While it is no secret that American mainstream media coverage is heavily biased in favor of Israel, rarely does the establishment media side with those advocating the genocide of the Palestinians. And yet, the Wall Street Journal decided to run an op-ed written by Thane Rosenbaum which claims all those in Gaza have lost their status as civilians because Hamas was elected. That the over 560 Palestinians in Gaza that have died so far had it coming.
Rosenbuam is a professor of law at New York University and has written a book celebrating vengeance as virtuous. So it is not particularly surprising that he would find no fault in Israel striking targets in Gaza, but openly lusting for Palestinian blood is beyond the point where even the most hardline Zionists are willing to go.
On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets.
It also calls your parenting skills into serious question. In the U.S. if a parent is found to have locked his or her child in a parked car on a summer day with the windows closed, a social worker takes the children away from the demonstrably unfit parent. In Gaza, parents who place their children in the direct line of fire are rewarded with an interview on MSNBC where they can call Israel a genocidal murderer.
There’s a lot of sadistic madness to unpack in there. First MSNBC is far from an unfriendly outlet for Israel, in fact, quite the opposite. But more to the point, Rosenbaum actually made the same argument Osama Bin Laden made when justifying the 9/11 attacks. That the American people, by electing leaders who oppressed Muslims such as the Palestinians, could be counted as the guilty and therefore were worthy of death as punishment for the unjust actions of the government they chose. Hence, attacks like 9/11 that killed civilians were justifiable because those Americans killed had, as Rosenbaum says, forfeited their right to be called civilians.
If all are guilty then none can be spared. Rosenbaum and Bin Laden present an argument for total war and genocide. The only difference is Rosenbaum got the benefit of the Wall Street Journal to serve as a platform for his grotesque views.