There are a lot of people who have a tremendous amount of white guilt, and understandably so. They are attentive to every misstep that western governments make in their foreign policies. So, you get this crazy moral parity claim, which obviously the Israelis suffer from the most. The Israelis are confronting people who will blow themselves up to kill the maximum number of noncombatants and will even use their own children as human shields. They’ll launch their missiles from the edge of a hospital or school so that any retaliation will produce the maximum number of innocent casualties. And they do all this secure in the knowledge that their opponents are genuinely worried about killing innocent people. It’s the most cynical thing imaginable. And yet within the moral discourse of the liberal West, the Israeli side looks like it’s the most egregiously insensitive to the cost of the conflict.
I wonder if Sam honestly believes that:
a) because the left is more critical of Israel it means they’ve overlooked or accepted the atrocities of Palestinian militants
b) The side which is far more destructive and has racked up a higher body count in this conflict (Israel) deserves less attention and criticism than the other side
c) Israel hasn’t deliberately targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure to much a greater extent than the Palestinian militants
It’s hard to accept that someone usually so well informed, moral and reasonable could rattle of what sounds like stock standard necon/zionist spiel.