Monday, January 5, 2009
The War in Occupied Palestine as It Pertains to Us
Due to the fact that most of the people I know attended U.S. public schools and therefore are quite limited geographically, I thought I'd let you all know that YES, Israel is bombing the crap out of Rafah which is located in Gaza and is on the border of Egypt. Some of the firing has come across the border and in fact, there was an Egyptian soldier wounded yesterday. However, Rafah, Egypt is located on the Sinai
peninsula which is about a two day drive from here in Alexandria. SO....we are safe.
I wish I could say the same for the poor Palestinians. Last I saw on the news there were close to 600 Palestinians dead, about 1/3 of which are kids. I don't know exactly what the Israeli mission is this time, but it certainly isn't an attempt to get Hamas to stop firing rockets into Ashkelon. This is an election week for Israel and a good old-
fashioned "Arab-Ass-Kicking" is sure to score the hard-liners some points in the voting booths. We'll see if they win come Thursday. They've sealed the Gaza borders for the last two years and prevented any gas, fuel, food, medical supplies or even residents from going in or coming out. Now that they've begun the ground initiatives,
and more and more children are getting killed or seriously injured, I am beginning to get ulcers every time I watch the news. The US Administration and the Israeli govt placing the responsibility on the Palestinian people to "make Hamas stop firing rockets into Israel" is equivalent to the mayor of Chicago asking its citizens to "make crooked cops stop taking bribes." It's a ridiculous request that is impossible for the average citizen to carry out. If the US govt would STOP sending the more than 15 million dollars daily that Israel is using for it's airstrikes on the civilian Palestinian population, perhaps that money could be better spent on our OWN military or used toward education or buying back defaulted loans, etc, then maybe the rest of the world wouldn't hate our government so much...and then I wouldn't have to worry as to whether or not Israel was going to try to steal the Sinai from Egypt again, and jeopardizing the safety that we so far enjoy.