Friday, January 9, 2009

What's the Point?

The Israeli Defense Forces have taken great pains to ensure that they are waging the most “civilian friendly” war in history. They have even gone so far as to utilize their intelligence of the civilian phone lists to notify the Palestinian non-combatants of impending air strikes.

I guess that my question would be:

What’s the point?

What has it gotten them? Is the MSM covering this fact, or are they toeing the line of all Liberal Media that this is all unwarranted Israeli Aggression? What is the ratio of photographs and stories depicting Palestinian civilians wounded due to air strikes and ground force action as compared to Israelis injured by Hamas rocket attacks?

No one (besides perhaps you, dear reader) cares if they are careful to not simply bomb at random and destroy that which they do not need to.

As a former Marine Infantryman, I can appreciate more than most the diligence that goes into such an awesome display of regard for human life, but as a hardliner, I have to question the wisdom of taking the trouble at all.

You might postulate the need to rise above the opposition. To be the “better man”, to not sink to their level, but just as surely you must also see the futility of allowing the Palestinians to remain.

In 2006, the Israelis called off their offensive due to international pressure. Look what it got them. Now the same routine is brewing up as France and Egypt are volunteering to be the “third party” nation in a peace talk process.

What’s the point?

It would only apply further restrictions to Israeli defensive capabilities and allow the Palestinians time to regroup and rearm (not to mention the inevitable and ridiculous claim to victory).

Israel should consider a “Hammer Down” protocol in this situation. Certainly, there would be international outcry concerning the “vicious and uncalled for” action, and yes we’d have to condone it by vetoing any retributive action by the UN, but it would solve the problem once and for all.

I’d also wager that privately, behind the furiously wagging fingers, there would be some serious sighs of relief…