Talk to Hamas:As Israeli soldiers we hang our heads in shame over last year’s attack on Gaza’s civilian population. Dialogue, not war, is needed

by Arik Diamant and David Zonsheine, the Guardian

The Israeli media marked the one-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, the war on Gaza, almost as a celebration. The operation is recognised almost unanimously in Israel as a military triumph, a combat victory over one of Israel’s deadliest enemies: Hamas.

As combat soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), we have serious doubts about this conclusion, primarily because hardly any combat against Hamas took place during the operation. As soon as the operation started, Hamas went underground.

Most casualties were inflicted on Palestinians by air strikes, artillery fire, and snipers from afar. Combat victory? Shooting fish in a barrel is more like it.

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Congressman says US should break Gaza blockade


The Associated Press

The United States should break Israel’s blockade of Gaza and deliver badly needed supplies by sea, a U.S. congressman told Gaza students.

Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state, also urged President Barack Obama’s Mideast envoy to visit the Hamas-ruled territory to get a firsthand look at the destruction caused by Israeli’s military offensive last year.

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Happy Valentines Day

Chris Hedges: Fighting corporate rape of US

Interviewer:”Obama is a smart man. Why would he do this? Why would he continue these wars knowing what it is doing to our country during this economic recession and knowing the history involved?”

Hedges: “Because he’s weak.  Obama is a brand. He functions as a brand… it worked quite effectively until a year later when people started to realize that the structures of corporate power have remained untouched and the suffering that is being visited upon citizens is continuing to accelerate. That’s what a “brand” does. You confuse a brand with an experience. You confuse how you are made to feel with knowledge. You confuse propaganda with ideology.”

News of the Day:Feb. 15th, 2010

Clinton: Iran Becoming a Military Dictatorship – AP Writer, MSNBC ; Globalist shill and warmongering neocon Hillary Clinton is trying to spin-up another lie about Iran in order to justify attacking the country. It takes a special kind of Cheneyesque liar to attempt to make that claim about Iran when you are secretary of state for a country that is completely run by the Military Industrial Complex. Especially considering what we are now doing in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq (all of them are military dictatorships propped up by your tax dollars)

AFGHAN LEADERS CALL SURGE, “IMBECILIC AND TRAGIC” – Gordon Duff, Veterans Today ; “The word is out:  Our “invasion” that combined Afghani forces with American and British has not gone after Taliban strongholds at all but rather attacked areas controlled by Karzai opponents who were ready to negotiate a legitimate government.”   “Reports on operations are clear.  We are managing to frighten, brutalize and anger hundreds of thousands of people who have nothing to do with the Taliban, not before anyway.”

What do Empires Do? – Michael Parenti, Common Dreams ; “the process whereby the dominant investor interests in one country bring to bear their economic and military power upon another nation or region in order to expropriate its land, labor, natural resources, capital, and markets-in such a manner as to enrich the investor interests.”  “Empires impoverish whole populations and kill lots and lots of innocent people.”  “The purpose of all this killing is to prevent alternative, independent, self-defining nations from emerging.”

US Rockets Kill 12 in Helmund Province – Jason Ditz, AntiWar ; “NATO officials confirmed today that an incident involving US troops has left at least 12 Afghan civilians killed. The US troops say they fired rockets at suspected militants, but missed and hit a crowd of civilians 300 meters away.”

Iraq’s Upcoming March “Elections: are a Sham – Jason Ditz, AntiWar ; “With Iraq’s largest secularist coalition formally suspending its campaign and announcing a boycott of the March 7 parliamentary election and protests among Sunnis hinting at a large-scale boycott, Iraq’s vote is becoming increasingly irrelevant to many.” The Sunnis are kicked out of the elections; the secularists are kicked out of the elections; the Kurds are kicked out of the elections. So only the Shi’ite religious Dawa Party of Prime Minister Maliki remains and that will guarantee our Puppet President Maliki will retain control of the “democracy” we set up in Iraq.

Spying for Dollars: Military Contractors and Security Firms Reap Huge Profits – Tom Burghardt, Global Research ; “However, as the World Socialist Web Site points out: “President Barack Obama has done nothing to reverse decades of wage stagnation, mounting poverty, and attacks on the social welfare system. On the contrary, following George W. Bush, he has seized on the crisis to redistribute wealth to a tiny financial elite through the ongoing bailout of the finance industry.”

Obama The War President – Helen Thomas, Information Clearing House ; “President Barack Obama does have a foreign policy. It’s called war.”

Frozen Wasteland

Just for the fun of it. I put this up because they have a woodburning stove in their RV. Awesome.