December 29th, 2008
10:00 PM ET

Live blog from the anchor desk 12/29/08

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  1. Mitch

    An objective analysis would have to admit Israel's attacks are exceptionally focused rather than blunt.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  2. randy

    It's truly amazing that a people that claimed to be exterminated by the masses at the hand of the Nazis would go so far as to inflict this inhumane treatment on another people. I guess the Jews have picked up right where Hitler left off!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Michelle Arifi

    Of course, anyone would agree that if someone's firing on my home, I have the right – and indeed obligation – to protect my family and myself. But let's be even-handed here. The reason the Palestinians are firing goes way back...and continues to this day. The Israelis persist in raising settlements on Palestinian land. What red-blooded American would accept someone else building a home in your yard? (And I note that I'm a fervent Obama supporter!)

    December 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Shannon

    Why is our government allowing this? If it were England and France bombing each other certainly our government would not tolerate this.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Bader

    Who is the victim here??? Obama is right by saying he will protect his family if harm comes that way...this is EXACTLY what the Palestinian people have been doing from day 1...decades ago. Israel is the one that is imposing and starting.... who died and put Israel in charge of imposing oppression on Gaza, or Palestine for that matter. The trueth will prevail, God will not allow injustice to continue.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |

    Anderson Cooper, to all those 3 stories you want to hear comments on I say SHALOM!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Maria

    Goodevening all,

    What is going is red card for peace talk, action and reaction stuff will never solve the problem, it might ease the Iranian message in the region.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Ali Pournourbakhsh

    Israel should have retaliated after the first rocket attack a year ago. It took 3000 rockets landing on her citizens for her to wake up and fight back. Where are the Muslims cries when Muslims kill Muslims? Where are the Muslims cries when Muslims kill just to kill? Where are the Muslims cries when Hamas rockets rain daily on innocent citizens of Israel? Hamas wanted this and they got it. Israel needs to finish this to the end in order to achieve a final peace. Stop blaming Israel for simply defending herself. Stop it!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    @megan dresslar, you are right, its not good news, todays world is so scary lately.
    Yes, I agree with you..... that is very serious scary thought my mind.... they were on the war many years now..... they disagree to stop peace.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Jinan

    Why is it that we give Israel unconditional support? What makes them so untouchable that we unconditionally support them, at a time when we question every US policy, and politician? What are we afraid of?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Eli

    The media always leaves out the most important: ISRAEL IS AN OCCUPIER of the Palestinians land. Israel on a daily basis humiliates Palestinians at checkpoints and deprive them of their basic human needs (food, medicine...)

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Larry

    Tell me a war between two nations that has not had collateral damage? Fire rockets from areas populated with civilians is cowardly and should be considered crimes against humatity and punished as such.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It will be interesting to see if Obama is willing to take a more aggressive approach to this problem or if he will do much the same as what the Bush administration has been doing.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Kake

    Lori, I agree, from what he has said, it seems his policy will no different than that of Bush's, a clear siding with Israel. I think the only President in history to ever take a neutral position on the Palestinian conflict was Jimmy Carter

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Bob Feferman

    The number that is most important to remember is the number 5,000. This represents the combined number of rockets and mortar shells launched from Gaza into Israel since August, 2005 when Israel totally withdrew from Gaza.
    The 5,000 rockets and mortars that have been fired into Israel over the past three and a half years have made life intolerable for the citizens of southern Israel. The children of the Israeli towns and farming communities near Gaza like Sderot, Netivot, and Kibbutz Nir Am go to sleep in fear, wake up with fear and go to school with fear. No country can tolerate this situation.
    The media must ask why Hamas is firing these rockets. Hamas can no longer claim its about the occupation of Gaza that ended over three years ago. The truth is that these 5,000 represent the goal of Hamas: the destruction of Israel.
    That means this is not a "cycle of violence" as many in the media claim but rather an existential struggle for Israel's right to exist.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  16. Paul Levine

    What is an honest broker if there is a side that is a terrorist and one that is a democracy?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Robert

    I am a Canadian and feel that Isreal is sending too much force also Hamas only exists because of the walls surronding Gaza kind of like the Sovit Union and NAZI Germany(Gettos) so tell me what else is Hamas to do if they have limited resources and are blocaded which is supposed to be an act of war.

