Killing Said Siam, interior minister in the Hamas government?? Have they entirely lost their minds? Do they want Olmert assassinated? Or Barak? Do they want to create a bull’s eye on the back of every Knesset member who ever leaves Israel’s shores so that any Islamist around the world will only be too happy to take a potshot? Do they think the Shin Bet will protect them indefinitely? Do they think they’re not vulnerable? Do they have the faintest idea what they are doing? This is classic hubris of Greek tragic proportions.
All I can say is this is the chickens coming home to roost for the international community, the U.S. government and even Barack Obama. They could have intervened to stop this madness. They chose not to. They chose to allow it to go on. Now, everyone will pay the price.
If you were a Palestinian (I’m not even talking about a Hamas member) and they killed a senior minister in your government what would you do? Hell, let’s bring it even close to home…if some Pakistani Islamist whack job assassinated Robert Gates what do you think we’d do to Pakistan? What do you think Muslims with a violent bent will now try to do to Israel?
The Israelis MUST be reined in NOW. It has descended into the maelstrom. But it can get worse and will unless the world takes immediate action. As far as I’m concerned Israel has now clearly crossed into war crime territory. Yesterday, nine Israeli human rights groups called for an investigation along precisely those lines. Now, this MUST be pursued if the international community doesn’t wish to become a laughingstock.
Besides all this, the IDF deliberately targeted a UN food warehouse and set it ablaze with five gas tankers within ignition distance. An entire day’s food aid up in smoke and the UN is the only source of food for hundreds of thousands of Gazans. A high rise housing foreign news media was hit.
Israel has become a pariah. And lest anyone mistake where I’m coming from, don’t dare go calling me an anti-Zionist. I am not. I do not hate Israel. But I hate what this government and this army has done to MY Israel and MY Zionism. They have spat on it. They have shat on it. My heart is broken.
Why does it have to come to this? Why are we like beasts of prey tearing apart the flesh of our victims? Mauling those we don’t kill? Are we not human beings? Have we entirely lost track of this? This barbarism sickens me.
And for those who object to the term “murder” in my headline, what else do you call deliberately targeting unarmed civilian officials of a government in their home and killing family members and neighbors? I’m sorry but this is cold-blooded murder. It’s beyond warfare. It’s blood vengeance.