KIRO NEWSRADIO OPINION

Ross: What will the fighting in Gaza actually achieve?

Oct 11, 2023, 8:39 AM | Updated: 9:06 am

People chant anti-Israel slogans while waving Palestinian flags during a rally celebrating the atta...

People chant anti-Israel slogans while waving Palestinian flags during a rally celebrating the attacks that the militant Hamas group carried out against Israel, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

What’s the point of demonstrating over fighting in Israel? Whose mind is that going to change? Demonstrations are just an opening for people who want to bring the fight here. No thanks.

All the arguments about history and debates over how many people have died on each side (which sounds like a depraved attempt at keeping score) — miss the point.

More from Dave Ross: Maybe we should reward good driving if punishing speeders isn’t working

The real problem here is that there’s a Hamas government that punishes all dissent, leaving no voice for moderates, and an Israeli government that allows all sorts of dissent but decided that walls and fences could contain something like half a million radicalized young men.

And whoever may hold the moral high ground, the reality on the actual ground, based on what I hear from people who know and study this area, is that Gaza is going to be invaded and subdued.

And it sounds like no matter how careful Israel intends to be, there will be a lot of what we politely call “collateral damage.” This tells me that the rational thing for Hamas to do would be to surrender. Right now.

You got your vengeance. Surrender, disarm, accept Israel’s existence, invite the journalists in to witness it, and see what happens. If there were a genuine surrender, with the whole world watching, the justification for further retaliation would evaporate.

The choice now is between continuing to fight over what can’t be changed because it’s in the past or swallowing hard and doing whatever it takes to stop the killing of innocent people in the present.

I’m under no illusions that Hamas will make the rational choice.

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News with Dave Ross and Colleen O’Brien weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave's Commentary

Dave Ross on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

KIRO Newsradio Opinion

vote counts...

Travis Mayfield

Mayfield: One simple trick to ensure your vote actually counts

We should all care deeply whether our vote counts or not. And there is one surefire way to actually do that … check yourself!

3 hours ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: Tipping Culture’s NEW Incognito Way of Getting $$$

Toulouse Petit in Lower Queen Anne started charging a 5% “Living-wage” surcharge on all checks. The SMN crew and Gee Scott have some thoughts on this. What do you think? Let us know in the comments. Listen to Seattle’s Morning News w/ Dave Ross & Colleen O’Brien Show every weekday at 5am on KIRO Newsradio […]

16 hours ago

Image: Kimberly Cheatle is the 27th director of the U.S. Secret Service. She has held the position ...

Angela Poe Russell

Angela Poe Russell: The unlikely scapegoat in the Donald Trump assassination attempt

A Republican from Tennessee, said DEI was to blame for the tragedy that saw a gunman try to kill Donald Trump.

2 days ago

trump shooter motive...

Dave Ross

Ross: Motive of Trump shooter not important, how he got an AR-15 is

As much as we would all like to understand the motive of the Trump shooter, I don’t see us doing much with that information.

4 days ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: Membership Fees at Costco Are Going Up!

Ursula Reutin joins the SMN crew to discuss some changes that Costco is making to its membership fees and the rewards it is giving back to members. Listen to Seattle’s Morning News w/ Dave Ross & Colleen O’Brien Show every weekday at 5am on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM or go to MyNorthwest.com to learn more! […]

7 days ago

thirtymile fire...

Travis Mayfield

Mayfield: I will never forget Devin, Tom, Karen, Jessica in wake of Thirtymile Fire anniversary

This week marks 23 years since the The Thirtymile Fire, a massive wildfire burning north of Winthrop Washington killed four firefighters.

7 days ago

Ross: What will the fighting in Gaza actually achieve?