    I do not speack for all Canadians but I agree with Deserae

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Tali

    How about to also include Israel facts as you put Hamas facts in your show Andersoon coopert?

    How abou including in the israely facts:
    They are setllers that took land that doesnt belong to them at all?
    that hamas is throwing roquets to the settlers IN PALESTINE and not to israel?
    How about mentioning that the israelies supply the gaza population only 3 hours of electricity and water every day?
    How about mentioning the diference bewteen a rocket and an ARMY????
    And israeli masacre is not a terrorist attack????????????

    It will be nice that the media shows both sides and how obvious is it that israel does not allow media in gaza, why is that??? maybe so people cannot see what they are doing???

    And instead of bringing this lame guests that know nothing about the middle east, you bring someone form israel and Gaza to talk...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Besh

    I hope Obama and Clinton will be fair to the Palestinians as well

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  20. omar yousif

    Lets not forget that Hamas was elected in a democratic election. It's a sticky situation as neither President is going to say that America only supports democracy when the US approves of the leaders elected.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    @ Deserae in Seattle, WA

    Right with you, sister! First Israel and Egypt collude to blockade the Gaza Strip, and close the roads at will, so no food, medical supplies, etc, get in. Now they fly over them, and drop bombs on a closed ghetto.

    I have called it 'ethnic cleansing' for a decade. The USA's policy of unblinking support for Israel makes this possible.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Kathy, Chicago

    Hi AC, welcome back. I can't believe we are watching hamas and Israel bomb each other again.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Paul Levine

    Let's see, 6,000 missiles have been fired into Israel in the past 3 years, and CNN has largely not covered the story.

    And now you're trying to blame the Bush administration? How about Hamas?

    Giving the Palis hope? Stop, you're breaking my heart.

    Peace will break out when Hamas is defeated

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  24. EJ (USA)

    a lot going on tonite.. curious to hear your thoughts on gaza, the obama song, and the holocaust author’s lie?

    Anderson, I'd like to hear your thoughts on these same issues.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Luis F. I've yet to ever see 'moderate' Muslims condemn any violence from extremists. They didn't after 9/11, or Mumbai or now.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Joel

    Its fine to demand that Palestine needs to recognize Israel's existence but this must be reciprocated by the Israelis. This is a problem of trust with neither side willing to concede on the big issues such as recognition because they are unable to move beyond the internecine violence.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Erica Jaume

    Anderson you mentioned Hamas is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. and EU. So why does CNN International continue to show the minor damage the homemade missiles Hamas militants have made? Internationally is Hamas actually a "terrorist group." How can the U.S. justify Hamas as a terrorist group if their death tolls on Israeli's is so low in comparison to those in the Gaza strip in the past 3 days?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    unfortunately, i have heard a firsthand account of a 7 year old boy with a grenade running towards our troops as his father sat back with the pin in his hand. this is the most horrifying aspect of the fighting, the children are weapons themselves and are so young they dont realize it.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Ashley - Hamlin NY

    Hamas was democratically elected, yes and has been around for over twenty years. They've been fighting with Fatah ever since winning over the seats.

    I think it's ridiculous that we are constantly expected to stand behind Israel – especially when they're not always in the right.

    And thank you Cooper, for speaking up and saying that the Bush administration hasn't done more to enforce or encourage talks to bring an end to all this pointless killing.

