Los Angeles Lakers: 2,990, No Hope Jr. High School: 4

This afternoon my wife and youngest daughter went back to Dubai.  I have business in Rome early next week so I decided to extend my time at our home in La Turbie and work at our Monaco office for another week.

La Turbie is a small village directly above Monaco, and we are at the very top of this part of the Riviera.  Our house has a large 6 x 3 meter window in the living room which gives a view of  Italy, France and direct view over Monaco, and the med. sea.

I am not allowed to smoke cigars in the house, but considering I am home alone, I am breaking this rule and enjoying my cigar as I lay on my couch with the inspiring view in front of me… trying not to think about the hellish disaster in Gaza right now.

One of my 2009 goals is to read at least 50 books in 2009.  This goal starts today and I am reading, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter.

I admit when it comes to the Palestinian Israeli conflict, I am naive.  I do not fully understand the far right religious politics (on both sides) of the overall conflict with regard to land rights.

However, in my opinion, if you treat a people like animals, giving them only very limited access to the bare essentials for survival such as water, food and fuel; you take away their hope, and ultimately you create a nation of angry, desperate people with nothing to lose.

Without question, Hamas by launching missles into Israel has caused more harm to their people than they have good.  But I also believe the abhorently, aggressive actions by Israel is creating a hundred thousand times more enemies to the nation of Israel than they are friends.

Although CNN, abcnews, fox or other main stream US news are not mentioning this point on their news programs– America is the only government in the world that is currently giving Israel unwavering support in the slaughter which is happening right now in Gaza.  Unbelievable.  Every major nation in the world, including UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, Japan …. including the United Nations (everyone except USA) has come out condeming Israel incessant attacks.

French news as well as BBC is reporting that even humanitarian aid is not being allowed into Gaza.  Think about this for one second:  There is no electricity, no running water, no food, no medical supplies, sewage system has been destroyed… an absolute, unimaginable hell on earth.

How does Israel think that their crushing, destroying, and humiliating 2.1 million  Palestinians in Gaza makes the world safer for Israel?

My French wife did not understand why I began yesterdays blog with a short, documented proof of how no one can refer to me as anti-semitic.  She told me I don’t need to justify myself to anyone, its my blog.  But as I explained in yesterdays blog, I explained to her …. No one can question or challenge Israel without running the grave risk of being called anti-semitic, esp. in America.  Please read yesterdays blog, if you have not already.

2009 begins in about 6 hours for me…. and I can’t help but sadly wonder where this slaughter is going to lead next.

“The bible says that when the first blood was shed among His children, God asked Cain, the slayer, “Where is Abel thy brother?  And he said, “I know not.  Am I my brother’s keeper?  And the Lord said, “What hast thou done?  The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.  And now art thou cursed.” (genesis 4:9-11)

“The blood of Abraham, God’s father of the chosen, still flows in the veins of Arabs, Jews, and Christians, and too much of it has been spilled in grasping for the inheritance of the revered patriarch in the Middle East.  The spilled blood in the Holy Land still cries out to God – an anguished cry for peace.” Jimmy Carter


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