Israel to Gaza: It’s On

posted at 12:02 pm on February 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Israelis have sent a warning to Gaza and its Hamas leadership after the latest rocket attack on Ashkelon. If the attacks continue, Israel will invade Gaza and conduct large-scale military operations to eliminate the threat:

Israeli leaders warned Friday of an approaching conflagration in the Gaza Strip as Israel activated a rocket warning system to protect Ashkelon, a city of 120,000 people, from Palestinian rockets.Ashkelon was hit by several Grad rockets fired from Gaza on Thursday, a sign of the widening scope of violence between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. One hit an apartment building and another landed near a school, wounding a 17-year-old girl.

Located 11 miles from Gaza, Ashkelon had been sporadically targeted in the past but never suffered direct hits or significant damage.

“It will be sad, and difficult, but we have no other choice,” Matan Vilnai, Israel’s deputy defense mister, said Friday, referring to the large-scale military operation he said Israel was preparing to bring a halt to the rocket fire.

“We’re getting close to using our full strength. Until now, we’ve used a small percentage of the army’s power because of the nature of the territory,” Vilnai told Army Radio on Friday.

Israel had tried using softer methods to stop the attacks, including a lockdown on the border between Gaza and Israel. That resulted in a breakout at Rafah, which took the Egyptian government several days to resecure. Other nations had pressured Israel to end the embargo or at least loosen it for food, energy, and medical supplies, but the rocket attacks continue.

Hamas says that Israel’s return fire has killed 15 civilians and blames Israel for the rising tensions. Apart from the absurdity of blaming someone for hitting an aggressor in return, Hamas and other terrorist entities have no one but themselves to blame for civilian deaths. Even the AP acknowledges that Hamas launches its rockets from densely populated civilian centers, drawing fire onto their own people.

Israel cannot stand idle while terrorists rain rockets onto civilian populations, and the escalation to Ashkelon is a deliberate provocation by Hamas. The IDF has to take action, and this time it cannot be constrained by proportionality. They need a massive response to the Gaza provocateurs, one that leaves them no ground to hide. If Gaza’s civilian population wants to avoid that, then they need to rid themselves of the terrorists before Israel’s military does its work.


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Israel has the right to protect itself. It tried to do the right thing by giving Gaza “back” to the Palis, but they can’t seem to act like civilized people and not lob missiles at the Israelis. The Palis are just reaping what they’ve been sowing.

gmoonster on February 29, 2008 at 12:09 PM

“Some say its better to be respected than feared, I say, why not both.”

Tony Stark
IronMan….

Something we lost along the way…

Romeo13 on February 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

If the attacks continue, Israel will invade Gaza and conduct large-scale military operations to eliminate the threa

Oooooooooo Scary!!!

Once upon a time, there was a mighty Israeli Military ran by powerful, strong leaders.

Nowadays, there is a sissy Military run by sissy politicians.

Israel is losing. Nothing can stop it.

Because empty words don’t win battles. Not against Islamic terrorism.

Hey, Hussein Barack comes to mind!

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

The total and absolute destruction of Gaza, floor to roof, wall to wall, would make Peace in the Middle East possible.

Anything else is very clearly not effective.

Go IDF!

old trooper on February 29, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Let’s hope this invasion goes better than the Billy Jeff-style “invasion” they made into Lebanon in 2006.

jimbo2008 on February 29, 2008 at 12:16 PM

I used to have pity for the Palestinians back in the 90′s.
I don’t have an ounce of pity for them now. They do reap what they sow and they have brought this on themselves. Isreal wants to live in peace and has every right to defend themselves.
Sucks to be a Palestinian. Go Jews.

Geronimo on February 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Remember the good old days when the Israelis took out a crippled Hamas leader sitting in a wheel chair with a missile?

That left a mark.

fogw on February 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM

The total and absolute destruction of Gaza, floor to roof, wall to wall annihilation of Gaza’s entire population, would make Peace in the Middle East possible.

Anything else is very clearly not effective.

Go IDF!

old trooper

There, fixed it for you. I’m sure this will work.

