Balance, Hamas style
A surprisingly good (although not perfect) piece by WaPo's Roger Cohen explains that Hamas is really pretty balanced
(Hat Tip: Abraham S
Hamas is not the passive party in this struggle. It rules Gaza by
force. The other day it murdered — please don’t say “executed” — an
alleged collaborator without the inconvenience of a trial, shooting the
man on a crowded street. It chose to make war by allowing more militant
groups to use Gaza as a launching pad for rockets and firing off the
occasional rocket itself. No nation is going to put up with this sort of
terror. The rockets do some, not a lot of damage, but that’s not the
point. The point instead is that people who have the wherewithal will
not continue to live in a place where even the occasional rocket can
come down on your kids’ school. This is not a mere border problem. For
Israel, this is an existential threat.
What various editorial
writers and others seem not to understand is that the very peace
agreement they accuse Israel of forestalling is, in fact, impeded by
Hamas’ use of violence. Who wants to make peace with extremists? Who
wants to give up land for the promises of peace offered by zealots who
read Hitler for inspiration? Israel pulled out of Gaza once already.
Abandoned greenhouses were refurbished by Jewish philanthropists in
America. The greenhouses were trashed and with them what now seems like
naive optimism. Soon, Hamas took control and the rockets started hitting
This war between Arabs and Jews,
between Israelis and Palestinians, is well over 100 years old. Both
sides have a case and both sides have proved to be indomitable. But both
sides are not equally right in all instances. Hamas sent rockets into
Israel, not caring if they hit a chicken coop or a group of toddlers
jumping in and out of a sprinkler. You want balance? Here’s balance.
Hamas didn’t care if its own people died either.
By the way, what he gets wrong is that he still thinks Fatah thinks differently than Hamas. It doesn't. At some point, when someone says (and shows) they want to kill you for long enough, you stop negotiating and start living.
Labels: Gaza, Hamas rockets, human shields, Operation Pillar of Defense