Both Hamas and Israel are making attacks on civilians that appear illegal under the Geneva Conventions. However it is important to weigh facts and justifications with careful impartiality. Instead, The Star’s editorial (1/3, Opinion) is partisan and careless.
The Gaza Strip crams 1.4 million people into 139 square miles, for a density of 10,000 people per square mile. That is three times as dense as Los Angeles and denser than any major city in the developed world. Consequently any military installations in Gaza are close to civilian populations as a matter of necessity. When The Star describes Hamas military emplacements as “cynical,” it is The Star that is being cynical.
The Star claims the Israeli sea blockade, power outages and assassinations were necessary to prevent suicide bombings. The Star doesn’t explain why the land blockade plus shore defenses wouldn’t suffice. The rest constitutes anti-civilian warfare.
As The Star says, Hamas was wrong to send untargeted missiles into Israel. The Star fails to note that the blockade constitutes a prior state of war that would justify attacks targeted on the Israeli military.
After all these years, Hamas has come up with a rule of war by which they can abide. Anyone who retaliates against Hamas must not use superior force.
Hamas has always had its own set of war rules: no uniforms for warriors (burqas covering bombs have always worked), battle stations in the middle of the civilian population, ignoring the flags of medics and relief workers, and complete disregard for the Geneva Conventions. Is anyone surprised that they now proclaim that proportional warfare must be honored by all who fight them?
In reality, wars are won with superior force. Like the song lyrics say, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.”
The Arabs and the Jews have been fighting for eons.
Let’s face it: It’s a religious war that no one will placate until each side will get rid of its god.