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Friends, Comrades and Lurkers.

Answer me this.

Who is the Prime Minister of Israel?

Thank you.
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*rubs hands*
So, what do we have here on this fair morning, after yesterday's stormy and election day!

Here's the breakdown according to the latest exist polls according to with yours truly interesting notes:
Kadima - 28 mandates (23% of the vote) - Meaning Livni, at this point is to be PM. On the one hand, hooray...? Woman PM. On the other hand... woman PM with a Right wing agenda who has a history of voting against woman and minority right bills. And is likely to only turn Left-ish because Bibi will be taking all the Right wing seats under his Wing.

Likud - 27 mandated (21%) - Meaning Netanyahu is not going to let Livni get a clear victory. That fucking ass.

Yisrael Beitenu - 15 mandates (12%) - Oh my holy fuck, we're doomed, whoever ends up being PM is going to have to give Lieberman, that maniac, an actual position!

Avodah - 13 mandates (10%) - this, the party of Ben-Gurion, Golda and Rabin... how the mighty have fallen. Well, seeing as those who were mighty in it no longer had any say, I can't say I'm too surprised.

Shas - 11 mandates (9%) - the reason we went into *cough*early*cough* elections. They wedged Livni's attempt at creating a coalition and I doubt they'll be making things easy this time around as well. But at least they lost a seat this! I'm claiming a small victory over that.

Yahadut Ha'Torah - 5 mandates (4%) - another Right Wing religion party... I'm feeling the representation here.

National Union - 4 mandates (3%) - a party of former Likud and National Religious members. The other parties just didn't seem to cut it... oy.

National Religious - 3 mandates (3%) - these are the ones who ostensibly represent the Settlers interests. Though seeing as the Right bloc is fucking huge... they have a much smaller count than before.

United Arab List - Ta'al - 4 mandates (3%) - same as in the 17th Knesset. Not much to say about them. Like most of the Arab MK's they made a lot of noise, but were mostly ignored.

The Party I voted for: Hadash - 4 mandates (3%) - Yeah Baby! Extra seat in the Knesset! I'm very glad that their word got out and actually got them in! This is the only joint Jewish-Arab Party, it doesn't do tokenism and actually passed laws that were of benefit to everyone, while trying to fight discrimination and (unofficial) segregation.

Meretz - 3 mandates (3%) - what a blow. Their inconsistent message really put a stick in their wheels. Not to mention that with only three mandates, the best feminist and woman MK won't be getting back in because some upshot from the New Movement (which I mentioned not too long ago) got her seat, which is third on the list.

Balad - 3 mandates (3%) - again, no change. This Arab nationalist party is also a big noise maker and is also ignored. Israeli Arabs really have very little say in Israeli politics.

That's all folks. There are still the Soldiers, Diplomats and other Double Sealed (ballots put into double envelopes because the voters couldn't get to their registered ballot box - not the same as absentee) votes that need to counted.
Hopefully the Left gets a little more leverage. But I doubt it.
I hope this was an interesting to you as it was to me.
Probably not.

Any questions pertaining to this little Middle Eastern Banana Republic Theocracy Ethnocracy Mockery okay, okay!
Middle Eastern Democracy.
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So goes the saying.
Al Capone is reputed to have said that... it's funny that Chicago brought forth a man of that calibre, no?
Maybe... not so much.

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What a wonderful question on these here elections days.

I went to vote with Mummy at around 10-ish. I was quite excited seeing as it was my first general elections, as I've mentioned before.

I'd like to address these three options through through the prism of Israel Politics.

I'm an Optimist because I voted positively on the issues and not against a candidate that I found nauseating through a vote that would make me need to have a shower once I got home. I voted for a party which barely has any mandates in the Knesset, but which did the grey work and actually passed laws that were social and environmental. I've heard the MK's and candidates speak and while there are problems, they're not problems that can't be fine tuned, tweaked or dealt with.

I'm a Pessimist because I don't think that anyone of the Prime Ministers to be will be good for the country. I don't think any of them hold any of the People's interests at heart, nor do I believe any of them have the ability to plan more than a year a head.
If someone with some actual fore sight bothered to try and run for PM, they'd be eating dust, because the People (you, me, us) don't have any fore sight either.
We don't have much of a memory either.
Hence by Bibi Netanyahu will be elected Prime Minister.

I'm a Realist because no matter what happens, we'll drudge and charge through and not much will be different. Because things do not change via a system that is so far removed from those who have voted the Leaders in.

This is, after all, politics.

