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  1. By any standard… and you can think Hamas is the most godawful, terrorist, genocidal, irrational organization all you want… by any standard this was a war of Israel’s choosing.

    Sporadic rockets have been the norm since 2008. Tensions were rising before last week but the real escalation came when Israel CHOSE (before the election) to target and kill the Hamas military chief Jabaari – which led to a Hamas escalation of rocket fire (including on Tel Aviv) that killed 3 Israelis, which in turn led to another Israeli escalation in the form of heavy air-strikes.

    This is not a judgment call of whose right, who is wrong, merely a factual timeline…. Objectively Hamas did not “choose to launch this war”

    A basic modicum of analytical integrity is generally respected.

    1. you say sporadic rockets have been the norm since 2008? And Isreal had not knocked anyone’s block off until now?

      Sounds like Isreal is getting tired of being kicked in the groin. I dont blame them.

  2. PatrickM Griffin

    Danielle Pletka, you are just the kind of schmuck that Israel uses to further their abominable ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Did you ever stop to think about what is really going on? Hamas, as in Habermas, is nothing more than a zionist founded — by “Yasser Arafat in 1988, of all dates, even though Arafat was a member of Fatah — “party” to be used by Israel to blame/take credit for Israel strikes on Israel that, in the insane thunking of zionists, justifies attacks on civilian targets. How is it that the “Qussam” rockets — yes, that’s what they are called — are gotten into Gaza? They aren’t fired from Gaza! Instead, they are fired by the Israeli “IDF” from within Israel, by Israelis, at Israel, from US made F-16’s, with ASRAAMs — I’m not making these names up — “Sabot Shedding Rocket Assisted Munitions,” to gain rabid “public” support for zionist “reprisal” atrocities. And, lo and behold, all right around election time. Yet you, without a thought, chime in with support for more war crime atrocities against Palestinian children. What a lousy thunk-tanker stunker schmuck thou art!

    You probably also thunk 9/11 was done by the Saudis alone, without the Mossads; and that there were WMDs in Iraq, etc., etc…

    1. Yes, the Joos are terrorizing their own population, in order to target Palestinian civilians. But you forgot to mention the powerful Jewish lobby in the US, control international banking, Holocaust industry, ritual use of the blood of arab children. Or maybe your prescription has run out.

    2. stop playing call of duty.

  3. So, maybe it was NOT Hamas that shot the rocket, a “False Flag Operation” by those who LOVE wars!

    1. It was probably Hamas but you cannot deny that there are men on both sides who want wars or even love wars.

  4. …while Hamas’ leaders are certifiably bad men, they are not obviously stupid.

    That may be true but let us keep in mind what Lord Acton reminded us when in his letter to the Bishop of London he stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

    The fact is that the ‘leaders’ on both sides want more power and will do what they must in order to gain it. As has been pointed out by a number of libertarian analysts they all pursue the ring of power and that ring will corrupt any that posses it.

  5. Lori Lowenthal Marcus

    Ah, Jin – you find the scope too short so pull back, but not quite far enough. Jabiri was eliminated, but that was after an intense escalation in rocket attacks on Israel – more than 130 in the preceding 72 hours alone.

    And no one has yet mentioned what was cooking in Sudan.

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