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"Hamas Abandons Truce After Israeli
"Hamas Abandons Truce After Israeli Strike" read
the Yahoo headline on the AP story. A reasonable reaction. Hamas had just been
pushed too far. They send out a holy man to blow up a bus, and Israel has the
temerity to kill some architects of the plot. You can understand Hamas'
position: How can you talk to such hotheads? How do you deal with people who
think dead Jews count?
You can also understand the anger of the
Palestinian Authority, which insisted it was seconds away from a big crackdown
when the Israelis responded. They had their boots laced up, the uniforms pressed
to a sharp crease, the guns all polished, the holsters oiled. They had the
special, used-only-once citation book in the proper pocket with brand-new pens
so they wouldn't run out of ink while writing up a ticket for operating a bomb
factory. (It's a misdemeanor.) They were actually in a runner's crouch, ready to
bolt out the door and start arresting people!
Then came the word that the
Israelis had taken out some Hamas leaders -- and well, it just ruined the mood.
C'mon, guys. No fair. We were going to take them out. If you're going to be like
that, fine. We won't arrest anyone.
But they did shut down a few tunnels
used to smuggle stuff into Gaza. It was one of these tunnels, incidentally, that
some say the sainted Rachel Corrie was trying to protect when she was
accidentally bulldozed. From the press reports, we seem to believe she was
protesting the destruction of an orphanage or a Palestinian branch of the Fluffy
Bunny Friendship Society, but no.
Odd how no one protested when the PA
cracked down on one of these booty holes.
France has weighed in,
and cautioned us crude rude cowboys against judging the men who blow up babies
taking the bus back from the synagogue.
Here's Jacques Chirac's
diplomatic adviser, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, speaking to Israel's ambassador
to France: "If we find that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are indeed terror groups
opposed to peace, we may have to change the EU's stand." Granted, he was
referring to the groups' political wings, not the members who wire up their
pectorals to explosives. But who winks at that distinction anymore?
suspects that if Gourdault-Montagne defined the detonation of 17 buses as proof
that Hamas was evil, and Hamas blew up 16, he would praise their restraint and
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