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ColinC

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Tue Feb 20, 2024, 10:43 AM Feb 20

"I'm an American doctor who went to Gaza. What I saw wasn't war. It was annihilation." [View all]



Entering southern Gaza on Jan. 29, where many have fled from the north, felt like the first pages of a dystopian novel. Our ears were numb with the constant humming of what I was told were the surveillance drones that circled constantly. Our noses were consumed with the stench of 1 million displaced humans living in close proximity without adequate sanitation. Our eyes got lost in the sea of tents. We stayed at a guest house in Rafah. Our first night was cold, and many of us couldn’t sleep. We stood on the balcony listening to the bombs, and seeing the smoke rise from Khan Yunis.


As we approached the European Gaza Hospital the next day, there were rows of tents that lined and blocked the streets. Many Palestinians gravitated toward this and other hospitals hoping it would represent a sanctuary from the violence — they were wrong.

People also spilled into the hospital: living in hallways, stairwell corridors and even storage closets. The once-wide walkways designed by the European Union to accommodate the busy traffic of medical staff, stretchers and equipment were now reduced to a single-file passageway. On either side, blankets hung from the ceiling to cordon off small areas for entire families, offering a sliver of privacy. A hospital designed to accommodate about 300 patients was now struggling to care for more than 1,000 patients and hundreds more seeking refuge.

There were a limited number of local surgeons available. We were told that many had been killed or arrested, their whereabouts or even their existence unknown. Others were trapped in occupied areas in the north or nearby places where it was too risky to travel to the hospital. There was only one local plastic surgeon left and he covered the hospital 24/7. His home had been destroyed, so he lived in the hospital, and was able to stuff all of his personal possessions into two small hand bags. This narrative became all too common among the remaining staff at the hospital. This surgeon was lucky, because his wife and daughter were still alive, although almost everyone else working in the hospital was mourning the loss of their loved ones.

