Learning moral clarity from Gaza
A must-read from Charles Krauthammer
To deliberately wage war so that your own
people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical
insanity. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian
state of the world’s treatment of Israel (see: the U.N.’s
grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic
anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance and reflexive sympathy
for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring
Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel’s
legitimacy and right to self-defense.
In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, the depravity of Hamas begins to make sense. This is a world in which the Munich massacre is a movie and the murder of Klinghoffer is an opera — both deeply sympathetic to the killers. This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity’s worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel,
a state warred upon for 66 years that nonetheless goes to extraordinary
lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.
It’s to the Israelis’ credit that amid all this madness they haven’t
lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve. Those outside the region have
the minimum obligation, therefore, to expose the madness and speak the
truth. Rarely has it been so blindingly clear.
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Labels: Charles Krauthammer, fierce moral urgency, Gaza, Hamas rockets, moral equivalence, moral relativism, morality, Operation Protective Edge