hit us back", and the usual suspects are whining along with them. With no damn good reason. Hamas & Co. are the murdering, lying bastards who, under cover of a 'truce' have been dropping rockets and mortars into Israel, on and on. They call for the murder of all Jews but especially those nasty ones in Israel who've dared to both stay alive and kick the ass of everyone who's attacked them. They kidnap and rape and murder, they murder children in their beds, they set up their launchers among 'civilians' specifically to keep the Israelis from striking back or, if the do strike, to cause lots of 'civilian' casualties to parade before cameras and cry about the evil Joooos.
Well, as the man says, "You might as well appeal against the thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war." They've started this; for that matter, it appears that the bastards are trying to make the death toll worse. I guess they want some more bodies to parade around.
You know, the way the media tends to report this reminds me of how they treat violence in schools: some kid gets beaten to death by gang-bangers or stabbed in the hall or bathroom, local news; but some kids brings an unloaded gun in and it's statewide news at least, and will likely get national mention. Hamas & Co. violate the truce damn near daily and murder women and kids, occasional mention; the nasty JOOOOS actually strike back and "How can the world tolerate these actions?"
A link at the Yankee's place led to this at Belmont. I'm going to excerpt parts of two of Wretchard's comments, read the whole comment there:
#13: I think the diplomats are playing a dangerous game. The only thing that keeps the situation in the Middle East stable is Israeli restraint. But that’s the stability of a spinning plate in a juggler’s hands; not that of a concrete block sitting foursquare on the floor. The danger is the diplomats may come to regard Israeli restraint as a foundation on which to build their diplomatic fantasies. They will keep handing the juggler one more plate, one more ball, one more champagne glass to spin at the end of a stick. Give back the Golan Heights; let the Arabs have part of Jerusalem; ignore the rocket attacks from Gaza. Today there are no more enemies. Only Partners for Peace.
and #50: Maybe the root of this conflict isn’t “land” or “statehood” or even religion. Maybe its about preserving fighting and terrorism as a way of life; as a business. Palestine is an alibi for anything, but mostly it is the justification for a mode of employment, a whole series of professions, a whole raft of contractors, a self-sustaining funding network that could not exist without continuous and never-ending war. This monster has already consumed the Palestinians; stolen their future, made a mockery of their hopes.
Oh, and be sure to take in comment #47 from some moron going by 'zipzap'; did you know we lost in Iraq, and only diplomacy can 'fix' terrorism?