|Ned Hamson's News from the Second Line: Rebecca's Rules - someone has to be the big guy in Gaza|
2 comments4 Jan 2009 @ 17:45 by vaxen : Thanks Ned...
By Uri Avnery
Just after midnight, Aljazeera's Arabic channel was reporting on events in Gaza. Suddenly the camera was pointing upwards towards the dark sky. The screen was pitch black. Nothing could be seen, but there was a sound to be heard: the noise of airplanes, a frightening, a terrifying droning.
It was impossible not to think about the tens of thousands of Gazan children who were hearing that sound at that moment, cringing with fright, paralyzed by fear, waiting for the bombs to fall.
"Israel must defend itself against the rockets that are terrorizing our Southern towns," the Israeli spokesmen explained. "Palestinians must respond to the killing of their fighters inside the Gaza Strip," the Hamas spokesmen declared.
As a matter of fact, the cease-fire did not collapse, because there was no real cease-fire to start with. The main requirement for any cease-fire in the Gaza Strip must be the opening of the border crossings. There can be no life in Gaza without a steady flow of supplies. But the crossings were not opened, except for a few hours now and again. The blockade on land, on sea and in the air against a million and a half human beings is an act of war, as much as any dropping of bombs or launching of rockets. It paralyzes life in the Gaza Strip: eliminating most sources of employment, pushing hundreds of thousands to the brink of starvation, stopping most hospitals from functioning, disrupting the supply of electricity and water.
Those who decided to close the crossings under whatever pretext knew that there is no real cease-fire under these conditions.
12 Feb 2009 @ 15:51 by vaxen : Well...
it would appear that you have vanished back into the hinterlands so I thought I'd bring you back up to the surface, herre at NCN, for a little while. This message of yours is as timely today as when written. The bludgeoning goes on over there and, indeed, everywhere even here at NCN. Maybe I'll learn, eventually, how to be the big guy. Thanks, again, for helping me see a little more clearly Ned...
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