Grow Fins on February 29, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Hey, I love Israel and want them to defend themselves. I just wonder why they take decades of this kind of crap without finally gearing up and laying an utter smackdown on those asshats in particular, and Palestinians in general.

Force them – all of them – physically from the area, then put up a friggin’ impenetrable death zone around themselves. Get this crap over once and for all.

Midas on February 29, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Hmm, could be interesting.

Midas on February 29, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Long time coming.

Broken link…..

Grow Fins on February 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

So moving to HotAir immediately gives one Allah-like headline skills.

Good to know.

Uncle Pinky on February 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Remember the good old days when the Israelis took out a crippled Hamas leader sitting in a wheel chair with a missile?

That left a mark.

fogw on February 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Well, it wasn’t long time ago.

But these days it seems like the IDF is itself crippled by the coward politicians.

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Romeo13 on February 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Oderint dum metuant.

Frozen Tex on February 29, 2008 at 12:26 PM

It’s about time Israel finally gives Hamas a good swift kick in the a$$! Israel has been pushed and pushed and pushed long enough. It’s time for them to push back, and I mean with extreme prejuidice!

pilamaye on February 29, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Let’s Roll!

ihasurnominashun on February 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM

I hope the pali photogs are stocked up on teddy bears.

BL@KBIRD on February 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Go Israel! Doing the work Americans won’t do!
Did somebody else say that?

cjs1943 on February 29, 2008 at 12:30 PM

I wonder while they are fighting, if there will be an errant missile that somehow takes out a Nuclear Reactor somewhere in Iran.

Guest1.1 on February 29, 2008 at 12:30 PM

If Israel hopes for anything but opposition and obstruction from us, they best take action before the fall elections.

petefrt on February 29, 2008 at 12:30 PM

“If Gaza’s civilian population wants to avoid that, then they need to rid themselves of the terrorists before Israel’s military does its work.”

That’s a nice sentiment, Ed, but trying and failing would be tantamount to genocide.

Oh, yeah, trying and succeeding would also be tantamount to genocide.

Dusty on February 29, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Hope Olmert and his dumb generals learnt from the fight in Lebanon how to do it correctly, or the Israelis are going to look incredibly weak.

Defector01 on February 29, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Yeah, those “temporary incursions” have always worked out so well for Israel in the past.

corona on February 29, 2008 at 12:34 PM

its only a matter of time before Isreal has to do it. I won’t take bets on how many liberals or UN members will stand up denounce Isreal for this blatant act of progression, I mean, don’t they know that Hamas has a god given right to kill jews?

Wyrd on February 29, 2008 at 12:34 PM

I’ve been wondering for some time now how close they are to just running a saturation artillery barrage from one end to the other.

Sounds like they’re getting closer.

Bad thing in the short run – there are a lot of just plain folks there who aren’t actively part of the problem.

KCSteve on February 29, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Target Number 1: Jew-eating Rabbit on the “Pioneers of Tomorrow” Show

Kill da wabbit. Kill da wabbit. It’s time for a bunch of the so-called Palestinians to meet Farfour and Nahoul.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 29, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Dread and Forbodeing. Good luck IDF.

ronsfi on February 29, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Broken link…..

Grow Fins on February 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Working for me, It’s an audio file…

“You can’t serve papers on a rat, baby sister. You’ve got to kill him or let him be.” — [John Wayne (Marshall Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn)]

abinitioadinfinitum on February 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM

When are those Arabs going to learn to control their people? Don’t they realize that one of these days there’s going to be the crazy Jew of all time in the PM’s chair and there will be no holds barred?

RWLA on February 29, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 29, 2008 at 12:34 PM

I was trying to figure out how to work in the martyrdom of the Jew eating rabbit. Good Job!

ihasurnominashun on February 29, 2008 at 12:39 PM

The entire Gaza Strip is one-half the size of the City of Chicago.. just carpet bomb it. Now.

VinceP1974 on February 29, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Good luck Ed with the residents in Palestine trying to stop Hamas, those who disagree are simply done away with. How many mosque’s have been bombed by people who call us the great satan, and yet kill their own kind?

