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Feb 8·edited Feb 8

Painful, but important reading. Thank you for never looking away, and for your commitment to always show us the role we play in what happens in the world.

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Chris, 2nd Para 3rd line I think should be International Court of Justice instead of Criminal Court. Although I think both can adjudicate on the countries and individuals perpetuating this genocide. With the stopping of aid to UNRWA I believe 18 or 19 countries now join in complicity in genocide, and flaunt the ruling of the ICJ to order Israel to let aid in to Gaza.

I don’t know what is worse about Blinken: if he was surprised that Israel refused the deal (it’s clear they want annihilation, not peace) or if he was not surprised (and he was simply buying more time for this mass starvation).

I’m picturing you now with tears streaming down your face and not knowing what to do next, and feeling nothing at all. You carry all the suffering imposed on those you’ve witnessed suffer. It’s too much for one man to bear. Know that we are sharing in your despair.

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So long as the Men of the Resistance exist in the Tunnel Under-city, it matters not if the Vile Zionist Scum Starve, Bomb, etc., with Impunity: Palestine will Still be Free. & it will be Prosperous & it will Live. That said, Palestinians & their friends will not forget these Crimes & Vengeance will be enacted for said Barbarism, whether its perpetrators & collaborators like it or not.

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OMG. We in the USA need to know the extent of the criminal war of Israel on what remains of Palestine, the already devastated Gaza strip. The USA Hegemonic country and allies are obvious murderers, along with all the countries who don't step forward to sanction and stop this crime are obviously criminal organizations who will not stop. Woe to them who perpetrate this evil. They and their ilk have no humanity as they kill our world by their actions. Thank you for exposing them, Chris. Not In Our Names.

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This is an absolute scandal. A monstrous enterprise. A disgusting complicity in genocide. I am ashamed of being a Canadian. I can imagine the shame that some of you must feel of being an American. These events will change forever the course of my life.

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When will humans ever learn. Never it seems. History is doomed to repeat itself over and over again in different generations, despite the history books. I hope Israel and the U.S. reap what they sow someday for what they have done.

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I plan to include your graphic description of starvation in the email I send to biden et al tomorrow--I've already sent the one for today.

I never thought anything could top the soul-sucking horror of whatshisname's reign of terror and all that entailed, but this 24/7 livestreamed genocide and the official us response is so much worse. That's the best I can do, 'so much worse' bc there are no words to describe the horror of it all.

Reading your books and articles, watching your talks has made me understand what the phrase 'speaking truth to power' means.

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It is horrible to watch this tragedy unfold and know that my government, the US government, bears significant responsibility for it. I felt that Biden was doing a fairly good job as President, until the Gaza war revealed who is actually is.

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A heart-wrenching yet necessary piece of writing. I am sitting here thinking of the scenes that Chris Hedges describes, those nightmare scenes from his time in Sudan. His gloomy world-view can certainly be understood more than ever. Nothing changes; mankind wants to think they'll be better than before, better humans. But we're not. I say we because I haven't done much at all. Made some noise; made a bunch of phone calls, wrote letters, sent emails. Spoke to and encourages others to contact DC or their local Rep's and demand a permanent cease-fire. But the nightmare rolls on, as Netanyahu bares his dark soul and his blood-lust to the world with pride. He smugly and casually walks toward his killing machines every day and says, "more"; more killing, more taking more inhumanity, all because I say it's right. He and his fellow murderers say it's right. The US goes right along with him, and with the killing, justifying the horror show by reminding us how Israel is our friend. Our guilt over WW2 and the holocaust drives us to contribute to this holocaust. Misplaced guilt. But hey they're the dark ones, the "sub-humans", as Israel calls Palestinians. They don't matter. The corpses pile up. The bones pile up. Israel marches on smiling, from the river to the sea. America smiles with them. And I am ashamed.

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Can other major governments like Russia or China make up UNRWA’s budget shortfall? I mean what’s a billion or two for these powers?

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Louis Béchard

AN OTHER LOW FOR HUMANITY! IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING SENSE!! WHY WON'T WE

LEARN??

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We need to learn that we cannot harm anyone without harming ourselves. We need to settle into love to reward the details, we have the emotional intelligence until we are being tortured and our senses have been robbed.

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Thank you, Chris Hedges, for taking up the burden of having seen these things, and telling us, so we are spared that terrible seeing.

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This article is a paradox in that while reading its content I think that words cannot describe the horrors yet you, Mr Hedges, did just that.

I hope all of us can muster the courage to confront the U.S. government officials, elected and appointed, who enable this killing field that was formerly Palestine when the opportunity presents itself.

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Even Pol Pot in Cambodia didn't achieve this.

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Like you Robert I have been in a war zone in Sri Lanka. This is the truth of what is happening to the Palestinians. I have seen Sri Lankan soldiers watching an emaciated man grovelling to get food which was shoved in his face. Each time he reached out the soldiers moved back and laughed.

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