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January 2nd, 2009
10:05 AM ET

Escaping the Ghaza Ghetto

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/01/02/israel.gaza/art.vigil.afp.gi.jpg caption="Palestinians hold a candlelight vigil Thursday night in east Jerusalem for their brethren in Gaza."]

Kevin Clarke
The Chicago Tribune

It's hard to watch the mayhem in Gaza, watch the bloodied faces of children and anguished parents, hard even to watch the death mask of even the most ardent, Israel-hating member of Hamas as he is carted off to his grave, easier to turn it off, and not think about this complex, seemingly intractable mess that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Unfortunately that has essentially been the attitude of the current administration in Washington over the last eight years. Surely its hands-off policy has contributed to the slaughter being unleashed over the last several days in what is already one of the most wretched places on Earth. Surely the willful ignorance of the U.S. public to America's role (or lack thereof) in the Middle East must share some of the blame.

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  1. Sue, Billerica, MA

    Its very sad for both sides... and the world for this conflict is also fueling the religious divide that fuels terrorism. It amazes me that we consider ourselves highly evolved, children of God and all, and yet people are so easily brainwashed into hate, so easily abuse their power, can only see their side of issues, and can't ever just start fresh. Its an intractable problem that doesn't seem will ever have a diplomatic solution, but we can hope. And as for blaming US, yes we should be doing more, but dang if we are damned if we do and damned if we don't for then when we will one way or another alienate either side or both, since they both want it all... no one wants our interference yet everyone wants our help... we are in a no win situation ourselves... were is our God when we need him... his silence and willful ignorance seems far more tragic than the US's, unless you are making us God like???

    January 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  2. Ran Isner

    As an Israeli, I pity the the people in Gaza who suffer under the terror of Hamas. They obviously do not have a say in as to what happens to them and their families and if it was up to them, Hamas would not be in power.
    Unfortunately, Israel had to start this offensive against Hamas is not targeting military targets but innocent civilians.

    January 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  3. Rob

    One thing that I have never seen is the outrage against Hamas/Hezbolla for the attacks on Israel. All of the comments, both from joe average citizen and from the "talking bozos (experts??)" of the press, has been directed against Isreal. Why???
    This time around Hamas started firing rockets into ANOTHER NATION and they don't expect a response! If anyone fired a series of rockets into the US I would expect a strong, swift response from the President to defend our nation. Why should Isreal's response be treated any different? The fact that so many women and children have been hurt is awful. That is due to the overcrowding in the area and the fact that Hamas is showing a total lack of regard of the people that they claim to be fighting for.

    January 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  4. Lena

    definitely the publicly hands off behind the scenes israel support has contributed to the obvious arrogance in these attacks.

    January 2, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  5. Bill Skeat

    This is a tragedy for all involved but the fact is if Hamas wasn't shooting rockets into Israel, Israel wouldn't be bombing Gaza. Peace will only come when the common people in Gaza remove Hamas from power.

    January 2, 2009 at 11:18 am |