Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Israeli Strikes in Gaza


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I have one word in reaction to the Israeli airstikes on Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket attacks against civilian settlements in southern Israel.

Great.

At this point, it is reported that over 225 have been killed in Gaza. Since the air strikes were specifically targeted against Hamas sites, it appears the overwhelming majority of those killed were bad guys. Of course, that can never be guaranteed, and we will likely here in the coming days of civilians who were also killed, which is always unfortunate.

Here is the crucial difference, however. The Israelis target terrorists, and do their best to limit the deaths and injuries of innocent bystanders-even when it results in increased danger to their own troops. An example was the recent military action against the terrorist group Hizbollah in southern Lebanon in response to their rocket attacks on civilian targets in northern Israel from Lebanon.

In contrast, the terrorists who call themselves Hamas and Hizbollah specifically target innocent Israeli civilians, women and children in their murderous attacks, be it rocket attacks aimed at Israeli villages or suicide bombs in crowded markets and buses.

Of course, groups like the EU and UN are calling for "an immediate halt to the violence". Were they calling for an immediate halt to the rocket attacks? If so, I never heard them. I wonder what would be the reaction of say, France if someone from a neighboring country like, say Belgium were lobbing rockets into French villages, killing French villagers and the Government of Belgium was unable or unwilling to take action. You know what they would do. They would go in and take care of the problem themselves. Because of international pressure, Israel has conducted itself with unbelievable restraint.

President Bush, to his credit, has laid the blame squarely where it belongs-on Hamas. Barack Obama, in his recent visit to Israel, is on record as having defended the Israelis' right to defend themselves against these rocket attacks. How much he will support Israel when he takes offcie remains to be seen.

In the meantime, here's hoping that Israel can clean out that nest of vipers in Gaza.

2 comments:

  1. I have been in glee all day. Finally! I have been amazed that the targets were specifically chosen and hit with precision.

    For the record, in 2006 Hizbollah's losses were in the range of 10,000 to 15,000 fighters killed. You never saw the funerals for them, Hizbollah would not let them be filmed. You only saw the dead kids.

    And that is all you will probably see from Gaza. Dead or pseudo-wounded children.

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  2. .
    For EVERY missile shot into Israel at least ONE missile should be returned to the area as
    close as possible to the shooter. Tit for tat. Every single missile should be returned.
    Period. Treat them like adults, if they kill, they will be killed. That is the only way
    they will learn. Screw public opinion, force them to see the truth, or let them be damned.
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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    hope your kids grow up

    to strap bombs on babies
    to kill other children

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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    form a terrorist country

    then wish to be destroyed
    by committing acts of war

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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    blame your failings on the Jews

    for a few more thousand years
    they are Earth's scapegoats

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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    give Israel away

    to appease her enemies
    dishonor America
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    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech, then there can be no real freedom.
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    Philosophy of Liberty Cartoon
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