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Roger L. Simon

Gaza War Continues: Hold the Hudna

July 9th, 2014 - 9:59 pm

We’ve all built our Arabic vocabularies a touch since 9-11, but the definition of words can often be problematic.  The meaning of concepts like, say, jihad, are notoriously difficult to pin down, even when they shouldn’t be; I think deliberately. One of those elusive terms is hudna, meaning a temporary truce or “quiet.”  A permanent truce, i.e.,  genuine peace, does not seem part of the vocabulary of jihadists whose sworn goal is to make the world Islamic, sooner or later, like it or not. They just take a time out when it looks as if they could be in trouble, like a hockey player with a twisted ankle.  As an example, Hamas is known for its hudnas, cooling down (or pretending to) and then heating up again as soon as possible  to do what the beginning of its charter always promised it would do — destroy Israel.

For years the bien pensant of the West (Europe, the U.S.) have urged, actually put strong pressure on, Israel to play the hudna game with Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the sociopathic Islamofascist crew.  The Israelis, from a humanistic tradition and anxious to be thought well of, have acquiesced, even when they have the extreme whip hand. The results have been as one would predict: another war, another hudna and on and  onThis has been going on since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948, even before that really.  In other words, for a long while.

Maybe it’s time for a different approach.  How about just…winning?

As I write this, the Jerusalem Post live blog for 6:26 a.m. Israel time is announcing: “A Code Red rocket alert siren was heard a few minutes ago in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.” Hamas is evidently still at it.

Yesterday, the terror organization bragged that they had lobbed missiles (missing, thankfully) at the Israeli atomic reactor at Dimona.  That’s about as insane as it gets,  considering that a hit (were it possible) might generate nuclear fallout all over the Middle East, killing and injuring more Islamic people than Jews, simply because there are so many more of the former, not to mention contaminating the region.

Hamas doesn’t care.  And yet I suspect they have been surprised by what has happened to them in the last few days — and so does noted Arab-Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, who Wednesday published “Stunned by Israel’s fierce response, Hamas sends distress signals.”

Let’s hope Toameh is right and that the terror organization has been so wounded that it is quietly looking for a way to save face and get out — for now.  But let’s further hope that Benjamin Netanyahu will resist that call for a hudna and finish the job.

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For every Israeli death, the government should put one more acre inside the security barrier.
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Hudna?
If you want to understand your enemy:
1/ Forget abstract theological dissection, what matters is reality, today, and the message for tomorrow.
2/ For those who still need a philosophical/historical basis for exercising the right of self-defense, go to Lenin's playbook to see how the bad guys think: push in the knife until you meet resistance, then pull back for a while to confuse your enemy, then twist and push hard once the foe is back in la-la land. Not so different from Cloward-P or Ayers, either.

Pity Machiavelli isn't around to write editorials. He'd keep things simple: if your existence is threatened, eliminate the threat.

Hudna = horsesh*t.
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SPEAKING OF WORDS
There are those -- especially those in the Obama administration, such as John Brennan -- who like to translate jihad into "an inner struggle". They do this as a way of sanitizing 'jihad' and making it respectable. Of course, Mein Kampf also translates into "My Struggle", but that doesn't make it any less deadly. There is no such thing as a truce, hudna -- or peace -- as long as lying to the infidel (taqiyya) is a sacred principle of Islam.
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No cease fire, no temporary truce that allows Hamas to catch it's breath and re-arm. Find the tunnels and destroy them, find the rocket catches, supply depots and command & control centers and destroy them. Kill as many Hamas murderers as possible until the Gaza civilians themselves demand that the Hamas terrorist murderers surrender; when Arab women in Gaza get tired of their wailing and crying over their dead husbands, sons, brothers and fathers they might re-think their commitment to Hamas. And finally re-occupy Gaza, all of it. The Arabs living there can re-locate to Egypt.
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" might generate nuclear fallout all over the Middle East, killing and injuring more Islamic people than Jews, "

Roger,
Don't you know that those Muslims killed are automatically converted to Shahids?
That's why they are so easy with human shields which is a win, win situation, as they create shahids for Islam's jihad and they hurt the enemy politically.
This culture only mourns when it loses face.
2 weeks ago
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Decades of Arabs lobbing rockets into Israel. There's only one cure & that's to turn Gaza into a parking lot. Warning its residents is optional.
3 weeks ago
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One of Israel’s demands/objectives in concluding this latest war against Hamas is the removal of UNRWA Headquarters from Gaza. Ultimately, it is necessary to both destroy Hamas and dismantle the UNRWA. But, Israel appears currently to lack (again) the political will and capital to undertake either objective. Instead, address the financial basis of Hamas’ ability to maintain control in Gaza–and that is the direct support of the UNRWA. Call for them to relocate to Ramallah…or Amman.

