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Israel Escalates Violence In Gaza With Ground Troops

January 3, 2009


After eight days of relentless air strikes in Gaza, ground forces are now being used by Israel.  Thousands of troops are ready, along with tanks to enter Gaza.  By Israel’s very own accounts this will be a ‘lengthy operation’, and that of course does not bode well for the Palestinians who are short of food, water, and medical supplies.  It also endangers the entire region which is a tinderbox of emotions and historical complexities.

The world community needs to exert some control over this matter in spite of President Bush just collecting his pay check and watching his time in office flutter away.  We might recall how President Jimmy Carter worked without sleep in the final days of his term in office to get the American hostages out of Iran.  Might it be too much to think that Bush could find a few hours to get involved with this latest Middle East crisis?  A crisis, it should be noted, that his Administration played a role in creating by not demanding more of Israel over the past 8 years.  For Bush just to blame Hamas for this matter is absurd.    Israel has much of the blame for this matter on their shoulders too.

After all it was Bush who wanted democracy to flow in the Middle East, and the election of Hamas by the Palestinians in a popular election is a by-product of his wishes for the region.  There were many who wondered if Bush understood the nature of democracy, and how it grows from the bottom up over time.  I do find it ironic that Bush is now angry at the outcome of what he desired.

As the world watches the bloodshed continue in Gaza who might we expect to take on the role of international leader?  America it seems has resigned itself to impotency yet again when it comes to diplomacy.

  1. rascal permalink
    January 3, 2009 11:12 PM

    Yeah deke how dare you put pictures of the victims on this site as it is so much easier to think badly of those we never see.

  2. Patrick permalink
    January 3, 2009 8:20 PM

    Bush and democracy are not to blame for the evil actions of Hamas and their weepy supporters. The blame for this mess rests squarely with the Hamas terrorists who broke the cease fire with barrages of Iranian missles.

    We should also consider intent, here. Hamas intends to kill civilians, Isreal, terrorists and Hamas officials. The same sorry looking people whose pictures you like to post–as if that were a logical argument–were likely thumping their fists on their chests as the missles took flight.

    What should Bush do? Follow the ineffective model of Carter? Please. Rather, he should state without hesitation that Isreal is our ally. Our Friend. Even the Messiah has said as much. If he wants to be more effective, he could do something to harm Iran, our cowardly enemy in the region.

  3. January 3, 2009 4:23 PM

    You are correct…that was a typo due to fast blogging, and I have corrected the paragraph so that it is accurate.

    Thanks for editing!


  4. arturoafc54 permalink
    January 3, 2009 4:06 PM

    The number of tanks in not in the thousands. The number of troops may even be in the hundreds…so far…

  5. udtlearner permalink
    January 3, 2009 2:52 PM

    Why use the words violence and escalates???Its not what is happenning!That is a media trick,for our side!

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