Israel Must Destroy Hamas Tunnels—No Matter How Long It Takes
If you're looking for a reason for the supposed impoverishment of Gaza, look no further than the maze of tunnels -- some of them miles long -- Hamas has built under their territory and beyond their borders into Israel. It's the jihadist version of Boston's "Big Dig." The construction is so extensive that nearly every able-bodied man must have been employed in the occupation of tunnel-building, not to mention the huge diversion of funds, much of it donated by the West, for material like concrete originally trucked into Gaza by the Israelis and others for "humanitarian purposes."
A huge complex is reported to have been built under Gaza City that houses the wealthy Hamas leadership, including Ismail Haniyeh, who is said to be a multi-millionaire. He is undoubtedly a "strong" critic of "income inequality," along with the Hamas capo di tutti cappi Khaled Meshal, said to be a billionaire and currently residing in a luxury hotel in Qatar safely out of harm's way.
(For those, like most members of the MSM, who are unaware, Gaza before Hamas was considered one of the more opulent areas of the Arab world and was frequently used by Egyptians as a honeymoon spot.)
Although the tunnels have been employed for smuggling of some consumer goods, their main purpose, of course, was and is transporting and storing arms and killing or kidnapping Israelis. (I was going to be blunt and say "killing Jews," but Hamas appears not to be quite so discriminating, as they lob missiles over Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron, areas filled with Muslims. What would happen if one of their missiles hit the Dome of the Rock? I don't even want to go there.)
This obsession with tunnel-building, driven as it is by a rancid cocktail of hate and envy leavened with religious fanaticism and the psychotic lust of a death cult, is clearly not commercially productive. It is also only one aspect of a rapidly metastasizing global phenomenon, replete with beheadings and crucifixions, that is unlikely to end and may only be at its beginning unless someone puts a genuine stop to it.
Obama, Kerry and the rest of the flaccid moral narcissists who govern our country or the creepy disingenuous bureaucrats who represent "the international community" obviously don't have the gumption to do it -- or even the inclination.
Perhaps because it is already a life or death matter for them, the only people with the will or the ability literally to save the precarious civilization we all take for granted are the Israelis. Israel alone is defending the West.
It's the duty of all those who support her to be especially vigilant now because the Obama-Kerry-Ban-Ki-Moons will do everything possible to prevent Israel from going further and accomplishing her goals and ultimately try to unravel everything she has accomplished. They think -- or they pretend to themselves in their moral narcissism -- that they are doing this for the sake of the Palestinians or the "disadvantaged" in general. But the reverse is true. What they do is contemptuous, almost racist, toward the Palestinians and others of Fanon's "Wretched of the Earth" who are not, for the most part, impoverished but are adherents of a belief system entirely different from ours — and quite willing to do anything to make theirs prevail.
The hypocritical moralizing of the Obama-Kerry-Ban-Ki-Moons is about to go into overdrive as they will increasingly accuse the Israelis of over-reacting and harming too many civilians. Their media Greek chorus will scream out the death count at the top of their lungs , even though the numbers are puny compared to what is happening in Iraq and Syria or even, often enough, on a weekend in Chicago.
They will also all ignore, already having done so in an absolutely disrespectful manner, that the Israeli army does more to avoid civilian casualties than all the armies in the history of the world squared. I find Obama and Kerry's pontification about this matter particularly nauseating, considering the American record on civilian deaths via drone attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen is significantly worse than the Israeli.
But most of all, now is the time to get behind the Israeli government and troops with our support. We need them to finish the job, to keep going until not a single Hamas tunnel is left. That will send a message that will resonate throughout the world. And remember — #DefundHamas.
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