Ending the Gaza War: Choices, not Solutions
Last December, Hamas unilaterally ended its ceasefire with Israel and escalated the kind of cross-border attacks continually attempted even during the ceasefire. With massive public support, Israel struck back against a neighboring regime which daily attacked its citizens and called for its extermination. For decades, Israel’s history shows a general pattern: its neighbors attack, Israel responds, Israel wins the war, and the world rushes to | Read More »
The Only Way to Fight a War
When I was growing up, my father always told me, “Never, ever start a fight; but always finish one.”
I didn’t really understand what dad meant by that until I started studying military history. The victor in any fight is the side that is willing to fight it out to the end.
The bullies who picked on me growing up nearly always did so because I didn’t fight back. It didn’t matter how many times they got in trouble. Often, that was just enough excuse to keep picking on me; to get back at the boy who got them in trouble. I finally stopped getting beat-up when I started throwing punches of my own.
Unfortunately, throwing those punches also got me in trouble. Because I defended myself someone thought I had done something wrong.
In watching this recent action between Israel and Hamas, I have seen much the same kind of mentality, both in the media and in those I know in the liberal blogosphere. “How dare Israel defend itself? Don’t they realize they’ve killed more Palestinians than Hamas has killed Israelis?” My favorite so far has been a “friend” on Facebook who posted, as his profile image, a sign that says, “Support Palestine: Stop the Genocide.”
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A follow-up on Israel
Jeff “Maximos” Martin replied to my criticism and while I could make a reply over there, I’m doing so here so all you guys will go visit the nice site that they all have there. I’m accused of demanding what Jeff says is not necessary, but I don’t think so. I wasn’t demanding that he make the gestures against terrorism to prove his good faith. | Read More »
Israel: Finish It
Posted by Tim K. Originally posted at http://jumpinginpools.blogspot.com/2009/01/israel-finish-it.html I am perhaps the most pro-Israeli person I know, and I am not Jewish, I am a Christian Conservative, and this is the land of Israel. Hamas is a band of ruthless terrorists who like other Arab leaders want the destruction of Israel to come about, a two state plan will never work, a three state plan | Read More »
Israel and the Just War Doctrine
I write today a response to Jeff Martin’s criticism of Israel with respect to the Catholic just war doctrine. I do think he’s in error, because he gives the facts a cursory glance and omits key details, but that only leads to my main criticism: I think he shows a bias against the Israeli side of the war. Firstly though, I address the Catholic Church’s | Read More »
The Jewish/Democrat/Obama relationship – I just don’t get it.
Exit polls from the 2008 Presidential election showed that Obama received around 77% of the Jewish vote. I’m at a loss to understand why. Guys like this claim that Obama “represents the values of (their) community” but fail to describe what those “values” are. And now we see that support for Israel’s action against Hamas is coming largely from the GOP side. Per Rasmussen: Sixty-two | Read More »
Israel Unsure of Future Support from US-Is Obama?
As Israeli Defense Force troops and tanks force their way deep into the Gaza strip, fighting becomes hand to hand, and house to house in a bid to smash Hamas and its ability to rain rockets on Israeli citizens. There is becoming an almost desperate desire on the part of the IDF forces to get in, wrap Hamas up in an inescapable package, and get | Read More »
Israel’s Forgotten Soldier
In 2006 Israel was plunged into a war with Hezbollah (The Party of God) in Southern Lebanon. However, how many people remember why that conflict started? We all remember how it ended. Israel was left with doubts about its military ability to defend itself for the first time in its history. It ended up not going well at all. The conflict in Southern Lebanon was | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Hypocritical Stance Toward the Israel/Hamas Conflict
Barack Obama hasn’t even taken office yet, and Congress is mulling over his plans for an economic stimulus plan. He’s issued several statements from “The Office of the President-Elect” several times on his plans to get the economy back up and running. Heck, he’s even trying to pull off the greatest con job by telling us that building bridges will create millions of new jobs. | Read More »
On the Ground in Gaza
Please welcome Dr. Barry Rubin, head of the Herzliya, Israel-based GLORIA Center, to the front page at RedState. -Jeff Tel Aviv, Israel — Israel didn’t want to attack the Gaza Strip from the ground or from the air. Hamas, which had long broken the ceasefire, canceled it altogether. Then it began large-scale attacks on Israel. This is a war of defense. And it is being | Read More »
Quote Of The Day
Some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated. The Israel-Gaza war is not. It possesses a moral clarity not only rare but excruciating. Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger. Hamas, which started this conflict with unrelenting rocket and mortar attacks on unarmed Israelis — 6,464 launched from Gaza | Read More »
Israel looks to play game changer in its war with Hamas
Pretty good take on the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are ramped up in away that has not been seen since 2006 and maybe before that. The IDF’s current military operations against Hamas are offering all the conditions for a much larger picture in terms of military action and a political statement in the region. With well over several | Read More »
Moonbat McKinney follow up
I posted here about Cynthia McKinney and her ship dinky little boatload of fools and their aborted mission to deliver medical supplies to Gaza. It was obviously a publicity stunt to try to denigrate Israel and the U.S., with giving comfort to terrorists as a secondary goal.
Quote of the Day.
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. That particular quote comes from President-elect Barack Obama, and I offer it up as a goad to anybody who was deluding him or herself that the new administration was going to finally rid | Read More »
On Spam and Israel: Why is Obama Silent?
I’ll make this short and sweet. Since the election in November the American people have been “treated” to a statement or press conference of some sort from the imaginary “Office of the President-elect” on a daily basis. The subjects of said publicity stunts have ranged from the economic stimulus package, to increasing taxes, to appointments, to dealing with the Blago scandal, to how “outraged” Obama | Read More »