No humor here. This is the sad truth. Well, actually, it isn’t. If Israel continues its current slaughter in Gaza, there won’t be any Gazans left to imprison. More than 1,000 dead so far, including hundreds of women and children. This is not pinpoint bombing by Israel. This is not just destroying Hamas tunnels. This is destroying the Palestinians in Gaza. We all know what precision bombing is, and this isn’t it. This is more like shooting fish in a barrel.
Netanyahu doesn’t care. He wanted an excuse to destroy Hamas once and for all and now he’s intent on doing just that. If some civilians get in the line of fire, well, they’re just Palestinians, after all. Why bother with “knock on the roof” bombs when the people have no place to run. You don’t use flechette shells — an antipersonnel weapon — to blow up tunnels. The Guardian reported their use in Gaza last week.
There won’t be any peace. Netanyahu doesn’t want it. He’s made that clear by continuing his West Bank land grab via the continued building of illegal settlements. As long as there’s no peace, he’ll keep building the settlements — and eventually a two-state settlement will be moot, because there will be no land left for the Palestinians.
Israel is fighting a war of attrition and it expects to win, even if it means killing hundreds of civilians. It has superior numbers, superior firepower, superior defenses, most of it complements of the U.S. Our government is supplying more arms and foreign aid to Israel than to any other nation in the world. Thirty percent (30%!) of our foreign aid goes to Israel.
No, Hamas is not blameless, not by a long shot. But the whole world can see this is not even close to a fair fight. In fact, it looks more like ethnic cleansing.