I think we have to think about the events at hand on two levels without succumbing to the incorrect conclusion that there is something duplicitous or hypocritical about doing so.
On the one hand, there is the natural sadness any of us must feel when considering the loss of innocent lives. This is not a political or a tactical decision, feeling this way—just a human response to the loss of life. I feel the same way about the demise of innocents, even when I have no inner conflict at all about the larger good of the action that brought about their deaths. Babies died at
On the other hand are all the arguments you have seen adduced for you in all the same e-mails I myself have been getting. It was Hamas that called off the cease-fire, not the Israelis. It was Hamas, not the Israelis, that sent not hundreds but many thousands of rockets against civilian towns and villages. (I read this morning that according to the most reliable reports, there have been upwards of 6,300 rockets fired at
All that is true. If anything, in fact, it’s been heartening to see how few of the above points have been refuted, even half-heartedly let alone strenuously, in venues that are generally openly hostile to
In the end, the Palestinians are reaping the bitter fruit of their own willingness to select an openly terrorist organization to govern them. This, for better or worse, is what happens when a nation elects a government that is unabashedly hostile to the concept of mutual co-existence with the neighbors, that is openly and forcefully disdainful of any notion of reasonable compromise. What the Palestinians are experiencing, then, is the direct result of their decision—and I speak specifically of the Gazans now—to be governed, thus led forward, by thugs and murderers.
I wrote about the children of
I don’t believe it is impossible to maintain both points of view. I believe what I just wrote about the children of
I don’t know how the attacks on