Israel, Hamas restart the dance of death

In terms of domestic politics, both sides have already accomplished what they came for—but since neither can acknowledge publicly that that’s all the war was really about, they end up raising wholly unrealistic demands at the ceasefire talks. And the war continues.

Israel Defense Forces Photo
Israel Defense Forces artillery forces fire in the Gaza Strip on July 27.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 08/21/2014 5:05 pm EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 08/27/2014 10:42 am EDT

“They began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over,” as Lewis Carroll put it in Alice in Wonderland. He was describing the Caucus Race, but it sounds quite a lot like the Gaza War, doesn’t it? What's different is that at the end of the Caucus Race, the Dodo Bird declared: “Everybody has won, so all must have prizes.”

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