Author Archives: Bok

Hamas and the Iron Dome

140718-Hamas-Iron-DomeHamas has fired over 1200 rockets claiming “every Israeli is a legitimate target”. So far only one “legitimate target” has been killed. That’s because of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense.

Israel doesn’t consider individual Palestinians “legitimate targets”. Before striking back at Hamas it warned civilians with pamphlets and phone calls. Hamas responded by telling them to stay in place as human shields.

Charles Krauthammer writes in the Washington Post, “Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity”:

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

Hamas and the Iron Dome

William Saletan in Slate says there’s plenty to argue about in Gaza, “But one thing should be clear to everyone: Hamas is insane. It’s destroying Gaza.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, is perplexed:

What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” he asked rhetorically in a TV interview. In another appearance, he pleaded: “We are the losing side, and every minute there are more and more unnecessary deaths. … I don’t like trading in Palestinian blood.”

The Guardian disagrees. Seumas Milne says, “The idea of Israel defending itself from unprovoked attacks is absurd.”

The Border is Secure

140717secure-border-reidDon’t worry. Be Happy. The Border is secure. Harry Reid says so. The White House isn’t so sure.

Dr. Krauthammer thinks the Senate Majority Leader is off his meds.

Burning Love for LeBron

140715LebronFour years ago Cavs fans burned their LeBron James Jerseys. Now LeBron is coming home and all is forgiven.

Chicago Mayhem

140712chicagoWhy are all those kids showing up at the border? The New York Times says they’re escaping gang violence in big cities in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Chicago

Should some of them find their way to Chicago they can enjoy the blessings of liberty while feeling right at home. Over the Fourth of July weekend 17 people were murdered and 82 wounded by gunfire in Chicago.

Update:

Looks like some have found their way to Chicago.

Beer Billiards Border

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Moving on from broncos, beer and billiards in Denver, the president attended more fundraisers in Texas. But still no run for the Border Crises. He did propose that Congress throw $4 billion at the problem. When Governor Perry suggested he use his executive power to solve the problem he demurred, saying that when he acts on his own he gets sued.