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Hamas Is to Blame for Civilian Deaths in Gaza

There's a reason we have two different words for killing and murder.

Walter Hudson


August 5, 2014 - 12:11 am

At some point over the past century, a profound shift occurred in the West’s popular mood regarding the morality of violence. As Objective Standard editor Craig Biddle reminds us in an outstanding piece tackling “Hamas and The Left’s Pretense About the Deaths of Innocents in Gaza,” the United States ended its conflict with Japan in World War II by dropping two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Over 200,000 people died as a result. Surely, the vast majority of those killed were innocent individuals who did not conscientiously participate in the bombing of Pearl Harbor or any other aggression against the Allies. But our nation killed them anyway.

Would we do the same today? Do we have the stomach? Perhaps the better question is: do we retain the moral sense to place blame for such deaths where it belongs?

It’s true, dropping those bombs and killing 200,000 people saved millions more. Yet, it’s not a utilitarian weighing of this many lives versus that many lives which justifies the bombings. The United States was correct to drop the bombs as an act of retaliatory force, neutralizing a threat against its citizens. As Biddle articulates in his piece, which you should read in its entirely, proper moral blame for the 200,000 dead lay with the empire of Japan. Biddle concludes:

The principle is: He who initiates physical force is morally responsible for the destructive consequences of the retaliatory force he thereby necessitates. So says the law of causality.

This principle is as clear in a warzone in the Middle East as it is on the streets of Miami. If a thug grabs a woman and tries to shove her into a van, and the woman pulls a gun from her purse and shoots at the thug, thereby killing an innocent bystander behind him, who is morally responsible for the bystander’s death? Every thinking adult knows the answer.

Of course, the kind and extent of retaliatory force warranted in a given situation depends on the full context and can be a complex matter. But the matter of who is morally responsible for the harm caused by retaliatory force necessitated by an aggressor is simple: The aggressor is.

As a culture, we in the West seem to have forgotten that. Perhaps later generations never learned it to begin with. Instead, we uphold notions of “restraint” and “proportional response” as if civilian causalities among an enemy state should haunt us.

The death of innocents is always a tragedy. But the nation that kills is not necessarily the nation at fault. Deaths should not be tallied for balance, as if fairness necessitated a Jew die for every Palestinian killed, or as if the United States should have allowed 200,000 of its citizens to be bombed as an offset to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The fault for death and destruction lies squarely with the aggressor. As Dennis Prager states concisely in the video on the next page, the aggressor in the Middle East is clearly Hamas.

Hat tip to The Blaze for highlighting the video.

(Today’s Fightin Words podcast is on this topic available here. 11:58 minutes long; 11.49 MB file size. Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

Walter Hudson advocates for individual rights, serving on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota, and as president of the Minority Liberty Alliance. He hosts a daily podcast entitled Fightin Words, proudly hosted on Twin Cities Newstalk Podcast Network. Walter is a city council member in Albertville, MN. Follow his work via Twitter and Facebook.

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I think it is ok to discuss here as a strategy and tactics matter.

I would not give it national air time except to laugh at it and call the proponents fools. Seriously debating unserious propaganda gives it the very thing it lacks at the outset.
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The discussion of "Israeli proportionate response" is inane.

Responding to propaganda is a fool's errand.

Leftists lie in wait for ANY response to acts of war against Israel or America. ANY response will be vilified and all acts by the terrorist aggressor will be pooh-poohed.

Trying to respond with logic to propaganda is an utter waste of time. The propagandists are not trying to tell a truth, they are trying to spread a slander. A known fallacious argument based on phony, distorted and often fabricated information.

To reduce the argument to its ridiculous base principle, let's take the ignoramus Geraldo Rivera.

By his prototypical gibberish, if someone wished to punch him in the nose, but he is better trained and skilled in martial arts than they, he is only allowed to block punches. They can sneak attack him. Sucker punch him. Dig a thousand tunnels under his house to gain illegal access in order to hurt his family, so that they can achieve their stated goal of punching him in the face. They can kidnap his neighbors and chop off their heads.

This gang has a charter that calls for the bloodying of Geraldo. It is the point of their existence.

And every time somebody gets hurt in Geraldo's world, the people who ELECTED, SELECTED and PROMOTED the attacks...cheer, celebrate and pass out candy.

The gang is secreted in their homes, their schools and headquartered in their hospital. This is done so that Geraldo will hesitate to root them out of their hiding places. It allows for essentially free punches at Geraldo and free attacks on his family and friends.

Geraldo blocks many of the punches. But not all. And the attempted attacks get more vicious and dangerous as each day goes by. But any strike back is "disproportionate" because he is more skilled.

His family is not skilled. His neighbors are not skilled. They are acceptable collateral damage. Those who cheer and promote their kidnapping are not acceptable collateral damage.

The notion of "fairness" in which Israel may only block attacks is purely propaganda. And trying to respond to propaganda as if it was logic will never work. The propagandists win because the argument is on their turf. It is akin to wrestling a Nile croc in the water. You have a chance on land. Your chances in the water are virtually nil.

