Hamas's Civilian Death Strategy

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Let's state the obvious: No one likes to see dead children. Well, that's not completely true: Hamas does. They would prefer those children to be Jewish, but there is greater value to them if they are Palestinian. Outmatched by Israel's military, handicapped by rocket launchers with the steady hands of Barney Fife, Hamas is playing the long game of moral revulsion.

    With this conflict about to enter its third week, winning the PR war is the best Hamas can hope to achieve. Their weapon of choice, however, seems to be the cannon fodder of their own people, performing double duty in also sounding the drumbeat of Israeli condemnation. If you can't beat Iron Dome, then deploy sacrificial children as human shields.

    Civilian casualties will continue to mount. The evolving story will focus on the collateral damage of Palestinian lives. Israel's moral dilemma will receive little attention. Each time the ledgers of relative loss are reported, world public opinion will turn against the Jewish state and box Israel into an even tighter corner of the Middle East.

    All the ordinary rules of warfare are upended in Gaza. Everything about this conflict is asymmetrical—Hamas wears no uniforms and they don't meet Israeli soldiers on battlefields. With the exception of kaffiyeh scarves, it isn't possible to distinguish a Hamas militant from a noncombatant pharmacist. In Vietnam, the U.S. military learned guerrilla warfare in jungles. In Gaza, the Jewish state has had to adapt to the altogether surreal terrain of apartment complexes and schoolhouses.

    There are now reports that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are transporting themselves throughout Gaza in ambulances packed with children. Believe it or not, a donkey laden with explosives detonated just the other day.

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    The al-Qassam brigades, the Palestinian "army," released videos aimed at Israeli soldiers last week that stated: "From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more than you love life." The videos were broadcast on al-Asqa television, the official Hamas-controlled network. Who in Israel would be watching that, I have no clue, but they've made it clear they don't care how deep the bodies pile up. They believe video and photos of dead Palestinian civilians will win the sympathy battle, and they're willing to get as many civilians killed as it takes to do so.
     
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    The whole point of war is to break down the enemy's willingness to fight.

    Hamas is winning.
     
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    A donkey? Wow. It used to be watermelons. I figured maybe they just had something against fruit, but this changes things.
     
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    Here we have yet to see a Hamas fighter on the news, only the injured civilians. Our news is so biased it is unreal. We have seen bias before but never so blatantly as this one.
     
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    Using civilians as shields is not solely a Muslim terrorists' strategy.
    The communist New People's Army in the Philippines used to do this on a regular basis, so did the Muslim insurgents/separatists.
    It's always the civilians who suffer the brunt of the hardships in these kinds of 'struggles'.
    Back in the day, I even heard rumors of soldiers ambushing other soldiers of other units or service (again I repeat, 'rumors') and then blaming it on the other side, and of insurgents, commie and muslim, massacring their own mass base to blame it on the military.
    War is dirty.
    Armed Propaganda wars, even dirtier.
     

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