Israel on Thursday began the ground operations which are intended to rout out all of the Hamas tunnels and underground facilities, bunkers, rocket launching positions, mortar emplacements, ammunition storage rooms, rocket and mortar round depots as well as their safe rooms that contain their living quarters while they launch rockets into Israel. This extensive network includes smuggling tunnels which lead into the Sinai Peninsula where they have a secondary use in attacking Egyptian military posts in support of the Muslim Brotherhood against the military government, and the infiltration tunnels which cross beneath the separation fence which is heavily guarded above ground by remote cameras in the numerous observation towers watched carefully by troops which largely are made up of the women of the IDF and these towers also have remotely controlled machineguns which are also controlled by these wonderful women. These infiltration tunnels have been found to reach as much as a mile or more into Israel. One was used this past week where the Hamas terrorists surfaced from their tunnel and readied for an assault when they realized they were spotted and the Israeli troops were waiting for them. They scurried back into their tunnel as it was struck and destroyed by an Israeli Air Force (IAF) strike. Here is the video which was released.
One final comment on the air battle between the IAF bombings and missile attacks against the rocket and mortar barrages by Hamas must be issued concerning the claims of Israel using disproportionate military might. Even if such were true, that is a desirable condition which usually leads to victory in short order. Simply ask the United States Marines who once they received their surge of additional manpower simply rolled through much of central Iraq using exponentially disproportionate force and the world somehow missed protesting that use of raw military might, and that is how it should be. The problem is that the numbers do not play out demonstrating a huge sizeable advantage in rounds delivered by the two sides. Yes, Israel did enjoy a slight edge and did get greater result for their efforts than did Hamas but that was not for lack of trying. The truth is that the ten days of fighting leading up to the ground war Israel delivered strikes on more than 2,000 targets in Gaza while Hamas launched over 1500 rockets and mortars at Israeli targets. The sole reason there was not massive loss of life in Israel was solely due to the miraculous efficiency of the Iron Dome system and the orderly manner in which Israeli took shelter when they heard the warning sirens. Had there not been Iron Dome batteries spread throughout Israel there would have been massive damage and carnage probably well beyond the casualties suffered by the people in Gaza whether aligned with a terror group or not. Now Israel is sending in her young troops to find the tunnels and destroy them, the networks of rooms and the stored arms within those tunnels. This method of going in with troops instead of simply bombing these sights into remission the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will meticulously scour every inch of Gaza seeking the entrance to the tunnels in order to destroy them and their contents with the minimal loss of life and property. If Israel had instead decided to simply use heavier penetrating bombs, she could have easily taken out the entirety of the underground systems but in the process have destroyed much of Gaza’s structures. That destruction would have included the main hospital as there is a rocket storage center underneath the hospital. That is exactly the scenario Israel often faces when fighting terrorists who will blatantly and cowardly use the women and children as their version of a bullet proof vest, and why not as even if he gets shot and the human shield is also shot the incident can be quickly converted from a terrorist shot despite his child human shield, all that is needed is to take the rifle and any munitions the terrorist was carrying and place them outside of the picture of what can now be sold as a poor Arab child and his father, big brother, or some form of relative to fit the narrative and pictures of the two will most certainly be plastered all throughout the world media taken as the gospel truth because why would Hamas need to lie about such things. Gullibility increases directly proportional to fit the individual or corporate bigotries, whatever those shall be. Meanwhile, without Iron Dome I would dare claim that Israel would have suffered far greater casualties and destruction during the first ten days, and the ground invasion on an enemy which has fortified every inch of the grounds to be covered. It would have been far more simple and antiseptic to have continued the bombing and obliterated whatever proved necessary in order to destroy the underground network which Hamas has built with much of it being built in the past year.
