This is what war hath wrought

I would suggest a look at this collection of photos from the recent turmoil in Gaza, courtesy of the Big Picture at The Boston Globe website.  This violence doesn’t just kill people, it destroys infrastructure and incites the hatred that will fuel the next round of attacks.

I will warn that some are a bit graphic, but for the most part, the worst are hidden until you explicitly say that you want to see them.


About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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5 Responses to This is what war hath wrought

  1. jonolan says:

    Yes, it’s quite sad that HAMAS has wrought such destruction upon the Palestinian people.

  2. Meng Bomin says:

    Surely Hamas is a destructive organization, but they wouldn’t find so much support if Israel did not act as it does. The way to root out extremism is not to further destroy the infrastructure of civilization. Hamas is none other than the illegitimate child of Israel.

  3. jonolan says:

    And Israel’s actions in the latter 20th and early 21st century are a direct result of the constant terrorism committed against their civilians by the PLO and later HAMAS. The way to root out extremism is not to continue to commit acts of terrorism against a civilian population – a population that is not even in the disputed territory in fact.

    You can blame Israel all you want, but by ignoring the culpability of the Palestinians, Iranians, and Syrians in the matter, you show a bias that renders much of your argument moot.

    All hands are soaked in the blood of innocents in this matter.

  4. Hizbollah made a lot of political gain by using the destruction of Lebanon to their favor, even though they were the root cause of much of it. Hamas has been trying to do the same. You can easily claim that there is a disproportionate use of weapons on the Israeli side of the conflict, but that has been the only way the nation has been able to survive since the inception. However, the fact that Israel hasn’t gone full force into the Gaza Strip, pulled out everyone that owns a green Hamas headband, and arrested them is a sign of some level of restraint. Sometimes I wonder why Israel just doesn’t officially annex Gaza into the country and then treat all the Hamas soldiers/leaders as enemies of the state (other than the fact that it would probably lead to another multi-state war). The Palestinian people and Israel both have a right to live in peace, but as long as Hamas exists, it won’t happen.

  5. Meng Bomin says:

    You can blame Israel all you want, but by ignoring the culpability of the Palestinians, Iranians, and Syrians in the matter, you show a bias that renders much of your argument moot.

    This phrasing clearly understates your lack of understanding of my argument, and that renders your opinion moot.

    It is my view that both sides take a bad tact toward the situation and those who take sides (i.e. you) have blinded themselves. I already expressed my distaste for Hamas (I don’t know how calling an organization a bastard child can be taken in a good way), so I don’t know why you think I don’t find them culpable for their crimes.

    I just think that Israel’s actions are the very reason that Hamas has been given legitimacy by the people of Gaza and as a citizen of a country that funds Israel to an ungodly extent, I want our government to put pressure on them to break the cycle of violence. Don’t act like Israel’s actions were inevitable. Just as Hamas and the PLO and Hizbollah have committed vast crimes, Israel also has agency…they make choices and they should be treated as such. This is especially true as the Israelis have more power in this situation are the US has greater influence over Israel than it does over Palestine.

    If you think that I’m ignoring the culpability of the Palestinian and Lebanese militants, show me where my words show that. I think that it’s far more revealing of your biases that you read that out of what I said. Think a bit more carefully before throwing accusations of bias.

    Basically my view in this conflict is that the misdoings of one side in this conflict do not justify the misdoings of the other. I will focus more on Israel because I live in the United States, which funds Israel and not Hamas, and because I have the quaint view that power implies responsibility. In general, ethnic conflicts disgust me, so I probably won’t spend a whole lot of more time discussing this topic.

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