Hezbollah Leader Threatens To Escalate Battle

Is the U.S. doing enough to protect civilians?

  • 94.7k
    LeslieG
    Voted No
    10/18/2023

    With 4,200 Palestinians dead in Gaza, and 1,000 Israeli civilians dead the answer is no one is doing enough to protect civilians.

    Time to resolve the disputed territories that keeps triggering these violent events.

    Hint: Bombing civilian populations is not a solution instead creating an environment where both sides make mistakes. Nor is evacuating 1M civilians in 24 hr realistic especially from hospitals with nowhere to go,  no way to get there, no way to live once there, and no end game about who governs the area the day after.

    https://www.causes.com/comments/109836

    https://www.economist.com/international/2023/10/16/israel-needs-to-resist-irrational-retaliation

    https://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/israel-and-occupied-palestinian-territories-17-october-2023-enar

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2023/10/17/israel-hamas-war-gaza-live-updates-latest-news.html

  • 7,995
    larubia
    11/05/2023

    We're in a game of Whac-a-mole in the Middle East. Hit ISIS, and the Taliban pops up. Hit Taliban, oooh there's Hamas. Hit Hamas, there's Hezbolah.  It's never ending. And, even those we consider allies, are often iffy, at best. 

    Best long-term strategy, for the USA (and the planet), is to stop the reliance on oil!!! That black gold funds terrorism!  Personally, I am tired of watching my loved ones be deployed to fight the never ending wars in the Middle East. 

     

     

  • 2,418
    Martha
    Voted Yes
    10/26/2023

    NO!  President Biden needs to call for an immediate cease fire and call upon Israel and Egypt to open the border to all cilivans to escape Gaza.  The actions that Israel has taken are excessive and killing cilivans.  This slauder must stop on both sides. 

  • 94.7k
    LeslieG
    Voted No
    11/03/2023

    Glad to hear that the US is at least discussing steps to protect Palestian civilians.

    Not certain what the steps are nor consequences for not taking these steps but at least it's moving in the right direction,

    Also a good sign that Blinken's visit includes a stop in Jordan initiating a dialogue with both sides since this was not possible on the last trip but is much needed to move forward.

    "U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he would discuss during a trip to Israel "concrete steps" that should be taken to minimize harm to Gaza civilians amid mounting alarm over soaring casualties in Israel's bombardment of the enclave."

    https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2023/11/3/blinken-discusses-humanitarian-pauses-as-israel-encircles-gaza-city

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/blinken-will-discuss-israel-steps-minimize-harm-civilians-gaza-2023-11-02/

  • 9,012
    M
    11/03/2023

    The bigger picture might ask, why did Hamas attack by committing atrocities and purposely on camera? What was the goal, not by just attacking, but by purposely committing atrocities? Clearly they had a goal in mind in baiting both Israel and the world for a reaction. For what purpose? What is their higher goal beyond the stated goal of eliminating Israel, because the atrocities were done to create a reaction on the world stage, but to what end?

  • 3,959
    Jim2423
    Voted Yes
    11/04/2023

    We are furnishing the necessary supplies needed for the Israeli military besides aid for those in Gaza and refugees in Egypt. We have naval vessels patrolling the Mediterranean waters. What more can we do? This is a War of nations. We supply supplies and money to smaller terrorized countries. Other countries such as Iran and Russia and who knows who else supply war supplies and funds to the enemies. We don't want or need to send in our troops, if at all possible. That would just asking for WWIII. And it could be nuclear.

  • 9,016
    Charles
    Voted No
    11/08/2023

    Does not look like it! Gaza needs humanitarian relief.

  • 111
    Denise
    Voted No
    11/07/2023

    Protect Palestinian civilians first and foremost! The rest can be debated, but there is no excuse for genocide, something the rest of the world knows we are paying for. No more money to Israel while they continue their apartheid, racist and murderous behavior. 

  • 325
    Servicebeforeself
    Voted Yes
    11/06/2023

    The question is not if America is doing enough but what is being done against terrorism, both domestic and foreign. As a surrogate Iranian force, Hezbollah is not a new threat but a continuation of foreign aggression against American Democracy. Israel has been an ally of America, consequently, the use of Hezbollah against Israel and, by proxy, the United States. A muslim travel ban is not the answer. Placing american troops in harm's way is not the answer. America is not the sole aribitrator of solutions to the Arab and Jewish settlement question. However, the US can lead the democratic nations in providing diplomatic options. But beyond a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel, the Hezbollah threat and pro-Arab threats toward Israel which then involves the US because they see the US as siding with Israel which means they preceive the US an enemy. 

