British photojournalist Lewis Whyld has completed his Gaza War Map of 15 panoramic "virtual tours” of the destruction in the Gaza Strip. The stills and vid of the last 50 days hardly prepare you for the impact of turning in a full circle through 360º of destruction from a single point chosen from the map.
Whyld : these are "not precision strikes".
In the early stages of this latest version of bombing Gaza to rubble, or as a US military officer put it - "It's not 'mowing the grass,' it's removing the topsoil" - the Cons released their "Fire and Water" video.
Yeah, I know you've already seen it - watch it again.
It's a battle cry - a pre-justification for the coming assault. Compiled of clips from Harper's pledge to the Knesset in January : "Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you", and John Baird's bellicose 2012 speech to the American Jewish Committee, echoed again this February in his speech to AIPAC, it also featured seemingly out-of-place non sequitur footage of Canadian soldiers in past wars accompanied by Harper's voice-over about doing what's right even when it isn't popular.
Not so puzzling now, is it? Because they obviously knew precisely what was coming.