Hamas has once again attempted to burst out of draconian Israeli policies with violence, and once again Israel has responded with overkill. After the misadventure in Lebanon some of us had hoped that Israel had learned that it was not free to launch expansive military campaigns in response to perceived threats to its security. But they have not and are looking like the military is out of control.
American Democracy in Iraq and throughout the Middle East?
That’s just not going to happen.
Israel retaliates against Hamas
Israel retaliated against [the recent rocket fire by] the Palestinian organization Hamas with air attacks in the Gaza area. Hamas and various Arab nations refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
For those of you who know little or nothing of Hamas, here is a brief (perhaps oversimplistic) excerpt taken from an article in The New York Times outlining the organization:
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