Laila at Raising Yousef has a great post on the breakout from Gaza, joined by some interesting comments, too. Here's a sample of the thought-provoking and sensitive outlook Laila brings to this usually-backburnered subject (picture from her blog):
People often ask me why such things-meaning people powered civil protests that can overcome even the strongest occupation- don't happen sooner, or more often, or at all for that matter. We underestimate the power of occupation to destroy a people's will to live, let alone resist and and attempt to change the situation. This is the worst thing about occupation, whether a military occupation like Israel's, or a political one like Hosni Mubarak's in his own country. And it is only when you can overcome the psychological occupation, the occupation of the mind, that the military occupation in all its manifestations can be defeated.
Tying this in with Mubarak's occupation of Egypt is such an astute observation. And the devastation to the society there is also real, but as for now, Gaza is a true humanitarian disaster area, thanks to Israel's illegal and unconscionable collective punishment policy - and the occupation itself.
All the stats on the humanitarian disaster can be found here on Heathlander's important post.