The Obliteration of Gaza

Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

We are witnessing the obliteration of Gaza. The death toll has already surpassed 16,000 as Israel continues to pummel targets with American-made bombs and missiles. Even CNN is worried (from my email update this AM):

Top UN officials are warning of an “apocalyptic” situation in Gaza with “no place safe to go” for civilians as the deepening humanitarian crisis sparks international concern. Israel is expanding ground operations to the entire territory to “eliminate” Hamas and has told Palestinians to flee large swaths of southern Gaza, where many had previously sought refuge. But the war-torn region is in the midst of a near-total internet blackout as the last major telecommunications operator said services are completely cut off. This means many Palestinians are unable to communicate with one another or call for help while evacuating, and emergency workers can’t coordinate their responses.

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Shock Poll: Most Americans Support Permanent Gaza Ceasefire!

On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Despite what you may hear in the mainstream media, poll after poll demonstrate clearly that the American people have very little interest in being involved in Israel’s war on Gaza. The latest poll, released this week, shows that a majority of ALL American voters want a permanent ceasefire. Meanwhile, US Congress keeps stoking the flames of war and the President keeps delivering weapons. Also today… even Germany’s Die Welt admits that Ukraine war likely lost.

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Defense Secretary Austin’s Scurrilous Attack on Peace Community

President Biden, struggling to gain support for his $105 billion weapons boondoggle to further US wars against Russia and Gaza, sent out his chief advocate for perpetual war, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, to hammer away at advocates for a sane, peaceful US foreign policy.

Austin told the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, actually a forum for perpetual war, that Americans for peace are “Americans [who] prefer isolation to engagement…[trying] to pull up the drawbridge. [They’re Americans trying] to kick loose the cornerstone of American leadership. [They’re Americans who are trying] to undermine the security architecture that has produced decades of prosperity without great-power war. And you’ll hear some people try to brand an American retreat from responsibility as bold new leadership.” So when you hear that, make no mistake: It is not bold. It is not new. And it is not leadership.

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Glenn Greenwald Interviews Rep. Thomas Massie About Gaza and Israel

From Glenn Greenwald’s “System Update”

Glenn Greenwald interviewed Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) about AIPAC Attacks, Israel-Gaza, Ukraine, NSA Spying, and More – How AIPAC Weaponizes Antisemitism to Crush Israel Critics.

Israel’s ‘Mass Assassination Factory’

+972 Magazine published an important report last week that details how the Israeli military is conducting the war in Gaza:

“Nothing happens by accident,” said another source. “When a 3-year-old girl is killed in a home in Gaza, it’s because someone in the army decided it wasn’t a big deal for her to be killed – that it was a price worth paying in order to hit [another] target. We are not Hamas. These are not random rockets. Everything is intentional. We know exactly how much collateral damage there is in every home [bold mine-DL].”

According to the investigation, another reason for the large number of targets, and the extensive harm to civilian life in Gaza, is the widespread use of a system called “Habsora” (“The Gospel”), which is largely built on artificial intelligence and can “generate” targets almost automatically at a rate that far exceeds what was previously possible. This AI system, as described by a former intelligence officer, essentially facilitates a “mass assassination factory.” [bold mine-DL]

The Israeli military campaign is killing huge numbers of civilians not just because they have been bombing indiscriminately in a densely-populated area, but also because they are deliberately hitting targets where they know large numbers of civilians will be killed. This includes bombing “private residences as well as public buildings, infrastructure, and high-rise blocks” even though these are not military targets. The result has been the devastation of Gaza’s housing and infrastructure and the killing of more than 10,000 women and children.

This is how the Israeli military has been killing civilians at a faster rate than in any other recent conflict and how it has killed more children in two months than were killed in all the other wars in the world combined for the last year. According to Defense for Children International Palestine, more than 6,600 children have been killed since the start of the war with thousands more still missing in the rubble of destroyed buildings. The spokesman for UNICEF, James Elder, was entirely right when he said, “This is a war on children.”

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Daniel Larison is a contributing editor for and maintains his own site at Eunomia. He is former senior editor at The American Conservative. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.