What an inauspicious start to the new year, it can only improve after this. Shortly after I blogged about a call for peace, along comes another destructive war in Israel.
One thing that seems to be new is the media is reporting that Israels attack is a response to the rocket attacks of the last few years. It is a disproportionate response and no excuse, but at least the media is making the link.
Israeli air strikes on Gaza have now continued for five days. More Hamas rockets have landed in Israel. Palestinian officials say 391 Palestinians have died in the Israeli air strikes; while four Israelis have been killed by rockets fired from Gaza (under Hamas control).
I condemn the violence from both sides, it is a cycle that must one day be broken before there can be peace. When will they learn, violence will only cause more violence. The only way out of this mess is to talk, and to learn to trust each other. Lets stop this destruction, and hope for a peaceful new year.
Best wishes for 2009 to all readers of this blog.
Lets hope 2009 is a good year for the Greens.
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