you like cease-fires, then this is a great time to be alive. Those
Israelis who weren't shot in the head by Hamas terrorists (whom Andrew
Sullivan insists weren't real Hamas terrorist, trading in his obsession
with Sarah Palin's rogue pregnancy for a new conspiracy theory) or
killed by a Hamas rocket, encounter almost as many cease-fires in a
given day as terrorist attacks.
cease-fire comes along every few minutes and it can last anywhere from a
minute to an hour to a few hours until Hamas once again begins firing
rockets or swarming through tunnels to attack Israelis.
what is it good for?" The Temptations sang. The obvious answer is that
wars done right keep you from having to keep fighting.
But cease-fires with Hamas aren't good for that or anything else.
violates its own cease-fires. It declares cease-fires and then denies
that it declared them. It seems to have almost as many positions on
cease-fires as John Kerry does on Iraq.
cease-fires with Hamas are as worthless as its unilateral withdrawal
from Gaza which allowed Hamas to take over the area. The cease-fires
don't stop the fighting. They don't bring an end to the violence.
That's what war is for.
John Kerry is almost as obsessed with cease-fires as he is with finding
a toupee that stays put during intense windsurfing sessions. The
complete uselessness of the cease-fires hasn't stopped the completely
useless top diplomat from constantly proposing new ones.
noticed that the lifespan of one of these cease-fires is roughly that of
a good idea inside his brain, Kerry defended his insistence on
enrolling Israel in the Ceasefire-of-the-Minute club by claiming that
enough worthless cease-fires could eventually be cashed in for one big
Obama's economic policy was all about piling up
huge amounts of debt on the theory that enough debt would eventually
translate into wealth. The theory of a million worthless cease-fires
adding up to peace is that same economic theory applied to the equally
fraudulent realm of international diplomacy.
"The momentum generated by these short-term cease-fires is the best way to achieve a sustainable cease-fire," Kerry said.
far the only momentum is coming from Hamas rockets falling on Israel
every time there's a cease-fire. But maybe that's the momentum that John
Kerry has in mind. If enough rockets fall on Israel, maybe the Jews
will finally give up on trying to contain Hamas and settle on Qatar's
In Hard Choices, a photo of deposed Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi gazing lovingly into Hillary Clinton's eyes is captioned with the false claim that “Morsi helped me negotiate a cease-fire between Israel & Hamas that holds to this day.“
"to this day" she probably meant the last day someone bought a copy of
Hard Choices; piles of which are currently being used as doorstops at
every Costco in the country. But even by that standard, the cease-fire
that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt negotiated with the Muslim
Brotherhood in Gaza didn't hold up too well.
The rocket attacks
on Israel never stopped. Obama, Kerry and Clinton just pretended that
they did. Desperate to get someone in Washington D.C. to notice their
homicidal mania, Gaza even fired off rockets during Obama's visit. The
target was Sderot, the Israeli city that Obama had visited back in 2008
before he learned how to lower the oceans, amnesty the illegals and stab
Israel in the back.
"The first job of any nation state is to
protect its citizens," Obama told the residents of the city that has
come to be known as the nation's bomb shelter. "If somebody was sending
rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going
to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis
to do the same thing."
But in 2013, Obama skipped Sderot. He paid
no attention to the terrorists firing rockets at Sderot, even though
they had dubbed him a "Roman Dog". Instead he visited the leader of the
PLO who welcomed him with a mangled rendition
of a Communist song about the glories of the Red Army and collective
agriculture. Abbas may have assumed that it was one of the few things
that the terrorist leader and the community organizer had in common.
everyone went on pretending that the cease-fire still held. Only the
Israelis had trouble playing along because were still being shelled.
worker will tell you that putting one fragile and unstable object on top
of another an infinite amount of times will not build anything livable,
but the party of "You Didn't Build That" doesn't seem to know much
about how to actually build things, whether it's economies or
Psaki's rhetoric is part of a larger shift in diplomatic expectations about the peace process.
is expected to accept a million cease-fires, no matter how worthless,
because a cease-fire is an innately good thing, regardless of whether
it's actually good for anything. If war is always bad, then cease-fires
are always good. It doesn't matter if winning a war actually leads to
peace while cease-fires just lead to more war.
