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Israel and Gaza

The Gaza invasion is over and under any objective evaluation, Israel has been victorious. Luckily for Hamas, the international news media hasn’t been objective for a long time…

The BBC takes Hamas’ word for it:

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, declared a ceasefire after Israel called off its three-week offensive.

The group has claimed victory in the confrontation, saying it stopped Israel achieving its aims.

The very next sentence in this article should be, “such claims are ludicrous on their face with Gaza in ruins and Israeli farmers harvesting melons just across the border.” Alas, it is not. The BBC allows Hamas’ absentee leader to pontificate for the rest of the article in direct and indirect quotes before finally noting that Israel also “claims” victory.

Look at the simply ridiculous formulation they use in the first sentence quoted above; Hamas declared a cease-fire after Israel called off its invasion. The Carthaginians just announced a ceasefire in their conflict with Rome as well. Hamas got crushed, end of story.

The only place that the terrorists can really win is in the editorial board-rooms of the western media. And so their “leader” holds a press conference in Damascus and the BBC loyally reports their “claims” and simply founders when attempting to find an objective measure whereby to judge the respective claims of the Israelis and Hamas.

Here’s a hint. The guy cowering in Damascus while his country is in tatters is not the winner.

Meanwhile, Hamas has returned to its beneficent rule in Gaza:

Nineteen Palestinians were murdered in cold blood by Hamas, Habbash said, while more than 60 others were shot in the legs.

Ihab Ghissin, spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza, confirmed that his men had arrested scores of “collaborators” with Israel during and after the war.

They are cutting the eyes out of Palestinians they accuse of being collaborators. No trials, no Geneva Conventions, and no condemnations by the UN or the ACLU.

So that’s the short side. The Western Media continues to work for the West’s enemies and that’s that. But what will be the long term effect of Operation Cast Lead on Israel’s security going forward?

Israel’s government says they have struck a huge blow against Hamas and re-established the deterrent value of Israeli arms. How large the blow against Hamas truly is will depend greatly upon what can be done to stop them from re-arming themselves. Right now Israel is negotiating with Egypt and the EU on what to do about the border, but the smuggling tunnels have reportedly re-opened.

As for deterrence, who or what is Israel trying to deter? The thugs in Damascus and Tehran don’t care about the people in Gaza. So no matter how many of them are killed and no matter how many buildings are destroyed, the terror-masters in far-away lands aren’t going to be deterred.

The commanders on the ground, in Gaza may be concerned. There were reports last week that although Damascus was talking tough, the Hamas leaders in Gaza were willing to discuss a ceasefire. If that wedge can be widened, if the people of Gaza can be convinced to drop this futile war with Israel, than something might be accomplished, some deterrence might be generated.

But those same men cutting out eyes and crippling fellow Palestinians right now are going to be shooting rockets back into Israel at their first opportunity. It doesn’t take a majority to start a war in that part of the world.

What Israel did get was time. Hamas will need a couple of years to rearm before they can threaten the south of Israel again. And in those two years, perhaps moderate voices will rise within the Palestinian community who really want to live in peace with Israel, who can see the futility of sending their kids to die in front of Israeli tanks. So maybe they didn’t get deterrence, but they did get time and maybe hope…

What Hamas Says

More stealing from those little green footballs…

Israel’s Existence

What so offends Hamas and many Palestinians (and Egyptians, Iranians, and others, for that matter) is not that Israel has won wars and expanded her boundaries. It is  the fact that Israel exists. Was pulled out of whole cloth, seemingly (at least, whole cloth to anyone unfamiliar with or dismissive of or just angry about Genesis 15). Sure, conservatives know this, but it seems that many others do not. Are we returning to the debate in 1948, when the state of Israel was created and Truman pushed through recognition by the U.S., much to the dismay of diplomats everywhere?

Can we remind everyone that the current state of Israel is in large part a product of the UN Partition Plan, to which Jewish Israelis agreed, but Arab Palestinians did not? They never wanted to recognize a Jewish Israeli state.

Cliff May has a good article about What Hamas Wants in today’s NRO.  They want nothing less than the complete destruction of Israel, a state whose very existence offends them deeply.

Again, it goes back to a time and circumstances that we cannot control. Hagar, the Bible says, bore contempt for Sarah, the then-barren wife of Abraham, when she, Hagar, bore Abraham’s son Ishmael — the father of current-day Arabs. And, again, according to the Bible (or Torah, if you will), Sarah was the one who encouraged Abraham to sleep with Hagar in the first place. And not to be flip, but it just goes to show that wrong-headed sacrifice like that often produces the opposite of what we intend. The road to hell, we hear, is paved with good intentions. Indeed.

