A Blogger with good sense on Israel-Hamas

For the record … if your thoughts on Middle East policy don’t go farther than “Israel is good,” then please stop reading this post, now.

I’m going to open with an 18-year-old story. In January of 1991, while the opening attacks from Operation: Desert Storm were being shown, there was talk about anti-aircraft fire coming from the rooftops of many buildings in Baghdad, including hospitals. I turned to my father to ask him a question. His credentials, by the way, are pretty solid to answer my question. He was about to retire from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He had flown B-52’s over Vietnam, and later the FB-111’s. He had worked at the Intelligence desk for the Strategic Air Command’s 45th Air Division. Yes, I was raised by someone genuinely qualified as an expert in military ethics.

I asked him, “If Hussein is putting AA guns on top of a hospital, does that make it into a legitimate target?”

I still remember the look on Dad’s face as he began to answer. At that time, I was a pretty faithful right-winger, and had the world very much divided into “us” and “them.” I think he knew that I was just about ready to blame Saddam Hussein if a hospital was bombed. However, he answered very levelly, “No. It is a war crime to use a hospital as a gun site, but it doesn’t justify bombing a hospital. It’s a hospital.”

For years, rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, that means about 8,000 rockets have been fired, for a death toll of about 22 Israelis.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


  1. Not a problem. I saw Pat Buchanan yesterday on Hardball defending the Gaza civilians. He was saying much the same things. Imagine that!


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