Then I came across the following on this 'war' and thought it made good sense-- if you read the actual words and don't jump to conclusions the words don't imply.
"When did we get so "civilized" that we can't tolerate civilian casualties in war? The current coverage of the Israeli / Hamas conflict is just the latest example, just read an article crying out for "the sanctity of civilians". The last time I looked, civilian casualties were part of the price you pay when you get into this sort of thing.
"I don't want to debate the current conflict, but I'm sure the civilians in Dresden or London might have a few things to say about "the sanctity of civilians", or in Hiroshima, or in Paris, or many cities in mother Russia, or Vietnam, or ...... the list goes on and on.
"It seems now that one of the primary strategies in a wartime situation (as we've seen in Syria, Sadam's IRAQ during the war there, or in GAZA) is you embed your military assets in civilian areas (preferably next to a children's hospital if you can find one) so that any retaliation causes "human suffering" and the international press and UN officials can scream bloody murder about "the sanctity of civilians".
"Seems so strange to me, like these people really think that military action should take place in an isolated field somewhere, with each side lined up like the British infantry during the revolutionary war. I would suggest it would be more helpful if the press and the UN focused on identifying the truth about the conflicts and bring pressure on the "bad guys" (and yes, I know that's an oversimplification) and quit whining about the omelet makers breaking a few eggs. (and yes, I know that's a crass way of dealing with dying civilians)." SmokeI agree that we have somehow gotten the idea a war can be fought strategically with very narrow targets that protect civilians. It's unrealistic. Even in early European Wars, our own Revolutionary and Civil Wars in this country, war was fought amongst the people with collateral damage that no newspaper rushed to record. Later warfare began to be fought in newspapers and Jingoism led us into many a foreign war as feelings were manipulated. Today Americans have had a very unrealistic view of what war is.
I doubt anybody in the US likes what they see happening in Israel between the Jews and Palestinians for humanitarian reasons if not the very real possibility it could drag other countries also into it. The issue though is what can we do about it from this distance and when it's their decision/their consequences and not ours?
This has been an ongoing undeclared war, but the most recent set of excesses began when the Israelis reacted to the murder of three of their young men, which sounds like a criminal enterprise gone wrong. It began with horror and escalated into the brutal and horrifying murder of a Palestinian youth. The horrors of seeing young people murdered, especially when they are innocent of any wrong, escalated when the whole thing turned back into a war or rockets and destruction.
The latest example of 'collateral damage' four young boys running on a beach, trying to get somewhere safe right before they were killed by shrapnel from a nearby Israeli ship's shelling. It would be hard to imagine anyone, in Israel or anywhere, feeling good about seeing those photos and then having to wonder why!
It's obvious the Palestinians are paying the price for what Hamas is doing. Whether they fairly voted for Hamas to represent them can be debated but right now the war is between two political bodies-- Hamas and the Israeli government who are each using what weapons they have. The ones to pay the greatest price are the civilians; and in some cases, when one power is weaker, the plan can be to let the civilians pay that price to win what they consider to be the higher goals. It's how terrorism works
If I had a wonderful answer to it and a lot of other things that seem so terrible in today's world, I'd be offering it. I just know sometimes we have to wait to assess a situation. And for most people to read about what is happening there, like this piece-- [What it is like to live and die in Gaza] -- it is very sad and hard to even imagine how it has to be to be for those living in Gaza or Israel right now. :( It doesn't help when we over here offer our easy answers because we can't really imagine what it's like for them. Is there just something about a certain type of human that always takes us to these places?