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January 12, 2009 at 4:00 PM

War in Gaza

Crimes against humanity

As Israel claims self-defense and launches acts of aggression against its neighbors in Palestine and as the death toll in Gaza rises above 700, including more than 130 children, Israel cannot hide the fact that this is “systemic genocide.”

Furthermore, the United States is complicit in this despicable act not only by supplying the bulk of Israel’s weaponry, but also U.S. military personnel on the ground.

Therefore, the peace community, government officials, religious groups and other institutions, in solidarity with the Palestinians and Israelis opposed to war, need to stand up and call for immediate termination of these crimes against humanity.

As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “It is not enough to say, ‘We must not wage war.’ It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”

— Charles Law, Bellingham

Religious rage

Hamas hates Israel because their interpretation of the words of their God, Allah, tells them to. Israel, a Jewish nation, is told by their God that they are specially chosen to be there.

Two different gods, two different religions. This is the root cause of this war.

As an atheist, I shake my head in disbelief as two groups fight over whose imaginary friend is right. If atheism and scientific humanism could replace theism and religion, I’d wager we’d see a lot less war.

Remember religionists, you’re going to be hearing a lot more from us atheists because from now on, we’re out of the closet and ready to talk.

–Jeff Jared, Kirkland

Too much coverage

I don’t believe what Israel is doing in the Gaza Strip is right or even in Israel’s best interest, but I have been stunned by how much coverage this conflict has received in the media. Similar loss of civilian life in Iraq, Chechnya and even Darfur have hardly been mentioned by comparison.

I’m not saying don’t cover the war in Gaza, but let’s keep it in perspective. Why is everyone focusing so much attention on the actions of a tiny nation? Is it coincidence that Israel is most populated with people who have a long history of being unfairly blamed?

I don’t think so.

— Peter Gruenbaum, Seattle

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