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Interesting tidbit goes unquestioned

And We Think We Have Too Much Government?

The fighting started with Hamas weaker politically than it has been in a long time. In part, that’s because its main political and financial backers, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Assad regime in Syria, are busy fighting for their own survival and are unable to provide assistance.

In its last conflict with Israel in 2012, Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, had a close partner in Egypt, which was run by the main Brotherhood group. President Mohammed Morsi, a key Brotherhood leader, brokered the 2012 cease-fire that Kerry and other diplomats are trying to revive.

Today, Egypt, which controls Gaza’s southern border, is run by a military regime that deposed and jailed Morsi and outlawed the Brotherhood on charges that it tried to impose an Islamist dictatorship.

Egypt closed Hamas’ tunnels to the Sinai Peninsula to prevent munitions crossing into Egypt after a series of terrorist attacks against Egyptian soldiers and civilians that Egypt said it traced to Gaza. Hamas used those tunnels to smuggle goods and weapons into Gaza, and to fund its operations though smuggling fees. Egypt has also blocked the flow of cash from countries such as Qatar into Gaza.

Egypt, which has condemned Hamas during the current fighting, has proposed a cease-fire on terms the militant group has rejected because it wants the Sinai closures lifted.

The closures have made it impossible for Hamas to pay its 40,000 government employees and produced “desperation and panic” in Hamas, “which is why it keeps fighting,” says Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine. “Hamas is trying to break out of this blockade in a whole new way because the blockade is different. They’re broke and unable to move.”

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The Gaza Strip is less than 7 miles wide at it’s widest point along the southern border with Egypt. For half its length it’s only 3 miles wide. And it’s only 32 miles long. Most counties in the USA are far bigger than this place. Heck, I’d bet there are privately owned farms or ranches bigger than this place. 139 square miles, according to Wiki, who supplied the above map. That’s less than half of the land area of the Five Boroughs that together make up New York City. Crivens, it’s hardly bigger than Queens.

Yet it has 40,000 government employees. FORTY THOUSAND. That’s one government person every 103 yards.

Am I the only one who think that smells a bit?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/24/2014 at 12:52 PM   
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