You can go on a little holiday with the Conservative Friends of Israel and return with a mindset about the current carnage in Gaza. Or, you can spend 30 years covering the Middle East as a foreign correspondent and come to the conclusion that simple solutions to complex problems are just trite.
The blood-splattering has its own routine. Yes, Hamas provoked Israel’s anger, just as Israel provoked Hamas’s anger, which was provoked by Israel, which was provoked by Hamas, which … See what I mean? Hamas fires rockets at Israel, Israel bombs Hamas, Hamas fires more rockets and Israel bombs again and … Got it? And we demand security for Israel – rightly – but overlook this massive and utterly disproportionate slaughter by Israel.
At the end of Iain Dale’s piece we see the shocking disparity between Gordon Brown’s dreadful unequivocal support of the Israelis and William Hague’s much more balanced point of view. And finally, as Robert Fisk says…
Not a whimper from Tony Blair, the peace envoy to the Middle East who’s never been to Gaza in his current incarnation. Not a bloody word.
Nor from George W. Bush… the man who said he would make a Middle East peace settlement his lasting legacy. If you weren’t crying, you might just laugh.
Update: Of all the comments, on all of the blogs in all of the world… this takes the biscuit:
At December 29, 2008 9:53 AM , Blogger Iain Dale said…
Nick, Gaza is Israeli territory. Israel withdrew from it in 2005. I’d love to know how you can say Israel has occupied another country – or is it that you don’t thinK Israel has a right to exist?
See Beau Bo D’Or on The Mainly Dale.