All Hell breaks loose in the Middle East - again. Hamas vowed to break a year and a half long truce and the IDF has launched a (well needed although very limited) ground assault into Gaza.
All this because a family died on a beach. Palestinian terrorism pays off - civilians used as human shields and propaganda tools work in the Palestinian favor despite the fact that there has, so far, not been any evidence supporting the argument that the shell responsible for the death of this family was fired
by the IDF. Not to mention the huge moral and legal gap between deliberately
killing innocent civilians (the Muslim tactic) and accidentally inflicting collateral damage
And as for the truce - what truce?:"Palestinian militants have fired rockets toward Israel almost daily since Israel completed the Gaza withdrawal in September." "The Hamas-led Palestinian government, however, has done little to stop the rockets, saying the attacks are legitimate acts of "resistance" against Israel.""...militants fired three more rockets, bringing the total to more than 140 this month"
Imagine an everyday life in Gaza: You wake up at 7 am, have a cup of coffee, open your closet to grab a rocket launcher, go out and fire it to the other side of the border hoping that someone will get hurt.
Another fine example
of how the Palestinian militants couldn't care less about how their acts of "resistance" affect on the lives of decent Palestinians:"The attack Sunday immediately touched off a closure of these crossings, including Rafah and the Karni passage between Gaza and Egypt, which is crucial to the Palestinian economy because it is the main conduit for goods coming in and out of Gaza."
Hamas, plus other Palestinian political and non-political groups, has failed to recognize Israel's right to exist. This single issue has been maybe the biggest contributor to the conflict. Two-state solutions (1938, 1947, 1967, 2001) have all been rejected by the Palestinians because they have included the recognition of Israel. The behavior continues to this day. Worth noting
is the latest Palestinian attempt to "recognize" Israel and lay foundation for a two-state solution: "The Palestinian National Conciliation Document of the Prisoners, written by a bunch of convicted terrorist murderers imprisoned in Israel for their crimes, endorses neither a “two-state solution,” nor the creation of a Palestinian state “alongside Israel.” Read it for yourself at the link above."
And like last summer (the Gaza pullout), it might be (once again) time for Israel to take unilateral action due to the opposing side's complete incompetence:"Olmert has said he will carry out a unilateral pullout from much of the West Bank if peace efforts fail. The Palestinians, who claim all of the West Bank, oppose the unilateral approach."
Other noteworthy items:
-John McCain on Republican spending
-"Multiculturalism breeds terrorism" at Capitalism Magazine
Multiculturalism—a creation of leftist, Western, nihilistic, post-modern philosophy professors—begins by promoting “cultural relativism,” which holds that all cultures are of equal value; no culture is better or worse than any other. Logically, this serves to de-value Western values, such as reason, science, productiveness, and each individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, by equating them with the most irrational and destructive practices of primitive, mystical cultures such as voodoo medicine, the subjugation of women by men, genital mutilation, and even cannibalism. As essentialized by Peter Schwartz, “Multiculturalism is the debased attempt to obliterate values by claiming that they are indistinguishable from non-values.”