….To be thrown under the Hamas bus as
human
shields
“?  Also the elderly and
the invalid?
Hamas’s operative policy is: Yes.
And if a Hamas rocket fizzles and lands in
the midst of a crowd of non-human shield Gazans in another part of town, that’s
a fortunate error, because then the
director, cast, and camera crews of Pallywood’s staged
photographs
and videos can go to work and fob it off to the gullible
Western news media
as another cruel and “genocidal” Israeli air
strike. That’s happened so many times it’s nearly a joke. Never waste the
crisis of a wayward missile.
Retired British Colonel Richard Kemp, in
his August 3rd Gatestone article, “Gaza’s
Civilian Casualties: The Truth is Very Different,
” wrote: 
With few
exceptions, reporters, commentators, and analysts unquestioningly accept the
casualty statistics given by Gaza’s Hamas-controlled medical authorities, who
ascribe all deaths to the IDF. We have never seen so much as a glimpse
of killed or wounded fighters.
Analysis of
casualty details released by Qatar-based Al Jazeera indicate that so far
most of those killed in Gaza have been young men of fighting age, not
women, children or old people.
All Palestinian
civilian casualties in this conflict result ultimately from Gaza terrorists’
aggression against Israel, and Hamas’s use of human shields — the most
important plank of Hamas’s war-fighting policy.
The tactic calls to mind two cinematic
instances of one side deliberately sacrificing its own: the opening scene of Enemy at the Gates (2001),
when Soviet officers ordered mostly unarmed Russian soldiers to charge a German
machine gun/tank position during the battle of Stalingrad, and are subsequently
slaughtered; and Seinfeld’s George Costanzia’s panic and subsequent tissue-thin
explanations for why he pushed everyone else out of the way during his to
escape from a burning
burger fire
during in indoor children’s party. The one instance is
terrifying; the other, amusingly pathetic.
But, that’s the Hamas way. And the MSM’s
way. George Costanza claimed, among other things, that he ran from the house in
order to “lead the way out.” Hamas claims it forces Gazans to stand
on the roofs of targeted buildings to “lead the way out” of an
“occupation.” Israel shouldn’t have held its fire in those instances.
A couple of blasted buildings with Gazan bodies strewn all over would have
likely sparked a revolt of the Gazans – against Hamas. Also, remember that
these are the same Gazans who voted for Hamas (whether or not the
“election” was rigged), who allow it to rule Gaza, and who celebrated
the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
To Hamas, women and children are expendable
as casualties. If the Israelis don’t kill them, Hamas will. And the Israelis
have (wrongly) gone out of their way to avoid “civilian” Gazan
casualties. They don’t seem to remember that but for the carpet- and
fire-bombing of German and Japanese cities during WWII, the war might have gone
on indefinitely. Aside from destroying an enemy’s capacity for making war, tens
of thousands of Germans and Japanese civilians perished from Allied bombings.
The purpose of those bombings was also to destroy the enemy’s morale and
willingness to continue fighting. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
cost nearly 150,000 Japanese civilian lives. But those bombings brought the
Pacific War to an abrupt end. The alternative was to invade Japan with
conventional forces and incur even more horrendous casualties on both sides.
(For a book on why total victory over an
aggressor enemy is necessary to “preserve the peace,” and not just a
“ceasefire,” see the late John David Lewis’s Nothing
Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History
,”
published by Princeton University Press in 2010. There are lessons in it which
Israel, as well as the U.S., could benefit from, but haven’t yet been absorbed
by those countries’ military and political planners. Lewis’s book would be an
ideal companion to the Hamas
manual
of how to use “human shields” discovered by the IDF.)
 Frankly,
I think Israel should establish as its ultimate goal the complete elimination
of Hamas, killing all its top leaders and any lower ranking leaders who poke
their heads out of their rat holes. Otherwise, Hamas will just keep
“reemerging” and “regrouping” over and over again. It isn’t
as though these were enemy soldiers, who, once captured, would be put in POW
camps. These are dedicated killers who won’t stop unless killed. If any manage
to escape, they should be tracked down to wherever they hide out and eliminated,
as were the perpetrators and planners of the murders of the Olympic Israeli
wrestlers
and others in 1972 in Munich.
Kemp goes on to explain why there’s an
insatiable demand in the Western press for pictures of “Israeli
atrocities.”
With few
exceptions, reporters, commentators and analysts unquestioningly accept the
casualty statistics given by Gaza’s Hamas-controlled medical authorities, who
ascribe all deaths to the IDF. Is anyone in Gaza dying of natural
causes? Mass executions of “collaborators,” and civilians killed by
malfunctioning Hamas rockets, are all attributed to IDF fire.
Are the
“overwhelming majority” of the dead really civilians? It would seem
so. We see a great deal of grotesque and heart-rending footage of dead and
bleeding women and children but never so much as a glimpse of killed or wounded
fighters. Nor do reporters question or comment on the complete absence of Gazan
military casualties, an extraordinary phenomenon unique to this conflict.
The reality of
course is that Hamas make great efforts to segregate their military casualties
to preserve the fiction that Israel is killing civilians only. There are also
increasing indications that Hamas, through direct force or threat, are
preventing journalists from filming their fighters, whether dead or alive.
