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An eye for a tooth, good policy

The Israeli’s are pasting Hamas and slowly but surely destroying their capability to wage terror on Israel, but it comes at a price.

The world’s media are against them, the whole Arab world plus their enablers are against them but they are pressing ahead. They really don’t have any choice in the matter.

They need to practice an ‘eye for a tooth’ warfare.

Foreign Policy explains:

Israel’s ultimate goal in the Gaza conflict is to convince Hamas’s leadership that future strikes on Israel are too costly to carry out — no matter how much the Islamic militant group might hate the Jewish state. So Israel’s response is harsh. More than 700 Palestinians have died,most of them civilians, including upwards of 100 children. This heavy toll is tragic and tarnishes Israel’s image. Such disproportional military operations strike at the heart of “just-war theory” and the way of warfare embraced by the militaries of the United States and other Western countries. Yet they are also at the core of deterrence, which demands disproportionate “eye for a tooth” operations to succeed.

Deterrent threats can prevent actual warfare, though it is rarely easy. During the Cold War, the United States relied on the threat of a massive nuclear response to deter the Soviet Union from using its conventional military forces to invade Western Europe. America threatened a disproportionate response: A Soviet move along the inter-German border would trigger Armageddon. Nuclear strategists spent much of their time trying to figure out how to credibly promise to do something so seemingly irrational. The famous nuclear strategist Herman Kahn likened deterrence to a game of chicken played by reckless teenagers who drive their cars at each other and wait for the “loser” to swerve. Kahn wrote that perhaps the best way to win is to “get into the car quite drunk” and, when your opponent is watching, to “[take] the steering wheel and [throw] it out the window” — a pretty solid, if irresponsible, way of convincing your enemy that you are willing to act against your own best interest.   Read more »

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Forget Kristallnacht in Paris, check out the flag burning in Auckland

Mana operatives are deeply involved in pro-Palestinian and anti-Semitic activities around the country.

Last weekend at the protest in Auckland their flags were dominant, alone with Unite union and First union in an around the protests against Israelis protecting their citizens from terror attacks.

Mana is clearly involved in out and out anti-semitism – just disgusting filth when you see images like this.

Mana supporter burning Israeli flag

Mana supporter burning Israeli flag

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Hamas has only itself to blame for Palestinian deaths

Slate reports on the failed ceasefire brokered by Egypt.

The vast majority of the damage in Gaza has been inflicted by Israel. Yet Hamas has contrived to make the carnage worse. It has encouraged Gazans to stand in the way of Israeli missiles. When Israel advised 100,000 Gazans to evacuate an area targeted for invasion, Hamas instructed them to ignorethe warnings. It added: “To all of our people who have evacuated their homes—return to them immediately and do not leave the house.”

Abbas finds Hamas’ behavior baffling. “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” he asked rhetorically in a TV interview. In another appearance, he pleaded: “We are the losing side, and every minute there are more and more unnecessary deaths. … I don’t like trading in Palestinian blood.”

That’s what Hamas is doing. It’s trading Palestinian blood for political ambitions it foolishly expects to achieve through war. No amount of suffering in Gaza has persuaded it to stop. During the war’s first week, there was vague talk of a cease-fire, with each side reportedly holding out for further demands. Netanyahu declared that “no international pressure will prevent us from operating with full force.” Israel looked like a belligerent bully. On Monday, when Egypt announced a cease-fire proposal based on ideas sketched by Abbas, all Hamas had to do was say yes. The proposal entailed no concessions. It was just a break in the bloodshed, followed by talks.

The gist was simple. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, both sides would stop shooting. Then they’d start talking, through Egypt, about a truce. The discussions would include Hamas’ demands for easing Israeli control of Gaza’s borders. Egypt’s foreign ministry emphasized that the proposal was “aimed at stopping the killing of the Palestinians.”

The Arab League embraced the plan. Abbas issued a statement that “urged all parties to comply with this truce in order to stop the shedding of Palestinian blood.” Israel accepted it and announced that, as of 9 a.m., it had stopped shooting. For six hours, Israel held its fire.

But Hamas kept shooting. Rockets continued to fly from Gaza into Israel—nearly 50 in the next six hours—and Hamas took credit for them. Its spokesmen insisted that Israel had to open the borders and release Palestinian prisoners and that somebody had to meet Gaza’s government payroll. Any of these demands could have been discussed. What was crazy was Hamas’ eagerness to use, as its leverage, the perpetuation of a war that had already killed 200 Gazans.

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Face of the day

Today I have both a Face of the day and a comment of the day. The comment is actually from yesterday and was on another Blog but it is so brilliant that it deserves to be viewed by a decent sized audience. It refers to a post written by today’s Face of the day, John Minto.

