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July 31st, 2014 - 4:56 am § in Bad States, Hypocrisy, Politics

How Long Will Hamas Sacrifice Palestinan Lives?

Remembering the mass Jewish suicides at  Masada may give us insight into the willingness of Hamas to sacrifice the lives of Palestinians in a fanatical cause.

Masada was not a unique event of nationalistic, fanatical sacrifice.  The use of suicide as tool to resist the Romans is very much the case for all modern anticolonial war fare.

McNamara told the (North) Vietnamese foreign minister that they  could have had both their independence and their unity if they just gave up communism.  But in the eyes of the Vietnamese, things looked completely different.  As soon as they managed to drive out the French, in marched the Americans.  Colonialism simply never stopped. The choice was between a corrupt U.S.-sponsored regime in the south and a horrific war with the north.  The carnage in Vietnam, fighting the French and then the Americans was unimaginable. “A Hamas warrior who swears by the Quran is no different from a Vietcong reciting The Internationale before leaving for battle. (adapted from essay by Naom Sheifaz)

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has said he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, saying that  Israel and a state of Palestine cannot coexist.

“When Israel practically commits itself to withdraw from Gaza completely and the West Bank without any settlements, and if we have Jerusalem as our capital and the return of the refugees is there, then we will reach peace,”

“Was (the American Revolution.peaceful? Did you not kick the British out? ………..we don’t like to kill our sons and daughters. But if you don’t have the peace then the resistance is legitimate. So the world has two choices: they need to help us peacefully reach [statehood] or we will expel this occupation from our land.”

Meshaal said Hamas has the conviction necessary to expel the Israelis from the West Bank and Gaza by force.

Meshaal is a fanatic, but he has precedents in Israel’s own founding. Emerging from the Shoah, every Jewish life was precious. That sacrifice created a grim determination that Jews should never again die in vain.  Israel’s wars of independence continued even after one percent of the Israelis died in the 1948 war after the nascent state was invaded by the Arabs.

Noam Sheizaf, an Israeli writing in 72 magazine has  exchanged emails with Gazas in the past few days. “These are people who don’t care much for Hamas in their everyday lives, whether due to its fundamentalist ideology, political oppression or other aspects of its rule. But they do support Hamas in its war against Israel; for them, fighting the siege is their war of independence. Or at least one part of it.” He quotes one Gazan, “If we had planes and tanks to fight the IDF, we wouldn’t need to fire rockets.”

Where are the leaders? Why hasn’t Israel found them and captured or killed them?  The number one man,  Khaled Meshaal,  lives in well funded exile with his sponsors in Qatar.  (Ironically, Ismail Haniyeh’s sisters are Israeli citizens and chose thirty years ago to live as Arabs in the Jewish state).  Legend has it that the rest of the people in this diagram are  in the group’s main command center, built directly under Gaza’s al Shifa hospital, as was the case in of Operation Pillar of Defense, and we can only assume holds true today as well. READMORE about Israel’s hunt for Hamas.

Sheifaz obviously shares the pain of the Gazans, but he tries “to understand that bombing Gaza will not change their minds. …. Israelis, both left and right, are wrong to assume that Hamas is a dictatorship fighting Israel against its people’s will. Hamas is indeed a dictatorship, and there are many Palestinians who would gladly see it fall, but not at this moment in time. Right now I have no doubt that most Palestinians support the attacks on IDF soldiers entering Gaza; they support kidnapping as means to release their prisoners (whom they see as prisoners of war) and the unpleasant fact is that most of them, I believe, support firing rockets at Israel.”

So, this is the challenge.  Unless Israel literally exterminates Hamas, this war will not end.  A cease fire will be followed by more war.  The near term end point is very difficult, Israel must literally replace Hamas by supporting a credible leadership that offers the Palestinians the same reward the Israelis themselves and the Vietnamese got after their wars for independence.  The idea that an end to Hamas’ rockets and tunnels will bring freedom — is not trustworthy.  Palestinian self rule simply never happens.

