No victory for Israel despite devastation

It was not a famous victory — but that's what the Palestinians of Gaza are celebrating. There was much shaking of heads in the international media when the fireworks burst over that shattered land on Tuesday night. After more than 2,100 dead — about 1,700 of them civilians — and 100,000 wounded, what did they have to crow about? An end to the killing? Peace?

Well, no. In fact, Hamas with whom "we" (as in "the West", Tony Blair, Israel, the US and all honourable men and women) cannot talk — has indeed won a victory.

Israel said it must be disarmed. It has not been disarmed. Israel said it must be smashed/destroyed/rooted out. It hasn't been smashed/destroyed/rooted out. The tunnels must all be destroyed, Israel proclaimed. But they haven't been. All the rockets must be seized.

But they haven't been. So 65 Israeli soldiers died — for what? And from under...

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