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After Schadeh: The Morality Debate

26 July 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

The aftermath of the Schadeh liquidation continues to be big news in Israel, especially the moral – ethical facets.  The Forum of Human Rights Groups is running large advertisements asking Prime Minister Sharon and Defense Minister Ben Eliezer the following questions: 

-          Does one horror justify another?

-          Don’t you know what happens when you drop a one ton on a densely populated
           neighborhood?

-          How many babies and children will continue to pay the price of faulty decisions?

-          Does the increasing casualties among the innocent measure up to your moral standards?

-          And will now quiet (or peace) reign in the Land of Israel?

Certainly neither Sharon nor Ben Eliezer will publicly answer such queries.  The questions themselves are morally hypocritical in nature and assume a dastardly intent on the part of the Israeli government.  The answers are as follows:

-          No horror deserves another, but terrorism, the ultimate horror must be wiped out and the only way to do that is to kill the terrorist leaders.  Hamas terrorist Salah Schadeh is accountable for the greatest amount of Israeli casualties to date.  It is good he is dead and it would have been better if he was killed sooner.  His death will save not only Israelis but Palestinians in the long run.

-          In investigations before the fact it was thought there would be only minor damage to the buildings surrounding Schadeh’s home.  If they had it to do over again the airforce would have dropped a smaller payload or cancelled the operation.

-          It is not a faulty decision to kill mastermind terrorists.  Terrorists of Schadeh’s cowardly disposition keep women, children and babies in their immediate vicinity as much as possible, knowing Israel will not attack.  In this case it was thought that all of the above would not be injured since intelligence reported him to be in hiding alone or with a male companion or two.

-          No one wants casualties among the innocent and in this case innocents were killed when too large a charge was used and many were close by.  There was no intent to kill innocents.

-          Peace will most likely not reign in the Land of Israel in the immediate future.  But killing Schadeh is expected to save a lot of lives.  Exterminating terrorism can help lead in the direction of peace and quiet, letting terrorists live will only lead to the maximum amount of deaths for Israelis and to retaliation raids.

The human rights groups are playing the ‘innocent victims’ cards.  The terrorist understands the a-moral principles of these groups very well.  As long as a terrorist surrounds himself with women, children and babies they are immune to any anti-terror action against them.  So why not strap a baby or two to your back and go about organizing bus bombings.  For sure Amnesty will condemn it as a “crime against humanity” but the terrorist is free to continue in his ways since no one is morally allowed to do him in.

The children and babies are hostages but the adults (including the women) are willing accomplices acting as human shields for the master terrorists.  The willing accomplices are responsible for their own deaths and share in responsibility with those like Schadeh for the deaths of their own babies and children.

As for the ‘human rights groups’ they only believe in ‘balance’, searching in vain for an equal evil on the Israeli side.  A-moral, capricious, hypocritical and contradictory in their moral preaching, the vast majority of Israelis see through their empty accusations.

Israel will continue to weigh its actions keeping ethics and morality in mind and then eliminate the maximum amount of terrorists while inflicting the least amount of damage to the innocents as possible.

Killing terrorists before they wreak havoc on society (both Israeli and Palestinian) is  the moral thing to do.