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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The US terrorizing Middle East is the moral equivalent of ISIS


Annie Machon is a former intel­li­gence officer for the UK's MI5, who resigned in 1996 to blow the whistle. 
She is now a writer, public speaker and a Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

Two horrors have dwelt in my mind for the last twenty years, ever since I read reports about terrorist groups while an impressionable young intelligence officer.
The first involves the use of power tools as instruments of torture; drills, industrial sanders, angle grinders. This is no secret now and the meme has been much used and abused by Hollywood and series such as “24”, but I still feel uncomfortable every time I am dragged into the “boy toy” section of a home improvement mega-store.

Reuters / Stringer
Published time: August 25, 2014 12:56
The second has recently hit the news as a grim result of ISIS, the ultra-violent Sunni sect that has swept across much of Syria and Iraq, imposing the most draconian form of Sharia law in its wake upon the hapless citizens of formerly secular states. I pity the poor women, and I pity still more the men of these communities faced with the option of submission or gruesome murder.
For this is the other image that haunts me: in 1995 six western tourists were abducted by a Kashmiri separatist group, Al Faran. One of the abductees, a Norwegian called Hans Christian Ostro, was found decapitated; his head had been hacked off with a knife. The sheer horror, the terror the poor man must have experienced, has haunted me ever since.
You can probably see where I am going with this. I have not watched, nor do I have any intention of ever watching, the ISIS video of the gruesome murder of US journalist James Foley, whether the Metropolitan Police deems it a crime to do so or not. I just feel horror, again, and a deep well of sorrow for what his family and friends must be going through now.
Yet this is nothing new – we have known for months that ISIS has been beheading and crucifying people as they rampage across Syria and Iraq. There has been a steady stream of delicately pixilated heads on spikes in the western media, and the outrage has been muted.
And indeed, such beheadings have long been carried out and filmed during the earlier insurgencies in Iraq – I remember a young film maker friend who had stumbled across just such a sick propaganda video way back in 2007 – he could not sleep, could not rid his mind of the images either.
It is barbarity pure and simple, but it is also effective within the boundaries of its aims.
So, what are these aims? I just want to make two points before the West gets swept up in a new wave of outrage to “bomb the bastards” for beheading an American – after all, many hundreds if not thousands of people across the Middle East have already suffered this fate, with a lack of any meaningful Western outcry.
Firstly, ISIS has clear aims (indeed it published its five-year plan to great media derision a couple of months ago). It is effectively using hideous brutality and propaganda to spread terror ahead of its war front – this is a 21st century blitzkrieg, and it’s working. The sheer horror of what they do to any who attempt to resist is so great that apparently whole armies abandon their weapons, banks have been left to be raided to the tune of half a billion dollars, and entire villages flee.
This is the pure definition of terrorism, and we can see that it is working. ISIS is doing all this to build a new state, or caliphate, in the way that their warped fundamentalist interpretation of religion sets out for them.
Secondly, and here’s the contentious bit, how precisely is this different from the terror that the Israelis have been visiting upon the many innocents killed in Gaza? The Dahiya Doctrine of disproportionate violence to stun and quash resistance was exposed by WikiLeaks – the Israeli “shock and awe”.
And also, how is this different from what the US has been meting out to the peoples of Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan over the last few years with their drone attacks?

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Islamic Jihad Chief: Gaza Battle Prepares for Mother of Battles, No Bet on Talks




Local Editor

ShallahThe leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, asserted that the Zionist enemy started Gaza war and that the resistance surprised it with displaying its military readiness to encounter the aggression.

"We must not bet on the path of the negotiations," Shallah stressed, "Israeli warplanes buried Oslo agreement under the debris of Gaza buildings."

Shallah noted that Gaza battle is not the last, adding that it will prepare for the mother of the battles.

The leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement greeted the steadfastness of the Gazans and the resistance, highlighting the importance of the Palestinians to encounter the upcoming challenges.

