I got in early this morning and woke up late today so this is behind the times.

Of course if you really want to get most of the news as always you can keep an eye on Israellycool since they are as on top of it as you can get.

Well Hamas continues the great Arab tradition of saying on this in English and another thing in Arabic:

It is also the exact antithesis of how Hamas sounds on the Arabic website. In Arabic, death is glorified; in English, it is tragic. In Arabic, martyrdom is the highest achievement; in English it is barely mentioned.

Hasn’t it struck people as odd over the years that the protests from Gaza et/al over the years always have more signs in English than Arabic? It’s almost as if their photos are staged!

Meanwhile Michael Ledeen states that the war has to be won in Iran not Gaza:

They, and those who think the same applies to the Iranians, forget that our enemies want us dead or dominated, they don’t want a world at peace in which they will have to deal with real problems of governance. They are waging jihad, not diplomacy.

It follows from this that you cannot “solve” Gaza by fighting in Gaza alone, you have to win the terror war. And to do that, you must accomplish regime change, just as Netanyahu said. But the crucial regime change must be accomplished in Iran. Whatever Israel accomplishes in Gaza (and the same holds for our battles in Iraq and Afghanistan), it is only a matter of time before the mullahs reorganize, rearm, and return to battle. And the next battle may involve nuclear weapons.

Boy that sounds familiar.

Cynthia McKinney has apparently found a new source for a paycheck. Pimping for Hamas. The Captain comments:

I think McKinney would have been shocked to reach Gaza’s shore. The whole blockade-running attempt was a cheap political stunt intended to get attention.

I actually think this is what she does for a living, an awful lot of money seems to fund “protesters”. And as Michelle reminds us she was bought and paid for long ago.

In fact so was George Galloway.

Jeff Goldberg reports the position of the president elect:

If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.

These aren’t my words — they’re Barack Obama’s.

Of course they are old words as comments from the invisible man are fleeting these days as the Daily Mail notes:

Barack Obama remained silent over the violence in Gaza as Israel today threatened to continue its attacks for weeks.

Instead, the president-elect is continuing his 12-day Christmas holiday in Hawaii and was seen enjoying a round of golf.

Gateway Pundit reports the Arabs are playing the Nazi Card:

The reaction to Operation Cast Lead by the pro-Hamas radicals and Leftists has been predictably foul and bizarre.
They are even equating the Israeli acts of self defense to the holocaust.

They should take it as a complement after all Arabs communities are one place where Mein Kampf still sells.

Egypt is worried about Hizbullah reaction:

Turkey and Egypt plan to warn Israel that if a ground operation is launched in the Gaza Strip, Hizbullah might open another front in south Lebanon, Turkish sources told al-Hayat newspaper.

The article suggests that Nasrallah will settle for protests but I maintain that the decision will be made in Iran not in Lebanon.

Will Israel go in with ground troops? Will Lebanon? When will all of this be finished? Only time will tell.

Here is a perfect metaphor of the Israel Palestinian conflict.

Pro Hamas Rally takes place in Toronto

Much smaller Pro Israel counter protesters protest across the street.

Pro Hamas protesters storm and attack Pro Israeli protesters

Police do nothing.

Yes these are barbarians and thugs. Pretending that they are not is foolish. Remember this is in CANADA.

What will happen when this mob decides that they don’t like something YOU believe in or don’t like something you want to say?

I don’t recall any of them protesting the rockets that were hitting Israel for a year, do you? That is because to them a dead Jew is a beautiful thing.

I dug out my copy of Shelby Foote’s Masterpiece The Civil War a Narrative after that first post and in the first Volume on pages 58-59 there is a speech by Sherman on pages that could have been made to the Palestinian authority:

You people of the South don’t know what you are doing. This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don’t know what you’re talking about. War is a terrible thing! You mistake, too, the people of the North. They are a peaceable people but an earnest people, and they will fight, too. They are not going to let this country be destroyed without a mighty effort to save it

Substitute “Israel” for North and either “Arabs” or “Palestinians” for South and read it again. The next statement says something profound about the Arab world

Besides, where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them? The North can make a steam engine, locomotive, or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical, and determined people on Earth—right at your doors.You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all else you are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with. At first you will make headway, but as your limited resources begin to fail, … If your people will but stop and think, they must see in the end that you will surely fail.

