Civilians have paid a horrific price in the ongoing violence in Gaza. Our support of Israel in this conflict is unwise.
I hope that Senators Udall and Heinrich and Representative Grisham will support and work for a lasting ceasefire that includes lifting the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
The U.S. has particular responsibility to help end the killing since U.S. weapons are fueling this conflict. The International Committee of the Red Cross has called the blockade collective punishment against a civilian population. U.S. policymakers must call for lifting the blockade to ensure a durable ceasefire.
While it’s imperative to address the immediate crisis, I also hope the U.S. will support long-term stability by shifting from a militarized approach in the Middle East to one rooted in inclusive, diplomatic solutions. The success of the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and the agreement to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons demonstrates that the world can be made a safer place through diplomacy, not more bombing.
Well, I just can’t take it anymore! I have been horrified by the news coverage and photos of dead and wounded children coming out of Gaza. What most angered me was that Israel knew of the carnage for an extended period and ignored calls for a cease-fire. Children were killed, murdered, in schools, hospitals, in the streets, and in the playgrounds.
And please don’t tell me that the parents deliberately put their children in harm’s way in order to gain some political or religious advantage. If you believe that, you don’t understand human nature.
People everywhere love children and mourn their dead. A child shot or attacked in Roswell shocks the community. What would dozens or hundreds of wounded and dying children do?
As editor of the Roswell Daily Record, you have stated that opinions belong on the opinion pages, including your own religious and other views.
However, you recently placed an opinion laced pro-Israel article, on your front page. Also, the editorial of Aug. 6 (reprinted from the Orange County Register) attempts to refute comments that accuse Israel of atrocities like those committed by Hitler. It says they are “playing the Hitler card.” The Hitler card can be played both ways. In a recent Keith Bell cartoon, a Palestinian is depicted giving a “Sig Heil!” to the leader of Hamas.
So, call me an anti-Semite, or call me a Nazi. I judge people by their actions. Those who kill kids I judge the most harshly.
John L. Popham