Friday, December 14, 2012

"It gave the land. It got no peace."

Charles Krauthammer:

Why was there an Israel–Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media.
What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving nothing and no one behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gaza’s economy — only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over.
Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international frontier, meaning that it renounced any claim to the territory and considered it an independent entity. In effect, Israel had created the first Palestinian state ever, something never granted by fellow Muslims — neither the Ottoman Turks nor the Egyptians who brutally occupied Gaza for two decades before being driven out by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel wanted nothing more than to live in peace with this independent Palestinian entity. After all, the world had incessantly demanded that Israel give up land for peace.
It gave the land. It got no peace.
The Gaza Palestinians did not reciprocate. They voted in Hamas, who then took over in a military putsch and turned their newly freed Palestine into an armed camp from which to war against Israel. It has been war ever since.
Interrupted by the occasional truce, to be sure. But for Hamas a truce —hudna — is simply a tactic for building strength for the next round. It is never meant to be enduring, never meant to offer peace.
But why, given that there is no occupation of Gaza anymore? Because Hamas considers all of Israel occupied, illegitimate, a cancer, a crime against humanity, to quote the leaders of Iran, Hamas’s chief patron and arms supplier. Hamas’s objective, openly declared, is to “liberate” — i.e., destroy — Tel Aviv and the rest of pre-1967 Israel. Indeed, it is Hamas’s raison d’être.
Hamas first killed Jews with campaigns of suicide bombings. After Israel built a nearly impenetrable fence, it went to rockets fired indiscriminately at civilians in populated areas.

There is only one foreign policy of Hamas and it's brother Muslim fanatics: kill Jews.


17 comments:

  1. So in one sense, the Palestinians are kind of like American liberals. We give and give, and they take and take. Then they give us the bird and tell to go to hell.

    The Torch

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    1. Let's count ourselves lucky the liberals aren't firing rockets at us yet.

      Joey

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    2. If you follow the money, you would see it's the red states sucking off the blue states teat.

      -KW

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    3. Absolutely. That's because the blue states are much, much wealthier. Rich folks are the flamingest liberals I've ever met. The Northeast and West Coast are filled with Democrats who make a lot more money than I do.

      Money from all over the country gets sucked into Washington and then distributed back down to states, municipalities, and individuals. It's a much better deal for poorer states than it is for richer ones. Poorer states get out more than they put in and richer ones put in more than they get out.

      We could put an end to all of this redistribution of wealth across state lines, but the liberals won't have it.

      Get with the program, KW. Vote conservative. Smaller government and less federal involvement are the way to go.

      Joey

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    4. That being said, I don't understand the relevance of your comment vis-a-vis my comment, Torch's comment, or the original post. What does that have to do with anything?

      Joey

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    5. @KW: When I said "give and give" and "take and take" I didn't mean money. I meant the give and take of compromise. Compromising with a liberal almost always means caving on core principles in return for small concessions. And in a few years the liberals will want to renegotiate the deal so they get the rest of what they want. They are incremenetalists and they nearly always win.

      The Torch

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    6. The Torch,

      A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop! More often than not history runs over you. Don't play in traffic and you won't get hurt.

      Hoo

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    7. [Don't play in traffic and you won't get hurt.]

      Spoken like a true thug.

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    8. That election loss must still hurt. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies, Dr. Egnor.

      Hoo

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    9. You must be a union man, Dr Hoo. One of those fat boys who gang up on hot dog vendors.

      So scary!

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    10. You have a vivid imagination, Dr. Boggs. I can't imagine how scary it must be to be a conservative!

      Hoo

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    11. I have no doubt your imagination is limited, Dr Hoo. It's obvious from the variance in your comments.

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    12. I agree with you in part, Dr. Boggs. I am not in the habit of imagining things that are not there. In my view that is counterproductive. You obviously disagree, but we need a diversity of viewpoints here. It would be boring if everyone acted rationally.

      Hoo

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    13. "It would be boring if everyone acted rationally."

      Is that the motto you learned in diversity camp?

      Good boy!

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    14. Your imagination knows no bounds, Dr. Boggs. I have never been to a diversity camp and have no idea what you are talking about.

      I can only guess that it might be some bizarre ritual in the third tier of the US system of higher education, but I am not familiar with it. Tell us more about this thing.

      Hoo

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    15. Diversity? Why, it's one of the most sacred tenets of Progressivism. It's so important that - and I love this - Progressives favor Diversity Training, an oxymoron if ever was one. Read Executive Order 13583, signed by Barack Obama. Because diversity is too important to have a difference of opinion about!

      And what do community colleges have to do with any of this?

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  2. We all know that Egnor secretly supports the Palestinians and Hamas. After all, he is a Muslim. He has even admitted it.

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