Once again, the world is forced to sit and watch the neighborhood bully—Israel—take out its collective fear and hate on an almost unarmed population in the Gaza strip, which a Vatican official recently referred to as a concentration camp. I think another horrific image is more appropriate: the Warsaw Ghetto. Then, as now, a brutalized people were isolated, starved, deprived and then bombed—ironically now by the descendants of those who suffered back then.
We can argue … about when the ceasefire was violated and who fired which homemade rockets where, but the real truth lies in the fact that Israel has been bargaining in bad faith for at least 40 years—since Fatah began the uprising of the indigenous people against the occupying Israeli forces. Even back to the founding of the state, popularized and glamorized in liberation struggle and biblical terms.
Since the ‘70s, there have been apparently serious peace initiatives, such as Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy and Carter’s Rose Garden ceremony with Begin and Arafat. Since then, Middle East policy has always been in the top 10 issues facing American administrations. Mostly, as witnessed by the current state of affairs, these efforts have been failures. Why?
The U.S., as the major financial and military backer of the various Israeli regimes, has allowed this to happen. Israel is like an adopted orphan that was severely abused in its youth (the Holocaust), and because of its misguided upbringing by its parent (the U.S. government and military)—in which it was allowed to run roughshod over an indigenous people—it has developed into a dysfunctional abusing adult. Then, in the deliberations of forming a separate Palestinian state, Israel has consistently acted in bad faith, allowing settlements, building walls and misappropriating resources like water in the occupied territories. The actions have not matched the supposed peaceful intentions, and as the power broker, Israel intends to keep up the pressure for acquiring new territory until the will of the Palestinian people and the patience of the world community is broken down.
The timing of this attack is highly suspect. And what will be the legacy of this latest massacre? How many young Arabs are watching the footage of the slaughter in Gaza and dreaming of wreaking revenge for the horrific events we are enabling. When we will stop being so stupid and stop rationalizing immoral actions such as these?
— Tom Craig