Thursday, January 8, 2009

Reports of Massive Civilian Casualties in Gaza

The Telegraph provides a chilling report from a paramedic who witnessed the aftermath of an Israeli attack that left some 70 civilians dead, all from a single family in Gaza.  So many seem to believe that this war is complicated, that the issues are intractable. Hamas is a complicated organization, and its tactics and attacks on civilians are certainly deplorable, but the root of this problem is the continued occupation of Palestinian lands and the Zionist refusal of the right of return. The issues are not complicated. This is a politically calculated use of brute force to inflict collective punishment on the Palestinian people. It will not work, even from a realist Israeli perspective. It only leaves Israeli more isolated and more of a pariah. 

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