Who's afraid of the IDF?
Posted by aogWednesday, 03 September 2003 at 15:31 TrackBack Ping URL

After a long discussion over at Junkyard Blog about what the Palestinians really want, I saw this article over at Little Green Footballs. It describes the fact that the Hamas leadership is running scared now that Israel has the capability and the will to frag them without large numbers of civilian casualties.

This ties back in to my final comment in that thread, which is that Israel hasn’t just built a wall and hunkered down behind it. The problem with that is that it would require declaring a Palestinian state and then retaliating against that state for attacks. In order to actually discourage attacks the retaliation would have to be WWII class bombings, something I don’t think Israel is capable of doing because of internal politics and world opinion. This article demonstrates that point. Note that, up to now, despite the fact that there is a low level war going on, the Hamas leadership had no fear of Israeli retaliation. It is only now that there is fear. What other revolutionary / rebellious / partisan group has ever been able to operate for decades, killings civilians, without the leadership being in fear of its life? Something to think about.