Whatever emotions Americans are feeling because Foley was beheaded they certainly shouldn’t feel shocked or surprised, not shocked or surprised at all, Re: ISIS beheads American journalist in grisly video nearly two years after terrorist kidnapping, National Post, August 20, 2014

August 20th, 2014

James Wright Foley was an American journalist who was kidnapped and held hostage by Islamic savages in Syria in 2012.

I say was because he was beheaded yesterday.

The beheading was videotaped in its entirety and released to the world by ISIS for all to see.

After Foley’s head was cut off it was placed on what remained of his body, again for all the world to see.

The beheading was carried out by a British member of ISIS.

Americans, or anyone else for that matter, should not be shocked or surprised that this particular beheading took place.

ISIS beheads people every single day in Syria and Iraq and beheadings by ISIS are not unusual or infrequent at all. The only thing that was unusual about this one was that it was videotaped and shown to the world.

ISIS doesn’t stop at beheading people.

It also buries them alive, starves them to death, mutilates them, rapes them, tortures them in any number of ways, murders children in front of their parents, forces them to become sexual slaves, leaves them without water to die from thirst, forces them to convert to Islam or die and generally kills them in ways too horrible to imagine.

To horrible for us that is.

Not for ISIS though.

ISIS makes no secret of any of it.

It also makes no secret of the fact that it is acting in the name of Islam.

It also makes no secret of the fact its goal is to establish a worldwide Islamic Caliphate and make Islam and Islamic law, Sharia, supreme everywhere, including the United States.

ISIS already has a large, well-equipped army and controls a huge amount of territory in the Middle East.

It is becoming more and more capable as we speak and has already exported its poison to the West, including the United States.

ISIS is already a serious threat to the very existence of the United States and the rest of the West and is becoming more and more of a threat with each passing moment.

Unless ISIS is stopped the fate of the United States and the rest of the West at its hands is clear and unequivocal.

The only way to stop it is through military means.

A puny military response won’t do it, but a massive one will.

The United States military is the only military that is capable of doing it and U.S. President Obama has to get serious about stopping it.

Not only for the sake of America and Americans, but for the sake of the rest of humanity as well.

Whatever emotions Americans are feeling because Foley was beheaded they certainly shouldn’t feel shocked or surprised, not shocked or surprised at all.

Whatever ISIS is doing in the Middle East it will do in the United States as well, make no mistake about that at all.

Whatever ISIS is doing in the Middle East it will do in the rest of the free world as well, make no mistake about that at all.

Hey Barack, stop it and stop it now.

Before its too late.

ISIL and its apologists and fellow travellers are no fan of America and Americans but they are no fan of yours either and you could get beheaded too you know.

Hell, we all could.

Congratulations, good stuff, well done and keep up the good work, Re: Supporters of Israel and persecuted religious minorities stand together at AFDI rally in New York, Jihad Watch, August 18, 2014

August 18th, 2014

The American Freedom Defense Initiative is a national organization in the United States which is passionate about supporting, defending and protecting freedom, democracy and liberty in the U.S. and about supporting, defending and protecting Israel as well. Through its many national and local initiatives it has become a leader in the fight to preserve American freedom, democracy and liberty and in the fight to support, defend and protect Israel too.

Yesterday in New York City AFDI sponsored a rally to support Israel and persecuted religious minorities around the world. Thousands of people attended and there were speakers representing persecuted religious minorities from all over the globe, including Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Sudanese and others. The full horror of persecution by Islamists acting in the name of Islam was brought home in stark terms, in starkly personal terms. The reality and gravity of Islamic persecution was made unmistakeably clear and so was the threat it poses to the future of humanity.

The rally was groundbreaking because it was the largest rally of its kind to date in the United States, because it brought together a coalition of the persecuted to stand together against the ongoing global Jihad which is causing so much pain, suffering, destruction and death and because it linked Islamic persecution of one minority with Islamic persecution against all minorities, which of course it is. It was far more than a pro-Israel rally…it was a pro-Israel, pro-freedom, anti-religious persecution rally against the Islamists acting in the name of Islam who are attempting to impose Islam and Islamic law, Sharia, on unbelievers everywhere and bringing pain, suffering, destruction and death with them wherever they go.