What Israel needs is an agressive no holds bar policy to remove these dirtbags from creation, Israel has shown astounding restraint in the face of a relentless enemy who cares nothing for human life.

At some point we have to stop being civilized and eliminate the problem, we should be doing everything we can to help Israel in their fight for survival not denouncing things like the wall THAT WORKED!!!

All I want is some real men to step up and start doing the right thing, I’m sick of sissy’s and sicophants in political positions.

-Paul-

Sprockett on February 29, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Good! Israel, kick their HamASS!

Blake on February 29, 2008 at 12:50 PM

And please Israel…

Be ready to take on Hez… and Syria on the Golan Heights… with Iran backing…

And of course, the UN bitching and using its “Peacekeepers” to protect HEZ…

But they need to do somthing now, prior to our elections, cause if Barry or Hill gets elected, any support for Israel defending itself will be gone.

Romeo13 on February 29, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Andrew Sullivan sort of, kind of, picked up this story in his own genteel way.

gabriel sutherland on February 29, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Is it official now that giving land for peace is a complete success?

jukin on February 29, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Israel cannot stand idle while terrorists rain rockets onto civilian populations,

We wouldn’t but the world (and us) expects them too. If we’d let them take care of business there would be peace there. There can’t be peace if one side doesn’t want it.

I just wonder why they take decades of this kind of crap without finally gearing up and laying an utter smackdown on those asshats in particular, and Palestinians in general.

Because people like the USA tell them not to blow everyone up. We say please show restraint in a situation that the USA would not. We say, you have a bigger military than they do, please don’t kill them all while they keep firing rockets at innocent civilians while hiding behind innocent civilians.

The appropriate question is ‘Why is President Bush interested in finding a ‘peace’ between these two sides when he doesn’t do anything to force ‘Palestinians’ to stop fighting.’

Israel would control everything from the Mediterranean to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Iraq and all the way down to the Suez Canal if we would let them fight. But the world doesn’t want the Jews to have a fair fight.

ThackerAgency on February 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM

I don’t know. I don’t think this idea of an Israeli “troop surge” will work.

/sarc

q2600 on February 29, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Operation “Rubble Bounce” is a go.

mojo on February 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM

The entire Gaza Strip is one-half the size of the City of Chicago.. just carpet bomb it. Now.

Riiiiiight! Great idea. Dresden-by-the-sea. Nope, no repurcussions from that, I’m sure.

Grow Fins on February 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM

It is easy enough to say “kill em all and let God sort em out” but Israel is not Iran and cannot intentionally punish the innocent because of their association with the guilty, even if the guilty are many. If they did, they would loose their national soul, and all of the moral authority they have to continue as a nation.

So what’s going to happen is that Israel will roll into the strip, kill or capture as many jihadis as they can find, get roundly criticised by just about every-damned-body, then either withdraw or occupy, depending on their success, their national mood at that point, and the pressures placed upon them by foreign interests, especially the US. It will not be a “Hell Yeah!” moment, regardless of their success level. The good it will do will be small, but perhaps just enough to make life tolerable for a few months or years until the next pressure crack forms.

I just pray for the maximum number of dead terrorists and the minimum number of dead Israeli soldiers and innocents on either side. I’ve given up praying for Palestinians to ever mature to the point that they can look past the free blood money long enough to see that it is their blood on it.

Immolate on February 29, 2008 at 1:02 PM

I agree Israel needs to defend herself completely.

dogsoldier on February 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

I, too, miss the Israel that took action, regardless of what the “world community” thought of them. You know, like we use to. Ehud Olmert is a coward and has got to go. But, I believe that they have competent military leadership in Ehud Barak. This last Lebanon conflict was a lesson hard learned.

Things are reaching critical mass in this mess created by Sharon and Olmert in the wholesale handover of Gaza to these dirtbags.

We’ll see, but don’t ever underestimate the IDF.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

My liberal side: I just wish this would come to an end already

My not so liberal side: By any means necessary.

