789 and counting*
In the past when I have tried to discuss these wars in terms of a power struggle with anyone who is Jewish I have been accused of anti-Semitism and made to feel that by voicing an opinion in favour of those that I perceive as being the victims in this situation I am committing some kind of hate crime.
A friend posted a great link today via Facebook. Perhaps it takes someone who has served in the Israeli army to be able to write such a piece. Avi Shlain’s commentary in the Guardian provides a crash course in the history and a deeper understanding of this conflict. I urge everyone to read it.
As always, mighty Israel claims to be the victim of Palestinian aggression but the sheer asymmetry of power between the two sides leaves little room for doubt as to who is the real victim. This is indeed a conflict between David and Goliath but the Biblical image has been inverted - a small and defenceless Palestinian David faces a heavily armed, merciless and overbearing Israeli Goliath. The resort to brute military force is accompanied, as always, by the shrill rhetoric of victimhood and a farrago of self-pity overlaid with self-righteousness. In Hebrew this is known as the syndrome of bokhim ve-yorim, "crying and shooting".
The Guardian has comprehensive coverage of the current war on this page.
Al Jazeera's coverage of the war on Gaza.
* As of the 9th of January 2009 the body count is 789 and rising