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December 29, 2008

White House: Hey, You Know What Might End the Hannukah War? Maybe Hamas Could Take a Chill-Pill on Lobbing Rockets Into Israel

The lack of nuance here is breathtaking.

How naive. A belligerent terrorist government can actually end a war by ending the constant making of war. Obviously none of these jokers have Caroline Kennedy's Harvard education. (Giggle -- Caroline Kennedy's entrance essay? "I am Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy, and that "F" stands for "Friggin'." The essay got ten marks out of ten.)

The Bush administration is continuing to monitor events in Israel and Gaza, but insisted again Monday that Hamas stop agitating for a fight whose latest violence has resulted in more than 300 dead Palestinians and two dead Israelis.

"In order for the violence to stop, Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel and agree to respect a sustainable and durable cease-fire. That is the objective to which all parties need to be working. That is what the United States is working towards," National Security Council Spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Crawford, Texas.

Building on Gabe's earlier post, Noah Pollack from Contentions takes on the Juicebox Mafia (not sure what that means, but I like it) and their endless apologism for Hamas.

Matthew Yglesias:

But already the number of Israelis killed by Hamas rockets has increased (from a baseline of zero) since the retaliatory attack that was supposed to prevent such killings.

Ah, so they should wait for the inevitable rocket that kills 40. Hamas has launched three thousand rockets this year. Is Israel to simply accept weather reports stating "partly cloudy with chance of terror-rockets" in perpetuity?

Furthermore, Yglesias either doesn't know or doesn't mention (option one is more likely) that Hamas has in fact killed people with their rockets:

A crude rocket fired by Palestinian militants fell short of its target in Israel on Friday, striking a house in the northern Gaza Strip and killing two schoolgirls.

I do not mean to be snarky when I say Israel is also protecting Palestinians. The left notes, correctly, that wars kill people and sometimes civilians get killed in wars. (This is pretty much the extent of their geopolitical thinking.)

So, you know, I wish they'd take that thinking to the next level -- Hamas is killing civilians through its never-ending and futile war on Israel.

But "stop shooting rockets into civilian areas" is far too restrictive a rule to impose on the poor beset Hamas terror-masters.

There can in fact be peace between Israel and Palestine -- the moment the Palestinians give up their Eternal War on the hated Jews.

Thanks to Dave in Texas.

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