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Another Perspective on Israel and Gaza

The U.S. media can be very one-sided and deceptive. This is especially true when it comes to war and/or the Middle East. It is not unusual for the world to hear one thing while the controlled U.S. corporate “mainstream” media propaganda machine feeds us something else.

In the overall historical perspective (recent events aside) neither group in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is totally right or wrong in their behavior. But we only get one biased side of the issue in the U.S.. This is to be expected — the U.S. arms Israel and gives them huge amounts of money in foreign aid. Of course, the U.S. also leads the way in the so-called “War on Terror” and in pre-emptive war. Below are some resources to help fill in the information gaps.


Ron Paul on the fighting between Israel and the Palestinians:


Eric Margolis writes an excellent summary of the issue:

Israel’s ‘Fait Accompli’ in Gaza

There are two completely different versions of what is currently happening in Gaza.

In the Israeli and North American press version, Hamas – “Islamic terrorists” backed by Iran – have in an unprovoked attack fired deadly rockets on innocent Israel with the intent of destroying the Jewish state.

North American politicians and the media say Israel “has the right to defend itself.”

True enough. No Israeli government can tolerate rockets hitting its towns, even though the casualty totals have been less than the car crash fatalities registered during a single holiday weekend on Israel’s roads.

The firing of the feeble, homemade al-Qassam rockets by Palestinians is both useless and counterproductive.

It damages their image as an oppressed people and gives right-wing Israeli extremists a perfect reason to launch more attacks on the Arabs and refuse to discuss peace.

Israel’s supporters insist it has the absolute right to drop hundreds of tons of bombs on “Hamas targets” inside the 360 sq km Gaza Strip to “take out the terrorists.”

Civilians suffer, says Israel, because the cowardly Hamas hide among them.

Actually, it is more like shooting fish in a barrel.

Omitting facts

As usual, this cartoon-like version of events omits a great deal of nuance and background.

While firing rockets at civilians is a crime so, too, is the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which is an egregious violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions.

According to the UN, most of Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinian refugees subsist near the edge of hunger. Seventy per cent of Palestinian children in Gaza suffer from severe malnutrition and psychological trauma.

Medical facilities are critically short of doctors, personnel, equipment, and drugs. Gaza has quite literally become a human garbage dump for all the Arabs that Israel does not want.

Gaza is one of the world’s most-densely populated places, a vast outdoor prison camp filled with desperate people. In the past, they threw stones at their Israeli occupiers; now they launch homemade rockets.Call it a prison riot, writ large.

Click here to read the rest Eric Margolis’s article.


Michel Chussudovsky details some of the real reasons behind the Israeli aggression in The Invasion of Gaza: ‘Operation Cast Lead’:

The aerial bombings and the ongoing ground invasion of Gaza by Israeli ground forces must be analysed in a historical context. Operation “Cast Lead” is a carefully planned undertaking, which is part of a broader military-intelligence agenda first formulated by the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001:

“Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas.”[Barak Ravid, Operation "Cast Lead": Israeli Air Force strike followed months of planning, Haaretz, December 27, 2008]

It was Israel which broke the truce on the day of the US presidential elections, November 4:

“Israel used this distraction to break the ceasefire between itself and Hamas by bombing the Gaza strip.  Israel claimed this violation of the ceasefire was to prevent Hamas from digging tunnels into Israeli territory.

The very next day, Israel launched a terrorizing siege of Gaza, cutting off food, fuel, medical supplies and other necessities in an attempt to “subdue” the Palestinians while at the same time engaging in armed incursions.

In response, Hamas and others in Gaza again resorted to firing crude, homemade, and mainly inaccurate rockets into Israel.  During the past seven years, these rockets have been responsible for the deaths of 17 Israelis.  Over the same time span, Israeli Blitzkrieg assaults have killed thousands of Palestinians, drawing worldwide protest but falling on deaf ears at the UN.” [Shamus Cooke, The Massacre in Palestine and the Threat of a Wider War, Global Research, December 2008]

Planned Humanitarian Disaster

On December 8, US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte was in Tel Aviv for discussions with his Israeli counterparts including the director of Mossad, Meir Dagan.

“Operation Cast Lead” was initiated two days day after Christmas. It was coupled with a carefully designed international Public Relations campaign under the auspices of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Hamas’ military targets are not the main objective. Operation “Cast Lead” is intended, quite deliberately, to trigger civilian casualities.

What we are dealing with is a “planned humanitarian disaster” in Gaza in a densly populated urban area.

The longer term objective of this plan, as formulated by Israeli policy makers, is the expulsion of Palestinians from Palestinian lands:

“Terrorize the civilian population, assuring maximal destruction of property and cultural resources… The daily life of the Palestinians must be rendered unbearable: They should be locked up in cities and towns, prevented from exercising normal economic life, cut off from workplaces, schools and hospitals, This will encourage emigration and weaken the resistance to future expulsions” Ur Shlonsky, quoted by Ghali Hassan, Gaza: The World’s Largest Prison, Global Research, 2005)

Click here to read the rest of Michel Chussudovsky’s article

Israeli Professor Neve Gordon Condemns Israeli Invasion of Gaza on Democracy Now 1/5/09



Israel Created Hamas, Pro-Israel Resolution a Mistake

Israel is Committing War Crimes The Wall Street Journal


Ron Paul Speaks Sensibly About Iran

Here’s more audio from Ron Paul on Iran for the die-hard among you:

July 09, 2008 – Ron Paul Foreign Affairs Committee Iran Policy Hearing and Q&A (11 min)

The Q and A at the end is very interesting, here’s the definition of a blockade in case you or anyone on the foreign affairs committee needs it.

