December 28, 2008

Bombed in 30 Minutes or Less, Or Your Next One's Free

Israel has finally responded to extensive rocket attacks targeting their civilians with a surprise series of air strikes yesterday against more than 100 Hamas terrorist targets. Air strikes are continuing today, and Israeli ground forces are massing on the border with Gaza.

I'm sure that many people will think that an Israeli ground invasion is all but inevitable.

I also happen to think that Israel's next phase of strikes was banking on Hamas making just that supposition.

Israel's Saturday attacks went after overt Hamas targets in an effort to rattle their proverbial cages, hitting their most visible signs of power, Hamas security stations, armories, tunnels and training camps.

Hamas, trained and back by Iran just like Hezbollah was in 2006, was prepared and braced for a grinding ground war from fixed positions with concurrent and continuing rocket attacks on Israel, in hopes of winning the traditional Arab "victory," of not being utterly wiped off the face of the earth.

Hamas hoped to stall any Israeli ground invasion by making it as costly as possible by forcing Israeli units into ambushes. Overnight, Hamas rushed their terrorist drones to fighting positions along likely Israeli invasion routes to man tank traps and ambush zones. I strongly suspect IAF planners were counting on just that development.

If I'm right, Israeli Air Force planes have been hitting Hamas fortifications filled with eager young terrorists who died waiting for an invasion that will never come. Hamas was suckered into putting their fighters in combat positions while the IAF simply waited for them to show up for their pre-planned bombing runs.

If Gazans weren't part of a genocide-mad death cult I might feel sorry for them, but then I remember that these same terrorists purposefully target Israeli civilians, and that even their kids dance in the streets when Israeli woman and children are killed by Hamas rockets, and I don't feel too bad, at all.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 28, 2008 12:58 AM

War is cruelty; you cannot refine it. (General Sherman). The Gazans elected Hamas and cheered the deaths of innocent Israelis. They brought this on themselves.

Posted by: Vaultenblogger at December 28, 2008 01:39 AM

"The Gazans elected Hamas and cheered the deaths of innocent Israelis. They brought this on themselves."

A real life example of: You get the government you deserve.

Posted by: firefirefire at December 28, 2008 06:18 AM

This never ending conflict will go on and on and on. There simply is NO peaceful solution. Never has been, never will be.

Posted by: Dude at December 28, 2008 08:49 AM

It would be nice to wish that the Israelites would bomb the idiots into the stone age, but then I think, "it wouldn't be far to force them to modernize like that."

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at December 28, 2008 09:34 AM

Who was the guy that said "The only thing dumber than a muz is two of 'em"? Brilliant! Hopefully, Israel will bomb, kill as many as possible that way and THEN march in and slaughter anything in their path like Joshua and his 40,000 did. That's the only answer to Hamas that makes sense. Unfortunately, good sense ain't PC, so they won't.....damn!

Posted by: Tonto at December 28, 2008 11:33 AM

Hamas is getting exactly what they wanted and then some. They are expecting their brothers in neighboring countries to attack Israel, especially Iran. Let's see if they are that stupid.

Posted by: Marc Boyd at December 28, 2008 02:18 PM

Those who will not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Today's lesson: War does indeed solve things and some people can only be dealt with by wiping them from the face of the Earth. In that category: Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Al Queda, many of the Palestinians, North Korea, etc.

Posted by: Mike at December 28, 2008 04:08 PM

The Israelis are "presenting Darwin Awards" to all Hamas members willing to come forward and claim them. Pass the word.

Posted by: sherlock at January 2, 2009 03:32 PM

It continues to prove the famous quote when Israeli General Moshe Dayan was asked after the 1967 war what the secret of his succes was, and he responded "Fight Arabs".

Posted by: Georg Felis at January 2, 2009 11:02 PM