Source: Al-Manar Website
26-08-2014 - 22:17 


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Al Mayadeen: Gaza triumphed, وانتصرت فلسطين


تغطية خاصة

 

..وانتصرت فلسطين 1



 

.. وانتصرت فلسطين 3



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Hezbollah: Gaza Victory Attained by Resistance, "Prelude to More Key Triumphs"

السيد حسن نصرالله يهنئ أمين عام الجهاد، الدكتور شلح، بالنصر في غزة


Local Editor

Hezbollah asserted that what has been achieved in Gaza is a major victory for the Palestinians in the context of seeking its basic rights which can be attained only by the resistance.

Hezbollah stressed that the importance of the "historical" achievement in the course of the conflict with the Zionist enemy presents a prelude to additional key triumphs.

Hezbollah congratulated, in a statement, the courageous Palestinian people, resistance factions, and the martyrs' as well the prisoners' families for achieving this major victory through imposing the ceasefire on the Zionist enemy and compelling it to meet the demands set by the Palestinian leaders.

The will and steadfastness of the resistance as well as the sacrifices of the Palestinian people during the Zionist aggression led to the victory, according to the statement.

Hezbollah hailed the efforts of the concerned countries and committees to meet the victory's conditions, including opening the crossings which form vital lifelines for the besieged Palestinian people and reconstructing the sacrificial strip.

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations
26-08-2014 - 23:23 Last updated 26-08-2014 - 23:2

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Europeans are waking up- An Open Letter from the Netherlands to Putin

Dear  Mr.  President  Putin,
Please  accept  our  apologies  on  behalf  of  a  great  many  people  here  in  the  Netherlands  for our
Government  and  our  Media.  The  facts  concerning  MH17  are  twisted  to  defame  you  and your  country.
We  are  powerless  onlookers,  as  we  witness  how  the  Western  Nations,  led  by  the  United
States,  accuse  Russia  of  crimes  they  commit  themselves  more  than  anybody  else.  We  reject
the  double  standards  that  are  used  for  Russia  and  the  West.  In  our  societies,  sufficient
evidence  is  required  for  a  conviction.  The  way  you  and  your  Nation  are  convicted  for
‘crimes’  without  evidence,  is  ruthless  and  despicable.

You  have  saved  us  from  a  conflict  in  Syria  that  could  have  escalated  into  a  World  War.  The
mass  killing  of  innocent  Syrian  civilians  through  gassing  by  ‘Al-­‐Qaeda’  terrorists,  trained
and  armed  by  the  US  and  paid  for  by  Saudi  Arabia,  was  blamed  on  Assad.  In  doing  so,  the
West  hoped  public  opinion  would  turn  against  Assad,  paving  the  way  for  an  attack  on
Syria.

Not  long  after  this,  Western  forces  have  built  up,  trained  and  armed  an  ‘opposition’  in  the
Ukraine,  to  prepare  a  coup  against  the  legitimate  Government  in  Kiev.  The  putschists
taking  over  were  quickly  recognized  by  Western  Governments.  They  were  provided  with
loans  from  our  tax  money  to  prop  their  new  Government  up.
The  people  of  the  Crimea  did  not  agree  with  this  and  showed  this  with  peaceful
demonstrations.  Anonymous  snipers  and  violence  by  Ukrainian  troops  turned  these
demonstrations  into  demands  for  independence  from  Kiev.  Whether  you  support  these
separatist  movements  is  immaterial,  considering  the  blatant  Imperialism  of  the  West.
Page 2
Russia  is  wrongly  accused,  without  evidence  or  investigation,  of  delivering  the  weapons
systems  that  allegedly  brought  down  MH17.  For  this  reason  Western  Governments  claim
they  have  a  right  to  economically  pressure  Russia.

We,  awake  citizens  of  the  West,  who  see  the  lies  and  machinations  of  our  Governments,
wish  to  offer  you  our  apologies  for  what  is  done  in  our  name.