If I am anything, I am a Cynical Optimist and I believe in the Vox Populi Vox Day and when only 60+% of the Populi cast a Vox... there is not God to speak of, or for.
But I have hope.
Simply because if I didn't, I wouldn't to care.
And then... why would I bother about anything.

I sign this oh so positive entry with a quote:
There's no certainty – only opportunity.
- V for Vendetta
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ביצעתי את זכותי וחובתי בתור אזרחית מדינה דמוקרטית ומודרנית.
השאלה היא האם אשכרה נצליח לשמור עליה ככזו ואף, אם ירצו מורידי הגשם, לשפר אותה.

חד"ש זה "ו" בקלפי.

עכשיו רוצו והצביעו ואם לא לחד"ש, אז למי שאתם מאמינים בו/בה/בהם/בהן ולא נגד.
הצביעו בעד ולא נגד.
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Said Emma Goldman, Anarchist, Feminist and Role Model.

Can't say I don't agree.

Still, I'll be voting positively on the issues for a party that holds my interests and what I believe to be the best interests of this idiotic country.


More pertinent is that just two weeks before this country elects what is possibly the most Right wing Government since the early 80's is this!

A Gilad Shalit, along with a more "long term" cease fire, is under way and there may be positive news before the elections on Tuesday.
Shockingly, these are the points that are formulated:
# A cease-fire for 18 months in the Gaza Strip (unrelated to the West Bank). Once the cease-fire comes to an end, it will be possible to extend it for another 18 months. Hamas has promised to prevent attacks from the Gaza Strip and the IDF will avoid attacks of its own.

You mean like what we had from June to November? Only Israel didn't stop flying over the Strip and Hamas continued smuggling.
Such an honest bunch everyone is.

# A full reopening of the crossings between Israel and the Strip, which means more than mere humanitarian assistance will be allowed to cross into Gaza. Israel has conditioned a full reopening of the crossings on the release of Gilad Shalit.

We'll see about this.
Attaching Gilad Shalit to the borders will create even more dragging of feet. It's not like Hamas is to keen on giving up their only bargaining chip and Israel isn't really interested in helping create a viable economy in the strip.

# Gilad Shalit will be returned to Israel in the near future, in return for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

'Cause nobody saw this one coming. Seriously.

# Reopening of the Rafah border crossing. Following Egyptian insistence, the crossing will be run by Palestinian Authority officials loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas. However, unlike a similar 2005 agreement, Hamas will be allowed to maintain a presence at the crossings.

Biggest bitch there ever was, eh?

Lastly, may I get a big resounding Duh. 'Cause this? This wasn't spoken about six months ago?
Oh, well, no one said we weren't predictable.
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Ever since (in)famous(?) Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi threw his shoe at Former (hooray!) President Bush, there have been a number of copy cats.

A shoe was thrown at the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Monday at his talk in Cambridge University. Unlike Mr. al-Zaidi, this protester did not manage to aim quite so squarely at Mr. Wen.

And just today a shoe and two books were thrown at Israel Ambassador Mr. Benny Dagan in Sweden.
The shoe and two books were thrown by two protesters at the University of Stockholm where Mr. Dagan was giving a talk about the upcoming elections.
I can only assume that the items were thrown in protest to the violence in Gaza.

Or Antisemitism.

Who can tell.

Although, it would appear that unlike the shoes thrown at Bush and Wen, these ones actually hit their target.

Here is a short video of the incident:

And on a more ludicrous note: books! They threw books?! Dude, shoes is one thing - it's dirty and out right disrespectful, but books! That's just disrespecting yourself.
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The Israeli Blogosphere makes the Guardian.

"If bloggers were representative of the mainstream ...", our next elections would be focused on social issues, environmental issues, have a distinctly Socialist-Democratic economic agenda and with a focus on Jewish-Arab co-operation.

Hard to believe that we're most likely going to be electing Bibi and the Hawkes.

Oh, well...

Body of the article under the cut )
It's always nice when your opinions aren't vilifies and de-legitimized by your environment... pity it comes all the way across the channel.

One thing that bothers me about this article, is that it replicates the idea that the Tel-Aviv Bubble is this some kind of un-touched and detached urbanite fantasy land.
Because the 90's and early 2000's were a real hoot with suicide bombers taking themselves out in markets, malls and cafe's - in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and other Centre (of the country) cities.
Yeah, my father was nearly shot in his shop by a militant and I still hold the opinions that co-operation between Jews and Arabs is the way to go and that negotiations with our enemies will stop the fighting.
I'm not so sure about Peace at this point because surely there's more to Peace than just making sure nobody dies.