The Arab world is blessed with oil wealth yet hey have done nothing but emasculate their own people with it. Even in Gaza, the Israeli’s left greenhouses an infrastructure intact. The Palestinian authority has been given hundreds of millions in aid from the west and Europe and where has it gone?

How do you think Arafat his wife and his boytoys managed to get so rich? If just half of the money was spent on improving the lives or promoting industry the Palestinians would now be prospering.

I could be dead wrong but my gut says that if it was up to the avg. Joe there they would rather just live their lives. Given the chance they could live them well. (Even if hey still wanted to go to war they would have their own wealth and infrastructure to help support it.) The rest of the Arab world and at the moment Iran prefer the Palestinians to remain a tool to threaten Israel and a distraction to their own peoples. That is why there were never absorbed. The other Arabs don’t give a damn about them.

I’ve invoked William Tecumseh Sherman several times in the last few weeks. Via Glenn The Other McCain does so as well:

Sherman’s sober words about the “terrible hardships of war” were written to the mayor of Atlanta, who had complained about the cruelty of the Union commander’s order for the evacuation of the civilian population of the city. Sherman’s merciless attitude was motivated by his belief that the South bore responsibility for starting the war, and thus had no legitimate grounds to complain about the consequences of war. Sherman furthermore believed that by devastating the interior of the Confederacy, destroying its infrastructure and resources, he would hasten the end of the war and thereby end its attendant misery:

This is exactly right.

He also says this:

If the IDF had a Sherman in command, he would no doubt vow to “make Gaza howl” with a March to the Sea.

Boy that sounds familiar.

Sherman BTW is a fascinating person I suggest finding a good biography to read of him, but not this one by Lee Kennett which managed to make the story of an interesting man into a boring tale.

Well all kind of round ups are taking place over the hits of Gaza this week and there are quite a few surprises. Lets start a Powerline Blog.

In Calling Hamas pt 2 they look at the tactic of hiding being civilians:

The video vividly illustrates how Hamas uses civilians as shields against a humane enemy, making the avoidance of civilian casualties virtually impossible. Hamas’ conduct is illegal and evil. Under the circumstances, the Bush administration’s instruction to Israel to avoid civilian casualties at best represents a kind of confusion regarding the challenges Israel faces on each of its borders. The challenges are akin to those the United States faces in its own engagements in the region, so it is hard to believe that the problem is one of intellectual clarity rather than political cowardice.

They also touch upon coverage and attempts to scrub things in Hamas’ favor. Referencing the blogs Mere Rhetoric and I*Consult. Note also this post at I*consult concerning the Washington Post ended up pulling some “fake” photography.

Powerline further notes that the Arab governments are not following as blindly in these two posts.

Our next stop is Hotair where the Captain notes a change in the air:

The Sunni Arab nations see less of a threat from Israel than from Iran, the Persian Shi’ite nation bent on establishing regional hegemony. Hamas gets its funding and direction from Tehran, in part through its Syrian ally. Egypt has no desire to see Iran establish a satellite nation on its border and on the Mediterranean, and the Saudis won’t much care for it either. Hamas’ war gave the Sunni moderates an opportunity to isolate their leadership among Arab nations, enough of an opportunity to do it publicly.

Personally I think this is part of the success of the Iraq war, they know which horse is strong and they know who the #1 killer of Muslims is, and it isn’t the US or Israel. Iran is giving them an excuse and they are going to take it.

Gateway pundit notes the reactions of CAIR and Hamas and sees that they are the same. Funny I don’t recall CAIR condemning the rocket attacks on Israel.

He notes that Egypt is not towing the line and has video:

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit harshly censured Hamas today (27 Dec), placing responsibility for the current situation on Hamas. At a noon press conference broadcast on Egyptian television, he said that Egypt had repeatedly cautioned against continuing the situation and that whoever did not listen (Hamas) should assume responsibility and not blame others.

Michelle notes Israellycool’s liveblogging but you already knew about that didn’t you.

Meryl Yourish notes that the causalities seem to be the right ones.

The bad news is that Ismail Haniyeh is still alive. The good news is that it seems the casualty rate was about 94% terrorists.

She also names names:

Three senior terrorists bought the farm today. Unfortunately, we don’t know of any more. But still, the loss of two hundred Hamas terrorists is a good thing.

