Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Human Catastrophe in Gaza
Well I hope he's satisfied. I hope his wild cheerleading for the savage assault on Gaza earns him a tin medal from the Netanyahu regime.
Or a wet kiss from his good buddy Benny.
For Godzilla knows he deserves it. No other leader of any other government in the civilized world cheered as loud as he did.
And he must be sooooo pleased. All that senseless destruction.
All those dead children.
As a 72-hour cease-fire took hold in the Gaza Strip, a United Nations official said Tuesday that Israel’s nearly monthlong offensive against Hamas, the militant Islamist organization that runs Gaza, had had a “catastrophic and tragic impact” on children in the territory and that reconstruction would require many hundreds of millions of dollars.
Even though nothing can justify or excuse the monstrous scale of that assault.
This is a crime against helpless humanity.
The conflict has killed 408 children and injured 2,502, Pernille Ironside, the head of the Unicef office in Gaza, said, briefing reporters in Geneva by telephone. About 373,000 children have had traumatic experiences and need psychosocial support, she said.
This is a humanitarian catastrophe.
The United Nations and other humanitarian agencies are at the limit of their ability to cope with the fallout from the assault, which Ms. Ironside said had far surpassed the combined impact of two previous conflicts, in 2008-09 and in 2012. About 270,000 people have sought shelter at around 90 centers run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and at least 200,000 others have taken refuge with family members, friends or neighbours.
And when I think of those exhausted aid workers struggling to house and feed all those terrified people. And I think of all the heroic doctors, nurses and paramedics struggling desperately to heal the wounded, and comfort the traumatized.
In that open-air prison called Gaza, where death and fear are everywhere,
And hell is a hospital...
All I can think of after that is how Stephen Harper encouraged that brutish assault, and never once called for restraint.
Even as the TV screens were filled with pictures of dead children, the horribly wounded, and the terrorized...
When I think of how he has betrayed our Canadian values, and made us complicit in mass murder.
All I can say is, oh monster, oh monster, what have you done?
And how soon can we drive you and your morally repugnant regime from power, before you shame us further?
Because we deserve better, and this is my Canada.
The Ontario government is willing to provide medical care to 100 injured children from Gaza, it said Tuesday – several days after a Palestinian-Canadian doctor made a public plea to bring kids to Canada for treatment.
Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins issued a statement Tuesday morning arguing the province has a “moral responsibility” to help the injured children, whether Israeli or Palestinian.
Brought to you by the government Harper and his Cons hate with a passion. And these great Canadians:
The McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, the Kingston General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, The Hospital of Sick Children and the London Health Sciences Centre have all offered to treat the children.
My country of healers not killers, of peacemakers not warmongers.
The decent country I believe in with all my heart, and am determined to take back.
A country whose values allow me to feel exactly the same way about an Israeli child as I feel about a Palestinian one...
Because children are the most innocent, and the most vulnerable citizens of this planet, and its precious future.
And the day we accept that they can be slaughtered so brutally and so casually, is the day human civilization ends, and we become no better than beasts.
So I was happy to find this graphic on the internet...
Because David Harris-Gershon is a writer who works to bring Israelis and Palestinians together in a just peace, even though a Hamas bomber almost killed his wife.
And it sums up exactly how I feel.
Along with this:
Stephen Harper will wear this human catastrophe until the last day of his shabby political career.
His shame will last forever, while ours will end as we make Canada decent again. A force for good in the world.
Stop the killing. Set Gaza free.
Make the short lives of all those murdered innocents count for something.
Give peace a chance...
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