‘Mowing the Grass’ in Gaza

Mowing the grass

Several announcements by Israel’s Ministry of Defense spokespersons during the first stage of their latest attack on Gaza stated that they were “mowing the grass.” This is their term for the periodic ritual slaughter of the Palestinians, which is politically popular in Israel and America but nowhere else.

“Mowing the grass” isn’t a winning strategy. It’s what you do to maintain the status quo, which is permanent war. It’s the Israeli government’s admission that they don’t want peace, because that would entail unacceptable compromises – for example, lifting the blockade of Gaza. It’s also a clue to the mindset of Israeli decision makers, who seem to regard Palestinian civilians as nothing more than blades of grass to be cut down.

The notion that repeated attacks on Gaza are nothing more than “mowing the grass” raises serious moral and strategic questions. Cutting down civilians, like the children playing on that Gaza beach, is not like cutting blades of grass. To compare the two is dehumanizing. And to embrace a policy that entails the killing of hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians with each application violates the conscience, if not the basic rule of law. Use of force should always be a last resort, not a premeditated policy of first choice.

Efaim Inbar and Eitan Shamir of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) are the leading spokespersons for “mowing the grass.” They wrote in an op-ed for the Jerusalem Post:

Western thinking is solution-oriented.

This explains part of the lack of understanding in the West for what Israel is doing.

Against an implacable, well-entrenched, non-state enemy like the Hamas, Israel simply needs to “mow the grass” once in a while to degrade the enemy’s capabilities.

As anybody with a lawn can tell you, when you mow the grass the roots grow stronger. Hence the long-term stupidity of the Israeli plan. The use of force against civilians won’t ever bring them peace, but they keep on anyway because they have no imagination. Israel is perpetrating enormous war crimes, deliberately as a tactic of collective punishment of Palestinians. Why do we keep supplying weapons and ammo to Israel with our tax dollars?

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This is a turning point, Israel has crossed all the red lines and the world will hold them accountable for it. This long night for the people of Gaza will end, the light of justice will finally shine on them, and there will be no more darkness.

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  1. #1 by Nathan Erkkila on July 31, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    If you have a better choice, I would be happy to hear it. I honestly don’t get the liberal animosity towards Israel when they.

    A. Have universal healthcare
    B. Have women’s rights
    C. Have universal suffrage
    D. Have a secular government with Muslims in Parliament
    E. Have a huge emphasis on education

    It’s also kind of ironic how pro-Palestine the left seems to be when they were so avidly against the religious ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2014 - 2:13 pm

      Yes, Israelis have a nice life. Even the Israeli Arabs who are second-class citizens live better than the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. When the IDF was defending Israel in 1967 and 1973, I was with them 100 percent. But now they are occupiers and war criminals.

      You don’t get credit for being the good guys when you are waging wars of aggression and committing war crimes in the context of military occupation. That rule applied to the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it applies to Israel. If I could, I would take away Israel’s $3 billion a year in military aid and give it to the Palestinian government so people can rebuild their homes and infrastructure that our weapons destroyed.

      Americans live in a cultural and media bubble. Not enough of us have ever been outside it, even though that opportunity exists with the World Wide Web.

      • #3 by Nathan Erkkila on July 31, 2014 - 2:17 pm

        The difference between Iraq/Afghanistan and the battle in Gaza is that it was a choice for the US. Peace is a luxury. If it weren’t then military wouldn’t exist.

        • #4 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2014 - 2:20 pm

          I think Israel and the USA have the same problem. Our foreign policy is influenced by neocons who think every problem has a military solution. That’s great for defense contractors, not so much for the rest of humanity.

          • #5 by Nathan Erkkila on July 31, 2014 - 4:53 pm

            As I said before. Peace is a luxury. Here in the US, we don’t have many people attacking us. We choose when to start war, the decision isn’t made for us by others. The cynic in me says that it is impossible for these 2 people to coexist. If it were possible, then there wouldn’t be war right now.

          • #6 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2014 - 5:01 pm

            You seem to be under the impression that Israel is not waging an illegal war of aggression. That’s number 6 on this list:

            Debunking Israel’s 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes

            6) This current Gaza conflict began with Hamas rocket fire on 30 June 2014

            Times of Israel: “Hamas operatives were behind a large volley of rockets which slammed into Israel Monday morning, the first time in years the Islamist group has directly challenged the Jewish state, according to Israeli defense officials.. The security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assessed that Hamas had probably launched the barrage in revenge for an Israeli airstrike several hours earlier which killed one person and injured three more.. Hamas hasn’t fired rockets into Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense ended in November 2012.” The Nation: “During ten days of Operation Brother’s Keeper in the West Bank [before the start of the Gaza conflict], Israel arrested approximately 800 Palestinians without charge or trial, killed nine civilians and raided nearly 1,300 residential, commercial and public buildings. Its military operation targeted Hamas members released during the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011.”

