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January 06, 2009

Conflict in Gaza

The Star’s editorial board, predictably, has come down in favor of Israel’s bloody assault on starving Gazans, half of them children (1/3, Opinion, “Many images of war are unfair to Israel”). It has ignored the deprivation of Palestinians and the history of their loss of land — which is similar to what happened to Native Americans. First, covet their land; next, demonize them using the ever-compliant media; then steal from them with impunity and when they object, sometimes violently, be sure to punish them, all of them, in complete disregard for international law and the now-shredded Geneva Conventions.

This time, however, many Americans are beginning to see that Israel has long been the aggressor. According to a recent poll, 55 percent of Democratic voters oppose what Israel is doing. Will that somehow marshal the conscience of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver or Congressman Dennis Moore, or will they, like The Star, support the oppressor? Our own national security depends on the answer.

Andrea Whitmore
Fairway

For those who say that Israel’s response to the Hamas rocket barrages from the Gaza Strip during the past seven years has been “disproportionate,” consider the following points:

The United States’ response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor was not simply to bomb a similar number of Japanese warships. No, we went to all-out war against Japan.

The United States’ response to the 9/11 al-Qaida terror attacks was not simply to bomb a similar number of Taliban buildings. No, we went to all-out war against the Taliban.

As a “proportionate” response, would you recommend that Israel simply lob a similar number of rockets and mortars indiscriminately into the Gaza Strip?

The way to end this conflict is simply for Hamas to stop shooting rockets into Israel.

David Raffel
Parkville

I’m astounded by the vitriol of letter writers (1/2) toward the Israeli attacks on Gaza. More than 5,000 rockets have been fired at Israel by Hamas. Should they turn the other cheek for another 5,000? Would Americans be so tolerant if even one bomb was sent over from a neighboring country?

Why are these Israeli attacks deemed to be an overreaction when a couple of hundred civilians are killed, but it is not even discussed after several hundred thousand Iraqi civilians are killed in a war that was started without them firing one shot, let alone dropping one bomb? Doesn’t anyone see the lunacy of this hypocrisy?

Linda Esposito
Leawood

The disproportionate bloody incursion into Gaza confirms the loss of morality by Israel and its supporters.

Feeble rockets from Gaza were an attempt at resistance to decades of humanitarian abuse. Edward Said put it best back in 2002: “Every Palestinian has become a prisoner.... Gaza is a human nightmare … Hope has been eliminated from the Palestinian vocabulary so that only raw defiance remains.” And so those Israeli outposts and the enduring military occupation of Palestine, coupled with the de facto prison called Gaza, all provided the tinder for the conflagration playing out today in Gaza.

Now fearsome and thunderous F-16 raids and computer-guided missiles overwhelm innocent women and children in Gaza. Any peaceful resolution has thus been pushed way, way into the future, and the American taxpayer once again must pay dearly for yet another reckless military sortie with armaments purchased by our tax dollars while further damaging our prestige.

Richard Phalen
Parkville

Comments

solomon

Apathy has nothing to do with it, reality does, and the reality is another century of conflict because of prejudice and murder of the Jews by Europeans resulting in NIMBY.

History teaches some people nothing. It was not Muslims who murdered 4-6 million Jews. It was Germany and its Axis.(good Christian nations that had gone "bad" for a few years) There was never a vote by local inhabitants to create Israel, it was decided upon by people who needed to figure out what to do about the "Jewish Question", which had been debated for years.

So now they exist legally because thats where the UN put them. Fine, let them fight their own wars without my tax dollars, otherwise it is the US fighting the Muslim world.

If there is a fact there you can dispute please do so, if not, please follow a policy of only answering when you have something truthful to say.

GCYL

“If you want to declare war, US vs the Arab world, over the rights of Israel to exist, admit thats what we are doing,” - solomon

And people wonder how public apathy towards genocide comes about.

The Arab world has declared war over the right of Israel to exist, admit that’s what Hamas’s stated goal is. You’ll either get involved stopping another effort at genocide or you practice mental gymnastics with moral ambiguity and spew something about welfare bombs vs. oil bombs.

GCYL

“Shout Down Name Calling, it’s all I got.” - Posted by: solomon | Jan 7, 2009 2:14:12 PM

Noticed that. So what’s your choice are you a liar or a weak punk?

“You would fight tooth and nail were you a Palestinian, with any means at your disposal.” – solomon

Geez this statement isn’t even true with REAL Palestinians. Some fled Gaza before the fighting started, some live very peaceful lives in Israel and some finger Hamas targets for the IDF. This statement would have made sense had solomon said Hamas instead of Palestinian but that would have been a “No duh” statement.

whispering_to_kc

"I saw "An American Carol" last night. It was hilarious until you realize that the the actors playing liberals used the actual rhetoric of liberals."

