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The Arab Spring and the Gaza war

Al Jazeera:

The last time Israel launched a full-on assault on Gaza was 2008 - but the political realities on the ground now are very different.

The Arab Spring has brought revolution to countries across the region; Egypt, one of only two Arab countries to have a peace agreement with Israel, is now being lef by the Muslim brotherhood - of which Hamas is an offshoot.

The Arab League has since been meeting in Cairo to discuss the crisis with its chief Nabil al-Arabi, saying he will head a delegation to Gaza to affirm solidarity with the Palestinians.

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's president has also condemned Israel's aggression and responded with several diplomatic measures, including recalling his ambassador to Tel Aviv and opening the Rafah border crossing for wounded Gazans. "If a ground invasion takes place, as Israelis are saying, this will have serious repercussions for the region. We will never accept this and neither will the free world."

Sounds like a line drawn in the, er, sand to me.

Qatar is one of the countries taking the lead on the Gaza crisis. The Gulf nation's Emir visited Gaza last month, the first head of state to do so since Hamas took control.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said: "The stance taken by the Arab countries following the Arab Spring revolutions is different; if we recall in 2008 Egypt was not able to provide anything to the people of Gaza; now and in the light of the new change, Egypt's PM pays a visit to Gaza, Tunisian FM goes to Gaza, I headed to Gaza weeks ago. If there is no change, none could have happened.

My first though was 'unintended consequences" but perhaps for those not in the Barcalounger, these consequences were very much intended. Hard to argue with them, if so.

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Submitted by jawbone on

the coming dystopia the elites have planned for all us in the useless --or soon to be useless to them and their market magic-- lower economic quintiles.

I got chills reading this. Albeit none of it is all that new, it's just so evident how the elites of this country view us lowly citizens. And how easily we will be categorized as unnecessary and unproductive.

That's actually what Romney and Ryan are both saying out loud. We "takers" are simply not getting with the program. Produce wealth, if possible for oneself, but definitely for the already wealthy -- or Hurry Up and Die. And the elites will be only too happy to speed up the dying part.


As Twig wrote in her sample LTE recently, the poor of this nation will have sanctions iimposed on them by Obama et al and that is underlined by this Hedges' piece.

Hedges notes that the elites are practicing their control methods in these little wars, police actions, wars on terra and dissent --on the weakest. These techniques will be brought home to control any angry poor people who realize there is no more up swing at all for them. There will be drones, there will be heavy weaponry, there will be blood and death and walling in and imprisonment.

Via commenter at Ian's post about Gaza. Less dramatic, but equally dire predictions. We are all Gazans...soon.

Night all! Sleep well...if you can.

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Submitted by nomad2 on

I couldn't help but note how "progressive" Dems can understand that both sides are not equally guilty when discussing how the media reports on Dem vs GOP politics.

---“Both sides do it” or “There is plenty of blame to go around” are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization. Many self-styled bipartisan groups, in their search for common ground, propose solutions that move both sides to the center, a strategy that is simply untenable when one side is so far out of reach...

But not when it comes to Israel vs. Gaza

---There has been some annoyance in some quarters at the lack of comprehensive coverage of the events in Gaza by the much of the most widely read parts of the progressive blogosphere...Defunding Israel isn't an option, particularly given the hostility of other Middle Eastern powers to Israel's very existence. So that leaves bloggers advocating for cooler heads and changes in leadership on both sides of a dispute over which American activists have very little control, and in which there are no clear-cut good guys.

Go figure.