Jan. 28th, 2009 12:42 am
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Despite my irritated and pessimistic tone.
I'm quite enthusiastic about being able to execute my right to vote - as it will be my first time. I know... 23 and never voted! What's wrong with the world.
Well in 2003 I turned 18 just two weeks after the election.
And in 2006 I was out of the country and Israel doesn't do absentee ballots.
So 2009 will be my first time.

The party I will be voting for will most likely be in the Opposition not matter which leading party ends up being in the PM office.

The party in question is HADASH/AL-JABHA - which is the acronym for The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality - I wrote about in my previous Hebrew entry.
It's a Socialist-Democratic party (not to be confused with Social-Democracy).
It's a joint Jewish-Arab party that operates both in Hebrew and Arabic.
They promote workers rights, women's rights, environmentalism etc. etc. etc.

Their campaign video exemplifies this quite well... it is in fact, clear.
The video below is in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

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אני לא מתה על מפלגות או מפלגתיות.
אני חושבת שהקשר בין המפלגה שאת בוחרת בה לפוליטיקה איתה את חיה היא די אפסית, הרי רק בזמן בחירות אנחנו בכלל חושבים על המפלגות שאינן בשלטון, או אפילו בקואליציה.

אולם, הייתה מלחמה... עד כמה שהיה אפשר לקרוא להפגזה ההמונית על אזרחים שסביבם גדר "מלחמה".

המלחמה, באופן מפתיע! פרצה חודש וקצת לפני הבחירות הכלליות לכנסת ה-18.
כפי שקוראיי הרגילים יודעים, התנגדתי התנגדות נחרצה לתקיפה הזו, בעיקר שהסיבות והעילות שנתנו לתקשורת לומר לאזרחים (אני ואתן/אתם)סביב פריצת הלחימה היו פשוט שקרים!
ברור שתגובה כלשהי מצד ישראל כלפי ההתקפות של חמא"ס הייתה נחוצה... לפני שמונה שנים.
ברור שחמא"ס הם רעים שתוקפים אזרחים, במיוחד ילדים כשהם בדרך לבית הספר... שמדינת ישראל רק לפני שנתיים התחילה למגן.
אבל עזבו, לא משנה, לא חשוב, אין זה עקרוני כלל וכלל. זוהי היסטוריה ואני כאן לדבר על העכשיו.

בפברואר אני הולכת לממש את זכותי האזרחית ולהצביע בבחירות בפעם הראשונה. כן, אני כבר ילדה גדולה.

במשך שנים ראיתי במרצ המפלגה השפויה ביותר. זו שדוגלת בערכים שאני חשבתי שהם הכי נכונים.
חד"ש תמיד נראו לי קצת הזויים, לא ראליסטיים, סוציאליסטיים שאפילו לא מתפשרים ואומרים שהם "סוציאל-דמוקרטיים"... האמת, חשבתי שהם קומוניסטים - שהיא כידוע מילה גסה עד מאד.

במשך שנים הקשבתי לאחיותיי ולחבריהם (לימים גיסיי) על עד כמה שמרצ היא שמאל אמיתי (חד"ש אפילו לא התעופף בשיח המשפחתי), למרות שלא היה לי כזה ברור מה זה ה"שמאל" וה"ימין" עליהם כולם דיברו, הייתי טינאייג'רית די אדישה בסך הכל... זה לא פלא שהגעתי עד הצבא בלי להבין בכלל למה יש אנשים מתפוצצים ברחובות.
שוב אני נופלת לרשת ההיסטוריה.
אני מבקשת סליחה.

מרצ אכזבו אותי.
עוד לפני שאי פעם בחרתי בהם!

לפני המלחמה הייתי די משוכנעת שאני מצביעה מרצ, אף על פי שהמהלך שלהם עם "התנועה החדשה" והכנסת כל הגברים הרוחניקים לרשימה (העיתונאי ניצן הורוביץ מס' 3! מה?!) היה נתנה לי הרגשה רעה מאד.
אבל נו, מילא, הם השמאל השפוי.

השמאל השפוי הזה החליט ללכת עם הזרם הלאומני, המיליטריסטי, המשתיק וההורג. כן. בדיוק ככה.
היחידים, מהיום הראשון, שאמרו שהדרך הזו היא לא הפתרון היו חד"ש.
אפשר להגיד, טוב מרצ אמרו שמספיק קצת לחימה ואז די.
למה להיכנס למצב של לחימה והרס כזה מלכתחילה? בזמן הרגיעה, איפה היה המו"מ המיוחל? היכן גלעד שליט? מדוע המצור עומד על כנו? ועוד כמה שאלות.

