Gaza: The Moral Issue

It’s 1938, Poland’s economy is 1/8th of the economy of Germany next door. Poland has a democratically, properly elected government but an authoritarian one. Supporters of the Polish ruling party assassinate three German teenagers. The Polish government fails to condemn the deliberate killing of defenseless young civilians. It does not do anything to apprehend the assassins. Soon, German vigilantes waylay and assassinate a Polish teenager. The democratic German Government condemns this last assassination in clear terms. Soon, it arrests three suspects. The German nation goes into mourning for all four teenagers.

Poland has in its constitution the goal of eliminating Germany altogether. This fact makes many Germans angry and many more uneasy.

Less than a week later, Poland fires massively on a Germany it knows to be armed to the teeth. Its fire is technically such as to guarantee that it cannot hit military targets inside Germany. It’s purely terror bombing aimed at inducing panic among civilians. Germany attempts to stop the Polish firing by launching airstrikes against important Polish military leaders and firing sites. It precedes each strike with several warnings to civilians to vacate the area. In spite of this extreme precaution, German strikes cause 200+ deaths in collateral casualties. Or, the Polish government claims it does. One German dies from Polish fire; several are critically wounded.

World public opinion fails to wonder at the reasons why German strikes can be so precise without benefit of land-based aviation strike specialists.

After a week of punishment, Poland reluctantly agrees that it might consider stopping its inaccurate firing at Germany in return for the release of 100 of its politicians (from the governing party) the Germans detained at the beginning of the short conflict.

Russia offers to mediate the conflict. The Russian political elite hates equally the Poles and the Germans.

Where is the morality issue in this work of historical fiction?

Where is the rationality?

PS I am not Jewish, never have been, never will be. I am not either one of those born-again Christians who are pro-Israel because they think it will hasten the Second Coming of Christ. I just don’t become confused easily.


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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3 Responses to Gaza: The Moral Issue

  1. McHenry says:

    I propose we redraw borders so Jerusalem becomes a kind of Four-corners, like here in the states.
    Isn’t that the way? Nobody wins, but everybody gets a little piece of the prize, a trophy for effort! I’d jump at the opportunity to take a photo of myself standing in 4 religions at once.
    I don’t know enough to make any practical suggestions. The news I’m reading seems to want me to favor Israel, with the exception of one woman on NPR who came off a little crazy and unable to respond to specific questions with anything but the same repeat answer: Israel is using propaganda to murder civilians. Anyway, she didn’t do her side any favors in my opinion.

  2. McHenry: We must not be watching the same news. Everything I see wants me to cry about Palestinian babies. This little war is not about Jerusalem. Read the last four pages of the Hamas charter on linked to this blog. The story in my blog is all factual except for the names of the countries and territories involved.

    Incidentally, as I write, there is not a single Israeli soldier in Gaza. Its’ 2:30 pm. Did you know this?

  3. McHenry says:

    Well, my gut feeling on what I’ve read and heard so far is pro-Israel. I too would confront a neighbor throwing stones at my house.
    If I were in Gaza, I’d throw Hamas out. It seems obvious to me. If someone gave me warning to vacate the offending building or die, it wouldn’t take me long to move. I am averse to death.
    I’m not sure about Palestinians though. I wouldn’t say they want to die, but they seem to be a bit more tolerant to the idea.

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