Even though thousands of people attended the rally and notwithstanding its diversity and scope the mainstream media completely ignored it, which was, is, predictable and typical. Because of its total lack of honest, objective, knowledgeable reporting and analysis the mainstream media is complicit in the global Jihad, in the persecution of religious minorities everywhere by Islamists acting in the name of Islam, in the ongoing Islamization of Western countries and in the dire threat it imposes to their existence as free, democratic, secular nations, including the United States. Because its reporting and analysis is suffused with dishonesty, ignorance, cowardice, political correctness and outright bias the mainstream media is complicit in presenting a totally false picture of Israel to the world and in prolonging, aiding and abetting the conflict in Gaza. Supporters of Israel and those who are against the global Jihad, those who are against the persecution of religious minorities by Islamists acting in the name of Islam, shouldn’t feel alone though. Even though you’d never know it if you get your news solely from the mainstream media, they’re not and millions upon millions of people around the world feel exactly as they do. In the last little while there have been huge pro-Israel rallies in places such as London, Sydney, Australia and India and support for Israel around the world remains large, strong and steadfast, even though the mainstream media has virtually ignored this reality. No, its not surprising that the mainstream media completely ignored the AFDI rally, not surprising at all.

The AFDI should be congratulated for sponsoring and leading the rally in New York. Hopefully, they’ll sponsor and lead many more as they are certainly needed and will provide a significant counterweight to Islamists and their apologists, to Jihadists and their apologists. Maybe it will even get to the point where the mainstream media won’t be able to ignore or distort them.

Good stuff, well done and keep up the good work.

Open your eyes everyone, Re: ‘Act now against poisonous ideology or face terror on Britain’s streets’, Daily Telegraph, August 16, 2014

August 17th, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron just published a letter in the Daily Telegraph calling for action to be taken against ISIL and the poisonous ideology it acts in the name of lest Brits face terror on their streets.

What on earth is Cameron talking about?

Brits have long faced Islamic terror on their streets. Islamic terrorists acting in the name of Islam have committed horrific terrorist acts on the streets of Britain, including beheadings and mass murder. Islamic terrorism on the streets of Britain is nothing new at all. It has been going on for many years and is a large and growing problem as Britain becomes more and more Islamized with each passing day, as Islam becomes more and more prominent with each passing day. To pretend and imply otherwise is simply not true. If Cameron can’t see that he’s either in wilful denial or is blind as a bat.

To pretend and imply that defeating ISIL would keep Islamic terror from the streets of Britain is simply not true either. To be sure, ISIL is a huge problem for Britain and the West (not to mention its millions of victims in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Middle East) and defeating it is essential not only for the West’s survival but also on moral and humanitarian grounds, but to pretend and imply (as Cameron does) that defeating it would make Britain’s streets safe from Islamic terror, would solve the problem of the Islamization of Britain or would keep Britain from becoming an Islamic nation is wrong, dead wrong.

The same applies of course to politicians from other Western nations who make the same sort of statement pertaining to their own countries. ISIL is a symptom of the larger problem, the larger problem being the supremacist, expansionist, intolerant, hateful, cruel nature and essence of Islam itself and its rise and growth in the West. ISIL should of course be defeated but until the larger problem is dealt with other ISILs will arise, the Islamization of Western nations will proceed apace, Western nations will continue to be plagued by small and large scale terrorist attacks and freedom, democracy and the Western way of life will be imperilled.

So David, go after ISIL by all means using everything you have at your disposal, including military might, especially military might. But don’t pretend or imply for one single minute that doing so, that defeating ISIL, will keep Brits from having to face Islamic terror on their streets, from having to face the ongoing Islamization of Britain and the concomitant erosion and elimination of their way of life. It won’t. Deal with ISIL alright, but deal with the larger problem as well.

Barack, Francois, Angela, Stephen and all you other politicians out there…listen up.

This is a message for you and your nations too.

Open your eyes everyone.

And act.

And act soon.

We can no longer fiddle around while the world burns.

Not if we want to survive that is.

