Thursday, January 08, 2009

Gaza: The War Goes Outwards

With rocket strikes coming into Israel from Lebanon now, it looks like the war is escalating:

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on Iraqis to kill US troops in Iraq in revenge for the Israeli assault on the people of Gaza. "I call upon the honest Iraqi resistance to carry out revenge operations against the great accomplice of the Zionist enemy,"

I had speculated before that in some respects Hamas may be happy to see Israeli ground troops in Gaza as it gives them a chance to hit back. Other pundits I have read are suggesting that Hamas's command and control is broken and the movement is only just hanging on. I'm not so sure - yes, I think they have taken a pounding (how could they not) but now video footage has emerged of their combat with Israeli forces:

In it you can see two attacks - one a sniper hitting a tank commander and the second is an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a rooftop hitting troops there. The second is of more significance as in advance, Hamas must have mapped were they thought the Israeli troops would go and planted the bombs there. Not only that, got a camera ready to film the moment when the explosives were detonated. This suggests a guerilla army that is far from dead - thought without independent journalists allowed in to verify what is going on it is speculation.

Other links of interest....

Not all Israeli's agree with the war.

The Gaza war has killed Neoconservatism.

Big protest in Bristol Friday.

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