There is a simple fact that seems to constantly escape people about the occupation and about America's wars. If it is seen then it is real and when not seen it isn't heard when pundits and commentators discuss them.
What stopped the war in Vietnam was that the carnage was inescapable. It was on the evening news while eating dinner and therefore always being talked about by people both pro and anti. War is exciting in a movie - John Wayne and all that gung ho and all - but horrific when the agony and bleakness of suffering and death was real.
The question was asked as to what would break the spell (of acceptance)? It is in fact that the occupation seen by Europeans and the rest of the world bears little resemblance to what the occupation looks like on American TV. What we see is a sympathetic portrait from the occupiers side rather than scenes of bulldozed homes, brutal mistreatment of a captive population and we are treated to an unremitting stream of excuses for it too. There are no Palestinian voices either.
It all makes for a 'settled' issue in most American minds. They are just defending themselves/right to exist message along with a firmed up uncritical stance about the settlements and facts on the ground. These are presented only as accomplished facts and not even debated. Almost as if you could ask >>> You mean settlements are illegal? You mean the extra ones not approved by the Israeli government right?
What would break the spell? Don't they have cell phone cameras in Gaza and the West Bank?