a reply to: gladtobehere
And yet, look at the date. The day after these questions were put to the Foreign Secretary, who at the time was William Hauge, there was a cabinet
reshuffle, and he was replaced by Phillip Hammond. Hauge is now First Secretary of State, and Leader of The House of Commons.
Although it is refreshing to hear British parliamentarians making a strong case for a sterner stance on Israel's treatment of a largely defenseless
Palestinian population, I find the timing of the removal of Hauge from the role of Foreign Secretary, to be highly strange. And it also has to be
said, that for all their prattle in the House of Commons, there has been absolutely no form of extensive, forceful, and effective response from the UK
government, to a civilian death toll which CONTINUES to climb, to the destruction of infrastructure, to the continued and illegal settlement building
in the region, on the part of Israel.
This situation is still unfolding, people are still dying, and no one seems capable of bringing any form of order to this chaotic situation. The
longer it goes on, the more sorrowful it becomes, the more entrenched the positions become, which only serves to solidify the situation in its current
Personally speaking, I find the behaviour of Israel in this matter to be, and I put this as mildly as is possible, utterly ghastly. It is the height
of bad form to strike at ones neighbours, when one knows that the strongest attack their neighbour might wield against them, has little to no hope of
striking its target. That is precisely the situation as it stands. Iron Dome destroys or renders beyond use, the vast majority of the projectiles to
stream across the border between the Gaza strip and Israel. When compared with that system, the cheap, weak, ineffectual rockets which are fired
against it, are blades of grass, thrown at a slab of steel by the limpest wristed individual one could encounter. The effects are minimal.
In response, Israel launches air strikes and artillery bombardments featuring some of the most sophisticated munitions ever developed, which despite
the money spent on them, seem incapable of taking out terrorists, without murdering a heap of civilians at the very same time, which is shown by the
current figures where the death toll is concerned. The effects are devastating. More than a thousand dead Palestinians, more than two hundred of them
being children, thousands more injured, neighbourhoods flattened, hospitals damaged, UN schools and compounds destroyed or hit by shelling and air
strikes, and the list of the lost continues to grow.
Further to the deaths we can count legitimately at this point, those ruined buildings, those smashed streets and broken districts, will continue to
give up more dead as the days and weeks wear on, until or unless there ceases to be enough surviving people around, to keep searching these buildings,
these districts, for the empty husks of the people who used to live there.
I spit on both Hamas, and the Israeli government. But I expect much better of Israel, than to treat the residents of Gaza as nothing more than
collateral in their war with Hamas. I am not ignorant of the huge wrongs done to the residents of Iraq and Afghanistan during the War on Terror, and I
curse those wrongs, and the people who enacted them also, but this is a terrible situation, and Israel are the party in this situation who possess the
upper hand, and therefore it is their responsibility to allow peace, by retreating inside their borders, collapsing and removing their illegal
settlements, and concentrate ALL their technical, and military prowess on improving the Iron Dome to the point where assaults from outside of it, are
as irrelevant as rain.
It has to be said that Iron Dome has been successful at threat mitigation, and I say that with no small amount of understatement. Three Israeli
civilians have died so far in this conflict. Three.
It is facts like this, which make plain the disproportional nature of the Israeli response to the "threat" of Hamas rockets. They have the tools
and funds to make any attack from across the border, totally and utterly irrelevant, and yet use the rocket attacks as a pass, to pound the Gaza strip
with assaults for which the residents have no response, and from which they have no place to hide.