"What a shame," you might say. "They have no electricity." And then you might start to feel sorry for all those trapped and unfortunate Africans who suffer from having governments that prey on their own people -- and are shut out from the light.
And then you look at satellite photos of Israel and Palestine and you see that, as a result of an executive order from the Israeli neo-con junta that controls it, Gaza has just gone dark too.
And then you compare the Gaza photos with satellite photos of other countries whose controllers also appear to be practicing genocide on their own people -- such as Somalia, Darfur, Burma and Tibet -- and they too have gone dark.
PPS: Since writing this essay, I've gotten a bunch of feedback (when you write about Israel, you ALWAYS get feedback -- up to and including computer viruses, phone calls in the night and death threats!) regarding the difference between state terrorism and other kinds of terrorism. Are the Israeli neo-cons committing acts of state terrorism by turning Gaza's lights out or are they only defending Israel from the "homegrown" kind?
Then Steven Moyer sent me a link to the new "Zeitgeist" addendum. Here's the link. To truly understand the difference between the two kinds of terrorism, I recommend that you watch it.
Here's the answer. "Not if we keep spending over one-half of our national treasury on weapons and war and most of the rest of it on things that create carbon emissions." Twenty years from now? Our lights too are gonna be OFF.