The protests (anti-Israeli) get louder. Is anyone else concerned by the Hamas headgear (masks) being worn here in the states at some of these rallies? It's starting to look like Gaza here.
Hhhhmmmm.... well, let me connect two dots for you. A little while ago I put forth the position that the massively disproportionate military campaign being conducted by Israel in Gaza would strengthen Hamas far more than it will hurt them. The response was "LOL!, that's ridiculous, look Hamas members are all getting wiped out you dumb liberal anti-semite!!!!" (I threw in the anti-semite part because apparently any objection to the practices and tactics used by the IDF and it's political masters automatically equates into anti-semitism. Nevermind that much of the criticism comes from Jews and Israeli citizens as well, as I will post a link to at the end)
And yes, many Hamas are indeed being killed. But this campaign and the fact that half of those killed and wounded are non-combatant civillians, has pretty much provided Hamas with the biggest recruiting drive they've seen in years. Just about every single Hamas fighter in the Gaza strip can get killed today and yet tomorrow there will still be folks with green bandanas shooting their bottle rockets off across the border.
This goes back to the earlier point I was trying to express- Israel has the right to exist and defend herself, yes, absolutely. But a massive military strike, like the one they are conducting now is ultimately going to hurt them far more than help them.
In spain, yesterday 100,000 people marched against the Israeli military campaign-
and in Pakistan, which we all know to be a very stable country NOT in any danger whatsoever of falling under the control of radical elements, the U.S consulate had to be shut down yesterday because of large protests-
Earlier I stated that there is much criticism coming from Jews and Israeli citizens against this military action, and so I will post it here. The following is written by Avi Shlaim, a fellow who has served with the IDF in the past (as all able bodied Israeli's must in their younger years)
Entire article here-
and I quote-
"I write as someone who served loyally in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s and who has never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders. What I utterly reject is the Zionist colonial project beyond the Green Line. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the June 1967 war had very little to do with security and everything to do with territorial expansionism. The aim was to establish Greater Israel through permanent political, economic and military control over the Palestinian territories. And the result has been one of the most prolonged and brutal military occupations of modern times.
Four decades of Israeli control did incalculable damage to the economy of the Gaza Strip. With a large population of 1948 refugees crammed into a tiny strip of land, with no infrastructure or natural resources, Gaza's prospects were never bright. Gaza, however, is not simply a case of economic under-development but a uniquely cruel case of deliberate de-development. To use the Biblical phrase, Israel turned the people of Gaza into the hewers of wood and the drawers of water, into a source of cheap labour and a captive market for Israeli goods. The development of local industry was actively impeded so as to make it impossible for the Palestinians to end their subordination to Israel and to establish the economic underpinnings essential for real political independence.
Gaza is a classic case of colonial exploitation in the post-colonial era. Jewish settlements in occupied territories are immoral, illegal and an insurmountable obstacle to peace. They are at once the instrument of exploitation and the symbol of the hated occupation. In Gaza, the Jewish settlers numbered only 8,000 in 2005 compared with 1.4 million local residents. Yet the settlers controlled 25% of the territory, 40% of the arable land and the lion's share of the scarce water resources. Cheek by jowl with these foreign intruders, the majority of the local population lived in abject poverty and unimaginable misery. Eighty per cent of them still subsist on less than $2 a day. The living conditions in the strip remain an affront to civilised values, a powerful precipitant to resistance and a fertile breeding ground for political extremism."