Stop the hypocrisy — Let the IDF finish the job!
After weeks of unrelenting rocket attacks by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Israeli government has concluded that the only method of eradicating the terrorist murderous actions is by a ground operation and demilitarization of Gaza.
Within minutes of the IDF’s entry into Gaza, a number of world leaders were quick to condemn Israel’s military response. Currently, US President Barak Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are pressuring Prime Minister Netanyahu to restrict military operations to the Hamas tunnels, and to exercise “reasonableness and restraint” and abide by rules of “proportionality.”
There is a clear double standard at work in the US leaders’ rhetoric. The US has a long history of destroying armed enemy forces without restraint, causing mass civilian and military casualties when it assumed the role of a foreign military intervener in regional conflict, or actively invading a country to prevent potential danger to the lives of US citizens.
Several examples below shed light on this truth:
1. During the Kosovo War, NATO, led by the US, fought an unauthorized military campaign against Yugoslavia. In the course of the “humanitarian” campaign, NATO launched 2,300 missiles at 990 targets and dropped 14,000 bombs, including depleted uranium bombs and cluster munitions. Over 2,000 civilians were killed, and NATO airstrikes destroyed more than 300 schools, libraries, and over 20 hospitals.
2. The War in Afghanistan followed the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the aim of dismantling al-Qaeda. The United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom and estimates of casualties vary from 18,000 to 50,000 deaths. In the first stage of the war, the US killed 1300 civilians by bombing the Tora Bora mountains; by contrast, the IDF has killed less than 500 civilians while operating the world’s most densely populated region.
3. During the US’s armed conflict in Iraq, estimates vary from 90,000 to 600,000 deaths attributed directly to American forces.
Conveniently, America typically carries out its military operations far from its shores. Israel does not have this luxury. Israel is forced to defend its home against an enemy that uses its own population as human shields. Worse, Hamas places its artillery in populated civilians center to deter the IDF from engaging with the terrorists.
It is unreasonable of the US to demand that Israel abide by rules of warfare that the US has rejected for its own armed forces, and to exercise more restraint than the US would under similar circumstances.
Read the White House Press Release calling for Israelis to do “more” here.