the Hamas leadership in Gaza is ready to halt Qassam fire as part of a cease-fire deal that would involve an end to IDF action in the Gaza Strip. Senior members of Fatah made similar claims Saturday.Seems Hamas is trying to put some distance between them and their brethren up north (that would be Hezbollah). Heartwarming, such displays of determined unity in the face of hard times, truely heartwarming. Well, chalk that up as another point or two on the weasel scale these Islamists are vying to top. On the bright side: This could signal a major blow to Iranian influence in the region.
The initiative, discussed by representatives of Palestinian organizations in Gaza over the past several days, also includes an agreement to set up a unity government.
The Egyptian-initiated plan consists of freeing abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, a joint cease-fire and the cessation of IDF assassinations in the Gaza Strip. The release of Palestinian prisoners would be part of the deal, but come at a later stage.
But as one front in what increasingly *is* looking like the early stages (or prep stages, I don't know) of World War III, another is opening up (via Austin Bay):
Somalia's top Islamic leader called Friday for a holy war against Ethiopia to drive out troops the largely Christian nation sent to protect the internationally backed Somali government.(from JihadWatch)
Meanwhile, several sources report that Ethiopia-- an ally of the TFG-- has added to its forces along the Somalia-Ethiopia border. Ethiopia is positioning "several mechanized divisions" near the border.(from Strategy page)
Much to the dismay of the pacifists of this world of course. Though in this case, since there really aren't any PR points to be scored by NGO's and MSM, I think this little tiff will see little to no coverage in the coming months (but I could be wrong. It's rare when that happens, but occasionally it does). But speaking of pacifists: RealClearPolitics has an article up wiping the floor with pacifist wish-thinking(h/t EUrabia.nl).
For the first two years of [World War II], the Western democracies lost virtually every battle, all over the world, because pre-war "peace" movements had left them with inadequate military equipment and much of it obsolete. The Nazis and the Japanese knew that. That is why they launched the war.And if that doesn't convince you, then read this little essay by George Orwell:
"Peace" movements don't bring peace but war.
Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’. The idea that you can somehow remain aloof from and superior to the struggle, while living on food which British sailors have to risk their lives to bring you, is a bourgeois illusion bred of money and security.Go and read both.