There is surely nothing this columnist can say about what is going on in Gaza that hasn’t already been said. And, sadly so. As I’ve debated it with several, mainly my “girlfriends”, these old vets I hang out with. And, their views are all over the map. What I can’t get away from, however, is the idea that Israel had to do something. A government cannot let their people live constantly in fear. Or else, what good is a government. So what should they have done?
Good question. I think that the Israelis should have consulted me just as the Prez should about miliary ideas. Just kidding. The Israeli approach was way too heavy handed. Who of us have not gotten teary eyed seeing the suffering children of Gaza.
And, the Israelis are smarter than this. They know they are dealing with Hamas, a terrorist entity that cares zilch for human life. They a had just as soon sacrifice their own people as blink an eye. And, they always blame the Israelis. Hamas, of course, came to power in Gaza through their astute curring favor with the people through social programs. They went from a terrorist group only to a political entity. And, their propaganda machine continually cranked out hatred of Israel, understandable so.
I always think of Jazara, a classmate in college. She hated the Jews and her normally sweet spirit would transform as she told how her family had lived on the same land since Biblical times and suddenly were displaced by the Jews. Her family lost everything. Tellitng her that it was not the Jews but the UN that did it. And, trying to give her my Dad’s view: anybody who messes with the Jews is going to get zapped eventually fell on deaf ears. Talk about the “nobody is home” look.
So what would I do in this impossible situation. Well, I would use all the diplomatic stops I had, which would include doing something to help the image of Israel. It is going to take time but the major thing is that I would consider is that this is a conflict that us going to last forever. It is and so accept it and involve your covert military operations to interdict the tunnels and supplies into Gaza. Consider that it is training, just the way it is.
The biggest mistake thus far is that Israel has sought a military solution. It can’t be done. Consequently, pull back and begin another approach. Is this better. It is surely better than what Israel is presently doiing. America would do well to take the same tack in Afganistan. AMEN, preach on brother.