STRANGULATION IN THE DARK: PALESTINE, SOMALIA, AND THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM MEDIA

... as if the damage resulting from the inhumane blockade that cut off fuel, electricity and other material and services essential to the survival of the civilian populations in Gaza was not enough, the Israeli military is getting ready to wage "a major military offensive". Already, heavy air and ground attacks are underway. But, the worst might be yet to come. The BBC reports that Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said "...they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves," on Israeli army radio.

In a similar oppressive approach, the Ethiopian forces continue their routine indiscriminate shelling of densely populated Mogadishu neighborhoods. According to Elman Human Rights group "seven thousand civilians, mostly women and children" have been killed in 2007- the first year of the occupation.

Since the occupation, life in Mogadishu has become so unbearable that approximately
1 million civilians, mostly women and children, have fled for safety and became what is known as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). They now inhabit makeshift refugee camps and are deprived of goods and services essential for their survival. According to the U.N., the total number of people in Somalia at-risk of starvation is now 1.5 million, thus making the situation there "the worst humanitarian crisis in Africa."

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"Since 9/11, the mainstream media, the very entity that was once upon a time a valuable counterweight to power, has become the very instrument used by the powerful to justify their transgressions. Mainstream media has become so profoundly mesmerized by the ways and the means of the powerful. As a result, they routinely offer free pass for those who are elected to craft policies, those in command of their implementation, and those special interest groups who build the first two's towers of power and influence." ...

RLCC: Why couldn't the U.S. government have worked with the Islamic Courts Union? They didn't even try, just as Israel and the U.S. haven't even tried to work with Hamas.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

The vast majority of the men who are members of Hamas would be peaceful if their families weren't treated as subhuman by the Israelis but rather treated in accordance with the Golden Rule.

The Israelis are making huge errors. They think that God is dead. Those Jews who don't repent will suffer the same fate that all of the unrepentant before them suffered.

We all also know that the Islamic Courts Union had started to bring real stability to Somalia. We don't agree with their tactics or ultimately with their religion, but they were doing a vastly better job than are the U.S. and Ethiopia.

It is obvious that the U.S. did what it has done, for one thing, to get back at Somalis for the "Black Hawk Down" humiliation. They've done it against Islam. They've done it against Blacks. They've done it as part of the generalized destabilization of the whole world in the CIA's Worldwide Attack Matrix plan still being unfolded by both the CIA and DIA and for the sake of the American-Israeli (Jewish; false-Zionist; neocon) vision of the New American Century.

Woe to the U.S. foreign-policy setters who have done all the evil to so many souls. They are lighting fires that will smolder and flare up at them, burning them severely. They are re-hardening the Russians and making the Chinese nervous militarily and economically. The Chinese believe they have much to lose now that Maoism is behind them. They will fight if pushed.

Originally from Latest headlines on March 2, 2008, 11:35pm

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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