Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is trying on exactly the same playing for time game that she played during the Second Lebanon War in 2006; while the world demanded an immediate end to the carnage, Rice delayed calling for an immediate ceasefire in order to allow the Israelis to consolidate their position in south Lebanon. A ceasefire was only called for when it became obvious that Israel was not able to achieve its war aims in the Lebanon.
Exactly the same situation exists now with the war against the Palestinian people in the Gaza where, yet again, Rice has refused to call for an immediate ceasefire in order to give the Israelis more time to consolidate their war aims. Meanwhile, the Israeli carnage of shelling, aerial bombardment and ground offensive continues to kill and maim hundreds more Gazans.
Rice’s ploy is transparent and criminal. The Western leaders of the world must demand an immediate ceasefire. If they do not, then they too are complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Gazan people.
PROTEST IN ADELAIDE, SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2009
South Australian readers should know that there will be a protest rally in Adelaide at 1.00pm outside Parliament House in the city this coming Sunday, 11 January, 2009. The protest is being organised by the Australian Friends of Palestine. All concerned people are urged to make their voice heard at this or other rallies being held around the world. Please come along and show your support for the people of the Gaza.