The devolution of
peacenik idealism from a lasting peace to a cease-fire that lasts as
long as it takes a bunch of men from Beit Hanoun to lug their rocket
from the mosque to a UNRWA school is an adaptation to a new reality.
its PLO cousins, Hamas isn't willing to pinkie swear that it will stop
killing Israelis if it gets a few pieces of land on a map. Hamas only
offers the Hudna, the temporary cease-fire that Muslims offer to
non-Muslims, just before they start killing them again anyway.
framed the peace deal to Muslims in terms of Mohammed's Hudna, a
process that eventually led Mohammed to carry out the mass murder and
rape of the local Jewish population during that golden age of
coexistence between Muslims and the Jews and Christians they were
ethnically cleansing that the New York Times keeps talking about when it blames Zionism for everything.
the PLO was at least willing to run its Hudna through the Western
framework of diplomacy and peace agreements. Hamas is no more honest
than the PLO, but its dishonesty is expressed in purely Islamic terms.
If it's going to agree to an agreement that it intends to break anyway,
it's going to be a temporary Hudna cease-fire, which it can safely break
under Islamic law, and not some infidel Western peace process.
idealism of diplomats and activists is tagging along after the new
Hamas reality. The peace process is dead. The temporary ceasefire in
which Hamas is allowed to kill Israelis, but Israel isn't allowed to
kill the terrorists killing its people is the new ideal. And Israel is
expected to get on board.
The cease-fire is just the peace process stripped as naked as the fairy tale emperor. It works exactly the same way.
attack Israel. Israel fights back. The photogs snap staged photos of
Israeli atrocities, complete with painstakingly posed brand new teddy
bears. The diplomats show up and demand that Israel make concessions to
the terrorists in exchange for not being shot at. The concessions are
made and the terrorists go on shooting anyway.
It's the same old
story, without any of the empty talk of "Peace in Our Time." There's no
promise of co-existence. No new Middle East. Just Lucy in a Burka
holding out an exploding football.
Secretary of State John Kerry
promises that enough cease-fires will add up to a sustainable
cease-fire. But what is a sustainable cease-fire anyway? Unlike peace,
sustainable cease-fires happen through a balance of power. Kerry's
sustainable cease-fire however is supposed to be achieved by rewarding
Hamas for breaking all the other cease-fires with a raft of new
Trying to obtain a sustainable cease-fire by
rewarding terrorists who break cease-fires is like going trillions into
debt to get rich. Not only won't it work, but it will have the exact
sustainable cease-fire can't exist because he's paying the terrorists
breaking it in Israeli currency. Psaki's giant pile of cease-fires, one
of top of another, is just a game of diplomatic Jenga. Everyone from the
UN Secretary General to Hillary Clinton keeps shouting for an immediate
cease-fire. But what is the cease-fire supposed to accomplish when the
problem is terrorism?
We didn't respond to Pearl Harbor with an
unconditional cease-fire. We didn't address 9/11 with a cease-fire. As
miserably defeatist as this administration has been, it still hasn't
declared a cease-fire with Al Qaeda no matter how many civilians,
including children, die in the process.
A cease-fire is even more
pointless than a peace process. At least a peace process has a goal. A
cease-fire is a temporary interruption in hostilities. It doesn't
accomplish anything except to prolong and delay the inevitable. It's not
an end to war. It's a war that drags on interminably without any final
conclusion. Instead the rockets keep falling year after year in the war
that never ends.
A million cease-fires solve nothing. Especially
when Hamas continues to violate its own cease-fires, accepting them and
then rejecting them and then attacking anyway.
We don't have a
cease-fire with Al Qaeda. Instead Obama keeps promising to defeat Al
Qaeda. Doesn't Israel deserve to win its own war on terror?
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