            Here is some real-world information:

            Israel’s assault on Gaza, as pointed out by analyst Nathan Thrall in the New York Times, was not triggered by Hamas’ rockets directed at Israel but by Israel’s determination to bring down the Palestinian unity government that was formed in early June, even though that government was committed to honoring all of the conditions imposed by the international community for recognition of its legitimacy.

            Assuming you did not know this, you know it now.

    • #7 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2014 - 3:09 pm

      SCOTUS made a mockery of itself with Hobby Lobby. Subjective religious beliefs are not a good basis for claiming exemption from federal law. I look forward to many interesting cases to come, based on this bogus precedent.

  2. #8 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Food for thought. Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli Foreign Minister (emphasis added):

    [I]n asymmetrical conflicts, Israel finds its military superiority vitiated. These are political battles that cannot be won by military means. The asymmetry between the nature of the threats and Israel’s response ends up putting the superior military power in a position of strategic inferiority.

  3. #9 by climate mist.. on July 31, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    The problem with Israeli and US foreign policy is that it is run by insane people, so maybe we are talking about the same thing.

    If Israel is so great..why this?

    http://www.pij.org/details.php?id=1424

  4. #10 by climate mist.. on July 31, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    As for the Scotus it is a long standing reality that while you have personal rights and freedoms, it is not up to other people to pay to facilitate them.

    Guys get a hard on, girls spread their legs…how does it become a right to have others pay for the choice to have sex without reproductive consequences?

    This should be good.

    • #11 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2014 - 3:57 pm

      That’s not what the Hobby Lobby case was about. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

      “I certainly respect the belief of the Hobby Lobby owners… On the other hand, they have no constitutional right to foist that belief on the hundreds and hundreds of women who work for them who don’t share that belief. I had never seen the free exercise of religion clause interpreted in such a way.”

      BTW Viagra is covered by health insurance, and even the most far-right Tea-GOPer has no objection!

      • #12 by Larry Bergan on August 3, 2014 - 12:54 pm

        Remember that hilarious short video of John McCain caught in a complete loss for words, when asked why Viagra had a different status then birth control for women. I sort of gained respect for him for not knowing what the heck to say. In fact, he looks terrified.

  5. #15 by Anonymous on July 31, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    These are the kinds of people the US is supporting with our dollars.

    You think it’ s worth it? Think we are going to be beloved? Do these folks look like they would appreciate you if you disagreed with their bloodthirsty behavior?

  6. #16 by Anonymous on July 31, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Probably when their greedy souls are offered money for a song..

  7. #17 by Richard Warnick on July 31, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    TBogg offers this understatement:

    “The simple fact of that matter is that the American media is largely in the tank for Israel…”

  8. #18 by Anonymous on July 31, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    The American media IS the one eyed jew. TV.

    Any wonder there is no real news, on anything that challenges this sick hegemony over information in the USA..? Disinformation passing for ” news”. Dumb dumb America shocked, the rest of the clued in world has figured it out long ago.

    If it were not for violence, this country would have been ignored long ago…as it stands..no one respects the USA. Even the poisonous monkeys we keep in bombs and guns.

    • #19 by Nathan Erkkila on July 31, 2014 - 11:18 pm

      Blaming Jews for the world’s problems? That mentality certainly never led to anything bad in history /sarcasm

  9. #20 by Anonymous on July 31, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Oh, I’m sorry I think cliff referred to the Palestinians as cockroaches if I recall correctly. Not rats as I first remembered in my post that DISAPPEARED.

  10. #21 by Anonymous on July 31, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    Heck as per scotus.. bogus religious belief keeps religious constructs from paying taxes, so there is nothing new in their ruling actually..

    Belief in the man in the sky exempts you from all manner of reason, governmental or otherwise.

    The real issue is how anyone is paying for anything involving people fucking.

  11. #22 by Richard Warnick on August 1, 2014 - 7:33 am

    The Guardian has more on the one-sided pro-Israel MSM. The article lists the many questions that go un-asked as a parade of current and former Israeli government officials appears on American TV. And here’s an interesting insight:

    It’s no secret that younger Americans do not rely on the nightly news, cable networks or printed newspapers for information in the way many older people do. The internet has opened access to foreign news media, which often has a different take in Israel, and has opened up a stream of links to to first-hand accounts as well as writing by analysts and activists who offer insights and information wilfully ignored by the Bob Schieffers and Sean Hannitys of the world.

    There is evidence of a shift in public opinion, mostly generational: a Pew poll this month showed falling support for Israel among younger Americans. Over 65s backed the Jewish state by 60% to just 9% support for the Palestinians. Among young adults, aged 18-29, just 44% were behind Israel with backing for the Palestinians rising to 22%.