חד"ש היא היחידה ששמרה על יושרה והגינות בזמן המלחמה.
היחידה שהביעה התנגדות למבצע מלכתחילה.
שמאל שאינו נגרר אחרי ה"קונסנזוס" הלאומני והדורסני.
ערכים של דו-קיום! סוציאליסטיים! פמיניסטיים! והפלא ופלא... הם אשכרא מדברים על מוסר, כאילו זה דבר חי, קיים ובעל ערך חיובי.

אני מצביעה לחד"ש.

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Last night Israel declared a unilateral cease fire.
Today Hamas declared a unilateral cease fire (for a week so that the IDF can withdraw).
Which, I'm surprised to say, they are.

I doubt, though, that something will last more than a week.

The last three weeks have been hellish.

Understatement, I know.

As stated, I'm not optimistic.
This has happened before.
I don't think Israel or Hamas will be ceasing fire for long.

One thing that really hasn't been spoken about at all, either in the Israeli media or International is the actual political aspect of this all.
As I'm sure some of you are aware, Israel is entering general elections next month. Just so you know, Kadimah and Avodah, according to the poles, are doing very, very well.
Conclusion may be drawn without much trouble.
But let me not speak treason.

The Palestinian doctor who lost three of his daughters in the the fighting - video of the interview on Israeli television - has been just one of many such stories out of Gaza, only it is one of the few that has seen full coverage in Israeli media.

In Israel three civilians were killed and 10 soldiers died in combat.

All personal tragedies are terrible and unthinkable and traumatic.

But 1,300 dead people in Gaza, over 400 of them children, most of them civilians.
Even if more Hamas combatants died in the fighting, was it really worth it?

Are we even able to comprehend the fact that each and every one of dead has a name? A family that will miss them... maybe even an entire family that dies with them (in Gaza only at this point, seeing as no Israeli family has been wiped out by rockets)?

Hoy... I'm tired.
Tomorrow is another day.

That's all folks.
At least for now.
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On Tuesday February 10th the State of Israel will be voting for it's 18th General Election (and our 5th in a decade, seriously, "Third World" stability) and it is slim pickings.

I'm obsessing a bit on the decision because it will actually be the first time I vote for the country's Knesset and PM. This isn't so surprising when one realised that I turned 18 two weeks after the 2003 elections and was out of the country in 2006, so... didn't get to vote.
Add to all that, that I'm actually politically aware and that my own politics seriously do not align with... anything that's on the electoral market.

I've no faith in the system.

Even the small parties that are voted in have very little power and generally produce bills to do with social welfare which is always good, of course, but with the way this country is going in that regard it looks as though even the Communist Party (the forerunners in social welfare laws) will be losing it's footing.

The whole election process is such a crock. We, the citizens, know that each and everyone of the politicians is corrupt, that every single move they make is in their own self-interests, that none of them have any intention of creating change (other than increasing the change lining their pockets) and that any ideology they have is used for nothing more than for pushing an agenda that will give them more power.

The main election issue floating around in the media isn't social welfare, or even the mush hailed Peace Process (which has been a joke for many a year).

It's how "we're" going to deal with Gaza.

There's no talk about... talking.

The word Occupation hasn't been mentioned anywhere, leaving the conciousness of the masses who are gearing to vote for a government that will continue streaming money into an Army that is being trained in policing a population while calling it "Defence".
Indeed, the whole "Only Democracy in the Middle East" myth doesn't live up to the standard of Israel believes itself to emulate.
We are of the British parliamentary method.
The fact that there is a vote doesn't a Democracy make.
When it is your ethnicity that dictates whether you are a citizen or second-class citizen...
When your religion dictates who you can associate and marry...
Well, I don't see any Western ideal there.

One of my friends mentioned that she will be voting for Tzipi Livni.
I asked her why, genuinely curious.
She said she can't not vote for a woman, because even if she doesn't do anything different (which she won't in the event of her being elected) there is still something symbolic in having a woman Prime Minister.
And in general I would agree.
But the idea of voting for someone which the only difference between her and the other candidates is Livni being a woman (it's a big significance difference), when her politics are just atrocious as Netanyahu's and Barak's.

I'm seriously considering blank-balloting.
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My head cold has broken me and I'm sitting here sipping tea.
Ah, well. Tomorrow is another day and it shall be made of coffee.

One of the things that have been on my mind lately is the forthcoming election - for those not in the local loop - Israel is going to have be voting for general elections in early 2009, these are going to be our 6th elections in 13 years.
Oh, no, we're so much better than the rest of the post-colonial countries of the Levant!
If my nose weren't so clogged my *snort* of utter derision would have probably been heard all the way to Beirut.

