Accept it, the situation in Gaza provides a microcosm of the growing war between Western values and Islamist extremism.  Arab militants think they have found a way to defeat us.  They know that Israel and the United States have much more powerful armies than they can muster.  So, what do they do? 

     They never face our military directly.  Instead they use the following techniques: 


(1)        Conceal all your military facilities in the middle of densely populated areas;

(2)        If you have tanks or military vehicles, store them in crowded marketplace;

(3)        Locate your military headquarters in a bunker beneath a large hospital;

(4)        Locate your military manufacturing or assembly operations in mosques, schools, hospitals and private homes; and

(5)        Store your rockets and other military hardware in similar locations.


     They then start attacking us with thousands of rockets launched from any of the aforementioned civilian sites.  They never confront us directly, since you would be bound to lose.  All rocket attacks are done remotely and, if possible, from portable or mobile launchers. 


     How do we protect ourselves against this Machiavellian approach?  We can of course try to ignore the rockets but, if we do so, the number of rocket attacks increases and advanced rockets with longer ranges are employed. 


     If we attack militarily, we are bound to kill large numbers of civilians, which is what organizations such as Hamas and Hezbolah hope for.  The media will concentrate, not on our being victimized by rocket attacks, but on the number of women and children killed when we try to defend ourselves.  Photographs of dead women and particularly dead children will dominate the front pages of newspapers and screens of television.  There will be a huge hue and cry all over the world.  Crowds will demonstrate against us.  We will be accused of brutality, of criminal activities, of acting like savages. 


     One particularly virulent accusation will be that, even if we are defending ourselves, our retaliation is excessive and unnecessarily brutal.  Let us examine this, using Gaza as an example.  What would be a proper counter attack against rockets raining on Israeli populations?  Israel could of course provide tit for tat and send thousands of rockets into Gaza.  This would still result in Israeli rockets killing more civilians than the Hamas rockets killing Israelis.  The media would be full of comparisons of the number of Gazan deaths with Israeli deaths, the implications being that Israel is in the wrong.  In World War II, there were many more Germans than Allies killed.  Does this mean that Nazis were in the right? 


     This is madness.  Unless Americans, Europeans, Asians and even the Arab world wake up to the ridiculousness of the anti-Israeli diatribe and demonstrations, none of us will be able to protect ourselves against these tactics.  True, Gazan civilians are victims, but they are not the victims of the Israelis.  They are the victims of Hamas’ policy of planting their military facilities smack in the middle of the Gazan population.


      There are those who will say that, in the Middle East, the solution is to have Israel go back to its 1967 borders.  The claim is that this would bring peace.  But would it?  Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon, only to find that that area was used as a staging ground for rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.  Israel withdrew from Gaza, only to find that Gaza was then used for rocket attacks against Israeli civilians.  Given the animosity of Hamas and other extremist Arab groups, would the newly “liberated” areas then be used for rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and Haifa?  If I were an Israeli, I would certainly not want to take that chance.


      It is time for a wake-up call!  It must be made clear to the Arabs and others that if they insist on hiding their military facilities in civilian populations and using these areas for attacking their neighbors, the resulting deaths of civilians will be strictly on their heads. 


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