THE AMAZING GAZA TUNNELS – iraq airstrikes futile

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By Bernie Lopez
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Disclaimer – the views in this article are those of the author’s alone.
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Thousands of tunnels vs Israel’s land-sea-air blockade
The ‘Gaza Tunnels’ demonstrates the power of human endurance against all odds. The cause of the current war is the strangling of the Palestinian economy in the Gaza Strip by Israel’s massive land-sea-air blockade. Indeed, this blockade is a form of genocide worse than the current airstrikes. The thousands of tunnels from Gaza to Egypt are a reaction to the economic blockade by Israel. Israelis want the tunnels destroyed. The Palestinians will agree if the blockade is lifted.
About $700 million a year in goods, food, medicine, hardware, appliances pass through the tunnels. The tunnel maize employs 7,000 Palestinians. A third of Gaza’s economy depends on the tunnels. There are the ‘tunnel tycoons’ who finance the massive operations.
Israel has a neurotic fear of the tunnels as the conduits for arms. In the process, they also deny food and survival. If Israel destroys the tunnels, they have to lift the blockade, otherwise it is genocide. Cornered, the Palestinians will endure anything, even the destruction of their cities, to survive. They would rather die from missiles than from hunger. The heavens cry out for vengeance for spilt Palestinian blood. The US is part of the Israeli war crimes. There will be a day of reckoning for genocide. Not a stone will be left unturned.
See the drama of life in the tunnels
  • The decision to launch airstrikes is to protect US military and diplomatic personnel in Irbil, which is threatened by ISIS attack. It is an urgent short-term goal. It is more for a few American lives, not so much for the hundreds of thousands of others.
  • Airstrikes may delay and weaken but not stop ISIS offensives. Irbil may fall soon in spite of airstrikes. US personnel may have to evacuate, an embarrassment to Obama.
  • ISIS vengeance against airstrikes will be more vicious against the populace, resulting in increased beheadings.
  • Long term, without troops, airstrikes cannot make a significant dent. It will be another protracted stalemate as in Iraqi and Afghan occupation, this time worse since there are no troops.
  • Airstrikes are costly because they involve carriers and their escorts.
  • ISIS knows the US will never bring in troops, giving them the initiative.
  • If airstrikes hit innocent civilians, there will be a dilemma.
  • ISIS has sophisticated US weapons captured from Iraqi government troops.
  • ISIS has billions of dollars in funds taken from the Syrian revolution, especially control of oil wells.
  • ISIS has a feverish drive for recruitment of Sunnis, especially the disgruntled youth, since they have the money and armaments. ISIS may achieve a well-armed army easily within a few months, doubling its ranks from 10,000 presently to 20,000. Time is of the essence in containing the ISIS drive. They are growing fast. It is like a powerful magnet attracting volunteers from Sunnis all over the Middle East. Indeed, ISIS is the new icon of Sunni revival.
  • Controlling the largest dam at Mosul, the second largest city, ISIS has the option to deny power and energy to large areas of populations and industries in case conflict heightens.
  • A large well-armed army and plenty of cash are the infrastructure for a major ISIS assault on Baghdad. After massive recruitment, the airstrikes may finally push ISIS to go for the jugular, to make the final assault. Whether it is quick or protracted war, a lot will die.
  • About 100,000 unarmed Indian Shiite volunteers plan to be human shields to surround the Shiite shrines in Iraq ISIS want to destroy. India is majority Sunni. The war disease is spreading.
  • If the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government falls, there will be more ethnic cleansing of majority Shiites by minority Sunnis like in the days of Saddam. This may usher in another Iraq Iran war. Who will the US side with among its two enemies?
Music to soothe tired souls, a prayer song –
God told Elijah to await His coming
the storm came but God was not in it
the earthquake came but God was not in it
the fire came but God was not in it
then God whispered
and Elijah knelt in prayer

 I Kings 19:9, 11-13


when a child stumbles

in the east, mothers run to embrace the child
in the west, mothers tell the child to pick himself up
one thinks of parental bond
as the source of spiritual strength
the other thinks of self-reliance
and strength in the jungle of predators
both are correct in their own way


Stories of terminal cancer healings


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