[November 20, 2023] The question that has haunted modern armies since the beginning of the 19th century is what happens when war ends. And Israel is undoubtedly asking that question of themselves. The first and most important question they are asking themselves is whether they should occupy Gaza or pull out.
Germany and Japan, at the end of World War II, were occupied for years to ensure the ideologies and leaders that instigated their wars against peaceful nations were destroyed. Their cultures were upended and developed to rid themselves of this extremism. For example, Nazism was routed out, and to this day, in Germany, Nazism is outlawed. This worked well for them and has kept the world safe from their evils. In addition, these two nations did not just survive; they have thrived.
It would appear obvious to anyone with a knowledge of history and human nature that the Israelis should occupy the Gaza Strip and rid the Palestinians of Hamas and its extremist nature. And then they could ensure the Palestinian’s culture of death, which was an incubation chamber for Hamas and terrorism in general.
America, which was at the forefront of World War II’s occupation, stands against such an occupation. The Biden administration is already demanding that Israel not occupy Gaza. Henry Kopel, in a recent essay, says that Israel will win the war with Gaza, but what then?
“[M]uch like what faced the victorious World War II allies upon Nazi Germany’s surrender, there will remain the critically important job of expunging from Gaza’s institutions and society, Hamas’s deeply embedded genocidal ideology.”
“As I have written elsewhere, in both Hamas-ruled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority’s West Bank, there exists the world’s most powerful ideological ecosystem for the mass production of terrorists. Though often underreported, the schools, mosques, and media across those territories indoctrinate their children and citizens 24/7 in hatred and demonization of Jews and Israel and glorify suicide bombers as noble “martyrs.””
He also makes the same point I make about the danger of the current Palestinian culture.
“Accordingly, even if every Hamas terrorist is killed, Gaza’s educational and media environment, if left in place, will soon plentifully produce a new generation of terrorists hell-bent on massacring every Jew across Israel. This is why a secure peace with Gaza cannot be won by military means alone.”
The solution should be obvious. An occupation of Gaza until they prove themselves worthy of a co-existence with the civilized world. But who does the occupation? That is a question we will debate for the next several months.
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