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.