Sometimes the surgeon goofs: Even our excellent intel is bound to slip up once in a while. This morning, IDF shells UN headquarters in Gaza. UN officials are pissed off. Gee, I wonder if they are now going to do something different, like condemn us? Oh, wait…
The goal: We are trying to stop missiles and rockets from being fired from within Gaza. We are not trying to wipe out the population. You only have to look at the stats to see that we are targeting military sites, which is damn impressive considering that Hamas likes using human shields and hiding their launchers in mosques, hospitals, schools, and apartment buildings.
A few things to consider: Others have said it first and say it better than I could:
- Dershowitz is on-target.
- Melanie Phillips has a few lucid things to say about the history of this an the Hamas response.
- Emanual Shilo talks about the rationale behind the move to ban two Arab parties from the next elections, saying, “Despite the claims of discrimination which they commonly make, there is no denying that Israeli Arabs enjoy the advantages of living under Israel’s democracy without being asked to bear the price of its existence in terms of putting their lives on the line. They do not die on the battlefield like the Jews or the Druze, and they vehemently oppose the notion of civil service within their own communities. As opposed to most Israeli citizens, they are also not a target for terror attacks. Therefore, they continue to smear Israel’s democracy while at the same time firmly objecting to any proposal that would see even one of their villages within Israel being transferred to the Palestinian Authority’s control.”
- While Tel Aviv and the Shalom Achshav crowd wail, other cities, including those with high Arab populations, seem less outraged. All this will be for nothing if we can’t get Hamas to agree to a real truce.
Nadine post-mortem: Poor baby was riddled with tumors (probably cancer), had a weakened heart, fluid in her lungs, and a nearly-dead liver. She had clearly replaced her immune system with sheer cranky orneriness. I miss my Bed Lump. Thanks to readers who posted messages; you are all welcome to add your farewells to Miss Thing.