The More Things Change…

the more they stay the same.  Hamas may very well have doomed itself to irrelevancy, confined in the Gaza Strip and giving Fatah on the West Bank a foil against which to look reasonable and accommodating by comparison.  At the same time, Israel gets to emphasize that they aren’t at war with all Palestinians, just the unreconstructed terrorists like Hamas.  And of course this new round of fighting pretty much puts the last nail in the coffin of justifications for invading Iraq, the “road to Jerusalem leads through Baghdad” meme.

Published in: on December 27, 2008 at 6:55 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. To all the people who sleep safely in their beds at night and have the audacity to criticize the Israeli government, this is for you:
    None of you spoke in the past 8 years when rockets and bombs fell in southern Israeli cities, causing death and damage without any provocation on our part.
    What you need to understand are two things-
    First of all, there is no functioning government in Gaza. The Hamas took over and they are running the show. The Hamas, in case you didn’t know, is a terror organization. Just like Al-kaida and Hezbollah. Israel is dealing with terror organizations all around its borders. Not with governments. And not with civilians. We have nothing against the Palestinians. Only the terrorists.
    The second thing you need to know is that the Hamas is a very cynical organization which uses innocent women and children to fight Israel. They launch their missals from civilian’s houses, not from open fields or military camps, and when the Israeli army wants to destroy those missals launchers- sometimes innocent people die.
    Ask yourself- what would you do if your life was constantly under threat? Look at the map. Maybe that will help you grasp our geographic situation.
    The purpose of the Israeli army is to defend. Not attack.
    So next time you think about how miserable and poor the Palestinians are, and how powerful and evil the Israelis are- think again.
    (Written by a left-wing Israeli who thinks terror should not win anywhere in the world).

  2. Hmm, this sounds alot like a press release, but in any event; A) the argument that “unless you have experienced X you cannot criticize Y” is a huge fallacy; B) “the ends justify the means” is an even bigger fallacy; C) nothing in this post defends Hamas. Because they are seemingly institutionally incapable of any kind of diplomacy more sophisticated than screaming “Israel must die!!” they have condemned themselves (and the otherwise innocent Palestinians, and there are some, who are trapped with them in the Gaza Strip) to being permanently marginalized and irrelevent to the peace process that they can now no longer derail or participate in.

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