Like the endless TV show LAW AND ORDER, we can’t seem to get away from one channel of haunting installments of the latest in terrorism. Every week there’s a new episode of the awful pictures of what’s going on. This past week, America wiped out the Afghan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack. He was responsible for the December 2009 suicide bombing that killed seven Americans at the Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan as well as attacks in Pakistan that killed thousands of civilians and security forces.
Yeah! One for our side. Now let’s see who “they” kill next. (You understand that I’m joshing – not meant to be taken literally)
Another aspect of the story has just been uncovered in Israel where the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) uncovered a tunnel running from the Gaza Strip across the border into Israel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. Such a tunnel could have been used to abduct Israeli soldiers just as Palestinian militants did with Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in 2006.
A group of journalists toured the tunnel and found they could stand upright. The tunnel had been equipped with electric lights and a telephone line. Ironically, the tunnel was constructed with Israeli concrete slabs the IDF had allowed into Gaza to ease the civilian crisis in the construction sector. Hamas must have invested tens of millions of dollars in constructing the tunnel.
The only conclusion that could be drawn was that the Hamas regime in Gaza cynically exploited the good intentions of Israel. Ah, the fun never stops! (Again, meant as a jest)
Why would Hamas make such an investment? The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has placed them in a position of strategic deterioration. Currently, they are under pressure to make some aggressive gesture. This one failed.
Maj. General Sami Turgeman noted that if Hamas did attack, the IDF was ready and Hamas would pay a significant price. Prime Minister Netanyahu underscored that Israel maintains an aggressive policy against all forms of terrorism. The success of this approach is reflected in the fact that the past year has been one of the quietest in over a decade. Does this mean terrorism will stop? No.
Tragically, this form of violence has become part of the world scene and through the media seeps into American life. The truth is that we’ve all have more than enough. Can’t we find another channel?