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No End in Sight for Gaza Violence

Posted on Jan 28, 2007
Gaza violence

The turmoil in Gaza continues unabated as the two main Palestinian factions clash. At least 22 deaths have occurred since Thursday. Despite pleas for restraint from throughout the Arab world, the fighting between Fatah and Hamas looks as though it could escalate, spreading to the West Bank.


Gunfire and exploding grenades could be heard in Gaza City early on Sunday.

Fighting between the governing Hamas faction and its political rival, Fatah, has left at least 22 dead since Thursday, the worst violence in months.

The clashes have halted attempts to hold talks on forming a Palestinian national unity government.

Witnesses said Sunday morning saw further clashes in Gaza’s densely populated streets, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

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By Abdullah Khan, January 28, 2007 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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As long as Hamas, Fatah & Hezbollah are allowed to continue their military struggle for power the Palestinian will never find peace.
These terrorist groups need to be dismantled and a peacful government needs to be elected who wants real peace with Israel.

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By Ethan, January 28, 2007 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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Where are everyone’s comments about how Israel is the cause behind all of this? Isn’t this probably a covert strategy of Israel to try and further destabilize the middle east for the US’s benefit?

Oh wait, maybe there’s two sides to the story. Yes it’s true that the Israeli government (not the Israeli people) is corrupt and politically motivated by external influences (US), but that doesn’t justify the means by which Palestinians like Hamas and Fatah fight for their freedom.

I’m always so sick of reading everyone’s comments about how Israel is this authoritarian force in the middle east that seeks to supress Palestine and destroy Iran. If you actually could understand the psychological impact of the Holocaust on the Jewish people, you might just show a little sympathy to the fact that they want a “home” too, just like the Palestinians, and now they are going to do whatever it takes to protect that “home” in order to save face. Of course it was a stupid idea to ever create the nation of Israel right in the heart of the Arab world (thanks to ingenius US foreign policy), but that is what happened and this is the cruel world we live in.

All I’m asking is don’t just blame the people of Israel for the instability in Gaza, similar to how neither of us would want to be blamed for the US government’s hand in destabilizing Iraq. Terrorism is a reprecussion of “blowback” (read Chalmers Johnson if you haven’t), so now there are two sides to the story because of policy decisions that were made during the Cold-War era. The conflict in the middle east is a fire that BOTH sides keep feeding. The Israeli government is probably not selfless enough to negotiate peace throught diplomatic channels, but neither is a Palestinian parliment controlled by Hamas. They believe in the destruction of the entire Israeli state. How do you negotiate with that? And especially the Iranian government, whos head contests that the Holocaust never happened. If you believe that, then f-you . . . almost my entire family line was “exterminated” by the Nazis.

This message is not directed towards conservatives (not worth the effort), but rather to those bandwagon liberals who are just as narrow-minded and choose to “take a side” on every issue. I’ve got news for you . . . there’s no such thing as simply good or bad when it comes to goverment, politics, and war. When you look at history, men from 50 or 60 years ago made policy decisions during that time that basically determined the course of world politics as it is today. The CIA created Bin Laden and Hussein, just like we installed miliary dictators throughout East Asia and Latin America. And it’s the US’s fault what is happening between Israel and Palestine because they want it to keep going, knowing that an Israeli victory is in the self interest of the US. And the US is the only nation with the political clout to stop it (Carter realized that).

So remember to try and look at the world with objective and unbiased eyes because the only true moral right is to end poverty for all by providing the basic human rights of food, shelter, education, and healthcare. Can you say Hamas and Fatah want this for Jews, or do they simply want to sway the control of power in the region?

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By Quy Tran, January 28, 2007 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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Turmoil in Gaza will never end when we don’t have clear policy regarding humans and sub-humans because they can’t be coexisting. Moreover our foreign policy is carrying by a female chimpanzee who’s unable to speak our voice.

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