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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:17 PM
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Hamas countdown has begun
Terrorism is a strange business. Terror groups usually fight stronger armies, and must therefore walk a fine line. As long as they stick to persistent low-intensity warfare, they can deliver painful blows without prompting an overwhelming response. Yet ironically, attacks that are overly successful can be a terrorists worst enemy.

A nation that sustains an unusually difficult blow is willing to adopt measures that it normally would not. We saw this with Americas harsh response to the September 11 attacks, and on a smaller scale in Israels response to the wave of suicide bombings in March 2002.

For many years, Palestinian terror groups heeded this lesson. Their success was moderate, yet repeated attacks eroded Israels sense of security over the years. Yet fortunately for Israel, here too the Palestinians showed that their reputation as the worlds worst decision-makers was well deserved. Their unique talent for misjudging reality, perhaps the most blatant of all Palestinian qualities, came back to haunt them again.

The suicide terror wave of 2002 culminated in the bloody Passover attack at a Netanya hotel that killed 30 people. Yet the customary Palestinian festivities in the wake of the grand operation were short lived. The shocking attack prompted Israel to launch operation Defensive Shield, which shattered the West Banks terror infrastructure. In subsequent years, Israels terror death toll dropped rapidly, from a peak of close to 450 victims to less than 15 last year. No less significantly, Israels tough response shattered Fatah, the strongest of all Palestinian organizations, which has not recovered since.

Now, Hamas is moving closer to making the same mistake.,7340,L-3516189,
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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:20 PM
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1. That's a very psycho killer take on the situation. Don't let the Israeli genocidal policy enter
into the discussion.
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:22 PM
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2. Your not making sense. nt
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class2068 Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:24 PM
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3. No, he's not.
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Vegasaurus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:28 PM
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4. Hamas is seeking a confrontation
to rile up its people and take attention away from their massive internal problems
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