Settler Terrorist Group. The family became part of the over 1,000,000 Palestinians who are Al-Nakba refugees (The Catastrophe). The family fled to Beirut Lebanon for 13 years eventually emigrating to the USA in 1961 via a Brasilian passport obtained by his Palestinian Brasilian-born grandmother (In the early 1900s, the family was sent to Sao Paolo Brasil as guest workers in the mining industry. Punish’s father is Italian-American from New York City. Punish’s paternal great-grandparents emigrated to the USA from Naples Italy and Marineo in Sicily in the 1890s. Punish was born in the Bronx, New York in 1963.
Punish was educated at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (1980-81) and California State University Fullerton (1981-1984) with studies in accounting and business. Before the “internets” had been invented, he owned and ran (5) national newspapers in the United States of America from 1987-1998. From 2004 to 2023, he owned and managed VT Foreign Policy retiring at the end of 2023.
Punish is also a recording artist. He has over 100 original songs written. He records and produces music. A member of ASCAP, Punish has several songs placed in feature films. His music is promoted worldwide and played on all digital networks and net radio.
He is also the founder and owner of Global Thinkers, a freedom media that helps free thinkers create real wealth.
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