The Tragedy of Palestine
“There are men in this world who go about demanding to be killed… These people wander through the streets calling out “Kill me, kill me.” ―Vito Corleone
History’s one rule is “woe to the vanquished”. The strong defeat the weak and do what they want with them. From Alexander to Genghis Khan to Hitler, defeated people were enslaved, raped, and killed without mercy. This isn’t pleasant or good, but it is the reality of how the world works.
The Palestinians are defeated race. They lack the means to defend themselves. They lack any land they can call their own. They have no allies, and no possibility to escape their prison-state. Their treatment at the hands of the Israelis is remarkably kind, especially relative to other historical examples. Indeed, if it weren’t for the Jew’s history of being the victims of genocide, the Palestinians would probably have been exterminated a long time ago. They certainly don’t do themselves any favors with constant rocket attacks, suicide bombers, and other displays of aggression.
Some people have criticized Israel’s recent counterattacks to Hamas’ rocket attacks, but overreaction is the human standard. “Eye for an eye” is downright restrained. The normal response is “eye for I’ll kill your whole family”. And furthermore, it’s not surprising that the casualties are lop-sided. Israel’s military is modern and well disciplined. If Hamas did manage to outkill them, that would be eye opening.
Both sides willing to die over land. Neither side wants to compromise, and too few people want to live in peace. Personally, I don’t get why anyone would want to live in the Levant. It is a desolate land, and the people who live there, forsaken. It overflows with blood and tears, not milk and honey. Calling it holy is a sick joke. But if neither side is willing to budge, the only logical outcome is extermination of Palestinians.
Only one side is going to prevail, and it’s not going to the disorganized, disempowered, and friendless. The only question is how long the Israelis’ patience will last.
Jeff Goldberg on Palestine.
This this Hamas’ last war?
Palestinians starting to have mixed feelings about being used as human shields.
Israelis go out of their way to avoid civilian casualties.
STRATFOR on these shenanigans.