Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Gitmo 5 has been stated by the Taiban as pivotal to peace negotiations with Karzai.

...There is little hope that the peace talks (click here) will be more successful now. But the president seems to believe that Bergdahl’s exchange for the Gitmo 5 (who are reportedly being transferred to Qatar) may break the ice. “While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground,” Obama said in his statement....

The only reason this issue is so politically volatile is because it is being made to look as though it actually would be a legitimate reason to impeach President Obama. Why does that matter? 

It is an election strategy. The GOP has been ranting about impeachment since November of 2008. Along with the threat to impeach because he was a Kenyan, etc. there was the organization of the Koch Brothers with buses in Wilmington, NC for the "Tea Party." President Obama never had a day of enthusiastic rallying of the nation after each of his elections. 

Now, the 2014 election strategy for November is to have a majority House and Senate and the Red State majority can finally overturn an election. 

That is all this is. The GOP is hoping to drive their voters to the polls. Whether there would be an attempt to impeach is a good question. The majority Senate and House could literally carry out a coup and over turn an election with a baseless impeachment or they could actually stomp their elections as if they actually have a real reason to impeach regardless of the lie. It is the "Cheney WMD strategy." Can't see that? 

The fear the Taliban 5 are actually going to carry out greater fears than WMD could ever carry out is all too real. Same 'ole, same 'ole.

Let's pretend there is WMD in Iraq and win the elections so there can be an illegal invasion and plenty of profits for Halliburton. Actually, what difference does it make, they are all Muslims over there anyway.

Hamid Karzai's chief rival Abdullah Abdullah has attempted to cross Afghanistan's ethnic divide by campaigning for the first time in the president's southern heartland.

7:00AM BST 13 Aug 2009 

...However, (click here) observers believe his career as a former senior aide in the Northern Alliance and his choice as candidate of the Tajik-dominated National Front opposition bloc could see him struggle to win votes in the Pashtun nationalist south.
Pashtuns are Afghanistan's largest ethnic group, making up an estimated 40 per cent of the population, while Kandahar is the ancestral home of the Karzai clan.
The son of a Pashtun father from Kandahar and Tajik mother, Dr Abdullah told the crowd: "I am originally from Kandahar and my ancestral roots are in Kandahar." He criticised the Karzai regime for corruption and inability to solve the country's problems....

I believe in him. I always have. My accolades to him appears on this blog throughout the decade. Since he first emerged in 2001 as a well educated man with a beautiful daughter of which he obviously loves a great deal; he had the respect of many of his countrymen. He has been a great man to date. I sincerely believe he has the capacity to bring peace to Afghanistan.  He may have even helped move the prisoner exchange in light of his potential presidency and a return to normalcy in Afghanistan.

Just as a suggestion to the potential President-elect. I would move quickly to reach a hand of peace to Russia who is already eyeing their place in regard to Afghanistan through it's common borders with Tajikistan. The rare Earth minerals, sir. War would serve the purpose of exploitation of what may be Afghanistan's sincere wealth for it's future and children. My sincerest wishes for his ambitions for peace for his country.

The Taliban 5 are suppose to be the lynch pin to peace negotiations with the government of Afghanistan. Let's hope the trade has brevity and the people of Afghanistan still have hope for a nation with peace. There is a new President coming in Afghanistan. I am hoping the new President will be the former commander of the Northern Alliance. He is magnificent. He has experience leading a nation long before the Afghanistan of 2001 when Karzai was placed at the head of it's returning government. I see the leadership of the Northern Alliance as a sincere asset in having experience in stabilizing a region and applying governance. I wish the Afghans well in the negotiations and the outcome of their recent elections. The people of Afghanistan has suffered enough when a Saudi madman hated the USA enough to make it his lifelong ambition.

I wish them all peace. I hope the Taliban 5 is the pivotal event along with the election outcome that turns the corner for their country. 

How can the same operation cost $146,757 more at a hospital within in miles of another?

The average price for a major hip or knee replacement increased (click here) by more than $9,000, or about 8 percent, at South Florida hospitals over one year, with Aventura Hospital and Medical Center (click here) charging the highest fee of any facility offering that procedure in 2012: $205,442.
A few miles north of Aventura, at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, the same procedure costs $78,685.
That’s about $6,000 less than the national average price of $84,798 for a hip or knee replacement with major complications, according to new data released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) analyzed charges and payments for the 100 most common inpatient procedures covered by Medicare at more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals during the 2012 fiscal year.
By making public the wildly varying prices for the same medical procedures — even among hospitals located in the same geographic market — the Obama administration said it hoped to increase transparency from healthcare providers and give consumers the tools to be smarter shoppers for medical care....

