Tuesday, July 18, 2006

By the way....

All the news is on the attacks in Lebanon, but in case you'd forgotten, Israel is still waging a campaign in Gaza which is also having dire effects on those Palestinians unfortunate enough to be living there:

Households, businesses, and hospitals across the strip are without electricity and water in the sweltering summer heat. Sanitation systems have collapsed. Most Gazans live in high-rise buildings that require power to pump water into homes. Some buildings are operating on generators, but fuel supplies are dwindling.

The power station had been insured by a U.S. government agency, which means American money will likely pay for the repairs. One senior U.S. Army lawyer, speaking on condition of anonymity, says, "Blowing up the power supply does not degrade Hamas's military capabilities. It only makes the civilian population suffer."

That of course, is the point.

2 comments:

adam said...

Indeed, but you know you're in bizarrow world when Pat Buchanan is the only person in the mainstream media who's really talking about the fact that Lebanese civilians don't deserve to be killed over Hezbollah's actions! And perhaps even moreso when the president of the United States is relegated to the sidelines in such an important conflict because the Israeli lobby is so powerful in the US.

Xanthippas said...

These is what I keep reading on conservative blogs: "Of course the Israelis have the right to defend themselves from Islamofascists terrorists in Hizbollah and Hamas who want to wipe them off of the face of the Earth!"

Well...of course they do. That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that by responding with such force, bombing heavily populated parts of Lebanon and killing men, women and children who may or may not even support Hezbollah, they are losing the support of even a hard-line Israel supporter such as myself. And if they're losing me, well the rest of the world is either ahead of me or can't be far behind.