You’re right, the Israelis and the Palestinians are different

An uneasy cease-fire settles in over Gaza. Let’s hope it becomes permanent. I’m glad to be thousands of miles away from the violence. But reading crap like this doesn’t make me feel any better:

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Vatican Council for Culture, commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas, delivered a severe attack on the Jewish people: “I think of the ‘massacre of the innocents’. Children are dying in Gaza, their mothers’ shouts is a perennial cry, a universal cry”.

The Catholic Church high official equated Israel’s operation in Gaza against terror groups with the New Testament story of Herod’s slaughter of Jewish babies in his effort to kill Jesus.

Ravasi, who is one of the most popular Catholic cardinals and the director of the Church’s policy on culture, called Israelis baby-killers in a shameless form of anti-Semitism which subtly accuses the Jewish State of trying to murder the new Jesus, symbolized by the Palestinian people.

This is from Arutz Sheva. Cardinal Ravasi is a rabid anti-Semite who has cast the Palestinians as Jesus Christ. The pro-settlement press never met a Catholic before, apparently. What a lovely header:

It hasn’t been a bloodbath. It’s been a “PILLAR OF DEFENSE.” And a “War on Gaza Terror.” I can picture Roger Ailes seeing this and nodding quite approvingly. Then lengthening his notes.

This sub-head is something: Not a word was heard all those years Sderot babies were in mortal danger. They began noticing the violence last week. From what I understand, thousands of missiles have been fired on Gaza-adjacent Sderot over the past twelve years. How god-damned disgusting. Utterly abominable. Thirteen people have died. Among them, two four year-olds and a two year-old. It breaks your heart.

But the “PILLAR OF DEFENSE” just killed 177 Palestinians, most of them civilians (the IDF claim the civilian total was only 57). This included thirty women and thirteen children. The terrible bombardment of Sderot would have to grind on for another 151 years to even the score for what the Israelis did in only eight days.

And their losses? Five people. You’d expect a couple of soldiers to have died flying sorties or handling munitions alone. Meanwhile:

An extract of a report sent by a Canadian medic who happened to be in Gaza and helped out in Shifa hospital ER over the weekend says: “the wounded were all civilians with multiple puncture wounds from shrapnel: brain injuries, neck injuries, hemo-pneumo thorax, pericardial tamponade, splenic rupture, intestinal perforations, slatted limbs, traumatic amputations. All of this with no monitors, few stethoscopes, one ultrasound machine. …. Many people with serious but non life threatening injuries were sent home to be re-assessed in the morning due to the sheer volume of casualties. The penetrating shrapnel injuries were spooky. Tiny wounds with massive internal injuries. … There was very little morphine for analgesia.”

This brings home the truth about these conflicts. The Palestinians are perfectly capable and willing to hurl brutality at innocent people at any time, and they frequently do. You’d prefer to call them terrorists? Then they’re terrorists. No problem. But the Israelis are different. They have the technological capability to annihilate at will. And they frequently do. If those people over there are terrorists, these people here are killers. This does not make for a ‘war.’ This makes for a ‘slaughter.’ Let’s stop kidding ourselves.