January 6th, 2009
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  1. Mary from Florida

    Ashley- I agree with you. We need to all live by principles that uphold the dignity of ALL human life, whenever and wherever it is attacked. When will humanity ever learn?!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Alex

    Life is simple, we try to make it hard. We all want the same thing in life regardless of where you come from. From a distance you look like my friend, so why can we be friends?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Heather,ca

    I have close friends who live in northern Israel. This is a fight for their lives. This is not something that they wanted to do. They have to. After daily attacks you say enough is enough. Do Jews deserve any less because of who we are. Is it only okay for terrorists have the right to attack. These brave men know that this is for all of us. We here in America were attacked and we defended ourselves.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Jana, Indiana

    It is always great to see Anderson doing reports himself. He is the best at it.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad see Nic Robertson is coverage for us to see what happened in Israel , when siren off fast...... Thank you Nic!!!!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  6. EJ (USA)

    I like how that woman answered Nic's question. 'The rockets could have hit you?' - Yes, but it didn't.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Lori from IL


    Good to see you joking with Toobin. Glad you can keep your sense of humor while reporting from the border of a war zone.

    Thanks for all you do to bring us the story. Stay safe and God Speed.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Sam

    Anderson, you have shown what Hamas' rockets are made of and how primitive they are. For those of us who want to be fair minded, I aske you to show what the Israeli's rockets are made of? What kind of damage those internationally prohabited chemicals used in so many different versions of them can invlict on human and children body. Can you also show how powerful they are. Are they more powefull than Hamas' rocket? by how many times are they more powefull? How many human beings can they elimanate without a trace? Can you do that? I doubt it!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  9. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Great reporting from Nic Robertson as always. I'd love to hear more what the citizens of both places think. (I know getting into Gaza isn't possible). But I think they are the ones in danger, so they are the voices we should hear.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This footage makes me wonder if the journalists and crews are sleeping in hotels, and if they are do they sleep on the floor as we saw Anderson do so many years ago?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  11. Maureen T

    How frightening it must be for all of those people! I can't imagine living in those conditions!! Those people most be so stressed! What a life!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Lori from IL

    re David, Indiana - what is the reason the IL S of State didn't sign Rolans Burris's papers -

    Sec of State Jesse White has stated he doesn't believe that Gov. Blago should be able to make the senate seat appt. when he is accused of trying to sell the appt. (Jesse White is highly respected within the state.) He has stated that until the IL Supreme Court orders him to certify the paperwork, he won't.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Glen Up North

    Rami – that can work both ways. Remember when Iraq was claiming the US had bombed a shelter full of civilians? If Israel were to let reporters into the Gaza strip, they could see themselves if that many Palestinian civilians were hurt/killed. Instead, (I presume) we get accounts from the other side. The question remains, however: why won't Israel let reporters into the Gaza strip?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Quite a tense scene from that video. Thankfully nobody that was in that building were hurt.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Bea

    Takes a special breed to be a reporter in places like Gaza/Israeli border.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Greg, Austin Tx

    Wow I've never seen that before. The rockets. You're really making all this real for us AC.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Aysha Omar

    this is not a war its a massacre!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  18. monica

    lynn: Just reported on CNN and shown on video: Hamas shooting from the schol, therefore using the school and people inside as shields.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Jana, Indiana

    It is always great to see Anderson doing reports himself. He is the best at it.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Glen Up North

    I agree with Imani: it takes a sudden "shock" (such as the recent bombing) for the attention of everyone around the world to return to the situation at hand. The crisis in the Middle East (of which some accounts claim intensified with the creation of Israel... please feel free to comment/clarify/correct this assumption) needs to be settled, step by step, and continued to be settled until peace is maintained.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  21. Bea

    @Arlene. Why in the world would Burris be required to contact the Senate leadership? He did the right thing, having accepted it. His goal apparently was to preserve that seat for a black constituency in light of Reid's attempts to contact the governor and make his pick. You can disagree with that goal, but the action was bloody brilliant.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  22. gadi

    Alex,with your logic,life would be so simple.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  23. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    k, i got lost somewhere.

    did the pamphlets the Israli's gave out say to seek shelter and stay out of the way or to stay away from certain places because they were targets?

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

    America is supposed to have this reputation as this ’shining beacon of hope’ and to be the ‘path of truth and right.’ We cannot fulfill this title until we stop worrying about offending an ally.

    I am not saying who is wrong or right in this conflict…it’s not up to me nor am I nearly educated enough to make such a drastic call. Nor does my opinion even really matter.

    But if we feel like we ‘owe’ things to other countries then we cannot stand up for injustices that they create. And killing school children is an injustice.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Mindy

    I came on here when I heard about Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General. I can't say enough good things about this man. I have admired him for so long and make sure to watch all his special reports. He is not only brilliant and incredibly knowledgeable, but he seems to be one of the nicest people ever.

    I think the country would benefit enormously from having Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  26. David, Indiana

    What is the reason the Illinois Secy of State didn't sign Roland Burris's "permission slip?" How does that fit w/ law in Illinois?

