Years ago, I wrote in Al Majalla about the moral inconsistency – which runs to a schizophrenic level – within the movement known as the “resistance.”
Its representatives kill thousands in Syria and then condemn the killing of a black man in the United States. They lay siege to Palestinians and Syrians – subjecting them to the horrors of hunger in places like the Yarmouk camp, Madaya, and Zabadani – only to denounce and voice outrage at the unjust Israeli siege of Gaza.
Their manipulation of principles, values, and causes is nothing new. The ultimate goal of Hezbollah – and those aligned with Iran – is to serve Iran's expansionist agenda and safeguard their own interests. Unfortunately, Palestine is reduced to nothing more than a profitable pawn in a geopolitical game, manipulated solely to serve Iran's interests.
Following Operation Al-Aqsa Flood – and the subsequent Israeli response, characterised by brutal and indiscriminate aggression on the people of Gaza and the tragic loss of thousands of innocent civilians – I was dismayed to observe that the problem of humanitarian and moral inconsistency extends beyond the "resistance."
Witnessing the condemnation of anyone taking a principled, humane, and rational stance was disheartening.
Let's begin with Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, carried out by Hamas against Israel. This operation resulted in the deaths of children and Israeli civilians taken hostage. In response, Israel is carpet bombing Gaza killing Palestinian thousands of Palestinian civilians in the process.
Moral voices condemned
When some Arab political, cultural, and media figures condemned the killing of civilians and children on both sides, they faced a fierce backlash not only from segments of the Arab population but also from what are considered to be "elites."
This campaign appears to be rooted in the idea that if Israel has killed Palestinian children, there should be no condemnation of the killing of Israeli children. This implies that there are circumstances in which the killing of children is permissible. There are not, at least when war or politics does not cloud morality.