After suffering through bombardment of 6,464 rockets launched at Tehran from Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) bases southeast of the capital city over the past years, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei and the Guardian Council recently determined to go on the offensive to terminate the MEK attacks. Iranian Revolutionary Guards in recent days launched a heavy air campaign against MEK strongholds. MEK spokespersons claim that over 400 followers have been killed in the air strikes, and at least 100 of them are civilians.The story continues:
After warning civilians in the area of MEK bases to leave their homes, Iran has now launched a follow-up ground attack. MEK freedom fighters are protesting the attacks as disproportionate. Protests of support for the MEK fighters have sprung up across Europe, the United States, and elsewhere around the world.
Thousands of Iranian troops backed by columns of tanks and helicopter gunships launched a ground offensive against MEK bases Saturday night with officials saying they expected a lengthy fight in the densely populated territory after eight days of punishing airstrikes failed to halt militant rocket attacks on Tehran.Woops! I guess I got my facts twisted just a little bit. I guess it was really Israel that decided to go on the offensive after having suffered through the attack of 6,464 rockets in the past three years. Instead of
Great "collateral value" exists to Hamas for each bit of "collateral damage" committed by Israel. Hamas is doing whatever it can to encourage and compel the civilians to stay put.MEK being the rocketeers, Hamas is. I'm just guessing, though, that that makes a huge difference in your mind.
Why should it? An attack is an attack. Self-defense is self-defense.
The truth? As of yesterday 6,464 rockets had been fired into Israel by Hamas. Among more than 400 dead are about 100 civilians in Gaza. While in the fake story, Iran warned civilians to vacate after the aerial campaign, in the real story, Israel asked them to leave before any attacks had begun. World-wide protests in support of MEK freedom fighters?--that would have never happened.
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a rocket attack? I have. What doesn't cause death or injury defintely causes panic.
After reading the above fictional account, think to yourself carefully: "Who would I more likely have given a pass to if it had been true?" Unfortunately, most people would say Iran.
Can you imagine what Iran would have done if MEK really had bombed its major cities with rockets nearly incessantly for three years?
Israel is so scrupulous about civilian life that, risking the element of surprise, it contacts enemy noncombatants in advance to warn them of approaching danger.While Israel hopes its warnings have been heeded, and that they encounter no civilians during their ground offensive to seize caches of Hamas rockets and other weapons, Hamas is doing whatever it can to encourage and compel the civilians to stay put. Great "collateral value" exists to Hamas for each bit of "collateral damage" committed by Israel. Unfortunately, most of us in the West feed Hamas's flame of hatred by not being honest about its incessant provocations of Israel.
In addition to the citation immediately above, Charles Krauthammer puts it this way:
For Hamas the only thing more prized than dead Jews are dead Palestinians. Israel has but a single objective in Gaza--peace: the calm, open, normal relations it offered Gaza when it withdrew in 2005. At war today in Gaza, one combatant is committed to causing the most civilian pain and suffering on both sides. The other combatant is committed to saving as many lives as possible--also on both sides.If you guessed that the combatant who is committed to saving lives is Israel, go to the head of the class. If you guessed that Hamas is Gaza's knight in shining armor, please see a psychiatrist.
What happened to the gigantic, vibrant greenhouses that Jews left behind when they vacated the Gaza in 2005? They have been abandoned. Hamas has spent most of its time not feeding and protecting its people (although they do just enough of that to convince dupes that they really care). Rather, it has been building up terrorist bases and huge arsenals.
It can't be that Hamas is angry at the Israelis (which include Palestinians) because Israel occupies Gaza. That stopped almost four years ago. There must be some other reason. Could it be...I'm just brainstorming here...that Hamas subscribes to Mahmoud Ahamadinejad's penchant for wiping Israel off the map?
Ask the Palestinians in Gaza what they think about Israel, and they will likely tell you that Israel is the enemy. In most cases, however, the Gaza civilians know that not to be true, but they are afraid to say the truth--because the enemy is among them.
Israel doesn't want to kill people. They just want to be left alone. Disproportion has nothing to do with it. All Israel wants is for the indiscriminate bombings of its homeland to stop. They have bent over backwards to give Hamas its own territory. Hamas gives Israel a slap in the face in return.