Israel has launched a large scale offensive against the Hamas Terror Group that rules the Gaza Strip and announced its goal as the destruction of Hamas once and for all. After years of provocation that would try the patience of Mahatma Gandhi: Israel says they’re going to war with Hamas to the “bitter end”. One can only hope that this time they mean it. The perpetually impoverished and ever suffering so called “Palestinians” sit in a pile of rubble their support of Hamas hatred has finally provoked in Israel. Any other nation in the world would have long since reduced to rubble every building in the Gaza Strip to rubble and would have driven its inhabitance into camps refugee camps in Egypt or wiped out the reduced the population of the strip by half or more. Any other country would have long since done this including the USA. Consider the following from a story by Fox News:
From 2000 to 2004, Hamas was responsible for killing nearly 400 Israelis and wounding more than 2,000 in 425 attacks, according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 2001 through May 2008, Hamas launched more than 3,000 Qassam rockets and 2,500 mortar attacks against Israeli targets
France has decried the 300 dead in the war and called the Israeli response to YEARS OF UNBEARABLE UNRELENTING AND IRRATIONAL VIOLENCE: to be “disproportional” How like the French to state the obvious because the only proportional response, after all the Hamas attacks, would be the mass deportation of the so called Palestinians to Egypt and the outright annexation of the Gaza Strip by Israel. I dare say that this isn’t the outcome that the morally just and courageous French government had in mind. Not that the Europeans would admit such a thing but the autonomy granted to the “Palestinians” in Gaza and the West Bank have entirely proven that a “two state solution” has no chance of working and should be abandoned. Peace talks should center on defensible boarder with Israel and if the Palestinians are to have a state let it be made from Jordan or Syria. Israel needs to restore order to its nation and while civilian deaths are unfortunate: I would not care if we see a hundred thousand “Palestinians” dead at the end of this thing if it really means the end of Hamas. The French are dead wrong about the efficacy of “proportional” responses and the avoidance of civilian casualties. This has been tried for years and failed. If ever there was a time to be decidedly disproportional it’s right now.
So far the White House has clearly supported the Israeli’s and called on Hamas to end the violence. There is great fear that a war like this in the middle east could escalate into a regional war that would once again threaten oil supplies but even the Arabs may not want to go their lest all the currency they received for their oil become worthless overnight as the western economies crash anew over oil shortages. In some ways its becoming clear that the west in general and the USA in particular has the Middle East Oil rich Arabs over the same barrel. It would be far better to settle accounts with Hamas under the remnants of the Bush Administration rather than the incoming Obama Administration. Even Obama may find the right policy when the air strikes on Iran commence but this kind of sick status quo where civilians have been used by Hamas to get away with murder all these years would be too much for Obama to understand and support.
It would be nice if Israel had real leadership in place but even so a reckoning with Hamas is years overdue and even the current leadership seems to have figured out that they must defeat Hamas once and for all. Soon, with a bit of luck, it may be the case that Benjamin Netanyahu will form a government and deal with the myriad security issues that now place the Jewish state in mortal peril. Hamas is just one group on a significant and long list that includes Iran, and Syria. Its entirely possible that the move against Hamas may trigger other wars being planned by Syria before the preparations are entirely complete. It may be that we cant yet know what prompted the current Israeli leadership to make war on Hamas at this time nor does it matter because the only issue for Israel now is to win it DECICIVLY and in record time without regard to collateral damage among the Palestinians.
Here is the URL for the fine Fox Story referenced above: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,473448,00.html