With smiles on their faces, Israel invades Gaza…
As the massacre continues with no end in sight, I find it hard to express everything going through my mind.
Senselessness, barbarism, sadness, corruption, innocence….
Last night while Benjamin Netanyahu cleared the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to proceed with a full scale ground invasion into Gaza, even journalists on the front lines found it hard to control their dismay. One example was seen when CNN correspondent Diana Magnay tweeted about a gathering of Israeli civilians, calling them “scum,” as they watched and cheered the commencement of the IDF’s invasion. The commencement characterized by the raining of bombs on Gaza during the night. Pictures of the gathering resembling a Fourth of July celebration, the familiar fireworks replaced by bombs, symbolizing almost certain casualties every time they fell.
However what disturbs me most, is that my own country, the United States, and more specifically the White House, who could stop this war in an instant, considering $350 million dollars of our country’s tax dollars were just donated to Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System, continues to standby and watch as the bodies stack up.
The White House, which so often reiterates its unwavering stance against oppression and humans’ undeniable rights to freedom has fallen eerily silent. Not even a tweet has been heard from the White House Twitter feed since the battle began. Their attention now being turned, the timing near perfect, to the recent downing of yet another Malaysian passenger plane, MH-17, which has yet to be explained.
Despite the White House’s silence, one thing that does give me succor is UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon’s decision today to visit the Middle East in an act to broker a ceasefire.
As reported by the Irish Independent, Ki-Moon stated that a “ceasefire was ‘indispensable’ for urgently needed humanitarian efforts to succeed.”
Due to the length of the ongoing conflict, he added that UN humanitarian aid had been “stretched thin.”
Furthermore, Palestinian UN Ambassador, Riyad Mansour, promised to take his pleas about the ongoing atrocities in Gaza to the UN and international criminal courts if the Security Council did not act to protect Palestinian civilians.
Mansour went on to say that Israel’s “savage aggression” into Gaza “cannot be justified by any means. It is not self-defense. It is a vengeful military aggression intentionally planned and perpetrated by the occupying power on the civilian population under its occupation.”
In closing, I want to mention a picture I recently saw. The picture accompanied by a one lined caption. It was of a Gaza paramedic that had been answering the ceaseless calls of the gravely injured and deceased. Constantly starting up his truck to help another person, the picture showed the man crying. I imagined his tears were from the horrific things he had seen, but when I read the caption, I found out I was wrong. The man had been crying because after starting up his truck yet another time, he came to realize that this time was different. This time it was his own family that he would be rescuing. But it was too late. They had been killed.