The 230 Palestinians killed in the Israeli air raid on Gaza Saturday included three senior officers: Tawfik Jabber, the commander of Hamas’ police force in Gaza; his adjutant, Ismail al-Ja’abri, commander of the defense and security directorate; and Abu-Ahmad Ashur, Hamas’ Gaza central district governor.

And targets:

IAF jets struck tunnels connecting the Palestinian and Egyptian sides of Rafah, a Gaza Strip border town which has become a main entry point into Gaza of weapons, dynamite and other smuggled military equipment and consumer goods.

And Snark. Oh bother, just keep going to her blog and keep scrolling.

Kos decries progressive response:

I remain confounded by the American progressive movement’s widespread refusal to stand behind the Palestinian people as they are subjected to an endless barrage of colonialist, racist aggression.

While Little Green Footballs, celebrates progressives inner Chester Arthur.

I, on the other hand, see it as a rare sign of wisdom. Not all “progressives” are as gullible and blind as “Daisy Cutter,” apparently.

CNN reports the president elect has been briefed bye Sec Rice but Obama is saying nothing. This looks like a vote for Chester Arthur to me.

Jules Crittenden also sees the hand of Bush in the Hamas’ lack of support in the Arab world and notes that the Washington Post doesn’t:

The Post must have missed the part about Bush and the unprecedented gathering of Arab states with Israel and other world powers, united in their revulsion of Hamas.

National Review has some debate; Cliff May on getting what you pay for:

Instead of proving to the world that they are capable of building a free and democratic state, the Palestinians voted in the militant Islamist group Hamas which – with support from Tehran — quickly turned Gaza into a terrorist enclave.

Hamas then took over full control of Gaza in a bloody operation against the Palestinian Authority and its supporters.

In June of 2006, Hamas “commandos” invaded Israel and kidnapped an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. The “international community” has been virtually silent about Shalit who — unlike the detainees at Guantamo – has never had access to the Red Cross much less to an attorney.

The real question now is will Israel do to Hamas what it failed to do to Hezbollah: demonstrate clearly that terrorism is a dead end – figuratively and literally — for those who employ it, sponsor it and support it?

Andy McCarthy dissents from the dead end theory:

For myself, I don’t think terrorism is a dead-end: It’s been a very successful strategy for Hezbollah and Hamas: the more atrocities they commit, the more the Europeans and factions of our State Department and our intelligence community want to negotiate with them — just as they want to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood, which ostensibly has given up terrorism but in actuality continues to preach it.

As for demonstrating that it is a dead-end, I suppose that depends on whom the demonstration is intended for. Hamas, for example, exists to be a terrorist organization. They are incorrigible, and there has already been enough demonstration for them that their methods work.

The question is whether the Palestinian people are educable. Which brings me back to the first point: the Palestinians voted to put in power — i.e., vest with the power of a quasi-sovereign government — a terrorist organization which thinks legitimate governing consists of bringing about the annihilation of its sovereign neighbor and, meantime, targeting the said neighbor’s civilian population with bombing attacks. When you do that, you make yourself a target.

As I recall in 1861 the southern states voted for secession and got what they voted for too. Lucky for Gaza Sherman isn’t in Israel.

Time will tell how this will all come out. Was Hamas testing Israel with the attacks this week? Did Iran want to see what would happen before their proxies hit from the north?

My take on it. This is a strategic move by Iran and a smart one. I personally think this is Iran’s war by proxy. Their best next move is an attack by Hezbollah as soon as possible. This would serve two purposes. It will divide the Israeli response and if it suckers Israel into Lebanon it could not only bog them down but might change the direction of the propaganda war.

Unfortunately no matter what happens even a total Israeli victory the winner here is Iran. As long as the world is talking about Gaza and rocket attacks and responses they are not touching the ongoing building of Nukes by Iran. I think this is all a sucker punch to keep the heat elsewhere. If Israel is hitting Gaza and or Lebanon they are not hitting Iranian nuke sites. They are buying time with Arab rather than Persian lives.

I could be wrong but we will see.

You know as the 10th doctor era winds down I’ve been thinking of the Character. I can’t help but see a parallel in current events.

Over and over we see the doctor knowing what has to be done. He sees and knows what war is. He has fought a desperate war for survival of his race. He despises war and despises himself for having to fight it in the past.

