War Is Not a Counting Game

I am astounded at how the world, particularly the United States, views the conflict in Gaza/Israel. The American liberal press, in fact most of the “prime time” press, views this conflict as an accounting game, to be determined by the body count. Understand, I am a dyed in the wool liberal, old time determined lefty. But on this, the lefties are mostly wrong.

Every article or story I read or see is about a dead or wounded Palestinian child. Now I believe that war is a tragedy for everyone, most especially for the innocents, caught in the violence. And every death is a tragedy and a keen sorrow for those loved ones left behind. We do not, however, see stories about the disabled Israeli children who, for the last years, have gone to the shelters at least once a week so that when it happens for real, as no it has, they won’t be destroyed by the disruption in their routines. We do hear or see the stories of the children and families who go to the shelters multiple, multiple times per day; whose lives, hearts and minds will never be the same from the daily and constant barrage of the rockets. Rockets that come much further into Israel than had every been imagined.

Israel is now, and has always been, expert at defending herself. By necessity obviously as she is surrounded by sworn enemies. Those that say Israel is perfect are blind, she isn’t. But to say that being better at self-defense makes you wrong is not just ignorant it is blatantly ridiculous.

The number of bodies on either side cannot define this or any conflict, nor does it define moral “rightness”. What defines both the conflict and the political catch-22 is that Israel is determined to survive and Hamas is determined that she will not. And those that are innocent on both sides are caught in the middle, living in fear and hoping for sanity and peace.

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