From Glenn Greenwald: Israel’s Bombing of Gaza Strip as intense in 6 Days as US Bombardment of Afghanistan for one year
“Over the last week – over the last week – Israel has dropped more than 6,000 bombs on Gaza, one of the most densely populated places on Earth, with a population that is composed of at least half of children under the age of 18. That bombing amounts to more than what the United States dropped on Afghanistan, a much larger and more sparsely populated landmass, in an entire year. Let me just repeat with emphasis: Israel has dropped in the last week on Gaza more bombs than the United States had typically dropped on Afghanistan in an entire year. [Note from PCR: For the entire year of 2019, the US dropped 7,423 bombs on Afghanistan according to the US Air Force. Israel’s attack on Gaza almost equaled that in six days. During 2009 the US dropped 4,147 bombs on Afghanistan. For the first 9 months of 2018 the US dropped 5,213 bombs on Afghanistan according to US Air Force Central Command. ] Their food supply and access to clean drinking water are dwindling to near zero. Unless you believe that there is no such thing as innocent civilian life in Gaza – and that view, as we devoted last night’s show to documenting, is indeed one that is commonly and explicitly asserted in both Israeli and American discourse – then there is no way to look at what is happening there with anything other than horror, immense sadness, and a desire to see this increasingly horrifying war come to an end as soon as possible.
“There is, though, no apparent diplomatic effort on the part of the United States to end the war, just as was true of Ukraine and the steady desire on the part of the United States to do everything possible to prolong and fuel it. ”