Hamas is weak, and its weapons -- terrorism, homemade rockets -- are the weapons of the weak. Since 2001, Hamas has fired thousands of unguided Kassam rockets at Israel, but the rockets have killed only a handful of Israelis.In the meantime Hezbollah has made much more effective use of its rocket and missile arsenal and Hamas has been upgrading in the hopes of emulating that, er, success. None of this is the reason for what is happening now, of course, according to Rosa:
Israel has justified its bombardment of Gaza on the grounds that Hamas broke a fragile, temporary cease-fire. The Israeli government is right to consider Hamas' rocket attacks on Israeli civilians inexcusable, but the timing of the Israeli military offensive has more to do with politics than anything else.That's just a fact, right? Another online journal features a more eloquent and persuasive Rosa than the LA Times one.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad