Friday, March 21, 2014

The two wings of Hamas

The story of the eastbound tunnel from Gaza to Israel continues to make waves, now in its political dimension.

The Gaza underground transportation initiative burgeoning for many years between Egypt and Gaza, was cruelly curbed by the Egyptian army lately.
Ali said the army was "dealing" with any building deemed a security threat in a corridor stretching from 500 metres to one km from the Gaza frontier. He said houses concealing tunnels used for weapons smuggling were a threat to national security.

The army had destroyed 152 tunnels since June 30, he added.
You can see that Egyptians don't show a proper attitude to the engineering talents of Gaza. So, frustrated by this lack of understanding and admiration, Gazan architects, engineers and contractors turned their attention to their eastern border. As a result, IDF has to cope with overzealous burrowing activities now and even have created a new unit for the purpose.

This post, however, is not about technicalities, rather about the way different wings of Hamas present their engineering efforts. USA Today managed to get together responses from both the political and military wings. First, the warriors:
A Hamas military spokesman in Gaza, Abu Obeida, was defiant over the tunnel discovery, saying on his official Twitter account that "thousands" more tunnels would be dug out.
And now the political wing:
Speaking to the BBC, Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior spokesman for Hamas, accused Israel of playing up the security threat "to justify the blockade and the continuous aggression on the Gaza Strip."
There is no need to comment on the incompatibility of these two responses, they follow the infamous Arafat's recipe of double tongue (or is it the new Palestinian-invented branch of dialectics?)

There is, though, a place to express a tiny bit of hope: since Hamas has successfully grown two wings - why doesn't it take off and fuck fly off in the general direction of the west, in the blue yonder?
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