Charles Krauthammer wrote in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post “Some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated. The Israel — Gaza war is not.”

We are not so sure about that statement and his supporting arguments in support of Israel in this war.

On one hand, there is the perception of rocket shooting, suicide bombing, tunnel digging, Molotov cocktail throwing terrorists attacking innocent women and children and small towns in Israel. The government, Hamas, that was elected and supported by Palestinians in Gaza publicly endorses such actions and calls for the elimination of the State of Israel and slaughter of all Jews in the region. Who wouldn’t defend themselves with whatever force is available in such circumstances?

But wait. What about the perception of a Zionist horde that descended up your land, confiscated your ancestral home and fields, drove your grandparents into exile as unwanted refugees, forced them, their children and grandchildren to live in squalor and indignity without a government of their own or a passport to allow them to move freely around the world.

Then we can add the religious perspectives to this political brew. Passionate participants and observers of this long running argument have all the moral clarity they need on each side to continue to fight, to the death it seems in many cases.

America loves moral clarity. Good guys wear white hats and bad guys wear black ones. Unfortunately the world does not always functions that way. Lots of folks wear brown hats (or turbans) now. In some situations we must fall back on real politics or our own self interests.

We are now deeply committed to our own war on terror as a direct result of 9/11. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with our one staunch ally in the region and demonstrate to the world that terrorism will not stand as a legitimate means to resolve disputes. There are limits to our support of course, but we see no such limits emerging in this current conflict. Israel is right to protect itself. Hamas needs to change or go away. It is as simple as that, with or without moral clarity.

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