It’s  unfortunately  true,  that  our  media  have  lost  all  independence  and  are  just  mouthpieces
for  the  Powers  that  Be.  Because  of  this,  Western  people  tend  to  have  a  warped  view  of
reality  and  are  unable  to  hold  their  politicians  to  account.

Our  hopes  are  focused  on  your  wisdom.  We  want  Peace.  We  see  that  Western  Governments
do  not  serve  the  people  but  are  working  towards  a  New  World  Order.  The  destruction  of
sovereign  nations  and  the  killing  of  millions  of  innocent  people  is,  seemingly,  a  price  worth
paying  for  them,  to  achieve  this  goal.

We,  the  people  of  the  Netherlands,  want  Peace  and  Justice,  also  for  and  with  Russia.
We  hope  to  make  clear  that  the  Dutch  Government  speaks  for  itself  only.  We  pray  our
efforts  will  help  to  diffuse  the  rising  tensions  between  our  Nations.
Sincerely,
Historical  claim  shows  why  Crimea  matters  to  Russia (http://goo.gl/kGuKPm)
Professor  Cees  Hamelink
Why  you  shouldn’t  believe  what  is  in  the  papers?
Dank U Thank You - Spasibo - to author: Professor Cees Hamelink.
Dank U – Thank you – Spasibo –  to Wiet van den Brink, who sent me this link!
Lada Ray
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The same letter in Russian at topwar.ru:
Голландцы просят прощения за ложь Запада. Открытое письмо Президенту России
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Why did Netanyahu take aim at Gaza's tallest towers?

