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January 6th, 2009
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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. elisabeth meier

    I think the only way to act consequent is for the western world as reaction on this strike: stopp delivering weapons into this complete region.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  2. Paolo

    Congratulations to Dr. Sanjay Gupta for being considered for a post in Obama's administration!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  3. Oshane Stephens

    Israel is dead wrong. And it's sickening that the U.S is trying to suger-coat the situation.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Glen Up North

    EJ – I have to agree with you on that one. Despite all the heavy-hearted news, we still got a smile from Anders. Gotta love that. 🙂

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Karen

    I have never understood the uniform thing. Some kind of tradition?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Sharon - Minot, ND

    Ahhh yes, Day 1 back in Washington...so many egos, so little time...

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  7. peggy

    what kind of democracy is Israel that wont let reporters in ??? What are they trying to hide ? Funny we saw this before, from Bushy

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Oh god, I hope they don't turn Burris into a race issue, because that's not the case at all. The reason they wouldn't seat him was because IL's sect. of state wouldn't certify the appointment because of Blago appointing him while he was involved in the scandal.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Frank

    It is about time for the Bush Adm. to join the rest of the world and condemn Israel for their atrocities...bombing a children place is simply not acceptable.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  10. Glen Up North

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, and everyone (and here I thought there wouldn't be a blog tonight!)

    EJ – I think all the "conflicts" we've seen are many sides of one main conflict.

    Jo Ann – I don't think many people at all know what to do with regards to the Middle East. If one person had all the answers, well he wouldn't need advisors. Everyone's asking for mediation between Israel & Palestine. Does Palestine really want Israel to just cease existing?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Patricia

    To respond to an earlier comment: Israel didn't 'fence' off Palestinians. Initially in 2005 the borders were open. The borders were closed after a series of suicide bombers (including women who carried out these bombs) entering from Gaza into israel blowing up public buses, malls and other public areas. There were also innocent women and children!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Ian

    I believe the death of Civilians in Gaza is Hamas' fault. They purposely fire rockets from populated areas so that they can use civilians as human shields. Hamas uses civilians' death as propaganda against Israel, in order to gain favor from the world. Unfortunately, Hamas leaves Israel no choice, but to attack populated areas, in order to kill terrorists. The IDF stands in front of the civilians, while Hamas stand behind them.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    A big congratulations to Dr. Gupta! He would be amazing in that position but of course I too would miss him on CNN!...I would feel bad for whoever has to take over his spot!....I think Jeffrey Toobin is jealous! 🙂

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Karen, The problem is I think that some people think that Obama has a solution to the world's problems and when they find out that he doesn't they will be quite disappointed.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Magda Allam

    I am shocked at the US silence on the carnage happening in Gaza, and then we wonder why the Arabs resent us and how come young people become as we call them terorists. If we stop and think we are creating that right now. The long term US interest is to seek real peace and a just solution not to keep giving Israel a blind check and unconditional support to terrorise 1.5 million people who don't hate America for their freedom but hates it for the bombs that killing them and by the unfair foreign policy we practice. I hope Barak Obama will see the light before it is too late. Have some conciense people, imagine this number of jewish israeli children killed, the world would have jumped up and down. I guess palestinians lives are not as valuable, four Israelis killed equals 600 Palestians I guess!!!!!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Kent

    Palestinians have been suffering for over 60 years. How many Israelis died because of Hamas? 4 versus 660 Palestinians. Is a Palestinian life less valuable than an Israeli? Where is the logic?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I would love Toobin as the Supreme Court. I think we need a CNN administration!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  18. EJ (USA)

    It's nice to see Anderson smile! I love the banter between Toobin and AC.

    What's this about a uniform? Surgeon General has to wear a uniform?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Sherrol in Canada

    Obama's administration and the american peoplee's gain would be the CNN viewers loss. Sanjay is great as a correspondent when he's in the field.

    Anderson, no doubt you'll miss him, you've done so many stints together.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Maureen T

    Oh come on Toobin, you would love to be called by President Elect Obama's people!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Bea

    Sanjay will be great, but I hope he doesn't disappear from TV. That would be really bad.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Erica, I agree! Besides Sanjay's great journalistic and medical skills he seems to be a very personable individual which would be an asset to the position of Surgeon General.

