BY inflicting terror and misery on Gaza for nearly 25 days, Israel has proved the age-old proverb “All is fair in love and war” - only to be more true. The death list emerging out of the greater carnage has one cheeky message: its holocaust Zionist style stop it if you can.
You can say, write, organize campaigns and take on plenty of initiatives for condemning the deaths of children in Gaza but will the killings stop? Well the answer as yet is no. So when the UN condemned by stating that ''Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children'- it sounded like the intergovernmental organization could only feel sorry other than trying to put an end to the crisis. If it cannot stop it could at least make an effort to restrict the US from supplying Israel with future stockpiles of lethal weapons. What needs to be understood at this stage is that a big part of victims of those cursed US military hardware is the innocent children of a war-tattered nation.
The child death rate in Gaza crossed 200 last week and expectantly more is to die. The high number of deaths resulting from the Israeli ground invasion, now in its third week, has led to calls from the international community to end the violence. Even then the killings have not stopped and it's exactly here where I want to place my question – 'in terms of ending the bloodbath at Gaza who is more powerful – the ever defying Zionist military zeal or the collective strength of the international community? The rationale behind asking it is quite strong as even the UN-designated shelters in Gaza are also being hit.
For instance, how would you give good reason to the attack of what once was a classroom, that had housed 123 women and children, and which in a blink of an eye was turned into a pile of rubble after being hit by at least 7-8 shells - Leaving all its occupants dead. This serious violation of international law by the Israel military cannot escape appropriate retribution.
Need of the minute besides condemning is to, catalog these cold-blooded attacks as cases of war crimes and show justice to the families of those innocent little ones meant to live longer.
With regard to Israel's unleashing of terror nothing perhaps beats what Noam Chomsky had to say some five years ago about the conflict in Gaza then. And that is - “The new crimes that the US and Israel were committing in Gaza as 2009 opened do not fit easily into any standard category—except for the category of familiarity”.
The writer is Current Affairs Analyst, The Daily Star.