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If you expected anything else, you're playing dumb...

With everything that has been happening in Palestine, the fighting and supposed civil war, it surprises me that some people make out like it actually is a surprise. What else did anyone expect the outcome of all this created chaos to end up in? Happiness? Utopia?

If you expected anything less than chaos, you are either playing dumb or playing along. The sad thing is, the players aren't the ones who have to live it. They get to sit back and look at it like it's some video game they had a hand in making, or they continue to ignore it. It's not their family or friends, so why should they care? It's real. People are suffering. It isn't a game.

Do you want in on the reality? Here are just a few things I've taken from What Really Happened

EU to Israel: Stop violating int'l law: "The EU will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders other than those agreed by both parties,” the statement said. Link

Ex-soldiers break `silence' on Israeli excesses: "We provide the tools for people to understand the deeply woven moral corruption and numbness of what we do (in the Occupied Territories). It's like a slide; once you start going down, you keep going down." Link

Evacuation of settlement outpost in West Bank delayed: "Evacuation of the illegal West Bank settlement outpost of Migron, which was built on private Palestinian land, is likely to be delayed for another half year, according to a government brief submitted to the High Court of Justice on Sunday." Link

UNICEF 2006 One of The Worst Years for Palestine Children: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said that 123 Palestinian children have been killed since outbreak of hostilities, more than double the 2005 figure., adding that some 340 children remain in detention facilities. Link

Israeli soldiers tell of indiscriminate killings by army and a culture of impunity: "The reason why I am telling you this is that I want the army to think about what they are asking us to do, shooting unarmed people. I don't think it's legal." Link

Here is an article from Filasteen: An Introduction to the Israel-Palestine Conflict. Link

From The Truth Will Set You Free:

I Swear...: "However, for the past month or so, I have been filling out some schools' applications. Most of them are American. It gets easier by time to repeat what you first have trouble in articulating and then jotting down. All follow the same pattern, yet not when it comes to the nationality part. Of course, "Palestine" is never provided as an option. It crushes one's feelings to find out that you are not considered what you believe you are. It is like hallucinating while the whole world mocks you." (As an aside, this article has a beautiful picture of Palestinian students graduating from University, and believe it or not they actually look like you and me! Yes, they really are normal people! A_R Imagine That!) Link

Collective punishment, through a child's eyes: Together with another 5,000 or so residents of Gaza, who have also been waiting in recent weeks to return to their homes, she was crammed with her toddler for hours in an endless line at the crossing. "Elbow to elbow, like cattle," is how she describes this in her blog, until being pushed back in shame once again. Link

(I could go on all day with this list, but if that doesn't give you an idea about why this is happening, nothing will. And thanks to Mr. Harper, Canadians have a hand in this. I don't know about you, but it doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, it makes me feel like Canada has turned their back on doing the right thing. It makes me feel like this Government should be voted out as soon as possible. A_R)