In early 2010, one of Washington DC’s most prestigious think tanks was holding a seminar on the Middle East which included a discussion of Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 assault on Gaza which killed about 1,300 Palestinians. When the death toll was mentioned, one expert on the panel smiled enigmatically and intoned: “It’s unfortunate, but every once in a while you have to mow the lawn.”
The blades are spinning again. The latest Gazan casualty count is 91 dead, 700 wounded (200 of them children).
We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza.
Continuing his parallels with that other ghetto, he goes on:
The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima - the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too….The residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas. The Gazans aren’t hostages; they chose this freely, and must live with the consequences.
What does he want? A “decisive conclusion,” he says, and one is tempted to add, “to the Palestinian question.”
The acorn, as they say, never falls far from the tree. But the fact that Sharon feels perfectly free to express these advanced views publicly, and gets them published in a mainstream Israeli newspaper, shows just how far things have degenerated.
Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yeshai chimes in:
We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages, destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water.
The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.
Meanwhile the maddened inmates of the largest prison camp in the world fire rockets without warheads over the wall.