The moment that Palestinians stop promoting, cheering, secreting, advancing, aiding and abetting murderous attacks on Israel, we can talk about "innocents" being hurt. But not a moment before.

Propaganda deserves only two responses. Ignore it and scoff at it. But don't give it credibility, visibility and oxygen by engaging it on a national level.
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Yes. And people often forget that the Biblical injunction is NOT "thou shalt not kill", as it is often mistranslated. In the original it reads "thou shalt not murder" (לא תרצח, "lo tirtzach").

Killing, regrettable though it is, can sometimes be necessary. Murder never is.
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*That force necessary to end the threat to others or yourself" is the law of self-defense, killing if needed, in most U.S. States.
[And if you have never faced armed men with your screaming in terror 3 year old on your hip or been subject to enemy fire, please temper your reply.]
True or not, the purported photo of a hamas savage putting little boys on a building posted today on anti-idiotarian rotteweiler should give pause.
In the movie "Big Red One", Lee Marvin (real USMC WW II) explains to one of his men the difference between murder and then killing the enemy trying to kill you in combat. (Like I heard at Fort Polk.)
As much as you would rather not, killing someone who is trying to or actually killing you and yours is just plain sensible. And, as "bad" as it might feel the first time, one has to do it again the second, third, etc. time or you just die or live in fear - not "living". DanieliB's translation claim is verified, anyone? Whether or not the terror of IDF shelling just facilitates later terrorists from their fear is moot with little kids who learn jews are pigs and monkeys everyday in pre-school. There is a too real difference between choosing to be a savage and thoroughness and savagery needed to remove the threat of the savages.
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Hamas is purposefully inviting retaliation in one of the most densely populated areas of the world. Urban warfare with nowhere for civilians to flee will kill kids. Hamas knows that. The simple solution is to accept the reality of Israel and move on with your lives. Otherwise the now established rule that civilians who don't rein in their leaders will themselves be killed will play out.
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We should be supporting every brutality unleashed by Israel on their filthy neighbors of Islam next door.

Israel understands exactly what the nation of Islam is. And always has been. There seems to be a misunderstanding that there are “good” Muslims and then there are the radical ones.

Understand this--this would be the behavior of the “good non radical Muslim.”

He believes in oppression for women on a universal level.

He believes in drowning his own daughter for honor killings.

He believes the Jew should be driven to the sea.

He believes the Christian to be an infidel as well.

He would marry off his twelve-year-old daughter to a fifty-year-old man.

He would stand by and watch his son’s hand crushed for stealing a peach.

If he had his way we would all live under Sharia Law.

How do I know all of this? Because I’ve worked in their filthy land. Because they are a problem not only there but in every country they inhabit. Denmark. France. England. And the “non radical Muslim” supports the radical cleric. He goes to the mosque
with them. He stands silent after 9-11. Because it isn’t the “radical Islam”
that is evil. It is Islam itself. Christians have outgrown their barbaric
oppression. The Muslim hasn’t. And if the Muslim attempts to force his filthy
lifestyle on us, a way that involves no peace, then we have the right to spill
their blood just like Israel is doing.

Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE
29 weeks ago
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Has there ever in history been any other planned use of one's own people as human shields?
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Bad things happen to bad people.
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Why do we let the Saudis and others fund terriorists. Maybe if ISIS went there and beheaded a fat shiek or two or their wives and sons , they'd think differently. If they stopped the funding, then the wars woudl stop; no money no guns: the locals there certianly can't generate enough wealth on their own to buy weapons.

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A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain We are way past those days as we have terrorists whose religion encourages lies. There is no truth to be found in anything they say except their desire to murder, which is why they need to be stopped once and for all.
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Gaza reporter startled by Hamas rocket launch at Israeli civilians right next to Al-Shifa Hospital during live broadcast

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Ain't it about time that Israel actually does use it's military superiority?....

.... it's not like that would change world opinion any, huh?

TAKE BACK GAZA!!!! = Make it a Garden of Eden once again.... a vacation destination for the world - sea side - a regular Club Med....
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Now here is forward thinking. Gaza runs along the Mediterranean Sea for some miles, I'm not sure how many. But the point is that regardless of the length it has a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea a body of water known to attract tourists. The citizens of Gaza have in their hands the ways and means of achieving a prosperous and thriving little economy, based on tourism, with hotels, restaurants, beach side attractions and what have you. They have, instead, opted for making war on their neighbor Israel. So when Israel responds to the attacks from Gaza and thousands of citizens of Gaza get killed who is to blame? Certainly not Israel who has the right to defend itself and it's people. Wake up Gaza, get rid of Hamas and join the community of the world's nations. It's either that or face certain destruction and the Israeli's will take over
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See the Bible, Judges 16, for the story of Samson and Delilah. Samson went to Gaza, and eventually was betrayed by Delilah to the Philistines, and had his eyes put out. He was "eyeless in Gaza."
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