    If you can imagine HAMAS as threat but not Palestine and the civilians inhabiting the GAZA strip then providing for the humane welfare and treatment of Palestine is in the best interests of the US and Israel whose war is with HAMAS, not the innocent children of Palestine. Israel has a right to defend itself against HAMAS's deadly attack on the 7th of October. However, HAMAS holding over 200 hostages inhibits the chance of Israel relenting on their mission to remove HAMAS from GAZA. Any cease-fire has to include the return of hostages and the safe evacuation of Palestinians who need to flee the war zone created by HAMAS. 

    The US can no more affect foreign country decisions than it can affect the apparent oppression of marginalized communities here at home. How can anyone argue that the US has not done enough short of not backing Israel like police departments in America's reluctance to stop qualified immunity? More robust Immigration and tighter border control do not keep our nation safer any more than the existing over-policing of communities keeping residents safer. We are a leader in mass shooters killing our citizens, and the GOP refuses to acknowledge the use of assault rifles is a problem. We are a non-bipartisan governed country, so why would our foreign policy differ? GOP won't admit having people walk around with assault weapons murdering people is horrible and requires a ban because that would appear as a win for the other side who have advocated for stricter gun control to save lives. But NRA provides lots of donations to the GOP? So again, whether America is doing enough is not the question. 

     

     

  • 61
    Natalie
    Voted No
    11/06/2023

    I feel disappointed and upset that no we are not doing enough at all to protect civilians from the bombshell attacks! We really need to! How many more people are going to die? I'm worried and concerned because it has to stop now! When is this going to end! There really needs to be a ceasefire! We need to give aid to Gaza and the hostages should be released! We also need to prevent the escalation of battle! I hope it doesn't spread from South Lebanon to Beirut because that's worrisome to me and I don't want it to happen at all!

  • 2,604
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Yes
    11/06/2023

    It's not America's job to protect anybody. This isn't America's fight. America should be supporting Israel and the Israeli efforts.

  • 2,746
    George
    Voted No
    11/06/2023

    Innocents are being slaughtered! 

  • 2,946
    Arlys
    11/06/2023

    I am so sick and tired of all this BS.  I'm 76 years old and have known that this is nothing more than a power play to control territorial posession.  At the same time, this activity is being used to destroy our own safety net against our own enemies.  I am sick and tired of our tax dollars being used to support all this mess.  As for the so-called civilians, they should have "gotten the hell out of Dodge" before all this went down.  It is their fault that this was allowed to happen.  We NEED to TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.  Again, we are not the world's police force and our own military doesn't belong in this fight.  The corporat military complex and big oil is behind all this activity.  It needs to be stopped ASAP.  "Kill them all and let God, or Allah if you prefer, decide" the outcome.  Time for a "wakeup call".

  • 1,075
    SigmaTriz
    Voted Yes
    11/06/2023

    In WW2 we dropped 2 atomic bombs on Japan killing over 120,000 civilians.  We did it to stop the war and mainly to stop lots of American lives being lost if we had to invade Japan.  Didn't hear about protests then?  This is an Israel war with a terrorist group who the Palestinians wanted them to represent them.  These low life thugs slaughtered 1,400 people in Israel including women and children.  It's up to Israel how they handle this war.  If the protesters can't understand what happened here, I suggest the Government charter a plane and send all these morons to Gaza.

  • 202
    JoAnna
    Voted Yes
    11/06/2023

    Hamas attacked Israel Oct . This is an Issue of Hamas as a terrorist organization 

  • 7,978
    DaveS
    11/05/2023

    I would like to know how the US is going to protect people in Gaza or Israel, this is a war between Israel and Hamas? Hamas is using its people as human shield !!!! The Palestine people voted in Hamas and their beliefs, they need to overthrow Hamas as a governing body if they don't want a dictatorship running the country, sense voting is not an option, same for Russia, Iran, China, North Korea and other dictatorships that not support democracy!

  • 7,978
    DaveS
    11/05/2023

    Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania are they the ones with faults electoral fraud, they have more trust in the GOP? Of course the do all they listen to is Fox entertainment news and newsmax entertainment.

  • 3,883
    Ronald
    11/05/2023

    Israel, Ukraine, the USA, Germany, and Japan. Similarities and the divide

     

    During World War II, the USA bombed Dresden and Tokyo to the ground, thoughts of humanitarian aid never came up. Why do we allow Ukraine to suffer a full-scale invasion with the Russians Not only committing War Crimes but also having no respect for any humanitarian aid, no cease fire either.

     

    Now Israel and Hamas is A totally different story. The sovereign, legally elected representatives of the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip have and continue to make War against Israel with the goal of Genocide. 

     

    Hamas, the USA, and others have asked Israel to have a cease fire for humanitarian aid, even before releasing the captured Israelis. 

     

    What kind of War is this?

     

    We should help both Israel and the Ukraine with no strings. 

     

    We should hope for Unconditional Surrender.   

  • 2,418
    Martha
    Voted Yes
    11/04/2023

    I'm not sure whatelse the US can do other than threaten to not send aid to Israel, which I doubt we'll do.

