The war in Gaza that has been prosecuted by Israel, apparently against Hamas, has so far killed at least 24,000 Palestinian men, women, children, of course with some Hamas thrown in for good measure, in order to justify what has essentially become genocide and a war crime. This all in just more than 100 days of “modern warfare.”
According to Oxfam, the Israeli military is killing 250 Palestinians per day, with many more lives at risk from hunger, disease, and cold. The aid agency stresses that such a daily death toll exceeds that of any other major conflict in recent years.
This all started when over 1,200 people were killed and around 250 hostages were taken in horrific attacks by Hamas and other allied armed groups in Israel on October 7.
In response, Israel declared war (rightfully so) and set about to destroy the Hamas organization and network in Palestine, specifically southern Gaza. Emboldened by the support of the international community at the beginning, the always-ready-for-war nation almost immediately sprung into action, and then proceeded to shock the world with the brutality, disregard for the lives of noncombatants and the rules of engagement in the way it prosecuted its war of revenge against what is supposed to be only Hamas, but was indiscriminately killing and destroying everything, anything, and anyone who stood in their way.
What is worrying here is that while the main antagonists, Israel and Hamas, are busying destroying each other and inflicting massive collateral damage upon the people of Palestine, where millions are densely packed in to what has been described as the “world’s largest open air prison,” the community of international leaders that was so horrified by the Hamas attack that killed 1,200 people in Israel soil in a day, are suddenly quiet over the 24,000 and counting that have been killed by the Israeli military and its politicians who are calling the shots, over the succeeding 100+ days, with no end in sight because the Israel government stubbornly refuses to heed calls to a ceasefire. Despite living proof of the dead, the international community now looks away and twiddles its thumbs as they hope that the bloodlust of the government led by Benjamin Netanyahu will somehow wear out soon.
Residential buildings and hospitals have been indiscriminately bombed. Children are dead and dying, along with thousands, if not millions of other noncombatants who are unfortunate enough to be stuck inside the Israeli made hellhole that is Palestine. There is no anesthesia when surgeries are performed on those injured from the bombing and the attacks, the water and power sources have been bombed to bits, there is no fuel for generators, and perhaps worst of all, there is hardly any internet there.
Yes, Hamas needs to be destroyed by Israel because they are an existential threat, as proven by the horrific October 7 attack. However, what Israel has done in retaliation is simply commit a 100-day and counting series of war crimes and genocide, and the international community, along with the supposed laws of men, are not doing anything about it, aside from a few whimpers for a ceasefire every now and then, which Netanyahu’s government has the audacity to stubbornly ignore.
The ongoing war in Gaza is a prime example of a righteous cause that has been hijacked by people with neither morals nor conscience, who are more often than not, either terrorists and politicos with a self-serving agenda (or possibly both).
Here’s the thing. Hamas just wants to destroy Israel. Netanyahu wants to survive politically, at all costs. War is actually good for both of them, but it is so bad for everyone else. 1,200 + 24,000 are dead. Gaza is rubble. But Israel is still not satisfied so there is no end in sight.
As the wars in Ukraine and Gaza have demonstrated, there seems to be absolutely nothing world leaders, organizations, and criminal courts can do. I wouldn’t be surprised if tin pot dictators with expansionist ambitions are now salivating at how inutile the international community is when it comes to land grabbing, genocide, and war crimes in general.
The only solution I can see at this point is for an International Court for Extraordinary Criminals that can deliver uber swift and decisive justice to be formed, where world and terrorist organization leaders can be tried and sentenced based on the evidence of their acts and decisions. In the case of Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyahu, and whoever the head of Hamas is, publicly putting them on trial and sentencing them should be easy, given the death and destruction they have overseen as the declared leaders of their areas. Once found guilty, an international hit decree can be issued and they can be killed by anyone, anytime. Funds can be set aside for the formation of hit squads, or for the pardon, extraction, and relocation of the volunteer killer and their families. This is because death is the only language that terrorists understand and the only way that they and the like-minded can be made to stop committing war crimes and genocide without worrying about the consequences is to threaten them with a death sentence.
Is it not fair for them? Probably. But extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and based on what the United Nations and ICC have been able to achieve against these sort of leaders, it would seem like we need to act decisively if we are going to stop the world from descending into more chaos because of people who now think they can basically get away with anything.*