Friday, January 2, 2009

Gaza madness

I understand both sides, let me make that clear. I get the need for States to protect themselves, and I get the need to fight if you feel oppressed. What I don't get is how Israel thinks bombing a Mosque will do anything. This is , as was said by the Israeli defense Minister, who happens to be in a leadership contest, a war. In this type of war no side holds the exclusive title of always right, because war is messy. ( and yes i know Hitler was wrong and we were right, but these aren't comparable conflicts, we all know he was pure evil.) There are many moderates on both sides, many Palestinians who just want peace, many Israelis who want the same. This conflict, like all in this day and age, require, as crass as it sounds, a PR campaign. Israel claims that this mosque is used as a storage depot for ammunition, Palestinian leaders refute this. So, the optic , which will be used by many is that of a place of worship being targeted. This adds fuel to the fire that this is a religious war. Many on both sides use religion as a way to promote hate and gain support for their bloody desires. The image will only help to solidify support for the Palestinians by some, up until now, moderates. It will make those already on the extreme fringe a reason to go that extra, and often terrible last mile. Jeanette Rankin, the First female Member of Congress said, "You can no more win a war then you can win an earthquake." The sad fact is that this is too true, and we know it, but yet we do nothing about it, which brings to mind another great thought, "Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent, " Issac Asimov

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