It is amazing to me that many Israel-bashing liberals are using the argument that Israel’s attacks on Gaza are woefully disproportionate to the damage inflicted by Hamas. Really? Really??? Since when is there supposed to be proportionality in warfare? George Patton once said, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his.”
8 Million people live peacefully in Israel. Approximately 1.5 million of them are Arabs. How many Israeli’s live in palestinian occupied territories? Nada, Zilch, Zip. It would seem that the Israeli’s are being billed as bullies and racist against Palestinians. This war is not against Palestinians. Israel has absolutiely no issues with the Palestinians. It is Hamas, a group deemed a terrorist organization by most of the world’s major powers that the Israelis want to destroy. Hamas is a group that has said repeatedly that their goal is the eradication of the jews and the destruction of Israel. How can anyone, including John Kerry and Barak Obama expect the Israeli’s to negotiate?
It is a widely held view that one does not negotiate with terrorists. The only thing that they under stand is strength. To show weakness or uncertainty is giving carte blanche to them to misbehave like petulant children.
The object of war is to win and to win decisively. This appetite to do what it takes to win has been a problem for the American public since Vietnam. I contend that that lack of will is what has caused us to leave countries before the job is done. By this so-called proportionality standard allied troops in WWII commited greivious indescretions along these lines.
If anyone would be truly objective, they would have to admit that Israel has shown tremendous restraint towards Hamas and Gaza since 2005. Israelis have been shelled, rocketed, bombed, kidnapped & murdered with very little in the way of response from the Isreali military.
No more. Israel has the appetite to win this war and that is exactly what they should do. The only blame of the international community should be squarely laid on the shoulders of the Hamas leaders for placing rockets, significant military equipment and personnel near homes and schools. The Israeli’s have moved mountains to try and limit civilian casualties while Hamas covets them. We must decry the actions of Hamas and fully support Israel until such time as the threats against them are extinguished.