War in Middle East
All wars are regrettable, they expose the worst aspects of humankind.
They also, without exception, result in the death and injury of innocent civilians.
Hence, the tragic events of the war between Israel and Hamas are not exceptional.
The current conflict has led to much misinformation and misunderstanding of the causes of the war.
It has also resulted in the re-surfacing of the ugly face of anti-semitism.
Those who condemn Israel should contemplate the following before rushing to judgment:
Firstly, imagine we were faced with a state across the Channel that had vowed to annihilate us .
Furthermore, what if this same state daily fired a barrage of rockets at us without warning.
How would we react to protect our people? I suggest we would retaliate in kind.
Secondly, 100 per cent missile accuracy is a myth. Missiles go off course without warning, killing or injuring innocent people.
The latter will increase if Hamas deliberately places its rocket sites amidst civilian areas, and it does.
Does this mean you have to accept being subjected to constant attack while being prevented from responding because civilians might become casualties? No state could accept this.
The claim that Israel is a ‘racist state’ has now become a conventional wisdom throughout the Middle East.
It is close to being regarded as a pariah nation, and not just in the developing world.
This view is fostered by many who are ignorant of the history of the region, and the objectives of Hamas.
The truth is that Israel has always been an oasis of democracy in a desert of tyranny.
Gaza has long been a terrorist camp controlled by Hamas, allied by Iran and al-Qaeda.
Yet, Arabs living under Israeli rule are the only Arabs in the Middle East who enjoy freedom of speech and of the press.
They also enjoy legal protection for property and voting rights. We seldom hear mention of this.
I challenge anyone to find a country that, faced by threats of genocide, has responded with the same restraint as shown by Israel.
We should remember that Article 51 of the UN Charter enshrines the principle of self-defence.
Of course, Israel is not blameless; the blockade should be at least partially lifted in return for a cessation of tunnelling by Hamas.
The main cause of the conflict remains, namely the refusal to permit Israel to exist.
While that remains no diplomacy will succeed, and neither will wishful thinking or political rhetoric.
Colonel (retired) Barry Clayton
Please repair car park
Walking in cement!
Why can’t Wyre Borough Council repair the car park at Rossall Point?
The footpath has recently been laid with asphalt and looks very nice.
The car park on the other hand looks and is a complete mess.
After last night’s rain the surface looks like cement.
There are holes everywhere and the ‘cement like’ surface gets on people’s shoes , on dogs’ feet and is walked into the cars.
As this is the car park for what is now the well known tower at Rossall Point, surely the car park surface could be made to look as nice as the nearby footpath!
Fly tipping no surprise
I have read with interest the stories about Blackpool Council introducing its own skip service.
The council says it has taken the step in order to make it easier for people to dispose of their waste (Gazette July 26).
I would certainly agree something needs to be done to tackle the menace of fly-tipping.
But to me, the reason people may be more tempted to dump their rubbish is because councils have taken the short-sighted decision of closing local tips.
Since St Annes tip closed, residents of South Shore and Marton have no local tip. They have to travel to Bispham.
I know St Annes tip was operated by Lancashire County Council and not Blackpool Council, but surely it would have made sense for the councils to have got together and kept it open.
It can be no surprise there has been an increase in fly-tipping since local tips were closed down.
A touch of class
On behalf of the residents and visitors to Cleveleys, I would like to give a big welcome to Costa Coffee on Victoria Road.
What a difference it has made, bringing a touch of class to the town.
We only need Terry, our ice cream man back now.