Looking over the stories published at news sites or blog entries about what’s going in Gaza, it’s kinda like Sara Anderson noted: it’s basically perspective with both sides accusing the other of lying.
I know this. We supply Israel with money and arms. Our war machine is finely honed. Israeli forces are going into Gaza where people are kept ‘confined’ – and fighting is in neighborhoods. Don’t most of us live in neighborhoods? I don’t know how Israel can justify their latest war excursion. I really don’t. At the same time, I am not supportive of Hamas. I do understand Hamas was ‘rightfully elected.’ Just as with the Israelis, it’s their tactics and their philosophic statements of, say, destroying Israel.
Yesterday it was being reported that Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, brags of telling not only Sec. of State Rice, but President Bush what to do…
In an unusually public rebuke, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel said Monday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been forced to abstain from a United Nations resolution on Gaza that she helped draft, after Mr. Olmert placed a phone call to President Bush.
Well now that was reassuring for me. Juan Cole weighs in….
Olmert’s account cannot be accurate as to detail. Bush was not interrupted during his speech in Philadelphia, and the speech was given many hours before the UN vote. But that kind of discrepancy is easily resolved if we want to believe that Olmert is telling the truth…..But that Condi Rice worked hard to get that UN resolution and that the other diplomats were shocked when she suddenly instructed Zalmay Khalilzad to vote against it is well known and was reported in the Arabic press at the time.
Of course adamant denials were issued that nah-uh, Condi Rice was not ordered by Bush to change her vote or “to abstain in a U.N. vote on the Gaza war.”
“There are inaccuracies,” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said about Olmert’s remarks Monday night in a speech broadcast on Israeli television and widely reported in the media.
Those “inaccuracies” were not addressed of course.
The most jolting of all was this story in the NY Times. It seems The Jerusalem Post editorial staff was wondering if ‘the world’ was wondering – whether Israelis disagree with what’s going on with Gaza militarily. Nope. It’s them against the world. As the editor (editorial page editor, The Jerusalem Post), Elliot Jager states –
“This is a just war and we don’t feel guilty when civilians we don’t intend to hurt get hurt, because we feel Hamas uses these civilians as human shields.”
Sounds kind of like those in this country who say torture gets results nor is water boarding torture.
In the following video of the Let Gaza Live protest in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Jan. 12th, there’s a young man who is quite intense; however, it’s his words. He comes in at around 2:00