    I hope he will find time to visit CNN.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Karen

    Why would Obama speak about a delicate international incident when at the current moment he literally has no power to do a thing about it? I get really tired of this complaint of Obama not speaking. It's an entirely different situation than the economy.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  24. John A

    The bottom line , we all know a cease fire will happen sooner than later, why prolong the agony .
    Those killed today at the UN school were killed by an Israeli Bombs.
    How can you blame Hamas ? Lets stop Spinning the news.
    Why the press isnot allowed into Gasa, what are they trying to hide ?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  25. Charles

    Israel should be ashamed for attacking children

    January 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  26. peggy

    By the time Barak takes office the injuries and lose of life will be beyond anything he will be able to do to help. It must be stopped. This is the beginning of the end

    January 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  27. Belinda

    Blago succeeded in what he wanted done. I haven't since one video about him since the announcement of Burris.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Phil

    Hamas intentionally fires their missiles from neighborhoods with the thickest concentration of civilians. Israel tries to be as careful as possible in situations like these. They must defend their own citizens just as any other country would.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Lois Long Thompson

    The U.S must support a ceace fire immediately! We must show compassion for all the civilians being injured and killed. I must say I feel more for the Palestinians who have for so long had their homes and property taken away from them.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. irwin wilensky

    If rockets were raining on America, or any European nation, how fast would we or they to attack those that are bombing them. Israel deserves no less consideration. Yes it's terrible the so called innocent civilians of Gaza are trapped in the fire, but when will they learn to fight those within their society that do not desire to co-exist with the West. You are not innocent when you harbor, feed and nurture those who's sole purpose is to create havoc or terror for terror's sake.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Karen

    JoAnn, considering this has really been going on for 60+ years, I don't think *anyone* has a clue what to do about the middle east.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Bea

    Two years with an agreement not to run again is not acceptable. Reid doesn't have the right to pick Illinois' senator. Blago has a higher right, even though I think he's going to get convicted.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Heather,ca

    What a circus, a three ring circus.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Ian

    I believe the deaths of civilians in gaza is mostly hamas fault. They purposely fire rockets from populated areas so that they can use civilians as human shields. Hamas terrorists hide in hospitals and nurseries and use the civilian deaths as propaganda against israel to gain favor from the world. Unfortunately, Hamas leaves Israel no choice but to attack populated areas in order to kill the terrorists. The IDF stands in front of civilians and Hamas stands behind them.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Haha – nice disclaimer Erica Hill! But I think we all know here that Dr. Gupta would do great things any place he went.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Tom - Minneapolis

    Kas –
    I agree with you Israel is clearly overreacting even though I understand there concern of Hamas launching rockets at them, but that does not mean you can bomb UN schools and innocent civilians.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  37. sylvia, chicago

    Mike, Hamas won a democratic national election and by our country's standards they are a valid and internationally recognized government...isn't that what we fought for in Iraq? You can't have it both ways...yes, Hamas has a very bad a violent track records, never the less the Palestinian people voted them into office, did u ever consider that their complete lack of control over their own existence prompted them to vote for a more extreme representation?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Mark from Philadelphia

    It's hard to negotiate with nation's where fighting and the pursuit of land, respect, etc. is all they know. Can their minds be changed? That will take a long long time I'm afraid

    January 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Mary from Florida

    Sanjay, take the job!! You would be great to bring live via the internet into all our schools to pump up the kids to get healthy!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Tony - Dulles, VA

    It is amazing to see so many world leaders coming together and speaking out regarding peace & a cease fire. Where was this unity the past three years denouncing aimless rocket fire into Israeli communities...

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Kevin

    Was anyone else not surprised that Burris was going to be turned away?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Sherrol in Canada

    Mike, I get what you're saying, but were they not elected by the people and in that sense is the government?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Tom I completely agree...the fact that President Bush only has 2 weeks left is not an excuse for him to do nothing. He is still the president and he should be doing something.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don't agree with Crowley. This is a serious situation, if Obama had a real plan he would speak up about it. Why keep it to yourself, after all, people are dying.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Candace from Canada

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica & Bloggers!

    Anderson, good Job in Israel – please stay safe!
    Erica and Candy great to see you tonight!

    That is great news about Sanay Gupta! Good for him! Take the job – you would be a great Surgeon General! 🙂

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Michael Slama

    When hundreds of people are killed during bombardments and the other side has hundreds less is that a good measurement of who the real terrorists are in the world?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  47. ericacnn

    Jo Ann, I don't know if Sanjay's shoes could really be filled – but our loss would be a gain for the country. This has nothing to do with politics, just an observation that Sanjay would be an asset to any place of business, whether it's a government, hospital, school, magazine or news network.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  48. monica

    Wow, Ashley, to even think that Hamas is not a terrorist organization is foolish. They arm themselves and target civilians, if that isn'y a terrorist group than what is. What would your reaction be if your neighbor kept firing shots at your house?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  49. JENNY FRANCIS

    Hi Anderson,
    This move to the east was a quick one. Any way, it is reported that Dr. Gupta would have a pay cut if he accepts the post of S.General, how big a cut would it be

    January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Tom - Minneapolis

    Candy makes the point exactly why Obama is not speaking out if you were still wondering elisabeth meier.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
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