Colonialism & Occupation, Geopolitics, World History

Urban Warfare in Gaza: Why Israeli Forces will Face a Formidable Resistance and a Very Long War

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and with the possibility of US troops entering the war will face Hamas in Northern Gaza and that will quickly turn into a quagmire.  The main objective for Hamas was to lure Israeli forces into Gaza and fight their war, on their terms.  It is certain that Hamas who is considered a terrorist organization by the West will use ‘Hit and Run’ tactics that has defeated major colonial empires throughout history.  Hit and run basically means that Hamas will launch surprise attacks, then they will quickly pull-back before the IDF can respond.  This will continue throughout the war, so it is guaranteed that the number of dead Israeli troops will rise. 

The War in Vietnam is an example of how successful Hit and Run tactics were when a communist-led nationalist movement mobilized against France, a colonial empire which was defeated and eventually forced out of the country.  Then the US government decided to get involved under President Lyndon B. Johnson who feared that the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and the Viet Cong, an armed communist movement allied with the NVA in South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos formally known as the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam would soon make its way to the south and turn it into a communist stronghold. 

Washington was concerned about how Vietnam could create a domino effect of communist states in Southeast Asia, so they sent military “advisors” to assist the South Vietnamese army, and by early 1963, they had sent 12,000 US troops.  Two years later, 600,000 US troops were stationed in Vietnam in preparation to fight the NVA and the Viet Cong, but one of the major problems for US troops was that they were trained for a conventional war as they were obviously ill prepared to face the resistance in Vietnam who had a well-trained fighting force who used hit and run tactics, placed booby traps laced with bombs and conducted numerous ambushes that shook unsuspecting US troops throughout the war. 

For several years after, US troop deaths increased while they continued to bomb targets in North Vietnam.  The US had also bombed Cambodia and then Laos from March 18th, 1969, to May 26, 1970, in what was known as Operation Menu in hopes of striking the NVA and the Viet Cong believed to be in those countries to rest from battle fatigue, or to resupply and train their troops.   

Many civilians were killed in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam, close to a million people died with the majority being military personal.  By 1973, US troops began withdrawing from Southeast Asia with more than 58,000 dead and more than 300,000 injured including those who suffered from the psychological impact from the war and later turned to drugs and alcohol, many of them even committed suicide.

Hamas is the New ‘Viet Cong’?

So, who and what is Hamas exactly? Was Hamas an Israeli creation to rival the despised Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)?  Or maybe it was to create a civil war without any Israeli fighting in it? At the time, the Israelis probably saw it as a divide and conquer strategy to seize the remaining territories while Hamas and the PLO kill each other, at the time, I would guess that it seemed like the perfect idea for Zionist hardliners. 

In 2009, US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) gave a speech on the House floor and said that Israel had essentially created Hamas:

What’s happening in the Middle East, in particular with Gaza right now, we have some moral responsibility for both sides in a way because we provide help and funding for both Arab nations and Israel.  We definitely have a moral responsibility, especially now today the weapons being used to kill so many Palestinians are American weapons and American funds essentially are being used for this, but there’s a political liability, which I think is something we fail to look at because too often there’s so much blowback from our intervention in areas that we shouldn’t be involved in. 

You know Hamas, if you look at the history, you’ll find out that Hamas was encouraged and really started by Israel because they wanted Hamas to counteract Yasser Arafat, you say, well, yeah, it was better then and served its purpose, but we didn’t want Hamas to do this. So, then we, as Americans, say, well, we have such a good system; we’re going to impose this on the world. We’re going to invade Iraq and teach people how to be democrats. We want free elections. So, we encouraged the Palestinians to have a free election. They do, and they elect Hamas, So, we first, indirectly, and directly through Israel, helped establish Hamas. Then we have an election where Hamas becomes dominant, so we have to kill them. It just doesn’t make sense.

During the 80s, we were allied with Osama bin Laden, and we were contending with the Soviets. It was at that time our CIA thought it was good if we radicalize the Muslim world. So, we finance the Madrassas schools to radicalize the Muslims in order to compete with the Soviets. There is too much blowback. 

