Should Israel halt air strikes as well?
Now that shelling is in my opinion wrongfully over, there are sadly more kids caught in the crossfire today from an air force missile strike. The IDF statement mirrors my feelings on these matters exactly.
The Israel Defense Forces expressed its regret "if civilians not involved in terror activities were hurt in the operation," adding that "responsibility lays on the terror organizations and on the Hamas government."
What can be done?
Not very much in my opinion, does Israel halt the air strikes as well? It will never end, the Palestinians live and worship a culture of martyrdom and death. They offer up their children dressed in mock suicide vests as young as babies. How do you combat a sick society that glorifies the murder of children and puts them up for sacrifice in order to outrage the decent people around the World and tarnish its enemy?
It is either deal with the terrorists from a distance who mix themselves in with civilians and use them as human shields, or risk the lives of IDF troops in ground operations which even further causes outrage and still cannot avoid the intertwined terrorist civilian mix. In the media war, which suffers from moral equivalence issues there is no winning for Israel. To halt the operations is to succumb to the falsehood that attempting to target the terrorists that results in civilian casualties is the same as the terrorists who actually just target civilians. It is not.
The Front Line in the War on Radical Islamic Terror
If that happens, not only is Israel lost, but the whole battle against radical Islam, terrorists, and a murderous ideology which will threaten our way of life all over the West will be lost too. The Palestinians are a failed people, until they actually want peace it is absurd to believe they will get any, this is the life their leaders, brothers, fathers have made for them and I have no pity. They desire more to destroy Israel than to live and build a better life for their children, between those two options I choose let them die if that is their will. They are welcome to join the rest of humanity at any time.
The front line is ugly, whether it is the Gaza strip or Baghdad, but to give it up only means the ugliness will hit home in the rear lines, be they New York, Tel-Aviv, London or anywhere else. The IDF does its best to avoid civilians, more myself I cannot ask. Israel could always mimic the armed forces of many other nations in history and simply murder everyone in sight as has been common from the noble armies of Europe, where scorched earth and pits was the fighting doctrine..
Barbarossa – the Invasion of Russia
[...] It was the stated policy of the Nazis to kill, deport, or enslave the Russian and other Slavic populations, whom they considered inferior, and to repopulate the land with Germanic peoples. The entire urban population was to be exterminated by starvation, thus creating an agricultural surplus to feed Germany.
Or perhaps the nobility of the UN 'peacekeepers' who use food as a means of raping 8 year olds.
When that day comes when the rest of World employs even a shred of the morality of the IDF in their double standards, maybe I will feel differently.. That day is far off. Until then, if the target presents itself and an effort has been made to limit loss of life, engage it full force and without doubts.
UPDATE: Silvan Shalom states the realities facing Israel
YNET has an article with statements from the Foreign Ministry as well as Likud leader hopeful Silvan Shalom
[...] Former Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) said, "The killing of Palestinian children leads the world to criticize Israel. But if I was foreign minister today, I would embark on an active public relations campaign, which shows the side of Israeli suffering."
"The method is active campaigning. Not apologizing, but presenting the position of Israeli citizens that are victims of Qassam attacks and Palestinian terror. This is the only way we can influence world public opinion," Shalom said.
Shalom identifies mistakes in Israel's current public relations tactics. "The mistake comes from the government's stuttering. Olmert and Peretz stutter and don't do what they need to. Every person involved in terrorism, including the Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, needs to know that he may have to pay the price. Israeli public relations should say that no one is immune and Israel will act to realize its sovereignty," he added.
I could not agree more.