Israel’s version of General Sherman’s War

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Israel's version of General Sherman's War

We can’t change the hearts of these peo­ple of the south but we can make war so ter­ri­ble … [and] make them so sick of war that gen­er­a­tions would pass away before they would again appeal to it.

Gen­eral William T Sherman

Over the last sev­eral days all kinds of pres­sure has been put on Israel to agree to a cease fire with Hamas. In the Wash­ing­ton Post Michael Oren has made the case against.

Allowed to fight for sev­eral weeks, at most, Israel was even­tu­ally con­demned and ham­strung by cease-​fires. The ter­ror­ists, by con­trast, could emerge from their hide­outs and begin to replen­ish and enhance their stock­piles. That is pre­cisely the pat­tern estab­lished in the sec­ond Lebanon War and repeated in Oper­a­tions Cast Lead and Pil­lar of Defense in Gaza. Hezbol­lah and Hamas sus­tained losses but, res­cued and immu­nized by inter­na­tional diplo­macy, they remained in power and became more pow­er­ful still. Israel, on the other hand, was forced to defend its right to defend itself. Jihadist orga­ni­za­tions no dif­fer­ent from the Islamic State and al-​Qaeda gained regional legit­i­macy, while Israel lost it in the world.

Oren argues that a cease fire only helps Hamas allow­ing them to hold on to what they have and then re-​arm to fight again. To let them do this would be the equiv­a­lent of the allied pow­ers in World War 2 allow­ing a cease fire in 1945 due to civil­ian casu­al­ties in WW 2 or the North giv­ing the South a cease fire in the civil war. in Decem­ber of 1864. Given the time to re-​arm, re-​intrench and rally not only would their mil­i­tary regen­er­ate (Imag­ine a Ger­many with 6 months to develop their Jets & Rock­ets or a Con­fed­er­acy with the Union block­ade lifted for half a year) but their cul­ture would not change.

That is what is at stake here, to give Hamas a cease fire is to have an oper­a­tion and leave part of the can­cer­ous tis­sue in place or to take an antibi­otic for half the time then stop.

Even­tu­ally the dis­ease will come back and kill you, and judg­ing by the vio­lence of the protests by arabs in Europe and the US that infec­tion is just dying to spread.

Israel under­stands this but the west that has for­got­ten its his­tory does not.

We can’t change the hearts of these people of the south but we can make war so terrible … [and] make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it.

General William T Sherman

Over the last several days all kinds of pressure has been put on Israel to agree to a cease fire with Hamas. In the Washington Post Michael Oren has made the case against.

Allowed to fight for several weeks, at most, Israel was eventually condemned and hamstrung by cease-fires. The terrorists, by contrast, could emerge from their hideouts and begin to replenish and enhance their stockpiles. That is precisely the pattern established in the second Lebanon War and repeated in Operations Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense in Gaza. Hezbollah and Hamas sustained losses but, rescued and immunized by international diplomacy, they remained in power and became more powerful still. Israel, on the other hand, was forced to defend its right to defend itself. Jihadist organizations no different from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda gained regional legitimacy, while Israel lost it in the world.

Oren argues that a cease fire only helps Hamas allowing them to hold on to what they have and then re-arm to fight again. To let them do this would be the equivalent of the allied powers in World War 2 allowing a cease fire in 1945 due to civilian casualties in WW 2 or the North giving the South a cease fire in the civil war. in December of 1864. Given the time to re-arm, re-intrench and rally not only would their military regenerate (Imagine a Germany with 6 months to develop their Jets & Rockets or a Confederacy with the Union blockade lifted for half a year) but their culture would not change.

That is what is at stake here, to give Hamas a cease fire is to have an operation and leave part of the cancerous tissue in place or to take an antibiotic for half the time then stop.

Eventually the disease will come back and kill you, and judging by the violence of the protests by arabs in Europe and the US that infection is just dying to spread.

Israel understands this but the west that has forgotten its history does not.