Just a word or three concerning Andrew Silow-Carroll’s op-ed (“The abstracting of Israel,” August 15). I certainly appreciate that he “â€¦understand[s] people … are upset with the enormous loss of life in the latest Gaza operation.” But he failed to answer the question why – he appears to blame this on the Jews. Sorry, but this great loss of life belongs squarely on the backs of Hamas. I know it, you know it, and the rest of the world knows it as well, but you and the world just plain choose to ignore it.
You want less loss of life? Tell Hamas to stop committing war crimes by trying to kill Israeli citizens by shooting rockets into Israel. You want human rights for the Palestinians? Why not human rights for everyone – even Israelis? What society knowingly allows terrorists to use its citizens as human shields? Even wild animals don’t. Sitting in a comfortable office in New Jersey, not where it’s kill or be killed, it’s easy to intellectualize about the Israelis’ actions.