As everyone should know by now, Israel is responding with aggression against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. And, as people should know, Gaza Strip was given back to the arabs after Israel conquered that territory some years ago.
What did the arabs do to show their appreciation? Launch dozens of rocket at Israel almost every single day, even during cease-fire agreements. Whilst the Hamas terrorist organization maintained rocket, mortar and other attacks against Israeli civilians and civilian targets, it was only Israel that got the shame-shame statements from world leaders whenever they responded or arrested known murderers.
This latest cease-fire, which lasted only months, limited both sides in its aggressiveness against the other. It did however allow Israel to directly respond to rocket attacks or to singularly go after known murderers that were known to have killed Israelis. Thus, Israel stopped all ground offensives and only took rare incursions in to the Gaza Strip in order to take out high priority targets. However, during that same cease-fire agreement, Hamas continued its rain of destruction upon Israel. Some days saw over 50 attacks. Yes, no one from the world or media dared condemn Hamas' breaking of agreements and putting civilians at risk (many times it was their own civilians that were fired upon).
And as Brian has shown and I will show, now that Israel has decided enough is enough and taken defensive aggression against the Hamas terrorist organization's continuous rocket and mortar attacks, world leaders and the mainstream press are squealing that Israel should stop and hold another cease-fire.
I will attempt to show you, from a story at FoxNews.com, how biased and wholly inept the mainstream media really is.
Before I start, can you guess which wire service wrote this story?
From its first paragraph, you can already sense the anger and hatred towards Israel's willingness to continue to survive:
Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.
Israel has rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants...
Israel rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its devastating air offensive against Palestinian militants...
Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian fighters whose rocket barrages are striking
Hamas fired more than two dozens rockets and mortar shells by mid-day Wednesday, including five that hit in and around the major southern Israeli city of Beersheba, 22 miles from Gaza. One hit an empty school. Another landed in a small farming community about 20 miles southeast of Tel Aviv.
The diplomatic action was set in motion by the scale of destruction in Gaza since Israel unleashed its campaign Saturday, and a casualty toll that Gaza officials now put at 390 dead and some 1,600 wounded.
Hamas says some 200 uniformed members of Hamas security forces have been killed, ...
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,...
Overnight, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussed a 48-hour truce proposal floated by France with his foreign and defense ministers. The meeting ended with a decision to continue the punishing aerial campaign.
White House officials said Bush talked with Olmert on Wednesday about finding ways to "end the violence" in the region and to voice concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza.
Olmert told ministers Israel embarked upon the offensive to radically transform the security situation in Israel's south and would not leave the job half done.
"Giving Hamas a respite just to regroup, rearm is a mistake," Olmert spokesman Mark Regev said. "The pressure on the Hamas military machine must continue."
France said it was still trying to persuade Israel to suspend its attacks. "I hope there are no ground operations," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said.
Hamas, whose charter specifically calls for the destruction of the state of Israel, kept up its rocket barrages, which have killed four Israelis since the weekend, and sent many more running for bomb shelters.
Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and many other Western nations.
From 2000 to 2004, Hamas was responsible for killing nearly 400 Israelis and wounding more than 2,000 in 425 attacks, according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 2001 through May 2008, Hamas launched more than 3,000 Qassam rockets and 2,500 mortar attacks against Israeli targets.
Underlying the Israeli decision to keep fighting are the mightier weapons that Hamas has smuggled into Gaza through underground tunnels along the border with Egypt.
Now, they are firing industrial-grade weapons that have dramatically expanded their range and put more than one-tenth of Israel's population in their sights.
Early on Wednesday, Israeli aircraft pounded smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border in another attempt to sever the lifeline that keeps Hamas in power by supplying weapons, food and fuel.
A huge explosion rocked a tunnel that housed a fuel pipeline and aircraft also smashed the house of a smuggling kingpin. In all, two tunnels were destroyed in the raid, Egyptian security officials in Rafah said.
An Egyptian official, ..., said Israel has destroyed 120 tunnels since the aerial campaign began. According to conservative estimates, there were at least 200 tunnels before Israeli warplanes began striking.
A Palestinian medic was killed and two others were wounded when an Israeli missile struck next to their ambulance east of Gaza City, Palestinians said. The Israeli military said it did not know of the incident.
Diskin, the Israeli security services chief, said Hamas was trying to smuggle out some of its activists to Egypt through tunnels that were still passable. Other militants were hiding in Gaza hospitals, some disguised as doctors and nurses, and in mosques, where militants had set up command and control centers, Diskin said.
Although Hamas leaders have been driven underground, spokesman Taher Nunu said the Gaza government was functioning and had met over the past few days.
"What our people want is clear: an immediate stop to all kinds of aggression, the end of the siege by all means, the opening of all border crossings, and international guarantees that the occupation will not renew this terrorist war again," Nunu said in a statement.
A Hamas spokesman said militants wouldn't halt their rocket and mortar fire until Israel ended its blockade. "If they halt the aggression and the blockade, then Hamas will study these suggestions," Mushir Masri said.
The U.N. Security Council met Wednesday night to consider an Arab request for a legally binding resolution that would condemn Israel and halt the attacks. But the United States called a draft resolution "unacceptable" because it made no mention of halting the Hamas rockets.
"Between 20 percent and 25 percent of the dead are either women or children, said Karen Abu Zayd, U.N. Relief and Works Agency commissioner."
The numbers reported indicate that there was no clear intent to inflict disproportionate collateral civilian casualties. What is critical from the standpoint of international law is that if the attempt has been made "to minimize civilian damage, then even a strike that causes large amounts of damage - but is directed at a target with very large military value - would be lawful." Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, explained that international humanitarian law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court "permit belligerents to carry out proportionate attacks against military objectives, even when it is known that some civilian deaths or injuries will occur."
The attack becomes a war crime when it is directed against civilians (which is precisely what Hamas does). After 9/11, when the Western alliance united to collectively topple the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, no one compared Afghan casualties in 2001 to the actual numbers that died from al-Qaeda's attack. There clearly is no international expectation that military losses in war should be on a one-to-one basis. To expect Israel to hold back in its use of decisive force against legitimate military targets in Gaza is to condemn it to a long war of attrition with Hamas.