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https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2024-02-16/rafah-gaza-hospitals-surgery-israel-bombing-ground-offensive-children
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Hard to imagine trying to run a hospital and provide any but the most basic level of medical care in these conditions dutch777 Feb 20 #1
K&R PatSeg Feb 20 #2
Totally inhumane. Lonestarblue Feb 20 #3
It is effin evil malaise Feb 20 #4
GD Fucking HAMAS is Fucking Evil and Cha Feb 20 #34
Gang rape/Mass murder. Let he who is without guilt cast the first stone. Chainfire Feb 20 #46
HAMAS wanted this to Happen. Cha Feb 20 #47
It is your claimn that Hamas wanted to see the population exterminated and the land laid to waste? Chainfire Feb 20 #51
Nutty-yahoo is the modern-day Milosevic peppertree Feb 20 #5
I hate to break it to th LA times but that is exactly what war is Ray Bruns Feb 20 #6
You are confusing apartheid and genocide with war ColinC Feb 20 #7
You are confusing who is doing what in the war. former9thward Feb 20 #8
Who is doing what in war? ColinC Feb 20 #10
They send rockets into civilian areas on a random basis. former9thward Feb 20 #48
Israel is murdering children, starving them and depriving them of sanitary water ColinC Feb 20 #73
I am confusing nothing. War is horror blood disease and death. Ray Bruns Feb 20 #13
War is horrible. Yet again, this is not war. ColinC Feb 20 #17
Hamas said it's a war. Israel is responding Arazi Feb 20 #28
"War generally requires push and pull of territory by both parties" Ray Bruns Feb 20 #32
It requires no such thing EX500rider Feb 20 #50
The vast majority of those conflicts are not war ColinC Feb 20 #61
I think the Iraqi's and Afghans would not agree it was not war EX500rider Feb 20 #64
Much as the Koreans and Phillipinos would likely consider their occupations war. ColinC Feb 20 #68
The Japanese invasion of the Philippines was certainly war EX500rider Feb 20 #70
I am not referring to the Korean civil War or the invasion of the phillipines ColinC Feb 20 #71
"Just needless killing on behalf of one side."... Oct 7th keithbvadu2 Feb 21 #86
Is Netanyahu breeding more terrorists than he's killing? Martin Eden Feb 20 #14
Why are you saying Palestinians are singularly bloodthirsty? Arazi Feb 20 #15
I said no such thing. Martin Eden Feb 20 #16
Yes, you did Arazi Feb 20 #24
Historically this is a trend. It's a slippery slope argument right now, ColinC Feb 20 #31
Now you're comparing Palestinians to ISIS??!! Arazi Feb 20 #36
Actually let's start at Israel violating the Oslo Accords following Sharon's death ColinC Feb 20 #37
Or how about we go back to the Six Day War? Arazi Feb 20 #45
We are talking about Palestine so let's stay there. ColinC Feb 20 #72
The British bear responsibility, no doubt Arazi Feb 21 #77
It really isn't another topic considering they have never not been occupied and the territory ColinC Feb 21 #80
This "Trend" Zeitghost Feb 20 #39
No, I didn't Martin Eden Feb 20 #69
Thank you for the detailed response Arazi Feb 20 #75
I suspect his plan is to render that point moot Bettie Feb 20 #62
Martin, your post is both eloquent and truthful. Earth-shine Feb 21 #76
Thank You Martin Eden Feb 21 #78
Ray you are 100% correct. Irish_Dem Feb 20 #21
So, you don't agree w/ the concept of War Crimes al bupp Feb 20 #49
My personal feelings have nothing to do with the fact that war is annihilation. Irish_Dem Feb 20 #57
I think justifying war crimes by way excusing attacks on civilians "the way things are" al bupp Feb 20 #67
K&R hay rick Feb 20 #9
Watched an interview with him this morning Nanjeanne Feb 20 #11
Nah, it's war. A war Hamas instigated knowing full well the consequences Arazi Feb 20 #12
When was the last time Hamas attacked Israelis or reacquired lost territory? ColinC Feb 20 #18
10/7 is just "something that happened months ago"? maxsolomon Feb 20 #20
Again I find it interesting how folks justify indefinite killing ColinC Feb 20 #25
Hamas said it's a war. That's *their* word Arazi Feb 20 #22
Does that make sense to you? ColinC Feb 20 #27
Hamas is a death cult. Nothing makes sense Arazi Feb 20 #33
I'm not talking about war. I'm talking about needless disproportionate killing ColinC Feb 20 #35
You think Israel cares what the world thinks?! Arazi Feb 20 #40
Justifying war crimes by "that's just war" isn't a very convincing argument ColinC Feb 21 #85
"because a terrorist organization" EX500rider Feb 20 #54
Yeah one GD thing HAMAS Cha Feb 20 #30
It has been happening since the day Zeitghost Feb 20 #44
You seem unaware of how war works. The Pearl Harbor attack killed 68 US civilians EX500rider Feb 20 #52
Japan was consistently acquiring territory while losing little ColinC Feb 20 #65
"Annihilation" is what Hamas baited Israel into. maxsolomon Feb 20 #19
I find it a strange mindset that is frankly incredibly human ColinC Feb 20 #23
"Israel has probably killed far more people in retaliation for the killing of less than 2,000 people, than the US.. EX500rider Feb 20 #55
I stand corrected ColinC Feb 20 #58
Who "baited" who? David__77 Feb 20 #38
Ah, the chicken and egg. maxsolomon Feb 20 #41
As many here point out: needless bloodshed is a part of war ColinC Feb 21 #88
HAMAS Started This Fucking War Cha Feb 20 #26
What do the innocent Palestinians whose families are murdered by the IDF have to do with Hamas? ColinC Feb 20 #29
HAMAS Invaded Israel and Slaughtered Innocent Israelis & Cha Feb 20 #43
Again. I don't understand what that has to do with the people being murdered by the IDF? ColinC Feb 20 #53
What do the innocent civilians in all wars have to do with their government? EX500rider Feb 20 #56
Innocent civilians in all wars are not necessarily explicitly targeted. ColinC Feb 20 #59
They do not appear to be to me, quite the opposite EX500rider Feb 20 #63
and Israel is morally responsible for continuing this war and killing tens of thousands of civilians DBoon Feb 20 #42
Britain started the war when they invaded and occupied Palestine ColinC Feb 21 #87
The Warsaw Ghetto pfitz59 Feb 20 #60
Wrong in so many ways. madaboutharry Feb 21 #81
Christiane Amanpour had some troubling videos on moniss Feb 20 #66
I wonder if they were anywhere near an Israeli border kibbutz on 10/7? Patton French Feb 20 #74
Denigrating and belittling victims of the Holocaust madaboutharry Feb 21 #79
How is highlighting people's suffering denigrating victims of the holocaust? ColinC Feb 21 #82
You need to read your own thread. madaboutharry Feb 21 #83
Once again ColinC Feb 21 #84
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