Is it just me, or is the cycle of violence backed by foreign leaders asking for "restraint" laughable, like both sides have been using F18’s and tanks. Where is the Worlds Middle East Envoy? Oh yes its Tony Blair who has disappeared off the face of the map while the Israeli’s and Palestinians kill each other.
Over a period of months they have turned off the water in Gazza, controlled the power supply, created an embargo on ships and only allowed trucks bringing in aid, food and medicine to move in when it suits.
In 8 years Hamas has fired indiscriminately into Israel (which is totally wrong) and less than 20 Israelis have been killed, in 8 years!! Over 350 have been killed in 3 days of bombing not including hundreds in "targeted" attacks in the last few years, is that proportionate? Israel has said it is because of Hamas, or, it is the fault of Hamas, the fault of the Arabs. Does Israel really think that killing hundreds of Palestinians will stop violence? NO, but its ruling party is about to start and election campaign against a right wing party ahead in the polls demanding a tougher line on the Arabs.
So the Kadima and Likud party are using the rhetoric we see over here regarding “tough on crime tough on the causes of crime” and the party that’s tough on crime, but the stakes in the Middle East are higher. This is the start of a political campaign to win votes in Israel, it has very little to do with the actual rocket attacks, and the killing of a few hundred Arabs is a price worth paying they think.
In the future?... Well the retaliatory attacks from Hamas we allow another attack from Israel and the cycle will continue…
Over the next few days you will hear:
"Targeted Strikes" Civilians were killed.
"Incursion into Palestinian territory" Invasion into another sovereign country.
"The Rules are Changing" We weren't abiding by the Geneva Convention or Un resolutions and we aren't starting now.
"Targeted Military Operation on Hamas Leaders" State Sponsored Assassination.