No more rockets in Israel, for now: And Tony Badran says Hamas was the ultimate loser. You should read that one. Tony is the one who has always told it straight on Lebanon while the idiots were buying the Hezbollah PR version of events. I know a lot of people think Israel should have sent in ground troops and taken out the terrorists. I have a question for those of you who want that: How would you have sent in the IDF against Hamas headquarters beneath Shifa hospital? What would your battle plan for that be? Just bomb the whole hospital? Send troops into the hospital in force? Drop leaflets asking them to move the civilians or cause their deaths? Have you, perhaps, forgotten how Hamas organized hundreds of human shields around buildings that Israel targeted? It’s easy to say “They should have gone in and taken them all out.” It’s difficult to figure out how to do it, especially when none of us is an IDF battle planner. And also when you throw in the world indignation that rises up every time Israel causes a Palestinian to stub his toe. Israel can’t battle Hamas and the entire world at the same time.
Yeah, right: Fareed Zakaria says Israel dominates the Middle East. He doesn’t seem to be counting world approbation of Israeli self-defense, which takes a huge amount of energy out of any serious defense of the Jewish state. Look at the just-finished Gaza action as an example of how Israel is handicapped. And also: Um, Israel doesn’t want to fight any more wars. No sane nation does. It’s the Jihadis of the world that want perpetual war, until they win everything they think is theirs. The old adage is still true: If the Arabs laid down their weapons, there would be no more war. If Israel laid down its weapons, there would be no more Israel.
Oh, look, now we can report Arab-on-Arab deaths again: Now that Israel is somewhat out of the news (don’t worry, the AP has plenty of anti-Israel articles to send to the world), suddenly, the Syrian battles and death tolls are being prominently featured again. Oh, and also, the fact that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president–the one that the Obama administration and its media flacks kept telling us was a moderate–has just grabbed dictatorial powers for himself. And is gassing protesters in Tahrir Square.
Food for thought: Was the Obama administration’s silence on Morsi’s power grab part of the peace deal with Israel? Let’s see if Obama comes out against this move.