Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A disposition for war






Can killing of innocents be justified? Israel says it is justified as a collateral damage in a vast operation in an attempt to protect oneself.....Well! Is it enough? I don't think so. Almost 400 out of the thousand casualties of this war are women and children. Israel's claims are even more skeptical as they have barred journalists from entering their war playground. Not just journalists, they even prevented humanitarian aid to reach the needy under the argument of danger of arms smuggling. Does self protection mean exterminating the entire race of the enemy? I sometimes wonder what Israel would have done if Palestine had been a state with a powerful defence architecture. Had they been equally belligerent? I doubt. The violent reaction is precisely because they know that Palestine is a helpless guerrilla state.
Everyday, more and more incidents of human rights abuse are being reported. Latest one is the use of white phosphorus. The chemical is known to burn flesh up to bones on contact....No amount of diplomatic pressure is working. Does Israel expect to attain peace with its actions? History is a witness to military carnage, and none could bring peace....Although I respect Israel's right to defend itself, still, an onslaught is just not tolerable. UN has become an ineffective peace instrument. I pray for the people of Gaza. May the Lord free them of Hamas. May the Lord make Israel realize that power should be balanced with morality and temper.....
Israelis suffer from a war philia....