Friday, July 18, 2014

Israel has right to defend itself but this is not at all a act of defense.

Recent attack by Israeli forces on Gaza strip in Palestine has stunned many around the world. Indiscriminate brutality displayed even towards civilian targets like disability center and very insensitive comments by some Israeli politicians about Palestinians has shocked many. Images coming out of Gaza about this brutal attack are very disturbing. Neither this conflict is new nor the violence which is happening in this region is new but still whatever is happening has shocked many. Both sides, Israel and Palestine have suffered because of violence related to border conflict. History behind this dispute is very long and complicated and I don't this we can discuss it on this forum, there is enough material available on internet related with this issue and interested readers can easily find reliable sources to educate themselves about this conflict. Israel is surrounded by hostile countries from all sides, many of them don't appreciate their existence but because of their military power and support from all over world none of those countries can do much against them. Many commend them for the way they managed to survive and excel in such hostile neighborhood. It is right to give credit wherever it is due, Israel survived and is now considered as the most powerful military power in that region, no other country can match them in technological and military power. Between Palestine and Israel later is much much advanced as far as military capabilities are concerned. Terrorist organizations like Hamas (which is now a political establishment also) inhibit Palestine and play major role in recruiting youths from that region who participate in terrorist activities. There is no doubt that any type of terrorist attack should not be tolerated, but to punish entire Palestine for fault of Hamas is completely wrong and unjustifiable.

If you look at the victims of the Israeli attack there are many innocent women and children who have died for no fault of theirs. It is really sad to see so many children die, it is heart wrenching. Images of some Israeli eating popcorn and watching attacks on Gaza doesn't portray any nice picture of Israel around the world. Even in war there are some rules to follow, so much brutality towards civilians is not acceptable. No one is questioning Israel's right to defend itself but whatever they are doing in Gaza right now is not a defense but it is a brutal and indiscriminate attack. Actually fight between Israel and Palestine is not a war between equals, Israel is much much stronger than Palestine in all aspects (technology, precise and advanced weapon, well equipped military, international support, etc.). This is the reason whenever Israel decides to attach on Palestine there is almost no (or minimum) resistance from their side, but that doesn't give absolute right to Israeli military forces to do whatever they want. Any attack on Israeli civilians is wrong no one can justify them but killing of Palestinian civilians like this by Israel is also a form of terrorism. If use of human bomb or missile by Hamas or any other terrorist organization to kill civilians is wrong then killing of civilians by using military forces is also wrong. Two wrongs don't make one right, if one party makes a mistake it doesn't give other party right to make same mistake. Both actions kill innocent civilians only the methods used are slightly different but both actions are equally condemnable. Both sides offer what they feel very legitimate reasons to attack each other, actually we humans are so intelligent that we can justify any of our actions. Both sides keep on justifying their violent actions and civilians keep on dying, this conflict has already taken many innocent lives, destroyed many families, caused immense pain and damage to both sides. This all should stop, if conflict can not be resolved then at at least violence should stop. Israel should stop its brutal aggression towards civilians of Palestine and all terrorist acts against them by Palestinian terrorist organizations should also stop. Both sides should try to resolve the issue via diplomacy and discussion. Whatever Israel is doing today in Gaza is wrong and rest of the world should take a stand against it. So far many responses (including Govt of India's) are very diplomatic, they look more like political than humanitarian. If we choose to remain silent or ignore it today then I don't know how many civilians deaths like this we have to witness in name of self defense. Whatever is going on is wrong and should stop.

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

[Copyright : Vinay Thakur. Please contact the author for re-posting or publishing]

8 comments:

  1. Why do keep calling HAMAS a "terrorist Organization"? What is your definition of a "Terrorist"?

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    1. Very relevant and difficult question Avinash to answer, as I said presently I don't see any difference between whatever Hamas did in past (using human bombs to attack civilians or firing missiles on civilian areas of Israel) and what Israel is doing now. So if you say I am wrong only in accusing or labeling Hamas as terrorist organization then I accept that. I used it in conventional terms based on their history. Many governments now a days do same things and get away in the name of self defense. I would be interested in reading your views on this issue. Please share if possible. Thanks.

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  2. The title is interesting "Israel has right to defend itself but this is not at all a act of defense". You say "Israel has right to defend" so how according to you here is the "right way to defend"?

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    1. May be I am not very clear in title but that's what it means, Israel or for that matter any country has full right to defense itself but whatever they (Israel) are doing right now in Gaza is not the act of defense but a brutal aggression which is wrong and the post specifically tries to discuss futility of such approach.

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    2. But why do you think a responsible Government (in this case both Israel and Palestine) take such a approach and call it self-defense?

      You say "Actually fight between Israel and Palestine is not a war between equals, Israel is much much stronger than Palestine in all aspects (technology, precise and advanced weapon, well equipped military, international support, etc.).", so you think it is war maybe though of an UN-conventional manner?

      Do you agree?

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    3. aren't all government do that? if we can have a look at many such conflicts around the world most involved parties justify every action in the name of self defense no matter how brutal they are. It will be really ideal situation if everyone tries to solve such problems through UN but hardly people try to do that, specially of there is one powerful country involved in conflict. War is always painful and leaves lot of scars behind, but unfortunately governments dont want to understand this...sad but thats what is going on.

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    4. So you agree it is a WAR though UN-conventional as there is no "DECLARATION OF WAR"!!.
      It is interesting that you bring "UN" in picture here. Do you then think that India should approach "UN" regarding the Kashmir issue?

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    5. Didn't India already approached UN regarding Kashmir issue? Check the history of that issue and purpose of formation of UN was for resolving international conflicts in peaceful manure, its formation was supposed to avoid major wars but it seems it is not working that well.

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