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Riding L.A.'s mass-transit lines; the climate change debate; Jonah Goldberg on the Gaza blockade

June 13, 2010

To suffer by not having enough to eat, adequate shelter, medical care and so on are certainly real, lived experiences.

But to have these conditions imposed on a populace, and to support the continuation of policies that lead to these consequences, is as much a symbolic act as it is a horrible reality for the residents of the Gaza Strip.

The symbolism of deprivation is apparently acceptable to Goldberg as long as real people suffer and, in some cases, die. So abandon our sense of humanity in order to make a political point, and that is OK?


Edgar Kaskla

Long Beach

The writer is a lecturer in political science at Cal State Long Beach.

Goldberg presumes the very point he sets out to prove: that the blockade of Gaza works.

In a very emotional argument, he has missed the obvious — that Israel's blockade of Gaza has only served to strengthen and consolidate Hamas' control over the people of Gaza.

Not only that, but according to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the reports of Israel's harsh policies in Gaza and the West Bank put the lives of our soldiers at risk in both Iraq and Afghanistan every day.

The killing of nine Turkish and American citizens aboard the Mavi Marmara has made the efforts at containing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran immeasurably more difficult, if not impossible.

Israel should learn from the example of Samson that strength has its limitations. Right now, its army is eyeless in Gaza, while Goldberg is trying to pull the hair over everyone's eyes.

Peter A. O'Reilly


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