03 July 2006

Power Stations

Someone asked if I thought “was Israel right to knock out the only power station in Gaza?”

No, I don't think they were, but on the other hand they COULD have gone straight in and killed 100s, so which do people think is better?

Are Israelis seriously meant to sit on their hands when a soldier is kidnapped?

There is an easy solution to this: give up the kidnapped soldier, stop throwing Qassam rockets into Israel and start talking.

Egypt has put forward a number of workable solutions to resolve this crisis but it seems that Hamas, PRC, etc don’t want a peaceful resolution.

The “eye for an eye” stuff will make everyone blind, and what does that achieve? Nothing


Benjamin said...

Thanks for answering the question reasonably straight, with a no, although you do try to soften it with a spot of moral relativism, a "what if" - they could have done a lot worse than that particular breach of international law, like straighforward slaughter of many more... Interesting approach.

Kidnapping too is a breach of another part of international law, of course.

Pretty hopeless behaviour by all, no one is raising their game.

John-Paul said...

I happen to think Israel was wrong to bomb that power station too. But why must the author of this blog declare his position on that when posting about Israeli perspectives across the web? Did he say anything elsewhere about the power station that I missed? Do you, Benjamin, visit other blogs, say Arab ones, and demand that the authors publicly denounce Hamas atrocities before they vent their rage about -- or even mention -- Israel?

ModernityBlog said...

good point,John Paul,I have learn from experience it is best not to engage with the trolls :)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Just a technical remark re the "power station" - this is another blooper, intentional or not does not metter really. We are talking about several easily replacable transformers, insured by a US insurance company, btw.

Not that it makes the problem go away, but I wonder whether there were operational needs for this act, which we'll hardly ever know.