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Guest Post by “Snork”
Yes, you read that right.
The following is the latest nontroversy from Haaretz -the most left-leaning of Israel’s English-language media outlets:
Egypt building iron wall on Gaza border to stop smuggling, which starts out with the opening paragraphs:
Egypt has begun the construction of a massive iron wall along its border with the Gaza Strip, in a bid to shut down smuggling tunnels into the territory. The wall will be nine to 10 kilometers long, and will go 20 to 30 meters into the ground, Egyptian sources said. It will be impossible to cut or melt.
The new plan is the latest move by Egypt to step up its counter-smuggling efforts. Although some progress had been made, the smuggling market in Gaza still flourishes.
Ahhhh the humanity, the “ethnic cleansing”, the “apartheid”, the “land grab”….THE SILENCE! On a different note, I have a couple of engineering comments: “impossible to cut or melt?”; my butt! Haven’t they ever heard of oxy-acetylene? Also, if you assume that it is made of 1/4” thick plate (it’s probably thicker), 25 meters by 10 km works out to about 50,000 cubic feet, or 12,250 tons of steel. That’s a big job. The steel alone is close to $10,000,000. I wonder who’s paying for it?
Anyway, on to the third paragraph:
Egyptian forces demolish tunnels or fill them with gas almost every week, often with people still inside them, and Palestinian casualties in the tunnels have been steadily rising.
You don’t say? I expect the human rights apparatus to snap to attention and start comparing this to the Nazi gas chambers. Anyone?…Bueller???…Hello?….Where did everybody go?
It goes without saying that if this were the Israelis doing this, there would be massive protests from the highest UN officials, to the lowest so-called “peace” or “human rights” activist. This silence, and hypocrisy is enough to make one question whether the human rights groups are really earnest.
It would be churlish to think that Amnesty International and HRW had an agenda that was anything but 100% altruistic. Maybe they just don’t know this is going on. Can somebody tell them? I’m sure they’d like to know, so they can bring this to the world’s attention. Can somebody also let the UN know? I guess they don’t read Haaretz for some reason.
I guess these nice people are too busy with all these human rights issues in Jerusalem, and don’t have time to read the papers. Surely, they have nothing but the best interests of these poor Palestinians in their hearts, or they wouldn’t be kicking up such a fuss in Jerusalem. So I’m sure they’d be astonished and appalled to learn what’s happening on the Gaza/Egypt border. Will someone please let them know?
This is why the UN needs a standing army. To move in and stomp out this kind of human rights abuse.