U.S. abandons Yazidis, abandons itself too, Re: U.S. Pulls Back on Mountain Rescue Plan in Iraq, International New York Times, August 15, 2014

August 15th, 2014

The United States is abandoning thousands upon thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped by ISIL on Mount Sinjar in Iraq to their fate.

How many thousands?

At least seventy to eighty according to reliable accounts.

What is their fate?

Being beheaded, crucified, hanged, raped, mutilated, buried alive in mass graves, starved, forced into sexual slavery, forced to convert to Islam upon pain of being immediately killed, deprived of water, abducted, being forced to watch their children and relatives slaughtered in front of their eyes and so on and so forth at the hands of ISIL, that’s what.

Suffering unimaginably cruel deaths at the hands of ISIL, that’s what.

Being subjected to unimaginably savage, barbaric atrocities at the hands of ISIL, that’s what.

Being exterminated by ISIL, that’s what.

It is a moral and humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.

The United States mounted a puny, feeble rescue mission which allowed some people to escape, then patted itself on the back and abandoned the rest, in spite of the fact that the Iraqi government and the United Nations, among many others, have made it very clear that Yazidis in their many thousands remain trapped and that any claims to the contrary are palpably untrue.

So why is the United States, the one Western nation with the ability to save the Yazidis, abandoning them to their fate?

Only President Barack Hussein Obama, the man responsible for making the decision, can tell us that and given his track record of duplicity and lying through his teeth the chances of getting an honest answer are nil.

Whatever the reason or reasons are, abandoning the Yazidis to their fate is more than a blot on President Obama, it is a blot on America and Americans, on the United States itself.

And make no mistake, it isn’t just the Yazidis that are being abandoned here. 

ISIL is a serious, direct threat to the national security of the United States, to the very existence of the United States. It wants to bring its barbarism and savagery and atrocities and poisonous beliefs to America and in the end destroy it. Morality aside, by failing to crush it, by allowing it to grow and develop and metastasize and spread Obama is guaranteeing that its barbarism and savagery and atrocities poisonous beliefs will be brought to the American homeland and that rivers of American blood will flow in American communities as Americans fight for survival on American soil. Obama abandoning the Yazidis in favour of ISIL is akin to him abandoning America as well…Obama consigning the Yazidis to their fate is akin to him consigning Americans to theirs too.

Thanks Barack. Hope you’re enjoying your golf.

You do know that Islam doesn’t permit golf don’t you?

Don’t you?

Americans won’t get an honest answer on that either.

ISIL: We’re at war with you and we’re out to destroy you, Re: White House: U.S. is not at war with Islamic State, Jihad Watch, August 12, 2014

August 14th, 2014

ISIL or ISIS or whatever the savages and barbarians who make it up call themselves has one long term goal and one long term goal only…to establish a world-wide Islamic Caliphate and make Islam supreme everywhere on earth.

This by its own admission.

On occasions too numerous to count.

In order to make this happen it first has to achieve several short term goals, the most important one being to eliminate, to destroy, the United States.

In order to do that it first has to conquer as much territory as possible in the Middle East, subjugate or kill as many people as it possibly can in the Middle East, become as formidable a fighting force as it possibly can, remove America’s friends and allies from the equation, especially Israel, attack the United States from within and without and spread its hateful, poisonous ideology as widely as possible.

All of which it is busily doing.

All of which means it is growing by leaps and bounds.

ISIL already has a large and well-equipped army, already controls vast swaths of territory in the Middle East and has already subjugated or killed millions upon millions of people. It is becoming bigger, stronger, more capable and more of a threat every day.

So, while the White House and the feckless American President Barack Hussein Obama believe that the United States is not at war with ISIL ISIL is certainly at war with the United States and is out to destroy it as a necessary precursor to establishing a world-wide Islamic Caliphate and making Islam supreme all over the earth.

Can ISIL bring the United States to its knees, can it really eliminate and destroy the U.S.?

With Barack Hussein Obama in the White House you bet it can.

ISIL’s savagery and barbarity knows no bounds. Summary executions, beheadings, crucifixions, burying people alive in mass graves, rapes, abductions, starving people to death, mutilating people, trafficking women and girls as sexual slaves, killing children in front of their parents, forcing people to convert to Islam upon pain of death, torturing people, terrorizing entire populations, burning churches and villages to the ground, generally destroying any vestige of other way’s of life or other belief systems and other such atrocities are all part of its modus operandi, are all part of its very essence and being, are all things it carries out on a vast scale every single day.

