The crystal ball was accurate once again

Here’s what I wrote yesterday:

Laer does a fantastic post about Israel’s decision to cut of power to Gaza. I would be more impressed if it weren’t for the fact that I know that, in a day or two, when Palestinian shrieking reaches fever pitch, the UN, Europe and the US will gang up on Israel and demand that she act in a more humanitarian way. And Israel, instead of sticking to her guns and refusing to provide supplies to those trying to destroy her and every one of her citizens, will yield — and the Palestinians will be heartened once again.

And here’s the news today:

Israel resumed fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip’s main power plant on Tuesday, offering limited respite from a blockade that plunged much of the Hamas-ruled territory into darkness and touched off international protests.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had voiced her concerns to Israel, which has argued that sealing the borders could make the Palestinians stop rocket salvoes.

“Nobody wants innocent Gazans to suffer and so we have spoken to the Israelis about the importance of not allowing a humanitarian crisis to unfold there,” Rice told reporters travelling with her to Berlin for a meeting on Iran.

“Nobody wants innocent Gazans to suffer….”  Somewhere, lost in that whole little touching intro is the fact that Israel cut power to Gaza because those innocent Gazans, over the course of the two days before the fuel shutdown, lobbed 53 rockets into Israel.  Apparently a few in Gaza very much want innocent Israelis to suffer.

It’s only when one digs halfway through the story that any mention is made of those rockets — and then one learns that Israel caved, not because the rockets stopped, but because they merely lessened:

Israel’s decision to allow in emergency supplies followed a decline in the number of rocket attacks.

Islamist Hamas refuses to renounce the fight against the Jewish state and opposes peace moves by Abbas, who condemned the Israeli closure as harmful to diplomacy.

Palestinians launched at least one rocket into Israel from Gaza on Tuesday, causing no damage, compared with 45 salvoes on Friday and Saturday, the military said.

Israel will go down in history as the only country in the world that supplied the enemy with the weapons of Israel’s own apparently inevitable destruction.

2 Responses

  1. Check this out before making any decisions about what is truth in this instance — I’ve recently read that Israel’s provision of electricity had NOT diminished over the last week or two. Unfortunately, I have no recollection of the source, but the information was that it was the 1/3 of Gaza’s power provided
    by the Palestinian powerplant *in Gaza* that had shut down and caused the shortage.

    If this is true, I can’t see how on earth Israel could “cave in” and begin providing power again…….

  2. “Nobody wants innocent Gazans to suffer and so we have spoken to the Israelis about the importance of not allowing a humanitarian crisis to unfold there,” Rice told reporters travelling with her to Berlin for a meeting on Iran.

    Speak for yourself, Rice. In war, knowing that your family will suffer if you continue to mount attacks against your enemies is what makes you stop contributing to warfare. If war was a game and we paid no price for it, who knows when it will end? 30,000 years later they will still be having Israel vs Palestine, Rice, if we do things the retarded way.

    The fact that a “humanitarian crisis” unfolds, is why wars stop and peace reigns supreme over war as the state people prefer. If war gets to be as cushy as peace… why the hell would anyone sacrifice to avoid war? War is hell because war ought to be hell. Trying to make war less hellish is trying to make peace more hellish. Mercy to the evil is cruelty to the good.

    Rice needs to read Grim Beorn’s post “On the Virtues of Killing Children”. Nobody’s demanding that our political leaders be masters of war, strategy, and execution (except progressives). But they have got to get at least A clue, jeez.

    Israel’s decision to allow in emergency supplies followed a decline in the number of rocket attacks.

    What is this. football? We’re winning cause the other team is backing down the field bit by bit? War ain’t football. For one thing, you don’t get decapitated in war only when you have the football or are about to get it.

    Islamist Hamas refuses to renounce the fight against the Jewish state and opposes peace moves by Abbas, who condemned the Israeli closure as harmful to diplomacy.

    They learned that bit of propaganda from the Soviets and Mao.

    If this is true, I can’t see how on earth Israel could “cave in” and begin providing power again…….

    They mentioned that Israel was allowing fuel shipments. Fuel shipments to the Palis powerplant.

    Belisarius didn’t like siege warfare because it removed most of the mobility from the field of war. It reduced things down to whomever had the most manpower and time, which Belisarius detested, and not just because it wasted good soldiers to plague and the runs. Regardless of how Belisarius disliked siege warfare, it would be an interesting thing to watch his reaction to modern day propaganda and psychological warfare. If siege warfare is on one spectrum of tactics in warfare, then propaganda is on the very other side. One focuses on numbers, technology, and supplies. The other one, propaganda, focuses on mobility, intelligence, will, hit and run, and various other things that allows good tactics to defeat greater numbers.

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