I remember asking my Dad one day how he found the people in North Africa, as Patton’s army forged their way East through Tunisia, and from there to invade Italy.
He said, “The saddest thing about them is that for them, life is cheap.” He would not elaborate, as the memories brought forth were too painful.
I tried to make sense of that at the time, and because of this current conflict in Gaza, I now have the answer.
Hamas is forcing Israel to kill people in Gaza, just so that Hamas can make their point. They are forcing Israeli counter strikes to fall where the loss of life will be greatest, especially among children.
Bob Schiefer quoted Golda Meir on Face the Nation last week, and the quote holds true, even some eighty years later than when my Dad went through there:
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
Now I know what Dad meant when he said, ‘Life is cheap to them.’