Posted by Ryan on August 3, 2008
Of course, Hamas is the instigator here, shaving the mustaches of Fatah prisoners or dissodents in public in order to humiliate them. I know the whole cultural thing about facial hair in that part of the world, but I would not be surprised if lack of a mustache could get you killed in Gaza one day.
A few questions come to mind, however: before performing jihad and getting to rape those afterlife virgins, isn’t it prescribed that one shaves off any excess hair? Could (by some interpretation) facial hair be considered “excess” hair in that regard? If so, doesn’t this act put these members of Fatah on a fast track to wear that snug and hardly-noticeable suicide belt faster than those Hamas folks could, say, if they wanted to blow up Jews or Hamas members? And ultimately, isn’t that an unfair advantage which could backfire on Hamas one day? If that all follows, I’m not sure Hamas quite thought this renewed policy through fully.
Either way, sarcasm aside, there seems something very 7th Century about this whole thing. It is clear that Fatah, by cooperating with Israel and the West, is in a much better position to achieve independence than Hamas, who continues to be violent obstructionists with their sights set squarely on the mustaches of their enemies for the purpose of humiliation and degradation. I just don’t think that’s a winning strategy in the long-run.
Posted in International Relations, Israel, Religion, War on Terror | Tagged: Fatah, Gaza, Hamas, jihad, Seventh Century | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Ryan on July 30, 2008
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today that he is not going to run again as leader of the Kadima Party after the September 17 primary elections. He’s leaving it for his Kadima successor to try and put together a governing coalition.
I’m not an Olmert fan — two summers ago, shelling an border fighting caused two Israelis to be taken by Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel demanded their safe return and for Hezbollah to stop shelling Israeli border towns. After 33 days the UN brokered an end to the fighting, but no Israeli soldiers were returned — not even their bodies! Some called it Israel’s biggest defeat, and it was under Olmert’s watch.
Only recently were those soldier’s bodies returned, in exchange for a murdering terrorist’s release along with other deviants! The Olmert government has been appeasing on all fronts and should go sooner than later. The Israelis could use another dose of the tough-talking and acting Netanyahu, especially since the Iraq War is quieting down.
Posted in Israel, War on Terror | Tagged: Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Olmert, Hezbollah, Israel, Kadima Party, Lebanon, United Nations | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on June 29, 2008
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has once again displayed unfathomable incompetence when it comes to defending his country. Earlier today, the Prime Minister convinced his Cabinet to agree to a “prisoner exchange” in which Hezbollah will deliver the remains of two dead Israeli soldiers in exchange for the remains of ten terrorists and the release of five Hezbollah terrorists currently in Israeli custody.
Some message this deal sends to Hamas, the terrorist organization holding Gilad Shalit captive. Israel’s enemies can now conclude that a dead soldier is a sufficient price for the return of their terrorist foot soldiers.
Earlier this week, Olmert successfully delayed the inevitable, but I can’t wait until Israel votes again. When that happens, it will be interesting to see how Hezbollah and Hamas deal with the return of Benjamin Netanyahu.
HT on the title: Hugh Hewitt
Big Lizards has more on the so-called prisoner exchange.
Posted in Israel, Politics, War on Terror | Tagged: Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Goldwasser, Ehud Olmert, Eldad Regev, Gilad Shalit, Hamas, Hezbollah, Israeli politics, prisoner exchange, Samir Qantar, War on Terror | 1 Comment »