What is this a picture of?

The US in Iraq?

Or Israel in Gaza?

Sorry, that was a trick question.  Same flimsy pretext.  Same cynical goals.  Same human costs.

And the same weapons manufacturer.



Norwegian doctor: Israel intentionally targeting civilians

David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Published: Monday January 5, 2009
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Doctor estimates 2,000 – 2,500 civilian casualties

Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor working in Gaza, told Sky News on Monday that that he believes Israel is deliberately attacking the Palestinian population, not just targeting Hamas as Israeli authorities have said numerous times.

“Just a little bit more than an hour ago, the Israelis bombed the central food market in Gaza City and we had a mass influx of about 50 injured and between 10 and 15 killed,” said Gilbert, on the phone with Sky News.

Between this and the two UN schools the Israelis have bombed, I think Olmert’s intentions are clear:  thin the herd of Palestinians before he loses power.


Just to be equitable in my treatment of mindless brutality in the name of God everywhere, I’d just like to point out that this is the kind of passive-aggressive religious terrorism that is just as stupid when Christians do it in the US:

Israeli MP blames quakes on gays



An Israeli MP has blamed parliament’s tolerance of gays for earthquakes that have rocked the Holy Land recently. Shlomo Benizri, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party, said the tremors had been caused by lawmaking that gave “legitimacy to sodomy”.

Israel decriminalised homosexuality in 1988 and has since passed several laws recognising gay rights.

Two earthquakes shook the region last week and a further four struck in November and December.

Damned blame-Israel-first politicians!

Oh, and apparently Norway is too pro-gay for God’s tastes, too.