I really like to think that I am a pretty savvy thinker. I am college educated and have a graduate degree from the school of hard knocks. Some may even say I am rather opinionated and not shy upon opining on any given subject matter. Despite all this I must claim an absolute level of confusion as to the world’s condemnation of Israel for its attacks against Hamas.
I usually like to bring large matters down to a more basic level to try and decipher them. As such I imagine that my family and I will be for the sake of discussion – Israel. We live next door to our neighbors called Hamas. We have been embroiled in a serious neighborhood dispute for many years. For the sake of this discussion the cause of the dispute does not matter- simply that we aren’t terribly fond of each of each other.
For a period of time my neighbor- Hamas, has been randomly firing a gun onto my property. For a period of time my family members have lived in fear and on occasion died as a result of these actions. My neighbor Hamas has clearly stated to all that listen that they wish to kill all of my family.
Finally my family- Israel, can no longer accept these attacks and starts shooting back at Hamas. In this process the Hamas neighbors hide amongst other innocent neighbors and from there engage my family in battle. Hamas shows no apparent regard for the innocent neighbors that are being hurt as a result of their tactics.
Hamas then cries foul. They cry out that Israel is shooting at us. That Israel is killing innocents. That Israel is evil. That Hamas is being victimized. The world cries out for Israel to stop its attacks.
If you lived in this neighborhood. If your family was Israel. If your wife and your children were being killed would you stop? Would you care of the opinions of others?
Please help me to understand this.