As the Israeli military flex its muscle moving into Gaza on the ground, the carnage continues to mount. Claiming the right to self defense, the Israeli government with the full backing of the Bush administration, as well as nearly 100% of both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate has waged war against what appears to be a ragtag band of resistance refusing to stop firing their lame, unstable, inaccurate rockets into southern Israel.
We began to ask ourselves why would a people so outgunned, poorly positioned and barely able to even feed itself not find a way to seek a peaceful solution with their lords. The answers we got from our cursory investigation to date have revealed some rather disturbing facts. This information we have come across is not being reported in the mainstream media as per usual. On the very sensitive issue of Israeli security, the old media and the invited guest they rely on for opinions and commentary appear to be reading talking points verbatim from some prepared script.
When we ventured to investigate who actually broke the six month Egyptian brokered ceasefire between Hamas and the Israelis first, we found the following to be reported by the Guardian of the UK, the New Times, the International Herald, the Irish Times and others Nov. 5TH 08:
A four-month ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza was in jeopardy today after Israeli troops killed six Hamas gunmen in a raid into the territory.
Hamas responded by firing a wave of rockets into southern Israel, although no one was injured. The violence represented the most serious break in a ceasefire agreed in mid-June, yet both sides suggested they wanted to return to atmosphere of calm.
Israeli troops crossed into the Gaza Strip late last night near the town of Deir al-Balah. The Israeli military said the target of the raid was a tunnel that they said Hamas was planning to use to capture Israeli soldiers positioned on the border fence 250m away. Four Israeli soldiers were injured in the operation, two moderately and two lightly, the military said.
One Hamas gunman was killed and Palestinians launched a volley of mortars at the Israeli military. An Israeli air strike then killed five more Hamas fighters. In response, Hamas launched 35 rockets into southern Israel, one reaching the city of Ashkelon.
"This was a pinpoint operation intended to prevent an immediate threat," the Israeli military said in a statement. "There is no intention to disrupt the ceasefire; rather the purpose of the operation was to remove an immediate and dangerous threat posted by the Hamas terror organization."
One has to wonder why Israel would have not invited independent military observers to be present along with reputable news agencies in order to maintain complete transparency so there can be no doubt as to who was complying with the truce/ceasefire agreements and who is in clear violation. With Israel clearly the more formidable of the two foes militarily, they are going to have the most to prove to the world that they are truly seeking a cessation of violent confrontations until a lasting peaceful solution can be accepted by both parties.
With the Palestinians trapped like fish in a barrel, trying to defend themselves with sub par weapons, while lacking food, water, electrical power, shelter, medical supplies and whatever else it takes to survive, it is getting harder and harder to fathom the Israeli narrative that they are simply trying to provide security for its citizenry. There is another side to this madness that is just being ignored, or not being reported accurately, with any depth or degree of fairness.
This situation is beginning to look as though the Israelis may be the ones that are not negotiating in good faith. What the Israelis do have going for them to support their obvious military superiority is a mainstream American media that has bought into the too simplistic view of; Hamas is a terrorist organization that wants nothing but death and destruction for all Jews and Israelis. But, again that narrative is difficult to verify. From all of our sources around the globe including contacts in Tel Aviv, there is growing evidence that perhaps Israel really don’t want a true two state solution. The facts that we are uncovering so far, is leaning closer to a narrative that supports the long term goal of the complete removal of Palestinians from the region.
If one cares to remember the plight of the American Indian, the conditions were pretty much the same. The settlers would come first seeking a place to start a community for their formally oppressed people. They would slowly grow and begin to spread out pushing further and further into territories of their neighbors. Eventually boundaries are disputed, leading to local conflicts, leading to military action, leading to new claims of ownership of more land.
The final outcome is generally the same, whether you talking about the plains of America, the plains of Africa or as far down as Australia; the original inhabitants of the land will be given a small parcel of what they originally occupied as a benevolent gesture on behalf of the more powerful newcomer.
This unfortunate tale will continue for quite some time to come, so we are going to devote the rest of this week to analyzing the coverage of events as they break. In our opinion, this operation may be nothing more than a crime of opportunity.
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A. Bill Richardson is out of the running for Commerce Secretary
B. Barack Obama arrives in Washington preparing himself and family for life in the White House
C. The Economy still sucks, but we offer a solution
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