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  • Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

    Posted by James R. Rummel on December 28th, 2008 (All posts by )

    For the past few days, Israel has been conducting military operations against terrorist targets inside Gaza. This is in response to Hamas launching repeated rocket attacks against Israeli civilian targets.

    Although very interesting, events are still unfolding so I don’t want to discuss the current chapter of Israeli-Hamas conflict right now. But I thought you might be interested to know that Egyptian border guards have reportedly opened fire on Palestinians that have broken through the border defenses between Gaza and Egypt. (Hat tip to Glenn.)

    No deaths have been reported, which indicates to me that the Egyptians really aren’t trying that hard to reseal the border. But I note with a great deal of Schadenfreude that the Egyptians probably wish they had built something like the Israeli security fence. You know, the same barrier that was condemned by Egypt back when construction was beginning.

    Will Egypt begin building a similar barrier along their 9 mile border with Gaza? To be frank, I really doubt the Egyptians have the kind of money it would take to construct something as effective. But I think they will start to do what they can to beef up what they have.

    The world press wasn’t very sympathetic to Israel when they started to build their security barrier. What do you want to bet that they won’t bother to report any activity by Egypt to seal their own border with Gaza?

     

    5 Responses to “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”

    1. Obloodyhell Says:

      > The world press wasn’t very sympathetic to Israel when they started to build their security barrier. What do you want to bet that they won’t bother to report any activity by Egypt to seal their own border with Gaza?

      Of coruse they won’t. Muslim acts against muslims aren’t newsworthy. Only Christian/Jewish acts against Muslims are newsworthy.

      Just as you hear next to nothing of Palestinian rocket attacks, but always of any Israeli reprisals, so, too, will you hear nothing if thousands of Palestinians are shot down trying to flee their Islamic Paradise.

    2. Carl from Chicago Says:

      The barrier doesn’t have to be as effective for Egypt because they are trying to stop smuggling and larger scale economic transactions. As we all know they are also trying to stop the Palestinians from linking up with the Muslim Brotherhood and other organizations in Egypt that are against the current government. If a few people get through it isn’t that much of a big deal.

      The barrier with Israel is to stop one-way suicide bombers, so there is little margin for error.

      The unspoken secret is that everyone in the middle east hates the Palestinians, the Jordanians, Lebanese and the Egyptians the most. Because they are right in the middle with them.

      The Palestinians are more of a cause celebre than an actual cause. When you are dis-satisfied with your own government (which pretty much everyone in the Middle East is) then you protest for the Palestinians and against the Israelis (and the USA).

      Agreed that they get a free pass from the western press, though.

    3. Daniel Says:

      The barrier needn’t be nearly as technologically sound. The Egyptians can buy lots of mines and rifle rounds that will work just as effectively as the Israeli barrier, just not as humanely. But as a previous commenter pointed out, the Palestinians are not loved, and a few dozen deaths at the hands of Egyptian border guards wouldn’t even be a blip on the radar of the world. A broken Pally finger on the Israeli border? World-wide condemnation!

    4. sol vason Says:

      I imagine a whole lotta wars goin to happen just to find out what Obama is willing to put up with. I guess the US is the world’s policeman and the folks in the rouger parts of town are going to check out the new Marshall. I guess this make Joe a Prophet.

    5. Harold P. Butts III Says:

      Sol .–
      Could it be that Israel decided to strike now rather than wait for Obama to take office?

      Hamas has been doing what it does a long time before Obama decided to run for the presidency…Obama bound to confront the mess that is the M.E. and so Biden not telling us anything we did not expect.

      Worth noting: we give, second only to Israel, Egypt more foreign aid money than to any other nation to buy their peace with Israel.

      What we must await: reaction from Lebanon (ie, Hezbollah) and Iran..on the other hand, this would give sanction to Israel attack upon nuke sites in Iran.

      The suicide bombings have prwetty much nearly stopped since the wall, so who cares what nations that don’t border crazies think about protecting itself?.–
      Could it be that Israel decided to strike now rather than wait for Obama to take office?

      Hamas has been doing what it does a long time before Obama decided to run for the presidency…Obama bound to confront the mess that is the M.E. and so Biden not telling us anything we did not expect.

      Worth noting: we give, second only to Israel, Egypt more foreign aid money than to any other nation to buy their peace with Israel.

      What we must await: reaction from Lebanon (ie, Hezbollah) and Iran..on the other hand, this would give sanction to Israel attack upon nuke sites in Iran.

      The suicide bombings have prwetty much nearly stopped since the wall, so who cares what nations that don’t border crazies think about protecting itself?