It’s rude for me to say it this directly, but I don’t know how to put it any other way: The government of Israel and the organization of Hamas are both acting like idiots. Palestinians have not gained back Palestinian lands through their intifada after intifada. The government of Israel has not gained security by bombing Palestinians.
Yet, Palestinians are shooting rockets into Israel, and Israel is bombing Palestinians. Tear gas is responded to with stone throwing, just as it has been for decades now.
The Foreign Minister of Israel, Tzipi Livni, says that “today there is no other option than a military operation.” What an idiot. Military operations haven’t brought security for Israel before, and there’s no reason to believe that this military operation will either. A more honest assessment would be that there is no military option.
Let’s not get ideological about this, and claim that the Israelis are the only idiots in the situation. How about the Palestinian stone throwing idiot who, instead of hitting an Israeli police office, struck a three-year old child in the eye instead? That’s a martyr without a cause for you.
I had to smack my forehead at the statement of Hamas leader Fawzi Barhoum, who said that Palestinians would not “live in bloodshed and between body parts, wounded and dead people”. Well, duh, the Palestinians are living in bloodshed, and they will as long as Palestinians continue to try to use violence to make Israel “pay the price” for its aggression.
Stupid. The people participating in this violence are simply stupid, and they’re ruining life for everyone around them, whether their neighbors happen to be Palestinian or Israeli.
I can’t find any heroes in this situation, just idiotic idiots engaging in idiocy.
Diplomatic efforts with the Israeli idiots and the Palestinian idiots should continue, but at this point, the only honest foreign policy is to openly recognize that the perennial armed conflict in Palisrael is the result of idiocracy. I’d like to see a United Nations resolution declaring a single sovereign state in the territory that is now Palestine and Israel, naming the new nation the Republic of Idiots. I’d like to see that nation on all world maps until the violence stops for at least five years straight. If anyone from this Republic of Idiots wants to visit another country, they ought to be required to show an Idiot Passport, and to inform customs officials that they are an Idiot.
Thorough mocking is the only way I can think of to defuse the self-righteous butchers of both peoples. Let them know that they’re fighting to further the cause of idiocy, and laugh at them, and they just might stop. Violence is rarely done by a self-professed idiot.