Wednesday, August 20, 2014

No doubt they were "human shields" because they were in the house where they live

I really don't like Nazi comparisons (and I don't actually think the comparison is fair), but it is hard when Israeli officials talk like this to not hear it in my head in the bad accent of a cartoon Nazi villain:
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s justice minister, told the news website Ynet that "every person who commits terror, his liquidation is not just legitimate but desirable, in my opinion."
What a statement to make after your country intentionally bombed a house, killing a baby and its mother! Imagine for a moment what would happen if Livni's husband and child were killed in an assassination attempt on her. What would that make Hamas?

I think Israeli society (and by extension the misguided people who think of themselves as "pro-Israel" by blindly supporting Israel's worst militaristic impulses), much like American society at the end of 2001, has gone into a dark violent place--a place where the ends justify the means, where everything is viewed as an existential threat, where actions that to a reasonable outsider seem counter-productive and foolish are presented as tough and effective. I just don't think that the Israeli leadership has any idea how they come across to the rest of the world, aside from the minority who are willing to support whatever they do.