JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE WORD “WAR” OFTEN MISUSED WHEN DISCUSSING ISRAEL’S BLOODY GAZA ASSAULTS – WHAT’S REQUIRED FOR A CONFLICT TO BE CALLED “WAR” ? – THE KIND OF SUBTLE AND POISONOUS DISINFORMATION SO OFTEN TAINTING THE WORDS OF PRESS AND POLITICIANS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY HAMZA ABU AL-TARABEESH IN MONDOWEISS

 

“Five years on, a reporter from Gaza remembers the 2014 war”

 

Just a note on words.

Sorry, but I can’t help it, I am always offended when anyone calls one of Israel’s periodic savage attacks on Gaza a “war.”

“War” generally implies two forces of at least some rough equivalence. Otherwise, no conflict would take place, as the greatly weaker side would avoid a fight and retreat.

But you can’t retreat when your home and neighborhood are being assaulted. And where do you run to when you live in a giant open-air prison surrounded by fences and automated machine-gun towers?

No, you cannot dignify Israel’s ruthless assaults on Gaza with the word “war.”

One side has jets, guided missiles, tanks, artillery, armored soldiers, and satellite intelligence while the other has hand-held weapons?

That is the work of the worst kind of cowards, the work of heavily-armed men who kill trapped opponents and women and children and who blow-up homes.

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