What would we do if we were in Israel’s position?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Suppose rockets from Mexico were being fired at Dallas and San Antonio. Suppose Mexican soldiers were coming into the United States through tunnels to kill Americans. What would we do?

We would strike back by air, sea and ground forces. Would civilians be killed? There is no doubt. Would we agree to a truce before those tunnels and rockets were destroyed?

After the hijacked plane was flown into the World Trade Center building, what did we do? We attacked Afghanistan with planes, ships and soldiers. Many civilians were killed.

Were civilians killed by us in Vietnam, by Britain, Canada and all of our allies in the first and second World Wars? Have there been any wars when that has not happened, sometimes in error and sometimes on purpose? See Dresden and Hiroshima. Another issue seems to arise in this Israel/Hamas conflict: many are outraged that so many Gaza citizens have been killed compared to Israeli citizens. Would they be less outraged if more Israeli citizens were killed?

Perhaps as we answer those questions, we can better understand Israel’s actions in its current war with Hamas.

I cannot think of any government-sponsored war that did not include the killing of civilians. That is the nature of war and it is highly hypocritical for nations to condemn Israel for the killing of citizens in a war when those same nations have done the same and will do the same in their next war.

That these awful things happen to innocents is dreadful. Unfortunately, war and the killing that goes with it are who we are, and sadly I don’t think we will change.

 

Donald Landsman
Greenwich

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