War is Hell


Wars are won in the will.” – from The 13th Warrior

War is hell.” – General William Tecumseh Sherman

Matthew Continetti at the Washington Free Beacon:

Free Gaza

Three. That is the number of times Israel has fought Hamas since 2007, when the terror group seized control of the Gaza Strip. There was Operation Cast Lead in 2008, Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, and now Operation Protective Edge in 2014. In all three cases the story has been the same: Israel is attacked; Israel responds; Israel is condemned; Israel ceases fire. Hamas is weakened. Hamas recovers. The rockets return. Rewind and repeat.

The latest ceasefire has just been announced. Still, Prime Minister Netanyahu says the war won’t end until the tunnels Hamas uses to attack Israel are destroyed. After that, one presumes, the Israelis will withdraw. And then? We know the answer. Hamas will rebuild. Hamas will rearm. Hamas will dig. Hamas will kill.

This isn’t speculation. Inciting, arming, digging, and killing are what Hamas does. Theft, murder, terror, hatred, paranoia, propaganda—these are not affects of Hamas. These are not learned behaviors. They are the elements of its DNA.

Want to end the war? I am not asking if you want to end Operation Protective Edge. I am asking if you want to end Hamas’ war on Israel. And if that is what you want, then the answer is simple: Free Gaza from Hamas.

I understand I am in the minority. “Israel’s ideal outcome,” write Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, “would be for Hamas to capitulate to Israel’s demands to disarm and reform into a defanged version of its current self—a troublesome but manageable part of a larger Palestinian infrastructure.”

That is an “ideal” outcome, indeed. It is not a realistic one.

Hamas capitulate? Its charter reads, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it.” Hamas disarm? Its patron Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, says, “Disarmament of resistance is a daydream that will only come true in the graveyard.” Hamas reform? Its leader Khaled Meshaal says, “I do not want to live with a state of occupiers.” Hamas defanged? It booby-traps homes, kills children, conceals weapons in schools, builds headquarters under hospitals. A defanged tarantula dies because it cannot kill. A defanged Hamas would die for the same reason.

Writing in Haaretz—the flagship of the Israeli left—historian Benny Morris notes the high cost of regime change in Gaza. Long, polarizing, and bloody, the campaign would “exact a serious price in lives from both Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Palestinian civilians.” Nevertheless, Morris argues, Hamas rule must end.

Why? Because the terrible price in human life is already being paid. It is being parceled out in increments. It is death on an installment plan: a killing here, an act of retaliation there, a mortar attack on one day, an airstrike the next, a war for three weeks, another one three months after that.

Collapse the tunnels or collapse Hamas. Lives will be lost either way. The difference is in the end state. Leave Hamas in charge, and you guarantee the war will resume, and more lives will be lost. Topple Hamas, and you remove the source of the conflict, the first cause of the death and destruction. Lives will be saved over time.


I disagree with Matthew Continetti. I don’t think that destroying Hamas will solve anything. If Israel wants peace they will have to destroy the Palestinian’s will to fight.

Allow me to explain:

Sherman’s March to the Sea is the name commonly given to the military Savannah Campaign in the American Civil War, conducted through Georgia from November 15 to December 21, 1864 by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army. The campaign began with Sherman’s troops leaving the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, on November 15 and ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21. His forces destroyed military targets as well as industry, infrastructure, and civilian property and disrupted the South’s economy and its transportation networks.


Sherman’s “March to the Sea” followed his successful Atlanta Campaign of May to September 1864. He and the U.S. Army commander, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, believed that the Civil War would end only if the Confederacy’s strategic, economic, and psychological capacity for warfare were decisively broken.

The current conflict in Gaza is just the latest chapter in a war that started in 1948. Israel has won every battle. If they win the war there will be peace. If they lose, every Jew in Israel will have to flee or die. It’s really that simple.

This war will not end until the Palestinians lose the will to keep fighting it. People act like Hamas is something separate and distinct from the Palestinian population in Gaza. It’s not.

It is regrettable that women and children are dying, but Hamas is 100% responsible for every single violent death in Gaza. There was a 72-hour ceasefire that was supposed to start at 8:00 a.m. local time this morning. That ceasefire barely lasted 3 hours before Hamas launched new attacks on Israel. This was after using the hours prior to the ceasefire to launch numerous rockets.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the opportunity to achieve something that none of his predecessors could accomplish. He can win a decisive victory over the Palestinians and bring peace to the area.

He should ignore the impotent squawking from Barack Obama, John Kerry, and the United Nations. He should order the IDF to methodically locate and destroy every tunnel and weapons cache in Gaza. Every leader and soldier of Hamas should be captured or killed.

