Let’s face it. There will never be peace in the Middle East. Or any where for that matter. Why? Because the vast military–industrial complex needs wars and conflicts to continue to make money. Tanks, jets, missiles, arms, ammunition, etc, don’t get sold to countries that are at peace. They get sold to countries in battle. Not just military equipment though. Then comes the reconstruction equipment. The building materials. The bulldozers, diggers, and cranes. If there’s peace in the Middle East, if there’s no body to fight, what would happen to all these companies? What would happen to all the factory workers? What would happen to the Congressmen who represent the states that have these factories? The money would dry up. They would all become irrelevant. They won’t let that happen.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. — President Dwight D. Eisenhower
We’re living in crazy times, important times, rapidly changing times. With the ousting of longtime President Ben Ali in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the chaos in Libya [ Qaddafi using militias and bomb dropping airplanes to fight demonstrators ], and the dangerous situation in Pakistan, the world may be a significantly different place one year from now.
Violence is no solution to any problem. And stories like this makes me feel depressed and helpless:
Members of the Samouni family said that they were rounded up late Sunday night by Israeli soldiers and ordered to gather for their own safety in a single dwelling in the impoverished Zeitoun district of Gaza city, a Hamas stronghold. The next morning, they said, the building was shelled.
In it’s report on Friday, the United Nations agency confirmed the family’s account, saying that 110 people had been forced into the house on Sunday. “The next day the house was shelled,” Allegra Pacheco, an agency spokeswoman, told BBC television, quoting unidentified witnesses.
Reading about innocent victims being killed, and especially seeing pictures of dead or injured young children makes me sick to my stomache.
This needs to stop, and stop NOW! I’m no fan of either side of this conflict. I think there is enough blame to go around. I understand Israel wants the rocket fire from Hamas to stop. But this is not the way. The UN is reporting that 33% of the Gaza dead are children. I can’t understand why other countries haven’t stepped in to stop this horrer. Even more mind boggling is that our own government passed resolutions supporting this incursion into Gaza.