HAMAS STILL PUTS DEATH OF ISRAEL AHEAD OF LIFE OF PALESTINIANS
Even under sustained attack, the Hamas still put the 'death of Isreal' ahead of the life of ordinary Palestinians.
The rejectionism and childish militancy of the Hamas leadership have forfeited their leadership of any peoples, by any rational standards.
- They have failed to provide adequately for the population, their chief ward, by negotiation and reasonable compromise. Never have so few rejected so much help from so many, eh?
- They have used the time of truce to fortify an army (no surprise, there, but...), forfeiting their responsibilities toward peace.
- They have spat on mediated talks, by firing rockets (or failing to control those who would) in the face of progress.
- They have destroyed the civic infrastructure of Gaza, by provoking the Israelis into an air-war (just how much are European taxpayers supposed to take, supposed to keep them on 'death support', as it were?)
To stop the rockets, the Israelis (and others?) might need to press on, although the goal of surgically removing Hamas leadership may be too wide (who knows, for sure?). Certainly, John "Bomb Bomb" McCain is missing his chance to "nightmare" Hamas - should we get him on a plane?
Whatever the case, the Israelis ought not to worry about backing down, either. It's hard to see how sympathy would accrue to the Hamas, in the aftermath or how it might become 'resurgent', in the way that Hezbollah have done.
Put another way, the causis belli against Hamas is far more profound than the simple ditty, repeated in the Knesset yesterday, even, that Obama 'would do it', if his daughters were being shelled at random. Still, as a matter of counter-terrorism or counter-insurgency, a broad ranging attack driven by a fear of losing face among Isreali politicians vying for election, is not an obviously compelling strategic option, is it?