Meh Culpa

Smuggled in: Scene After IDF Attack In Gaza on Christmas 2008

I found this video link on Global Research this morning after I saw photos of the victims of the war on Gaza (Trigger: viewer discretion strongly advised). The original video went to Google, but the quality wasn’t very good.  It was all huge pixels.  This video is the same one, as far as I can tell, but doesn’t contain the opening:

“Do I hate Jews?

I most certainly do not.

But let there be no doubt in anyones (sic) mind

Israel is a Terrorist State!”

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I do have opinions about Israel’s war on Gaza.  I think the United States and Iran are using Israel and the Palestinians–whether in Lebanon or in Gaza–as surrogates because they can’t fight each other.  Not really.  You think it’s bad now? The entire region would really blow up.  And just today Israel National News reported that:

The Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Sunday that Hamas was victorious over Israel in Gaza. He said that Israel’s announcement of a unilateral cease fire shows “the failure of the Zionist government to reach a victory over a courageous rebellion.”

They always say they’re victorious.  But still, surrogates.

And on our side, there’s always talk about how Israel’s actions are vindicated or how they have the right to defend themselves. And that may very well be.  Personally, I would say, “And how’s that workin’ for you?”   Have any of Israel’s tactics created peace in the Middle East?  I don’t believe so.

I also think Israel should have given the women and children and the elderly of Gaza an opportunity to leave.  (So many babies dead, so many)  When American media outlets talk about “casualties,” the number sounds bad–over a thousand last I heard.  But they don’t talk about the number of wounded, which have reached 1.5 million.  That’s a phenomenal number of injuries in such a short time.

I’m distressed by the reports that Israel has used chemical weapons. As recently as 2001 Israel used a  gas that caused convulsions in its Gazan victims.  During this war on Gaza–or incursion, whatever you want to call it–Israel used white phosphorous as bombs, which according to Editor & Publisher is “an illuminating device  only …  okayed by international law but such use is extremely risky and dangerous to civilians. The fires it sets cannot be put out with the usual water or fire extinguishers.”  Contact with particles of white phosphorous will result in burns that don’t stop, melting tissue down to the bone.  Inhalation can cause damage to internal organs and bones as well as suffocation, with tender pink lung tissue burning from the inside out.  From what I understand, white phosphorous is much like napalm.   You don’t want to see pictures.

What’s most devastating: aside from the nukes, which they’ve developed themselves, we’ve armed Israel.  I’ve got to say, though, even if Dubya hopped-to when Olmert called, he refused to let Israeli planes fly through Iraqi air space so they could bomb  Iran’s nuclear facilities.  I’ve got to give him that.  But otherwise, we have done little to restrain them.   We need to start now, so we can rein in that Middle Eastern arms race.  I hope it’s not too late. *

* I was born during the Cold War. We used to crouch under our desks during air raid drills. It was very clear to me the desks were no protection whatsoever.

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January 18, 2009 Posted by | Bush administration, Israel, war crimes | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Weekend Reading List

I’m racing through the medical terminology text that just arrived in the mail, but I’m playing catch-up on my reading this weekend as well.  Here’s what I’m reading for fun.  Or something.  It might be a hobby.

Now Understand Why They Hate Us David Hilfiker, M.D.

Citi, Alone Among Banks, to Report on Use of Bailout Money Paul Kiel (I’m a week or two late, but it’s nice to know all the same)

Blood is Everywhere Caoimhe Butterly (via American Leftist)

Who Should Obama Look to for Advice?: Jimmy Carter Ivan Eland

I would ordinarily pass on the Instapundit because he  often gives me a headache, but Reynolds  seems to suggest on a scan that Obama and torture may be more simpatico than we might think here and hereThe one thing I know we do agree on: the moral issues related to torture are a slam-dunk. (Maybe Dick Meyer didn’t hear about the imminent danger myth?)

Gitmo Database Details 779 Prisoners’ Cases Eric Umansky

I may add to my list tomorrow.  Who knows.

What are you reading?

January 17, 2009 Posted by | bailout(s), Economy, Executive branch, Obama, torture | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment