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Archive for January 7th, 2009

Finished a picture

Impressive. I got this picture finished that I have been working on for quite a while. As I have said in previous posts I’m not getting a lot of painting done recently, both for objective reasons and a lowering of my motivation. In any case, I finally got this one finished and put it in my storage which is now completely full…

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I just read that Israel is to get its first solar power station that will produce 500 MW in the southern region near Eilat.

Small but certainly looks good news. I just checked out on the Israel Electric Company’s website and their total production capacity is around 11,300 MW. This is a good start though.

We don’t have water or wind but we have loads of sun. Let’s start using it.

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Human shields

If you haven’t yet seen confirmation from AP that there were Hamas fighters in the school in Gaza, this is what they reported:

“Two neighbourhood residents confirmed the Israeli account, saying a group of militants fired mortars from a street near the school, then fled into a crowd of people in the streets. Israel then opened fire.”

You can read the whole article here. The report is not pretty, the tragedy of innocent casualties is just as tragic but the context is also important.

Incidentally, the Israel army has a YouTube site with officially released footage amongst which is this footage taken from an unmanned drone of mortar fire from a UN school.

We have fire-power, they have tear-power. Hamas cannot defeat Israel by fighting, but they can defeat us by the power of the press and world opinion. Civilians who die in the conflict are martyrs who will go to heaven. A culture and an organization that thrives on suicide bombers and death has no problem with a few more dead children. But they know the West does.

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Modern warfare

Looking at reports from the media of the current warfare in Gaza, I keep thinking to myself that nothing has changed in the last few thousand years. People fight and people get killed. In those thousands of years it would seem that everything else has changed and got more advanced. Civilization and technology have changed dramatically in almost every way. Life has improved in so many ways but warfare has only got worse not better.

What hasn’t changed is man. People are still the same as they were at the dawn of civilization. They still have the same desires and needs. They wish to live, they look for meaning, they love, hate, are happy, angry just as their forebears did 2000 or 5000 years ago. They still eat, crap, have sex, are born and die just as we always did. For all our technical and philosophical advances we are still the same creature we were.

The difference is that now we have more power at our fingertips. More power to create, build and heal and more power to destroy.

This has nothing to do with the justification of this war which I think is justified. It is just disappointing that we still need to fight.

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