Is Israel correct???
I know that the headline on this is probably going to be perceived as a little strong by many of you out there, but I cannot help but comment on what appears to be yet another senseless war.
My feelings, as regular readers will know, around violence as a solution to an empass are quite strong. I cannot see the need for anyone to take up arms unless they are defending themselves against a real threat. Taking up arms in aggression against another state or person cannot be a solution to an issue. It will only breed anger and contempt and bring about further violent responses.
I must confess to not fully understanding the reason behind this war, but cannot condone the oppression of the people of Gaza by the Israeli’s. I cannot accept that the blockade of the Gaza area by the Israeli’s was anything more than a set-up to weaken these people. The humanitarian crises that is unfolding with many hundreds of people without the basics is really worrying. This is as a direct result of Israel preventing the flow of goods and services to this area. This is unacceptable as many innocent lives are affected by this action.
(I am now going to get a little more controversial)
I would have thought that a people who were oppressed and brutally murdered, in their millions by the German forces, would have a bias towards finding a peaceful resolution. I cannot accept any answer that says that there was a need for force, “the rockets” that were coming out of Gaza are a sign of frustration and it is arguable in terms of who “broke the ceasefire” that was already in place. This frustration clearly came about as a result of the 18 month economic blockade imposed by the Israeli’s.
In all of this I guess what I am saying is that I hope and pray that peace comes to this region and that the two sides can find a mutually acceptable resolution to this conflict. Heaven knows that this world can certainly do with less violence.