Samer BadawiSamer Badawi
The third of three Gaza towers felled by Israeli F-16s housed, among other offices, a media consultancy representing several international news organizations. But when Al Basha Tower was hit early Tuesday morning, that consultancy had already been driven out by Israeli shelling, which had destroyed its eighth-floor office on July 30.
“The first time we were hit, it was a random Israeli shell,” said Saud Abu Ramadan, who has owned the office since 2007 and works as a stringer for American, Spanish, and Japanese news outlets. “But this time,” the 50-year-old Abu Ramadan told +972, “the IDF called building occupants and told us to leave.”
The remains of the Zafer 4 tower in Gaza. (photo:  Jehad Saftawi)
The remains of the Zafer 4 tower in Gaza. (photo: Jehad Saftawi)
Unprecedented in their scale and impact, Israel’s attacks over the last 50 days have made a random shelling seem like a free pass. But with three high rises leveled in the last three days, some observers of Netanyahu’s war are asking why. Why have the Israelis upped the ante – from shelling a building randomly to executing what amounts to a demolition order?
The answer has nothing to do with alleged militants-in-hiding. After all, Israel deliberately encouraged the buildings’ occupants to leave. According to residents, the military called several of them and told them to flee along with hundreds of others in neighboring buildings, also rumored to be on the strike list. If there were some massive clandestine operation that “required” Israel to destroy a whole building, it could have done what it had no qualms doing before – killing entire families to extrajudicially “target” a single suspect. But this time, there was no attempt to strike without warning. No, Israel wanted the world to watch as the towers fell.
If that sounds all-too-familiar, it should. 
The parallels with America’s 9/11, which killed close to 3,000 people, would end there. Except that it was Netanyahu himself who used the 2001 attacks to fashion his tactics against the Palestinians. Speaking to a New York Times reporter the day of the attacks, Netanyahu called them “very good” for U.S.-Israel relations, and, within just six months, his country’s government was using them to justify its massive invasion of the West Bank, which killed nearly 500 Palestinians. The death toll echoed Netanyahu’s comments, made just before 9/11, that Israel had to deliver “blows that are so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.”
Fast forward 12 years. To understand just how ineffective Netanyahu’s scare tactics, however sadistic, have been, consider this: The 2002 assault on the West Bank, dubbed “Operation Defensive Shield” and executed by Ariel Sharon, killed 55 Palestinian children; in “Operation Protective Edge,” Netanyahu has already killed 10 times as many.
And yet, even with such savagery, the Israeli premier has not brought Gaza to heel.With his approval numbers dropping dramatically (just 38 percent of Israelis are “satisfied” with his performance, according to the most recent poll)  it’s little wonder that Netanyahu is taking aim at towers. Bringing down buildings is about ratings, not military gain.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz at the Defense Ministry. (photo: Haim Zach / GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz at the Defense Ministry. (photo: Haim Zach / GPO)
If anything, this might be the awful truth behind Netanyahu’s war: It is a spectacle for Israeli consumption, even as it consumes the lives of Palestinian innocents.
The towers weren’t the first spectacle, of course. When the media office at Al Basha was first shelled, Israeli tank units were laying waste to vast swaths of Gaza’s eastern and northern border towns, including Shejaiya and Beit Hanoun. The indiscriminate attacks displaced tens of thousands of residents and created apocalyptic scenes of destruction.
Yesterday, I went to Sha'af, a Palestinian neighborhood along Gaza's border with Israel. While walking through the ruins left by Israeli tanks, I realized that I was standing where the Wafa Hospital used to be. You can read more about the hospital and its struggle to protect its patients here.(photo: Samer Badawi)
A few miles away, Gaza City residents could hear the shelling and see plumes of smoke rising on the horizon. Like everyone along the 25-mile-long Strip, they heard the constant hum of drones and the F-16 sorties. Some of these took aim at Gaza City, striking homes, the Islamic University, a soap factory not far from the Gaza port. But the scorched earth was always to the east and north, where rubble had replaced homes, and everywhere were scenes of despair.
Not anymore. Now Netanyahu has given Gaza City its own spectacular destruction. But to judge from the defiance on display throughout Gaza – residents pitching tents near the Zafer 4 tower hit two days ago, journalists driven from Al Basha and working today from their homes – Palestinians are determined to bear Netanyahu’s “blows.” Indeed, given the siege imposed upon them, the people of Gaza have no choice but to stand firm. And that, ultimately, is why Netanyahu will lose this war.
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GAZA CHILD PULLED OUT OF THE RUBBLE AFTER ZIONIST AIR STRIKES (WATCH THIS AND SPREAD AROUND)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014 AT 4:47PM GILAD ATZMON



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Transference of Evil: Netanyahu, a Creature without Morality or Mercy

Gaza
A Palestinian boy surveys the destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, 12 August. (Mohammed Asad / APA images)
: “…the pictures out of Gaza are heart wrenching and painful, the painful pictures of children dying… and the thousands of refugees. What goes through your mind when you see that?” Bibi’s answer is not the “banality of evil” that Hanna Arendt saw as she witnessed Eichmann’s answers at his trial, an evil of “stupidity” that excluded rational thought.

“Hamas targets civilians, we don’t… They want to pile up as many dead as they can…the more dead the better” (Netanyahu interview with Wolf Blitzer, 8/20/2014).