November 20, 2012

Dianne Goldenberg (click here) has been named Chief Executive Officer at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, a 407-bed acute care facility in Aventura, Fla. effective November 19...

As of 2011: (click here)

TOTAL Salaries & Benefits $123,201,000
 Cost of Charity & Uncompensated Care $23,708,000

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Salaries (click here)

The professional salary levels appear to be standard. I have to wonder if the costs are elevated for greater right offs, but, isn't it a non-profit institution?

Broward Health Medical Center 

It appears to be a larger hospital or better said, it serves a larger population, but, I betcha the demographics in Broward demands a larger number of Poor and Lower Middle Class.

Frank Nask is President and CEO of Broward Health, (click here) an integrated healthcare network serving more than 1 million residents of the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Mr. Nask joined Broward Health in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and was named President/CEO in 2008....

Mr. Nask is the shorter guy. If the patient population for Aventura is smaller in number that would dictate the 'system costs' would be spread over less people, therefore higher costs. That is cured by merging with a larger hospital system and reaping lower costs of supplies, etc. I also have to wonder how much uncompensated care exists in Adventura vs Broward.

By Linda Leatherbury
Broward General Medical Center’s Medicaid Out-Patient Eligibility Department (MOPED) (click here) has cruised to success over the past year, helping thousands of the county’s uninsured patients obtain government-supported healthcare.
 MOPED, created in May 2009 by Broward General Medical Center’s Chief Financial Officer Mark Doyle, proactively helps patients qualify for Medicaid, charity and financial assistance as needed. Since the program’s inception, more than 23,000 patients have visited the MOPED office, conveniently located in the main lobby of Broward General Medical Center....

Hello? Broward has it's own free standing MOPED 'practice' to find funding for lower income folks. That is still a huge difference in costs for the same procedure. 

Brian Bandell
...With nearly one-fifth of the state’s residents under age 65 uninsured, (click here) the cost of uncompensated care has been squeezing South Florida hospitals, especially safety net providers. The public health system for northern Broward County countered this in May 2009 with a program to register people in the outpatient setting, rather than only inside its hospitals, for health programs such as Medicaid and government-sponsored insurance. This program could serve as a model for other hospitals, especially as the phasing in of health care reform creates more coverage options for patients with modest means...

One fifth of Florida residents under the age of 65 are uninsured as of 2013? That is a lot. 20 percent. Wow.  It may be Adventura has a higher amount of uncompensated care and a higher per patient cost because of a smaller patient population, but, it may also have a debt with significant interest that has accumulated. Just a guess. Adventura can't continue business as usual. The cost of the two hospitals is too stark. The costs in Adventura probably sends residents near them to Broward. In doing that Adventura is actually increasing their costs, hence increasing their prices for services. I just get the idea Adventura is in a negative spiral and will ultimately end up in fiscal failure.

The other side of this is that Adventura is simply greedy. That could be. But, I thought I'd first give it the benefit of the doubt.
Osama bin Laden is dead and buried. That occurred without the US Congress knowing. Tells me all I need to know.

Look. Recently, Senator Feinstein complained her committee was being spyed on by the NSA which was not a clear separation of powers. There is no security anywhere because of the dependency on computers. 

The POW is alive and home. Nothing more to discuss.

There is no such thing as The War on Terror

FOX is scared. They are drumming up the myth while the war in Afghanistan is ending, there is no justification for releasing POWs because the War on Terror is continuing.


This is the 2006 National Intelligence Estimate. (click here)

It is fairly extensive but the bottom line is the war in Iraq was actually creating a greater danger to other nations, including the USA. In fact, the only war on terror was the war Bush was creating. 

Anyone taking FOX seriously is as wacko as they are. I had to go back to 2006 to bring reality back on track. And the very, very sad truth is the person making the statement about the War on Terror came from Dana Perino. She is on The Five, right? It was that Bush administration member. 

Lie. She is valuable to FOX because she lies and can be validating to a lie because she was a member of the Executive Branch of the USA. 

Really? OMG. That is outrageous. She is completely irresponsible. But, that isn't surprising, is it? Her current and former bosess didn't value the truth either.

These are frequently the Bible passages the gun lobbies state supports their 'God given right ...."

Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;  for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body. (1Co 6:19-20 ASV)

This is First Corinthians 6: 19 and 20 (American Standard Version). Of course it has to be the American Standard Version for gun lobbyists.

