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Comment Dated Mar 26, 2009
HOME ARE THE HEROES
After trying to take on Hamas in 2006 and getting its nose solidly bloodied, and then seeing the proxies that
it helped train get flattened by the Russians in Georgia, the Israeli Army finally found a worthy match in the
form of Palestinian civilians and children--but only with the aid of tanks, artillery, jet fighters, helicopters,
and remote-operated killer drones to even things up. When the slaughter was finally over, to frenzied celebrations
and religious exhortations from the home front, the
returning warriors commemorated their newly recovered manhood with T-shirts depicting such acts of valor
as targeting a pregnant Palestinian woman, with the hilarious caption "1 shot 2 kills".
Another shows a picture of a child in the crosshairs, accompanied by the equally witty "The smaller they are,
the harder it is." You get the drift.
Mark Glenn of American Free Press reports Israeli soldiers
as admitting to the deliberate targeting of civilians, having been told that it was sanctioned by Biblical
injunction and precedent.
The version officially put out by the US and Western media is that the Palestinians treacherously violated the
cease-fire agreed to last year by firing a handful of toy rockets over the border (into what used to be their own
homeland), and such retaliatory measures merely expressed Israel's right to defend itself. Henry Siegman, director of the US Middle East Project in New
York, former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America, argues
otherwise. As does Norman Finkelstein.
Why such determination to destroy the region's infrastrucure, rendering it unlivable, with the corollary of
establishing uncontested control all the way to the coastline? To my knowledge, the discovery in 2000 of extensive
gas fields off the coast of Gaza hasn't been widely publicized. Michael Chossudovsky at Global Research provides some interesting background. I
suppose that could have something to do with it. Although Jennifer Loewenstein, Associate Director of the
Middle East Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, makes the case that the roots go far