Monday, November 19, 2012

No Innocent Victims

Gilad Sharon, son of the former Israeli PM, wrote that he wants to "flatten Gaza" in a recent Jerusalem Post editorial.

“We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza.

The dead civilians are not innocent bystanders, he says.

The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences.

Of course the same principle applies many times over to the Israelis, who have chosen war in election after election.

The disproportion in military technology is such that Israel could kill ten thousand Palestinians for every casualty the Palestinians inflict, but it could be that Israel will face some sort of judgement of history. For now, they are safe in their American alliance, but the middle East is becoming less critical to US strategic interests, so who knows.