This was written by the Apostle Paul. Corinth was a city. It was a 'traverse point' between the east and west of the Roman Empire. It was a Roman city. That should tell everyone, there was very little belief in a monotheistic god. What is known about cities that act as a traverse point on sea routes?

Don't confuse the location of Corinth with the Greek Empire. The Roman Empire and Greek Empire occurred at different times of history. But, Corinth is located on the southern island of Greece. It was a city where a lot of merchandise passed through. 

What we know about such traverse seaports is that they are very wealthy. They are hubs of information and culture.  

Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ who founded the church spent one and half years in Corinth. While he was there he sought to convert people to monotheism. Paul was of Roman origins, so he was welcomed by noblemen and women when he traveled. It makes sense he would have the power of influence by his parentage alone. Romans beget Romans and no one else does. The Romans always sought to have 'pure lineages.' So, Paul is a very powerful guy when it came to travels through out the Roman Empire. The more one contemplates Paul it makes complete sense he was the founder of the church in the name of Jesus Christ who taught monotheism. Jesus was the son of slaves. Paul was the son of Romans. 

Paul concentrated his ministry in Corinth among the educated and wealth class. They had leisure time and could entertain thoughts about gods and goddesses. They would welcome enlightenment. Kindly remember the Romans were scientists, too. They were learning about their world as their military conquered lands and saw there were many belief systems to many gods. They saw belief systems that did not resemble their own. So, in the case of Julius Cesar and Cleopatra there were parallels in their status and believed to be part god. So, as time went by Romans were willing to take a look at monotheism because it also helped justify their Emperors as gods. How many gods can fit in one guy? But, the Romans were seeking enlightenment and change. They somewhat longed for it and Paul was among them to ask for their support. Paul figured if he could convince the royalty, philosophers and wealthy there was monotheism it would be carried throughout their realm.

The Roman Empire actually split. It was eastern and western with "The New" way of thinking being in Turkey and Constantinople where their cities were more secure from the Gauls in Europe.It would be Constantinople that would become the New Rome. Monotheism primarily dominated the beliefs of the people there. But that isn't about the above reference.

Fast reverse to the statement above. 

Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own;   for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body. (1Co 6:19-20 ASV)

What was common in the Roman practices with their gods? You know this. I know you know this. Did wealthy Romans entertain themselves with young boys for pleasure? Did the Romans carouse a lot? Did they party a great deal? Wine? Foods from all over the Mediterranean.

Paul was teaching these wonderfully indulgent people their bodies were important. He was teaching them to respect their health. IN THAT. Realizing they were rulers and leaders, they would then carry the respect of their bodies to those that served them. They would begin to understand their human activities would result in better or worse health. Was there not the practice of medicine to understand the human body better? Would Paul turn those people away from barbaric practices of social behavior, but, also from human sacrifice. 

If a body is a temple of 'the Holy Spirit' which was given by god would it be a good sacrifice at a temple to god? Of course not. How could a human being with a body provided by god be a good sacrifice back to god. Did you not appreciate what god gave you?

Now. Is this about guns? Is this about self-defense to justify the use of guns?

Absolutely not.  

Not only are we to take care of our bodies and the life contained. We have an obligation to preserve the body and life of other people. Psalm 82:4 even cites an obligation to protect those who are in danger: 

Psalm 82:4 Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. 

Are those passages not obvious? No? Psalms is the old testament. It is about the Jews and not Jesus. Jesus would come later. Psalms uses flowery language and a lot of imagery. Example: Psalm 23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters. What is Psalm 23:2 saying?

Is Psalm 23:2 actually describing a real life experience? No. However, the imagery is incredible isn't it? Very inviting thoughts of what god wants for the life of his followers. Yes? God would be a man of peace. A man concerned for calm and quiet and a life in appreciation of his creation. God gave the creation of his ideas of what is beautiful among a life. So, god speaks to his followers and let's them see how futile anger and violence actually can be when longevity is the goal.

So, that is Psalms. Jews were monotheistic. They held the first books of god's word. They found joy in living. Not that they didn't like comfort and possessions that brought them comfort, but, comfort and life's appreciations are important in Psalms. Psalms is about emotions. Emotions are intangible. How does god speak to his followers about their own emotions. How does god lead them to understand desirable feelings over and above 'bad' feelings? What makes Jews appreciate life as a civilized people with written text, beliefs and survival of self and family? 

