It’s Puzzling

I’ve run across letter writers and commentators regarding the current war against Hamas who make comments like “war accomplishes nothing. Killing doesn’t change anything except perhaps to engender more anger and hatred on both sides.”

I suppose those who write or say such things imagine they are being profound, but I simply find myself puzzled. Do they mean to tell me that the Allies who attacked and defeated Germany in World War II accomplished nothing–that World War II accomplished nothing? Killing Nazis only “engendered more anger and hatred on both sides?”

How exactly was the world supposed to respond to the Nazis?

I’m sorry, but such words from those who criticize Israel who try to make Israel and Hamas morally equivalent strike me as nonsense or worse.

Likewise those who say, “look the Israelis have killed a thousand but only 13 of their people died from the rockets that Hamas shot at them.” As if that means something. Imperial Japan only killed 2402 Americans and wounded 1282 at Pearl Harbor in 1941. So after the United States had killed and wounded that many Japanese the war should have ended? The fact that the United States went on pounding on the Empire of Japan until it was totally defeated was a “disproportionate” response and a crime against humanity, huh?

I just don’t understand what is going on in the minds of a lot of people.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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One Response to It’s Puzzling

  1. Eric says:

    “I just don’t understand what is going on in the minds of a lot of people.”

    Apparently not much.

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