A while ago, whilst I was watching the latest terrible punishment of Gaza Palestinians by their Israeli 'neighbours', the resulting scene of devastation struck a chord with me and I found myself wondering why it was all-too-familiar. Then I remembered. A few weeks earlier I had watched 'The Pianist' - a movie depiction of the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman who survived the rape and destruction of Jewish Warsaw by the Nazis. Near the end of the story, he emerges from hiding and all that can be seen is utter destruction - a metaphor for Hitlers intention of global eradication of Jewry.
It is hard to imagine what it feels like to be an Israeli. It would seem that a large number of their immediate neighbours are bent on their annihilation. Constant rocket attacks create fear and great anxiety for their citizens. A natural reaction is to hit out and make every blow count. Yet it is this very lack of proportionality that not only loses them friends, but makes their enemies more bitter and determined, and radicalises new generations of Palestinian youth to take the place of any the Israelis kill - a little like trying to cut off the head of The Hydra.
How familiar does this sound? Memos regarding torture by America have confirmed what everyone believed, but what has been denied for so long. If the West, and that includes Israel, wants to silence the ravings of Ahmadinejad, then we must give him no excuses to do so - simply walking out of a UN meeting will not do. As it is, a large number of people in the world believe the Iranian president to be correct when he accuses the Israelis of genocide - especially when their actions serve no other useful purpose than confirm this suspicion.