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Kudos to CNN for Humanizing the Conflict in Gaza   Leave a comment

While I usually would be the first to jump at the chance to bash the most hypocritical of the three U.S.-based News Networks (the other two being MSNBC and Fox News, which are just as bad actually), I have to give them credit for doing what both Palestinian and Israeli leaders chose to ignore: The Human cost of the Conflict in Gaza. It’s not a war betwen Israel and Palestine as the violence is concentrated in Gaza or more specifically it’s capital, Gaza City. I’m going to share a few pictures I pulled from a quick Google Image Search. They’re hard to look at but relax, they’re safe for work:

 

 

I liken the conflict between Israel and Palestine to what a conflict between the United States and Mexico would look like. Both sides would feel the effects but let’s be honest, Mexico can’t hope to hold a candle to what the U.S. Military is capable of. That’s prettymuch what’s going on in Gaza. While yes, Hamas has made it clear it will not be satisfied until it wiped Israel off the map, realistically they will never be able to do that. The U.S. aside, their Islamic neighbors won’t stand for it.

Families on both sides of this conflict have lost loved ones but if we’re comparing casualties, almost all of the 1300 Palestinians killed were civilians who have nothing to do with Hamas’ extemeist agenda. It’s true they have political power in Palestine as of about 10 years ago but you can be damned sure the people who gave them that power regret their decision to give them said power.

On the other hand, Israel has the right to defend itself from all threats. America threw sovereignity out the window when it invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. It also felt damaging its relationship with Pakistan was worth it when Navy SEALS went in and took out Osama bin Laden. Any sane person would want their government to do something if some of your neighbors made it clear they won’t be happy until you and your family have been wiped off the map.

…The problem is Israel is using a bazooka to kill flies. A bazooka is powerful, yes but there is sure to be collateral damage. Here’s one such example that stuck out to me:

 

This is Shaymaa Sheikh al-Eid, who was born last Thursday in Gaza by Energency C-Section after her mother was killed in a bombing that also took the lives of her entire family. The only reason she survived was because when doctors brought her mother into the hospital, they found her (the baby’s) heartbeat. This is, for all intents and purposes a miracle that happened in an active combat zone. As of yesterday Shaymaa, who was born a few weeks premature is clinging to life. As you can see in the above picture, she relies on a respiratior to breathe.

My opinion is the same as the political anylists who’ve been appearing on CNN all day: Both sides prevent civilian casualties at all costs.  There have been reports Hamas has been using Palestinian civilians as human shields. Their own propaganda videos indicate this isn’t true. In war, truth is always the second casualty after innocence.

Poltically, I predict Palestine will cut its ties with Hamas very soon. Israel has made it clear its only interest is taking out Hamas militants firing rockets into Jewish settlements. The one truth both Palestine and Israel have in common over the last 3 weeks is for every ceasefire proposed, Hamas either refused it or broke the ceasefire. No other Islamic militant groups or governments–Egypt and Lebanon included–are openly backing Hamas. Ergo, common sense dictates you remove Hamas from the equation.

The tragic thing also true about both sides is apparently, no price is too high for their respective goals. One can only hope the innocent people caught in the middle are not forgotten to history.

One Day at a Time   Leave a comment

I’ve been out of the hospital for about two weeks now though I’m sure most of you already know that from my almost daily blog postings. Some of them were actually drafted while I was in the hospital XD

Anywho, it goes without saying much of what I had planned for the summer is out the window. I have about 4 and a half weeks before I’m expected to report to work. Assuming I am assigned to the same school of course. I have been looking at Financial Aid at Northeastern University and Bunker Hill Community College in the last few days. The plan is to be enrolled by September and have my employment status resolved by August 15. That means more than one thing but at this point I don’t want to say any more than that. As I said to a few folks over the last three months, I’m making the effort to do the things I tell people I’m going to do instead of just talking about it ^_^

As for how I’m doing otherwise, I’ll be ok. I feel like I need to extend my downtime into November seeing as I know I won’t get much time to myself for the next few weeks XD

 

Despair and Hope   Leave a comment

I’ve experienced both over the last few days and the strongest way imaginable. For those who don’t follow me on Facebook, I was hospitalized on Tuesday at Boston’s Faulkner Hospital. Due to the reasons for my hospitalization and the fact that I’m still there for the unforseeable future right now, I’m not ready to talk about why I’ve been hospitalized right now.

Just wanted to let everyone know why they probably won’t hear from me again for at least the next week and a half. I am also in need of money to help with my recovery when I’m released. If you are able you all know I only accept PayPal for online transactions. The Button is in the top and bottom of this page. Click the link, type in any amount and hit send.

I hope I can count on your support financially, emotionally and otherwise.

 

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