This is a calculated response to transfer the evil to the victims of Israel’s superior power, to blame Hamas, the government of the people, for their own slaughter. It is indeed an intended deception to cloak the true intention that every living Gazan man, woman and child was and will be for the rest of their lives impacted by this horror so calculatingly leveled against a defenseless people, an evil that is decidedly not banal, it is an insidious, barbaric, malicious, merciless evil perpetrated by methodically guided intelligent, deceitful men, Zionists, both on the people of Gaza and on true Jews in Israel and all true Jews around the world.
There is need today to comprehend the mentality of those who rule in Israel. That mentality has dominated the international scene for the past 45 days and counting in Gaza. The mentality governing Israel is most visible through its Prime Minister, a man caught in the vice of a system that forces the continuation of the administration in power to accede to the demands of its radical elements if it is to stay in power, and the necessity of the PM to self-promote his value by promoting actions diametrically opposed to human rights and international law.
Gaza stands as a glaring mirror of human suffering visible to the whole world wherein they see themselves suffering and join the mothers and fathers in sympathy for the oppressed in Gaza; yet that suffering is not visible as such to the vast majority of Israelis; it is as though they cannot see beyond their own internal selves, as though no other humans exist beyond their own conception of self, as though what they believe dictates the conditions and justifies the conditions irrespective of world values and morals. The suffering of Gazans is not theirs to see; what they suffer is not caused by Israel; indeed, Hamas has used Israeli weaponry to destroy their own people without the permission of the Israelis, to have the world condemn Israel and sympathize with the Palestinians, and to force Israel to unwillingly join their insidious end.
Netanyahu’s response ignores international law that allows for the oppressed to act against their occupiers; he hides the truth of Hamas’ rockets under a deluge of obfuscation as though the entire civilian population of Israel had a few seconds to escape death as rockets rained down on the whole of Israel, and not mention that one was killed.
It is a sin of omission, a decidedly deceptive omission of relative facts, that he, Netanyahu, stopped the negotiations for peace, that he chose to send missiles in the thousands (more than the 13000 tons of explosives (TNT) of one of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945) into Gaza to intentionally destroy them, their sewage, their water, their commercial buildings, their farms, their fishing boats, their schools, their mosques, missiles that did not miss their intended targets and that did indeed rain down on the whole of Gaza (see “How many bombs has Israel dropped on Gaza?” Ali Abunimah, August 18, 2014. Electronic Intifada).
“The easiest type of munition to estimate is artillery shells. On 14 August, Haaretz published the following information, sourced to a “senior official of the general staff” of the Israeli army (emphasis added):
The estimated cost of the total ammunition used in Gaza fighting is estimated at about 1.3 billion shekels [$370 million]. According to the army’s figures, 39,000 tank shells, 34,000 artillery shells, and 4.8 million bullets were supplied during the fighting. Senior military figures estimate that land forces alone used at least 60 percent of the 5,000 tons of ammunition given to them, but the IDF [Israeli army] cannot yet evaluate it accurately.
According to the same senior staff officer, most of the ammunition came from Israeli production lines. Some of the ammunition was purchased from the US during hostilities, within the “advance placement” program. Additional ammunition and fighting equipment, along with medical equipment, were also ordered during hostilities, using an expedited procedure via the Defense Ministry.
Israel expert Dena Shunra notes that the concern here is cost – this is a move in budget negotiations in which the army seeks more money – and that is the context in which the numbers are revealed.
If, as reported, 60 percent of the stores were used, that would mean 23,400 tank shells, 20,400 artillery shells and 2.9 million bullets. That is almost two bullets for every man, woman and child in Gaza.
This section of an article devoted to the explosives dropped on Gaza tells only a portion of the devastation inflicted on the people. But statistics reflect only a means of measuring the tonnage of TNT inflicted on the strip, they do not analyze the why of the strategy Netanyahu and his  government used to punish the people of Gaza. Why this excessive power, why kill so many innocents, why devastate once again this piece of land completely controlled by occupation forces? Why tell the world over and over again that Israel “gave up land in Gaza and gave complete control to the Gazans when they left, when it is so blatantly a lie?