All of which and more would be brought to the United States, to the U.S. homeland, by ISIL

Make no mistake about that at all.

No, America is not at war with ISIL.

But it should be.

It should use every means at its disposal, particularly military might, to stop it in its tracks, to defeat it.

Starting now.

Its either defeating ISIL in the Middle East or defeating ISIL in the U.S. homeland.

Those are the only two alternatives.

Obama is utterly contemptible, Re: The war Obama didn’t end, New York Post, August 12, 2014

August 12th, 2014

President Obama spent years boasting that he was responsible for the full withdrawal of the American military from Iraq and for ending the war there.

That is indisputable.

As the New York Post article says;

A video produced by his 2012 presidential campaign was titled “Ending the War in Iraq: A Promise Kept.”

His Web site said in December 2011: “This month, President Obama is making good on his promise to bring the last American troops home in time for the holidays.”

“You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” he told crowds during his re-election campaign. “I said I’d end the war in Iraq. I ended it.”

That’s as definitive a statement of responsibility as you get.

A statement he made many, many times over the years.

Indeed, ending the war in Iraq and fully withdrawing American forces from there was cast as his signature foreign policy achievement and something he had promised to do since his 2008 campaign for the presidency.

Now that his policies and actions and assumptions in Iraq have proven to be horribly mistaken, now that Iraq is burning and imploding as a result, now that barbaric, savage atrocities are being committed against millions upon millions of people there by barbaric, savage Islamists acting in the name of Islam, now that ISIL controls much of the country and is on the advance everywhere, now that ISIL has proven to be a serious threat to the United States itself, now that his policies and actions and assumptions have been universally ridiculed and panned and now that the U.S. is re-engaging militarily Obama is doing what he always does in the face of his failure…re-writing and denying history, absolving himself of responsibility and blaming others for events instead of himself. He has done this many, many times, Iraq just being the latest example.

That characteristic is utterly contemptible and since it is a basic, fundamental part of his personality, of his being, it means that he is utterly contemptible too.

But then we didn’t need this latest example to know that since so much of what he has done as president has been utterly contemptible.

Obama not responsible for the full withdrawal of the American military from Iraq…bull.

Obama not responsible for his policies and actions and assumptions…bull.

Obama not responsible for the results of his policies and actions and assumptions…bull.

His track record speaks for itself and he is absolutely responsible for it.

As an American, as a decent, moral human being, I am more than saddened and sickened and angry.

I am disgusted.

You should be too.

Sorry, storm clouds have already gathered, Re: West sits while storm clouds gather, Toronto Sun, August 10, 2014

August 11th, 2014

The headline of the Toronto Sun article is wrong.

Storm clouds aren’t gathering.

They’ve already gathered.

All over the West, in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Spain, the United States, everywhere, Western values, institutions and the Western way of life are under attack.

All over the West, in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Spain, the United States, everywhere, freedom and democracy are disappearing and in many places have already disappeared.

All over the West, in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Spain, the United States, everywhere, hatred and violence are becoming more and more prevalent and the streets are increasingly being ruled by thugs and fanatics.

All over the West, in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Spain, the United States, everywhere, atrocities are being committed and people are being victimized and fearing for their lives.

All over the West, in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, the Scandinavian countries, Spain, the United States, everywhere, Judeo-Christian civilization, Western civilization, is being overridden and overwhelmed and replaced by Islam, by Islamists acting in the name of Islam.

Islam and Islamists acting in in its name aren’t the only threat the West faces however, although they are the most serious one as of this writing.

The Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans also pose serious threats to the survival of the West as well.

While all this is going on, the United States, the bastion of freedom and democracy, the leader and defender of the free world and the only Western country able to influence events and change the course of history, is rotting from within, is becoming weaker and weaker as its enemies and the enemies of Western civilization become stronger and stronger and is led by a President who is utterly incapable of dealing with the threats America and the West face and who bears responsibility for many of them in the first place.

