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Dec-11-2009 12:24printcomments

US Cutting Gaza Lifeline

The steel wall is intended to cut the tunnels that go between Gaza and Egypt.

The sign at Rafa
The sign at Rafa
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(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Making an American ‘Impenetrable Underground Wall’ the Laughing Stock of the World—Leave It to the People of Gaza

December 10, 2009 – No doubt at the instigation of the Israeli government, the Obama administration has authorized the United States Army Corps of Engineers to design a vertical underground wall under the border between Egypt and Gaza.

In March, 2009 the United States provided the government of Egypt with $32 million for electronic surveillance and other security devices to prevent the movement of food, merchandise and weapons into Gaza. Now details are emerging about an underground steel wall that will be 6-7 miles long and extend 55 feet straight down into the desert sand.

The steel wall will be made of super-strength steel put together in a jigsaw puzzle fashion. It will be bomb proof and can not be cut or melted. It will be “impenetrable,” and reportedly will take 18 months to construct. (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8405020.stm)

The steel wall is intended to cut the tunnels that go between Gaza and Egypt.

The tunnels are the lifelines for Gaza since the international community agreed to a blockade of Gaza to collectively punish the citizens of Gaza for their having elected in Parliamentary elections in 2006 sufficient Hamas Parliamentarians that Hamas became the government of Gaza. The United States and other western countries have placed Hamas on the list of terrorist organizations.

The underground steel wall is intended to strengthen international governmental efforts to imprison and starve the people of Gaza into submission so they will throw out the Hamas government.

Trouble on Egypt's border, al Jazeera English reports

Just as the steel walls of the US Army Corps of Engineers at the base of the levees of New Orleans were unable to contain Hurricane Katrina, the US Army Corps of Engineers’ underground steel walls that will attempt to build an underground cage of Gaza will not be able to contain the survival spirit of the people of Gaza.

America’s super technology will again be laughed at by the world, as young men dedicated to the survival of their people, will again outwit technology by digging deeper, and most likely penetrating the “impenetrable” in some novel, simple, low-tech way.

I have been to Gaza 3 times this year following the 22-day Israeli military attack on Gaza that killed 1,440, wounded 5,000, left 50,000 homeless and destroyed much of the infrastructure of Gaza. The disproportionate use of force and targeting of the civilian population by the Israeli military are considered by international law and human rights experts to be violations of the Geneva Conventions.

When our governments participate in illegal actions, it is up to the citizens of the world to take action. On December 31, 2009, 1,400 international citizens from 42 countries will march in Gaza with 50,000 Gazans in the Gaza Freedom March to end the siege of Gaza. They will take back to their countries the stories of spirit and survival of the pople of Gaza and will return home committed to force their governments to stop these inhuman actions against the people of Gaza.

Just as American smart bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq have not conquered the spirit of Aghans and Iraqis, America’s underground walls in Gaza will never conquer the courage of those who are fighting for the survival of their families.

One more time, the American government and the Obama administration has been an active participant in the continued inhumane treatment of the people of Gaza and should be held accountable, along with Israel and Egypt for violations of human rights of the people of Gaza.

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Ann Wright is a retired US Army Reserve Colonel and a former U.S. diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in as a US diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience” . Her March 19, 2003 letter of resignation can be read at govexec.com/dailyfed/0303/032103wright.htm.




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Osotan; December 11, 2009 9:04 pm (Pacific time)

does Salem News hate israel? for the deaths of over 1400 Palestinian civilians and school kids hiding in shelters the israeli's sent them to? For the 5,000 or more wounded civilians? for the 50,000 left with no homes and no resources to rebuild? Good god people.,Three ISRAELI'S died!!!!, over TWELVE wounded by vicious,unprovoked,terroristically manipulated by suspected Al Kaeda sleeper cell Palestinian's!!!!,vicious attacks against innocent israel's who happen to be occupying their land,but never mind.,these same terror minded cells of terrorists started the war in Lebanon in 06' by taking TWO of israel's defenders who were bravely facing the vicious Palestinan frontier. I can't believe the biased,one sided report against poor nuclear armed facist controlled and US supported (@ $10,000,000 a day),israel. Shame on you for trying to give another point of view. How will you get all the Apaloosa ponies unless ou kill all the Nes Perce'? Oh yeah,I thought a Muslium is where you store the urn full of ashes. I'd not previously heard this application. Perhaps he/she meant Muslim's?


Dave December 11, 2009 4:42 pm (Pacific time)

For some reason The Salem News has become the champion of the Musliums, the pot heads and any Canadian that hates the USA. I am tired of Israil and their thug mentality but I am also tired of being told how horrible we are because we don't champion a people that would just as soon kill us as deal with us. And the doom and gloom from Canada. Go to hell.

Editor: Wow, a little tongue lashing from some moron who used the name "Dave" today.  I checked your previous posts, Larry, Dave, Francfist, Erna, Larry, Mark, Amanda, M George, Karen Swanson, so who is it today?  Hell, do you even know what gender you are?  You must not, or perhaps you are just some looney tunes off their meds, or maybe you suffer from schizophrenia, in which case I feel sorry for you, but at any rate some strange piece of work you are, based on your past comments and this one.  Medical marijuana is a legal substance in Oregon and California, Canada is a beautiful place and our writer there is a wonderful friend who has the best intentions at heart.  Finally, you are obviously terribly confused, so we'll just post your comment and let our readers think what they want.  Seriously though, get some help.


Vic December 11, 2009 3:23 pm (Pacific time)

Ann, you rock ! Thank you for being a person of conscience and a force for good in this world !


December 11, 2009 3:22 pm (Pacific time)

it's about time. cut them off to transfer weapons. job well done

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