In connection with the current endless crisis in Gaza, there are three big questions the liberal media forget to raise or to try to answer. Ignoring these questions is a test of the same media’s collective good faith. It’s a test also of the moral blindness of those who passively follow the liberal media.
The first question is this: If you don’t like the way Israel is dealing with the overt, continued threat of Hamas toward Israeli civilians, what would you have Israel do?
Keep in mind that, as I keep pointing out, a “proportionate response” is the best way to perpetuate the killing. Every police agency in the world will tell you that a massive, crushing response minimizes the number of victims.
The second question is even simpler, more elementary: Why does anyone accept the casualties numbers provided by the Gaza “Ministry of Health.”? It’s a creature of Hamas, lock, stock and barrel. It’s not my opinion, it’s a fact. The Hamas Party is the government of Gaza. It appoints all the principals in the Ministry. There is zero chance a brave Ministry official will stand up and affirm that the civilian toll from Israeli attacks is smaller then the Gaza government affirms. Hamas is a terrorist organization, it would not hesitate to eliminate such a dissenter. Everyone knows this. The liberal media ignore this basic fact. Note: I don’t doubt that the Israeli military actions cause many deaths, including of civilians. Yet, there are “many” and “many.”
Here is the third question. If peace is desirable in Gaza, there is a simple path to it. If Hamas wants peace, wishes to protect the lives of the Gaza population, why does not Hamas propose to destroy all its tunnels leading into Israeli territory under international control?
I ask because the tunnels dug by Hamas into Israel have no conceivable peaceful function. They are only intended to assassinate Israelis. I point this out because it’s possible that the Hamas tunnels into Egypt, in the south, by contrast may have commercial, non-terrorist functions such as a bringing food or fuel into Gaza bypassing the Israeli partial blockade of the territory. (Incidentally, why did not Egypt open its border to the Gazans trapped in an exiguous territory subjected to the horrors of war? That’s a subsidiary question only.)
Worst case scenario. Suppose Hamas proposes loudly to destroy its tunnels as a contribution to peace and Israel ignores the offer and continues to attack targets in Gaza. That would be a much greater public relations disaster for Israel than even the alleged mounting number of Gaza civilian victims in Gaza. It would be huge. (The sad but realistic thing is that there is a diminishing public relations gain from civilian victims. The first five dead Palestinian children induce huge emotion; that last five, after hundreds more, not so much.)
Not discussed in the media are new facts on the ground. Hamas used to occupy center-stage in the jihadist play. For a long time, it was the only Sunni jihadist organization perennially involved in military action against infidels (Jews, in this case). There is a new player in town casting a giant shadow on Hamas’ monopoly. The so-called “Caliphate” of ISIS in Syria and Iraq is covering itself with military glory while openly persecuting threatening schismatic Muslims (Shiites), all infidels, beginning with the old Iraqi Christian community, and even (recently) the United States itself.
Hamas had to do something to stay afloat in the minds of those who see themselves as radical Sunni Muslims, as soldiers of God, seventh century-style. Hamas was in danger of becoming a sideshow. It had to do something even to survive as an organization. The solution was to provoke Israel into killing many innocent civilians victims. It worked. Just look at the demonstration in France, in the UK, and even as far away as in Chile.