The purpose of this article is not to contrast rockets versus state of the art military weapons or to use one to justify action against another people. My intent is to attempt to comprehend the  mindset that allows such criminal action to take place.
Israel began to build its case against Hamas when the agreement between Hamas and Fatah was signed. That signaled for Netanyahu the probability that Israel would now have to work out a settlement between all Palestinians and not with Abbas who had played along with the US and Israel as a legitimate representative of Palestinians. Without Gaza in the negotiations Israel could continue to pock mark the West Bank with settlements and settlers and apartheid roads with impunity (as it in fact is doing even as they wage relentless war against Gaza; see Uri Avnery 8/23/2014). Gaza would be isolated even further and, with Egypt as a complicit partner, could be totally controlled and eventually subjugated.
Faced, however, with a united Palestine potentially capable of bringing Israel before the international courts, Netanyahu needed an excuse to topple Hamas; hence the strategy to condemn it as a terror organization, an illegitimate government, and anathema to the western attempt to bring democracy to the mid-East. But he needed an excuse to attack, an excuse that would rally the people of Israel against an organization that threatened the individual’s security. The kidnapping of the three Settler teens provided that spark, especially if it was strategically used. By withholding the knowledge that the boys were killed from the parents and gagging the press the day of their kidnapping, he was able to mount an intense campaign of hatred against Hamas even though he had no legitimate evidence that Hamas was guilty. In insidious ways he forged even more hatred by claiming that Gazans taught their children to hate Jews making no reference to the prior invasions that resulted in a devastating report to the UNHRC that itemized in detail the destruction of 1400 lives, a third of whom were children, actions that would instill anger in those who suffered the onslaught. Sustained in their impunity from acts against humanity by the US veto, they were able to avoid official condemnation. [see at the end of this article text and pictures that show the facts on the ground today in Gaza.]
It is this manipulation of his people that must be considered. Why instigate such hatred against a neighbor unless you intend to make life for Gazans so horrific that they would grovel at the feet of Netanyahu seeking “calm” rather than unending destruction of their homeland. This evisceration of human rights to avoid creation of a state for Palestinians would serve Israel’s purposes even as it mocks the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It demonstrates for all member states of the UN that Israel is willing to defy any document regardless of world opinion to satisfy its own aggression and needs.
Netanyahu knew he could raise the ire of the far right rapid settlers by appealing to their “chosen-ness” that gave them rights to slaughter those who threatened the state of Israel. After all didn’t Hamas’ charter say exactly that. But he didn’t mention, and no one does, that on January 11, 2006, the Guardian newspaper reported: “Hamas has dropped its call for the destruction of Israel from its manifesto for the Palestinian parliamentary election in a fortnight, a move that brings the group closer to the mainstream Palestinian position of building a state within the boundaries of the occupied territories” (Chris McGreal). Why tell the truth if it undermines your lies?
Should Netanyahu desire to curtail construction of tunnels in Gaza, would one not think it easier to locate and destroy them from inside Israel than to invade the country and its consequent destruction of life and property? Egypt reportedly destroyed the tunnels in the Rafah area and maintained a closing of the Rafah exit without invading Gaza, without killing one Palestinian, without destroying one building. Why not Israel? Obviously because Israel wanted to kill Gazans. For Netanyahu to claim that Hamas wanted to kill its own people reflects either absolute idiocy or intended deception to force blame on Hamas. There is blatant arrogance in making such an assertion, an arrogance that believes it can manipulate peoples’ thought and belittle the host who asked the question knowing that Blitzer would not laugh at such nonsense.
How explain this mindset? How controlled is this man by his own self-devoted professional promotion to believe he can convince the people of the world that his use of flechette bombs that explode above the ground spreading their steel needles into anything within striking distance, bombs designed to kill and mutilate living beings, mock his pretend weeping before Blitzer when asked “what goes through your mind?” and he says “Very sad,, we’re sad for every civilian casualty, they’re not intended…Hamas targets civilians…” But there he stands contradicted by the weaponry employed, yet he shows no signs of remorse, no acceptance of his own guilt, no shame at the amorality of his actions, no mercy.
