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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

David Brooks, New York Times: It's amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. ... The big regional convulsions are driving events, including the conflict in Gaza. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become just a stage on which the regional clashes in the Arab world are being expressed. When Middle Eastern powers clash, they take shots at Israel to gain advantage over each other. Look at how the current fighting in Gaza got stoked. Authoritarians and Islamists have been waging a fight for control of Egypt. After the Arab Spring, the Islamists briefly gained the upper hand. But when the Muslim Brotherhood government fell, the military leaders cracked down. They sentenced hundreds of the Brotherhood's leadership class to death. They also closed roughly 95 percent of the tunnels that connected Egypt to Gaza, where the Brotherhood's offshoot, Hamas, had gained power.

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As intended, the Egyptian move was economically devastating to Hamas. Hamas derived 40 percent of its tax revenue from tariffs on goods that flowed through those tunnels. One economist estimated the economic losses at $460 million a year, nearly a fifth of the Gazan G.D.P.

Hamas needed to end that blockade, but it couldn't strike Egypt, so it struck Israel. If Hamas could emerge as the heroic fighter in a death match against the Jewish state, if Arab TV screens were filled with dead Palestinian civilians, then public outrage would force Egypt to lift the blockade. Civilian casualties were part of the point. When Mousa Abu Marzook, the deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau, dismissed a plea for a cease-fire, he asked a rhetorical question, "What are 200 martyrs compared with lifting the siege?"

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Please read this piece before commenting. The analyses of many of you are way too simplistic as to the actual situation. And the problem with simplifying under these circumstances is that it makes it a lot easier to just rabidly blame one side or the other. The reality is more complex as Mr. Brooks points out.

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-07-29 02:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The reality is more complex as Mr. Brooks points out"

Sure is.

Reality is a bitch, and history even less forgiving. Just take a look Mr. Brooks's history of publishing snide, hubristic superiority swillage combined with an impeccable record of absolute wrongness about everything.

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-07-29 02:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Because religion breeds arrogance and then ignorance and combined breeds hatred towards people not of your kind. I see the Christian Muslim Jewish fighting nothing more than a family squabble over who's better than the other. The 3 are Religious Brothers with Abraham being the Patriarchal father of them all. Unfortunately the end result in this squabble is death for the offspring.

#3 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-29 04:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Moder8,

thanks interesting piece, I didn't know of the depth of the Egyptian connection. I have always wondered about it. But now we know how the rockets delivered to Gaza, which has been one of my questions. The other was why now, some of it was the election. But the pressure on Hamas continued rule in Gaza, once the tunnels were closed, must have been enormous.

I see the Christian Muslim Jewish fighting nothing more than a family squabble over who's better than the other. - LarryMohr

What about when they don't fight nor oppress one another, in say the US, or Israel?

Hamas has in its charter there will be peace when all religions are under one Islamic state, do you believe that?

I still think there is an "i am better than you" in all groups religious or not, otherwise why join one. Unless you are GrouchoMarx, "I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member"

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-29 05:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

What about when they don't fight nor oppress one another, in say the US, or Israel?

Hamas has in its charter there will be peace when all religions are under one Islamic state, do you believe that?

I still think there is an "i am better than you" in all groups religious or not, otherwise why join one. Unless you are GrouchoMarx, "I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member"

Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-29 05:11 PM | Reply

In the US Christians love to attack muslims not all Christians but the extreme right winged does. As far as Israel they do fight one another since part of their lands were stolen from Palestinians.

#5 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-29 05:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

In the US Christians love to attack muslims not all Christians but the extreme right winged does. As far as Israel they do fight one another since part of their lands were stolen from Palestinians.
#5 | POSTED BY LARRYMOHR

Agree Larry, but neither group can oppress the other given our government.

Actually Larry in Israel there are practicing Muslims, and they are represented in Israeli government.
en.wikipedia.org

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-29 08:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Report: Hamas executes alleged spies, shoots protesters in Gaza
www.jpost.com

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-29 10:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

And the problem with simplifying under these circumstances is that it makes it a lot easier to just rabidly blame one side or the other.

I don't know how you can post that admonishment after stating yesterday, "I genuinely blame the Palestinians for the situation."

I read Brooks' column as a creative dodge. He doesn't say a word about Israel building settlements, nor does he cover the conditions imposed on the people of Gaza such as the blockade.

And he dismisses the idea of withdrawing from the West Bank and giving Palestinians their land with a flimsy, "It would be nice if Israel could withdraw from Gaza and the West Bank and wall itself off from this war, but that's not possible."

Occupation forever, right David?

#8 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-29 11:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

but neither group can oppress the other given our government.

Actually Larry in Israel there are practicing Muslims, and they are represented in Israeli government.
en.wikipedia.org

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-29 08:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

They do it all of the time Ma'am. Remember the "Ground zero mosque" Remember the mosques being attacked elsewhere in the United States including Wichita Kansas. Israels no different. Yet you give them a pass.

#9 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-30 12:18 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"But when the Muslim Brotherhood government fell, the military leaders cracked down".

This simple sentence is rewriting history. The truth is the Muslim Brotherhood fell because of a military coup, which crushed a popular Egyptian movement. More proof we really don't like Democracy, unless they only do what we tell them.

#10 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-30 09:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

"When Middle East Conflicts Become One"

That humanity does not need.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-31 07:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

It has been one for thousands of years! One big fight over one thing! God, even though there is only one god there are many religious beliefs and different people who want to own god which is not possible! but war is!

#12 | Posted by parjosg2 at 2014-07-31 09:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

.... US Govt's War Crimes in Japan!

**** The Japanese only targeted the US Military in their attack on Pearl Harbor.The US Military targeted civilians and civilian schools and hospitals in their Nuclear Attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki! Those were WAR CRIMES!!!

#13 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-07-31 10:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

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