Baroness Warsi resigns on a lack of principle over Gaza

To put it with brutal frankness, in resigning from the UK government, Baroness Warsi is giving Hamas every reason to continue to sacrifice the children of Gaza in future conflicts. Their sickening policy works, and Warsi has proved the point

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On 5 August 2014 11:45

Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has resigned from the British government over what she called its ‘morally reprehensible’ stance on Gaza.

Wow. That must have taken real courage. It's not as if the anti-Israel agenda is the most seductive and widely held bigotry in the world today; the hallmark of the quintessential political light-weight; an emblem of moral desiccation; a point of "principle" to get you instantly relegated to fourth division-level seriousness.

The Guardian glowingly reported her as saying in her resignation letter that the government's, “approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long term detrimental impact on our reputation internationally and domestically”.

Leaving aside the guff in the first part of that construction, it is the points about Britain's national interest and our reputation internationally that are noteworthy.

So, what is in Britain's national interest? All that the government has actually done in support of Israel during its conflict with the genocidal maniacs who run Gaza is stress the Jewish state's right to self-defence. How hard is that? If thousands of rockets were raining down from Mexico into California, the Americans would nuke the place.

Israel has sought to defend itself and has done so in the most careful manner that it can, given the circumstances which are defined by Hamas's outrageous policy of embedding its terrorist insfrastructure inside the civilian population. Hamas thus hopes to score sympathy among Western naifs. Their own children's deaths are part of their policy. And with Baroness Warsi, the policy has paid off.

To put it with brutal frankness, Warsi is giving Hamas every reason to continue to sacrifice the children of Gaza in future conflicts. This sickening policy works, and Warsi has proved the point.

The other part of her message is almost as shameful: Britain's reputation in the world will now be tarnished. In a sense, not the sense in which she means it, she's right, of course. To repeat, anti-Israel bigotry is the most widely held bigotry in the world today.

What you really have to do at this stage is to establish very clearly whether you want the applause of bigots. We at The Commentator don't. Which is why, in sum, we have a simple take-home message for Baroness Warsi in light of her resignation:

Good riddance.

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