I have been following the Israeli war in Gaza closely. I opposed the Iraq War and was an in-service war resister and active protester with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. I saw excess in the war onto Panama City, where many civilians were killed; I was aghast at the killing of the Iraqi soldiers after they were routed out of Kuwait and the bombing of Baghdad, although I did support removing Iraq from Kuwait.
I do support the anti-Taliban and anti-Al Qaeda War in Afghanistan, and the Israeli suppression of Hamas's Qassam rockets in Gaza.
There seems to be no middle ground between a cease-fire and all-out war. Hamas's vision is to create an inhuman situation so dire as to inflame the entire world against Israel. Why cannot Egypt blockade the eight-mile desert border with Gaza, to prevent smuggled contraband? What other option does Israel have?
The controversial wall that Israel built stopped the suicide bombers. Now West Bank Palestinians have to consider other options, so they keep on living. The Palestinian Authority is their best hope for peace and an emergence into progress, improved living standards. If they begin making rockets inside the West Bank through a Hamas insurgency, more suffering will happen to them.
Israel is a renaissance state and the Israeli people are a Spartan martial people, like the North Vietnamese. They will not be denied. I am supporting Israel as the best hope for progress and sanity in the Middle East. A dysfunctional Hamas in power in Palestine is not acceptable.
St. Petersburg, FL
Jan 28 2009 - 8:18am