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BILL STEWART

Understanding Your World

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 10:57 pm, Sat Jul 12, 2014.

Air-raid sirens sounded all over Israel this past week. They warned Israelis to take cover from incoming rockets launched by Hamas, the militant Palestinian organization that controls the Gaza Strip, the narrow sliver of land that runs alongside the Mediterranean from Israel to Egypt.

At the same time, the scream of Israeli jet fighters was heard all over Gaza, with dozens of powerful missiles striking more than 850 targets in the narrow strip that is home to some two million Palestinians. By midweek, no Israeli casualties or significant property damage had been reported, although as columns of black smoke blackened the skies across Gaza, some 86 Palestinians had been reported killed, most of them civilians, along with 570 wounded.

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1 comment:

  • Chris Mechels posted at 7:48 am on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 65

    Mr. Stewart, however well intentioned, just presents us with the establishment view, which is, here in the USA, profoundly pro Israeli. The lobbying of the AIPAC is very successful and they get what they want in Congress and, mostly, from the media and seemingly the New Mexican.

    Stewart ignores the event which led directly to the current slaughter in Gaza. That event was a reconciliation of two Palestinian parties, the PLO and Hamas, on 23 April 2014. The Israeli Government response was off the charts, as they have always controlled the Palestine situation by playing off the PLO against Hamas.

    That virulent Israeli response to the 23 April concord let directly to the current murders in Gaza.

    So, why doesn't Mr. Stewart help us to "Understand Our World" as he professes? Perhaps because he doesn't understand the world, because he spent too long in the State Department promoting US and Israeli interests??

    The New Mexican should seek input from someone else. Stewart's column consistently forwards the US State Department positions, which most of the world finds suspect.

    The "Brink" has little to do with Hamas, lots to do with Israeli occupation of the West Bank, long condemned by the United Nations.

     

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