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Subject: Another Tragedy of Epic Proportions in the Making in Gaza - Israel At Fault, As Usual
swhitebull    12/12/2007 2:21:31 PM
from National Review: Graveless in Gaza [Lisa Schiffren] Is this a great Alarabiya headline or what: Israeli blockade leads to humanitarian disaster Gaza runs out of cement to build graves Two humanitarian suggestions: 1 - Gazans could stop killing each other so enthusiastically, so the annual supply of 1000 government provided graves doesn't get used up so fast. 2 - Gazans could stop killing Israelis, giving Israel a reason to relax the blockade. 3 - (This one is practical, not humanitarian) — Gazans could build a cement factory of their own — since their primary, or perhaps only, natural resource is SAND. That way they could continue murder and mayhem at the rate they are comfortable with — and be able to build all the graves they need. And, an unintended though beneficial side affect might be that they begin to build an economy, too. swhitebull
 
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RockyMTNClimber    Definitions: Gaza = Grave; Palestinian slang for graveyard, dispair, no hope, hell.    12/12/2007 8:01:30 PM
 
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FJV       12/14/2007 1:55:43 PM
It's their own fault. That's what you get for electing Hamas as your government.

Like I said that election is on the same scale of stupidity as those Germans who said emphatically yes to the question "Wolt ihr den totalen krieg?".  The  Palestinians said yes to a similar choice and now they're gonna have to live with the results.




 
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swhitebull       12/14/2007 2:50:46 PM

It's their own fault. That's what you get for electing Hamas as your government.

Like I said that election is on the same scale of stupidity as those Germans who said emphatically yes to the question "Wolt ihr den totalen krieg?".  The  Palestinians said yes to a similar choice and now they're gonna have to live with the results.





Unfortunately, they want to do a reverse Shimson, and take everyone - Da Jooz - with them.
 
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Shirrush       12/16/2007 12:02:48 PM

3 - (This one is practical, not humanitarian) ? Gazans could build a cement factory of their own ? since their primary, or perhaps only, natural resource is SAND. That way they could continue murder and mayhem at the rate they are comfortable with ? and be able to build all the graves they need. And, an unintended though beneficial side affect might be that they begin to build an economy, too.



swhitebull
Not practical, as Gaza's geology is against it, and cement is not made with silica sand, but rather with marl/limestone, of which Gaza only has scattered, and mostly built-over, outcrops.
The bedrock along the coast is a brittle and uneven Pleistocene sandstone called Kurkar, and is not really good for anything except as a landscape feature.
...Which reminds me that this board still doesn't allow uploading pictures. Too bad, I've got a few nice ones of my neighborhood's kurkar hill...

 
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Shirrush    Oops!   12/16/2007 12:16:02 PM
 
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Herald12345       12/16/2007 7:54:07 PM
You know how America could help in this case?

Tools.

Safety instruction.

And markers.

Do I seem a bit callous? No, I am not. But with those cretins in Gaza I say, "Wrap the deceased Hamas thug in a canvas bag, put some rocks in for weight, take a fishing boat out into the Mediterranean and dump the remains over the side. If the terrorist was useless in life, at least he can feed the fish, and be useful in death. 

Herald

 
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FJV    The Saddam effect   12/17/2007 3:22:41 AM
Wouldn't be suprised if the Palestinians are perfectly able to import cement, but that someone higher up in the Palestinian hierarchy prevents this. Just like Saddam was able to import all kinds of stuff for his people druing the embargo years, but didn't do so.




 
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Shirrush       12/17/2007 3:52:48 AM
Israel imports a lot, if not most, of its cement from Egypt.
Why can't Gaza do the same? Israel does not control their boundary with Egypt, so the problem could be due to the Egyptians insisting on getting paid, or something...

 
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sentinel28a       12/18/2007 7:31:46 AM

You know how America could help in this case?

Tools.

Safety instruction.

And markers.

Do I seem a bit callous? No, I am not. But with those cretins in Gaza I say, "Wrap the deceased Hamas thug in a canvas bag, put some rocks in for weight, take a fishing boat out into the Mediterranean and dump the remains over the side. If the terrorist was useless in life, at least he can feed the fish, and be useful in death. 

Herald

Great idea, but we agreed in Bali to cut back on pollution.


 
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