Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Take Action: Call Congress now about Lebanon!

I am choosing to call attention to and amplify Professor Juan Cole's message in this post: Call Congress!. We cannot continue to finance foreign governments which use criminal tactics in war, like collective punishment and attacks on civilian infrastructure. The attacks on the Lebanese military are likewise counter-productive if the target of Israel's campaign is truly Hezbollah and their rockets. The logic that Israel has to finish their campaign of violence in Lebanon before U.N. peacekeeping forces are reinforced (from 2,000 to 10,000) are ridiculous. Israel must stop attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure, or we must cut their funding. This is terrorism. America does not fund terrorism... America does not want to have bombs and shrapnel litering the bloody battle field that have stamped on their parts, "Made in U.S.A." any more than we should want to see "Made in Iran" on any rockets landing in Haifa or Tel Aviv. This is proliferation, too. We are against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, right?

The humanitarian situation in both Lebanon and Gaza are pretty dire: U.N. Humanitarian Coordination pages for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. People in Gaza and Lebanon need access to food, water, shelter and medical attention. They deserve human rights and the fair application of the rule of law. We all do. All humans.

Read this post, then call Congress: Call Congress!

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