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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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 Israel.
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.

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At 5:22 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

This stinks of Iranian outrage that Hamas shifted allegiance from Iran to Egypt and now their puppets like Roger Cohen are clattering on how Hamas is really no better than the 'Zionists'.


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