Placing the latest Israel/Gaza violence into perspective…

Robert Fisk (h/t mattthebastard):

Ever since 1948, we’ve been hearing this balderdash from the Israelis — just as Arab nationalists and then Arab Islamists have been peddling their own lies: that the Zionist “death wagon” will be overthrown, that all Jerusalem will be “liberated.” And always Mr Bush Snr or Mr Clinton or Mr Bush Jnr or Mr Blair or Mr Brown have called upon both sides to exercise “restraint” — as if the Palestinians and the Israelis both have F-18s and Merkava tanks and field artillery. Hamas’s home-made rockets have killed just 20 Israelis in eight years, but a day-long blitz by Israeli aircraft that kills almost 300 Palestinians is just par for the course.

Amnesty International:

This is the highest level of Palestinian fatalities and casualties in four decades of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The escalation of violence comes at a time when the civilian population already faces a daily struggle for survival due to the Israeli blockade which has prevented even food and medicines from entering Gaza.

So this latest Israeli hissy fit bout of violence may be unprecedented (since 1948, at least).  And speaking of the Israelis blockading aid, the Guardian reports

Israel accused of ramming Gaza aid ship

The Free Gaza Movement said its vessel, the Dignity, was intercepted by several Israeli vessels as it was heading to the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli aerial bombardment since Saturday.

One gunboat rammed the Dignity on the port bow side, causing heavy damage, although no one was hurt, the group said.

“[The Dignity] is taking on water and appears to have engine problems,” the movement said on its website. “When attacked, the Dignity was clearly in international waters, 90 miles off the coast of Gaza.

As for the origins of this current crisis, it’s tough to know where to begin…  But, as OpenLeft points out, some blame should be given to the Bush administration since it was them who helped bring Hamas into power (ironically enough):

Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by Dahlan, and armed with new weapons supplied at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.)

But the secret plan backfired, resulting in a further setback for American foreign policy under Bush. Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S.-backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza.

But, as we all know, the real question is how many anti-Arab, pro-death trolls will this post rake in?  Fuck talking about reality!  Meanwhile, the bodycount mounts…  And Arab leaders still don’t know what the hell to do.  (Well, except for the Egyptians, who seem content with shooting at Gazans at the border and not opening up their hospitals to them.  Classy.)  But to be fair, Bush doesn’t know what to do either — he won’t even cut his vacation short because of the crisis.  Which is also classy.

10 Responses to “Placing the latest Israel/Gaza violence into perspective…”

  1. BILLY says:

    If you want Isreal to stop bombing you stop shooting rockets at innocent people. You think it is eveyones fault but yours.

  2. Kathy says:

    If you want me to stop shooting rockets at innocent people, you stop starving 1.5 million innocent people with your economic blockade. You think it’s everyone’s fault but yours.

    In the meantime, I will ask the dad and mom who lost five of their nine children in a bomb blast to stop shooting rockets at innocent people.

    Oh, wait. They weren’t.

  3. tas says:

    Fuck you, Billy.

  4. Kathy says:

    That’s what I like about you, tas — you get right to the point.

  5. tas says:

    Thanks Kathy. I’m taking up a no bullshit policy for my New Year’s resolution.

  6. Taufeeq says:

    Billy needs his head checked. I wonder what he will do if he is starved to death. Im sure he’ll sit back and relax, smile at the perpertrators and say hello. By the way, I agree with Tas..

  7. Kash says:

    Israelies took most of the Palestininan land, cornered them and now firing openly into civilian teritory. Do they just expect to take someone’s land and live in peace?
    I am afraid too many muslims innocent lives have been taken in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Palestine. This is terrorism also! Open Terrorism and countries in Europe and Middle East should start standing up to the USA!

  8. azeem says:

    To al,
    Please check the following website, http://www.nkusa.org. Will probably put things more into perspective for people like Billy.

  9. ntar says:

    My Muslim Arab friend speaks of : Too many Muslim Arabs are getting killed in Gaza,
    What about those Christian Arabs they don’t get killed? Does that mean I’m alright Jack?
    Christian Arabs get killed too, only when they get killed, to the Muslims it’s another day.
    Sober up my Arab Muslim friend, when I was on the front lines fighting your war in Palestine
    you probably was sucking on a bay milk bottle, after disbanding the T.J.F.F. in Zarqa, Jordan
    I joined other Army Units and was sent directly to the front lines to fight your war, my question is: Where on earth were you?
    Signed

    A Christian Arab

  10. scott says:

    Well My first impression is the question of class. In a society we have a base starting with the poor who do things that the classes above them wont such as being poor. Now Israel has the same focus on class as we do. There is the poor,midclass and the rich. Gaza is mostly one class of poor. They are newbies given land that Israel did not want in the first place. They have no organized military or Gov’t.. They have the Hamas which is like giving your hometown up to local gangs who now control everything since there was no thought about legitimate gov’t. There has been no organized decision on the concequences of action. We do this its done we walk away and hope the best. Very American. Now everything is messed up as its been and it will be untill a miracle happens. There will never be peace between these two areas. The only thing that may help is if Jesus Christ comes down and says ” Holy shit what a craphole of a place man I meant to to tell you guys that it does’nt matter if you are black,white jew or muslim you are all saved” Maybe then otherwise you are dealing with years of turmoil that will some day erupt into a third world war starting with some asshole who decided to nuke israel.

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