By Geoffrey Paul
January 18, 2009
The barriers are about to come down allowing Western journalists the unfettered access they have been demanding to the Gaza Strip. All the pent-up frustration of reporters and photographers who had to watch the conflict from the Israeli side of the border is about to be given free rein - the consequence is likely to be a two or three-day orgy of horror stories beyond anything you have read until now. It will be just as well to prepare yourself for it.
War is horrendous. War waged against an enemy deliberately embedded within a tightly packed civilian society has to be even more so. But don't be knocked out by the first rush to print. Wait for the more sober expert assessments of how the IDF applied every skill it has to avoiding civilian casualties and sympathise with both sides when, as inevitable, Israel's armed forces made mistakes.