There are a lot of reasons why we should oppose this resolution. It’s not in the interest of the United States, it is not in the interest of Israel either

Hamas has evolved in some ways, to some people, they are the resistance against Israeli occupation, especially for the Palestinian children who personally experienced the Gaza war of 2008.  Young boys and girls at that time grew up without their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters who were either killed, imprisoned without due process, others were maimed and permanently injured by IDF forces.  The massive death toll and destruction was a shock to these children, many were and are still traumatized, then they became adults with deep rooted hatred towards the Israeli and US governments. 

Over the years, nothing has changed, the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank fear for their lives as they face constant Israeli airstrikes and sniper fire in the largest outdoor prison on the planet and the list goes on, and people in the West wonder why some Palestinians have joined Hamas.

For more than 75 years of Israeli occupation, the Palestinians whether Muslim or Christian have been physically displaced and turned into refugees, many were murdered, jailed, tortured, harassed, spit-on, you name it, they had it.  They don’t care anymore, when people have nothing left to lose, they risk everything.  Palestinians prefer fighting for their freedoms rather than to live as slaves and who can blame them?  At any moment, they can get killed by an Israeli airstrike or bullet, they may even get stopped on the street by Israeli forces at times  and get arrested for just being a Palestinian and possibly face torture in prison.

The Palestinian people will not give up, they will fight with the support of most of the world. The majority of the Middle East supports Palestine.  Israel’s power is supported by the US government, both Democrats and Republicans fully support Israel even though the US is in $33 trillion in debt, which means the US government cannot even afford peace, let alone war.

Israel will not live in peace as long as it exists in its present form, they need to revisit some sort of two-state solution so that both sides can live in a negotiated peace settlement because sooner or later, the Israelis will have to make a hard decision, some will stay, some will fight, some will also leave the country.   

In 2014, A US congressional candidate by the name of Allan Levene proposed a viable solution for Israel by creating a second ‘Israeli’ state in Eastern Texas.  According to the Times of Israel, Mr. Levene’s idea would allow “eminent domain” by the US government only if Israel withdraws to it pre-1967 borders although with over a million illegal Israeli settlers living on occupied land, that will never happen, but with that said, it could set the stage for a ‘New Israel’ within the United States:

Congressional candidate Allan Levene is proposing to cut the Gordian Knot of Middle East peace by creating a second State of Israel on the eastern coast of Texas, which he would call New Israel. The idea, briefly, is to take (through eminent domain) roughly 8,000 square miles of sparsely populated land bordering the Gulf of Mexico and give it to Israel as a second, non-contiguous part of the State of Israel. Israel would get the land only if it agrees to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders.

Israel wins because it would gain a new, peaceful territory far from the strife of the Middle East, in a place where, as Levene suggests, “the climate is similar,” and Israel could “have access to the Gulf of Mexico for international trade.” The U.S. wins because it would no longer need to send Israel billions of dollars a year in foreign aid. Texas wins because of all the construction jobs from building an entirely new state within its borders. The Palestinians win because they get the West Bank, and because now Israel, too, gets to see just how fun it is to have a non-contiguous state. Everybody wins!

Since the Christian Zionists based in the US Bible Belt are concerned about God’s Chosen people, why not give them a nice piece of land in the USA?  It will avoid World War III; the Israelis will be fully protected by the US military and its Christian Zionist population, and it can improve the economic landscape between the ‘New Israel’ and the US, so it is a major win for the Israelis and the Americans.

Israel and the US military cannot win a conventional war in the Middle East think about what happened in Afghanistan. As for the US military machine, it will once again be defeated on the battlefield while weapons manufacturers are making a killing on Wall Street.  This war will expand because Israel’s main target is Iran, Hamas is just the beginning.

Iran is not Iraq or Afghanistan, they have an advanced military and a people willing to fight to protect their land.  If Israel is allowed to carry out an attack to “cut the head of the snake” in Tehran with a nuclear bomb, it will be suicide mission, forget peace in the Middle East, it would be unattainable, in fact, it will be impossible. 

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