In the Middle East crush thy neighbour is a theme that every western generation becomes witness to. The reluctance of the powerful nations plays out with inhuman undertones as they shuffle the already stacked deck where a powerful ally can blitz an impoverished weak people. Meanwhile, the more wealthy Arab nations straddle the fence unwilling to rock their own boat.
The humanitarian crisis is swept aside as the West repeatedly fails to broker a ceasefire, choosing instead to placate and justify the overwhelming power imbalance, not so silently agreeing with Israel and its one sided war. The death toll mounts as the destruction continues all in the name of self-defence. When the Israelis’ eventually withdraw the plight of the beleaguered Palestinians’ will fade away. Will the powerful and rich nations then supply the finance for these people to rebuild? Probably yes, but just enough for the West to pat itself on the back and in a time honoured tradition of too little too late.
This latest military incursion into the Gaza under an eye for an eye quickly turned into many innocent eyes being closed with indiscriminate overwhelming military power. It would be pointless to argue this is the result of 3 Israeli teens being murdered. That may have provided an excuse, but it is what lies beneath the surface that is the cause of the continued war.
The tunnels that Israeli intelligence has probably known about for a long time appear to be a target. I am doubtful if the tunnels are purely for sneaking into Israel. Much like tunnels found along the American border with Mexico I would assume their primary use is for black-market smuggling by Hamas and less for attacking inside Israel. In the past 3 weeks I have only heard of 2 attacks on the IDF allegedly from tunnels. It would seem more reasonable that the tunnels were primarily for smuggling as, militarily, they sound expensive to carve out and too labour intensive for a one time use. I might be wide of the mark but it does sound like the IDF are cutting off supply lines into Gaza.
Hamas are not doing the civilians any favours. They are fighting with outdated tactics and much the same as PIRA are undoubtedly riddled with agents of influence. The war will be televised and for the most part biased as Israel uses the self-defence approach and laughs, emboldened by the feeble international response. This response is nothing new as Hamas carry the same label as the PLO and in the post 9/11 world the word terrorist is all Israel needs to use to justify their actions.
One thing is clear: the civilian death and wounded toll will rise and the destruction will continue. Somehow the people will continue to suffer and struggle to get by with even less than before the invasion. It is difficult to care about the politics of the region as Israel and Hamas argue over rights. In the meantime the civilians have no rights. It would be one thing if the IDF and Hamas were squaring off on a battlefield but instead the Gaza strip is the battlefield and has been before this invasion. I was talking with a close friend who normally has little to say on politics so I was surprised when she said out of disgust at the civilian death toll.
Why is anyone surprised or shocked when the original western European Jews were transplanted they brought with them more than their belongings, they also brought that western superior attitude along with the tradition of conquering and invading other peoples land. And if all they are doing is killing Arabs the west will always turn a blind eye.It is being played out in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Palestine: wars are raging, and the civilians are the casualties. The politics overshadow the human crisis. I am sure a powerful nation like Israel with its powerful allies would have no problem defending Israel without inflicting unnecessary casualties on the innocent victims in the Gaza strip.