Malaysian Airlines has lost another jet passenger liner but this time the location and means of its destruction are known. Now all the inquiry which is bound to come is to discern which nation or group was responsible. The Boeing 777 was flying eastward returning to Malaysia from Amsterdam. Flight 17 had 280 passengers and 15 crew members who all perished in the downing of that civilian aircraft. As the plane was heading eastward, logic would dictate that the aircraft could be mistaken for any other plane but as it came out of Europe and crossed into the Ukraine from the east it would likely not be any threat assessed. Then, according to sources at the scene, the Malaysian fight had to cross into Russian airspace from the west which leaves the potential that it was mistaken by the radar operator or by the person who fired the anti-aircraft missile downing the aircraft. The Russians have ruled out their people from being responsible and the Ukrainian Leaders have done likewise which still leaves the separatists and Russian sympathizers as the most likely group. The reality concerning the downing of the aircraft may never be known as it will depend who finds the black boxes (they are actually a very bright orange) first and thus will control all reports on their contents. There is probably very little that would be pertinent as there would be no mention of anything strange until it was too late for anybody to say much of anything that these boxes could discern. We can only hope and pray that there is finality and proper blame assigned to those responsible for this reprehensible and unprovoked act of violence as well as our prayers of comfort for the families of those lost in this tragic act. All sides have announced intentions to cooperate with any inspectors. We will simply need to wait and see if this is true. One can only imagine the frustration and mixed emotions at the home base of Malaysian Air as this is the second plane they have lost almost back-to-back.
In Syria and Iraq there has seemingly been a news blackout since the start of the conflict between Hamas in Gaza and Israel. ISIS is still cleansing the lands it now controls of those who are deficient in their practice of their version of Sunni Islam. Not a Muslim and within the areas under ISIS control, get out before they find you as once they locate those who are not Muslim, a fate worse than death awaits in the form of a torturous and cruel death possibly by crucifixion. Yes, that is what I said, crucifixion, and there have already been reports of ISIS utilizing crucifixions as a punishment for crimes of religious impurity. In Syria Bashir al-Assad continues to punish anything living that does not wear a Syrian military uniform and the various rebel factions continue to occasionally fight the Syrian army and more often fight each other for supremacy from among the rebels and to prove who is the one that is the chosen of Allah, which really bodes poorly for the small band of secularists that remain from the initial revolt which they initiated and could have been aided and victorious if anybody had committed to a decisive action of arming them before the Jihadists took control of the civil war and made the conflict a war between Shiite and Sunni Islamic forces. The sole choice now in Syria is which oppressive leadership would you prefer, Sunni extremists or Alawite al-Assad backed by Shiite Iran or Shiite extremists, but I repeat myself. The horrific war in Syria has displaced millions of Syrian people and murdered thousands of innocent civilians as well as close to if not more than a thousand fighters on all sides. Perhaps the world’s media finds the Hamas against Israel a far easier dispute to follow as in Syria there are at least five or many more groups all fighting in multiple directions that it can be dizzying. There are the Syrian military, the Hezballah forces from Lebanon and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fighting on the side of al-Assad and they are well organized and are not infighting while there are the Al Nusra Front which is one of the Sunni Islamic groups, Free Syrian Army which is a predominantly Sunni group with some Christians and desires a secular state with a definite separation between religion and state, ISIS which is the fanatical Sunni extremists that even al-Qaeda shunned from their ranks due to their being too extreme for al-Qaeda, and there have been reports of some smaller militias some of which have banded together in order to prevent their being swallowed by the larger groups. Perhaps if I had to cover the Middle East I too would cherish covering anything other than what is happening in Syria, Iraq and even reaching into Iran.
Of course, we know that the conflict between the Ukraine and Putin’s Russia is alive and simmering as they just downed a passenger airliner as covered above. Japan is arming itself up to and possibly beyond the military force they possessed at the height of World War II. While this was completely against their Constitution in which after World War II the Japanese leadership and military generals demanded that a disarmament clause be included in the rules that General MacArthur was drafting for them. The Japanese actually debated and altered their restriction as they fear the hegemonic actions of China against them, the Philippines and any ships traversing the South China Sea all without so much as an excuse me from the United States. Simply put, Japan and the Philippines both feel betrayed. There is the evacuation by thousands of parents in Central and South American nations in revolt or under stifling governments sending, for the most part, just their children to the United states after hearing quotes of United States President Obama out of context implying intentionally to these desperate people that if their children can cross the border into the United States they will be permitted to remain. These ads are particularly deceitful and will cause ill will and great difficulties on all nations and individuals affected by this campaign. One might ponder whether the world could ever be in even more trouble and closer to the brink of dissolving into mass carnage. The answer might be yes, but I hope that such does not become our new reality, it’s distressing enough already.