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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Israel admits Hamas not likely destroyed

With Israeli officials now admitting that a destruction of Hamas is impossible, the Israelis have guaranteed that Hamas will come out a victor if they only survive the current attacks.

Like the 2006 situation with Hezbullah, Hamas will be seen in the Arab world as heroes if they just have a single man left to hoist the flag when the Israelis inevitably pull out.

Later: Israel is touting success that after all this, the rocket attacks have gone from 70 a day to 30 a day.


  • The Israeli military tactics/strategy to Hamas -- like the US military tactics/strategy in Iraq -- is akin to chemotherapy. Let's kill everything and hope the cancer dies first.

    I suppose sometimes it's the only option, but it's a rather blunt tool with very bad side effects. And if only a few cancer cells survive... they've won and you've lost.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:11 AM  

  • Not an exact analogy, but yes.

    I added the detail that rocket fire is still continuing from Gaza at a pretty good rate.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:17 AM  

  • So the chemo isn't even working.... Better up the dose.

    Yeah, no analogy is exact.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:51 AM  

  • I think the Israeli's are going after an American style "Native" submission attack. Kill everyone in sight and hopefully enough of the males will be slaughtered and render the remaining population spiritually and culturally decimated. Surrender just opens up the chance of continued slaughter in place. It took the Irish 400+ years to finally have enough strength to through off most of their yoke.

    Also we actually "won" in Vietnam. The country is comparable to Cuba in it's economic status. Instead of a regional power it's a backwater. The US doesn't liberate any country it neutralizes them.

    By Blogger matt, at 9:52 AM  

  • Now it looks like Olmert and Barak have a disagreement about a ceasefire...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:11 AM  

  • Matt, they're not even close to those kinds of numbers. We're at maybe a thousand out of millions in Gaza. Now, a theoretical 'shock and awe', maybe.... However, when people have been under siege so long, that doesn't work either.


    Anon, Olmert does seem to be the driver for no ceasefire.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:34 AM  

  • Trying to make up for his failure in Lebanon I guess.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:45 AM  

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