Thursday, January 15, 2009

Come Friendly Bombs and Fall on Gaza...

Israel's heroic massacre of Gaza is now in it's 20th day, with no clear sign of the Zionist bravery letting up. One lesson that history teaches over and over again is that war is predictable and controllable, which is why this report today comes as such a surprise. From the NY Times:

"Israeli forces shelled areas deep inside Gaza City on Thursday, hitting the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and injuring at least three people in the compound, according to witnesses and United Nations officials.

A spokesman for the agency, Christopher Gunness, said that hundreds of Palestinians were sheltering in the compound at the time of the shelling and that there were five fully laden fuel vehicles at the site. He said two buildings were ablaze."

As the situation is Gaza worsens, more and more people are claiming that Israel might be committing war crimes. From the same NY Times piece:

"Also on Wednesday, nine Israeli human rights groups called for an investigation into whether Israeli officials had committed war crimes in Gaza. The groups say that tens of thousands of civilians in Gaza have nowhere to flee, the Gaza health system has collapsed, many people are without electricity and running water, and some are beyond the reach of rescue teams.

“This kind of fighting constitutes a blatant violation of the laws of warfare and raises the suspicion, which we ask be investigated, of the commission of war crimes,” the groups said in a news conference on the 19th day of the war."

Israel is also facing accusations, which they deny, that their Army is using white phosphorus as a weapon on civilians, which would be a war crime. White phosphorus is "a flare- and smoke-producing incendiary device or smoke-screening agent" that can be used legally in war for those two purposes, but may not be used as a weapon on local populations, because it is difficult to control and leaves its victims with horrible burns. CNN has confirmed that Israel has used White Phosphorus in the conflict, as has the Guardian. Here's the CNN footage, shot and posted 2 days ago.

The headline of this piece comes from a poem popularized by the BBC's The Office, which is here in full.

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