Micheal Cobley

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A Cage Called Gaza

The news just keeps getting worse. The Israeli defence minister says that they in “an all-out war against Hamas and its kind”. Well, forgive me but a war is where you`ve got two armies fighting so I think we can all agree that….this isn’t a war. In fact, it seems to me that the Palestinians have exercised considerable restraint in response to the Israelis’ 18-month blockade; if it had been me, I`d probably have made some kind of response after the 2nd or 3rd month, rather than waiting a year and half before firing off them Qassam rockets, probably the most pathetic rockets in the history of missile warfare. I mean, how many have died from the hundreds of Qassam bombardments? Five? Seven? While the death toll in Gaza is more than 500.

These Qassam rockets are, basically, glorified fireworks. In fact, if Hamas starting launching fireworks into Israel maybe the casualties would be greater; in the 2007 Fireworks Annual Report, as published by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks caused 11 deaths and 9,800 injuries, significantly greater than the physical harm brought about by these Qassam whizzbangs.

And yet the media insist on presenting the whole ghastly Grand Guignol as some kind of struggle between equivalent adversaries, and national leaders, like our benighted Gordie, blab endlessly about a truce or a negotiated ceasefire, which is idiotic. Just to recap – according to Wikipedia, Israel has 970 main battle tanks, 1430 medium and lower grade tanks, 6930 APCs and other armoured vehicles, 1064 units of self-propelled artillery, 520 combat warplanes, 184 military helicopters, 13 warships, 3 subs and 50 patrol boats. And the Palestinians have got …. well now, AK47s, pistols, some rocket-propelled grenades and the aforementioned mighty and terrible
Qassam rockets. Oh yeah, and plenty of rocks.

Yet Israel is gripped by fear, and the likes of Gordon Brown, Bush the Lesser, and Blair the Unforgiveable gibber manically on about truces and ceasefires. Seems to me that when one man armed with a machine gun is attacking another armed with a peashooter, it is obvious that the former, having clearly lost all sense of humanity and compassion, must be restrained. Israeli regime sympathisers insist that Hamas and the Gazans have only hate in their hearts and want to see Israel destroyed, wiped away, pushed into the sea, etc. Is this a surprise? The Palestinians have been trapped in a shrinking cage for decades, humiliated, starved, beaten, shot and bombed by their tormentors who then expect the captives to behave reasonably, to speak words of clear-headed moderation. And when the traumatised prisoners respond with anger
and despair and futile, idiotic, near-pointless Qassam rockets, the same tormentors throw up their hands in mock-horror and order the planes and tanks to move in.

Those that are confined to the cage are clearly expected to learn how to speak respectfully to their masters, to accept beatings and lashings as their just punishment, and to keep their heads bowed.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always.” – Mohandas Gandhi.

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  1. Ken Ow Says:

    January 7th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Quassam is equivalent to glorified fireworks?

    I can imagine a quassam landing on my front porch. I won’t have a front porch, or a house for the matter and I would be in muslim heaven with 70 virgins!

    What sort of “justification” is that?

    The hell in Gaza is not the creation of one man or one-side. The byzantine aspect of that conflict is beyond the pale of the resoning of any reasonable man.

    If your neighbor yells over:”I am coming over to kill you, rape your wife and daughters and shoot your dog”, I can’t imagine anyone taking it lying down.

    Nice to ask Yisrael to back off, but what can we give in return to assure them of safety from rockets and suicide bombers?

    What do you do with a bunch of people who have taken the cry “to push the Yehudis into the sea”? Sure, the suffering is Gaza is awful, but let us face the facts – we have no solutions to the equation. While we search for a solutin, let us not take sides.

    You sure you are not thinking with something from your posterior?

  2. rockitboy Says:

    January 11th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    So, Ken, now that a few days have passed, I wonder if you have altered your perspective on the agony of Gaza. Did the bombing of the UN schools make any impression, I wonder? What of the Zeitoun massacre, or the attacks on the UN trucks, or a hundred other atrocities? For yes, atrocities are what the Israelis are committing in Gaza. Let us be clear-eyed and factual – there are solutions to this crisis, namely that Israel withdraws its invaders and opens the borders of Gaza, even just the seaward and Egyptian ones, to allow in food aid. Of course, this will not happen because, well, it is a truth that Israelis, like certain Americans, enjoy carnage. Only a monster, or a moral imbecil could look at the numbers of deaths on either side – 800+ Palestinians VS 19 Israelis – and nod and say that this is just.

    As for this “bunch of people who have taken the cry ‘to push the Yehudis into the sea’”, did you expect something different, flowers and chocolates maybe, pleasant gifts for those who have oppressed and trapped them like dogs in a cage? Perhaps you should also realise the reality of the macropolitical situation; it is one thing to say that you want to wipe away some nation state, but quite another to actually possess the ability to do this. Israel is armed to the teeth with the latest weapons of war – who could
    possibly attempt to push them into the sea? And just in case you doubt my own compassion and humanity I shall say this, just for you – Israel is there to stay, and the notion of wiping it out to compensate for its founders’ crimes against the original Palestinians would be another evil. You cannot wipe out one evil with another; two wrongs do NOT make a right. Cruelty cannot expunge pain: only compassion and a reaching for the fundamental roots of all our common humanity can possibly bring about a true and lasting
    reconciliation. I have to say that I do not believe that Israel or the Palestinians capable of this on their own; I might be wrong but it seems to me that pressure must be brought to bear on the Israelis primarily. Why? Because they are the invaders, both post-WW2 and now, and the onus is on them to prove their good faith.

    If you doubt that, consider this – during the Nuremberg trials, the chief American prosecutor, Robert H. Jackson, stated: “To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

    Thus Israel’s attacks on the Palestinians consitutes a war of aggression, and is the root cause of all the anguish and pain and torment. This does not absolve anyone on either side from moral responsibility, but the current and past horrors would not be happening had Israel acted differently in the past, both and near and far.

  3. Tim Lieder Says:

    September 24th, 2012 at 6:20 am

    The Qassam rockets have been launched indiscriminately at Israel on a semi-regular basis since the takeover of Gaza by the Hamas scum. The fact that there are writers gullible enough to believe that a group that once murdered Israelis on a weekly basis (I’m talking about Intifada II where there were few days that would go by without a suicide bombing or someone shooting up a bus) has only peaceful intentions is rather sad.

    of course, quoting Gandhi is a cute rhetorical trick since Gandhi also firmly believed that Britain should continue to appease the nazis in order to not lose their “souls.” Well the Jews had enough of that Gandhi bullshit and it got six million of them murdered.

    You’ll have to forgive Jews for not allowing a group of psychos to lob missiles at them without retaliating. I’m sure from the safe space where you live the idea of a missile hurling at you is academic. It’s not for Israelis in those territories. And your inability to realize that fact renders your argument moot.

  4. rockitboy Says:

    September 24th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Hmm. Not really much that I can say in response since we’ve pretty well staked our mutual positions on this matter, and neither of us is likely to sway the other’s mind. I will however say this – at no point did I say that Hamas were the ‘good guys’ or try to paint them in rosy colours. In fact I believe I did indeed point up the dubious moral decisions made on both sides. But I’m sure that won’t matter to you – I have criticised the illustrious Israel and therefore I am just another scrap leftist scum to be crushed beneath your mighty ironshod feet. Correct me if I’m wrong…

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