With all the fighting going on in the Gaza Strip, and the multitude of opinions being offered by almost everyone who feels so inclined, I tend to wonder if anyone has all the facts. Not being in possession of all the facts would tend to remove someone from opining, or so it would seem.

I am certain I do not have possession of all the facts, and I wonder why it is that we, as a nation, should have one, or, for that matter, insinuate our policies or beliefs upon that area. After all, it is clear to anyone with casual observations that our policies and beliefs have not done so well in nearby areas. We can’t, it seems, get to the fact that Iraqis, in general, view us as the cause of great sorrow and death in their land. The people from Iran are certainly not enamored of anything we have done in the last 50 years. At this point, we cannot be sure that those in this region who publicly offer their assent to our actions are not, at the same time, privately criticizing our every move, knowing that the damage done by our foreign policy will not soon be undone.

Some things do appear to be easily understood, yet their understanding does not, of itself, lead to a solution.

Palestinians, since the establishment of the country of Israel, have been, justifiably upset that what was once ‘their’ land, is gone. On the other hand, to the casual observer, it would seem as though there are only two kinds of people located in the area. There are people descended from Isaac, which are known as the children of Israel, or Jews, and people descended from Esau, or those known as Arabs. what is not clear is why either of these groups would want to live where they are not welcome. Just as someone from a part of the world having grossly different ideas and customs would typically be welcome among people they differ from, it is strange to think why these people would wish to mingle, when it was something that would cause such friction.

Hold Everything –

I started writing the above, which was designed to be very even-handed, and not make accusations on either side, but…

This afternoon, on the PBS Newshour, the discussion of this conflict came up. A representative (duly appointed) named Ryad Monsour, with the title Palestinian Observer to the U.N., was interviewed for the program. He gave a very moving speech, and answered no questions asked by Gwen Ifill. When she, after having been ignored in her questioning, again asked what the Palestinians, and expressly Hamas, expected when they provoked things with rockets into Israel. He then gave a ‘shoo-fly’ motion, and was saying that it did not matter, the Israelis should not have retaliated.

Well, I’m not sure if the bright lights had gotten to this bozo, or perhaps it was just not his day for coherent thought. Expecting another nation to just sit by and take attacks, is something that I’m sure falls under the psychiatric definition of insanity, and for the casual observer, certainly does.

When further asked about his views the Palestinian could not give a single logical reason why the rockets were sent over the border into Israel. This is the very worst form of patriotic zeal. Doing something that will destroy someone else, and not expecting some form of destructive move in response is beyond any rational ken.

Any Palestinian, questioning whether the United States will offer any assistance in the quest for peace, should first ask Hamas if they want peace. All outward appearances flatly shout ‘No’.

So, should we get involved? Probably not. Besides, Israel has proven itself capable of defending its people and borders time and again since the 6 Day War of 1967. There is no reason to think they are not capable now.

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