While all this is going on, the only country in the West with the courage and sense to protect and defend itself, Israel, is being constantly vilified, demonized, lied about, held back and attacked by venal politicians and governments around the world, including President Obama and the government of the United States.

While all this is going on, the Middle East is burning, unspeakable horrors are being committed against millions upon millions of people there, Iran is moving ever closer to developing, possessing and using nuclear weapons and savage, barbaric organizations like ISIS, Hamas, al-Qaeda, the PLO and others carry out their savage, barbaric acts, all aided and abetted by the weakness, stupidity, ignorance and indifference of Western politicians and governments, especially President Obama and the government of the United States.

It is no stretch of the imagination to say that the West is in a war for its very existence and that it is a war it is well on the way to losing.

Storm clouds have gathered alright.

The Guardian should be congratulated for taking such a principled stand, Re: The Guardian view on Gaza and the rise of antisemitism, The Guardian, August 8, 2014

August 10th, 2014

All over the Western world Jews are being vilified, demonized , threatened, attacked and killed ostensibly because of Israel’s actions in Gaza.

There have been huge demonstrations throughout the Western world against Israel’s actions in Gaza and in every single one of them there have been large numbers of people shouting ‘Death to Jews’ ‘Slit Jews throats’ ‘Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas’ and other such contemptible slogans. This incitement has led to ongoing and growing violence against Jews and Jewish institutions, including Jewish women, children and the elderly, not only in Britain and Europe but in Australia, Canada, the United States and the rest of the West as well.

The Guardian is one of Britain’s, and the world’s too for that matter, most influential newspapers. It has long been a loud and vocal critic of Israel and its policies and actions in Gaza and elsewhere but nevertheless in an editorial on August 8 it denounced and condemned these expressions of hatred and antisemitism, denounced and condemned this incitement and the violence it leads to.

To quote from the editorial;

It should not need saying, but it does: people can be as angry as they like at the Israeli government, but to attack a synagogue, threaten children at a Jewish school, or throw a brick through the window of a Jewish grocery store is vile and contemptible racism. It cannot be excused by reference to Israeli military behaviour. The two are and should be kept utterly distinct.

The Guardian is of course absolutely correct and should be congratulated for taking such a principled stand. Criticizing Israel and demonstrating against its policies and actions in Gaza or anywhere else is perfectly legitimate if one is so inclined. That doesn’t make a person racist or antisemitic However, inciting violence against Jews, carrying out violence against Jews, is not legitimate at all and anyone who uses Israel’s policies and actions in Gaza or anywhere else as an excuse to do so is racist and antisemitic. Inciting violence, carrying out violent acts, against Jews or anyone else, is simply not acceptable (not yet anyway) and the perpetrators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law in whatever country they live in.

To use a personal example;

I have been very critical of Islam and the attitudes and behaviour of various Islamists. That is perfectly legitimate. However, I have never vilified, demonized or attacked Muslims as an entity or called for violent acts to be committed against them. That would not be legitimate. Criticizing Islam or Israel is one thing, Vilifying, demonizing, inciting violent acts or carrying out violent acts against Muslims or Jews is very different.

To use another example for my American friends;

President Obama is beyond doubt the worst, most incompetent, President in living memory, probably in the whole history of the country. He has caused enormous damage to America and Americans in every area anyone can think of. Criticizing him and calling for his impeachment or resignation is perfectly legitimate. That is one thing. Vilifying, demonizing, inciting violent acts or carrying out violent acts against black people because one disagrees with his policies and behaviour is not legitimate at all.

You’ll notice I used the word ostensible in the first paragraph. That is because anyone who uses Gaza as an excuse to vilify, demonize, threaten, attack or kill Jews as a race is racist, is antisemitic. Gaza is just the latest excuse for antisemitism to raise its ugly head, that’s all. It needs to be denounced, condemned and stamped out now through the use of the law. After all, Jews might be the first victims, but they would most certainly not be the last.

Christians anyone? .

Putin gave Obama the finger, Americans should give him the boot, Re: Putin gives Obama ‘middle finger’, strikes deal to reactivate spy base in Cuba, Washington Times, July 17, 2014

July 18th, 2014

Since I won’t be putting anything on this site for the next three weeks or so I thought I’d leave you with an entry I recently wrote about Obama and America. It was posted under a different title in response to a different article but the sentiment is the same and remains true.

