Too much to talk about, too many acts of brutality to go into but I wanted to make a quick update to point out to any readers the confirmed and corroborated order of events, ie that the original ceasefire was broken by Israel on November 4th when they attacked houses in Gaza, only after which did Hamas fire off their rockets.
Also, recent atrocities include the bombing of the 3 UN schools, the shelling of UN trucks, the town of Zeitoun where dozens of civilians were herded into a single house which was then shelled with appalling loss of life, and the bombed clinics, schools, ambulances, apartments etc etc.
There was a comment lodged after the previous post, which I haven’t attended to yet as I’m still trying to muster the strength of will to prepare an answer that doesn’t come across as an angry tirade. But hey, mebbe I should just go with that – it would have the advantage of being honest.
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The news just keeps getting worse. The Israeli defence minister says that they in “an all-out war against Hamas and its kind”. Well, forgive me but a war is where you`ve got two armies fighting so I think we can all agree that….this isn’t a war. In fact, it seems to me that the Palestinians have exercised considerable restraint in response to the Israelis’ 18-month blockade; if it had been me, I`d probably have made some kind of response after the 2nd or 3rd month, rather than waiting a year and half before firing off them Qassam rockets, probably the most pathetic rockets in the history of missile warfare. I mean, how many have died from the hundreds of Qassam bombardments? Five? Seven? While the death toll in Gaza is more than 500.
These Qassam rockets are, basically, glorified fireworks. In fact, if Hamas starting launching fireworks into Israel maybe the casualties would be greater; in the 2007 Fireworks Annual Report, as published by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks caused 11 deaths and 9,800 injuries, significantly greater than the physical harm brought about by these Qassam whizzbangs.
And yet the media insist on presenting the whole ghastly Grand Guignol as some kind of struggle between equivalent adversaries, and national leaders, like our benighted Gordie, blab endlessly about a truce or a negotiated ceasefire, which is idiotic. Just to recap – according to Wikipedia, Israel has 970 main battle tanks, 1430 medium and lower grade tanks, 6930 APCs and other armoured vehicles, 1064 units of self-propelled artillery, 520 combat warplanes, 184 military helicopters, 13 warships, 3 subs and 50 patrol boats. And the Palestinians have got …. well now, AK47s, pistols, some rocket-propelled grenades and the aforementioned mighty and terrible
Qassam rockets. Oh yeah, and plenty of rocks.
Yet Israel is gripped by fear, and the likes of Gordon Brown, Bush the Lesser, and Blair the Unforgiveable gibber manically on about truces and ceasefires. Seems to me that when one man armed with a machine gun is attacking another armed with a peashooter, it is obvious that the former, having clearly lost all sense of humanity and compassion, must be restrained. Israeli regime sympathisers insist that Hamas and the Gazans have only hate in their hearts and want to see Israel destroyed, wiped away, pushed into the sea, etc. Is this a surprise? The Palestinians have been trapped in a shrinking cage for decades, humiliated, starved, beaten, shot and bombed by their tormentors who then expect the captives to behave reasonably, to speak words of clear-headed moderation. And when the traumatised prisoners respond with anger
and despair and futile, idiotic, near-pointless Qassam rockets, the same tormentors throw up their hands in mock-horror and order the planes and tanks to move in.
Those that are confined to the cage are clearly expected to learn how to speak respectfully to their masters, to accept beatings and lashings as their just punishment, and to keep their heads bowed.
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always.” – Mohandas Gandhi.
“. . . For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced. . . . “ Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an American slave who gained his freedom and worked tirelessly for the abolition of slavery. However, this quote could be applied today to places where people groan beneath iniquitous oppression.