The cacophony we have been subjected to by the leftist media since the opening of Israel's operation Cast Lead which began local time 11:30 a.m., 27 December 2008 is nothing if not predictable.
Between 1 January 2008 and 27 December 2008 over 3000 rockets were launched at Israel by HAMAS from Gaza. During the same period more than 1300 mortar rounds were also launched. These attacks resulted in 8 Israeli deaths as well as considerable damage to property and infrastructure. The "minimal" damage to Israel caused by these attacks is only due to the lack of HAMAS' capability of inflicting greater harm to citizens of the "Zionist Entity". Lest we forget, the chief objective of HAMAS is the extinguishing of the Israeli state and the murder of all jews and other infidels.
It is interesting to note the propensity of the leftist media and punditry to condemn Israel for actions to defend and protect its citizens from extermination by an avowed enemy while at the same time never countenancing such an attack on their own secure environment by an equally determined enemy.
In view of Mr. Scheer's statement:
While the Hamas rocket attacks are reprehensible, they are also an ineffectual challenge to Israel’s enormous security apparatus, and the severity of Israel’s response to them is counterproductive.How long does Mr. Scheer believe any government can survive without taking action to protect its citizens from external aggression?
In addition to noting that "Israel's enormous security apparatus..." is meaningless unless engaged in defense of that nation, let us engage in an intellectual experiment: Suppose that a Mexican irredentist movement dedicated to the elimination of US sovereignty in California and the murder of all "gringos" were to come to power in the Mexican state of Baja California Norte. Suppose also that members of this movement began launching rockets and mortars from Tijuana into the populated areas of San Ysidro and San Diego in southern California causing casualties and property damage. Suppose further that over a period of more than 3 years the Mexican Federal government failed to control or eliminate these irredentist "militants". How long does one suppose that these leftist "journalists" and "pundits" such as Robert Scheer (a contributing editor to Nation Magazine and a "Nation Fellow") and "conservative" Patrick Buchanan would be clamoring for forceful "action" to end the terrorism? In the case of Mr. Scheer, I suspect, never: but as for Mr. Buchanan who characterizes Israeli actions as a "blitzkrieg" it would probably be measured in hours.
Please remember dear reader that HAMAS, since its inception in 1987 has been dedicated to not only the elimination of the Israeli state, but the murder of ALL "infidels". This includes YOU, Joe sixpack as well as the chablis and brie set.