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Posted in: Israeli forces advance deep into Gaza urban areas, accused of using white phosphorus See in context

At least 870 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, have been killed in the conflict that began Dec 27 with Israeli airstrikes on Hamas buildings, as well as suspected rocket launch sites and smuggling tunnels on the Egyptian border. Thirteen Israelis, including 10 soldiers, have died.

As Fintan O'Toole (The Irish Times) observes "When does the mandate of victimhood expire?" he asked. "At what point does the Nazi genocide of Europe's Jews cease to excuse the state of Israel from the demands of international law and of common humanity?" "At the point, surely, when that special pleading dishonours the memory of the Holocaust itself and excusing Israel involves the hollowing out of both reason and morality."

870:13. The ratio says it all. Reason and morality have been completely hollowed out.

Both sides are guilty and both sides have to finally begin negotiating in good faith.

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Posted in: Aso says world religions can learn from Japan See in context

I wonder what Aso knows about hard work other than that POWs and slaves did it in his family's mines in Kyushu...

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