The UN, countless NGOs (the Finnish Socialist Union
calls Hezbollah's acts of terror an "act of solidarity") and people from all sides have joined together to blast Israel for its "disproportionate operations" in Gaza and Lebanon. The Finnish Foreign Minister, Erkki Tuomioja
, repeats the same old mantra that Israel's use of force is disproportiate (echoed by the French president too). This is because civilians in Gaza and Lebanon have suffered due to the IDF operations. However, why should being a civilian clear you of any responsibility?
Both the state of Palestine (The West Bank & Gaza) and Lebanon held elections about a year ago. The Palestinian civilians voted for terrorists. Residents of southern Lebanon, which is now being targeted by the IDf, and, which has been the source of many Hezbollah attacks, voted for Hezbollah, another terrorist group. Neither Hamas nor Hezbollah recognizes Israel. They both wish to see Israel wiped off the map. The people of Lebanon and Palestine gave these groups power - political power. The so-called innocent civilians voted these groups so that there would be a legal basis for their acts of terror. Therefore, the civilians must take responsibility. You cannot expect that voting clears you of any responsibility. If you vote for a left-wing candidate who destroys your country's economy it's you
(and, of course, the candidate himself) who is responsible since it's you
who gave this person the authority to use political force. A recent poll
hints that the majority of Palestinians support terrorism:"A majority of the respondents, 77.2%, expressed support for the Hamas operation that included the abduction of Shalit, while only 21.7% said they opposed it."
Sometimes people have to learn this lesson about democratic responsibility the hard way. After all, the Nazis were given power by the German people (which, however, didn't justify the unnecessary
bombing of some German cities). The path to a functional democracy is not an easy one and the people of Palestine are still rookies of democracy.
One should still note that not everyone in Gaza or Lebanon voted for Hamas or Hezbollah and that's why it's unfortunate that those who wanted something better ended up dead because of what their misguided neighbors voted for. Neither am I saying that you should be punished by death for voting. I'm just saying that if you vote for terrorists bad things are bound to happen and you should recognize the part you're playing in the process.
And it should be noted that the Lebanese government is the one responsible for keeping Lebanese terrorist groups in check. If it fails to do so, as it has (it has done practically nothing to return southern Lebanon under the government's control), the IDF has to step in in order to protect the citizens of Israel. The IDF withdrew from southern Lebanon six years ago and from Gaza a year ago. The people of Lebanon and Gaza rewarded Israel's unilateral actions by voting for groups that want to see Israel dead.
The good news is that some people
involved in the conflict recognize the harm caused by groups like Hezbollah and those who support terrorism: "'I stayed awake all night long, smoking and watching the news. I can’t understand life here in Lebanon. Hizbullah should be disarmed,' the newspaper’s reporter was told by a restaurant owner named Morris in east Beirut."Israellycool blog
keeps liveblogging news and commentaries about the on-going situation in Gaza and Lebanon as it has done for the past few weeks. There's plenty of stuff from numerous news sources and the blog has become one of my favorites.