|Turning and turning in the widening gyre|
With the Arab world and especially "the Palestinians", what has come to be called the "international community" has always favoured the men of action over the nation builders.
Terror, random murder, hate mongering, incitement, hostage taking, extortion, blackmail ... these have their own rewards in the Middle East and are encouraged by the truth that they work, especially when deployed against Israel and the West.
What's more, these tactics can achieve much at little cost.
Hezbollah comprehensively proved that all those years ago in Lebanon when it forced the evacuation of US Marines and French troops, there to intervene in a civil war that then had not long flared, to restore the peace. Hezbollah managed this world changing victory with the loss of a couple of commandeered vehicles, a big bunch of explosives and a few dead martyrs.
From their standpoint, free. No loss at all.
These resources are in abundance. They flow in the streets and drop from the trees. The wells will always be at capacity no matter how much is drawn. Lives in particular are easy to replace. The death rate in Gaza is among the lowest in the world, the birth rate perhaps the highest and half the population is under fourteen.
This equilibrium, this dynamic state of long term terrorism is "sustainable" by the most exacting standards, even of the hemp bag and Bollinger wing of the Australian Greens.
So they kept on doing it, others learned, did it too and do it still sometimes on a grand scale.
This is a death cult. At any time but especially right now an Arab child in Gaza has much more value as a photogenic corpse than alive, if her death can be linked to the Jews, because of the impact in the "street" and on the "international community". The result of this is there to see.
They keep on doing it even if they have to stage it.
Now the UN and the "international community" are hand wringing and urging"the parties to stop fighting and start talking". Ban Ki-moon used those words. Hamas is rewarded by recognition and an implied place at the table and is duly strengthened.
It's called behaviour reinforcement.
A perverted culture of victim hood, of eternal suffering and injustice beyond measure and so chronic that it gathers strength with the passing of the generations and brings forth and defines a new nation and a new kind of nation.
Palestine is a nation that grieves and fights for its own state. But it is a new kind of nation, the first, and its national struggle is for a new kind of state. A state that has at the core of the purpose for constitution the destruction and supersession of another state.
"Palestine" is not a state. It can never exist until Israel ceases to. It is more accurately an antistate. The first in all of history.
If that sounds like an abomination then perhaps it is. This report is how the army of an antistate fights its war for national liberation. The army of "Palestine" uses these tactics because they work. Try to keep in mind these kids are those of the fighters.
We have to say this is something new. Another threshold is crossed. There is nothing that compares to this.
This piece from Aretz Sheva 7
Soldier: Terrorists Charged with Babies in Hand
Shocking testimony from hospitalized soldiers reveals extent of Hamas’ use of children as human shields.
First Publish: 7/22/2014, 5:36 PM
Children in Gaza
of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops.
One reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire. If soldiers fired, the parent added, the child’s death could be used as propaganda against Israel.
“They’re continuing the same trick of using children as human shields, just as they did in Operation Cast Lead,” one father said. Women are used as human shields as well, he added.
He expressed frustration at figures on the Israeli far-left who have accused IDF soldiers of committing war crimes. Israel’s soldiers do everything they can to avoid hurting innocent people, he said.
The parents’ testimony joins previous evidence of similar crimes, including reports from UNRWA that a school building was used to store rockets, and a video showing terrorists using an ambulance to escape of an attack.
Hamas has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields during Operation Protective Edge.