A large part of me has a lot of sympathy for the Palestinians, given the sheer scale of the Israeli retributionary attacks.
Well, quite. Me too. Saw footage of several dead children and their parents on Channel 4 last night. Are these the Hamas fighters Israel claims they're klling, while doing their "utmost" to avoid civiilian casualties? .
The other part of me is asking Hamas exactly what the fuck they thought was going to happen.
Well, indeed, but while I understand that Israel will want to prevent rocket attacks that kill its civilians, there must surely have been a way of doing it that didn't involve killing hundreds of innocent civilians, and doubtless creating many more radicalised Palestinians as a result. As Mrs Chris said on seeing those poor dead children last night, if those had been her kids she'd have picked up a gun there and then and killed the nearest Israeli she could find.
In fact, as a civilised democracy, contrasted with the "terrorist Hamas" which is setting out
to kill civilians, Israel has a responsibility to pursue its aims in a civilised fashion that complies not only with the Geneva conventions but also basic human morality.
In any event, Israel's actions here will just cause further attacks on Israelis, and the cycle will begin again, as it has many times before, with either side using the actions of the other to justfy further attacks.
If Israel wants to solve the Palestinian Question solely through force (which appears to be the case), they'll only manage it when they kill every last Palestinian within Israel's borders. Of course the cynic in me says that would leave Israel without a playground for their military to test their weapons, but there we are.