  • 848
    Hector
    Voted No
    11/04/2023

    America is a fascist country. It is a plutocracy, and the rich own 95% of our politicians, 66% of our Supreme Court, and much more. They are psychotic serial killing Satanists, and we the people must protest to oust these demon possessed so-called Representatives. They hate education, they hate everything except slavery. They deny their own science and they work wholeheartedly to end life on earth. Their false gods are of war and nothing but war. They are soulless. They are the worst criminals the world has ever seen. They are diseased in the brain with animalistic minds. They are wolves. They are rabid wolves. They hate teaching proper history. History says we oust them easily by going on strike and protesting until they resign. We can do it We the People. We are the greatest political force in America, not the congress or the Supreme Court or the president. We are America, not them. They are only the few owned by our psychotic serial killing rich Satanists who g have nearly guaranteed earth's destruction by global warming. Intelligence can be. We can have it again but the criminals who own and run our government must face justice. They won't face justice if we ignore their devilry. Peace can exist. We've proven it with 1000 years of peace before the Europeans came to the Americas killing all but 5% of Americas aborigines. Still today they run most of the Americas with slavery, degradation, segregation, torture, and all the other great evils possibly done by man. They have not the fear of God. They are hellbound and intent in killing all life on earth by global warming. They must face justice. It's how it's done historically. You killed civics class in America and rewrite history to clown Americans daily. Will Americans ever see the light? Can they even have a little intelligence enough to end the insanity of the rich owned government? Will rich who are psychotic serial killers face justice or not? Americans are the Steinway political power in America. We the People have all the power in America to oust bribed Representatives in all branches of government. It's historically done by countries worldwide to end oligarchs and bribery of their leaders by the oligarchs and to end plutocracy. Our founding fathers gave us a dire warning that if we let the rich own our politicians that we would suffer a fate that is extremely evil. That's why we have two duties as Americans. To vote and write our congressmen and senators which is from our watching our Representatives like hawks. The rich will always be in the wings looking to destroy our constitution. We failed. We didn't do it duties and now we all have open files of the FBI on us. The rich see us as slaves. They are working diligently to both steal elections for the radical right wing and end all of our rights. Obey the laws of the land the Bible says. Now we have power of the people but once the radical right gets complete government power they will require the constitution to a monarchy or just completely fascist, racist, kill kill government like nazi Germany. America pays Israel to be Judeo-Nazi and and America is American-Nazi. We need to squash the rich bugs who get the laws they want in place to make their devilry upon us legal. They are the evil of the world. They have us a toxic pandemic that makes you stupid, sick, reversal of healing, diseases for kids, many for everyone and damaging and changing your DNA and genes. Then they say they wanna go to war with all their victims. Americans, the cure is ousting these criminals. Wake the hell up already!

  • 26.1k
    Frank_001
    Voted No
    11/03/2023

    Israel resists US pressure to pause the war to allow more aid to Gaza, wants hostages back first https://apnews.com/article/94d5d0b58bc10a14be6ac191060e47e1

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    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday pushed back against growing U.S. pressure for a “humanitarian pause” in the war to protect civilians and allow more aid into Gaza, insisting there would be no temporary cease-fire until some 240 hostages were released.

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made his third trip to Israel since the war began, reiterating American support for Israel’s battles against Hamas, while echoing President Joe Biden’s earlier call for a brief halt in the fighting to address a worsening humanitarian crisis.

    Alarm has grown over spiraling Palestinian deaths and growing misery for civilians after weeks of Israeli bombardment and a widening ground assault that risks even greater casualties. Overwhelmed hospitals say they are nearing collapse, with medicines and fuel running low under the Israeli siege. About 1.5 million people in Gaza, or 70% of the population, had fled their homes, the U.N. said Friday. 

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    MORE.

    I do not want the US to support Israel if Netanyahu thinks it's a good idea to behave like all Palestinians are the enemy. 

  • 26.1k
    Frank_001
    Voted No
    11/03/2023

    A little of the behind-the-scenes extremist thinking.

    Do they want to go to war?

    The US needs to more forcefully distance our country from the Netanyahu regime. 

    Another Nakba? Israeli Intel Ministry Proposes Expelling Every Palestinian in Gaza to Egypt | Democracy Now!
    https://www.democracynow.org/2023/11/3/israel_leak_gaza_expulsion_egypt

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    Israeli journalist Yuval Abraham, a writer for +972 Magazine and Local Call, ... says that while the Intelligence Ministry is not particularly powerful, “this is an official state document essentially recommending the government to carry out an ethnic cleansing of Gaza.” Meanwhile, radical settlers in the West Bank are increasingly using the war on Gaza as cover to push Palestinians out of their homes and villages, often under threat of lethal violence. “Death is now everywhere, and things are deteriorating really, really quickly,” says Abraham.

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