Is it too late to pull out of Gaza?Jan 3rd, 2009 | By Alkillous | Category: snewz
The Jewish population of Israel is only 5.3 million, and the world is only graced with slightly more than 13 million Jews. By contrast, there are over 300 million Buddhists, nearly 800 million Hindus, 1.1 billion Muslims, and nearly 2 billion Christians in the world. This isn’t about raw numbers. This is about a rich culture, centuries old, upon which the most powerful of other world cultures had been built.
With such a small population for such a precious culture, it is reckless for the religious leaders around the world to do anything but publicly and repeatedly condemn both the actions of the Israelis and of Hamas. There are often cries by anthropologists and linguists lamenting the endangerment and extinction of languages and ethnic groups for various reasons. We all think about the atrocities of Hitler’s Nazi regime when we talk of Israel, but for some reason, we do not observe that the culture needs more time to heal and grow. War is not the answer.
The Jewish culture is risking its very survival by sending its young, healthy members to war with Hamas. Their objective is justified, but their methodology on this particular offensive appears to the world as an attempt to wipe out Palestinians in Gaza altogether.
The ground invasion of the Gaza Strip is only hours old, and the point has been well made. Israel is a great and powerful nation, with a well-equipped, strong, and devoted military. They have the power and capacity to crush Hamas, but their technique is sloppy. Sloppiness in war means casualties of civilians.
Israel has bombed schools, marketplaces, restaurants, and other places that have absolutely no military value whatsoever. Part of the reason that is regularly given is that Hamas “hides” itself in or near these locations, which is true. There are also images of Israeli soldiers tying Palestinian children to their military vehicles. Neither side is without its atrocities.
The bombs can stop. Talks can resume. Life can go on, and Israelis and Palestinians can continue to hate one another. There have been repeated statements from the White House stating that there should not be a ceasefire for the sake of a ceasefire, but a ceasefire when an understanding can be made between sides. A ceasefire for the sake of a ceasefire is actually a good enough reason.