In the first half of the 20th Century we fought two wars against Germany. The first time we failed to achieve a decisive victory, and a couple decades later we had to fight them again. The second time we didn’t stop until the job was done and we’ve been at peace with Germany ever since.

Break their will, then there can be peace.


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138 Responses to War is Hell

  1. The Klown says:

    I said this back in 2012:

    The nation of Israel is about the size and has about the population of New Jersey. That’s not very big. You could easily drive the length of it in one day, or drive across it in a couple hours. The Gaza strip is even smaller – about 141 square miles. That makes it slightly larger than Philadelphia. But it has about 1.7 million people in it, which means it is pretty crowded.

    The Gaza Strip is occupied by Palestinians and controlled by Hamas. Since the beginning of the year they have launched over 1200 Qassam rockets into Israel, mostly at civilian targets. These rockets are not like our ICBMs or Tomahawk cruise missiles, they are fairly small and can be launched from portable launchers set up on rooftops. They are short range and not very powerful, similar to a hand grenade or mortar round.

    The goal of these rocket attacks is not to destroy Israel’s military. It is simple terrorism. Every time an Arab army has tried to stand toe-to-toe with the Israelis, they have lost, and lost badly. So now the main Palestinian tactic is to try to provoke a reaction.

    The problem is that Hamas is basically holding their own families hostage, daring Israel to respond. It’s just like the Intifada – have boys throw rocks at Israeli soldiers, trying to goad them into shooting back. Then when the soldiers do shoot back, they scream about how terribly they are being oppressed.

    Hamas lobs missiles at Israel, so Israel strikes back. No, it’s not a fair fight. Israel has much more military force than Hamas. But the issue is not which side is stronger, it is which side keeps initiating hostilities.

  2. The Klown says:

    Here’s another thing. Let’s quit using the terms “antisemitism” and “anti-Zionist” and call them what they really are – Jew hating.

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  4. DandyTIger says:

    Very sadly you are right. The occupation is not nice and is unfair. The settlements are an abomination. Israel could certainly be less provocative without the settlements, and without some of their isolation practices. But in the end, it wouldn’t matter. The war would continue regardless. Enough Palestinians believe they should keep fighting because they think if they keep at it, they can eventually win. That is why they elect and side with leaders that believe that and act on it. They want the ’67 territory back, but that had the ’67 territory before and they still went to war. The analogies are apt about what happened between then north and south, between us and germany (and japan). Sadly you have to knock the fight out of someone to really stop a fight.

    • The Klown says:

      Right now Bibi has a 90% approval rating in Israel. They are tired of this shit and want him to finish the job.

      They aren’t worried about international sanctions because this is about survival.

    • WMCB says:

      I think some aspects of the blockade, etc have been harsh. But what the hell is Israel supposed to do? When you are dealing with a group that wants you dead, and will use ANYTHING and anyone to achieve that, and who will indeed smuggle bombs in “humanitarian” shipments, etc. They are well used to using our Western ideas of fair play against us – like our reluctance to kill civilians.

      And Israel cracks down, limits movement/shipment in/out of Gaza to survive, and the Palis become more bitter. Because the Palis could indeed have peace if they chose, but no they CANNOT have victory (Israel gone entirely), and that is truthfully what they want.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Why does the media defend Hamas which was determined to be a terrorist organization years ago? It’s heartbreaking to follow the msm groupthink calling out Israel as big bullies. Don’t get me started on the celebutards signing petitions supporting Hamas too……..argghhh.

    • fif says:

      My father is an MSM watcher, and the other day he said “there is absolutely no justification for killing children.” I responded with, “Then Hamas should stop firing rockets at Israel.” His response?

      “They don’t even LAND.”

      It’s all about appearance, not fact. Back to why Obama became president in the first place. People don’t bother to read the details anymore – it’s boring and they’re too busy texting and watching the Kardashians. Now Russell Brand is considered a legitimate political commentator.

    • 49erDweet says:

      1. They hate Jews? 2. Anti-semitism? 3. Anti-Zionism?
      Pick one.

  6. The Klown says:

    Meanwhile, at Salon:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Best comedy on the internets today.

    • Erin says:

      I have news for the author. The Indian government has concluded that condoms developed for the western market are not sized to properly fit their population and launched a campaign to develop and destribute condoms of a smaller size to their citizens for public health concerns. This difference may not be for genetic reasons and more for environmental issues because it’s also true that the average height of men in India is much shorter than in the West.

