Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Have a look at Israellycool's summary of the past day (or so) of fighting in Gaza:
Things are happening at a bloodcurdling pace, and it is very hard sometimes to keep track of all the terrorist vs terrorist goings on. Thus as a special service for Israellycool readers, I have summarized today's events in an easy-to-follow manner. No thanks needed, I'm a giver.Hamas:
Demanded that Fatah terrorists abandon their positions, threatening to attack those who remained in their posts Launched afternoon attacks against Fatah-allied terrorists Captured several positions from Fatah Surrounded a compound, in which approximately 500 Fatah terrorists were holed up, and fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at the building Ransacked the Gaza home of former palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath of Fatah, and shot one of his bodyguards in the leg. Deployed fighters in Khan Younis and erected roadblocks in order to inspect cars. Seized a hospital in Khan Yunis, the third medical center to come under Hamas control in two days Threatened to attack the headquarters of the Preventive Security Service in Gaza City, which is loyal to Fatah Attacked the home of a senior Fatah security official with mortars and grenades, killing 3 women and a child Accused Fatah of being "Zionist collaborators" Called for the execution of the Fatah's military and political leaders Described the fighting as a civil war Threatened to step things up a notch
Accused Hamas of staging a coup (ya' think?) Threatened to withdraw from the National Unity Government (ya' think?) Believe Hamas is trying to achieve a decisive victory in the Gaza Strip "within hours" (here's hoping this thing is drawn out for a longer time) Were up until the last few hours still awaiting orders from Mahmoud Abbas to fight back Announced it would kill Hamas officials unless Hamas ceased its attacks Abducted the deputy cabinet minister from Hamas in Ramallah Attacked the home of palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh with a rocket-propelled grenade (Haniyeh and his family were unhurt) Kidnapped a member of the Hamas military wing (a cousin of Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the arch terrorist we killed 3 years ago) and executed him in the street. Stormed the house of a Hamashole and burned it to the ground. Called for the execution of the Hamas' military and political leaders Started playing Fatah songs on Hamas TV (a possible sign that they have taken control of the broadcast) Described the fighting as a civil war Declared a State of Alert
Hamas or Fatah (not sure yet):Launched at least 4 shells at the Technological Science College
Human Rights Organizations:...............
And that's before the updates...
As was pointed out by a Palestinian recently, the only thing that “prevents the chaos and turmoil in Gaza from spreading to the West Bank is the presence of the Israeli occupation.”
In other words, the reason we're seeing open warfare between Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, but not in the West Bank, is because Israeli troops still patrol the West Bank. Israel evacuated the Gaza Strip in 2005 -- partly because the Palestinians were demanding it.
So now we get to see exactly what happens when the Palestinians get to govern themselves. (More precisely, we get to see what happens when a group of people, claiming to be victims of an historical wrong, can think of no reasonable response other than ever-increasing terrorism. Now that they have achieved a small part of what they said they wanted, with at least two competing terrorist organizations claiming credit, we see terrorist organizations fighting each other for government power... and, naturally, the terrorists fight like terrorists.)
As I've said before: it's a fallacy to think that a peaceful society could ever arise from terrorist tactics. Every accomplishment, however small, is seen as a victory (and vindication) of terrorism... and even if they eventually get what they want, why on Earth would they disavow the terrorism that they believe brought them victory? They'll continue to use the tools they know, the tools they've seen to work in the past.
So Palestinians, who for decades have supported the use of terrorism against the evil Israelis, now get to see it used on each other. And Israel, having been the victim of Palestinian terror for decades, seems quite content to stand by and let the Palestinians sort it out themselves.
(hat tip: my lovely wife.)
UPDATE: Cox & Forkum seem to have a similar take on the matter: