Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Let us imagine a country somewhere in the world, let us call it Qorlu. It has two major ethnic groups, the Laval and the Zorbi. The Laval are the majority in Qorlu, and the Zorbi are a minority.
But Qorlu had a war several decades ago in which it conquered neighboring Zorbiland. It did not make Zorbiland part of Qorlu immediately, but subjected it to military rule. It did not give Zorbilanders citizenship in Qorlu, unlike the Zorbi, who are the same ethnicity as the Zorbilanders.
The Laval follow an ancient religious rite, Lavalism. The Zorbi and Zorbilanders mostly follow a younger religion, Zorbism, that bears a lot of resemblance, at least to an outsider, to Lavalism. But they consider one another infidels.
A government comes to power in Qorlu composed of Laval supremacists. They want formally to annex Zorbiland and make it part of Qorlu, but they still refuse to give citizenship to Zorbilanders. They keep them stateless and without basic human rights. They also actively send in settler colonialists to usurp farms and orchards from Zorbilanders. These Laval settlers form armed bands who go wilding and attack small towns in Zorbiland, shooting people and setting fire to homes, cars olive trees, and other crops.
After the Zorbilander hamlet of Huwara is attacked by Laval settlers, Bezel Snorting, the Minister of Finance in the Laval government applauds them. “Huwara needs to be wiped out,” he says, and the “State” should do it.
He goes on to deny that there are any Zorbi or Zorbilanders. They are, he says, a recent invention to make Qorlu look bad. He doesn’t know that there was a newspaper being published in 1900 called “Zorbiland,” or that in the 1700s authors referred to Zorbiland as a known territory where the Zorbi lived.
In contrast, the Laval are for the most part refugees from other continents who only came to Qorlu within the last century, where they formed their Laval-majority state in 1948 through concerted violence and an ethnic cleansing campaign waged against the indigenous Zorbi, on whose territory the Laval built the state of Qorlu.
Snorting goes on to say that he wants Qorlu to be ruled entirely by the religious law of Lavalism and that gay pride parades are worse than bestiality, adding that he is a “proud homophone.” He also said that the 20% of the population of Qorlu that is Zorbi is a mistake, since all Zorbi should have been expelled in 1948 by the Laval.
If any Zorbilanders take up small arms to defend themselves from Laval land thieves, they are denounced as terrorists and are killed by Laval special ops forces or even by fighter jet air strikes.
The Laval Minister of National Security, O’Tamar Benihana, recently shouted at a bereaved Zorbi mother. Her son was autistic, and was a little OCD, so that he felt he needed to wear gloves lest his hands stay dirty all the time. A teenager, he was walking in an alleyway when Laval soldiers saw him. They considered his gloves suspicious, as well as his behavior (he was autistic), so they shot him dead.
The autistic teenager’s mother came to Minister Benihana to complain when the soldiers were absolved of wrongdoing by a Laval military investigation. Benihana told her, “Get away from here, you terrorist!”
Benihana wants to deport all the Zorbi and Zorbilanders in a mass expulsion. He also wants to expel those Laval who object to his fascist ideas.
The US Congress invites the president of Qorlu to address a joint session. Although the president himself is not an extremist, he as president represents the government in which Snorting and Benihana serve, and he had not resigned despite the egregious acts of violence and hate speech and racial incitement of the ministers of the government over which he presides.
Should members of Congress boycott the Laval president?
Would Vladimir Putin be invited to address Congress? He also occupies part of a neighboring country and commits war crimes against its population, and denies that Ukrainians exist as a nation.
Would Myanmar’s (Burma’s) junta chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, responsible for attacks on the Rohingya, be invited to address Congress?
Flacks for Qorlu say that any criticism of the Laval-dominated government is a sign of bigotry toward the Laval people, and that boycotting the president is just blind prejudice and hatred. They won’t discuss the racism of the ministers or their plans for ethnic cleansing. They just smear critics as prejudiced for daring question Laval policy toward the Zorbi. Amazingly, these smear campaigns are taken seriously in American society despite their transparent hypocrisy and groundlessness.
There is no way in hell I am attending the joint session address from a President whose country has banned me and denied @RashidaTlaib the ability to see her grandma. A thread👇🏽
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 13, 2023
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