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Friday, July 14, 2006


Israeli terrorism: some reading suggestions

Lenin's Tomb has some powerful pictures of those Lebanese "terrorists" who have been killed and maimed by Israeli bombs and missiles, along with some good analysis.

Red State Son listens to talk radio, as I don't, and finds that liberals like Ed Schultz and Al Franken are either lining up behind Israel or, at best, just "don't know what to think."

ANSWER's Richard Becker (and here), a frequent visitor to the Middle East, offers his knowledgeable analysis of events.

Amy Goodman interviews Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now!. I learned one very interesting concrete fact from the interview. Yesterday, watching CNN, I had a chuckle when Kyra Philips intoned, "The roots of this crisis go very far back." As I awaited a discussion of 1948 (or perhaps even earlier), CNN then proceded to show a timeline which started all the way back on June 25, with the capture of Gilad Shalit! Well, not that this is the "root" of the crisis either, but here's what Chomsky mentioned which I didn't know:

Gaza, itself, the latest phase, began on June 24. It was when Israel abducted two Gaza civilians, a doctor and his brother. We don't know their names. You don’t know the names of victims. They were taken to Israel, presumably, and nobody knows their fate. The next day, something happened, which we do know about, a lot. Militants in Gaza, probably Islamic Jihad, abducted an Israeli soldier across the border. That’s Corporal Gilad Shalit. And that's well known; first abduction is not.

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