Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Battle For Gaza

When Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip in 2005, they left the care of the place in the hands of the Palestinians and ultimately Hamas. Now they are going back in and have discovered that the weeds have overrun everything.

As the ground offensive finally began Saturday night, Israeli military spokeswoman Maj. Avital Leibovich told CNN, "We have many, many targets. To my estimation, it will be a lengthy operation." It would seem from all indications, at least initially, that Hamas took their election victory and commenced to taking care of...well, not the Palestinian people. From Major Liebovich's assessment, it seems that Hamas got busy setting up military posts with which to do little more than strike Israel, the Palestinian people be damned, and CNN, et al, care little for them either.

Israel seems poised to eradicate Hamas from the region with finality, something that would benefit the people of Palestine who, after casting their votes for Hamas, have come to the realization that it was a grave mistake. Call it a classic case of getting what you wished for, if you will.

The point, though, is that the Palestinians seem to recognize this fact while the American media remains oblivious, content to continually steer sentiments of viewers and readers into the waiting arms of a deadly and psychopathic regime known as Hamas.

The battle for Gaza has begun regardless of how trepidatious the Israelis may operate. For the time being, they are skirting inside the border seeking out launch sites but the reactions of Hamas are somewhat less than contrite, as they indicate by intensified operations of their own. From Reuters:

Israeli officials had repeatedly warned they were prepared to step up military action if Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel did not stop, but Hamas kept up the action on Saturday.

By the end of the weekend, we may see some important developments from the region. Stay tuned...

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