Gaza mortar shells target Israeli forces searching for Hamas tunnels; Israel responds with airstrike, tank fire and declares border area a closed military zone; Hamas evacuates two schools as a precautionary measure.21:44 04.05.16 | 4 comments
It is disingenuous to equate the death of civilians in Afghanistan and those in Gaza. For the Americans, their goal is precisely to limit the number of civilian casualties, since they are trying to pacify the country. The Israelis, on the other hand, unleashed a campaign of wanton destruction in Gaza, with the aim of ending the rocket fire from Gaza. It seems that the idea of the campaign was to establish deterrence by showing Hamas that they wouldn't be constrained by international niceities, nor by notions of proportionality - any attack on Israel will be responded with as harshly as possible, civilian deaths and destruction of infrastructure be damned. In fairness, it must be said that this has proven successful thus far.