‘We desire death as you desire life.’
Melanie Philips of the Daily Mail in the UK wrote a devastating analysis of the war. The one place I disagree with her is in her conclusion:
But the Middle East conflict will not end until and unless the West comes to realise that Israel is in the frontline of the West’s own fight for survival, and starts properly defending the country struggling to defend civilisation instead of siding with those waging holy war against it.
There will be no peace until Hamas and organizations like it stop indoctrinating their children in hate, and martyrdom. Otherwise each generation will have the same prejudices as the previous.
Every Palestinian has a right to a full and productive life. They are being robbed of that right by the people who teach them hate and martyrdom. Do not be fooled by their manipulations of public perceptions.
Every Israeli has a right to a full and productive life. They are being robbed of that right by the people shelling them with bombs. They’ve had enough and it’s time to retaliate. If Hamas decides to put their own people in harm’s way, that’s a tragedy; but Israel shouldn’t be expected to sacrifice its people because of Hamas’ lack of scruples.