Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bill Moyers video about the conflict in the Middle East.

This is such a hard subject to talk about and write about still. I just couldn't do it the other day and so only posted copies of news reports I found. I am still struggling with this. We are 14 days into this situation in the Middle East with no resolution in sight. This video is one of the most sensible I have seen on it. At least he has a level head on his shoulders. Of course Bill Moyers always does. But he talks about it in a clear, concise manner.

Watch this, and listen to what he says.

Here is a link to the Miller story he spoke of in the video.

Some other thoughts, the UN issued a resolution to stop this insanity and Israel and Hamas both said no. Here is Israel's response:

The Israel Air Force has dropped leaflets on the Gaza Strip warning residents that it plans to escalate its two-week-old offensive.

The army says it has dropped the fliers throughout Gaza. It says the notices are meant as a "general warning."

The notice says Israel is about to begin a "new phase in the war on terror." It says it will "escalate" an operation that already has killed more than 800 Palestinians.

How can they justify a new escalation of this "operation" when they have already killed 800 people in Gaza? This is just craziness. More than 1/3 of these 800 deaths are children...CHILDREN...and there are more than 3,000 wounded and over 1/3 of them are children...CHILDREN.

Glenn Greenwald asks in Salon at his blog:

I have a question for supporters of the Israeli attack on Gaza: Prior to the Iraq War, if it were known that the war would last six years, that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis would die and millions more would be internally and externally displaced, there would presumably have been some number of supporters of the U.S. invasion who would have changed their minds, concluding that the costs (human, financial and otherwise) were too great to render the invasion justifiable.

For supporters of the Israeli war in Gaza: is there some number of Palestinian civilian deaths that, once exceeded, renders this war unjustifiable? 1,000? 10,000? 25,000? Or is the idea that because Israel is justified in the mission itself, then the number of Palestinian civilian deaths is irrelevant -- i.e., Israel should do what it thinks it needs to do and, provided it exercises some form of "restraint," then it is justified regardless of how many innocent human beings (Palestinians) die as a result?

I would like to know the answer to that also. How many would it take??


pissed off patricia said...

I just happened to catch that video in what I guess was a rerun of his show this morning. You are so right, he told it exactly as it is with no for or against either cause or side. He simply stated the facts as they are.

I popped over here to you site to tell you that after reading your comment today at C&L, I totally agree with you that if Pelosi had tried to have bush impeached, all hell could have broken out and nothing would have come of it. Then for like forever we would hear from the right that the dems were the party of hate or god knows what.

Had Obama said today that he would go after the bush administration for war crimes, all hell would have broken out and I doubt he would have gotten any of his cabinet choices through confirmation hearings.

I'm just going to enjoy the fact that Obama won the election for as long as I can. I really don't understand how others are going negative on him before he has done one single thing as President of the United States.

Annette said...

Yes...I agree...patience...he isn't even in office yet.