It is not only that it is terrorizing the Palestinians of Gaza. I suggest Israel has engaged in a uniquely evil enterprise. This is because it has provided no exit for the Palestinian women and children.
This is unheard of in the history of warfare. It is a war in which there are no refugees. Think of that, not one refugee. No one has been allowed to flee to safety. The Palestinians of Gaza are all confined is such a way that every explosion will resonate in their bodies so that they will never forget the fury of Israel.
Perhaps it is because when my wife was a child she and her family fled her home in an open cart being drawn by a donkey in the middle of a bitterly cold winter evening from the oncoming Red Army; or perhaps it was a moving book I recently read about a woman who fled the Nazi blitzkrieg coming down on Paris that made me think about this. Or was it the thought of the innocents being slaughtered in Gaza which I wrote about yesterday which seemed unique to warfare.
Consider what has happened in other conflicts. You don’t have to look far. Look at Ukraine, or even at Syria. Examine all other conflicts that have taken place from the Middle Ages up through our World Wars. You must have seen pictures of Allied forces moving up toward the battle front and people streaming in the opposite direction. Where did many of the women and children go during the Battle of Britain?
You know what I am a referring to: women and children, the old and the infirm, have always had the opportunity to remove themselves from the battlegrounds. In Ukraine today many flee to other parts of Ukraine and Russia; in Syria over the past years millions, yes millions, have fled into neighboring countries. Remember our war with Iraq? Do you recall the stories of the thousands upon thousands who fled into Syria and Jordan to escape the battle.
All civilized nations have allowed the non combatants a way to safety. Only the Nazis sent planes to strafe the fleeing civilians. Israel has gone beyond this. It has refused to allow those not involved in the combat to flee.
Not that it couldn’t. It could easily have let the Palestinian women and children, the old and lame, the feeble and mentally impaired, flee from Gaza. Camps could have been set up on the Sinai or in Israel or even on the West Bank. A small portion of the billions we give Israel could have been diverted to save lives of those who can’t defend themselves. Then the battle could have taken place among combatants and not hostages.
Why then did this not happen? Why did all those in this country who cheer for Israel’s inane assault on a civilian population and justify its attack not demand such a minimal right for the women, kids and others? How do you explain this? How do you justify the confinement of women and children to a battleground?
Israel says Hamas hides among the women and kids and that’s why it had to kill so many of them. If it let them get out of Gaza, Hamas would have no way to hide. Why didn’t it deprive Hamas of its human shelters?
No one seems to want to talk about this. American officials have not even suggested a humanitarian escape. What is normal in war was not allowed in the case of the Palestinians in Gaza.
What then are we to assume. Israel knew it would have to murder women and children because it kept them imprisoned. Must we assume the murderous onslaught of them is a necessary part of Israel’s plan.
Is Israel is looking for the “final solution” to its problem with Gaza. It’s goal seem to be to commit this ultimate evil of murdering and terrorizing thousands of innocent women and children so that they will cower into animal-like submission to the Israeli people.
We are compelled to ask the question – why is it Israel didn’t let the innocent escape from the slaughter?