Sunday, December 26, 2004

Who Wants Whom Dead?

The main thing about the current conflicts in the Middle East (and elsewhere) is, who is in the wrong and who is in the right? How do we tell? Or is it okay to just agree there is no right and wrong, and, why can't we all just get along?

Nice thought, but it hasn't worked yet.

I think I've come up with a way to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

There was an Israeli officer called back into service a couple years ago, sitting with a fully set up encampment just across a wire fence from a Palestinian Village known for terrorists just inside the Gaza strip. He was sitting there watching the Palestinian children play while their mothers hung out laundry, etc. It occurred to him this would never work in reverse. Meaning, the Palestinians knew they were safe to go about their normal lives because they knew the Israeli soldiers would not ever shoot them for no reason. They felt completely safe.

In reverse, had it been the Palestinians lined up outside the Israeli neighborhood, the Israelis would have had to hide behind sandbags and build walls, stay inside and duck below window height to cross their own rooms, because they just as surely knew the Palestinians would take pot shots (at least) into their neighborhood and from experience they know they would suffer casualties if exposed.

Now this is interesting (and true), but what really put it into perspective was hearing the same kinds of thoughts coming out of Iraq.

You see, the Americans didn't come with blood lust. They came to do a job, and most of them very admittedly would far rather never even have to fire a gun. They will use their guns and they will kill people, but only when necessary. Their first motive is to stay alive, or self defense, and then help all they can.

While the insurgents are looking for opportunities to kill Americans, and bragging about it - want to kill Americans, glory in it - the Americans would rather not have to kill Iraqis. They would rather Iraq would be free so they can go home.

And the Israelis would rather not have to kill Palestinians (you may not believe it, but it is true), while the Palestinians are being educated to want to kill Jews and Americans, too.

So, who wants whom dead?

My conclusion is that you can tell the bad guys by who wants to kill and the good guys by who is willing to kill only when necessary.

This war is not likely to get less complicated, so now would be a good time to sort these things out.


Blogger Gindy said...

Another great post.

December 27, 2004 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger jean said...

Very good distinction, I think.

December 27, 2004 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger dax said...

Now you have the brain "juices" working!
Nice and insightful post.

January 3, 2005 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Brian H said...

This one post justifies your existence. I'll try to point as many people as possible to it.

January 6, 2005 at 4:35 AM  
Blogger Drae said...

Paul - Thanks much! As you can see, I'm just beginning to start to get get the hang of this.

January 6, 2005 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Drae said...

Oops. That would be Brian H., thanks. Sorry.

January 7, 2005 at 6:05 PM  

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