I haven’t written about the ongoing tragedy in Gaza in this blog for a couple of weeks, and things have certainly not improved. Plenty of people are talking about it on facebook, I had to unfriend somebody just five minutes ago. Actually, that was the 2nd person I unfriended today, but the first one’s transgression was much less serious. She’d just written “O.K., people, some of you are tempting me to unfriend you” and I had no idea what she was talking about, so I went to her page and found out we really had nothing in common and I didn’t know her in real life, so there you go.
You want to unfriend? I’ll make it easy for you.
But, back to the topic. Israel is now killing large numbers of Palestinians every day, there’s no let up in sight, and there’s not a damned thing anybody can do about it. The Israelis could do something about it, but they won’t. Although Benjamin Netanyahu is now seen as a monster and a war criminal around the world, he has plenty of support inside Israel, like the guy I just unfriended.
The American government could probably do something about it. If they were to stop sending military aid to Israel, it might make the Israeli government sit up and take notice. If Obama were to withdraw our support for Israel at the U.N., a resolution of universal condemnation would be issued tomorrow, and that might make a difference.
For some reason, the U.S. is never going to do that. I’m not really sure I understand. I used to think it was about the Jewish vote, or Jewish campaign contributions, but it can’t be that. Any candidate who suggested cutting Israel off, at this point, would get support from at least 50% of American Jews.
So, there has to be something more. Oil? Israel doesn’t have any. Military control of the Middle East? Could be. Dirty secrets? We may never know.
My other question is, since no outside forces appear willing to step in and stop this slaughter, exactly how many does Israel plan to kill before they stop?
Whenever you ask them, they say “until Hamas stops shooting at us,” but that’s a short sighted view. For every one they kill now, there are a dozen people who see it, friends and relatives who will never forget it.
5, 10, 20 years from now there will be even more Palestinian terrorists than there are today. The difference will be that no one in the world will need to say “Why?” This is why.