Hamas Leader Khaled Meshaal
As Israel continues to fight for its existence, Hamas continues to use women and children as shields to protect their weapons. Hamas uses this tactic for one reason – it works. Israel does try to avoid killing civilians when they can, but Hamas counts on the fact that many of those civilians will be killed. The photos of their dead bodies are dutifully displayed on television screens around the world by a complicit news media to gin up hatred for Israel by those who should know better.
Like most people, except for radical Islamic terrorists, I hate the thought that any innocent civilian, especially a child, would be killed in any war. It hurts to see the bodies of young children being pulled from the rubble, or even those of their parents, but I do recognize the necessity of any country to do what is necessary to protect its citizens from attack. I also understand that Hamas is responsible for the death of every one of those innocent civilians.
Perhaps however, we are doing the residents of Gaza a disservice by referring to them as “innocent” civilians.
It is often said that elections have consequences. Certainly those of us here in the United States have recently been reminded of that fact and hopefully we will have learned a valuable lesson in time for the next round of elections. The residents of Gaza have a similar lesson to learn.
We must not forget that in 2006 Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections, giving them administrative control over the Palestinian unity government with Fatah. The people who voted for Hamas did so with the full knowledge of who and what Hamas was – a terrorist organization. It should have come as no surprise then, when Hamas subsequently abandoned the political process and seized control of the government through violence. Since 2007 Fatah has maintained control over the West Bank while Hamas remains in control of the Gaza strip.
By electing Hamas in 2006, the Palestinian people deliberately handed the reins of their government to an organization that has never made their hatred of Israel a secret, nor have they made any effort to disguise their willingness to resort to barbaric acts of violence to achieve their goals. Hamas has no interest in governing the Gaza strip as anything other than a base of operations from which to launch their attacks on Israel. It is undeniable that their actions are driven solely by hatred for Israel rather than a concern for the wellbeing of the Palestinian people, and it should come as no surprise that these cowards are more than happy to hide behind women and children.
The residents of Gaza are suffering the consequences of their decisions. You have to know that if you elect people who do not respect the rule of law, who champion barbarism and totalitarianism, and whose only reason to exist is to wage war against Israel, you will not live a life of peace and prosperity. The children are obviously not to blame, but their parents are and the parents are responsible for bringing this tragedy upon those children. I hate to see it happen, and I hope that the loss of life is kept to a minimum, but the Palestinian people have to understand that the decisions they make have consequences, and sometimes those consequences can include horrible tragedy and death.
It is a hard truth, but it is one that cannot be ignored.