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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Bush on Gaza , Obama on Gaza

This is from the Guardian.

Bush takes the usual completely one side approach and fails even to consider that some of Israel's actions are against international law and produce casualties outnumbering those of Hamas' rockets by a factor of one hundred to one. The Hamas targets include mosques an elite school, police stations, the parliament, and on and on.
Obama's position. Stay quiet and have your spokespersons pass the buck to Bush. Meanwhile as well as supporting Israel not only with words of course but the weapons that are wreaking havoc in Gaza but by actually thwarting attempts at a ceasefire.

George Bush today blamed the continuing violence on Hamas terrorism and offered no criticism of Israel in his first comments since the offensive began a week ago.
The US president condemned Hamas's campaign of rocket attacks on Israel as an "act of terror" and said no peace deal would be acceptable unless the flow of smuggled weapons to terrorist groups was monitored and stopped.
"This recent outburst of violence was instigated by Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist group supported by Iran and Syria that calls for Israel's destruction," he said.
The White House will not comment on whether it views the Israeli response as proportionate.
In his weekly radio address, Bush said Washington was "leading diplomatic efforts to achieve a meaningful ceasefire that is fully respected".
He said he would keep the president-elect, Barack Obama, updated on the negotiations. Obama has refused to comment on the crisis while Bush remains in office.
The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon last night urged world leaders to intensify efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire.
Israel has said it will accept a ceasefire only if it is enforced by international monitors.
Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets into southern Israel today. There were no injuries, though one rocket hit a house in the southern city of Ashkelon, police said.

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