Ron Paul on High Gas Prices and the Imminent Unconstitutional, Immoral, Preemptive War Against Iran

Read more about these issues:

Ron Paul on Inflation and the Federal Reserve

More on the Rising Oil Price/Inflated Dollar

Why the Oil Price is High

A Timely Speech From JFK

Can you imagine a president saying something like this today?

Bloomberg Interviews Ron Paul 4.29.08

This is a good, fairly in-depth interview:

Part One

(Click “Read More” to see parts Two and Three)

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John Cusack Tells It Like It Is

John Cusack has integrity and guts. He went on the Bill Maher show recently and demonstrated surprising depth in his understanding of the issues as he laid out some of the problems our country is facing today. Cusack has always been cool though, nevermind the cowardly, pretentious sycophant that Maher is, he is incidental in this clip:

Week of Truth: The Shell Game

The “Week of Truth” goal: Propel The Shell Game into the Top 10 of the New York Times Best Seller List. To achieve this URGE all your contacts to buy multiple copies of this truth telling novel – The Shell Game – between April 16 to 22nd, the focused week when the NY Times list will count those sales.

Learn more at weekoftruth.org. Also, buy the book through weekoftruth.org to help 9/11 First Responders!

This video is about The Shell Game, a new novel by NY Times best-selling author Steve Alten. Released January 22nd, the book is both entertaining and educational; blurring the line between fiction and the unfortunate political realities we face in our country and around the world today. Also check it out at theshellgame.net

Here is Steve Alten being interviewed on 6 ABC in Philadelphia:

Ron Paul Dares Question Petraeus and Crocker

Ron Paul once again is virtually the lone voice asking the questions everybody should be asking — that is if everybody was actually intelligent, informed and awake:

What’s This ‘Iraq War’ Charge on My Bill?

McCain Makes Cheney Look Like Gandhi

Some wisdom (and sanity) from Pat Buchanan about John McCain’s policies…

Ron Paul on Iraq and Iran

The Iran “threat”?

“So you guys tried to fake another Gulf of Tonkin incident…”

In a related thought: Refuse to be terrorized

Ron Paul Smears, Interviews, and Defenders

Why Are They Afraid of Ron Paul? Neocons and Sectarian Leftists Unite

Couldn’t find the source of this article, it disappeared as I was posting it.

The conventional wisdom, prior to this [$4.3 million] breakthrough, was that the Paul campaign was political vaporware, existing exclusively online and not in the material world. Yet that meme is quickly falling by the wayside as his polling numbers are rocketing upwards, from New Hampshire to Nevada. . .Yes, the smears are getting really ugly, but precisely because of that the Smear Bund is generating a pro-Paul backlash, particularly among those who consider themselves liberals of the old school.

Ron Paul: A Republican Takes the Lead Against the War

From Rolling Stone.com

Ron Paul may be an old-school Republican, but no other candidate running for president — in either party — has spoken out against the war in Iraq as bluntly as he has.

Q. What do you make of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and current U.S. posturing toward Iran?

RP. . . .We get hysterical over a guy who doesn’t have a single weapon, and nobody’s proven that he’s ever violated the arms-nonproliferation treaty. Matter of fact, the International Atomic Energy Agency is going to have an agreement with him by the end of the year. That’s why you have all of this warmongering going on: It is to try to find an excuse to start bombing him before they prove that he doesn’t have a chance of having a weapon. That’s exactly what we did with Iraq. I’m scared to death they’re getting ready to do that with Iran.

Ron Paul’s Donors vs. the Establishment’s Candidates

From LewRockwell.com

Of Ron Paul’s donors, the top three listed employers are Google, the Army and the Navy. Compare them to the media-anointed front runners of both parties, whose top donor lists read like a Who’s Who of the housing bubble and credit implosion ponzi-schemers behind the destruction of the US economy. Too bad the Old Media was too busy sniffing the FEC reports for wizards, clowns, strippers and Nazis to point this out.

Ron Paul distortions and smears

Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com

Greenwald dissects several Ron Paul smears piece by piece and exposes them for what they are, including the grossly false idea that Paul advocates outlawing flagburning.

I’m not trying to be Ron Paul’s advocate but, still, outright distortions and smears are distortions and smears. . .Paul’s efforts. . . may be “odd” in the sense that virtually nobody else seemed to care all that much about systematic unconstitutional actions, but that hardly makes him a “weirdo.”

“Waterboarding is inhumane, it is torture, and it is illegal,” say Retired JAGs in letter to Leahy

The pending confirmation of Michael Mukasey to the position of Attorney General, now destined to go to the full Senate, thanks to Lieber-moves of Shumer and Feinstein, is troublesome to more than just we in the progressive community. Senator Patrick Leahy received this letter (.pdf) from four retired JAGs, who understand that the concept of “Rule of Law” must mean something, even with Bushies in charge.

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Torture or “CIA Sponsored Swim Lesson?”

This is funny, only because of the completely ridiculous nature of what Bush is doing.

Read my recent article outlining the Bush administration’s push to “redefine torture” and legalize various forms of it in order to employ them as “enhanced interrogation techniques.”


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