GUEST BLOG: An eye for a face
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The decision to attack Gaza and cause group punishment and suffering to the already miserable existence of the Palestinian people in an attempt to free Corporal Gilad Shalit has more to do with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's need to look militarily strong rather than any rational strategy. If the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) cause too much collateral damage, Corporal Gilad Shalit will most certainly be killed, so the question really becomes one of how many Palestinian lives are worth one Israeli soldier?
Don't get me wrong, my heart goes out to the family of Gilad Shalit - who by all accounts is just another shy kid who has been dragged into Israel's national obsession with militaristic paranoia (and I certainly hope the criminals who abducted him see justice inside a court room) - but to invade another state, cause damage and group punishment by taking out bridges and electricity won't get Shalit back.
With their recent history of assassinations and extra-judicial killings, Israel has become a law unto itself. It now finds that military might won't get the desired effect they want. It is time for Israel to put down the gun and redouble their diplomatic efforts. An eye for a face politics will not be tolerated by world-wide public opinion who already see Israel as an apartheid state.
Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury