It looks like your successor has been falling all over himself as he climbs onto the Israeli bandwagon. During a recent visit to Israel he said, “If someone was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”
When he spoke, exactly one Israeli had been killed by the Hamas rocket launches. But, that’s all the excuse you need to slaughter over 500 Palestinians.
The solution to the Palestine-Israeli problem is so simple it’s insolvable. A return to Palestine’s pre-1967 borders would end the bloodshed. Both the Arab League and Hamas have promised to recognize Israel and guarantee her security if this condition is met.
Unfortunately, the real issue here is God. God gave the Israelis all the land sketched out in his covenant with the Old Testament patriarchs. This is the fantasy that drives Israeli leadership, and fantasy can only be made real through the application of naked power. The seizure of indigenous lands is a long-standing Western tradition, and tradition is not a war crime.
Another factor driving the slaughter is a force that is one of history’s most powerful: Martial Inertia. When a society turns to force as a solution to its problems, the first thing it does is to build up its military. This means the accumulation of a lot of military toys (compliments of the United States, which has always identified with illegal land seizures).
Once you have these toys, the only cost-effective thing to do is use them. You can’t have them rusting in fenced-off storage yards. However, when use them, you piss your victims off, and this means you’ve got to continue using them otherwise you’re liable to end up with your ass in a meat grinder.
This creates a mindset among political leaders called Martial Psychosis, in which compassion is leached from the brain as a dead child is reduced to a statistic. It is this psychosis that enabled Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to declare that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza simply because, in her eyes, there are no human beings in Gaza.
Granted, your successor did express concern over the mounting civilian casualties, but not because he gives a shit about Palestinians. Dead civilians are not a humanitarian crisis; they are a public relations crisis. And your successor understands public relations.
Pat Boone summed it all up in his stirring rendition of the song from “Exodus”:
This land is mine,
God gave this land to me.
You don’t fuck with God and get away with it, as the Palestinians are discovering to their despair.