Saturday, December 27, 2008

Insanity: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."--Albert Einstein

Meantime, White House spokesman notes that "these people (Hamas) are nothing but thugs." Very helpful, especially from a White House that has been oblivious to the collective punishment and starvation that has been imposed by Israel upon Gazans. Of course, Israel has a right to defend itself, and firing rockets into the Negev requires a response, but indiscriminate attacks on Gaza will have at least three effects:

--Palestinian solidarity around Hamas will increase.

--Mahmoud 'Abbas will be further discredited.

--U.S. credibility as a mediator will only become more risible.

Gideon Levy maintains his sanity: The neighborhood bully strikes again - Haaretz - Israel News


The Guardian offers a reminder that the Israeli occupation of Gaza ended only in form, not in fact.


freshouttatime said...

what can be done? i'm just dumbfounded watching this unfold

arn said...

If you are a U.S. citizen, this link will allow you to compose a letter to your Representative and your two Senators.
Also, a letter to your local paper, even if it is not published, will--along with others--signal to the editor that people are outraged.

Peter H said...

I'm wondering what the logic is behind Abbas' blaming of Hamas for the recent bloodshed. Politically, at a time when Palestinians are demanding unity between Hamas & Fatah, it seems to be exactly the wrong response. It seems like Fatah cares more about crushing Hamas than it does about ending the occupation & creating a Palestinian state.

arn said...

If Abu Mazen doesn't blame Hamas--whichs earns blame--he must blast Israel or the US. He is trapped by his dependency. No matter, he looks weak. He is weak.

Daniel said...

Worth writes another excellent article: