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Monday, December 29, 2008

Hamas wanted a war, and they got it, and they're losing it

On Saturday, Israel launched a counterstrike at Hamas after a week of rocket attacks numbering over two hundred. Hamas called off the cease-fire last week, and started this war. Bear in mind that during the so-called cease-fire, Hamas was only lobbing about 59 rockets into Israel proper a week, and once Hamas got the itch to go to war (after rearming themselves, of course) they decided two hundred was a nice round number. Unfortunately for them, Israel wasn't having any of it:

Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing at least 155 and wounding more than 310 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in recent memory.

Hamas said all of its security installations were hit and responded with several medium-range Grad rockets at Israel, reaching deeper than in the past. One Israeli was killed and at least four people were wounded.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said “the operation will last as long as necessary,” but it was not clear if it would be coupled with a ground offensive. Asked if Hamas political leaders might be targeted next, military spokeswoman Maj. Avital Leibovich said, “Any Hamas target is a target."

Now, that was Saturday, so what's happened since? Egypt opened it's borders to help the Palestinians get the wounded out, and get medical and humanitarian relief supplies in. This offensive seems to have backfired for Hamas. They wanted it, and are hoping to turn this into a wider war with Egypt's help, but Egypt hasn't thrown it's support behind this provoked war. In fact, like the Palestinians they're also blaming Hamas for this stupid move:

Hamas could have prevented the “massacre” in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday in Cairo.

“We spoke to them and told them ‘Please, we ask you not to end the cease-fire. Let it continue,’” Abbas said during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. “We want to protect the Gaza Strip. We don’t want it to be destroyed.” ...

Aboul Gheit also attacked Hamas, saying the group had prevented people wounded in the Israeli offensive from passing into Egypt to receive medical attention.

“We are waiting for the wounded Palestinians to reach Egypt. They aren’t being allowed to go through,” he said.

Asked who was to blame for the dire situation in Gaza, the foreign minister replied: “Ask the party that controls Gaza.”

Egypt has urged Arab leaders coming to a conference they're hosting to condemn the attacks made by Hamas, and to urge Hamas to keep the truce up. We already know Hamas isn't going to do that. Hamas wanted this war, and now they have it. They want this to be a war of annihilation, and the world should allow it; the world also needs to keep it's nose out of this as it is an internal matter.

This has been a long time coming and one of the reasons we believe Egypt isn't jumping in on this is because of who is involved. Hamas is a proxy for Iran, as is Hezbollah. (Some have speculated that Hezbollah may turn this into a two-front war in an effort to drag other Arab nations into this, but that doesn't seem likely.) In fact, if you look at how Israel has gone about striking at Hamas, you can see that they are targeting the symbols of Hamas' power, the infrastructure, and, of course, Hamas fighters. This isn't indiscriminate warfare, and as yet they haven't started a ground invasion. And it should be noted that no one in Israel is calling for ground operations. Now why would that be?

Simple. They want the Palestinians to get rid of Hamas. They're the ones who made the mistake of electing them to control the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas is sitting by the wayside, awaiting the Gazans to toss Hamas overboard, and embrace his more moderate Fatah. The question is whether the Palestinians will do that. They very well could if there's virtually nothing left of Hamas when the dust finally settles.

Publius II


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