Psalms began with King David. It is broken down into five books. Psalm 82 is in the third book of Psalms. What does that mean? It means every book of Psalm has it's own 'time' in which it was written. The first book was that of King David, the subsequent books were after the time of King David.

NOTE: Notifying the US Congress of a prisoner exchange would have resulted in a leak and/or politicking as it is today. There would be a chance of the POW's death. End of discussion.

Psalm 82:4 is about oppression, slavery, ownership of a human being. The wicked are the people that have power over other people. Unless Psalm 84:2 is about war, this has nothing to do with guns. This is a moral statement about the place of all people. It is about equity. Do guns provide equity? No. Guns provide power. Whether or not a gun is used to liberate the masses or not is really is in the purpose of the gun owner. Is this about 'god given rights to own and use a gun?" No. It is about making judgement to bring the oppressed out of their oppression. It is seeing others as if yourself. If others are seen as followers of God, the 'wicked' have no place among the honorable. It is nothing about guns.

Consider also Proverbs 24:11, which indicates we have a duty to preserve the lives of those who are harming themselves:

Proverbs 24:11 Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.

Proverbs is about wisdom. It was derived from living itself. It is not flowery or imagined. Proverbs is about what has worked before. It is about fearing god and in fearing god there is wisdom and good practices in life.

"Deliver those who are drawn to death..." Does that like "God given rights to guns..." No. Gunowners are drawn to death otherwise they would not own a gun. This Proverb is about steering people out of self destructive lives. Doesn't it sound as if it is about the depression that must surround depression? Sure it does. The Jews were used for slaves. The longing to be free of slavery has to be overwhelming, hence, wisdom, hence Proverbs. 

Ezekiel 33 is a well-known passage:

Ezekiel 33 "... 'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman's hand.' 

Later. God doesn't sanction guns. It is demented.

Will Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be tried at the world courts? The Nazis faced Nuremburg trials.

Do Americans ever get tired of being A-holes for FOX while they completely divert from the truth? What will history say? Bush and Cheney were heroes? Now. That would definitely be a book written by Murdoch.

So, the American public is suppose to dig deep into Bo's 'real reasons' for becoming a POW. Right.

I've got a new show for FOX, "Dancing with the Taliban;" the real life story of Bowe Bergdahl and his family still suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

Maybe Americans missed the news. Three years ago the man who masterminded the attacks of September 11, 2001 was finally killed.

It wasn't 13 years ago or 11 years ago, it was 3 years ago and where was Osama bin Laden? Right under Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld's noses. Now, where is the disgust of the American people at that reality. Nowhere? Why?

The wars of the past one and a half decades were a lie. They never should have occurred. While Bush and Cheney toyed with the Middle East a global network of terrorist organizations spread across the globe. If the Afghanistan War was concluded nearly as soon as when it was begun and Osama bin Laden was dead within the year, the world would sincerely be a safer place and there would not be the continued threat that exists today.

Live with that reality and be sure to rally the troops to do it all over again.

The American Public, or is it their politicians that are ridiculous. Bo conspired agains the USA. Ohhh.....

Since Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (click here) was captured in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2009, his father had become an expert on Guantanamo Bay’s detainees. It was out of necessity, because the Taliban demanded that the United States free prisoners from Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl.
“No family in the United States understands the detainee issue like ours,” Robert Bergdahl said in a 2011 plea to his son’s captors.
So it wasn’t entirely unusual when Bergdahl apparently published a tweet last week about Guantanamo’s detainees. Except this tweet was directed at a Taliban spokesman. And it came just four days before it was announced that his son was finally being released.
“I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners,” the tweet said, according to various screen grabs. The tweet was subsequently deleted. “God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen.”

The Super POW, can trade the USA for Taliban victory. Why don't Americans disbelieve there was only one POW fully accounted for and go to Afghanistan to ask the natives if they have found any GI remains while farming the rice paddies.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

BRANSON, Mo., June 16, 2005 – When Vietnam veterans (click here) hear that the military is committed to accounting for every last one of their comrades left behind in Southeast Asia, many admit they think it's little more than lip service.

But active-duty service members here for "Operation Homecoming USA" are giving them faith that the U.S. military is working aggressively to account for some 1,800 Americans still missing from the Vietnam War.

A team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, has temporarily set up shop in a small, olive-drab tent on the grounds of The Grand Palace theater. The theater complex is the epicenter of activities for Operation Homecoming USA, an official welcome home celebration for Vietnam veterans that's expected to attract as many as 50,000 veterans here this week....