Sheifaz continues “Israelis are convinced they are fighting a terror organization driven by a fundamentalist Islamic ideology. Palestinians are convinced Israelis are looking to enslave them, and that as soon as the war is over the siege will be reinforced. Since this is exactly what Israel intends to do, as our government has repeatedly stated, they have no reason to stop fighting.”


July 30th, 2014 - 4:12 am § in American Diversity, Religion

Anniversary of the Negris leaving Spain

My family name, when we lived in Spain, was Negri .. a word meaning that we were dark folks like the moors.  In March 1492 King Ferdinand, under pressure from Torquemada, issued a decree of expulsion against the Negri. Four months later, two days before Christopher Columbus set sail, my family left[...]

July 29th, 2014 - 4:52 am § in Misc.

A VERY Objective View of the Gaza War

Israel weatherSPIEGEL: Ex-Israeli Security Chief Diskin: ‘All the Conditions Are There for an Explosion’ Truce disintegrates in Gaza, fighting persists Hama s seems determined to fight to the last child caught in its cross fire.  Last night, Eid ul Fitr began,  Hamas’ fighters slipped into [...]

July 28th, 2014 - 10:30 pm § in Misc.

Israel will wipe out Hamas’ military resources

Reuters: Israel digs in for long fight By Nidal Al- Mughrabi and Ori Lewis  GAZA/JERUSALEM – Israel’s military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after Prime Minister Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave.  Full Article Video[...]

July 24th, 2014 - 9:12 am § in Politics, politics, Propaganda, USA, world

A Cogent Arguement AGAINST Israel

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America’s Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy    Stephen M. Walt  Professor of International Affairs, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (NOTE: I have edited the text to focus on Walt’s impressive argument that Netanyahu has an irredentist on[...]

July 31st, 2014 - 6:28 pm § in Bigots, political correctness, Schools & Colleges

School employee fired for consorting with homophones

Nomen Global Language Center, a private ESL school in Utah catering to foreign students seeking admission to U.S. colleges, has fired social media specialist Tim Torkildson for writing a blog post about homophones.  The Salt Lake Tribune quoted the school’s owner, Clarke Woodger, as complaini[...]

July 31st, 2014 - 6:04 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Will Someone Put Boehner out of hIs Misery?

Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding 7:59pm EDT WASHINGTON – A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner’s face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitaria[...]

July 31st, 2014 - 5:57 pm § in Misc.

Orca 16, Humans 0

  Japanese Whaling Crew Eaten Alive By Killer Whales, 16 dead A Japanese whaling crew has fallen victim to a dramatic full on assault by a school of killer whales, killing no less then 16 crew members and injuring 12, has reported the Japanese Government this morning. The crew of the MV Nisshi[...]

July 31st, 2014 - 5:32 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: 72 hr ceasefire

Jerusalem – Israel has accepted a proposal for a three-day truce with militant groups in the Gaza Strip, an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said. “Israel has accepted the U.S./U.N. proposal for a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday,” s[...]

July 30th, 2014 - 10:50 pm § in Misc.

Bolivia Declares Israel a Terrorist State

La Paz, Bolivia – Bolivia To Require Visas For Israeli Travelers La Paz, Bolivia – Bolivia’s leftist president has declared Israel a “terrorist state” because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government… Read More »[...]

July 30th, 2014 - 10:15 am § in Bad States, Politics, world


Putin says noWhat Will Ptin do as Ukraine claims key town near Donetsk? The Ukrainian army says it has seized the town of Avdiivka, near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, amid intense fighting in the area around the downed MH17 flight.[...]

July 30th, 2014 - 3:38 am § in Bigots, Humor, Hypocrisy

Rememberin Reagan Stephen, 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush were re-elected to the White House. Some of our country’s best years followed that moment. I remember watching with optimism as Reagan and Bush honorably protected my freedoms and defended my conservative va[...]