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Israel Bombed–Gaza Tunnels Rebuilt- What Next?

After nearly three weeks of unrelenting bombing a high percent of tunnels leading from Gaza to Egypt were destroyed, but work has already begun on constructing a new set of tunnels that will smuggle in goods, fuel, and weapons. Perhaps, the assumption on both sides is to have one more whack at trying to destroy Gaza and kill the people who live in this unfortunate place. There is no question dozens of tunnels have been destroyed and there is now a new awareness among Egyptian officials they can no longer simply look aside from tunnel construction and smuggling operations. Hamas insists it won a “great victory” which is a rather strange comment since 1,300 people in Gaza died compared to 13 Israeli and major sections of Gaza are in ruin.

There is an eerie sense that reality for Hamas is not the same as reality for the average citizen of Gaza or the average citizen of Israel. The disparity in reality is also evident in the belief of many Israelis that they have won a “great victory.” No “victory” was won by anyone. It was a “great defeat” for all involved in this episode in death and destruction.

Send In The Tanks Argue Israelis

The incessant bombing of Gaza continues causing huge devastation in terms of physical destruction of facilities and the death of hundreds, most of whom are members of Hamas security forces. There are reports that Israeli tanks are prepared to lead a ground invasion of the area. However, Israeli military officials do not wish to have their troops become embroiled in fighting in urban areas, and will most probably seize certain key points rather than a full scale invasion which would inevitably result in fighting the 15,000 well armed Hamas forces. White House sources refuse to respond to questions concerning America’s attitude towards a land invasion, preferring to simply state: “those will be decisions made by the Israelis.”

Secretary of State Condi Rice made clear she has no present plans to visit the Middle East in order to broker peace. However, throughout the Arab world demonstrations of anger reflect feelings of millions of people. Although people are demonstrating in the streets, their governments remain silent since most are furious at Hamas for provoking the current conflict.

Did North Korea Provide Nuclear Aid To Syria?

The United States and Israel insist North Korea provided assistance to Syria in order to begin construction of a nuclear facility. Syria’s Al Kibar reactor was destroyed in an Israel raid on September 6, 2007. US Central Intelligence Director, Michael Hayden, said the reactor was “similar” in size and technology to North Korea’s Yongbyon reactor and it would have had the capacity to produce sufficient plutonium for one or two nuclear weapons. At the six nation talks in September, 2007, North Korea agreed to disable all existing nuclear facilities and reaffirmed its pledge not to transfer nuclear materials, technology or information to other nations.

Both North Korea and Syria deny cooperating on any nuclear exchange, but there is sufficient evidence to doubt their statements. North Korea wants its name removed from the American terrorist list, but conducting such covert assistance to third party nations to facilitate construction of nuclear weapons will not result in that removal. Perhaps, it is time to ask the UN to send an investigating team to Syria and investigate the site and discuss with Syrian leaders the importance of not attempting to construct nuclear weapons.