    • Lulu says:

      Because what could go wrong? Especially in an Atlanta hospital. God help them all. Is it time to go “prepper”?

    • Constance says:

      Wow. That is really sobering. But honestly I bet the people who run the isolation ward in Atlanta are excited to get a real chance at this disease.

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  9. DandyTIger says:

    Rahm says no illegals to Chicago until Chicago is fixed. But of course keep the boarders open. Because caring.

    • Lulu says:

      They are starting to get pushback. Blacks are understandably furious. The elite greenies are saying all of their eco-parks and gentrified areas are going to be turned into day labor camps and barrios with overpopulation and accompanying pollution (these illegals are not coming to work on organic farms). Unions (the members anyway) see falling wages. Faith communities are starting to understand that it isn’t their churches who are getting zillions in fed money to house and feed illegals but supposedly non-profits who have appropriated their names and faith language to farm the fed money and pay themselves obscene salaries. Democratic states and local authorites are seeing what it is going to cost them both in tax money and crime. This should be understood for what it is. It is a nightmare for Dems and the polling is showing it.

      • Constance says:

        What I don’t get is if it’s a nightmare for Dems, then why do the Dems persist in pushing for the illegal invasion and for amnesty?

      • WMCB says:

        I know that at least one of the “Baptist” orgs that got federal money has zero link to any church anywhere, and is suspiciously new on the scene.

        Some are tracking the info, and beginning to suspect a re-branding of our good old friends ACORN under churchy-sounding names.

        • Lulu says:

          Another of the “groups” which has gotten unbelievable amounts of grants and direct fed funds is in Austin as a social welfare group. It sounds like a pure La Raza spinoff for cash harvesting and has been rolling it in since 2010. This stuff is Chicago 101 pay to play. They won’t even let anyone know what the salaries are which must be stupendous for “social welfare workers”.

    • leslie says:

      That’s not what he said earlier this week. Earlier this week he was opening the city to 1000 of the illegal children because Caring. He said the city could take care of everyone.
      Of course that was earlier this week.

      • leslie says:

        In fact, he declared the city a “Sanctuary” —-> earlier this week.
        (Most likely before the other possible candidates for the next mayoral election got wind of it.)

    • 49erDweet says:

      And the due date for Chicago’s fixing is 24 months after Detroit fully recovers, so………

  10. Kathy says:

    It’s almost like Obama is trying to destroy Texas–oh wait

    • Lulu says:

      Yeah. We noticed. It has been going on since 2009. The only good news is the rumor that the cartel coyotes are not too happy with the National Guard coming to the Texas border (or the loony militia people with automatic weapons out in the middle of nowhere with no witnesses) and are setting up routes to New Mexico and California for the hordes where they will be welcomed with open arms.

      • The Klown says:

        I doubt if the loonies were out there more than a few hours the first day. It’s hotter than hell along that border. Nobody wanders around out there for fun.

      • WMCB says:

        Keep this pressure up and there will be places along that border where if push comes to shove, Texans will let the loonies do what they gotta do and look the other way. “I didn’t see nuthin.”

        One thing many don’t realize about TX hispanics is that many are OLD hispanic communities. Tejanos and Gringos have a long, LONG history of cooperation here. And even the hispanics who are okay with some, ahem, “fluidity” regarding workers going back and forth, are saying that what is coming over now is trash. And they don’t want the trash in their yard any more than white or black ppl do.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Also, TX and AZ Hispanics work at maintaining family networks in the old country. If THEY don’t like what’s going on, that’s an informed opinion.

          • The Klown says:

            We’re supposed to pretend that everybody who wants to come here is a wonderful person. The fact is that many of them are not nice people.

  11. Kathy says:

    I can only imagine–it’s certainly hot as he’ll here in florida

  12. NewOrleans says:

    Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) had me in hysterics on last night’s Hannity discussing Israel:


    On Pelosi: “She’s dumb as a rock and makes no effort to educate herself.”

    On Hillary: “From Mrs. Clinton, I did expect . . . not honorable behavior, but a glimmer of intelligence. I mean . . . she’s not totally stupid, but she obviously hasn’t done her homework on this.”

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  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Not fair to US citizens. 😡

  18. DeniseVB says:

    The Deputy PM tweeted this after Obama’s scolding 😉

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Oh goody a compare and contrast pic.
      KGB versus Harvard special admission.
      Putin looks at ease (and better in jeans). BO looks constipated.
      Putin appears to be listening/interacting with someone outside the shot. BO appears to be high.
      Putin actually looks – human. And not posed. BO looks like he is posing for MAD magazine.
      The putty tat seems relaxed next to Putin while that pup looks as if it wants to flee ASAP (who holds a dog that way?).
      Putin for the win.

