Sunday, November 18, 2012


Today is Sunday, 18 November 2012.

In an editorial of this date, the Jerusalem Post said:
“A strong opening isn’t enough, you also have to know how to finish – and finish decisively. If it isn’t clear whether the ball crossed the goal-line or not, the goal isn’t decisive. The ball needs to hit the net, visible to all. What does a decisive victory sound like? A Tarzan-like cry [My italics.] that lets the entire jungle know in no uncertain terms just who won, and just who was defeated.

To accomplish this, you need to achieve what the other side can’t bear, can’t live with, and our initial bombing campaign isn’t it.

THE DESIRE to prevent harm to innocent civilians in Gaza will ultimately lead to harming the truly innocent: the residents of southern Israel. The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences.

Why do our citizens have to live with rocket fire from Gaza while we fight with our hands tied? Why are the citizens of Gaza immune? If the Syrians were to open fire on our towns, would we not attack Damascus? If the Cubans were to fire at Miami, wouldn’t Havana suffer the consequences? That’s what’s called “deterrence” – if you shoot at me, I’ll shoot at you. There is no justification for the State of Gaza being able to shoot at our towns with impunity. We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.  [My italics.]

There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. Then they’d really call for a ceasefire.

Were this to happen, the images from Gaza might be unpleasant – but victory would be swift, and the lives of our soldiers and civilians spared.

This comes at least perilously near to a call for and a rationalization of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Anonymous Just Thinking said...

Palestine was over 90% Arab and about 3% Jewish for thousands of years and they lived together in relative peace through various occupations, most recently the Ottomans and then it became the British Mandate of Palestine. The British promised the land to both groups unbeknownst to them. In the late 1800s some Jews in Europe invented the Zionist doctrine, reinvented spoken Hebrew, rewrote the history of Jewish people, and began moving to Palestine in slow but steady numbers. They had a lot of financial support and were able to begin to create state-like institutions of their own in Palestine including a militia. The Arabs had no army. As persecution in Europe increased the Zionists began moving to Palestine in greater numbers, and by the early 1940s they began massacring Arab villages and stealing their property. When the British mandate for Palestine ended in 48 the Zionists took advantage of the opportunity (many say it was all a conspiracy) and began openly ethnically cleansing the remaining Arabs. That's where we still are today.

The Jewish people have been persecuted as have many others throughout history and nobody can deny this. This doesn't give any of them the right to revisit these crimes on others. The creation of an exclusively Jewish State is inherently racist on its face. If they want to end the occupation and make things right with the Palestinians, and become a state in which all people are treated equally then I can get behind them. Until then, no.

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