From Denny Cormier in Gaza:
I am still trying to process all that has happened in the last
36 hours. Although I had prepared myself weeks ago for the
possibility that I would be in Gaza
during an Israeli
operation that I saw coming, I could not possibly imagine
the barbarity with which this operation is being carried out.
My life for the last 36 hours has been filled with stories of
horrific attacks on civilians and non-combatants. I have
heard almost constant bombardment of Gaza and the
neighboring communities, and attacks on my own
neighborhood by the seaport have been frequent and
ferocious. More than once I found myself running for cover
but there was no place to run. There is no place to hide
from these angels of death that fill the skies over Gaza and
over Al Meena hour after hour after hour... the sound of
drones and helicopters and jets are punctuated by
explosions that shake the house, that rattle the windows.
I can only imagine how frightened the thousands of children
are who surround me - children who are already living in the
most challenging of circumstances - and who are now first
hand witnesses to the worst instances of man's inhumanity
I am confident that the young men and women who unleash
these horrors upon a beautiful people (from their cockpits or
with joysticks dozens of miles away from my home) will be
brought to justice and will suffer the consequences of their
actions - because we will decide as a people that a defense
of "just doing my job" no longer has validity. You are not
playing with monsters in the virtual world, my young friends.
You are destroying homes and lives and dreams.
Should you abandon your cockpits and joysticks, you may
still avoid the wrath of humanity when it brings you before
its tribunals because it will most certainly bring you before
its tribunals. But if you choose not to, you will one day
suffer the isolation that you have already embraced with a
Pepsi in one hand and falafel in the other - you have freely
chosen your own fate. And the hell that you have brought to
this place will hold you forever in its selfish embrace. She is
an unkind mistress.