Fett42 wrote:Comparing casualties matters if you're talking about punishment, or eye-for-an-eye. That's not what's going on here. Israel is trying to change the situation in the south. And as much as their tactics can be criticized, there is a chance that might just happen. Certainly the international community is now considering having international observers to enforce the terms of a ceasefire now (something Hamas opposes) while they never cared enough to act before.
Politically there's no way Israel couldn't do something at this point. Look at a chart of rocket/mortar attacks form Gaza into Israel over the last 8 years. They've gone up exponentially since Hamas took over, and has been discussed extensively, looking at Hamas' statements and charter its pretty clear they are not a valid partner for any sort of lasting peace unlike Fatah.
Unfortunately, Hamas is pretty good for the people in Gaza, unlike Fatah. There are two main groups of people who voted for Hamas:
1. People who hate Israel.
2. People who like running water (where running water stands for all the infrastructure and community help Hamas has given)
Bombing Gaza to hell is eventually going to get group 2 to conclude that the benefits of Hamas aren't worth the Israeli consequences; but it's also going to turn some of those people (and some of the people who didn't vote for Hamas) into being part of group 1. Since it's group 1 that fires the damn rockets, I would think the smart move would be to minimize that group.
There are two ways to minimize that group:
A: Kill them all. Israel seems reluctant to do this, judging by the fact that there still is
a Gaza and not a reddish sandy smear.
B: Make nice. Use humanitarian aid to win group 2's support, and, given enough time, group 1 will shrink and group 2 will vote in Fatah or somebody else who will be more conducive to peace.
What they're doing right now isn't likely to help. If they want to look good for the international community, nothing looks better than helping your enemy and bearing a few civilian casualties every once in a while.