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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Perhaps If The UN Got Excited When 50 Shells Fell On Israel....

There's a lesson for us all in this.

I see this morning that the UN released a statement asking for an end to all violence between Gaza and Israel, prompted by Israel's reprisal which has now killed over 200 people in Gaza. It might have worked better if they had released such a statement earlier, when Hamas was launching numerous rocket attacks each day against Israel.

Since one can read most news outlets and get no idea of the scope of the attacks against Israel, here are the "rocket calendars" of such attacks from Elder of Ziyon. Look at that link, and then look at the December calendar: (see links for explanation of the coding)

December 2008

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa

1
2
3
4
5
6

1Q
3M
2Q
(23M)
3Q
15M
1Q
2M
2Q
(7M)
3Q
(20M)
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
7Q
1QS
1QS
1M
1Q

2Q
1QS
(2M)
1Q
3M

14
15
16
17
18
19
20
1Q
3M
1Q
8Q
24Q
1M
8Q
2QS
3Q
15Q
26M

1QS
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
17Q
3M
1QS
3Q
1QS
8Q
8M
(1P)
41Q
24M
(54M)
7Q
7M

25M
1QS (2F)
2MS
64Q (1F)
16M
28
29
30
31



14Q (5G)














Israel responded to a level of attack to which any country would have to respond. You simply cannot sit around and let this level of shelling of your border towns each day persist while doing nothing other than praying for G_d to help you out. Hamas provoked this deliberately. First Israel tried all other measures, including trying to shut down flow of weaponry into Gaza, etc.

If the "international community" cares about the plight of the Palestinian population in Gaza, it had better start getting antsy before Israel is forced to these measures rather than after. The escalation began in November - on November 5th there were over 100 mortars and rockets launched from Gaza into Israel.

Israel is rather more patient than the US population of say, Buffalo, would be.

Confederate Yankee has two germane posts up, and he may well be right about Hamas having groups of fighters in position. One thing's for sure - Hamas did this deliberately. Even the BBC covers it: Hamas prevents the injured from aid by Egypt. The world should not lift a finger to help Hamas, because it will cause more deaths in the end if we do.

SC&A predicted this disaster when Israel cleared out of Gaza, and it has come to pass. This is tragic, but involvement in tragedy doesn't imply guilt for it. In part two of his series Progress and Failure, SC&A writes:
The Middle East is the canvas on which we can clearly see the kind of heroes the different societies produce and why. In most of the Arab world, it is the primal id demands that are most influential, yielding the most vicious kinds of ‘heroes,’ to the exclusion of almost everything else. Israel is a society that produces heroes of an altogether different sort. Israel is at the fore in providing aid, medical treatment and emergency assistance of all kinds, all over the globe.

The heroes of a progressive culture and society retreat from conflict whenever possible. Real heroes engage in conflict when necessary to preserve the safety and well being of their community. The heroes of broken and regressive societies seek conflict, real or imagined, to fend off progress and to promote dysfunction and hate.
This is a mess which more pretension will not ameliorate. I think Hamas took over Gaza and cannot create a workable government, and thus is forced to create such situations to prevent its own failure. They seem to be using the population of Gaza as hostages. Some are willing hostages, but still.

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