Or destroy the town you live in,
Or eradicate the entire state that you call home,
Or basically was trying to reduce your entire country to ashes, what would YOU do?
There are a great many people around the world, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who today said that Israel may be committing war crimes, that believe Israel is 100% wrong for the current operation it is undertaking in Gaza.
An operation that is designed to end the ability of Hamas to lob missiles indiscriminately into Israel that are being fired with the sole purpose of killing innocent women and children.
The mission? Finding the ammo and destroying it.
Ammo that among other places Hamas is hiding in schools, hospitals and other locations where their own citizens are being used as human shields in order to maximize casualties:
The rockets were found in a vacant school between two other U.N. schools being used as shelters for 3,000 displaced Palestinians, the United Nations said. It was the second such discovery at a vacant U.N. school in Gaza in a week. (Source)
An Israeli mission that is also tasked with destroying the tunnels used by Hamas to go into Israel undetected and commit terrorist acts.
What would you do...
...if over the course of the past 13 or so years your neighbor had shot a gun through your front window at various times of day over 15,000 times not knowing who, if anyone, was in the room at the time? Turn the other cheek I suppose?
Not likely and yet that is what the world would like Israel to do having faced the following:
Since 2001, more than 15,200 rockets and mortars, an average of over 3 rocket attacks every single day, have targeted Israel. (Source)
What would Russia do if even one missile were fired into its country from Poland?
What would the US (under any president besides Barack Obama where there would be a question as to what if anything he would do) do if missiles were landing in Texas fired by a drug cartel?
Or Mexico, if Guatemala was firing missiles over the border between those two countries?
What would any country do if a neighbor was trying to kill its citizens? Would that country have the right to protect itself?
Israel faces that same prospect and yet world opinion goes squarely against its actions that are being taken against a neighbor that has stated publicly it would like to see them wiped off of the map of the world!
The fact that innocent people on both sides have been killed and wounded is a horrible thing but the operation could be stopped.
Israel has offered more than once to negotiate.
But the adversary, however, is not interested in negotiating!
So I ask again, what would you do if someone was trying to kill you or your family?