Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I had no idea that abject stupidity, religious fanaticism, and terrorism were thought to be growth industries

This story is more of the usual one-sided AP dribble about the ‘Israeli-Palestinian violence’ until the final paragraph.

It's clear to me that Steven Gutkin has to be smoking his socks.
Israel sends troops into Gaza Strip

By STEVEN GUTKIN, Associated Press Writer

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel threatened Wednesday to widen the conflict over the abduction of one of its soldiers, sending thousands of troops into Gaza, arresting a Palestinian Cabinet minister and buzzing the summer home of Syria's president, who is blamed for harboring Hamas leaders.

No deaths or injuries were reported in the incursion, launched early Wednesday in southern Gaza. But Palestinians filled up on basic supplies after warplanes knocked out electricity, raising the specter of a humanitarian crisis. The Hamas-led government warned of "epidemics and health disasters" because of damaged water pipes to central Gaza and the lack of power to pump water.

Israel's concern goes beyond the rescue of the soldier and the negative precedent abducting soldiers would set. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government is alarmed by the firing of homemade rockets on Israeli communities around Gaza and support for Hamas in the Arab world, especially from Syria…

Palestinian plans for high-rise apartments, sports complexes and industrial parks in lands evacuated by Israel have given way to despair, with rising poverty, increasingly violent relations with Israel and a looming threat of civil war.

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