When two tribes go to war

Gaza demo

Part of a photo by Richard Searle of the Manchester, England protest (from Socialist Unity, who has continuing coverage of the worldwide protests)

Is violence is the tool of the incompetent?

Anytime two parties with disagreements move from lobbing angry words to lobbing missiles and bombs, it’s a sure sign of failure on someone’s part.

This is true only if you assume they genuinely want peace. Otherwise, perhaps the parties involved gain much from the continued slaughter and have no real interest in the cessation of hostilities. Then it’s not failure at all, but rather deliberate strategy.

In asymmetric warfare like Hamas vs. Israel, the Hamas strategy is based upon taking huge, debilitating numbers of casualties and deaths. This helps them, they think, win the propaganda war.

End the occupation, stop the invasion. But that’s no reason to support Hamas over the insanely violent Zionists running things in Israel. Both are bat-shit crazy with blood-drenched hands, far as I’m concerned.

And the US and UK are no better. From former UK ambassador Craig Murray.

[Gordon] Brown is appeasing domestic horror at the Israeli massacre in Gaza by calling for a ceasefire. Meanwhile British diplomats on the United Nations Security Council are under direct instructions to offer “tacit support” to United States’ efforts to block a ceasefire.

I have been told this directly by a former colleague in the UK Mission to the United Nations.


  1. Well the good people of Palestine elected these bums to govern them and they knew who they were and about.

    The trouble started with Hamas and Israel will end it. The terrorist just do not want peace. I also believe there is a large element of jealousy toward Israel. This is due to the success that they have had with their economy and standard of living.

    It’s unfortunate that hate is the common denominator with the people of Arab countries. Move into the 21st century it’s not a bad place if you stop the hating and killing.

    Don’t blame Israel for the current situation, blame yourselves for not stopping it.


  2. George — Most of the Palestinians in Gaza have been living in refugee camps from the ethnic cleansing of 1948 by the Jews that created Israel. The Palestinians have been living under direct Israeli military occupation since 1967. Israel started it and Israeli leaders have repeatedly taken the position that there will never be a Palestinian state. Israel has assisinated all the moderate leaders leving only the quislings (Fatah) and the radical Hamas, which Israel helped create.

    The Israeli economy is doing so well because they it is subsidised by the US to the tune of well over 3 billion dollars per year.

    If the Arabs hate us and Israel it is because we gave them cause to do so. Read some history of the region beyond Israeli press releases.

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