I recently wrote my Senator regarding my distress at the Israeli massacre of Gazans and asked her to do something to get Israel to stop, wielding her power as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She wrote me back today with this”
Dear Dr. Strong:
Thank you for contacting me regarding recent events in the Middle East. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, on December 27, 2008, Israel responded to ongoing rocket attacks against its citizens by launching an offensive in the Gaza Strip against Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls the Gaza government. The death and destruction is tragic on all sides.
It is time for a real and sustainable cease-fire and a post-conflict diplomatic solution that will allow the promise of peace in the Middle East to be realized, not just for hours or days but permanently.
I believe that it is important for the United States and the international community to be actively engaged in promoting a lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this important issue. Please be assured that as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will continue to monitor this situation closely and work to encourage a peaceful solution to the crisis in the Middle East.
United States Senator
I don’t know why it is that the entire group of USA politicians have completely bought into this theory that Israel is responding to Hamas’s rockets and that it is Hamas’s rockets that are the entire problem here. Nothing is said of the occupation, the cruel blockade, the frequent firing at defenseless Gazan fishermen, the Israeli theft of Palestinians water supplies, the kidnapped Palestinians who rot in Israel’s prisons as “administrative detainees” with no recourse by law etc. etc. Surely all USA politicians who want to hang onto their jobs get their talking points from AIPAC. It must be. If not, why can’t Senator Boxer read the very same things I’m reading every day in plain sight?
Next, she says the death and destruction is tragic on all sides. This really flabberghasts me. She must here be taking cues from the New York Times which shows a lady cowering in her Sderot home while rocket alarms are going off, next to a picture of a frightened Gazan, framing the conflict as one where the sufferring is roughly equal on both sides. The tragedy of Gaza infinitely larger than that of the Israeli people here. There shouldn’t be much arguement among reasonable people right?
Also, Hamas is a militant islamist group that controls the Gazan government according to Boxer. No mention here that they were elected to power in an election that would have put an Israeli election to shame. No name calling on the other side, such as referring to Israel as “that militant terrorist Zionist group that controls Israel.”
The real and sustainable ceasefire that Boxer seeks will never come from this sort of murderous attack on Gaza. The sustainable ceasefire will come when justice comes to the middle-east and no sooner. Israel must give back the land it took in 1967 and cease it’s cruel oppression of the Palestinians and must give up its vision of eretz Israel and then we will see if tempers will cool. Oh, and don’t forget the right of return for refugees as the UN decided was a necessary condition in allowing Israel to maintain its membership in the UN so many years ago.
I have no faith in my government in coming to any sort of helpful resolution of the middle-eastern conflict. They are all AIPAC hacks and will never apply pressure to Israel to do what is right.
Sorry I am so testy lately, but there is so much death and misery in one of the most miserable places on the earth right now and noone is able to stop it and the only power that can do something, the USA, is doing nothing.