  12. #23 by brewski on August 1, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Richard,
    Does Israel have the right to exist at all?

    • #24 by Richard Warnick on August 1, 2014 - 10:55 am

      That’s not the question, is it? Israel is one of the world’s leading military powers. They aren’t going away. But their government insists on committing horrifying war crimes, using weapons and ammo bought by American taxpayers. Any reasonable person would want to put an end to that.

      • #25 by brewski on August 2, 2014 - 9:26 am

        Yes it is. Can you answer it?

        • #26 by Richard Warnick on August 2, 2014 - 9:57 am

          No, it isn’t. The Israelis are committing shocking war crimes and making a lot of enemies, but their survival as an independent state is not at risk.

          OTOH Palestinians are screwed, to use a technical foreign policy term. They have no allies, and nobody is standing up for their right to live in peace. When will they get self-determination? Looks like never.

          • #27 by brewski on August 2, 2014 - 2:46 pm

            Israel is in favor of a two state solution. Hamas is not. Hamas’ is against any negotiation at all, Hamas’ only goal is the complete annihilation of the state of Israel. Hamas encourages its own civilians to use themselves as human shields. They store weapons in hospitals, schools and mosques. They dig tunnels to kill Israeli civilians. Israel has no choice as long as Hamas has a no-negotiation, no two-state solution, and human shield position.

            As for no allies. Ha!

            Firing rockets from a hospital:

          • #28 by brewski on August 2, 2014 - 5:06 pm

            I keep getting put into spam.

  13. #29 by Anonymous on August 1, 2014 - 11:52 am

    The actual litany of the two bastard nations driving this brutality. There is no difference in who leads.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/31/373516/american-twilight/

  14. #30 by Richard Warnick on August 1, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    Our U.S. Congress in action:

    $0 for an extension of unemployment insurance for jobless Americans
    $0 to cope with the humanitarian crisis on our border
    $0 in emergency funding to pay for fighting western wildfires
    $225 million for Israeli Iron Dome missile system

  15. #31 by Anonymous on August 1, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Pretty clear who runs the country then isn’t it?

    If you are a man look between your legs to figure out who owns your dumbass in America. That would be the baby mutilators..

  16. #32 by Shane on August 1, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    Rather a lot of people have noticed that Israel’s approach is not winning friends. The last three days almost every ad I get on twitter is from someone telling me that we can’t judge Israel for bombing children. Me thinks perhaps they doth protest too much.

    The problem is that they, like America, have been behaving more like terrorists than the terrorists have been.

  17. #35 by Richard Warnick on August 2, 2014 - 10:06 am

    The Times of Israel: “When Genocide is Permissible”

  18. #36 by project censored on August 2, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Welcome to the new normal in the obama fascism..anything that detracts from obama’s or their narrative shall not be heard.

    PS: Its not working. Bwhahahaha!

  19. #37 by project censored on August 2, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    If anything could justify genocide of jews it would be this self serving crap…I’m telling ya any jooz out there don’t like what your brethren are doing, POLICE the assholes in your people responsible…. You damn well know from your own history if you don’t…some Goyim gonna do it for you. Just saying.

    The zionists have thrown Jews of conscience under the bus before…they will do it again. Just saying…

  20. #38 by project spam filter on August 2, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    As per the asshole of the day feature..Yarmulke boy’s answer there is held in the Nazis final solution for the Jewish vermin problem..

    It would be funny it weren’t so sick.

  21. #39 by Richard Warnick on August 3, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    This morning on MSNBC Alex Witt spent two hours presenting the Israeli view that they are the real victims, not the dead Palestinian civilians who are after all “terrorists.”

    Meanwhile, this happened yesterday without any mention on TV at all as far as I know:

    An estimated 10,000 people marched through the streets of downtown Washington on Saturday, August 2, 2014, to protest the Israeli military operation in Gaza. The rally for Gaza was billed as the largest pro-Palestinian march to take place in the United States.

  22. #40 by evil plankton on August 4, 2014 - 1:47 am

    We live in a fascist construct. We have all paid a few dimes for this sickening murderfest. I am ashamed of my country, I am ashamed we have such a scumbag ally in isreal.

    Worst part? What comes around goes around. Israel gonna get it in the neck someday. Us too probably.

    And we’ll deserve it.

  23. #42 by Johnsonville brat. on August 4, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    The world knows about DA jooz..it’s why they been run out of every country they ever inflicted themselves upon.

    Its why the lost their homeland in the first place..70. AD.

    Its why they had to terrorize Palestinians and steal their land.

    Its why in their twisted minds they see the need to now commit genocide upon them..

    Which is why the world now sees plainly they are acting like a bunch of filthy animals.

    Yaaay! Oy vey! What comes around goes around..

  24. #43 by Richard Warnick on August 5, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Glenn Greenwald: Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack

    [T]op secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza.

    Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and ISNU work cooperatively with the British and Canadian spy agencies, the GCHQ and CSEC.

    …The new documents underscore the indispensable, direct involvement of the U.S. government and its key allies in Israeli aggression against its neighbors. That covert support is squarely at odds with the posture of helpless detachment typically adopted by Obama officials and their supporters.

    Nobody ought to be surprised if they have been paying attention. Close cooperation between the USA and Israel dates back to the Cold War. We provide billions in military aid to Israel. Yet our President likes to pretend he has no leverage to rein in Israel from committing war crimes and breaches of international law.

  25. #44 by clear! on August 5, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    We are going to hell for this..we have crossed the Rubicon, there’s no turning back.

    Gonna wind up like Caesar on the floor of the Senate.

  26. #45 by clear! on August 5, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Prediction: The moment we are forced to act in Iraq or lose all, is the moment Putin takes Ukraine, or at least destroys our stooges there.

    Checkmate.

    Sucks being outplayed. Sucks being stupid. Sucks living with stupid. Sucks to be us right now.

    • #47 by Richard Warnick on August 5, 2014 - 1:15 pm

      Thanks for linking to a false-flag conspiracy theory. They are always interesting. But in this case they don’t understand how an SA-11 missile works. What might look like bullet holes in the fuselage most likely were caused by the missile’s blast fragmentation warhead. What I don’t get is the conspiracy theorist’s contention that jet fighters shot down the airliner – why not just accuse the Ukrainians of using one of their own SA-11 systems? It’s a lot easier to disprove the fighter jet theory.

      Russians blame Kiev government for MH17 disaster, not Ukrainian rebels

      Media outlets including the state-controlled television channels have raised a variety of explanations for the MH17 tragedy, including now-debunked theories that Ukrainian fighter jets had shot down the plane or that Kiev’s air defence was trying to shoot down Vladimir Putin’s jet.

  27. #48 by clear! on August 5, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Unfortunately in this case the evidence is irrefutable and other people have it. Obama and his miscreants will not be able to cover up the truth.

    Are you not getting by now? I stated we were funding terrorists in Syria and Libya, you denied it, now it is self evident. I told you we were funding Nazis after we deposed the elected ruler in Ukraine, this Poreshenko is MAIDAN, Nazi collaborators during WW2 against the Russians. The former Ukrainian elected leader was an ass, but the method of his removal would be democratic, not a coup and the placement of a Nazi stooge by US influence. It’s right in front of your face and yet you will deny and shill for lies.

    I’m betting on people far smarter than you to reveal the actual truth. How many times does Obama have to lie to you before your faith in anything he says comes into question?..and you wondered on the bush 20%. God almighty we are truly fucked here.

    Even if it was shot down with a missile, which people now know it was not, the rebels don’t have a BUK system! However that system is laying around the Ukraine since the end of the Soviet Union..what’s it going to take to wake up?

    Denial, it’s not just a river in Egypt.

    If you read the article the bullet holes are self evident from BOTH sides of the destroyed fuselage, the in and outs on BOTH sides of the pilot cockpit area. A missile cannot do that. I will trust a professional German pilot, Luftwaffe analysis over a criminally led cabal hailing from the shitty city of Chicago.

    What’s it going to take?

  28. #49 by clear! on August 5, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Hardly debunked, it would implicate our stooges, but there is no changing that anyway. the world already knows.

  29. #50 by clear! on August 5, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Ready for history to happen Richard?

  30. #51 by clear! on August 5, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Fix this site, it’s pathetic..anything over a few sentences goes to spam..this then is a disinformation site.

  31. #52 by Anonymous on August 5, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    The latest from the progressive icon Jimmy Carter. I would up his secret service security before Da jooz put one in him.

    BTW, everyone knows Israel created Hamas so as to never deal with Arafat..and so there would never be peace and they could continue to steal land.

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/08/president-carter-israel-hamas-blame-war.html

  32. #53 by clear! on August 5, 2014 - 3:58 pm

  33. #55 by Richard Warnick on August 25, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    VIRAL VIDEO: Journalist Introduces the ‘Rubble Bucket Challenge’ to Bring Attention to Gaza

    Ayman al Aloul, a journalist based in Gaza, really wanted to take part in the international Internet phenom, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But since he is in Gaza, which has been subjected to Israeli airstrikes almost continually for at least a month, there is no water around, and definitely no way to freeze it.

    So he came up with a bucket challenge to bring attention to another plight: Gaza’s

    In a video that is rapidly going viral, al Aloul has someone dump a bucket of dusty rubble on his head. Dusty rubble is in great supply in Gaza. “If five famous people in the world like actors or presidents will do the challenge, that means I succeeded in sending the message about Gaza,” al Aloul says right before his dousing.

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