Tigerhawk notices that Hamas is now asserting its control of the border. The original AP caption said:
A Hamas militant is seen inside of an X-ray machine in front of journalists in the passport processing area of the terminal at the Rafah Border Crossing which is now controlled by Hamas militants, near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, June 15, 2007. On its first day of full rule in Gaza, the Islamic militant party Hamas on Friday granted amnesty to Fatah leaders, signaling that it seeks conciliation with the defeated forces of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
But there's a method to the madness. Telegraph journalist Charles Levinson answers the question: 'Why does Hamas wear masks?':
Someone asked in the comments why the Hamas fighters are wearing masks? What I can say is that one of the many advantages Hamas had over Fatah was that the identity and address of every security force soldier and officer in every branch was readily available to them. ...
Hamas, like other Islamic organizations throughout the Middle East, remains a highly secretive organization and that is a huge advantage. Not only did the conventional security services not know who was in the Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ armed wing), they didn’t know where their bases were. We asked one Fatah fighter why they didn’t attack Hamas? He said, they don’t have any bases to attack. We chase after them and they dissolve into the population.
This just goes to show how much damage modern political correctness has inflicted on the Geneva Convention. Article IV of the Geneva Conventions provided that the privilege of being treated as a prisoner of war would be given to combatants who fulfilled the following conditions:
(a) That of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;
(b) That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance;
(c) That of carrying arms openly;
(d) That of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.
The advantages of using mufti are well known. And to prevent warfare from becoming an unrecognizable brawl, efforts were made to steer combat into contests betweeen uniformed armies. Incentives were provided to armies which fought in uniform, under discipline and according to normative policies. No longer. The rules of war have been wholly corrupted oddly enough, sometimes by the very same so-called Human Rights Advocates who profess to care for them. Perhaps they thought in the beginning they would only be disadvantaging the United States. But in the end, they wound up corrupting the usages themselves. Welcome to airport security.