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The Attacks on Gaza: Orwell in Israel

"The government ordered the strikes on Hamas only after it saw no other way to stop rocket attacks on its southern towns ... "
 
 
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This beauty from Tzipi Livni is completely Orwellian:

 

The government ordered the strikes on Hamas only after it saw no other way to stop rocket attacks on its southern towns, she said.

I can imagine no scenario under which bombing Hamas will stop rocket attacks. In particular, these attacks were aimed at the security forces, killing the police chief and the security chief and 140 Hamas security forces.

Now, who do you think enforced the truce? Who is it that Hamas uses to make sure rockets only get launched when Hamas wants them to? That would be ... the police and the security forces.

Bombing Hamas is not going to stop the attacks, if anything it will increase them. But Israel has degraded Hamas' ability to control the various folks who launch the missiles (many of whom are not Hamas).

Ian Welsh is the managing editor of the Agonist and a sometime contributor to FDL and the Huffington Post.

 
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