If you make something expensive, you get less of it. Liberals understand this when they advocate, for instance, carbon taxes for their misguided fight against global warming. They are mystified, conveniently, when raising taxes (a cost of income) drops productivity (what makes income).
Israel is currently making terrorism expensive for the Palestinians:
Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a "war to the bitter end," striking next to the Hamas premier’s home, and devastating a security compound and a university building.
And they will find that they will get less terrorism.
Apparently only when Palestinians decide that fooling around with terrorism is too expensive will they chuck Hamas and Hezbollah and join the ranks of the civilized and prosperous.
Those who advocate the “peace” process, which really rewards Palestinian terror, only keep the war going, causing long term misery and taking the long term risk that the terrorists will get serious weapons that cause a devastating nuclear response.
The key to saving Muslim lives is to end terrorism by crushing it as a viable tactic and ensuring that terrorists do not have access to state sponsored weaponry.
Israel’s current attacks focus on Hamas specific targets. If they really want to help the Gaza residents they will broaden the focus to infrastructure – electric, water, transportation. They will make it so uncomfortable to live with Hamas in charge that Gaza residents will chuck Hamas to the ashbin of history.
More people will die in the short run – mostly Gaza civilians. But they had a choice didn’t they? They could not support and vote for terrorists that randomly shoot hundreds of missiles onto civilians in neighboring lands.
Being nice to terrorists only makes more of them. Send missiles not food.