Is it too much to ask that we stand as a nation grateful to have all our soldiers accounted for? Is it? Is it too much to ask to stand as a nation, after 13 years of war that should never have happened, to be grateful it is over? Is it too much to ask?

See, the facts are clear. If Bush didn't divert his ambitions into Iraq, the Afghanistan War would never has seen the resurgence of the Taliban. So, the fact the Taliban is still in Afghanistan is Bush's scandal. President Obama tried to make up for lost ground with a surge in 2009, but, we all know how well that worked out. It was an effort that would find a reconstituted Taliban and healthy al Qaeda presence.

Let me state that again.  

It was an effort that would find a reconstituted Taliban and healthy al Qaeda presence.

So while Georgie and Dickie power played into Iraq they completely left the USA at risk for another al Qaeda attack masterminded by bin Laden and his al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Let's see, rather than being grateful for the return of our only POW, let's just say Bo was actually born in Kenya and is President Obama's secret brother by another mother and shares a name with the White House pet for the longing of the family.

Still yet again, the petroleum industry says to the USA, "I own you."

Besides the fines, did those oil people ever pay the bill for our water cannons and personnel? They were out there for at least three days, before the piece of junk sank.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Updated Friday, May 30 at 2:18 PM

...And that new so-called "matching" policy (click here) is expected to save BP millions, possibly billions, of dollars compared to what it would have had to pay under the accounting rules Juneau had been using to calculate losses and test eligibility.

But at the same time, BP is also asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the halt on all business loss payments. That brings up persistent questions about the relationship of two Supreme Court justices to the law firm handling BP’s appeal.

Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito each has a son who works at Gibson Dunn, a large national firm renowned for its Supreme Court appeals practice. In fact, the firm brags on its website that it gets more than 30 percent of its appeals to the High Court heard, while the overall average is less than 1 percent.

Gibson Dunn’s appellate group, led by former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, asked the Supreme Court to hear BP’s case against Juneau’s payment methods and also filed a separate request to stop the business payments in the interim.
Alito’s son, Phil, just became an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office last August. But Scalia’s son, Eugene, has been at Gibson Dunn for more than a decade and has been a full partner since 2003. That means he would share in profits for all the firm’s cases, making his relationship to Justice Scalia an issue under the law.

U.S. Code Title 28, Section 455 requires federal judges and justices to recuse themselves if their “impartiality might reasonably be questioned” or if their close relative or a close relative’s spouse “is known by the judge to have an interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.”...

There is no "Peace Process" with Israel because Israel is not trustworthy.

The only available way forward is a 'settlement process' between Israel and Palestine. The past 'processes' have failed because they were a strategy against a Palestinian Homeland. The strategy was to place Israeli settlements so there could never be a sovereign Palestinian Homeland.

All of the people of Palestine have a right to be represented in their government, including it's diaspora. Israel has no right to dictate the government of Palestine as Palestine is a sovereign authority.

Patrick O'Connor

Palestine Media Watch

13 March 2006
...Anti-occupation Israelis: Even Israelis (click here) who challenge the narrow mainstream discourse on Israel/Palestine that is accepted in the US are rarely published, despite the general propensity to publish Israelis. In my personal experience in submitting more than 45 op-eds by Israeli and Palestinian writers to these same five US newspapers over the last two and half years, they published only a single op-ed that I was involved with by an Israeli who wrote outside that narrow discourse....

It is a foregone conclusion Hebrews want a Palestinian Homeland and the end of violence. Currently, there is in place a Palestinian government which includes representatives from Gaza. All of the current Palestinian leadership wants to end the longest Middle East war of modern history and resolve the borders of Palestine. They have been duly elected by the Palestinian people. Not only that but these elected leaders have been the leaders of the Palestinian people since the death of the Late Chairman Yassar Arafat.


 ...Mr Abbas (click here) said earlier that Israel had warned him it would "boycott the government the moment it was announced".
"Israel wants to punish us for agreeing with Hamas on this government," he said, adding: "Each Israeli step will have a proper Palestinian response."
Mr Abbas said the new interim cabinet would recognise Israel and reject violence.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, a British-educated, politically independent academic, has been put in charge of forming the technocratic government.
The US said last month it was "disappointed" by the deal and warned it could seriously complicate peace efforts with Israel.
Fatah has historically been the dominant faction in the Palestinian nationalist movement, but Hamas won parliamentary elections in January 2006.
In early 2007, Fatah and Hamas agreed to form a coalition to end growing factional violence, but in June of that year Hamas seized Gaza by force and set up a rival government.... 
No one is more disappointed in this continual hatred by Israel of Palestine than the American people. As an ally we care deeply about the people of Israel and it's diaspora, but, it has become increasingly obvious Israel is not trustworthy to carry through a process that defines borders. Israel makes all kinds of demands on the Palestinians and the latest is "But Hamas has rockets." Yep, they do. Hamas has always had rockets and to their credit Israel has not been able to take back Gaza. Gaza is the one province of Palestine that has held it's borders in the past decade. Amazing considering the tanks and bulldozers and chronically meandering border between Israel and Palestine.   

