Turkey divided over flotilla violence
Turkey is divided over the Israeli Flotilla incident last week, according to the Wall Street Journal. Opposition leaders and news organizations have questioned the government’s handling of the fallout, questioning the motives of politicians even before the event. Opposition politicians and some newspaper columnists have expressed concern that the government has been riding public anger at Israel’s actions. That, they say, puts at risk Turkey’s | Read More »
The Only Way to Fight a War
When I was growing up, my father always told me, “Never, ever start a fight; but always finish one.”
I didn’t really understand what dad meant by that until I started studying military history. The victor in any fight is the side that is willing to fight it out to the end.
The bullies who picked on me growing up nearly always did so because I didn’t fight back. It didn’t matter how many times they got in trouble. Often, that was just enough excuse to keep picking on me; to get back at the boy who got them in trouble. I finally stopped getting beat-up when I started throwing punches of my own.
Unfortunately, throwing those punches also got me in trouble. Because I defended myself someone thought I had done something wrong.
In watching this recent action between Israel and Hamas, I have seen much the same kind of mentality, both in the media and in those I know in the liberal blogosphere. “How dare Israel defend itself? Don’t they realize they’ve killed more Palestinians than Hamas has killed Israelis?” My favorite so far has been a “friend” on Facebook who posted, as his profile image, a sign that says, “Support Palestine: Stop the Genocide.”
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