Regardless of all the far-ranging arguments and opinions about how to deal with two dominant crises in the world at the moment, one thing is for sure: Using children as political pawns is not just wrong, it is immoral.
No matter that it is working well in both cases for those achieving their disturbing objectives, it is appalling child abuse for which there can be no justification.
The nearly universal answer the leaders of Israel have gotten to their question of “what would you have us do” is “stop harming children.” Terrorist armies bent on destroying the nation of Israel and other Jew haters around the world have created the myth that the deaths of children and other civilians are intentional tactics in the Gaza war.
Although the strategy of Hamas using neighborhoods, schools, hospitals and houses of worship as places to store and launch death-dealing rockets into Israel is not completely lost in media coverage, most of what we see are tragic pictures of children caught in the crossfire of combat.
Never mind that the Israeli commanders send ample and timely warnings with instructions of where innocents may seek safety from impending surgical strikes, coverage focuses on the travesty of dead and injured children.
Never mind that the warnings are countermanded by Hamas telling or compelling civilians to remain inside the targeted buildings, or that they have no compunction whatsoever of sacrificing their own children and civilians in their “holy” mission to destroy Israel.
Secretary of State John Kerry, in an interview with India media, questioned last week’s reports of Israel having shelled a U.N. school in Gaza.
“I don’t know who did that,” Kerry said.
Never mind that Israel’s prime minister has agreed to peace negotiations time after time or that Hamas refuses to discuss peace because peace is not the organization’s objective, Israel gets the blame for civilian casualties and the world demands that Israel stop defending itself.
For Hamas, the images of civilian war victims in the streets are nothing more than evil propaganda to influence world opinion. That’s immoral.
Closer to home we have Central America’s children being used as pawns in a political contest to advance the mission of amnesty being pursued by the Democrat Party.
While not the same as victimizing children in acts of war, it’s still wrong.
When the governor of Texas gets scant help from the president in his plea to secure the border and sends the National Guard to deal with the flow of more than a thousand illegal aliens every day crossing into the state, he gets accused of sending armed soldiers to confront children.
Never mind that only a fraction of the illegals entering the country are desperate children, none of whom guardsmen have been told to shoot. But, what we see in the media and hear in the debates of partisans in Congress is how awful it is to be denying the children the sanctuary they are seeking.
Never mind that the governor explains that his actions are in response to compelling statistics that include thousands of homicides and sexual assaults committed by foreign nationals that the Texas Department of Public Safety refers to as “criminal aliens.”
The dean of CBS News, Bob Schieffer, has declared us in the midst of a “world gone mad.”
He’s right. And at the root of it all are shameful actions that should be called what they are: acts of immorality either by terrorists who should be destroyed or by politicians who ought to be removed from the offices of public trust they have sworn to serve.
Richard Greene is a former Arlington mayor and served as an appointee of President George W. Bush as regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. firstname.lastname@example.org