Hamas knows its onions, and is only too
happy to oblige the Western press with what the Western press wants to know:  “proof” of Israeli
“guilt” in targeting
civilians
. Not mentioning Hamas’s policy of targeting Israeli civilians is
a kind of “gentleman’s agreement” among the Western press corps, even
though most Western journalists suspect or know that the
casualty reports of Gazan “civilians”
are largely
bogus
. Hamas can always count on the Western news media to lead off a story
about Gaza with a photograph of Gazans in the rubble of their own folly. The MSN News
story here is an archetypical example of such coverage. So is the foreign
press’s coverage, as exampled here in a “touching” Guardian
story
about the fate of a rioting Ramallah teenager.  
“Say, let’s really fire up our friends
and useful
idiots
in New York and London and Paris and Los Angeles and give them something
to really demonstrate against.”
As an extra added measure, the surviving
tunnel maze not destroyed by the Israelis could be regularly flooded with raw sewage
and turned into a sump. That ought to put a damper on terrorists’ tunneling
habits. But, then again, that might not work. After all, it’s not the he-man,
“we wage war on Jewish, Muslim, and infidel women and children” terrorists
who have constructed the tunnels, but Gazan
children
.
Unfortunately, aside from the lethal,
hamstringing ROE Israel imposes on its military, it also has a habit of
“repatriating” Islamic terrorists after they’ve spent a cozy time in
Israeli lock-ups. Invariably, they return to kill again. Just as the coddled
Islamic killers at Guantanamo have
been released to kill again.
What about those demonstrators in the West who
are the most vociferous in their anti-Israel, anti-Semitic chants and
noise-making? Richard Cravatts, in his FrontPage article of August 5th,
The
Moral Psychosis of Demonstrating in Support of Hamas
,” concludes his
article by ascribing the corrupting phenomenon of multiculturalism for the
appeal of these unthinking brutes:
The language of
multiculturalism that animates the hate-Israel crowd is sprinkled with the code
words of oppression, and radicals in newly-identified victim groups frequently
see themselves as deserving of protection and special political, racial, and
cultural recognition. Thus, the decades-old emphasis on enshrining
multiculturalism has meant that activists have been seeped in an ideology which
refuses to demarcate any differences between a democratic state struggling to
protect itself and aggressive, genocidal foes who wish to destroy it with their
unending assaults. For the multiculturalist left, the moral strengths of the
two parties are equivalent, even though the jihadist foes of Israel, for
example, have waged an unending struggle with the stated aim of obliterating
the Jewish state through the murder of Jews.
There is no other
explanation for why educated, well-intentioned and humane individuals,
experiencing paroxysms of moral self-righteousness in which they are compelled
to speak out for the perennial victim, can loudly and publicly advocate for the
murder of Jews—who already have created and live in a viable sovereign state—on
behalf a group of genocidal enemies of Israel whose tragic condition may well
be their own doing, and, at any rate, is the not the sole fault of Israel’s.
That these activists are willing, and ready, to sacrifice the Jewish state, and
Jewish lives, in the name of social justice and a specious campaign of
self-determination by Palestinian Arabs, shows how morally corrupt and deadly
the conversation about human rights has become.
“Free Palestine”?  But “Palestine” is as fictive an
entity as is J.R. Tolkien’s “Middle Earth” or J.K. Rowland’s Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. See this extensively researched article
on the history of the region and its actual historical antecedents:
The first clear use
of the term Palestine to refer to the entire area between Phoenicia and
Egypt was in 5th century BC Ancient
Greece
.[8]
Herodotus
wrote of a ‘district of Syria, called Palaistinê in The Histories, the first historical work
clearly defining the region, which included the Judaean
Mountains
and the Jordan Rift Valley….The Hebrew
name Peleshet (
פלשת Pəlésheth)
– usually translated as Philistia in English, is used in the Bible more
than 250 times. The Greek word Palaistinē (Παλαιστίνη, Palaistine)
is generally accepted to be a translation of the Semitic name for Philistia; however
another term – land of the Philistieim
τν Φυλιστιεμ, transliteration from Hebrew ארץ פלשתיםEretz Pəlishtím,
land of the Philistines) – was used in the Septuagint,
the second century BCE Greek translation of the Hebrew
Bible
, to refer to Philistia….
During the Byzantine
period
, the entire region (Syria Palestine, Samaria, and the Galilee) was
named Palaestina, subdivided into provinces Palaestina I and II.
The Byzantines also renamed an area of land including the Negev, Sinai, and the west
coast of the Arabian Peninsula as Palaestina Salutaris, sometimes called
Palaestina III. The Arabic
word for Palestine is
فلسطين (commonly transcribed in English as Filistin, Filastin,
or Falastin). Moshe Sharon writes that when the Arabs took over Greater
Syria
in the 7th century
, place names that were in use by the
Byzantine administration before them, generally continued to be used. (Italics and bold mine, to emphasize the
rise of Islam in the 7th century)  
But, the demonstrators and useful idiots in
the MSM in the West don’t bother to educate themselves on the imaginary land of
“Palestine.” Nor do they bother to educate themselves on what Hamas’s
true ends are regarding Israel, nor about how Hamas treats Muslim women and
children. Reality is what they want it to be, regardless of facts and evidence
to the contrary of their delusional but deadly epistemology and metaphysics.
Down deep in their souls, their vision of
“Palestine” is malign and nihilistic. Women and children are
disposable ciphers to them as they are to Islamic jihadists of every stripe. They can always be sacrificed first.