Here is a mind capable of erasing all semblance of human sympathy as he wraps himself in the only defense he can muster, “my enemy made me do it.” Thus do those who have no missiles but homemade ineffective rockets that at best can declare to the occupying power, we are not dead nor have we capitulated; we have rights and spirit and hopes and dreams that someday we can live free of occupation, of constant harassment, of never ending spying, of locked gates, of checkpoints, of denial of a homeland that gives rights of citizenship, of all that others have, and for that brazenness they are condemned as the perpetrators of the inhuman acts of the Israeli military. This is a world gone mad.
Ultimately it is not just one man, the PM of Israel, that must bear the blame for these 45 days of mass destruction on a defenseless people unable to walk, run, fly or swim away from Gaza as they are pummeled from aircraft thousands of feet above their homes, fired at with missiles from navy vessels, and shot at point blank by thousands of Israelis in tanks, personnel carriers and seized buildings where the residents are forced to stay as shields to protect the soldiers, as devastation is wrought on their schools and mosques, caught at every turn, even when told where to go to seek a safe haven, a UN school for example, while the world witnesses the horror on iphones and note pads and weeps.
Yet the citizens of Israel take lawn chairs and drinks and cameras and family to the viewing of Gaza under siege, a safe distance from the fray to ensure that the military is defending the people of Israel, oblivious to the dangerous rockets pouring down upon them, and snapping the smiles and laughter that erupts as the hapless victims are mutilated or die. This is a mentality that looks at the suffering of others and does not see the suffering that their own endured at the hands of a merciless power just 65 years ago; they have become eyeless to the havoc they impose, senseless to the weeping of children, bereft of all human sympathy that cries in the wilderness of distance witnessing the glee they allow themselves because their beliefs have encrusted their souls with a Teflon bitterness that wipes away the blood pouring from the baby’s mouth, blinds them to the shattered head with a face yet visible but its bloodied innards dripping over the father’s arm, a child on her knees above the dead body of her mother, hundreds running, stumbling, crawling over the shattered ruins of homes and hospitals and schools and mosques attempting to hide from the enveloping death that surrounds them unable to grapple with the minds that willingly accept as their right the genocide of a neighbor. This is indeed a world gone mad.
Nonetheless these are, as Netanyahu explains to Blitzer, only “telegenic images” that Hamas captures for publicity purposes to instill in the viewers a sympathy for Gazans; they are not Israel’s fault, they are but the accidents of “war.” One must not weep over them for they were unintended casualties. We are after all a civilized society greater than all other developed nations. After all, we have been able to surreptitiously gain control of the governments of Britain, of Canada, of Australia and of the United States ensuring that they will support whatever we do even if it defies international law. That we have as a consequence also disabled the democratic processes in these countries by pirating their representatives thus denying the American citizen his or her rights is simply demonstrating how clever we are. It’s not that we cannot see, we simply see what we want to see. After all, a state that sees itself as unique, as special, as exceptional must not see others as equals with whom they must share the world, or they lose the only thing that differentiates them from all, the belief they have fostered that gives them free reign to control all. This is a Zionist world gone mad.
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The following information is provided to show the reality on the ground.
Gaza before and after
What is not in doubt – given the vast scale of killing and destruction inflicted in Gaza, as documented in UN satellite images – is that it is indeed an enormous number.
Detail from UN satellite imagery showing total destruction of buildings in Khuzaa, Gaza Strip. (UNOSAT)
In one of the most severely hit areas, Khuzaa and al-Qarara in the southeastern Gaza Strip, the UN counted 2,493 destroyed structures, 1,243 severely damaged structures and 2,014 impact craters.
The Israeli military itself states that between 8 July and 5 August, “aerial, naval and ground forces struck 4,762 terror sites across the Gaza Strip.”
Of course we know that Israel defines everything it bombs as a “terror site,” so this number includes thousands of civilian homes, mosques, businesses and other civilian objects and infrastructure.
We also know that Israeli munitions factories were “working in shifts, 24 hours a day” to provide enough ammunition and shells to forces attacking Gaza.
During the attack, the Obama administration also replenished Israeli stocks from a one billion dollar weapons stockpile the US keeps in Israel. This included 120 mm mortar rounds and 40 mm grenades.