3 comments January 3rd, 2009at 02:15pm Posted by Eli
Looks like Israel has decided to invade Gaza to try to take out Hamas once and for all, and too bad for anyone else who happens to be living there. I guess they were inspired by how well our invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq went, and how effective they were at neutralizing terrorism. Because if there’s one thing we’ve proven, it’s that nothing succeeds like unchecked brutality, right?
Israel has fallen into a trap similar to the one the Bush administration fell into with al Qaeda: elevating their enemies into an existential threat. Of course, in Israel’s case, Hamas is a democratically-elected government which actually showed some willingness to negotiate. They are not al Qaeda, and they are not the second coming of Nazi Germany.
But if they weren’t implacable enemies of Israel before, I’m pretty sure they are now – and unlike al Qaeda and the U.S., they’re right next door. Violence will only beget more violence, and death will only beget more death.
Today is a sad and tragic day for Palestine, but the future will be sad and tragic for both Palestine and Israel.