Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Lord of the Flies

Human Rights Watch accuses Palestinian armed groups of "grave crimes" in Gaza. No pun intended. This includes throwing people from high-rise buildings, attacking hospitals, impersonating media men, etc. Here's a small sample:


On Sunday, Hamas military forces captured 28-year-old Muhammad Swairki, a cook for President Mahmoud Abbas's presidential guard, and executed him by throwing him to his death, with his hands and legs tied, from a 15-story apartment building in Gaza City. Later that night, Fatah military forces shot and captured Muhammad al-Ra'fati, a Hamas supporter and mosque preacher, and threw him from a Gaza City high-rise apartment building. ...

After Hamas fighters killed Fatah intelligence officer Yasir Bakar, Fatah gunmen began firing mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, drawing Hamas fire from inside the building, killing one Hamas and one Fatah fighter. At a hospital in Beit Hanun, three family members with ties to Fatah, 'Id al-Masri and his sons, Farij and Ibrahim, were killed, and others wounded....

In the June 9 incident, four armed Palestinians drove a white jeep bearing "TV" insignias to a fence on the Gaza-Israel border and fired at Israeli soldiers. ...

Etc, etc, etc. At least Hamas and Fatah haven't issued a torture manual like al-Qaeda. But if they did, would it change the political positions the various sides of the ideological spectrum have taken? Probably not. This is the downside to Fourth Generation warfare when any entrepreneur can start up his own terror business. The problem with a distributed insurgency is that, in substituting a unifying narrative for positive command and control, you have really unleashed a glorified form of chaos. So far this has been confined to Jihadi-type groups which have consciously adopted this model, thinking it advantageous. But eventually it will be copied by those whom they attack. The battles between the Sunni and the Shi'a in Iraq show that what starts as a contest between armed groups may eventually become a general purpose brawl.

Update

Der Spiegel's version of how the Sunni insurgency in Iraq fragemented is here. The bottom line is that the splits weren't created by diplomatic genius. The terror gangs fell out over control. That's not surprising because terror produces nothing. It doesn't bring a single goober out of the ground. Terror groups are inevitably in a zero-sum competition for the available protection racket, foreign funding and media attention.

18 Comments:

Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

i'm popping the pop corn and making a nice big pitcher of iced tea...

sitting with my feet up I can only laugh, laugh so hard i wet myself...

But My G-d on Most high says I should not take joy from the death of your enemies...

Hmmm.. but Rambam these are not human BEINGS, these are HUMAN animals, with no higher soul developed, they are a death cult, they worship baal... they are the seed of haman...

Yep, i thought so...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

burn baby burn, it's time for the fake people of "palestine" to be what they always were intended..

animals....

6/12/2007 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger JimMtnViewCa said...

My goodness!
Shocked...shocked. When did this appalling behavior from Palestinians begin?

6/12/2007 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger whiskey_199 said...

Which is the fatal flaw Wretchard of 4GW.

We see now many handcuffs on our capacity to make war. These seem made of iron, but perhaps they are not. Gary Brecher at the War Nerd at Exile.ru seems to think that what applies now to war (PC rules for the West) will always apply. A dangerous assumption that the 4GW people make.

Conceptually, if there is a populist Jacksonian revolt, because the people feel profoundly threatened, as in their continued existence, there is no reason at all to suspect that the US will not mobilize it's considerable abilities to conduct good old 3GW. If we wanted to we could have fleets of B2 Stealth bombers nuking the heck out of various places and there would not be a damn thing they could do about it.

Unfortunately, by handcuffing our abilities to move short of that in confronting 4GW, we guarantee that latter bloodshed.

6/12/2007 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger eggplant said...

Just out of curiosity, have the Palestinians been using suicide tactics against each other? I wonder if a Sunni Palestinian through suicide can rack up 70 virgins by killing another Sunni Palestinian, assuming that it's for a "good" cause? Obviously if it was Sunni versus Shiite Palestinians then the 70 virgins would be a given.

