Israel has been bombing the hell out of the Gaza Strip recently, and Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel. I have been away from the blog for a bit, but I haven’t been away from the news. I am frightened and sickened by what is happening in Gaza right now, and have just read an article that proves things could get a lot worse real soon. We are quite possibly looking at the beginnings of a big war in the Middle East, a war that could conceivably turn into World War Three because radical Iranian students have asked the government of Iran to allow them to go to Gaza and act as suicide bombers against the Israelis.
This is some scary stuff. The Iranian government has not responded to the students’ request, but that is nothing new because requests like these have come before, and all have been ignored by the government. Still, many radical students are willing to go to Gaza and defend the Palestinian Muslims with their lives. Getting to Gaza could be a problem because Egypt has the border closed with Rafah and Gaza. The students have threatened to over run the border blockade by Thursday if Egypt doesn’t open the border to humanitarian aid and condemn the Israeli attacks on Gaza.
We are talking about suicide bombers, a reported force of more than 10,000 volunteers to go to Gaza and sacrifice their lives in defense of their Palestinian Muslim bretheren. I doubt that they have 10,000 people at the ready–that sounds like propaganda rather than a realistic number–but I do not doubt that they have five thousand or so volunteers right now. Tehran probably will not give the students permission, nor will it forbid them to carry out their acts of agression against Israel. Fanatical Iranian student violent involvment in Gaza will bring things to the point where the West will finally have to make a decision about Iran. If Iranians fight against Israel in Gaza, that will open the door for Western retalitation, which in turn could open the door for all out warfare. This is an unlikely scenario, sure, but no less likely than Israel really stepping up its military attacks on Gaza.
I know that Israel feels the need to defend itself, and rightly so since Hamas and other terrorists were launching sporadic rocket attacks into Israel, and I am not condoning that behavior, but their response now (as always) seems, to me at least, to be extreme. They are launching an effective genocidal campaign against Palestinian civilians and terrorists. Israel’s attacks are indiscriminate, and their government does not seem to care one bit about the damage they are doing to the civilian population. This is reminiscent of the drone air strikes conducted by agents of the US government into Pakistan: it doesn’t seem to matter how many civilians die as long as the terrorists are rooted out. This is reverse terrorism and it has to stop. There has to be another option than just each side blowing the hell out of each other–Israel will win that battle but may end up losing the war, especially if other Muslim nations and groups get involved. The world–thanks to Hamas and Israeli terrorists–is now holding its breath and walking on the edge of a conflict that could easily escalate into something much worse than it already is.
I can only hope that the international community will be able to bring enough pressure to the situation to get the two groups to stop their fighting. I am not holding my breath for this as the international community really has no power or sway over individual nations–just look at how the US has conducted itself the past 5 or so years in spite of international outrage and condemnation of our actions. Or how Iran and North Korea have continued working on their nuclear programs, despite calls from the international community for them to stop. This is a precarious time, and frankly, it scares the shit out of me. I mean, hundreds of people have already tied in the two weeks or so that this has been going on, and there does not appear to be any end in sight to this madness.