31 Dec 2008
good point by the way from one commentator here
ann arky has left a new comment on your post "another eye witness report from Gaza: please copy ...":
Israel is nothing without US money and arms and the US's permission to use the weapons. What Israel does, point the finger at the US.
ann arky www.radicalglasgow.me.uk
Richard Seymour is the best blogger I can find for information on the massacre.
Amira Hass, in a powerful article for Ha'aretz, writes:
This isn't the time to speak of ethics, but of precise intelligence. Whoever gave the instructions to send 100 of our planes, piloted by the best of our boys, to bomb and strafe enemy targets in Gaza is familiar with the many schools adjacent to those targets - especially police stations. He also knew that at exactly 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, during the surprise assault on the enemy, all the children of the Strip would be in the streets - half just having finished the morning shift at school, the others en route to the afternoon shift.
This is an important insight. Israel's control of the situation is immense. They have detailed intelligence, sattelite imagery (which they like to show off at press conferences), sophisticated guidance technology, etc. It has planned this assault for months in advance, and its leadership is ostentatiously proud of how all the branches of military and intelligence, from Shin Bet to the Southern Command, have gelled in this attack. If an assault on major public facilities is timed to coincide with children being in the streets, this is not accidental: it is intended to leave a number of children lying in their own blood, and terrorise others.
More from Richard here