(Although 5+ years old, this article by Claudia Rosett still speaks relevantly to the the role of the UNRWA in supporting a terrorist ‘society’ in Gaza):

http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/07/gaza-hamas-unrwa-oped-cx_cr_0108rosett.html
3 weeks ago
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Reoccupy the Gaza Strip and never again let these terrorists thrive.
3 weeks ago
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Mohammedan morals consist in prostrate like bowing 5 times a day in the general direction of some black stone in Mecca that is suppose to have fallen down from their moon-god, Allah, and attending mosque regularly at the appointed weekly time, and in breaking the ten commandments all the balance of the week. It comes natural to them to lie and cheat and kill and enslave in the first place, and then they go on and improve on that nature until they arrive at perfection. I never did dislike anyone as much as those Muslims and especially the Arabs, and most especially the so called “Palestinians”, and when Israel is pushed to war with them again, I hope America and England and France and Russia will not find it good breeding nor good judgment to interfere.
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My greater concern is for the American Jews who were demonstrating in San Francisco. For the first time, Moslem demonstrators were allowed to rush and attack the Jewish demonstrators. The police explanation was that they couldn't tell them apart. Yes, its hard to tell a kiffah wearing Arab, or a hijab wearing female Arab, from those around them. They look so much alike.
What it really means is that the European illness of Jew hatred has come here and that the San Francisco police are complicit in attacking Jewish demonstrators. This is shades of Paris, London, Stockholm, and Amsterdam. Its here folks and we better get ready for it.
3 weeks ago
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Once liberalism become leftism, Jew hatred was incorporated. The real tragedy is most US jews have not realized that, and are still supporting the leftists, their worst enemy, thinking they are still liberals. Any US jew who today still supports the dem party has a death wish.
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How can this animal-genetic-like obsession of the Muslims to obliterate the Jews and have the rest of us subjugated completely, be eliminated without changing the wording/interpretation of centuries' worth of teachings of their Koran?

A Muslim Martin Luther wouldn't stand a chance; would be absolutely out of the question. "Reason" as we know it is/would be absolutely out of the question.

How can Muslims as a group be expected to negotiate/talk/confer with non-Muslims when their wired-mindsets are obviously totally and irrevocably at such complete odds with literally everyone else, in that Muslims simply don't accept non-Muslims' wired-mindsets?

So, even after Muslims are overwhelmingly defeated militarily, the Jews and the West are still faced with centuries' more of guerrilla warfare because their Koran will always remain the Muslims' guide as it has for these past centuries.

Nothing's going to change.

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The IRA was pretty intractible for quite awhile, but eventually they got tired of being killed fighting for nothing. We may have to end up killing between 1-5% of the worlds Muslms, but eventually they can learn as well. The only thing we cant do is accomidate them, unless they are willing to change the evil features of their death cult, and keep only the parts that are good.
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I don't think that the Irish versus the English conflict is really an apt comparison.

Yes, there was/is a lingering religious aspect, and I guess that could be compared to those lingering religious differences among Muslims as in the remaining in-fighting minorities/majority intra-Muslim butchery now going on inside Syria. And, yes there is a turf conflict lingering after the English colonizing invasion of Ireland but that isn't quite the same as the Shiites versus the Sunnites versus apparently all of the other Muslims' sects, or the Jews versus seemingly the whole World at large if the "news" media are read regularly.

The Irish and English are both wired basically the same way. They share a similarly wired Western culture. They can actually talk with each other. Muslims, on the other hand, delight in talking past the shoulders of all non-Muslims. Non-Muslims aren't worth talking with. They're [we're] simply supposed to be killed outright or subjugated completely.

And, with Muslims versus the West, the major, major difference is that the Muslims are fanatically and uncompromisingly short circuited and irrational according to our Western-wired culture.

Killing 1-5% of the - what are they? - 1.5 billion? Muslims simply will not teach the rest of these belligerent Muslims to stop killing us.

We're going to have permanent guerrilla warfare with Muslims.

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