      • The Klown says:

        The Obama pic is “fake but accurate”.

        (Unlike Obama himself, who is fake as a $3 bill and less accurate than a newspaper horoscope.)

    • The Klown says:

      The juicevoxers were all butthurted over that pick. I almost made their reaction my am post today.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        I had not seen it anywhere – but then I was scouring geek sites for tips on rehabbing a couple old notebooks.

        All of BO’s and MO’s pics are fakes one way or another so it is always hard to tell who photoshopped first. If they look accurate – I am assume it was an outside job since the WH does not do accurate. They seem to be the sort that instead of fixing a car’s flat tire, would poke holes in the other three tires so they all appear equally dysfunctional.

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  20. DeniseVB says:

    And the next conservative to be sliced and diced in the liberal media and blogs …….


    Ben Carson’s book and backstory are amazing! But he takes on the GOP as much as the Dems so I doubt he’ll get the establishment’s support.

  21. The Klown says:
  22. Lulu says:

    Does anyone understand what is going on with the Obamacare filings? The plaintiffs in the Fourth Circuit, the loser before the three judge panel who wrote a hackish and silly decision released just hours after Halbig, filed straight with the Supreme Court and bypassed the full court review. Then today the WH files a full court review request before the DC circuit. Who goes first? Does filing date count. It looks like the WH is trying to drag it all out since the 4th Circuit going to the Supremes directly would generate a decison next summer before Bronco is out of office. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/obamacare-subsidies-white-house-appeals-109646.html?hp=l3

    • SHV says:

      I don’t understand the legal/administrative reasons but apparently the “politically (?)” driven, half-assed 4th circuit decision allowed the loser to appeal directly to the SCOTUS and bypass an en banc review. If the DC circuit was the only decision, the WH could ask for en banc and drag it out passed 2016.

      • Lulu says:

        That’s what I thought too so maybe I am not as confused as I thought I was. I think the plaintiffs on the 4th Circuit got cracking on it pronto and beat the slow pokes in the administration. I am impressed with the very lengthy and detailed motion they got together in less than two weeks.

        • The Klown says:

          The initial notice of appeal is simple boilerplate. The points and authorities is due later and would be quite lengthy, but it would incorporate most of the original arguments.

  23. WMCB says:

    Yes, the goober-in-chief just said the economy is “booming”.

    • Somebody says:

      Obama’s personal economy is booming. All those fundraisers raking in the dough, glitzy WH parties, MV vacations, jetting around on AF1, life is good inside the Obama bubble.

  24. DandyTIger says:

    Made the mistake of watching some of President WATB talking today. What a piece of work. In a nutshell: economy doing great, he did that, and everything else is the evil GOP. And he’ll take it from here and just be a dictator, so no body worry. Oh, and he wondered why everyone wasn’t wishing him a happy birthday and asking him what he was going to do on his vacation. Not even kidding about the last bit. Seriously, this POS is the president.

    • Constance says:

      At least he’s stopped talking about Bush. But still he is President of the USA not head of his party. I would like him to stop bashing Republicans who were also elected to their positions. He needs to get negotiating and stop acting like a petulant simpleton. He may actually have to take the best deal he can get. If he doesn’t get a perfect bill there is nothing in the Constitution that says he can dictate his own Progressive Orthodox laws and ignore the laws we do have. I’m sick of his self righteous bullshit. And if you are required to negotiate with people it is not prudent to vilify them, grow the F up.

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    Evidently, so long as you blather about “cis white male blah blah blah”, you can be as stone cold racist and patronizing as you wanna be to them Mandingos.


    • Lulu says:

      Why is she posing with a portrait of Cosmo Kramer and a troll?

      • Somebody says:

        I think she’s what you might refer to as white trash. I personally LOVE all the various patterns and colors going on in that room…..brick patterned floor, zebra chair, mushroom pillow in front of the geometric pillow (clearly her ass doesn’t sit in that chair). Looks like a stolen handicap parking sign on the wall above the smoking garden gnome. My, my, my I wonder if her interior decorator is available?

        Oh and I’m betting based on the paneling that’s a mobile home, but I could be wrong on that one.

        I just know Klown isn’t online right now because he’s so verklempt she only likes black men, LMAO.

    • Somebody says:

      I think we’ve found a date for angry black guy! We can take up a collection to get him a 25 pound bag of flour to roll her in and then he can aim for the wet spots.

