It’s On

Of course you know, this means war:

The IAF fired a missile at a car in Gaza Wednesday, killing the commander of Hamas’s “military” terror wing, Ahmed Jaabari. Israel’s TV Channel 2 says his son was also killed.

There are reports that Raed al-Atar, Commander of Hamas’s southern division, has also been killed.

Hamas responded by saying that it was now in a state of “open war” with Israel with no date set for its end.


In happier times

Such targeted killings have been effective in the past, if only temporarily so:

Advocates say targeted killings are an effective deterrent without the complications associated with a ground operation, chiefly civilian and Israeli troop casualties. Proponents argue they also prevent future attacks by removing their masterminds.

Critics say they invite retaliation by terrorists and encourage them to try to assassinate Israeli leaders. They complain that the strikes amount to extrajudicial killings.

During a wave of suicide bombings against Israel a decade ago, the country employed the tactic to eliminate the upper echelon of Hamas leadership.

Israeli aircraft have previously assassinated the previous commander of Hamas’ military wing, Salah Shehadeh, the movement’s spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, his successor, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, and dozens of other senior Hamas military commanders.

Good times.

Israel of course has the right, even the responsibility, to eliminate terrorist masters who have blood on their hands (and the promise of more). Heck, President Obama ran on the platform. The ghost of Osama made more appearances for Obama than Bill Clinton and Sandra Fluke combined.

But there is a question of the long game. Sderot and the other southern communities deserve peace not only for a day, but every day. How Israel can accomplish that—and it will have to do it alone—is a moral imperative.


  1. Kimmi said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    “Hamas responded by saying that it was now in a state of “open war” with Israel with no date set for its end.”

    I thought Hamas was already in a state of indefinite war with Israel?

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    That would be one conclusion from Hamass’ founding charter, Kimmi:

    Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realised.

    They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.

    They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.

    The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

    “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.”

    That sounds like indefinite war to me, too.

  3. Kimmi said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    How did the Jewish people come to be so persecuted? It seems to me that they have historically been (and currently remain) the most persecuted group of people to exist and I am not sure I understand this.

  4. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    People get degrees on the subject, Kimmi, so it’s hard to answer in a comment. And I hate to cop out with a Wikipedia link, but it’s as good a place to start as any. As the article makes clear, a great deal of persecution of Jews stems from Christianity, ancient and modern. Though a Jew himself (and essentially a rabbi), Jesus was not accepted by most of the Jewish priestly establishment as the Messiah. His death was unfairly blamed on the Jews (who never crucified anyone as far as I know), rather than the Roman occupation that ruled with an iron hand. Many of the blood libels repeated in the Arab world to this day are plagiarized from the medieval Christian church. Often self-segregating, Jews have made easy scapegoats over the years—see almost every country in Europe. But even assimilation is no guarantee of protection, as the Nazis proved. Even the traditional antisemitic depiction of the greedy moneylender (Shakespeare’s Shylock, for example) was based on the limited number of professions Jews were allowed to hold. They were moneylenders because they weren’t allowed to do much else—and who thinks kindly of someone to whom one owes money?

    As I say, there’s a lot to the subject, but ultimately it’s irrational. You can explain how, but I’m not sure you can ever understand why.

    And let me apologize in advance for any misleading generalizations or outright falsehoods. But why should I start now?

  5. Buck O'Fama said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    “Hamas responded by saying that it was now in a state of “open war” with Israel with no date set for its end.”

    Yeah, like Kimmi says, whaddya mean “NOW”? And, I thought the end date was the day Israel was wiped off the map? That’s the day the idiots can start killing each other. Because it’s the only f**king thing they seem to know how to do.

  6. Saul Levy said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    I agree, Buck!

    Kill them all first!

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