    Can someone tell me how there cannot be a corridor for humanitarian aid and provision for getting it around as Ben Wedeman just said?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  27. Adriana

    Well, not everybody in Gaza voted for Hamas...I think that United Nations should help those people...

    January 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Imani from Maryland

    This has been going on for a while....it's just periods are worse than others.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  29. Rami

    I am pleased to see CNN present the other point of view, not just the Israeli View. Why is Israel not allowing foreign journalists in to report the conflict? What do they have to hide?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  30. lynn

    Ian: The Israelis blew up a UN school that they were clearly told the location of by the UN. It was full of Paletinians who fled the area that the Israelis told them to flee from. How ids that standing in front of cotozens? That is why Israel won't let reporters in!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  31. monica

    Hamas has been bombarding Israelis for over 7 years!! They have killed countless of Israelis over the years and Israel did nothing. Now they are finally retaliating.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  32. Arlene Stevenson

    To Dr. Gupta; Take the job! We actually listen to you! God bless and much success!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  33. Imani from Maryland

    Karen i agree this has been going on for a while....it's just periods are worse than others.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That is the biggest problem with "terrorist" groups; they use innocent civilians as shields. What are their opponents supposed to do? There is no way around it.

    The worst part is that Hamas has been Democratically elected. How does the United States fight against that without looking like a hypocrite?

    January 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  35. Glen Up North

    Re: Kent & Magda Allam's comments. 4 vs 660: it basically comes down to what North America (mostly the US) considers its allies: in this case, Israel has long been considered an ally (heck, the US even aided in _creating_ Israel!). Allied casualties are often reported more seriously in the general media than non-allied casualties. The difference this time around is that we seem to be hearing about casualties on both sides almost as soon as it happens. Again, thanks Anderson! 🙂

    January 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  36. Kevin

    It's a shame that many innocent civilians are being killed in the current crisis over there. Let's just hope they can get to a cease-fire ASAP.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  37. Mark

    You guys have such a great show! Keep up the good work!!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  38. Sandra

    Hi Anderson,

    The fact that Israel is not letting reporters in to be independent and objective in their reporting of the situation in Gaza speaks volumes. I'm sorry to say that even the reporters when reporting on Israel cower in defense of Israel. I wish someday that someone would have to courage to stand up to Israel and tell them just as Hammas has to follow a peace accord, so should they. Enough with crying that they are the victims and be accountable for their part in this ogoing tragedy. Based on what I've seen so far, it is they that seem to like bloodshed even though they decry the Holocaust every chance they get!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  39. Alex

    Who is to blame for the death of childen? who shot the gun? If some one kill my child, and I go out and shoot people in the mall that have nothing to do with my problems, are we going to blame my mother and father? or the person who shot my child? I am responsible for what I do. Israel is responsible for what it did.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Mary from Florida

    Why can't Israel just keep attacking the tunnels that supply the weapons and not return fire to the neighborhoods? This way, they will eventually eliminate the source and Hamas will not win the public relations war!!

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Graham

    Ian, every area in Gaza is densley populated. in fact Gaza is one of the most densley populated areas in the world. Thats why it is a sin for Israel to drop bombs there as civilian deaths will be huge.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  42. amous

    Another thing and i hope am wrong here ask Anderson why Israel is blocking journalists from going to Gaza! why they can't show us real images like we see on flickr and other places.

    and stop show us that stupid funeral from Israel ...there are 660 people killed from Gaza (kids like yours, guys like your brother and sisters, mom dad like yours) show us how they end looking after Israel bombed them..

    or better show us our soldiers from Iraq ..which we should never forget and we should stop now and pay respect our USA soldiers

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  43. Tom - Minneapolis

    they sure do – EJ

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Arlene Stevenson

    Burris should be seated. If not; then yes it will turn racial. Gov. B. knew this. Takes the heat off him. Burriss should have contacted Senate leadership when approached and asked what to do. That way he would have been ahead of the showdown and worked out an agreement.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Sherrol in Canada

    Can you guys picture Blago watching this fiasco unfold on TV and killing himself laughing? He moved Burris around on his chess board like a master.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Adriana

    I think that we don't undestand either of the sides completly. I don't know any Palestinians, but I knew people that left from other countries to go to Israel and they had so many dreams about having a great life for them and their kids...I think that they deserve to defend those dreams...

    January 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  47. lynn

    Mike: Who decided that it was okay for America to arm Israel but Iran can't arm those they agree with? America is also using the alliances of two of the most repressive regiemes in the Middle East Saudi Arabia (where the 911 murderers were from) and Egypt. Things are not as black and white as you seem to want it to be.

    If israel wasn't so highly armed and supported by the US this mess probably could have been settled long ago. It is not a fair playing ground.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  48. Bea

    I'm sure Burris showed up for legal reasons. He had to be turned away in order to make his appeal to the court probably.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I agree that Obama should not be offering opinions now on international matters. However, he doesn't have a magic solution anymore than those who have tried over the last 60 years.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Dawn T. Pittsburgh, PA

    Yeah for Sanjay 🙂 He deserves it. He is very smart and professional. It has been a pleasure to watch his work on CNN.

    January 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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