Middle East

Aug 28, 2014

Mike Carlton: Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious

Benjamin Netanyahu has ensured that no Israeli will ever again know peace, writes former ABC war correspondent and naval historian Mike Carlton.

So Hamas wins. No matter how Israel and its friends spin it, the raw fact is that this “indefinite ceasefire” leaves Hamas unbeaten in Gaza.

Bloodied and battered, yes, with an echelon of its senior military and political leadership killed by Israeli airstrikes. But it is only down, not out. It lives to fight another day, which means that Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-Right Likud-coalition government have failed, and disastrously so, in their stated aim of ensuring Israel’s security by a crushing military and economic dominance of the Palestinian people. They rolled the dice. They lost.

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54 thoughts on “Mike Carlton: Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious

  1. Kevin Herbert

    Nice work Mike.

    The Zionist lobby cannot keep a good man down

  2. Peter Walters

    Good to see you back in action Mike

  3. Phil Lynch

    Mike,
    Love your work and great to see you contributing on Crikey but must point out it was the Laos border section of the Ho Chi Minh trail that copped the worst of the cluster bombs

    “For years the United States navy and air force bombed the bejesus out of Hanoi and the Ho Chi Minh supply trail down along the Cambodian border with Vietnam.”

    Been there, reported on it.

    Phil Lynch

  4. Patrick

    You know a situation is hopeless when the status quo is stalemate and the leaders refuse to meet. I get that all parties in this conflict hate each other, but when did any war end with a group friends discussing terms around the table.

  5. Khupert the Runt

    Well said Mike, I entirely agree with you.

    I will be sadly amused by the deluge of outraged responses from predictable sources, all of whom will entirely miss the point you are making, and in the process demonstrate how little they respect the sacrifices and tragically acquired wisdom of those born two to three generations ago.

  6. rhonaj

    Mike welcome to Crkey.

  7. Dogs breakfast

    Nice letter from the Jews who experienced first hand what genocide actually means. I have been waiting, and wondering, when those Jews who experienced this treatment first hand from the other side would speak up against what their current day political leaders were doing.

    I hope you are right Mr Carlton, I dearly hope that future generations will see the futility of their current response.

  8. Tamas Calderwood

    “No Israeli now alive will know peace.”

    Meaning no Palestinian will know peace either. Some victory.

  9. Marilyn Shepherd

    Pity Mike didn’t use the rest of that letter where they quote the myth of Israel as outlined by Shlomo Sand and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe, both of which I have read.

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