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Ignoring Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
Using Famine as a Weapon of War

From the New York Times newsletter to subscribers on January 29, 2024:

‘Almost everyone is now hungry’
Mothers in Gaza are struggling to find clean water and baby formula for their newborns. Families are selling their possessions to buy sacks of flour. Some people are eating animal feed to survive.

Rafah, in southern Gaza. Fatima Shbair/Associated Press
Rafah, in southern Gaza. Fatima Shbair/Associated Press

In the northern city of Beit Lahia, Mahmoud Shalabi said his neighbors have brought cattle feed — made of corn or oat — to a mill to grind it into flour. It is barely edible, said Shalabi, 38, whose children are 7 and 9, but is preferable to starvation. “If you find it now,” he told us, “you will be able to have something to eat and feed your kids.”

Famine has become a central concern in the humanitarian calamity in Gaza, with nearly all households regularly skipping meals, according to the U.N. On a per capita basis, Bob Kitchen of the International Rescue Committee said, “It is the most intense hunger crisis I have ever seen.” He added: “Almost everyone is now hungry.” Read More

From my homepage on January 30, 2024:

Click open to learn more. In a practice now prohibited by international law, killing innocent civilians, in 1945 the United States Army Air Forces began "Operation Starvation", a program of using naval mines in all the waterways in and around Japan in an effort to inhibit the transportation of food and essentials. Initiated by Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific, the plan utilized the latest and most modern heavy bombers in the American arsenal, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress to drop the mines from the air.

Using starvation of the enemy population is not new, while outlawed now by international law, the Nazis did it during World War II in the war against Russia, "Hunger Plan" killed millions of Soviets. And, while Americans might say that we'd never do that, we did it as well during World War II in our attempt to end the Japanese conflict.

War is Hell.

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Yes war is hell. Hunger and starvation is a terrible thing but…..what is the true story here? Has Hamas really stockpiled food and medical supplies for their own use and kept it from others? I would tend to believe it. Also, is there any truly “innocent” civilians in Gaza? Gaza is a small place geographically and I would think most everyone knows their neighbors and what they are doing. How can you look at your neighbors and see piles of rockets in their yard and a launcher on the roof of their house not say anything for years, and not be complicit in the thousands of rocket attacks on Israel? How can there be a tunnel under your apartment house used for attacks and for years you did not notice it? Virtually every block in Gaza had rockets and launchers along with tunnels used for attacking Israel. Are there any innocent civilians in Gaza? I think only the very young, leaving most everyone else complicit. Also, when the UN has to fire numerous “aid” workers because they participated in the attack on October 7th then one must question the validity of much of this story. Propaganda? - Clint in Arizona
Not interested at all in politics. Can you please take me off you random musings email list? Still interested in hearing about taildragger ferry trips though. - Logan in Illinois
I agree completely and am mad at Biden for favoring Israel over the Palestinians. I've contacted maybe a dozen politicians and other influencers plus had a letter in the Star Tribune about the issue. Obama did not have the same bias about Palestine as Biden, who is a Zionist. One of my many messages ---come to think of it, I also sent a letter to National Catholic Reporter---is that standing up for Palestinians is the anti-Semitism.- Jeanette in Minnesota

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