Thursday, April 17, 2008

17-Apr-08: Bracing

Ask yourself: what would you, as a citizen of some country some place that happens to have extremely badly-behaved neighbors, do in the face of this sort of ongoing trouble?
8 rockets fired at southern Israel
Eight rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel since Wednesday night, landing in open fields in the western Negev. No injuries or damage were reported in any of the attacks. Three of the rockets landed within Eshkol Regional Council limits, three fell in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council and one landed south of the town of Netivot – a location scarcely targeted by the Palestinians. One rocket landed outside Ashkelon Wednesday night... More than 30 Qassam rockets landed in Israel on Wednesday... The police have raised their alert level to the maximum on Wednesday ahead of the Passover holiday this weekend. The state of alert will remain high throughout May, until after Independence Day celebrations.
Most people in most places, relying as we all do on news reportage from the same handful of major industrialized reporting agencies (Reuters, AP, AFP, Xinhua) probably won't know this happened or have the ability to put it in context. As is so often the case, most reports from this area lead off, as this sadly typical AFP report does today, like this:
The Gaza Strip braced for more violence Thursday...
All this bracing that the Gaza Strip, more correctly the people of the Gaza Strip, do is more than slightly connected to the place having become one giant armed camp. The endless shooting, missile firing and terrorism-planning that emanates from them is directed at someone. It's not just a state of mind. It's not just a group psychosis. It's war. And that war is directed at real people. Us.

How would you react?

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