Stupidity, Ignorance, and Hatred on Parade

This afternoon, on my way back from looking at this, I saw this:

Palestinian supporters in Chicago

Palestinian supporters in Chicago

and this:

The Israel as new nazi canard. Image taken by E. Voogd

The Israel as Nazi idea is not new, but always a shock when seen again.

Really? Israel is the new nazi? Letting go the poor grammatical structure of that sign, I would seriously like someone to explain this. The same country that CALLS its terrorist targets to let them escape their homes and live is likened to the philosophy that propogated antisemitism and killed millions, MILLIONS of Jews, gypsies, and others in disgusting, methodological fashion?

From this Haaretz article:

The IDF has made frequent use of what is known as “knocking on the roof”: Militants are warned by phone when a residential building used to store arms will be bombed, and told to vacate the premised together with their neighbors. The weapons caches are hit only after the residents leave.

Hamas has tried placing civilians on the roofs of such buildings when the phone call warning comes in. In these cases, the IDF fired antitank missiles near the building, and in a few cases the residents left.

These people, like many protestors before them, desperately want to be noticed. They want to be heard. But active listening is not enough. Not when they are also strapping bombs to children, and encouraging them to be martyrs via television programs.

And just read Charles Krauthammer (well, from yesterday, but you’re probably reading this tomorrow).

This conflict has been going on literally, LITERALLY, since the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael. And it will continue, I fear, as long as there is hatred in the world. That is no reason, however, not to support Israel.

Israel’s Response

According to Reuters, “Israel kills scores in Gaza”.  Is Israel’s response to the constant bombardment of its southern regions too much? Is killing “scores” of “innocent” Palestinians justified? Especially since it’s not as if “scores” of innocent Israelis have been killed. These are the questions that Europeans and those in the UN are asking, if they’re asking anything at all.

However, we must note that most of the “victims” in Palestine are not “innocent”. This needs to be repeated again and again. In 2005 Israel left the Gaza strip according to assurances that Palestine would give up violence against Israel. But that did not happen. Hamas, a militant organization supported by Iran, was elected in 2006 by Palestinians themselves. In plain terms, Palestinians CHOSE Hamas.  Of course, not all Palestinians did. Some were loyal to other side, Fatah. Hamas and Fatah have been in continuing conflict. Hamas kicked Fatah out of the Gaza strip in 2007 in a bloody civil conflic.

Now, Hamas continues to flex its muscle in an effort to be recognized. To show its “strength” and to gain the sympathy of the “play nice” world, they have broken a ceasefire agreement with Israel (Reuters makes it sound like Hamas did not break it, but that it somehow expired. Umm, do ceasefires expire?) But don’t worry. Hamas leaders aren’t afraid. They “don’t fear death“. But perhaps they should. Israel has made it clear they are targeting solely terrorist and military training infrastructure of Hamas, and not civilians. Of course, there will be mistakes, and the mistakes are what will get reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas two years ago. Has he had a lawyer? Access to the Red Cross? Anything that even the prisoners at Guatanamo Bay have? No.

And why should Americans care? Don’t we support Israel a little too much? Continue reading ‘Israel’s Response’ »

Things that are making me angry

Well, the easy way to get angry is to read the Jersusalem Post. Let’s see, here you can learn that that “lone gunman” bulldozer driver was a “convicted rapist, burglar and drug dealer” who had “‘returned’ to Islam” and yet was driving a bulldozer in Jerusalem.

Or you can read about the “prisoner swap” with Hezbullah where Israel freed six terrorists in exchange for two bodies.

And there’s Obama. Today he’s promising to rid the world of nukes. He means our nukes. See, if we get rid of our nukes, it will show the good people of Iran and North Korea that we’re really nice guys, that we empathize with their plight.

When do we get to say the emperor has no clothes? He blamed the 9/11 attacks on our lack of empathy and the poverty and hopelessness of the millionaire’s sons who flew those planes. He was dead wrong about the surge in Iraq and he was wrong about the need for Arabic interpreters in Pashtun speaking Afghanistan. He’s really just not that informed. Which isn’t surprising since he spent his formative years, politically speaking, in the RACE IS EVERYTHING hot bead of Reverend Wright’s political machine/church.

If Bush talked about arabic in Afghanistan it would be news and comedy fodder for a week, anybody see it mentioned anywhere except the evil right-wing blogosphere?

And now “nuclear disarmament”. It’s like he’s a pretentious, egomaniacal Jimmy Carter.