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Hamas cuts and runs
Posted by: McQ on Friday, January 16, 2009

With the methodical 20 day Israeli offensive now reaching deep into Gaza City, the brave Hamas fighters who have no qualms about setting up their rockets among women and children, using them as human shields and misusing ambulances to move their fighters around are cutting and running from the IDF:
ISRAEL's cabinet was preparing to endorse a ceasefire to its 20-day offensive in the Gaza Strip this weekend amid reports Hamas defences had collapsed and the militants had fled from the centre of Gaza City.

[...]

Israel's Haaretz newspaper, which has been critical of Israel's operation and called a week ago for a ceasefire,yesterday reported Hamas had been brought close to surrender in recent days.

The paper said: "Even in the centre of the city, Hamas gunmen are opting to avoid direct encounters with the IDF. In most cases, they are choosing to escape along with thousands of civilians."

[...]

Reports said Hamas's defences in Gaza City collapsed yesterday, after an intense onslaught from Israeli Defence Forces killed an elite, Iranian-trained Hamas unit of about 100 men who were attempting to defend the centre of the city.
Hamas has suffered the loss of another one of its leaders (Interior Minister Said Siam) and has essentially been reduced to a shadow of its former self. Hamas in the Gaza Strip seems eager to agree to a cease fire with Israel, while the Syrian based Hamas leadership in exile isn't quite that ready.

The decision by Israel to continue their operation despite the expected outcry by a world which basically ignores provocations by Hamas is the key to the seeming success in the Gaza Strip against Hamas. Israel learned more than new tactics in the 2006 battle with Hizbollah.

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. The next step, of course, is getting everything they want in the cease-fire agreement to include stopping arms smuggling into Gaza through the Philadephi corridor (border with Egypt).

Meanwhile the sputtering and whining about the Israelis continues apace among the usual suspects
 
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This can’t be, Israel can’t win in any way, Professor Erb told me so.

They need to just stop and wait for the UN to come in a broker a cease-fire that Hamas can violate at will, that’s the only way Israel can win.
 
Written By: looker
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Anyone want to chip in and buy Professor Erb this poster?
 
Written By: Steverino
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Oh! What a great idea.
You tell me where to send the money, and I’ll send it.
 
Written By: looker
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Hamas in the Gaza Strip seems eager to agree to a cease fire with Israel, while the Syrian based Hamas leadership in exile isn’t quite that ready.
ZNeither, let’s recall, is Iran.
 
Written By: Bithead
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In a perfect world, they’d give the populace of Gaza 3 days to offer up the cowards who are "escaping" among them.

If they didn’t get enough, the onslaught would continue.

Please bring the cull to it’s full conclusion.
 
Written By: shark
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This one works too.
 
Written By: CR
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As does this one.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I have watched over the years as Israel has bowed to international and American pressure to comply with cease-fires that in the end cause more misery for their country and people. The old saying, "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me", has applied for decades in Israel’s battle for survival. Israel seemly has achieved even less security for doing what was "right". Therefore it is time for them to eliminate Hamas. That has a cold ring and for a people who suffered the Holocaust it might not be possible to justify such an path, but the choice is clear to me. WMD, in the hands of irrational terrorist organizations such as Hamas, is now just a few short years away from reality. Hamas has publicly called for Israel’s destruction and the death of its people, therefore, IMHO Israel must chose between national suicide or the destruction of Hamas. Hezbollah will eventually have to be faced as well.

Anyone who has not lived a sheltered life and thus has faced bullies in the schoolyard can picture the dilemma the West faces with terrorist organizations. The difference is that the schoolyard bully usually learns his lesson after all reasonable, civil efforts have been exhausted and he is finally physically confronted; however those who have a mission from God do not.
 
Written By: amr
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Brave, Brave Hamas, bravely ran away
 
Written By: capt joe
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I believe that this is all the proof we need of Israeli "disproportionality" and therefore of Israeli War Crimes. The only just thing for Israel to do is shoot or deport 100 of its own troops, anything less is prima facie evidence of Israelis War Crimes.

Further this necessary 1:1 loss ratio demonstrates the utter futility of war as a conflict resolution device and thus that the Gaza operation and the Iraq War are and were unwinnable.

Only Iran is profiting from these Nazi-like Aggressions that have unfairly and unjustly killed their opponents at a disproportionate rate FAR greater than the acceptable 1:1 ratio.

Please sign up for my Online seminar, "Why War is Icky and Only Iranians Ever profit From It."
 
Written By: Joe
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This is just a clever trap. Hamas will prevail. Prof. Erb will be vindicated.

PS., Jimmy Carter is a great man.
 
Written By: Don
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Remember Don, "negotiation."
 
Written By: Joe
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Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. The next step, of course, is getting everything they want in the cease-fire agreement to include stopping arms smuggling into Gaza through the Philadephi corridor (border with Egypt).
This is precisely the shape of the ceasefire agreement that was on the table before all this killing.
 
Written By: Retief
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This is precisely the shape of the ceasefire agreement that was on the table before all this killing.
Guess they wanted to do it the hard way - Hamas I mean. That’ll teach ’em not to launch rockets at Israel the next time, won’t it?
 
Written By: McQ
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This is precisely the shape of the ceasefire agreement that was on the table before all this killing.
Uh....is that the shape before or after Hamas started firing rockets to get what they wanted?

You were trying to make some kind of point here, right?
It’s not clear on what you’re trying to say Retief.
 
Written By: looker
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Retief names himself after the ultimate SF diplomat.... without apparently remembering that A) Retief was by no means a pacifist, and B) the author (Kieth Laumer) who came up with Retief also came up with Bolo’s, the Ultimate Supertanks with firepower measured in megatons per second.
 
Written By: SDN
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Retief names himself after the ultimate SF diplomat.
I loved that Keith Laumer character (almost as much as the dinochrome brigades).

Yeah, Irony immune or what, isn’t he. Much of what Retief in the novels did would have been anti-UN (in today speak) and illegal in the sense of do whatever it takes to accomplish your mission.

Unfortunately for him, this troll form of retief sounds like exactly the people that character Retief in the novels would skewer. Pompous, ideological, no common sense whatsoever.
 
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