Honestly this is really starting to get old (thousands of years old). If they’re not ever going to listen to each other and start making REAL and tangible concessions, they should just have at it once and for all, and the bigger dog gets to eat.

Bring it into the octagon so to say.

beefytee on February 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Is it official now that giving land for peace is a complete success?

jukin on February 29, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Yea, it’s been almost as successful as oil for food.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM

How long before Condi Rice calls for Israel not to take any “unilateral action” and instead tells Olmert that she will talk to the EU leaders to see if they will issue a statement critizing Hamas rocket attacks?

Larraby on February 29, 2008 at 1:11 PM

We’ll see, but don’t ever underestimate the IDF.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

On one hand: Bush, Condi and the next president should stop meddling in the Israeli affairs, on the other hand: the Israelis better elect someone who has the guts to defend them, not a coward who will bring them back to Biblical Times where they were exiled in Babylon!

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Remember Dresden? Israel should take a look at those tactics. Don’t give me that women and children babble. Those so called children are already fitted for an AK 47 and the women roll out more terrorists every 9 months and 20 minutes. Wall to wall says a previous poster….Amen. Their will must be shattered clear to the root and to do it from the air is least risky and to hell with the international community, including the asshats at our own State Dept!

b4lucy on February 29, 2008 at 1:26 PM

I’m waiting for UN insecurity council resolution number 23,876,684 to “express grave concern“.

That will get the ball rolling.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM

Liberal insanity is a universal disease not bound by race, color or creed!

dmann on February 29, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Hamas says that Israel’s return fire has killed 15 civilians and blames Israel for the rising tensions. Apart from the absurdity of blaming someone for hitting an aggressor in return, Hamas and other terrorist entities have no one but themselves to blame for civilian deaths.

I Absolutely agree and have been saying that for some time now. Like the old addage goes, don’t shiite were you live.

Even the AP acknowledges that Hamas launches its rockets from densely populated civilian centers, drawing fire onto their own people.

Well that’s quite a change for the MSM, normally they do all they can to make Israel look like innocent civilian killing monsters. Also (with the exception of the young children) I question just how “innocent” some of the civilians are as I’m certain a good portion of them are sypathetic to Hamas.

If you don’t want to get hit and die well then I would suggest the “innocent” civilians think twice before they allow Hamas to setup a rocket launcher on their roof top or back yard…again, don’t shiite where you live!

Liberty or Death on February 29, 2008 at 1:34 PM

About time, I just hope they do it swiftly with full resolve and no apologies. Enough is enough

Keli on February 29, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Come on, Israel, I have faith in you – show them you mean business!

For Golda!

emailnuevo on February 29, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Bush, Condi and the next president should stop meddling in the Israeli affairs

Indy Conservative on February 29, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Absolutely, though I don’t have much confidence in that ever happening.

Most of our leaders couldn’t give a rat’s a– about Israel or its security. To them it is merely a novelty that they can use to try to build a “legacy” before they leave office.

They all have had their own idiotic version of the “roadmap to peace”. What other country in the world is pressured, to the extent that Israel is, to broker “peace” deals with terrorists?

Things are grave, and you’re right, it’s up to the Israeli people now.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Don’t they realize that one of these days there’s going to be the crazy Jew of all time in the PM’s chair and there will be no holds barred?

So you’re hoping Bibi will un-retire too, huh? :o)

Tanya on February 29, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Surely we have given Israel (or the Mossad has, er, acquired) the plans for a neutron bomb. Why don’t they set one off over Gaza? The people will die, the radiation will dissipate, the buildings will remain, some nice Mediterranean beachfront property will come on the market, Jimmy Carter will have an aneurysm, and you won’t hear a peep out of the West Bank for 20-30 years.

Kafir on February 29, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Is it time for a Gaza/Palestinian diaspora?

Hendo on February 29, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Things are reaching critical mass in this mess created by Sharon and Olmert in the wholesale handover of Gaza to these dirtbags.
labrat on February 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Yeah, that (the handing over the Gaza strip) really helped ease tentions. /sarc

I like the Israelis but they have done some really stupid things in their concessions to the muslims. Maybe they like having their backs against the wall.

docdave on February 29, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I wonder while they are fighting, if there will be an errant missile that somehow takes out a Nuclear Reactor somewhere in Iran.

