Monday, March 10, 2008

No need to kill them

If Hamas prompts 250,000 Israelis to take cover in their bomb shelters, it feels it won. And if we fire at Hamas and children and civilians are killed, Hamas wins again. Finally, the commission of inquiry that will be established will be our third loss. Hizbullah understood this three-way approach, and now Hamas utilizes it.

So how can we overcome it? Through completely different kind of thinking that is supposed to address the three problems described above.

Who won past wars? Those who came up with new inventions and used them on the battlefield. The invention of the gunpowder, the tank, and the nuclear bomb, for example. In other words, the winner is the one that changes the existing situation and rearranges the cards; the side that introduces a new and unknown element into the war.

The IDF is capable of destroying the entire Gaza Strip, but it cannot do so because we simply cannot kill the civilian population. Hamas is of course taking advantage of this, and with cruel cynicism turned Gaza’s population into its shield. The elderly, women, and children constitute the strategic depth of the terror leadership; without the Palestinian masses, terror could not continue to exist.

So here is an idea, which can be utilized alongside the current IDF operations: Every time a rocket is launched, Israel will respond against the civilian population – but using non-lethal means.
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4 Comments:

Anonymous Shai said...

Nice try. A better approach would be to get them to vote for leaders who do their enemy's bidding, like Israelis do.

March 10, 2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Miri said...

the thing is though, Hammas doesn't care about its citizens - plainly illustrated by this man's point about using them as human shields. They wouldn't care that their citizens can't function. Furthermore, they'll call it "psychological warfare" and talk about how Palistinian children can't concentrate in school and are losing all hope of improving their future etc. I have too much faith in their ability to use the media to do their bidding....

March 10, 2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

I think the point is not that Hamas would care about the Palis who are suffering, I think he's saying that we would just make their life unbearable. Completely unbearable, not just highly inconvenient, such as checkpoints, and embargos.

March 10, 2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger -suitepotato- said...

Hamas doesn't care. ANYTHING that Israel does is a no-win all-lose situation.

Therefore, if you're going to be damned, either be damned for what you are (which Israel isn't going to be) or be guilty of what they're damning you for. This is the natural response of all mankind. When you paint a people as XYZ for a long long time and no amount of activity and culture to the contrary ever makes a difference, then you finally become what people expect.

Works that way with teenagers who people label losers. No matter how good and industrious they are, eventually they will become the losers you expect. Expect criminal behavior, and eventually they will say "screw it" and go become criminals.

Israel is being forced into a damned no matter what they do situation and the imperative becomes simple selfish survival without a nod to others. Survive at all costs and to hell with everyone else.

Hamas is not in the position of strength to fend that off, but is bringing that state on sooner or later. Israel may be founded on a peaceful and conscientious religion, but they are as human as everyone else. Beat someone into a corner and sooner or later, they're going to kill you dead as Dickens.

That is of course what we're all afraid of. More than Israel being destroyed by exterior invaders, but the eventual survival imperative from the interior. Israel's restraint is legendary but they are only human just like everyone else. Eventually, something has to break.

So, we need to get the rest of the world to sidetrack Hamas and company and relieve the pressure, but so far, everyone is afraid of offending the Arab and Muslim world and not afraid of hurting Israel for their own mean-spirited pleasure. It's not looking good.

March 10, 2008 12:00 PM  

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