Monday, July 14, 2014
The Horror of Gaza and the Shame of the Harper Regime
It's taken me a few days to summon up the strength to write something, anything, about the horror in Gaza.
I just couldn't bring myself to look at the images of this latest war.
As rockets from Palestinian militants in Gaza continue to fly into Israel and Israel continues to strike hard at Gaza, the options for each side are hardening. Both sides are employing brinksmanship, carrying out their biggest raids yet this weekend and threatening much more to come.
Not when I'm still recovering from the images of the last one...
And it's always the same bloody thing. The swaggering men with guns attacking each other like scorpions in a bottle.
The rockets soaring aimlessly towards Israel. The bombs crashing down mercilessly on that tiny impoverished enclave.
And most horribly, all those dead and wounded children...
The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 160 Palestinians – among them about 135 civilians, including 30 children – have died during six days of warfare, and more than 1,000 have been injured.
Who like all the other innocent victims could not escape the horror of that miserable open-air prison, and the wreckage of history, in that ghastly part of the world where hope goes to die.
And then, as if that wasn't horrible enough, there is Stephen Harper and his monstrous Con regime.
Who at a time when most decent governments in the world are calling on both sides to end the violence, are urging on the Israelis like dizzy cheerleaders.
Israel had not just the right to defend itself, but the obligation, according to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. The end to the conflict was the responsibility of Hamas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
And neither man expressed much in the way of optimism for a cessation of hostilities or concern for the number of civilians who have perished under the Israeli bombardment, a number which could be three out of every four of the more than 160 killed so far in the Gaza.
Blaming it all on the violent religious fanatics from Hamas, who prefer war and the cult of so-called martyrdom to peace. While failing to also condemn the violence of the Israeli settler regime. Or spare a thought for their innocent victims.
Because as we know Stephen Harper will do ANYTHING to pleasure his good buddy Benjamin Netanyahu...
In whose office our Middle East policy might as well be written.
Harper’s “unequivocal” support for Israel will surprise no one here or abroad and Baird’s aggressive pushback against the United Nations has also lost its ability to surprise.
In Ottawa, mutual ceasefires and peace talks are only for the weak-kneed and faint of heart.
And not satisfied with having killed off our proud peacekeeping tradition, would now bury it in the rubble of Gaza, along with what's left of our international reputation...
And really what more can I say that I haven't said before?
Except that if we want to try to repair that reputation, and be a force for good in the world again, peacemakers not war mongers, we really do need to get rid of that stooge Con regime, and its depraved leader.
Before they shame us further. Or make us accomplices to murder...
Because this shouldn't be happening to any child Palestinian, Israeli, or whatever.
As always my thoughts and prayers are with the heroic medical teams trying to deal with the carnage.
And as always, in the name of humanity, I demand that the violent men on both sides be restrained. Stop the rockets, stop the bombs, stop the madness. Give peace a chance.
Save the poor little children of Gaza.
Trapped in a nightmare they can't escape...
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