Yesterday, I woke up to the news of renewed conflict in southern Israel and Gaza. A family of Israeli civilians, killed by rocket fire in their own home. Sirens going off in Tel Aviv and, now, Jerusalem. Airstrikes in Gaza. 15 Palestinian civilians dead and dozens more injured, among them, children. All I can do is sit here, miles away from the Middle East, and ask myself, why? What does anyone on either side have to gain from this? How many more innocent people have to die before politicians realize the futility of perpetuating this conflict as a way to gain political legitimacy? Does Netanyahu not realize that repeating the mistakes of 2008 will do absolutely nothing to weaken Hamas or to stop rocket attacks in Israel? Does Haniyeh not realize that continued attacks on Israel have only strengthened the Gaza blockade? Are politicians really that blind?
Amidst the insanity, I see Facebook friends on both sides of the conflict posting chain statuses and image macros, clicking “share” without thinking twice. Defending one side without thinking of civilian deaths on the other. I am shocked to see otherwise intelligent people suspend their ability to think critically and fall prey to the trappings of emotionalism, political propaganda and groupthink. Defending the actions of states and governments as if they were cheering on a football team without wondering if there is, perhaps, another way. Personally, I have made a decision to stay out of it, and hope that cooler heads will prevail. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have died, and with the people of Gaza and Israel.
isn’t it ironic to hear a pro-Putin Kremlin mouthpiece such as “Russia Today” rush to the defense of Julian Assange, championing transparency, access to information and human rights? Consider this. If Assange had leaked Kremlin documents we can be sure that Putin would have had him hunted down and killed. Fucking hypocrites
A Syrian government fighter jet bombed a residential neighborhood, killing more than 40 civilians and wounding at least 100 others in the town of Azaz, including many women and children, Human Rights Watch said today after visiting the town. In the attack on August 15, 2012, at least two bombs destroyed an entire block of houses in the al-Hara al-Kablie neighborhood of Azaz, in Syria’s northern Aleppo province.
Human Rights Watch investigated the site of the bombing two hours after the attack and interviewed witnesses, victims, medical personnel, and relatives of those killed.
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I wish Americans were more worried the outflow of weapons into Mexico than they are with the inflow of workers into the US. Just a thought.