JUST AN observation on the appalling situation in Gaza. If the people who democratically voted in a party whose stated mandate was the destruction of Israel thought their future would be peaceful and productive, they were very naive.

It has always been a tactic of war to destroy the morale of the civilians supporting the enemy, especially one that operates from populated areas.

This has never been more evident than in the last 100 years, which with the development of heavy artillery, tanks, rockets and bombers and the A-bomb has seen whole continents laid to waste.

To Hamas life is cheap, and pictures of casualties are simply grist to the anti-Israeli political mill, and could be stopped tomorrow. If there is a family of Grizzly Bears living on the other side of the hedge, it’s not a good idea to throw stones at them!

D Everett, Crindau Road, Newport