It is these kinds of intractable enmity that leads one to believe in genocide as a viable solution. And that's neither hyperbole nor satire. One viable solution for Israel is to displace every man, woman and child from the West Bank and simply take it.
I am saddened by the era when might made right; that's how we acquired Colorado and California, after all (which turned out to be great losses to Mexico in the 20th century moreso than the 19th). In any event...
For me, the first order of business is that Hamas, to name only one enemy of Israel, is consecrated on the tenant that Israel has no right to exist whatsoever.
Could someone please offer a suggestion as to how Israel should deal with that?
If you think Israel is using disproportionate force, which it is (and is its right in defending national interest and public safety), you have to start with an ideology that confronts Israel...
Remember that Arafat walked away from the table on Oslo accords, demonstrating that the PLO believes it does not have to give anything back to Israel whatsoever. Pretty counterproductive negotiation strategy.
What really has Israel done wrong in the context of the last 10 days or so in its military offensive?
True. It's war. Collateral damage is the best euphemism ever, IMHO. It's unavoidable that non-combatants are going to be killed in war. What is glossed over is that Israel spends magnificent amounts of money to avoid as much collateral damage as is humanly possible. Hamas? Not only do they pursue a military strategy that deliberatly targets Israeli civilians, Hamas also violates all decent standards of the conduct of war by hiding weapons in schools, hospitals, and religious facilities. Hamas encourages and celebrates the martyrdom of its own citizens as political tools. Nice...
What people overlook in this region since 1982 is that Iran controls Hezbollah and Hamas. When you decide to impugn "American empire & hegemony" remember that Iran is trying to create its own empire & hegemony, as is China (watch what they're doing in East Africa in pursuit of 'cheap resources' for its manufacturing empire), Russia, Venezuela, and the EU...
This latest maneuver by Israel seems to be pretty clearly the start of a war by proxy against Iran (actually 2006 was). I have interesting information that about six weeks ago, the US sold Israel (with congressional approval) a new bunker-busting type smart bomb that is being used in this conflict (note in this conflict military casualties vastly outnumber civilian, even as admitted by Hamas, at least up until this afternoon's school shelling). The figure is about 400 to 100, military to civilian casualties (again before today's school incident).
Israel appears to be seeking to damage Hamas sufficiently that Hamas agrees to an external peacekeeping force (Turkey is the name I keep hearing as the occupier that Israel would accept). With an international observer/peacekeeping force, it would be much more difficult for Hamas to fire katyusha rockets (and other, longer-ranged ones) into Israel. Israel could then open the border to Gaza and allow in normal trade missions.
Hamas is, as of this time, reserving its best fighters in the south, avoiding confrontation with Israel, trying to preserve its fighting strength. Those fighting Israel right now are literally trying to draw civilians into the casualty figures and they want nothing more than to have Al Jazeera broadcast pictures like those of today.
I have reached a maturity where I abhor civilian casualties, and my heart laments the horror inflicted on the innocent. It truly does.
But this is how Hamas wants it.
They are playing a gambit (look it up). They hope to lure Israel into positions like today, where many innocents are killed in the conflict. The mass media then play those images and dumb people everywhere start to blame Israel for aggression and indiscriminate killing.
Notice a couple of key differences to this conflict than might have been expected.
- Egypt knew this was about to happen. Israel informed them ahead of time. Appears Syria knew, too.
- Moderate Arab regimes, specifically Sunni regimes in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria, were all very low-key during the air phase of this operation.
- Hamas is controlled by Iran, as is Hezbollah in southern Lebanon (the latter has refrained from firing a single rocket into Northern Israel, which is what caused the "quagmire" battles of summer 2006).
This is a proxy war between Iran and Israel. And the Sunni arab governments have learned in the span of time between the Egyptian-Israeli peace (1979, IIRC) and now that Iran is more to be feared than Israel... Indeed, what has Israel done to those nations that have made peace and abided by the terms? hmm? Interesting philosophy: don't bomb our shit and we won't bomb yours! Israel is an honorable player. Iran, not so much...
There's an interesting move afoot in the Middle East. It's the shift between Sunni and Shia...
There is serious movement afoot in Syria for a peace with Israel. Watch for it in the next 18 months. This is all happening as a strategy, using both hard and soft power, of isolating Shias west of Iran (or maybe Baghdad... that's another issue altogether).
I support Israel. I always will.