Here it is.

Americans know that the country is in a big fat mess and that the mess is getting bigger and messier all the time.

Americans know that Obama’s presidency has been a big fat sick joke.

Americans know that their lives have been greatly diminished since Obama took office and that they are becoming more and more diminished with each passing day.

Americans know that the same applies to the life of the country itself.

Here are just a few examples. There’s no shortage of others as well.

The percentage of Americans on welfare has hit record levels and is rising continuously.

The price of food has been rising continuously since Obama took office and many Americans can ill afford or can no longer afford staples like beef, pork, seafood, eggs, dairy products and fresh fruit.

The price of gasoline has been rising continuously since Obama took office.

America’s national debt is higher than it has ever been and is growing exponentially as we speak. It is currently 70 trillion odd dollars and climbing.

America’s economy is in the tank and the number of jobless Americans, underemployed Americans, Americans surviving on part time work and Americans who have given up looking for work altogether has reached epidemic proportions.

American’s healthcare has gotten much worse under Obama and his signature legislation, Obamacare, has proven to be one of the biggest boondoggles, if not the biggest boondoggle, in living memory.

America’s infrastructure, its bridges, roads, highways, public buildings and so on is crumbling.

America’s southern border has become open and porous and the country is being flooded by illegal immigrants, illegal immigrants who are bringing disease, pestilence, violence and crime with them.

Obama continuously lies to the American people about anything and everything and continuously distorts reality about anything and everything.

Obama continuously violates the boundaries and limitations of his office and his dictatorial, unilateral actions have made a mockery of the balance of powers doctrine, have made a mockery of the Constitution of The United States.

America’s influence around the world is at an all time low and no one respects, trusts or fears America anymore.

America’s foreign policy is in utter disarray and this is having a profoundly negative effect on America and Americans, not to mention her friends and allies.

America’s military is being eviscerated and America is becoming weaker and weaker as her enemies become stronger and stronger.

America has abdicated its position as leader and defender of the free world.

America and Americans are more vulnerable to attack from within and without than they have ever been, small scale terrorist attacks have become almost a part of life and large scale terrorist attacks have become a virtual certainty.

The country is being riven by crime and racial and religious divides.

Government intrusion into the lives of Americans is becoming more and more pervasive and American’s civil liberties, freedom and independence are being eroded and lost.

American laws, values and institutions are being constantly subverted, compromised and overridden.

America is rapidly becoming Islamized at the expense of the American way of life.

Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.

The Middle East is imploding, with incalculable consequences for America and Americans.

The American dream isn’t dead but it is certainly dying.

And on and on and on.

Obama’s presidency really has been a big fat sick joke and Obama really is leading America to its demise.

Will Americans rouse themselves, rid themselves of Obama and save themselves, their country and the free world as well for that matter?

Stay tuned.

Let’s hope he means it, let’s hope he does it, Re: Netanyahu tells West: Israel won’t rest until Gaza demilitarized, Jerusalem Post, July 16, 2014

July 17th, 2014

If Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is serious about stopping Hamas from launching rockets into Israel and raining terror, destruction, bloodshed and death on Israel and its citizens there really is only one way to do it.

If Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is serious about demilitarizing Gaza there really is only one way to do it.

A temporary ceasefire or truce isn’t it.

Ceasefires and truces haven’t worked in the past and they won’t work now.

To stop Hamas from launching rockets into Israel and raining terror, destruction, bloodshed and death on Israel and its citizens Israel must root out and destroy Hamas and its weaponry and infrastructure and then prevent it from resurfacing and reestablishing itself after that is done.

That means Israel must continue with airstrikes until it has accomplished all it can with them, then send in ground forces to fight Hamas and remove its remaining weaponry and infrastructure and then reoccupy Gaza.

Hamas being Hamas there is no other way.

Let me repeat that.

Hamas being Hamas there is no other way.

Netanyahu says he won’t rest until Gaza is demilitarized.

Let’s hope he means it.

Let’s hope he does it.

UPDATE

Israel has just announced that it has sent troops into Gaza and started a ground offensive there against Hamas and its fellow travellers.

Excellent.

And long overdue.