Life is cheap in the Gaza Strip

2009-01-10 00:00

The cold-blooded and gruesome attack by the Israeli government on the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip reminds us how untouchable the Mafia that is Israel, together with its American allies, seems to be.

The death ratio of 70:1 underscores how cheap a Palestinian life is considered compared with an Israeli one and the continuous onslaught on innocent people, especially women and children, shows the lengths to which Israel is prepared to go to destroy Hamas, even if it means killing women and children. It’s like detonating a bomb in a stadium full of spectators, when one is trying to kill only the vendors who are walking through the stands selling cold drinks.

There is no doubt that Hamas is out of line and that force should be used to destabilise, if not eliminate, it, but at what cost? To direct mortar bombs and shells at a United Nations (UN) school, killing scores despite a warning by the UN that the facility housed women and children, must surely constitute a war crime.

History has repeatedly shown us that Israel will never be brought to book, just like its ally the United States, which has blood on its hands after countless wars in places such as Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, among others.

It is no surprise that the U.S. controls the UN’s Security Council, guaranteeing it immunity from prosecution. I would love to live to see the day when outgoing U.S. president and moron extraordinaire George W. Bush is brought before the International Court of Justice at the Hague. But then his father, George Bush Snr, would have to be hauled before the same court before him for the damage and deaths he commissioned in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1991 during Desert Storm. This would mean two generations of Bushes would be eliminated — unthinkable.

How can the Israeli government blame Iran for giving ammunition to Hamas, when the U.S. does the same for Israel?

A huge insult by the Israeli government is the three-hour daily cease-fire hiatus to allow trucks with humanitarian aid to deliver supplies to the Gaza Strip. What is it saying? “We’ll allow you to bury the dead and for the international community to feed you and attend to your medical needs, only to kill you later.”

Meanwhile, the lives of the people of Palestine come to a halt for 21 hours daily as they hide away fearing for their lives, live in appalling conditions and have little or no access to medical facilities, food, clean water and sanitation.

As all this takes place, the U.S. continues to be the biggest funder of wars around the world, coughing up about $1 billion a day just on Iraq alone. How much good would that purse do for the sick U.S. economy? How about going to the rescue of the same people who fund the U.S. government — its people?

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