Yes, Israelis deserve security. Twenty Israelis dead in 10 years around Gaza is a grim figure indeed. But 600 Palestinians dead in just over a week, thousands over the years since 1948 – when the Israeli massacre at Deir Yassin helped to kick-start the flight of Palestinians from that part of Palestine that was to become Israel – is on a quite different scale. This recalls not a normal Middle East bloodletting but an atrocity on the level of the Balkan wars of the 1990s. And of course, when an Arab bestirs himself with unrestrained fury and takes out his incendiary, blind anger on the West, we will say it has nothing to do with us. Why do they hate us, we will ask? But let us not say we do not know the answer.As I stated in this earlier blog entry, we might not feel responsible, but we will face the consequences. We humans are our brothers' keepers -- and today, regardless of the rights and wrongs we think we understand, we are letting Gazans be slaughtered.
I would be outraged and furious and demand action if we let anyone do this to a Jewish population. We must remember history.
I am outraged and furious and I demand action because we are letting the Jewish State do this to Palestinians (for the US, we are complicit). Haven't we learned from history?
PS 1: The Washington Post Sunday edition had the most shocking picture today. I couldn't find it on the Web (please email it if you find it). It was a group of Israeli civilians from Southern Israel congregating under the shade of a wide tree on a hilltop, binoculars in hand--to watch the bombing and destruction of Gaza. I don't know if anyone was selling pop-corn. Maybe Michael Bloomberg, James Dobson, or one of our elected officials would be happy to open a concession stand.
I'm sorry to be cynical, please tell me what response I should have to such a picture.
PS2: Watch the news for editorials saying "it's too bad those people have to die, but really there's nothing we can do." This is conscience-numbing propaganda. Don't buy it.
There is an answer to darkness - it's called light.