Shujaiya Before and Afterr
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We're now learning
that "senior U.S. military officers" were "stunned" at the scale of the Israeli
army's "indiscriminate" shelling that demolished the Shujaiya neighborhood in
Gaza on July 21st. A Pentagon report found "11 Israeli artillery battalions -- a
minimum of 258 artillery pieces "pumped at least 7,000 high explosive shells
into the Gaza neighborhood" during a seven-hour period at the height of the
"Holy bejeezus," exclaimed retired Lt. Gen. Robert
Gard when told the numbers of artillery pieces and rounds fired during
the July 21 action. "That rate of fire over that period of time is
astonishing. If the figures are even half right, Israel's response was
Another Pentagon senior officer said: "Eleven battalions of IDF artillery
is equivalent to the artillery we deploy to support two divisions of U.S.
infantry"That's a massive amount of firepower, and it's absolutely deadly." And
a retired American artillery commander, who thought the Pentagon's report "might
well have underestimated the firepower the IDF brought to bear on Shujaiya,"
said: "This is the equivalent of the
artillery we deploy to support a full corps...It's just a huge number of
A third senior U.S. officer made the point: "The only possible reason for
doing that is to kill a lot of people in as short a period of time as possible."
It's nice that "senior Pentagon officers" make these professional
military judgements known to the American people anonymously, through al-Jazeera correspondent Mark Perry. (Has
this been reported anywhere in the American media?) It would be nicer, and make
more of a difference, if one of those brave soldiers would go on the record
publicly. Perhaps they don't because senior American military and intelligence
officers met "twice daily" with the IDF during all these operations, and the
U.S. supplied "a considerable portion" of the weaponry used.
It would be even nicer if senior American political officials would speak
publicly about this indiscriminate carnage whose only possible purpose is to
kill a lot of people as quickly as possible. (John Kerry's open-mic "It's a
hell of a pinpoint operation" remark was apparently spurred by this
report.) But, again, they are too busy
supplying the weaponry, and the political support, necessary for Israel to devastate
whole neighborhoods with impunity.
The Israeli assault on Gaza, of which this deliberate destruction of the
entire neighborhood of Shujaiya was one part, was nothing less than an attempt
to slaughter the Palestinians into submission, one more attack in a 65-year
ongoing series of savageries that has not yet achieved the level of subjugation
required by Israel's strict standards. It--the whole thing--is a crime against
humanity, and those senior American officers and politicians, acting in the
name of all of us, are fully complicit in it.
Here's an astounding time-lapse video (just over a minute) of what
happened in one hour of that "seven-hour period at the height of
the operation." Watch what we did this summer:
I dare you to be OK with that.
And here's a video of one little thing that happened in the aftermath,
among those death-crazed Muslims. Watch the truly terrible beauty, that we
made, being born:
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