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  27. The Klown says:

    I was minding my own business, staying out of the heat and watching WWTBAM when suddenly they switched away to show a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT from my favorite person in the whole world. During the brief period I was watching he didn’t say anything important.

    Then my phone rings – it’s my mom. “Did you see what’s on television?” she asks.

    “Yeah” I answered.

    “I don’t want to watch that” she says. “Take me to Walmart!”

    So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past three hours.

    • Somebody says:

      Sure you took your mom to Walmart, uh huh, sure. We know you were pouting because your dream girl only likes black men, LOL!

      Actually you may have seen that chick at Walmart!

    • 49erDweet says:

      Wal-Mart managers plan manning loads around WH speech schedules. That’s when their sales are booming.

    • Constance says:

      You are a good son Klown.

      I love having a son, it was really fun raising him.

  28. The Klown says:
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    • WMCB says:

      You know, I don’t presume to know what or why lesbians find enjoyable. I don’t opine as an expert on their sexuality, ever. But many (not all) lesbians seem fucking all-fired sure of the reasons why I like what I like about men, and what’s going on in my head. And they are laughably wrong.

    • 1539days says:

      Has anyone answered “because it’s the normal way” yet?

      • Constance says:

        That was my immediate thought and my second thought was with a male partner you can do either so I’m pretty sold on men.

        • 1539days says:

          I’m just thinking about that link from a few days ago where a gay writer at The Daily Beast was complaining about a Cosmo article on great lesbian sex positions. Her main complaint seemed to be that there was no penetration involved.

          • WMCB says:

            Progs don’t really give a crap about consistency. They’ll take whatever angle best serves their cause.

    • threewickets says:

      Think maybe that’s what prog activism boils down to these days. Handful of whiny shouty blogs with world transforming fantasy agendas in the Castro and Noe Valley in San Francisco..

      “If only we could end all heterosexual intercourse in the world today, our earth nirvana would come true.” 🙂

  30. WMCB says:

    The coup started in 2007, now they want to wrap it up completely.

  31. The Klown says:

    I scored Superman II (Richard Donner Cut) from the $5 DVD bin.

  32. The Klown says:
    • The Klown says:

      This is an example of why the left has no credibility.

        • Lulu says:

          Do you think perhaps they have neurological deficits? Or is it just complete historical illiteracy? I am gobsmacked by their inability to connect the dots.

          • Somebody says:

            It’s historical illiteracy; the schools have turned history into PC tripe and it will only get worse with common core.

          • Constance says:

            I think it is the Progs lack of traditional religion. People seem to have a need to believe and have faith in something and lacking training in traditional religious principle they put their faith in outlandish political organizations. Then just like religious extremists they feel the need to act extremely to prove their worthy devotion.

    • Kathy says:

      Nasty comment–missing light years of history

    • Kathy says:

      Reasons for using tunnels were totally different. One is to kill and the other to survive. And I can tell you, as a former teacher, it is historical illiteracy.

      • Lulu says:

        Well they seem to think the world began when they were born. They think they invented sex too. LOL. Stupid, ignorant, angry and narcissistic is a stunted little life to live.

  33. WMCB says:

    Big time activist working for the great Socialist Cause:

  34. John Denney says:

    The Iraqi army folded pretty quickly in the face of ISIS.
    But I can’t see Israel lining up all the Gazan men and boys and shooting and beheading them all.

  35. WMCB says:

    Convenient Western dupes:

    • John Denney says:

      Taqiyya – Christians know that Satan is a deceiver and “the father of lies”, yet lying is perfectly acceptable in Islam.

      • The Klown says:

        The primary source of income to Mecca and Medina at the time of Muhammad was robbery – raiding trader caravans crossing the desert.

        Could that have possible affected the religion?

        p.s. Women were part of the booty.

        • John Denney says:

          I don’t know about that, but pride was definitely had an effect: Jews and Christians had their respective religions, with their prophets and writings, so the Arabs wanted their own religion, too.
          The Bible has many different ways of saying, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
          To my knowledge, the Quran neither speaks against pride, nor encourages humility. As a Christian, I was taught that a truly humble man cannot be offended, and that one should be humble, not thinking too highly of oneself.
          OTOH, Muslims seem to be continually offended. “Black Pride” and Islam seem to mesh in Louis Farakhan’s Nation of Islam.
          Lucifer was originally one of God’s chief angels, until he grew proud and said, “I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14)
          He tempted Eve with the same, telling her that if she ate the forbidden fruit, she would be like God. (Genesis 3:5)
          Proud, lying, murdering, truly the spawn of the Devil, as Jesus said to those who hated him,
          “”You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

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