Guest1.1 on February 29, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Heh.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 2:10 PM

I won’t wait for the UN, the media, Condoleeza Rice, and others in the court of world opinion to say what I already know they’re going to say to this. I’ll just say, “Lech l’Sheol (Go to hell).” We’re doing what needs to be done.

tikvah on February 29, 2008 at 2:10 PM

).” We’re doing what needs to be done.

tikvah on February 29, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Godspeed.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Connect the dots.

Iran (via Hezbollah) declared war on Israel and the United States on Valentine’s Day this year. (Just 15 days ago). This was to be expected.

I recommend you read my posts in other threads:

Red Pill on February 29, 2008 at 1:19 PM
Red Pill on February 28, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Red Pill on February 29, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Talk about saturation bombing seems a bit over the top. On the other hand, when I saw the fauxtography of Hamas meeting by candlelight, it crossed my mind that the tone of the meeting might be significantly improved with a couple of JDAMs. I know that in general situations it’s considered bad form to go after legislatures, but what if they’re primarily comprised of members of a recognized terrorist organization that’s been attacking your citizens?

cthulhu on February 29, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Bebe Netanyahu was on Cavuto yesterday…haven’t seen him in months. Wondered then what was going on?

Seems our promise of even more millions$$ to the Palis certainly worked. My advice to Condi is sit/stay and leave it alone. If we think the Palis have been bad before, just wait till Olmert gives away what’s left of Jerusalem.

May G-d smile on Israel and her people and give them peace.

24K lady on February 29, 2008 at 3:31 PM

What a bunch of ignorant and cruel posters on HA.
The Palestinians are once again being manipulated by the selfish Muslims who really don’t care at all how many innocent civilians die. And meanwhile it all happens to the cheers of the HA posters who so simply say to “kill them all” while typing from the safety and comfort of their homes while their family safely goes about their usual daily routines.

KMC1 on February 29, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Sorry KMC1 the only way to handle a rabid dog in your yard and about to bite your kid, is to kill it.

The previously uncountried arabs calling themselves Palestinians are ALL rabid dogs, dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Every last one of them. None of them are innocent and those who think otherwise are TRULY the ignorant ones.

dogsoldier on February 29, 2008 at 4:06 PM

That’s the way to increase the credibility of the site -
call for genocide.

corona on February 29, 2008 at 4:21 PM

Godspeed.

labrat on February 29, 2008 at 2:15 PM

I didn’t mean to imply that I am personally carrying out “what needs to be done.” Godspeed to the good people of the IDF! I live 30 miles or so as the crow flies from Gaza which, thanks largely to the IDF’s containment of Gaza, feels very far removed; I get most of my news of what’s going on there from the US.

tikvah on February 29, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Ahh….the old Genocide card! Yes. very revealing. Are you listening to these people? Are you watching their actions? Are you not believing that they will kill infidels? That’s you BTW…When you are bound and blindfoled, kneeling on the ground, head forward, while a black turbined brute stand over you with a scimitar, and you hear your children whimpering next to you as they are forced to watch……Well,, that’s enough….you get the picture. You damm sure won’t be thinking Genocide! Lest you scoff, these are not fantasies. This, and worse, is reported daily….by THEM!! And they send you videos, pictures, ….fer Crissakes….open your eyes

b4lucy on February 29, 2008 at 4:51 PM

This is getting into Kos Kidz territory – the moderators better start deleting the posts of these raving lunatics.

corona on February 29, 2008 at 7:23 PM

corona,

“that’s the way to increase the credibility of the site..
call for genocide.”

Democrats,MSM,hollywood,and 99.9% of liberal sites have been defending one of the most genocidal terrorist leaders the world has ever seen.He killed more of his own people with WmDs,torture,and rape then Kosovo and Darfur combined.

