“We do but teach bloody instruction which having being taught, returns to plague the inventor”
As is so often the case Shakespeare said it first. Antisemitism, the selfishness of great powers, a tradition of standing back and allowing massively unjust regimes to have their way so long as countries which should intervene can continue to trade profitably with the oppressors.
All these factors have come together infused by Zionists’ age old yearning to regain a homeland to deposit the bloody detritus of history in the form of bombs and shells on the heads of innocent, sleeping, Palestinian children.
Even the Irish are not without guilt. Our inactivity in the face of the Gaza massacres is deplorable. To think that this small nation which once shone as a beacon light in the eyes of oppressed people everywhere who sought independence and human rights would cravenly abstain on a UN vote to set up an inquiry to even enquire into Israeli policy is heart breaking. Now a lack of moral fibre politically has joined the lack of financial morality which created our recession.
We avert our gaze as the children are being made to pay for what the Nazis did to the Jews during the Holocaust, what the Romans did to the Jews thousands of years ago.
The children whom the Israelis are slaughtering were not Nazis, were not even conceived when the Nazis destroyed those whom they regarded as ‘untermensch’ the Jews.
Now it is the Jews who regard the Palestinians as untermensch and invite us to blame Hamas for what they are doing to women and children.
The late Joseph Goebbels, the perpetrator of the big lie would smile in approving wonderment at the Israeli spin doctors’ manipulation of the truth as they stand before camera, microphone and notebook attempting to justify the unjustifiable and unforgiveable.
Morally and politically the Hamas rocket firing is also unjustifiable and wrong, but its military effects are miniscule. The Israelis own actions underline this point.
When a rocket landed near Ben-Gurion airport, the Americans at first refused to fly in the Germans did likewise. But, obviously under pressure commercially and politically from Israeli lobbyists the Americans and the Germans soon resumed their flights.
Pointedly the German pilots did so reluctantly stating that the decision to resume flights was not taken on security grounds but on political ones. Of course it was. During a war in which, outside the Middle East, three huge airliners have crashed with enormous loss of life, no airline would willingly risk rocket fire to land in Israel. But obviously, deplorable as the rockets are, the Israelis have been able to argue successfully that militarily speaking the rockets are not as dangerous as they are being made out to be.
No doubt Iron Dome will be working overtime to keep the airport safe, but the incident does illustrate in telling fashion, the disparity between Israel’s military might and the disproportionate brutality of its response to the rockets compared to what the Hamas militants are doing. In this contemporary conflict between David and Goliath, David doesn’t have a catapult; he is armed with a pea-shooter.
But the Israeli onslaught clearly has a wider target than Hamas, the displacement and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians is intended to make the two state solution unworkable because the Palestinians will have become demoralised and dispersed.
But this is not how human nature works, despite the Israelis propaganda that it is Hamas who is causing the havoc amongst the Palestinians the reality is that such brutal counter insurgency tactics can and probably will bolster the “defenders” plank in the Hamas argument.
There have been other manifestations of a physical force response to the Israeli occupation in recent history, similar factions have come and gone, just as they did with various labels for the Irish physical force tradition, IRA, INLA, Official IRA, Provisionals and so on throughout the last century here.
They too were condemned and outgunned, in both the shooting and propaganda wars but hey played the defender role successfully and they are now in a fair way to gaining power in both states in this island. Is this the sort of two state solution the Zionist want to achieve?
The only hope for Israel’s long term future and for an end to the Palestinian agony is for both David and Goliath to negotiate. The horrible state of the Middle East is being made worse by the horrors in Gaza and they will have long term repercussions on Israel’s viability.
The eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth policy could and quite possibly would be used to justify the use of nuclear weapons against Gaza. Is that the sort of homeland for the Jews that their propagandists want to create?