    This is why I still have hope in actual journalism...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Stacy

    Thank you Anderson for noting the Bush administration's complete and utter failure to address this issue.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Minou, New York City

    Anderson, how come you're not over there?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Mitch

    A proportional Israeli response would be to specifically target the Palestinian people, something Israel has never done yet continually gets blamed for. Hiroshima was ok; so should Gaza be targetted.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  33. adam

    Everytime there is an election in this country, our politicians prostitute themselves before the AIPAC and the Israel lobby to see who can be a stronger supporter of Israel and its the Paletinians, the chances for Peace that lose every time. And in the end, we lose out because we stand by this evil occupation.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Mike Dawoud

    There will never be peace if people are under occupation,
    It's time for Israel to leave the occupied Palestinian land, and let the Palestinian people determine what kind of government they want. The US should respect the peoples choice, and deal with that choice in away where it's best for all parties in that area.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Jim

    How long will it take until we all understand that the "MIDDLE EAST" nut house is no more than cousins who have been killing, biting, and beating each other up for eons of human history?

    The Koran and the Torah are not that different in text other than emphasis on Abraham from the Koran and Moses from the Torah.

    I am totally disappointed that the British who in essence started this crap in the early 1900's have not joined with the French, the U.S. and others in telling Israeli leaders to stop the stupidity before we blow ourselves off the earth.

    Don't know what else to say, if this continues, forget peace in the world, cause the Eastern Side of the planet is about to explode. Armageddon, WOW, what man conceives he creates.

    Revelations be damned, we (US) are creating this crap on our own without anyone’s help and have enabled both sides to keep on with its stupidity. CUT OFF FUNDS to ALL SIDES and see how long it takes for them to come to their senses.


    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Amber

    Hamas and the rest of the Palestinians first need to communicate and agree amongst themselves then go forth together to communicate with Israel.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  37. elisabeth meier

    hey everyone.... good to see you again, hope you all are fine and had nice holidays. Is Israel totally out of mind? I think all countries worldwide should immediately stop their delivery of weapons to Israel. I will never understand why the western states send weapons into the middle east and then discuss what the guys are doing with it. strange

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Besh

    Mary Helen, I totally agree with you. It is time to stop the genocide in Gaza. This is totally not acceptable.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  39. John

    When Obama said, he would do everything to protect his family, it was a very dangerous statement. For some people, doing everything, can mean to destroy an entire country.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |

    hi randi! that song is not satair it is the republicans letting different ethnic groups know that there is no place for them in their party, they will only rise to be maybe a gov, know folks should understand that a vote for a repulican is a vote against himself. the artist that wrote the song should sue the gop BIG TIME.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Fatima

    Is it fare that the world is watching Isreal killing the Palestinian. Isreal had been put the Palastenian in Gaza strip as prisoner for more than 6 months without food, clean water and medicine??????????????

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Rick

    Anderson, every commentator or analyst on your show makes reference to Hamas being the provoker of what is occuring. I understand that Hamas doesn't like or hates Isreal, but what specific actions did Hamas do to provoke this reaction from Isreal?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Lucinda

    In watching your show tonight, am I to understand that Obama is being held accountable for the "war" with Gaza? He has maintained a "no public comment" stance. How can we put this on his shoulders when he hasn't even become our president yet. (thank God Jan 20th is coming up!!_

    December 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Patrick

    Israel does have the right to defend itself from terror attacks but I don’t understand their complete disregard for the lives of innocent civilians.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Feda Amireh

    Israel's attack on Gaza involving the massacre of hundreds comes as no suprise. It is just one of the ways it uses it's military toward ethnic cleansing – or "transfer" as they term it. Other tactics it uses include the building of the aparteid wall which imprisons Palestinians, blockades of food, water, and medical supplies, demolishing of homes, curfews,illegal land confiscation, and refusal of the right of return for refugees.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Ann

    Oh, and the so-called "satiric" Obama song is repulsive. And this is why they lost all but one seat this election...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Stacy

    @Mike: That is a sweeping generalization.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Larry

    Why are people on here blaming Bush for what is going on in the middle east? If they're so smart then write the POTUS with constructive ideas, if you have any.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Airan Friedman

    The bottom line is that Israel have a right to defend itself. The government within Palestine needs to change. They support and harbor terrorists. This needs to change, and if Palestinians themselves won't do it, then Israel needs to take matters in its own hands in order to preserve their own safety and well being.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Tracey - Boston

    Janinie, I'm glad someone else recognizes the family tree of the three religions!!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
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