Rocket PoliticsEntire rows of houses are smashed down by (Israeli) tanks to make sure that there is at least one guilty party among the many casualties. Terrorism, the strengthening of one's own position through the spread of fear and horror, is the long standing practice of both sides. (...) The war against terrorism has, within the briefest period, itself assumed terroristic traits. (...)He who would like the Palestinians to have a democratically elected government commits himself to their capacity to vote freely and anonymously. When they have decided, he must, if one is to believe in his commitment to democratic engagement, recognize the representatives elected in free, secret elections. (...)
Israel wants to unseat the first government that the Palestinians themselves have elected. The Israeli government claims a right of veto in the occupancy of the Palestinian government bench. A right of veto which she is prepared to enforced with bombs and rockets. Those who know Hamas will appreciate this. But that has nothing to do with democracy. It shows solely the disregard of the Israeli leadership not just for the will of the Palestinians, but also for democratic institutions. (emphasis added)
(Translation of quote by Richard Bartholomew)
Adolf Hitler would have agreed wholeheartedly with this commentary. After all, you have to "recognize" even a warmongering government, if only it's democratically elected. And Hitler was democratically elected. So, sorry Israel, there's nothing you can do about Palestinian terror. Sure, the Hamas government wants to eradicate Israel from the face of the earth. But what can you do - the government was democratically elected.
As to "terrorist traits" in the fight against terror, how exactly is Israel supposed to defend itself against hundreds of Kassam rockets, suicide bombers, abductions, and other goodies delivered from Palestine territory, with the tacid - and not so tacid - approval of the Hamas government? Asking for mercy? Well, the Jews did that in the face of the Nazi terror, and, back then, it didn't quite work out...
The German media might learn from some Arab media how to identify the true culprit in this conflict:
The Hamas leadership was taken to task in an op-ed piece published Saturday in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Watan, Israel Radio reported.
The author, Fuad al Hashen, wrote that Hamas bore full responsibility for the recent IDF incursion into the Gaza Strip.
Hamas continued to fire rockets at Israel after Israel voluntarily withdrew from Gaza, al Hashen continued. Therefore, Israel's decision to shell Gaza was "natural."
Al Hashen called on leaders in the Hamas movement to concern themselves with rebuilding Gaza and address the real issues for the Palestinian people. "Then the 'Summer Rain' will stop falling," he wrote.
BTW, I haven't heard the German media cry for Cpl. Gilad Shalit to have access to a lawyer and a court hearing. No mention of the Geneva Convention, no complaints about the lawlessness of the Palestinian government.
I guess the silence is owed to the fact that Cpl. Shalit is not an Islamic terrorist who was trying to blow up a maximum number of civilians, but just an ordinary Israeli soldier who cared for the right of his people to live in peace. Obviously, this doesn't qualify him for a special treatment in the German media...
This cartoon from Dry Bones is a fitting description of the twisted Palestinian logic...
Update: While the German media endlessly repeat the "cycle of violence" crap, Iraqis are surprisingly candid about the responsibilty of Hamas. Then again, they know the meaning of terrorism...