Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The REAL Situation in Gaza

By now, plenty of you have probably heard about the situation in Gaza. The Hamas terrorist organization and Israel are locked in a war that has claimed several hundred lives, much to the dismay of the the citizens of Gaza and the outside world. Much of the world has found some sympathy in their hearts and sided with Hamas, citing the dozens of civilian deaths caused by Israel.

Unfortunately, the world seems lack a real sense of morals. Or a brain. I highly suggest that you read this article:

Israel, Hamas, and Moral Idiocy

The Christian Science Monitor can put it a bit better than me, but, in a nutshell:

Hamas's stated purpose is to DESTROY ISRAEL. They have fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel since 2001, (with the purpose of causing as much death as possible) killing dozens of innocent civilians, and have engaged in unlawful warfare tactics such as firing these rockets from densely populated areas so that Israel cannot retaliate without killing massive amounts of civilians. (And thus, they haven't.)

Israel, on the other hand, is lawfully defending itself against a stated threat that broke the terms of a ceasefire. Hamas is a group of fanatics that are willing, and devoted to, causing widespread death and destruction to an established culture and its people. They brought this upon themselves, and they deserve the retaliation that they have provoked.


Anonymous said...

First of all, i want to make this clear: im not pro-Hamas nor pro-Israel. I am from argentina and i dont take sides.

Now, i believe that the start of this discussion shouldnt be based on the attacks that hamas has inflicted on israel, and viceversa. the thing is, israel, helped with daddy USA's power, occuppied palestinian territory. now they fight to be able to claim this territory of their own, killing dozens of civilians while they try to fulfill this objective. THAT should be the start of the discussion.

thasts only my humble opinion and i repeat: im not in favor of any of these sides, im against wars and i hope that this one ends soon.

Jon said...

To begin: Wow, I'm just glad to see that someone out there in this whole wide world actually reads this blog. :P

I, too, am quite against wars. I would've liked to see the Gaza War end far before the ceasefire, if not just not have happened at all. But having rockets fired at you necessitates a response.

Truth be told, even as a clearly pro-Israel Jew, I still question the legitimacy of the UN's decision to hand Palestine to Israel. It forced millions from their homes and provoked quite a bit of regional resentment. The Jews needed a homeland, but that might not have been the best way to do it.

That being said, what's done is done. The question of whether that decision was justified is long since irrelevant - Israel is what it is and will be for a long time. All that matters now is the state of affairs between a well-established nation that, at the worst, justified its existence by force in a war (as is legal), and a terrorist organization that illegally wants to wipe it out.

I really do appreciate your opinion, though. It's comments like this that make me smile to know that there are people out there who can think. Or who can actually find this blog somehow.