Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Gazing up at trouble!

As I reported earlier, an IDF soldier was kidnapped by Hamas, and is currently being held for ransom. In response to this act of war, the IDF has amassed a great army around Gaza, and essentially said "hand over the soldier, alive, or we will rain the gods of hellfire upon Gaza." It's a game of chicken, and it looks to be turning into all out war. To this I say...FINALLY. Rockets have been fired from Gaza for months now, and if that is not a declaration of war, I don't know what is. I am glad something is finally being done to end the violence. Debkafile lays out a detailed military strategy on its website - essential reading to anyone who is following this crisis. I will be praying (in my atheistic way) for my relatives in Israel, and all Israeli citizens, as well as Palestinian civilians. May you stay safe and god bless. Hopefully this will finally stick it to the monsters - it seems the only thing they understand is force, so force is what will be handed to them. It should be noted to those who say "Israel is acting disproportionately! One IDF soldier and a whole invasion? ISRAEL IS EVIL"O:OGT!UYF!!!" I have a few words for you... 1. Let's see you live in a world where rockets are rained upon your town daily - often up to seven times a day...then watch your government do little to nothing to stop it. 2. Kidnapping a soldier (and a teenage hitchhiker, though that was the Popular Resistance Committee based out of the West Bank, not Hamas) and firing rockets are ACTS OF WAR. 3. This is most important. Hamas has it within their power to stop the military operation. All they have to do is HAND OVER THE SOLDIER THEY KIDNAPPED. It's very simple. Any Palestinian deaths are on the bloody hands of Hamas. Period. Hopefully Hamas will learn not to fuck with Israel from this incident. And hopefully Olmert will finally grow the balls he has been lacking since he took office. EDITING NOTE: Israellycool has up to the minute blogging on the ground from Israel. It is one of the most information sites I have seen, check it out!


Steven said...

Excelent post.

ps. I owe you an email. :)

Red Tulips said...

Thanks for the compliment, and don't worry, email me when you can. :-)

ChiefMommy Owl said...

"Despite the size of the Israeli operation, with large troop movements, artillery barrages and many airstrikes over two days, no one was hurt."

I saw this in an article on Yahoo! News. No one has been hurt in this military action. Israel, despite many comments and unfounded beliefs to the contrary, does not go into Palestinian areas and start willy nilly blowing people away. I'm sure this little fact will be omitted from the sea of left wing blather surging over this.

ChiefMommy Owl said...

I'm sorry, I posted without reading the article closely enough. An Israeli civilian has been executed. I guess someone was hurt after all. (Sarcasm)But its only a Jew(/Sarcasm) .From the same article:

"Adding to the tension, a Palestinian militant group said it executed an 18-year-old Jewish settler kidnapped in the West Bank. Palestinian security officials said they believed the body of Eliahu Asheri had been found in the West Bank city of Ramallah."

Darn it all.


Red Tulips said...


Well, you know it would be a headline across the world if a Palestinian, militant or not, was even SCRATCHED. That's the surefire way to know that no one was hurt. ;-)

God bless the Israeli troops.

Osaid Rasheed said...

Its ok, dont worry...
As your PM said earlier ; the lives of the israelis are 'more important'

Even if tens were killed, its ok. After all you are there to carry out a heroic act of courage : to release a POW who was kidnapped by few militants, who believe that they could exchange him with SOME of the 10 000 palestinian prisoner at the Israeli prisons.

Until now more than one palestinian was kilkled, and few injured. MOre than 750000 has been without electricity, fuels or water since 3 days. This is another shameful day in the history of the middle east.

Abbas , as well as many other palestinian politicians, are doing the impossible to try to release this soldier safely. I hope that
some reasonable men will get him back to his parents.

Red Tulips said...

Osaid Rasheed:

Did I see a single rally from a single Palestinian, demanding the release of this soldier? No.

The Israelis have been treading quite lightly with their actions. The Palestinians have it within their power to end this all: just DEMAND THE RELEASE OF SHALIT.

But noooooo, can't do that, right?

Osaid Rasheed said...

The " Israeli Operation " and Gaza :

By Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz, July 2 2006

A black flag hangs over the "rolling" operation in Gaza. The more the operation "rolls," the darker the flag becomes. The "summer rains" we are showering on Gaza are not only pointless, but are first and foremost blatantly illegitimate. It is not legitimate to cut off 750,000 people from electricity. It is not legitimate to call on 20,000 people to run from their homes and turn their towns into ghost towns. It is not legitimate to penetrate Syria's airspace. It is not legitimate to kidnap half a government and a quarter of a parliament.

The legitimate basis for the IDF's operation was stripped away the
moment it began. It's no accident that nobody mentions the day before the attack on the Kerem Shalom fort, when the IDF kidnapped two civilians, a
doctor and his brother, from their home in Gaza. The difference between us and them? We kidnapped civilians and they captured a soldier, we are
a state and they are a terror organization. How ridiculously pathetic Amos Gilad sounds when he says that the capture of Shalit was "illegitimate and illegal," unlike when the IDF grabs civilians from their homes.
How can a senior official in the defense ministry claim that "the head of the snake" is in Damascus, when the IDF uses the exact same methods?

True, when the IDF and Shin Bet grab civilians from their homes - and they do so often - it is not to murder them later. But sometimes they are killed on the doorsteps of their homes, although it is not necessary, and sometimes they are grabbed to serve as "bargaining chips," like in
Lebanon and now, with the Palestinian legislators. What an uproar there would be if the Palestinians had grabbed half the members of the Israeli government. How would we label them?

Collective punishment is illegitimate and it does not have a smidgeon of intelligence. Where will the inhabitants of Beit Hanun run? With typical hardheartedness the military reporters say they were not "expelled" but that it was "recommended" they leave, for the benefit, of course,
of those running for their lives. And what will this inhumane step lead to? Support for the Israeli government? Their enlistment as informants and collaborators for the Shin Bet? Can the miserable farmers of Beit Hanun and Beit Lahia do anything about the Qassam rocket-launching cells? Will bombing an already destroyed airport do anything to free the
soldier or was it just to decorate the headlines?


a REASONABLE voice fro israel

Red Tulips said...

The article by Gideon Levy is a piece of filth.

The Palestinians have it within their power to stop everything. Release Shalit. It's so simple!

Release Shalit, and then it all ends.

And speaking of "it all ending," the only thing Israel really has done is aim for abandoned buildings. It has been a muted show of force to say the least.