The Star’s editorial board, predictably, has come down in favor of Israel’s bloody assault on starving Gazans, half of them children (1/3, Opinion, “Many images of war are unfair to Israel”). It has ignored the deprivation of Palestinians and the history of their loss of land — which is similar to what happened to Native Americans. First, covet their land; next, demonize them using the ever-compliant media; then steal from them with impunity and when they object, sometimes violently, be sure to punish them, all of them, in complete disregard for international law and the now-shredded Geneva Conventions.
This time, however, many Americans are beginning to see that Israel has long been the aggressor. According to a recent poll, 55 percent of Democratic voters oppose what Israel is doing. Will that somehow marshal the conscience of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver or Congressman Dennis Moore, or will they, like The Star, support the oppressor? Our own national security depends on the answer.
For those who say that Israel’s response to the Hamas rocket barrages from the Gaza Strip during the past seven years has been “disproportionate,” consider the following points:
The United States’ response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor was not simply to bomb a similar number of Japanese warships. No, we went to all-out war against Japan.
The United States’ response to the 9/11 al-Qaida terror attacks was not simply to bomb a similar number of Taliban buildings. No, we went to all-out war against the Taliban.
As a “proportionate” response, would you recommend that Israel simply lob a similar number of rockets and mortars indiscriminately into the Gaza Strip?
The way to end this conflict is simply for Hamas to stop shooting rockets into Israel.
I’m astounded by the vitriol of letter writers (1/2) toward the Israeli attacks on Gaza. More than 5,000 rockets have been fired at Israel by Hamas. Should they turn the other cheek for another 5,000? Would Americans be so tolerant if even one bomb was sent over from a neighboring country?
Why are these Israeli attacks deemed to be an overreaction when a couple of hundred civilians are killed, but it is not even discussed after several hundred thousand Iraqi civilians are killed in a war that was started without them firing one shot, let alone dropping one bomb? Doesn’t anyone see the lunacy of this hypocrisy?
The disproportionate bloody incursion into Gaza confirms the loss of morality by Israel and its supporters.
Feeble rockets from Gaza were an attempt at resistance to decades of humanitarian abuse. Edward Said put it best back in 2002: “Every Palestinian has become a prisoner.... Gaza is a human nightmare … Hope has been eliminated from the Palestinian vocabulary so that only raw defiance remains.” And so those Israeli outposts and the enduring military occupation of Palestine, coupled with the de facto prison called Gaza, all provided the tinder for the conflagration playing out today in Gaza.
Now fearsome and thunderous F-16 raids and computer-guided missiles overwhelm innocent women and children in Gaza. Any peaceful resolution has thus been pushed way, way into the future, and the American taxpayer once again must pay dearly for yet another reckless military sortie with armaments purchased by our tax dollars while further damaging our prestige.