Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Gaza: The Killing Goes On

So the killing goes on and on. Israel is pushing the idea that bombing schools will somehow bomb away terrorism and bomb their way to peace?

In 1996, Israeli jets bombed a UN building where civilians had taken refuge at Cana/ Qana in south Lebanon, killing 102 persons; in the place where Jesus is said to have made water into wine, Israeli bombs wrought a different sort of transformation. In the distant, picturesque port of Hamburg, a young graduate student studying traditional architecture of Aleppo saw footage like this on the news [graphic]. He was consumed with anguish and the desire for revenge. He immediately wrote out a martyrdom will, pledging to die avenging the innocent victims, killed with airplanes and bombs that were a free gift from the United States. His name was Muhammad Atta. Five years later he piloted American Airlines 11 into the World Trade Center....

You wonder if someone somewhere is writing out a will today? I bet there is. Why do we allow Isreal to threaten our peace and kill innocent people to appease the land-rights written the Bible. It's bonkers. Nice once Hugo Chavez for expelling the Israeli ambassador. We should too.

As to who is at fault for the current bout of fighting;

Thus, a systematic pattern does exist: it is overwhelmingly Israel, not Palestine, that kills first following a lull. Indeed, it is virtually always Israel that kills first after a lull lasting more than a week.

The lessons from these data are clear:

First, Hamas can indeed control the rockets, when it is in their interest. The data shows that ceasefires can work, reducing the violence to nearly zero for months at a time.

Second, if Israel wants to reduce rocket fire from Gaza, it should cherish and preserve the peace when it starts to break out, not be the first to kill.


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