The neocon propaganda movie bombed, for good reason. Finally, we know at least one person went to see it.

Starring the famous conservatives:

Kelsey Grammer. Married three times, drug and alcohol abuser, star of homemade sex tapes.

Jon Voight. Broke into the acting business starring as a male prostitute. Married twice and estranged from his daughter, Angelina Jolie.

Paris Hilton. Well, what's she doing in this?!

Trace Adkins. Alcoholic and his second wife shot him for abusing her.

Bill O'Reilly ... 'nuf said.

Gary Coleman. He's still alive?

A great conservative radio voice this morning told us the civilian death toll in Gaza is only so high because Hamas is killing people there to make Israel look bad. Specifically, he said they're killing their own children only to make Israel look bad.

Lunatics. All of them, and some of "us".

solomon

Good afternoon Sammy,

My present from my wife this season was a new computer desk, as an excuse to have me clean up the old one.

If being against killing children with my tax dollars and recognizing barnyard animals is "digging", well, I'll just continue to dig. Thank you for the good advice , but its a slow week and I'm having fun.

Stone, what exactly is a human shield if you are fighting from your neighborhoods? I am against both sides here. Israelis living in a territory that millions dispute are human shields too.

And remember stone, I gladly proclaim their right to defend themselves, just not with my tax money. Let them buy their own bombs. They are just as anxious for Hamas to be off the map as Hamas hates them.

If you want to declare war, US vs the Arab world, over the rights of Israel to exist, admit thats what we are doing, welfare bombs vs oil bombs.

stone

Sol

they aren't aiming for 'civilian targets'. What do you expect to happen when Hamas uses its people as human shields and fires rockets from civilian areas? Just let it go?

If Hamas didn't fire rockets from UN Chartered schools, then the UN chartered school would not have been bombed.

Sammy

sol, I keep this saying at my desk. It works wonders if followed. "When you're in a hole, quit digging!"

solomon

Darnit, I was certain I had walked that donkey behind the barn and put one between its eyes. You remember, the one that pretended to be a man here for at least a year or so?. Well, excuse me for a minute or two while I go take another crack.

Asses are so hard-headed they'd defend MiaFarrow, who hates gays, "community organizers, sand &^%#%^$ and threatened his neighbor with his hateful glances while utilizing a leaf blower just a few weeks ago.

Once an ass, always a GCYL.

GCYL

“You would fight tooth and nail were you a Palestinian, with any means at your disposal.

If you say otherwise you are a liar or a weak punk, clear and simple.” – solomon

The silliness of this statement is profound. If you say otherwise you are a liar or a weak punk, clear and simple. [snicker] Liar or a weak punk, take your pick. [laughing]

No one has the ability or the right to say “I know with certainty how so-and-so would react under a given set of conditions and if you disagree then Shout Down Name Calling”.

[eye roll]

GCYL

“To those who object to Israel's actions against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, what do you suggest Israel should have done instead that would stop Hamas's rocket attacks against Israeli citizens?” - Gary

Since the stated goal of Hamas is the total destruction of Israel and the death of every single Jew on this planet……

Jim

Name calling and lame attempts at humor do not support your original statement. Try again.

Arminius

Jim:

"Sorry for the double post. There appears to be some significant lag time on the site today."

That's all right. We all realize you're a bit slow.

BTW, what is "propoganda"?

Jim

Sorry for the double post. There appears to be some significant lag time on the site today.

Jim

A scripted propoganda film that's full of conservative fantasy and bombed at the box office does nothing to support your previous statement. Try again.

Jim

A piece of scripted propoganda does not support your previous statement. Try again.

Arminius

Jim:

I saw "An American Carol" last night. It was hilarious until you realize that the the actors playing liberals used the actual rhetoric of liberals.

Jim

"A good percentage of Democrats oppose the U.S. defending itself."

Your ignorance is showing.

Gary

To those who object to Israel's actions against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, what do you suggest Israel should have done instead that would stop Hamas's rocket attacks against Israeli citizens?

solomon

MiaFarrow,

You would fight tooth and nail were you a Palestinian, with any means at your disposal.

If you say otherwise you are a liar or a weak punk, clear and simple.

Really my last word on the matter to you, with these exceptions.
I was never a Jesse fan and don't use the word Hymie. You seem to enjoy using it in a quote by someone you dislike, as if he had coined the term instead of bigots like you.

Liar or a weak punk, take your pick.

mianotkia

Hey Race Card, are you and Jesse going to visit Hymie Town again this year??

I have no slur for my Jewish friends, they are not haters Race Card, they are simply trying to defend themselves. I only "slur" bigots when I see them Race Card, hell you should know that by now.

Darned Jews killing all those "civilians" you know the ones with C-4 and ball bearings strapped to their chests? Right Race Card?

 
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