SADDAM HUSSEIN

According to the leading democratic Presidential candidate Obama,freeing 25 million people from a Mad dictator that killed more than 600,000 to 1.2 million of his own people and hundreds of thousands more in wars that he started
was a “big mistake”.
“Iraq was better off with Saddam in Power.”

Taking out a dictator that still maintained a WMD program
that he was going to start back up when the UN backed off,supported and housed some of the worlds worst terrorist,
and after his fall we have killed over 30,000 terrorist(mostly al-qaeda) and delivered Al-qaeda a humiliating defeat in their number one front on the war with
the west,is a “diversion from the war on terror”
according to Obama.

If your looking for a true lack of credibility,look at the
video of Obama talking about cutting our military defense
programs like missile defense,cut space military programs,slow development combat systems,and tell Russia we
are going to take our ICBM’s off line if they “promise”to do theirs to.

All these cuts to the military at a time of war.

Reminds me of the 90′s when al-qaeda was allowed to gain it’s strength around the world while they declared war on
us and we gutted our military,cutting over 400,000 Soldiers,
closing bases,and cutting military programs.

Talk about lack of credibility.

Baxter Greene on February 29, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Get ready for more altered and staged photos and fake stories about ambulances getting hit by the Israelis (which tend to get used as troops transports by the terrorists) from Palestinians sympathizers.

Yakko77 on February 29, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Oh, let’s send pre-President Obama there! He’ll have a lovely chat with Hamas’ leaders, & everything will be just swell!

jgapinoy on February 29, 2008 at 8:13 PM

It seems Israel will shortly inflict on Hamas the punishment those receive, who merely threaten the life of a prince.

Kralizec on February 29, 2008 at 9:28 PM

So moving to HotAir immediately gives one Allah-like headline skills.

Uncle Pinky on February 29, 2008 at 12:24 PM

The faithful have but to ask, for AllahPundit is Cooperative, Beneficent.

Kralizec on February 29, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Very long over due although I wonder about military operations that are made pubic. I prefer action to words. Make the Palistinians hurt.

Ragnarok on February 29, 2008 at 10:19 PM

There, fixed it for you. I’m sure this will work.

Grow Fins on February 29, 2008 at 12:19 PM

You are wrong. You can leave the Christian Palestinians. They are a small number, but they do exist. They exist peacefully with Israel too.

Tim Burton on February 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Clearly, the Rocketeers must expect that Israel will invade. They have pushed the rockets to point that no government could ignore it anymore and long survive. Do they answer to Iran and has Iran decided that it is time to provoke another war with Israel? What would they be hoping to achieve with another war? More distraction from another attempt at UN resolutions against their nuclear program?

If Iran is the source, wouldn’t it be better in the long run to attack the source of the problem rather than just the replaceable Palestinian nettles.

KW64 on February 29, 2008 at 11:53 PM

But what is the Rocketeers objective. Surely they know they will get attacked so what do they get out of a war?

KW64 on March 1, 2008 at 12:04 AM

I just hope the IDF finds its stones this time around. They blew it against the Hezboogers.

Dave R. on March 1, 2008 at 3:53 AM

I see three ways to look at this.

You can try to catch or kill the persons responsible. But you may not be able to actually catch them, and they may be low-level scum, not the planners.

You might want to minimize the flak you take from the International Left.

Or you might want to create a linkage in the minds of the Palestinians between the cause and effect. In that case, a LARGE high-explosive airburst directly over the launching site, detonating within ninety seconds of the initial launch, without fail and for no other cause, might create that linkage while providing some PR cover for Israel. (Though where there are concrete buildings, three or four successive airbursts might be necessary for effect.)

njcommuter on March 1, 2008 at 6:55 AM

We should learn from the Israels. When you have told a known enemy there are consequences to their actions and the enemy does not comply, take quick and decisive action against them on your terms.

“To dally in the valley of debate, increases the level of defeat that can be inflicted on you.”

Further, when engaged with an enemy that does not represent a Nation that was not part of the Geneva Convention, but simply believe you are not entitled to exist, you are not obligated to follow Convention-that fact is what separates conventional and unconventional warfare.

MSGTAS on March 1, 2008 at 9:39 AM