POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the Israeli attack on Gaza is fully justified, and long overdue

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 3, 2009

Charles Krauthammer writes in the Washington Post …

  • Late Saturday, thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons. — Associated Press, Dec. 27
  • Some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated. The Israel-Gaza war is not. It possesses a moral clarity not only rare but excruciating.
  • Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis — 6,464 launched from Gaza in the last three years — deliberately places its weapons in and near the homes of its own people.
  • For Hamas the only thing more prized than dead Jews are dead Palestinians.
  • Israel has but a single objective in Gaza — peace: the calm, open, normal relations it offered Gaza when it withdrew in 2005.
  • There’s only one grievance and Hamas is open about it. Israel’s very existence. Nor does Hamas conceal its strategy. Provoke conflict. Wait for the inevitable civilian casualties. Bring down the world’s opprobrium on Israel.

LMW COMMENT … Sometimes one side in a conflict clearly is right and the other wrong. We need more of the media to say the truth as Mr. Krauthammer has done. When Hamas stops the rockets, and accepts Israel’s unequivocal right to exist, then attention can be given to the legitimate needs of the Palestinian people.  

read the entire article at … http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/01/a_real_ceasefire_needed_in_gaz.html



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