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Israel loses

McClatchy:

Destroying the tunnels was a central goal of the Israeli military campaign, which Gaza medical officials have said killed around 1,300 Palestinians. Israeli officials estimated that the attacks destroyed 80 percent of the tunnels, and Palestinians agreed that the strikes crippled their smuggling business.

Abu Nissim rose from the covered tunnel entrance and triumphantly raised a box of Cheer Up chocolate-covered wafers over his head.

"New from the tunnel," the young Palestinian tunnel digger boasted Thursday as his friends tore open the packages of Egyptian cookies.

One day after the last Israeli soldier left the Gaza Strip after a 26-day military campaign to destabilize the militant Islamist group Hamas and demolish the tunnels used to bring in weapons, Palestinian smugglers — and tunnel diggers — were back in business.

Bulldozers rumbled along the border, clearing away tons of earth for new tunnel entrances. Young boys climbed 90 feet down into the ground to recover supplies from storerooms in partially demolished tunnels. Fuel trucks pulled up to makeshift depots to fill up on diesel fuel and liquid propane, which is used for cooking, that's pumped underground from the Egyptian side of the border.

Now, by "losing" I'm taking the overly simplistic view that when a country goes to war and doesn't achieve its stated military objectives, it loses -- and especially when the adversary is militarily inferior. Like, say, the United States lost the Viet Nam war.

I'm aware that a more sophisticated view holds that Israel's (unstated) military objective is simply to brutalize the Palestinians, and that objective was amply achieved. In that case, the loss is of a different kind, and the consequences, ultimately, of a far more enduring and final character; see, e.g., Matthew 16:26.

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Abu Nissim rose from the covered tunnel entrance and triumphantly raised a box of Cheer Up chocolate-covered wafers over his head.

"New from the tunnel," the young Palestinian tunnel digger boasted Thursday as his friends tore open the packages of Egyptian cookies.

Haw! I guess this is "winning" then? lol! This is the only laugh that I'm going to be able to get out of the whole situation, over there.

But, we've always been at war with Eastasia...

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A powerful argument for the Chomsky-Zinn view.

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Goings on in Michigan:

Levin office sit-in ends with arrests

On the 18th floor of Boji Tower in downtown Lansing, civil disobedience was in the air.

Three college students were arrested Thursday evening in the office of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, during their sit-in protest of his support of Israel despite its recent military action in Gaza.

The students, who arrived in the office about noon, had pledged to stay in the office until they were allowed to discuss the issue by telephone with Levin, who was in Washington, D.C.

They were hoping to convince Levin to oppose all aid to Israel and launch an investigation of alleged war crimes in Gaza.

"We're not asking for the U.S. to supply weapons to Hamas," said Max Kantar, 21, a Ferris State University student from Big Rapids. "We're just asking them to stop supplying weapons to Israel."

That's not asking for much, is it?

Levin's staffers had told the students that he was too busy Thursday to speak with them by telephone, but that he would be willing to schedule a call with them on a later day.

"Senator Levin appreciates the right of people to express their views on issues, and welcomes those views when he receives them," Tara Andringa, Levin's spokeswoman, said in a prepared statement. "I spoke to the group on Senator Levin's behalf and listened to the views that they expressed. I told them Senator Levin's schedule was very busy today and that I would relay their concerns to the senator."

Perhaps, they should take Senator Levin up on his offer if he's offering a genuine sit-down with them.

Levin has been a supporter of military aid to Israel. The group staged the protest a day after the last of Israel's troops left the Gaza Strip.

Unfortunately, the three waited a little late to do this, no?

Police were called after Boji Tower security staff asked the students to leave when Levin's office was closing for the day at 5:30 p.m., and they refused. The three students had been sitting in a small lobby area of the office. Upon arrival, Person again gave the students a chance to leave without being arrested, and again they refused.

But, we've always been at war with Eastasia...