6/12/2007 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger Aristides said...

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

After a forceful attempt to gaze on the sun we turn away blinded -- a cure, as it were.


La-dee-da. Welcome to Earth, third planet from the Sun.

6/12/2007 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

The only interesting thing here is that some so called Western human rights group has noticed what the Palestinians have been doing to each other and everybody else for the last 40 years.

I am expecting a follow up report that it's all Israel's fault that the Palis act so badly.

6/13/2007 04:10:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...

eggplant,

re: suicide bombers

The Palestinian factions are running short on suicide bombers. When the last batch was sent off to the jihad, no one foresaw a Palestinian "civil" war.

6/13/2007 04:14:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...

peterboston,

re: I am expecting a follow up report that it's all Israel's fault that the Palis act so badly.

Well, goodness me, of course it is. It HAS to be. Otherwise...

6/13/2007 04:15:00 AM  
Blogger allen said...

peterboston,

News reports this morning would make a reasonable person consider the possibility that Dr. Rice’s “Guns to Pals” program hasn’t worked out very well – with Hamas essentially having captured Fatah’s American supplied armory. Of course, there is no proven link between diplomacy and reason. In the private sector, an error of this magnitude would lead to termination of employment, other than for the boss’s girl friend, needless to say.

6/13/2007 04:23:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

You wrecked my post, Allen:
I was going to tell PB the fault was with inadequate supplies of Arms by the Candi Factory.

6/13/2007 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Dr Candi Rice,
Sugarplums for the Palis.

6/13/2007 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sweatin together does not a sexual harassment suit make, Allen.

Just a couple of plain old Sweatsuits.

6/13/2007 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Candied Arms might do the trick.
Certain to bring the Flies sooner or later.

6/13/2007 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

I think Condi got it right. The best thing that could happen is to insure that all sides in Gaza gets an unlimited supply of small arm ammunition and hand grenades.

6/13/2007 07:29:00 AM  
Blogger kalashnikat said...

"All parties engaged in armed conflict are subject to customary international humanitarian law, which forbids deliberate harming of civilians and those who are not engaged in armed hostilities at the time, Human Rights Watch said."

What planet are these Reuters guys from? Only those nation-states who are parties to laws and treaties and agree to be bound by them are bound by law, and the "customary" international humanitarian law is most often observed in the breach.

These supposed "freedom fighters", these...people, and I use the term loosely,.... are no different from pirates, the real, sick, murderous kind, not the glamorized Pirates of the Caribbean...they do not keep to any "Code" except "kill anyone who gets in the way of your putsch, or anyone we tell you to kill." They sincerely need to be killed on sight and wrapped in pig entrails before burial, as a lesson for others.

6/13/2007 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger kalashnikat said...

"All parties engaged in armed conflict are subject to customary international humanitarian law, which forbids deliberate harming of civilians and those who are not engaged in armed hostilities at the time, Human Rights Watch said."

What planet are these Reuters guys from? Only those nation-states who are parties to laws and treaties and agree to be bound by them are bound by law, and the "customary" international humanitarian law is most often observed in the breach.

These people, and I use the term loosely, are no different from pirates, the real kind, not the glamorized Pirates of the Caribbean...they do not keep to any "Code" except "kill anyone who gets in the way of your putsch." They sincerely need to be killed on sight and wrapped in pig entrails before burial, as a lesson for others.

6/13/2007 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger amr said...

A friend said to me, about a different area of the world, but it still applies. We need to drop them guns and ammo and sit back and watch them kill off each other. Devilish plan developed by that State Department. Maybe a NSA mike picked up our conversation.

6/13/2007 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger weswinger said...

The Palestinians regularly show that they are descended from the Canaanites, whom the Lord hated because of their practice of sacrifricing their children to their god Baal. Anybody else read the book of Judges recently?

So 40 years, as peterboston and others would have it, is only off by about 3,960 years.

6/13/2007 09:35:00 PM  

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