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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

Israel proposes, US disposes

Israel National News again reported [tomorrow at 8:08 AM for us] that outgoing Prime Minister Olmert proposed attacking Iranian nuclear sites spread throughout the country and located “ dozens of yards underground and beneath reinforced concrete” as early as this past spring.

The United States refused to back the plan citing the probability that Iran would retaliate, that American bases in the Middle East might prove more interesting targets, and that all-out war could break out in the Middle East. None of these fears are irrational. Even if the United States doesn’t provide military backing, once Israel flies through Iraqi airspace–because that’s the shortest route and because Syria and Saudi Arabia would be crazy to consider supporting an Israeli attack on Iran–the Iranians will believe Americans were behind the attack. Since Iran and Iraq are neighbors, provoking Iran is a little more than unwise. Not only that, when you provoke Iran you provoke Russia and China. Not a good idea.

Mark Regev, spokesman for the Prime Minister, denied such a conversation had ever happened. I suppose that’s what a spokesman (or spokeswoman) is for.

In related news, Muslims in Gaza and Iran celebrated “Quds Day,” an annual even established by Ayatollah Khomeni to oppose Israeli control of Jerusalem and support the rights of Muslim Palestinians, by mocking the Holocaust and calling for the death of Israel. “Hamas legislator Ahmed Abu Helbiya called on Arabs ‘to contain the enemy and halt its [Israel’s] aggression by planning martyrdom operations,'” the report stated.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has talked about religious reasons for not having nuclear weapons:

“Our religion prohibits us from having nuclear arms and our religious leader has prohibited it from the point of view of religious law. It’s a closed road.”

It is may be a sin against Islam to own and maintain nuclear weapons, but it’s apparently OK to rile up Israel’s neighbor Gaza to do all your dirty work for you.

September 27, 2008 Posted by | Foreign policy, Iran, Israel, politics, religion | , , , , , | Leave a comment