The so-called Holy Land is one of the unholiest places on the planet. And there a war is being waged against an imprisoned people; a people living in what is euphemistically called a 'strip', a 'strip' which is in reality a prison. These people have no medicine, food, water or other resources of their own and depend on UN charities and other charities to survive. In desperation a few rockets which are not much more than hand-grenades on sticks and lack guidance systems are launched in the direction of the enemy; an enemy armed to the eyeballs with all the latest hi-tec American equipment and an arsenal of atom bombs.
Today, at first count 155 inhabitants, including the usual percentage of women and children, of the 'strip' are dead and 250 more are seriously wounded. A massive air attack by Israel is responsible. It is an outrage. It is disgusting. It is criminal. No, it is worse than criminal. It is beyond belief that a powerful military machine can be used with impunity to put down what is little more than a token of defiance from the impoverished and imprisoned. There must be a law against it. Those responsible must be brought to justice.
Tonight on the 'strip' the sun will set yet again on a scene of misery and devastation. Throughout the world the suicide bombers will already be forming new and longer queues ouside the mosques and prayer houses. The rest of us may ultimately have to count the cost of Israeli stupidity.