Saturday, January 10, 2009

The real reason for the massacres in Gaza

In his Jan 7 op-ed piece for the New York Times, "What You Don't Know About Gaza", Professor Khalid Rashidi quotes Moshe Yaalon, Israel's Defense Forces chief of staff in 2002, as saying, "The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people." This is the real reason for Israel's war on innocent civilians. Not to take out Hamas but to take out the collective Palestinian will to resist the occupation. Read Rashidi's article. It's succinct. It's deadly urgent: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/opinion/08khalidi.html

Another terrific piece is by Dennis Loo on the World Can't Wait web site. I quote: "Israel's complaints that Hamas is using human shields represents the tired old refrain of imperial powers going after a population in resistance." Loo's article is longer, but passionate and very well-argued. Please read it too:
http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5291:human-shields-world-class-deceit-world-class-crimes&catid=117:homepage&Itemid=289

4 comments:

Dennis Loo said...

Uzma:

Thank you for promoting my article. I'm glad that you're reading the WCW website. We're trying to expand its reach dramatically and we also welcome contributions from people such as yourself. Please contact us if you are interested in submitting pieces for the site.

You will find other articles on the topic of Gaza and other important questions also at my Open Salon blog; http://open.salon.com/user_blog.php?uid=12855&view_sort=recent

Uzma Aslam Khan said...

Hello Dennis,

Wonderful to hear from you. Your article is extremely important and sorely needs to be widely read; I've also posted a link to it on facebook. Thanks for your work. I also appreciate you drawing my attention to your blog.

I'll keep the WCW site in mind the next time I want to submit a piece.

Cheers,
Uzma

Usman said...

ello Uzma,

I reached your blog through Baithak, unexpectedly. Unexpectedly because I had tried an internet serch some months ago, after having read The Story of Noble Rot.

As to the Israeli reasons, the MOU yesterday at the State Deptt. was a disgrace, especially when Tzipe Livni said to Rice, how the steps taken by Israel were to promote the same values both believed in.

Perhaps the words value should be replaced by moral decline.

Usman said...

Apologies for the typos above.