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January 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

War in Gaza

Truth not communicated with media blackout

I was shocked by Charles Krauthammer’s article [“Allow Israel to complete its dismantling of Hamas,” syndicated columnist, Jan. 11], in which he effectively endorses the continued eradication of the people of Gaza.

He suggests that Israel should finish the job of dismantling Hamas’ infrastructure, but he fails to mention that Israel is using unprecedented violence in its campaign against Hamas, which has resulted in the loss of around 900 lives, almost a third of whom, according to the U.N., are civilians.

Would this loss of civilian life be acceptable against any other people? Is there any cost that would be too high in Krauthammer’s opinion for Israel to achieve its political objectives?

Israel has targeted U.N. schools, which according to the U.N. were sheltering only civilians. The Red Cross has reported that Israeli troops are purposefully targeting its ambulances. Israel has imposed a total media blackout denying entry to all international reporters into the Gaza Strip, a practice which started many months ago, resulting in zero English-language reporters in the region.

With this complete media blackout, people like Krauthammer can ignore the Israeli genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and advance their arguments for the continuation of this maniacal aggression.

— Khaled Boulos, Seattle

One-sided coverage

It has been 18 days and Israel has been committing war crimes in Gaza under the name of fighting terrorism. Please give this side of the story more coverage. The media have been giving Israel excuses for killing more than 900 and injuring more than 4,000. What kind of world do we live in now?

— Ala Hassan, Redmond

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