Hilary Clinton's Moral Failure
David RubinDavid Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president...
In an interview on Fusion TV, former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has once again attempted to show her firm grip of world affairs by responding to the repeated charges that Israel has been targeting schools, hospitals, and places of worship in its attacks on Gaza. The images of wounded child victims have been flashing on TV screens across America, usually accompanied by the words "war crimes". Unfortunately, many American politicians, rather than boldly refuting that canard, have been speaking out of both sides of their mouths, in a strange effort to be "even-handed".
"I'm not a military planner," Clinton said, "but... Hamas puts its rockets, its missiles, in civilian areas – part of it is that Gaza's pretty small, and it's very densely populated." She went on to strongly urge a ceasefire "as soon as possible".
Sadly, the presumed front-running not yet candidate in the 2016 presidential elections is not yet ready to analyze the complexities of the Middle East. Her rather odd suggestion that the lack of space in Gaza is the reason why Hamas and Islamic Jihad use civilians as human shields would be laughable if it weren't so obscene. It raises serious doubts about Mrs. Clinton's knowledge, but more about her sincerity, when such a media-savy politician doesn't recognize that missiles and rockets have intentionally been placed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in many UN sponsored schools, and that tunnels have been built under homes, for the precise purpose of winning the Arab media war against Israel.
Using civilians, and especially children, as human shields is a war crime indeed, and most of the world not only remains silent, but actually blames Israel for attacking the terrorists who are intentionally hiding behind those civilians. Adding to such a scandal is the fact that the United Nations very well may be an accomplice to the crime, for how could they have been unaware that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were militarily active in their institutions?
In her recent public statements about Israel, Hilary Clinton has been doing a perverse balancing act between general expressions of support for Israel and an understanding and sympathy for the Arab Muslim narrative. Not only will justice not be served by such a failure of moral clarity, but there are political ramifications, as well. Such a lack of support for the moral correctness of Israel's struggle won't go over well with the majority of Americans that identify far greater with Israel than with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the so-called Palestinian people, whose leaders have fed them a love of terrorism with their mother's milk, along with a fierce hatred of Israel and Western civilization.
Is that who Hilary wants to pander to?