For a couple of weeks, I’ve been collecting stories on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (mainly from the Boston Globe), trying to find something to say about them. But thanks to Strategy Page, I finally think I grasp the whole big picture, and have a handle on just what is happening recently.
They published an article that outlines what they see as Hamas’ strategy right now. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Hamas At War
April 21, 2008: Hamas is desperately trying to remove Israeli and Egyptian control over access to Iranian weapons supplies (not to mention food and fuel). The basic strategy is to attack the border crossings, so as to interfere with shipments of food and fuel. Then manipulate media coverage inside Gaza to make it look worse than it is. That is supposed to persuade the Europeans to force Israel to allow Hamas to bring in whatever they want (especially explosives and longer range, factory made, rockets from Iran.) Then Hamas can increase the rocket attacks on southern Israel. Currently, only a few of the home made Kassam rockets are being fired into Israel each day.
The one flaw with this analysis is that it doesn’t go far enough. They are not only manipulating media coverage inside Gaza, they’re also basking in similar coverage in other places around the world.
Like the Boston Globe.
And former president, Democratic superdelegate, Barack Obama supporter, Israel-basher, and all-around idiot Jimmy Carter.
Here are a few stories just from the last week or so from the Glob:
Even the Glob, though, couldn’t cover up the utter fiasco that Carter’s trip turned out to be (to no one’s surprise but Carter’s).
Indeed, even Hamas itself had to issue its own statement after Carter made his, clarifying just how little his visit changed things.
As I pointed out before, Carter’s visit with Hamas violated two US Laws: the Logan Act, which forbids private citizens from conducting their own foreign policy on behalf of the United States; and the laws forbidding giving support to terrorist organizations.
Of course, Carter will not be prosecuted. He’s SPECIAL. The laws don’t apply to his type.
But here is the real consequence of his damned meddling. Hamas is a terrorist organization at its core. It has adopted the trappings of legitimacy, by winning elections among the Palestinians, and have established themselves as a sort-of legitimate government. Now they can add the prestige (to those who don’t know any better) of having hosted and held talks with a former leader of the free world and Nobel Peace Prize winner, giving them even more towards the status they seek.
And they do all this without giving up one shread of their essential nature as terrorists.
Some times, when I’m at my most cynical, I turn my mind towards what I think would be a fitting solution to this mess. I would like to see Israel and the United States recognize Hamas as the legitimate government of the Palestinians, and Palestine as an independent state.
Because at that point, the very next terrorist attack would constitute an act of war, and Israel could quite legitimately declare war and utterly level the Palestinian territories, and send those Hamassholes to their richly-deserved reward.
But that will never happen.
In the meantime, if we can’t toss Carter in jail for violating the law, can we lock him up in a peanut silo or something?