[October 8, 2023] John Hinderaker from PowerLineBlog makes an excellent point: this is not Israel’s 9/11 but their Pearl Harbor. The distinction is well-argued and vital. Getting the analogy right early in this war helps us set our perspective properly. This attack is no mere act of Hamas terrorism but is an act of war carried out by the quasi-state of Gaza. Read his article here.
I think some thoughts also help us get our perspective right and ensure our words are precise.
- Yesterday, I reported that the State Department’s Office of Palestinian Affairs made an ignorant comment on X/Twitter about the Hamas attack. That has since been removed and replaced by a bumbling statement by President Biden promising America’s full support to Israel.
- Hezbollah is tentatively entering the fight by firing mortars into Israel. Israel will be stretched to fight another antagonist, but they can do so. It is not in the interest of Hezbollah to take action at this time. Something else will happen that indicates this war will soon be much wider than just Hamas terrorists.
- The Saudi-Israeli normalization effort is a difficult diplomatic path to take, but the deal brokered by the U.S. has been dealt a severe blow. This may have been one of the primary goals of Hamas.
- The Israeli intelligence and defense administrations failed. The repercussions of this complete failure are similar to the one that preceded the Yom Kippur War 50 years ago.
- The Hamas attack is a well-planned effort, using new tactics (sea and air), equipment, and rocket attacks rather than simple border clashes or small teams attacking cities.
- Last night, Israel’s PM Netanyahu declared that the IDF would destroy Hamas’ military and governmental capabilities. This goes further than past strategies that have failed. Will the destruction of Hamas work? Can it be achieved? Only time will tell.
- Hamas taking many hostages and locating them in Gaza, possibly 100 soldiers and civilians, will constrain the IDF’s freedom of action. “There is no way around the fact that Hamas has new assets and that future negotiations over the captured Israelis will be excruciating.
- The intelligence and readiness failures underlying the Yom Kippur War brought down the government of Prime Minister Golda Meir. The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces the same after a commission of inquiry does its work.
- Iran is a major player in this war and is already a beneficiary. Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad said on BBC that Iran supported the Palestinian terror group to launch its multi-front attack.
- President Biden’s sycophant National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan wrote last week, “The Middle East region is quieter today than it has been in two decades.” And let’s not forget that Biden restored aid to Palestinians shortly after becoming president, reversing the Trump policy.
- This is a TOTAL failure in American leadership. The number of dead and suffering tally will undoubtedly grow in Israel.
- This war is likely to spill outside the Middle East.
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