Tens of thousands of Israeli troops sent into Gaza under cover of the night. While some see Zionism as a failed ideology and Israel a global burden and menace, whose actions can be questioned on both legal and moral grounds, others feel with equal zeal that Israel's self defense against Hamas is entirely appropriate.
US calls for cease fire, but does not condemn Israeli actions. One wonders what Obama's true stance will be, once he no longer feels compelled to defer to Bush. Will he be brave enough to stand alone in adopting an innovative stance, and one not necessarily automatically aligned with Israel's intents and purposes? It will be a telling test of fire for him, and whether he will undergo the baptism of this fire, and emerge from such a trial nobly and heroically remains to be seen. He may be just more business as usual. I fear that, as do many others. No one wants to think he will fizzle.
To read: Israel, Gaza, and the US: What Will Obama Dare to Do? : http://www.thefirstspot.co.uk/46207,opinion,israel-gaza-and-the-us-what-will-obama-dare-to-do
Israel's Righteous Fury and Its Vicitms, is an essay appearing on the blogosphere tonight by a self-professed, "eco-socialist" :
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many. ~ Daniel 8:25