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    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    Stop bombing civilians please

    Stardate 6063.26

    How many kids must a country bomb...
    Before they kill them all?

    The answer my friend... is blowin' in the wind.
    The answer is blowin' in the wind.

    I hate bringing up anything to do with Israel. There is one reason and one reason only, and that is that people begin calling you things for even mentioning that anything Israel does could actually in fact, be wrong. I am in no way racist, but it is a difficult subject to discuss without certain parties gettign their gander up. I have watched the news every morning now for a while, and the new spotlight is on Israel and their push into Gaza and now what seems to be a full blown invasion of Lebanon. All for a few kidnapped soldiers. Don't get me wrong, it sucks that these guys have been taken by various militant groups, but it seems that Israel is waging a bloody campaign of retribution that is leaving more than just a few dead soldiers lying around.

    I wonder where the international outrage is when it comes to the amount of civilians being killed by the intensive bombing campaign that has been ongoing for days now?

    Violent day leaves 24 Palestinians dead in Gaza
    In a major attack that marked a bloody day of conflict in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces obliterated a home in a crowded Gaza City neighborhood. The air strike killed nine family members and injured a Hamas militant leader. And in four other incidents, including a gunfight in central Gaza Strip, 14 more Palestinians died.
    Israel bombs Palestinian Foreign Ministry
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An Israeli warplane bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry early Thursday, collapsing part of the structure and causing widespread damage in the area.

    The third and fourth floors of the Foreign Ministry were destroyed in the blast that shook the city and damaged houses and vehicles in the area. At least 13 people were injured, all in nearby houses.

    Dozens killed as Israel bombs Beirut airport
    Israel intensified its attacks against Lebanon on Thursday, bombing Beirut International Airport and the southern part of the country in retaliation for the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah guerrillas.

    The strikes on Beirut airport, which killed almost three dozen civilians and pounded three runways, came as Israel began air and naval blockades on Lebanon.

    Of course there are rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza and there are always Israeli casualties as well, but last I checked, when countries begin bombing and invading other countries like the current advance in Labanon, there should be some form of reaction from the rest of the world. Especially when the civilian casualties far outweigh any strategic or military targets. This is simply cold-blooded revenge as far as I can see. And here I thought that a mere few months ago, Peace talks were in the works.

    Maybe Israel (and other Western countries) should suck it up, and actually learn to deal with the democratically elected Palestinian government.

    In my opinion, both sides are wrong in this, and neither side is right.


    EU blasts Israel for disproportionate use of force

    It seems part of the world has reacted to this. Naturally, Chimpy McFlightsuit has laid the blame square on the shoulders of Hezbollah, calling them a "group of terrorists who want to stop the advance of peace". I still say that bombing civilian areas and killing children is an act of terrorism...

    Here is some little-reported background news thanks to Sean in Saskatchewan of events leading up to the original kidnapping of the first Israeli soldier...

    - June 24th - Israeli commandos entered Gaza and kidnapped captured two palestinians suspected of being members of Hamas.
    - June 8th - Israeli army assassinated the recently appointed Palestinian head of Security Forces and three others.
    - June 9th - Israeli shells killed 7 family members picnicking on a beach and 32 others were injured, including 13 children.
    -etc. etc.

    Follow the link for more.

    Matthew Good is far more eloquent than myself, and has grave concerns for the civilian population on all sides of the erupting conflict...

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