Any way.

The elections yes.
There are many problems, my biggest one is that I may have to go against my principals and vote for someone in order to prevent someone else from getting elected.

Tzipi Livni, current leader of the Centrist Kadima Party is not doing well in the poles. On any regular day this wouldn't bother me, since I have no great love for a former Likudnik or for a party made out of Ariel Sharon's own megalomania.
However, current poll leader seems to be the aforementioned Likud Party which is headed by Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu...
You cannot begin to understand how scary the thought of this man being back in the PM's office is.
Really, I'd rather have The Master.

A dilemma.

Do I cast my vote for the smaller party of my choice which actually holds onto values that I believe in (e.g. Meretz *sigh* or Hadash) or do I vote for Livni just to make myself feel better that my vote wasn't taken from her and gave victory to Bibi.

What's a Grrl to do?

What would you do?

Something else to think about:

In case you weren't aware, there is a group of young (18-19) Israeli Jewish conscientious objectors, known as The Shministim who refuse to be drafted into the IDF because of an ethical, moral and, yep, conscientious stance.
They are known as The Shministim (English and Hebrew websites) which is a Hebrew nick for High School seniors, and the Army drafts us right out of High School.
Tomorrow (December 18th) is the day of action.
Currently seven of this year's draftees have been charged with refusal to join the army and have been put in jail, some of them multiple times.
Press the links if you want to learn more about them, what they stand for and why it is important to support them.

Here they are, in their own words:

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Meretz is a liberal-Left wing Israeli party, which in the 90's was quite popular among the Intellectual Elite, The Student Body and in fact the majority of Jewish (and also some non-Jewish) people under the age of 35.
I dunno what happened, but the party lost it's luster and has been the political equivalent of a yapping Chiwawa. Makes a lot of noise, doesn't get much done with the saving grace of Zehava Galon* the only Meretz Memeber of Knesset with an actual social and feminist agenda.

Well, no more Chiwawa yapping for Meretz!
There's going to be a New Left in Israel!
Voices from different Labour and others from the Israeli Literati are putting their voices in for a stronger Meretz.
What a lovely, lovely thing it is to see all these former Labourists see the light of the "Real Left" in Israel.
This light is so bright, that they've completely blinded by the fact that all these Labourists and Literati are men.
White men.
Upper-middle class, intellectual, white men.

I love the smell of exclusion in the morning.
It smells like liberal bullshit!

Seriously now, did no one notice? Are Zehava Galon and Tsiva Greenfeld the only worthy women on the Meretz platform.
What there aren't any intellectuals and Literati women in this country? Don't tell me they're all flocking to Tzipi Livni?!
Could, could it be that you're taking the women's vote for granted?
MK Haim Oron, your sexism is showing, your racism too!

Adios, I'll find someone else who actually holds the values I believe in. You know, those values of social justice, representation, diversity and yes, bloody inclusiveness!.

Labor figureheads to support Meretz in upcoming elections )

*Tsiva Greenfeld was sworn in just before the Knesset liquidated itself for the elections in February, so I really have no opinion on her.
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A weekend without Internet is less than ideal.
The phone cable decayed and Frida fritzed!
Poor Frida, at the lab with a hardware problem. I hope the my hard drive makes it out.

It did, however give me a chance to finish watching the entire fourth season on Doctor Who.

It was awesome!
And sad!
And oh no, what's going to happen now?!
And I want more Torchwood!
Ianto... I hope he doesn't die *whimper*

And by the way, out of the three women companions that The Doctor has traveled with over the past four seasons, Martha and Donna rule!
So much better than Rose.
Not really sure what The Doctor sees in her, except that she might make him feel young, but eh.
I'll write more about those.

So, yeah.

Hey, USaians! Your elections are catching. 't would appear that we're having our... what... fifth, sixth election in a decade.
There's stable government for you.
Took the entire Holiday season for Ms. Livni to figure out that the current Knesset wouldnot form a coalition with her.
Unless she gave certain factions more funds.
No, really. It's all here (there's an embedded video, so you'd better mute if you don't want to hear it).
Bit gross if you ask me.
Lucky for me you do.

And breaking News of the hour. Looks like the US Military attacked the Abu Kamal area in Syria just across the border with Iraq.
Oh no they didn't!
It would appear... they did.
Eight deaths have been confirmed.

It's going to be an interesting News cycle, I'd say.


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June 2015

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.


-"V for Vendetta"


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