He teaches the same to his daughter

And in the end it kills her (apparently) but even after his child dies in front of his eyes he still won’t kill in cold blood:

Even the most heartless and warlike are given a Chance. The Daleks only wish to exterminate and rule over those who are different, due to their own superiority. They are given a chance in Daleks in Manhattan & Evolution of the Daleks.

The Sontarans who use those who serve them but only worship war and consider it glorious to kill and be killed. They are given a chance in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky.

Even the Cybermen who are determined to convert all to their “superior” ways abandoning feeling and emotion but not beyond falsehood. They are given a chance in the latest episode The Next Doctor.

In each case the Doctor hesitates, he doesn’t want to strike and destroy, he even restrains himself when one he likes are killed but when his help is refused he strikes putting the responsibility where it belongs on those who refuse to stop killing and live in peace.

Some other examples here

In all those cases even after many deaths the Doctor give a chance, but when that chance is refused he strikes knowing what will happen. And each time he does it kills a part of him.

Gee who does that remind you of?

“We’re not saints, we’re just doing our jobs. It’s not easy, I admit. And it gets hard when they cheer when the bodies are brought in.” I looked at her. What did you say? She sighed. “Yes, it gets hard when they cheer.” This was one of the times during my trip when I held up my hands and said, “Stop. Wait.” I turned and walked away to breathe deeply for a minute. I wonder if they’ve restocked that mini-bar. Yeah, probably. It’s a good hotel.

I didn’t meet one Jew the whole trip who didn’t think there would be peace, not one. “We can work it out. We have to. They’re not going anywhere. Neither are we.”

Of course, it gets hard when they cheer.

I guess it does.

Yup that’s it.

For the 2nd time Israellycool is liveblogging a war.

If you want a comprehensive update from our last post this is the place for it.

The most ridiculous statement is not from the left or even the Ron Paul forums from which I don’t expect better but comes from Pajamas media. Not from the article which is fine but from the title:

Israel Furiously Attacks Gaza — And Braces for Reprisal (emphasis mine)

Braces for reprisal? Braces for reprisal? As opposed to what?

The Arabs sent 300 rockets at them this week and thousands during the “ceasefire”. They have been under constant attack. They are already braced, and what is coming isn’t “reprisal” it’s the same violent attacks that those Palestinian bastards (yes I said bastards) have been launching against these guys for years.

Calling Arab attacks “reprisals” is a sin against language. What have the previous days, weeks months, years and decades of attacks these Palestinians be in reprisal for? The Jewish sin of breathing?

The only reason why these Palestinians are still alive is the fact that they are fighting Israel. Any other country would have destroyed them decades ago and not batted an eyelash.

I have never understood the irrational hatred of the Jews that exists.

Yesterday Israellycool was very frustrated as Israel after promising retaliation for the more than 200 rockets that have hit it over the past week responded with trucks of fuel and medicine.

Well the Captain reports that the other shoe has finally dropped:

After taking more that 200 missile attacks in the past week, the IDF attacked every known Hamas security station in Gaza today, killing hundreds and wounding hundreds more. Gazans pledged resistance to any ground invasion, but Israel has not yet indicated when — or if — one will come

If our Aussie born friend is right however it might be a day late:

Most Hamas gunmen in Gaza have gone into hiding on Wednesday for fear of a harsh Israeli response to the heavy rocket and mortar barrages emanating from the Strip, Ynet has learned.

All exposed Hamas structures, including police stations and government buildings, have been abandoned.

All of this really stinks but let me say it bluntly. If their positions were reversed then Gaza would be Judenrein. In fact it already is.

On Morning Joe today there were showing some old clips, one had Brian Williams talking about how the country needs the mainstream media for information and what we would do without them for information.

It’s a good thing too otherwise I would have missed this news:

Palestinians misfire rocket, two Gaza girls killed after Qassam hits home in northern Strip; earlier Friday, Palestinian man wounded by misfired rocket taken for treatment in Israeli hospital

Oh wait I didn’t see it on any mainstream media page I saw it at Meryl Yourish’s blog.

Commenting on the the fact that Israel is treating the Palestinians who were wounded by rockets meant for Jews she bottom lines the reason why I refer to one side as barbarians and one side not:

That’s the difference between us and them. And it’s the difference that never gets highlighted by the news agencies.

It also explains why with the media it is always verify before trust.