John Minto

John Minto

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US Citizens cautioned to stay away from Auckland & Wellington (no joke!) [ UPDATED ]

John-Minto

MANA / Internet MANA List candidate John Minto and his bunch of Jew haters are enough of a concern to the US Government for them to have put out this security advisory:

The U.S. Consulate General in Auckland alerts that on Saturday, July 19, 2014, a protest titled “Rally for Palestine” will occur in Auckland beginning at 2 pm, with an unspecified completion time. 

At the present time, approximately 1,500 people are expected to attend.  [ /TUI - ed ]

Participants intend to march to the U.S. Consulate General at 23 Customs Street and lay shoes at the building entrance for each person who has died during the current conflict between Hamas and Israel. 

New Zealand Police are aware of the protest and are monitoring. Read more »

The rationale behind Hamas, here’s a clue it isn’t peace

Karl du Fresne accurately explains what it is that drives Hamas and their reign of terror in Gaza.

There is a ruthless, cynical logic in what Hamas is doing in the Gaza Strip.

The constant rocket attacks on Israel are largely futile in the sense that they do minimal damage. But Hamas knows that as long as the attacks continue, Israel is bound to retaliate. It can hardly allow its territory and people to remain under constant threat.

Hamas’s trump card here is the Western news media. The terrorists know that the casualties of Israeli retaliation – children especially – attract international media sympathy. They make sure TV crews get footage of the funerals and have access to the hospital wards where maimed children are being treated.

They know that their most potent weapon against Israel is not rockets but international opinion. And they know that as long as the media present the conflict as one that is massively one-sided – one that is reported every day in terms of the gross imbalance in the casualty figures, almost as if it were some grotesque sporting encounter – then international opinion will regard Hamas as the wronged party.

They also know that the moment they stop firing rockets at Israel, the retaliatory attacks will also cease. Children will stop dying and life will return to some semblance of normality (or whatever passes for normality in Gaza). But they choose to continue.

On the face of it, the only conclusion is that they are either stupid or mad – or both – to continue with a policy that causes little damage to the enemy. But that’s where the cynical logic comes in.    Read more »

A school holiday programme in terror

Apologists for the terror regime governing Gaza always point out the ‘good’ things Hamas do…like providing schooling and holiday programmes for the under-privileged.

Some Remuera moaner complained about my mate running Mini-Titans at a school because they had army style boot camp. I bet if she lived in Gaza she wouldn’t complain about this holiday programme, because to do so would likely get her dragged behind a motorbike by a baying mob.

The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Tuesday of some 13,000 high school students who spent the last six days learning how to be terrorists.

The Hamas-run training camps, for teens in grades 10-12, provide weapons training, first aid, self-defense and “security awareness” classes on identifying Israeli spies, The Times of Israel reported.

About 13,000 teens enrolled over the past week at nearly a dozen sites across the Gaza Strip for the six-day program, called Futuwwa, with trainers from Hamas‘ military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

The number of graduates increased significantly from the 5,000 last year when the program was launched by the ministries of education and interior.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh gave a speech at the graduation celebration Tuesday, blasting Israel and taking note of the female trainers on staff that “oversee the training of the young women to follow in the footsteps of the female suicide operatives,” he said.  Read more »

US shoots down missile with High Energy Laser [VIDEO]

via Gizmag

Lockheed Martin has released a video of ADAM, its high energy laser (HEL) system, taking out a rocket from a range of 1.5 km (0.9 miles). Slowed down, the 300-fps video clearly shows the laser beam striking and tracking a point towards the front of the rocket, before destroying it mid-flight.

ADAM, which stands for Area Defense Anti-Munitions is a self-contained unit designed to nullify attacks from unmanned aerial vehicles, or improvised rocket attacks from the ground. The intention is that the system will be used to protect vulnerable assets such as military bases near the frontline, acquiring and tracking short-range targets from a distance of 5 km (3.1 miles), and destroying from a range of up to 2 km (1.2 miles).

In the test, which took place April 22, an ADAM prototype takes out a “Qassam-like” rocket. Qassam rockets are artillery munitions used by the military wing of Hamas in attacks against Israel.  Read more »

British MP George Galloway storms out of Oxford University debate

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West, who is a longstanding supporter of Hezbollah and Hamas, had spoken in favor of the motion “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank” when Eylon Aslan-Levy stood up to speak against the motion.

Two minutes into his speech, Galloway interrupted the third-year Politics, Philosophy and Economics student and asked if he was Israeli.   Read more »

Breeding Children to Kill Themselves

Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups are no stranger to turning themselves into instant fish berley at the flick of a switch, and it seems they like to start them young, and not just by the fathers either.

The wife of a Hamas member of parliament hailed the role of Palestinian mothers in preparing their children to kill themselves in acts of terrorism against Israel. Encouraging her children to “wage Jihad for the sake of allah” is “the most glorious thing a woman can do,” she said.

In an interview on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV channel, Umm Osama, wife of Hamas MP Khalil Al-Hayya, said that she, her husband and her children all prayed that Allah would grant them martyrdom. Read more »