Sunday, December 28

The spiral of violence

Terrible news has come from the Middle East, as Israel is shelling the Gaza strip into submission. At the time of writing at least 275 dead and 600 wounded, it isn't clear yet how many of those are civilians/government/military. CNN has reported that one of the known targets of the assault was a Gaza police station. Israel claims that this recent act of violence was a reaction to over one hundred rockets being fired from the Gaza strip into Israel, and hence this action is seen as self-defence.

It will sound reasonable to many until it's learnt (at least from what I read) that the rockets have led to only one casualty in Israel. The rockets themselves were a reaction to previous aggressive acts from the Israeli army, and also the complete embargo that Israel has placed onto this part of Palestine. Not even food, aid, or medicine has been allowed to enter the Gaza strip, adding to the plight of many impoverished people there. Some exemptions to this embargo were only made earlier this week. Those aggressive acts by the Israeli military and the embargo were a reaction to the kidnapping of some Israeli soldiers and more rockets that rarely ever hit anything. I could go on like this forever.

When will both sides learn that violence begets violence? Does Israel actually expect a long bombing raid to decrease the level of violence and anger in the Gaza strip? Whether Israel has a sacred right to the land or they immorally forced their way into the land with the blood of Palestinian civilians; it is clear that such merciless killing by both the Israeli army and the suicide bombers will only provoke further aggression. An endless spiral of violence now defines the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the poorest victims are the Palestinian/Israeli civilians who just want to get along with each other in peace.


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Blogger Matthew Canonicus said...

Here's my take on the cycle of violence:

1) Israel gives the Palestians free land in Gaza (not because they've been peaceful).
2) Palestinians seek revenge and fire rockets on Israel,
3) The UN comes in and says both sides need to do a better job of surrendering. Since Israel has done more of this historically, it is expected to make the first step.
4) Israel gives more land.
5) Palestinians seek revenge and blow up Israeli targets.
6) Ad infinitum ...

The Palestinians are sitting on Israeli land. Israel should enforce a total weapons blockade on Palestine and send in ground troups. Then they should take back all the land they gave away under the Bush administration. Force must be used, and the UN needs to get out of it.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Why do you think it is Israeli land? Because they took it over by force? I think you're missing the steps that involve Israeli air strikes into the Gaza strip. Remember, for every 1 Israeli that dies in this conflict, 50 Palestinians die (or in this most recent situation, 300+).

8:09 AM  
Blogger Matthew Canonicus said...

The Palestinians do not live in an officially recognized nation. There is no country of "Palestine". There's only a 'palestinian authority' on Israeli land. There are (foolish) roadmaps to two separate states, but there is only one country (as there should be) and that is Israel. I find it outrageous that Israel lets the Palestinians store RPGs and heavy artillery on Israeli soil. That should change.

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