A while ago it was pointed out how Hamas throws candy in the street to their children and promoting violence. Okay, so was Israel going to stop the throwing of candy and free speech with tanks and bulldozers that results in meandering borders?

Enough, Israel is causing it's own problems.  And the right wing of the American political 'theater' is inflicting hatred on Palestine for it's own purposes. Israel expects me to believe with consistent and KNOWN Palestinian leadership that COMPLIES with international recognition of Israel, all of a sudden it is all going to change because the borders between the two nations are now signed in a treaty? Is that what Israel expects of me? Ain't going to happen. The Palestinian leadership is well known to the USA, it's diplomatic corp, the United Nations and it's diplomats and they are damnably consistent.

PALESTINE HAS A RIGHT TO EXIST. When is Israel going to recognize that?

By Jefferson Morley
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 10, 2005; 10:36 AM

A brief explanation of Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip: (click here)
...How will the withdrawal affect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
The Israeli government expects the withdrawal will reduce Palestinian attacks on Jewish citizens. The Israeli Foreign Ministry says that the withdrawal shows that Israel is willing to make significant concessions for peace. The PNA, while welcoming the dismantling of the settlements, says that the withdrawal is a unilateral move designed to consolidate Israeli control over the West Bank where the majority of Palestinians live....

Conal Urquart in Ramallah; Ian Black and Mark Tran

 Friday 15 June 2007
Palestinian militants from Hamas (click here) stand at the desk of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, inside Abbas's personal office after it was taken over by Hamas infighting in Gaza City. Photograph: Hatem Moussa/AP.
Hamas fighters today basked in triumph after taking complete control in Gaza as the west scrambled for a response to the arrival of Islamist power on Israel's doorstep.
In a stark demonstration of the new facts on the ground, a masked Hamas fighter sat down at the desk of the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, and declared an end to the western-backed authority in the Gaza strip.
In an imaginary telephone call to the US, a fighter from the Islamist movement's armed wing, Izz el-Deen al-Qassam, joked: "Hello Condoleezza Rice. You have to deal with me now, there is no Abu Mazen anymore."...

The Process to return Gaza to Palestine started in 2003. It didn't occur until 2005. Even after Gaza was returned to Palestine there still was no agreement on anything else from Israel. Sooooo, in 2007, Hamas said, "ENOUGH, out with Abbas. " Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Yep. "You have to deal with me now." That ended up including rockets. Why? Because Israel would not COMMIT to borders with Palestinians in the West Bank AND the borders kept moving, the olive trees kept being destroyed, Palestinians continued to be homeless and dead if in the way of the IDF, their tanks and bulldozers. 

Remember Rachel? She wanted so deeply to end the conflict between the nation of Israel and Palestine she put herself in front of an Israeli tank. 

That girl is a dead American due to the actions of Israel and still today they continue to run over her.

Photostory: Israeli bulldozer driver murders American peace activist (click here)

Nigel Parry and Arjan El Fassed
The Electronic Intifada

16 March 2003
 On 16 March 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie from Olympia, Washington, was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver. Rachel was in Gaza opposing the bulldozing of a Palestinian home as a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement.
Rachel and seven other ISM activists were in the Hi Es Salam area of Rafah, Gaza, trying to prevent the razing of Palestinian land and property. Present were two Israeli occupation army bulldozers and a tank. For a period of two hours, the activists played ‘cat and mouse’, attempting to prevent the illegal demolitions by physically blocking the passage of the two bulldozers....

With cold and indifferent views of an American attempting to change the course of the lives in Gaza, Israel killed her. It was absolutely no accident. There were cameras and witnesses. It was no accident. That was 2003. But, by 2005, Rachel had liberated Gaza.

If Israel expects to continue to be the global bully and get away with it, it is sadly mistaken. The Palestinian province of The West Bank MUST have clear and defined borders and Israel needs to evacuate it's citizens as they are breaking international law.