Julia Hunter-Blair’s letter Tuesday is short on facts and long on propagandistic verbiage intended to incite intense emotion.
Here are just a few of the facts she conveniently omitted:
* Any structure used for military purposes is a legitimate military target. Hamas chooses to place terror tunnels and rocket launchers in civilian areas. This choice reflects Hamas’ utter lack of regard for human life, which it regards merely as a tool for the advancement of its murderous ideology.
This choice by Hamas is also an indictment of the media, which is so easily manipulated into assuring Hamas benefits from its use of civilian deaths as a tactic.
* Israel’s actions are defensive and preventive. Hunter-Blair conveniently omitted the well-known fact that Israel, by leaflet and telephone, urges civilians to leave the area of legitimate military targets, in order to spare lives as much as is humanly possible. No other country on Earth has ever made such efforts to allow civilians to remove themselves from harm’s way.
* Hamas is motivated by genocidal intent. Hunter-Blair conveniently avoids mentioning this “inconvenient truth,” from the Hamas Covenant 1988, which may be found at http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp: “Article 13: Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”
Both factually and stylistically, Hunter-Blair’s letter falls flat and fails.