Israel’s response to Hamas rocket attacks that killed no Israeli’s but injured dozens? Multiple prolongued air strikes that
killed 280 Palestinians and injured 600.
Way to go Israel, way to go.
As anyone who knows me can atest, I’m probably the biggest hawk when it comes to national security issues but there’s a little thing called a proportionate use of retaliatory force. The kind of logic that says the fact that you punched me in my face is no excuse for hitting you with my car.
Of course by now, most of the people reading this have probably pegged me as anti Israeli, or pro palestinian. That, however is the furtherst thing from the truth. I am a big believer in the right of a nation to use force to defend itself against an external opponent. But like any theory, an element of pragmatism must be applied. At some point the use of force, no less excessive force, reaches the point of diminishing return. A point where your aggressive “self defense” only puts Israel and America in danger.
Israel supporters are quick to point out that Israel is in the right because they’re just defending themselves. On this point I fully agree. Israel has a right to exist and a right to retaliate to attacks against their nation.
But all of this is a red herring for the underlying issue. Just because you are right doesn’t mean your actions are right.
It only takes a moment of common sense to realize that Israel isn’t going to be “wiped off the map” anytime soon. More importantly, Hamas with their weaker weapons, inferior weapons technology, and smaller army, has as much chance of destroying Israel as the Alaska Independence party has of overthrowing the American government.
So in the interest of preserving the life of future generations of Israeli and Palestinian children let’s put the politics and religion aside for a moment and be honest with ourselves. 50 years of perpetual attacks hasn’t worked. I think its time both sides tried something different.