Less artillery, less rhetoric and more respect

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I would like to respond to Brian Jones’s column, “Love your children, don’t condemn them to perpetual war,” which appeared in The Telegram on July 25. 

This article discusses the Gaza conflict, and suggests that the Palestinians are essentially the victims of their poor choices of leadership and of their own blind aggression towards Israel.

I would suggest two criteria that might be useful in recognizing the “aggressor” in any conflict: territorial gain and body count. On both criteria, Israel seems well qualified as an aggressor.

At the recent Gaza protest in St. John’s, cards were handed out which showed the dramatic loss of territory by the Palestinians since 1946.

Palestine is now a very small fraction of itself, compared to 1946. Furthermore, Palestinian land is so hopelessly fragmented that it is difficult for Palestinians to function as a coherent economic and social whole.

Another interesting handout at the Gaza protest addressed the issue of the body count. In the Six Day War of 1967, 776 Israelis died versus 18,300 Palestinians. Since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza began in 1967, the score is as follows: 6,758 Israelis died and 54,153 Palestinians died.

Jones’s article shows the creative logic that is needed to justify Israel’s position.

First, Jones raises the banner against anti-Semitism. Then he indicates that it is unlikely that Pride Week would be well received in Gaza.

How do we interpret this opening? Does this mean that if I oppose Brian Jones’s position that I am a gay-bashing anti-


Next, he jumps to the shooting down of Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Again, an interpretation is difficult. Do deaths in Ukraine somehow moderate the significance of deaths in Gaza?

Finally, we come to a quote from Golda Meir: “We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”

What is the logic here? By refusing abject surrender of their territory, Palestinians are killing their own children?

It might help if Palestinians were subjected to less artillery, less rhetoric and more respect.

Tony Middleton

Conception Bay South

Geographic location: Gaza, Israel, Ukraine West Bank

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  • seanoairborne
    July 29, 2014 - 15:01

    If you've never been to Israel and seen what the Palestinians have been doing to innocent Israeli civilians for at least 40 yrs you need to just shut up! If Canada or Mexico were to send rockets raining down on an American city we would retaliate in kind and leave you in ruins! But you expect Israel to turn the other cheek when that's exactly what's happening to them! BRILLIANT!! You get the Dumb Mewfie Nincompoop of the year award!!

  • seanoairborne
    July 29, 2014 - 14:50

    Stupid Palestinians bringing knives to a gun fight that they started!!LOL

  • The Balkans of Asia Minor?
    July 29, 2014 - 14:37

    100 years ago the western world was plunging into a conflictand horror neither party could possibly have grasped. By the time it was finished ten of millions military and civilians were killed by direct battle wounds, complications of those wounds or disease and malnutrition which follows in the wake of war. A new word entered the english language - the verb "to Balkanize". Before/during/after the second World War (again tens of millions of casualties) some of the refugees from Europe who were denied entry to many allied countries before the war ended up fighting for land in the middle east. During the Cold War the west - especially the USA - rivaled political interests in the region with the USSR (many arms, esp the AK-47 rifle, now so common in the region were Soviet supplied). The region in the last decades has been irresistible real estate, especially the prize city of Jerusalem. The death toll rises in Gaza and the West Bank and now Syria. Is it the death toll or the "unbalanced" morbid stats that bothers some westerners so much. Religion, sectarianism and ethnicity plays a big role as it does in Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine. Many observers don't always distinguish between Palestinian, Arab, Christian or Muslim, neither do they between Jewish and Israeli. It is a big difference to be in the target range of the projectiles than in the bleachers here in the west. During the first land battle of the American Civil War at Bull Run (Manassas) spectators c/w picnic baskets rode out to watch the Union Forces rout General Stonewall Jacksons forces. They fled for their lives as began a massive slaughter to (among other issues) free people from slavery. What Price liberty for Palestinians, what price peace for Israelis? The author is exactly right, the death toll says it can go on no longer. Question is where is the next Archduke? Can the world afford another single(1) casualty such as he?

  • Chantal
    July 29, 2014 - 07:32

    "It might help if Palestinians were subjected to less artillery, less rhetoric and more respect." Well put. Jones’s column was just more irrelevant aimless inferences. The anti-Semitic banner is brought out whenever apologists encounter intelligent and coherent arguments against the state policies of Israel. The irony being that the implication that ALL Jews naturally support the war crimes of the state of Israel is in and of itself anti-Semitic. I have a lot of Jewish friends and none of them have expressed a wish to pull up a lawn chair to watch from the top of a hill and cheer while bombs fall on Gaza citizens.

    • seanoairborne
      July 29, 2014 - 15:15

      You watch too much CNN!! That's the least popular news source in the country. In fact, Rupert Murdoch is about to swallow them up whole! Only the mindless useful left idiots watch that sleazy channel! And dumb Newfies of course!