Day after day, I check BC to see who's written an hysterical rant about the current mayhem in that pitifully small parcel of land known by various names that lies on the Mediterranean Sea in the Middle East. Bupkus. Nada. Niente. Nyet.
No Arab apologist wailing about the wanton destruction of the enfeebled Gaza Strip?
No Israeli apologist citing Barack Obama's comment that if folks were tossing missiles at his kids, he'd do something about it?
Not even an attempt at an unbiased analysis of the conditions that have once again led two peoples who have known nothing but war, discrimination, and hatred into another useless confrontation?
Maybe I should be checking some other section of BC. Surely, someone, somewhere, somehow has an opinion about smart bombs going one way and missiles going the other. No? Well, then, I'll offer my opinion based on years of careful research, decades of inebriation, and past lives in which truth was but a momentary construct designed to deceive and delude.
One wants to wail, "is everybody stark-raving, clothes-rending, eyeball-popping mad?"
Once again, Israel has embarked upon a military course for which there's no obvious end game or win. Sending troops into Gaza won't work any better than sending them into southern Lebanon, unless somehow the Israelis are determined to wipe out the entire Hamas leadership…and most of their followers. Worked real well in Iraq for the U.S., so they've got a play book they can borrow.
And once again, Hamas has made it patently clear that they have absolutely no concern — none, not any, not one jot or iota — for the welfare of the Palestinians under their thumb. By hiding like cowards and putting their missiles and weapons among the poor people of Gaza, they've demonstrated that their only interest is terrorism. They've already made it clear that their mission is the destruction of the State of Israel. They have no moral standing whatsoever. They're thugs.
As for Fatah, the old PLO, their leadership has been a beacon of hope for all those who believe in Middle East peace, world peace, the Easter Bunny, and the tooth fairy.
For fifteen years, there have been more attempts to craft a road to peace between the Israelis and Arabs than scandals in the Bush administration. Virtually all have failed. One reason is that the Arab nations (if you can call them that) have never had anything but disdain and contempt for the Palestinians. Another reason is that the Arabs have never been able to agree on anything as a people, except when facing the business end of a really large and powerful weapon.
World reaction has been fascinating. Sure, the anti-semitic mobs have taken to the streets to shriek against this horror against the poor people of Gaza, not mentioning that the Israelis, as they did in Lebanon, sent a warning to Gaza that the attack was going to begin, telling people to avoid Hamas strongholds and seek shelter. But, interestingly, while nations thump their breasts and call for a cease fire, there has not been an outbreak of anti-Israeli fervor as has been seen in the past.
Perhaps that's because any sentient being would have to look at the past six months of the so-called "period of restraint" highlighted by daily missile attacks from Hamas into Israel and wonder how long the Israelis were going to tolerate this insanity.
Many more innocent Palestinians are dying than Israelis. Conditions in Gaza are horrific. The damage that has been done in that tiny strip of land is beyond comprehension. But if one is going to point a finger, then it must be pointed first at Hamas. Then at the Arab world which refuses to accept an Israeli state in their midst. Then at the world community which routinely condemns Israel but does nothing to contain the spread of terrorism in the Middle East.
And, yes, the Israelis have not been blameless. But if someone were deranged enough to wave a wand and make me Sultan of Israel, I wouldn't have the vaguest idea how to create peace.
Perhaps the unbearable and unbreakable tragedy of the situation explains the silence on BC.