The Guardian, as ever, rattles off and echoes the knee-jerk condemnations of Israel’s attack on Gaza from the UN, Cameron, the USA, the EU Commission; as well as Ahmed bin Farouk, the owner of a grubby greasy-spoon cafe in Birmingham. Strange, is it not, that not many politicians or highly-placed and influential commentators and journalists even mention the true cause of all the death and destruction in Gaza, which is the fact that, one day after Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza, the terrorists of Hamas began planning the excavations which ran for MILES underneath the Israeli border with Gaza, excavated over years, and reinforced with the concrete which was allowed through the Israeli checkpoints because it was all agreed with the UN that such building material was necessary for reconstruction. No mention of the positioning within schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure, and reinforcing the delivery and storage sites for the thousands of missiles and rockets which themselves terrorised a large part of Israel.
I listened the other morning to Paddy Ashdown, the former Lib-Dim leader as he parroted on about how Israel was laying waste to ‘humanitarian law’ as they sent their bombs and shells raining down on the ‘innocents’ of Gaza. Now I have never had a great deal of time for Ashdown, considering him a ‘useful idiot’ of the worst kind, always ready and available for a quick denunciation of who- or what-ever was at the top of that weeks BBC villains register; but even my jaw dropped when this ‘influential politician’ stated that Israel should never have struck back against the rockets of terrorist Hamas because, and I quote “The Israelis have the Iron Dome anti-missile system, so why attack Gaza?” The thought-process, if there was one, being that of, ‘Well its alright for Hamas to send dozens of rockets over Israel’s borders, because Israel can defend itself; so why should Israel even attempt to level Gaza, never mind any illusory playing-field?
If that is the type of mindset which informs our so-called leaders, methinks we should get either new advisers, or new leaders.