War in Gaza: Operation Cast Lead 2
It's very near. Any day. Israelis have had enough of Hamas, the Iranian supported proxy group that use Gaza for training and launching rockets into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
It was about this time in 2008, that Operation Cast Lead was launched by Israel for exactly the same reasons. Israel invade the Gaza strip and divided then conquered it destroying much of the Hamas infrastructure and arms that Iran quickly vowed to replenish. This they did and now it is 2012.
The difference is while Hamas started the first one, Israel provoked the latest by targeting the Hamas leader in a car and blowing it to smithereens and then released the video to the world boasting it. Hamas vowed that the "Gates of Hell" have opened. That is when Hamas fired over 300 rockets in a few days into Israel alarming citizens as far away as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. These were the longer range rockets supplied by Iran and smuggled in over the years. Now, the Israelis are living, once again, in fear, just like the Palestinians in Gaza. Tit for tat.
Israeli forces are now gathering for Cast Lead 2. Their armor and airpower will divide and conquer again, will demolish much of what Gaza had rebuilt, will kill innocent civilians who just want to live in peace, just like those across the border in Israel. Like before, Iran will keep Hamas alive because it is their foothold near their enemy. They will resupply them with more rockets and suicide attacks. Maybe they will order Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch its thousands of rockets into Israel to divert attention away from Gaza. Hezbollah is far more dangerous and more skilled than Hamas is. And then there is Syria, another quagmire next to Israel that could spill over, as it already has. Things could become really bad if any of Syria's chemical weapons are used by Hezbollah or Syrian soldiers in desperation, which President Assad has vowed to do.
All this helps Iran. It helps distract the world's focus on them for their nuclear weapon enrichment and their quest to get the nuclear bomb. Their centrifuges continue to spin. Of course, another distraction for everyone is the near depression hitting Europe and America's fiscal cliff looming at the end of the year.
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