Again, you can’t make this up. Most news headlines now are consumed with the war that’s going on between Israel and a radical wing of the PLO, Hamas. Technically, it isn’t really a war, since a war will have identifiable combatants on either side. In this case, the Israeli military or IDF are readily identifiable with uniforms whereas the Hamas fighters are shown in videos with the standard face coverings and head wraps, your standard terrorist garb. To the degree that warfare has rules at all, in standard conflicts, combatant A fires at combatant B as per the Marquess Of Queensbury rules of conflict. In this case, combatants B are hiding in plain clothes, using hospitals, schools and mosques as cover. While this does guarantee that collateral civilian non combatants will be victimized, it also means the battle fought in the sphere of public opinion is won. Nobody likes to see images of injured and crying kids.
As the old saying goes, the first casualty in any war is truth. And so the truths that are emanating from the general media on this conflict are as grotesque in distortion as images found at the house of mirrors at an amusement park. Doing some quick research on the number of instances of a military giving citizens advance warning of a bombing raid yields zero results. As far as the war racket goes, that’s about as polite as you can get. The U.N., the omnipotent arbiter of fairness and humanity has predictably condemned Israel’s actions but without condemning Hamas for specifically placing their people in harm’s way. Whereas one side shows the utmost respect for human life, the other side considers human lives as merely shields to hide behind, as dispensable as Kleenex. But regardless of this fact, the U.N. wants Israel to share their missile shield defense with the very people that are firing at them. This is as if your neighbor flung dog poop into your yard and you flung it back with a hockey stick. Well, now they want hockey sticks too.
When you look in perspective at the predicament of Israel and their relative position in the Middle East, you can’t help but think that something’s out of whack as far as reporting. The population of Israel is about 8 million. The population of the Middle East, North African Arab states is about 380 million. The land area of Israel is about 8000 square miles; the collective Arab states many, many times that as shown in the diagram below (taken from Iris.org ). Modern warfare it seems, is fought as much with ink as it is with bullets.