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Spectrum - June 18, 2010


Ike got it right


The amount of money the United States has spent on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq surpassed the $1 trillion mark last week, according to the National Priorities Project Cost of War counter. To date, more than $747 billion has been appropriated for the war in Iraq and $299 billion for the war in Afghanistan. The U.S. is spending more than $136 billion on the wars this year.

Former President Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower highlighted the wanton waste of war when he declared, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone.

"It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. ... Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. ... Is there no other way the world may live?"

Ted Rudow III

Encina Avenue

Palo Alto

Gaza blockade


The International Committee of the Red Cross has issued dire warnings of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. It declared that the ongoing blockade of Gaza is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions stating "the whole of Gaza's civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility.

The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed on the Palestinians in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law."

The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem stated says the blockade has caused the total economic collapse with a staggering 95 percent of Gaza's factories being forced to close. More than 98 percent of residents suffer from blackouts, and 93 percent of Gaza's water is heavily polluted, causing massive health problems.

Our continued unconditional support for Israel has contributed to this crisis. It is time to charter a new Middle East policy and demand the Gaza blockade be lifted.

Jagjit Singh

Stuart Court

Los Altos

Support Israel


I believe it's time that we support Israel in the current "crisis." Reading the news, it would seem that Israel violently attacked a group of unarmed peace-minded citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The "peace activists" were organized by IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi — "humanitarian relief fund"), a Turkish foundation with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran-backed Hamas, as well as mujahideen groups in Afghanistan.

These "activists" were not as concerned with aiding the people in Gaza as they were with drawing a confrontation with Israel for their own publicity.

From videos, it's clear that they brutally attacked the Israelis with metal poles, slingshots, etc. Yet somehow Israel is to blame for protecting itself and it's borders, ensuring that weapons and materials capable of making weapons are not imported into Gaza so that Hamas can make good on it's stated goal of destroying the Jewish nation.

I ask that you do everything in your power to use logic and reason and realize that we should be supporting Israel and her right to defend herself.

Dan Steinberg

Jane Lane

Mountain View


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Posted by Hal Steinberg
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2010 at 5:31 am

In 1962, then President John F. Kennedy was informed that Russia had been importing long range missiles into Cuba -missles that would permit Cuba to drop bombs (atomic or otherwise) on the U.S., 90 miles away. This was so close as to preclude our nation from defending against them! By international law, President Kennedy instituted a Cuban blockage by ringing that Island with U.S. warships. Kennedy knew the possibility of a war between the worlds two nuclear giants (at that time), but he also knew he was within the law to do so since we (the U.S.) was then officially at war with Cuba.

And so it is with Israel. The Palestinians have never declared an end to their state-of-war with Israel. Israel thus has the right to defend itself from further attacks by Gazan missiles by establishing a blockade to block missile-making components from Gaza.

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Posted by Dave Makkar
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Ike, inventor of the almost victory, won the Presidency with a lie and besmirched the arsenal that helped lead to victory in WWII.
Winning isn't everything, losing is.

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