Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Israeli shelling of a UN school in the Gaza Strip was a misstep for the country and its military. It was most likely an accident but tell that to the Palestinian families who are grieving at this hour. Relations between the two peoples could hardly get lower at a time when they should be improving. As an outsider, it is hard to blame Israel. Shelling suspected sites is part of the "fog of war." As much as one tries to protect civilians, they inevitably get into the line of battle. And, Hamas' random firing of rockets into Israel is an open attempt to terrify Israeli citizens. Violence begets violence unless one side is utterly defeated and will broken. There doesn't seem to be any move yet on either side in the conflict to give up warfare, so more civilians will be killed. One can only hope that both sides come to their senses sooner rather than later.