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CP

Why Aren't Harper And Baird Angry About Dead Babies In Gaza?

Should the government of Canada denounce the intentional and accidental slaughter of babies and other civilians caught in the crossfire between two military forces? It's a question as redundant as "does Red Lobster serve Lobster?" Yes. Of course the government, or any other organization run by rational and peace-loving people, should condemn such violence. The killing of civilians has always and will always be a reprehensible act. And yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird remain silent on the mounting civilian death toll in Gaza. It's baffling, since a quick peek at Baird's Twitter timeline.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Need for Moral Clarity on the Israel-Hamas War

While Hamas has rejected cease-fires proposed by Egypt and the UN, including a humanitarian cease-fire, it has continued its relentless rocket assaults and tunnel invasions, the proximate triggers for this immediate conflict. If we want to prevent further tragedies, it is important to go beyond the "fog of war" -- to go behind the daily headlines that cloud understanding and the clichés (the "cycle of violence") that corrupt it -- and ask some fundamental questions about root causes and the basis for its resolution.
AP

When Palestinian Solidarity Harms More Than It Helps

Palestinian solidarity activists are using Zionism isn't Judaism on social media to say that Jews aren't the problem, the Zionist state of Israel is the problem, but will this tactic work? Despite good intentions, the answer is no. One problem with Zionism isn't Judaism is that its primary assertion is inaccurate.
EFE

WATCH: Gaza City Is A Warzone

The violence in Gaza City has left parts of the city in ruins and residents terrified. In an interview with Channel 4 News, a Hamas spokesman denied Israeli claims that the fighters are using civilian...
AP

An Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Can't Resurrect Hope

If anyone can put a positive spin on this week's events in Israel and Gaza, I'd like to hear it. From where I sit there's absolutely no good news -- not for Israel and not for the future state of Palestine. Each side claimed victory after a ceasefire went into effect Thursday, but the reality is both sides came out losers. The sirens still sound, the bomb shelters are still inhabited and people in the south of the country are still living in near-constant terror. Iron Dome may stop missiles from landing, but it cannot prevent them from being launched.
AP

The Middle East's New Social Media War

Israel's assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Al-Jaabari on Wednesday sparked another tragic round of bloodletting in the Middle East. Civilians on both sides suffered. But this time, the conflict took a surreal, technological turn as both sides took to social media in an online war of words and images.