Here is commentary on Israel and Hamas, by Michael Yon, exclusive to Instapundit.
Michael Yon is a freelance writer who has been traveling in the Middle East and as far afield as Afghanistan, reporting on what is going on. He has been doing this for several years. Here is his web site.
But, back to the piece. Michael Yon is writing from Israel, where he has traveled to Sderot, a town that has received a number of the thousands of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza.
The playgrounds in Sderot come equipped with bomb shelters, decorated with kid-friendly art. When the alarms sound, the youngsters have 15 seconds to dash, tumble or waddle into a shelter before impact, or risk being torn asunder.Mr Yon, who took a taxi driven by a Muslim Arab for his visit to Sderot, seems to have strong feelings about Hamas.
I considered going to Gaza, to hear the other side of the story, but after having seen so many terrorists attacks up close, there seemed little value in taking such a chance with my life, just to hear ramble from a leadership that condones and executes terrorism and launches thousands of rockets at school kids. Stories like this from April 2007 Times Online make it clear enough:We don't make peace with our friends. We make peace with our enemies. But, is there peace to be made with Hamas? Former President Jimmy Carter seems to think so. Others do not. But, many think that it is the United States than can make the difference, the United States that should weigh in and make peace happen.
“The family of a BBC journalist kidnapped in Gaza appealed for his immediate release yesterday, as it emerged that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, had informed the corporation that the journalist was alive and well.
This was the first sign from the Palestinian authorities that they had received any information on the welfare of Alan Johnston, the BBC Gaza correspondent who has now been held longer than any other Western hostage in Gaza.”
The story goes on:
“Mr Johnston, 44, the BBC Gaza correspondent for the past three years, was seized in Gaza City on March 12. About 20 foreign journalists and aid workers have been abducted in Gaza in the past year. However, the kidnappings have typically ended shortly after the capture of the victim.”
It makes no sense to risk life and limb only to allow people who intentionally target children to talk through my pen. Not until they stop the terrorism. Those members of the press who transmute Hamas’s crocodile tears into ink only exacerbate the disease.
Recently, I traveled about a thousand miles around Afghanistan, without military, to learn more about the country. Taking chances for good people is one thing, but taking chances to talk with Hamas terrorist leaders, whom I would not believe anyway, is just not smart. Their propaganda is widely available.
One can roam Israel at will, write as one wishes, without reprisal. The choice is easy: the Israelis won’t kill the messenger, even when journalists mercilessly rip into them.
What do you think?
Regards --  Cliff