March 22, 2004
To Heaven, You Martyr
Hamas Founder Killed In Israeli Airstrike
I'm afraid that something really, really bad is going to come from this.
Posted by Highwaygirl on March 22, 2004 06:53 AM
to the category Current Affairs
You may be right--- but I hope not.
What do you think the Israelis should be doing about these guys. (kenny opens a huuuge can of ...worms)
What should they do? They should get rid of that asspole Sharon and maybe get someone in power who's willing to converse with the Palestinians. I mean, it's really genius to kill their leaders, and then call off any negotiation when they kill back. It's really easy to say "but they started it", but that still doesn't get anything to change, and doesn't break any sort of cycle of violence.
The first thing that came to mind when I read this news story was that Israel - at least politically - was now very, very close to losing the "moral high ground" or sympathy. I realize that this sheik probably encouraged horrible things (i.e. suicide bombings) that took many more lives that his own, but somehow, the image of a government firing a missile at a wheelchair-bound quadripalegic is just ... I don't even know. At any rate, I think this will go down as a really poor decision on Sharon's part.
Now you've really got me thinking - you both have valid points ( Rappy - i read that article you mentioned by Reuven Paz in your site. That has given be a better perspective than just CNN or CBC or whatever coverage I get out here in Calgary)
I don't think there is any "moral high ground" left over there for anybody, or is that too obvious. There has to be something else one could do besides shooting missiles like you say. Like trying to capture these guys? Which will probably result in more civilian deaths. The cycle of violence has to be broken and it doesn't look like it can be done with the existing players. How many guys with the blue hats do you think it will take?
The problem here is that the Israeli left is so weak, that there just isn't any competition for Sharon. I have a feeling that the reason he keeps passing the non-confidence votes in the Israeli Knesset (parliament), in spite of his MANY personal scandals, is that the left has no viable alternative. The only person I'd like to see lead the Left is Ami Ayalon, and he's not even in the running, although he is leading a non-partisan initiative - Two countries for two nations.
I really have no problem with the morality of the act itself. Being in a wheelchair did not stop him from sending people out to kill and be killed (for example the ten year old caught carrying a bomb along with his toys at the border passage) and he has stated over and over again that his purpose is not merely independence for Palestinians but the total destruction of Israel. I do question the timing, and whether, this will achieve anything more than the continuation of the seemingly neverending cycle of violence that we seem to be living in.