Hamas Declares ‘Victory’

On October 6th 1973 Egypt and Syria launched a surprise, coordinated assault against Israel. In those first days few days, the situation was indeed grim. In the south, some 700 Israeli soldiers manning the neglected Bar Lev fortifications along the Suez Canal faced off against 100,000 Egyptian soldiers backed by 2,000 tanks, thousands of artillery pieces and hundreds of SAM batteries. In the north, on Israel’s Golan Heights, the situation was no less desperate. Two understrength armored brigades comprising of some 177 Israeli tanks were all that stood between 1,000 Syrian tanks and Galilee.

Despite these overwhelming odds, the Israel Defense Forces stood firm and quickly reversed the situation. By October 24, just eighteen days after the Arabs commenced their aggression, the Egyptian army was on the brink of collapse and Israeli forces were operating with impunity over a large swath of Egyptian territory on the West Bank of the Suez Canal. The Syrians too were in full retreat and Damascus was now within artillery range of Israeli guns. So complete was the Arab defeat in the Yom Kippur War that defense analysts have termed it more catastrophic than the Arab defeat of the 1967 Six-Day War.

Curiously and somewhat bizarrely however, October 6th is marked as a day of celebration in Egypt. Government controlled media and Arab historians portray the war as an Arab victory, perpetuating the silly myth. To Egypt and the Arab world at large, the war began and ended in those first few euphoric days. The remaining days remain a blur to this day, buried somewhere deep in the collective Arab subconscious.

This strange behavior of Arab amnesic denial is the norm rather than an aberration in the Arab world. It follows a consistent and predictable pattern of Arab aggression against Israel followed by the inevitable Arab defeat, followed by a period of denial and closes with amnesia relating to the previous mauling whereupon the cycle of Arab aggression begins anew.

Just nine years after the Yom Kippur War, Syrian and PLO provocations prompted an Israeli invasion of Lebanon, where the PLO created its own mini state. Within a week, Arafat’s gagsters were holed up in West Beirut and pummeled by surrounding Israeli troops. Within two months, the PLO was sent packing to scattered destinations throughout the Middle East but this did not dissuade Arafat from referring to the Battle of Beirut as the Battle of Stalingrad. He used the same ridiculous analogy in the spring of 2002 during Israel’s Operation Defensive Shield, referring to the Battle of Jenin as the Battle of “Jeningrad.” Obviously, no one had bothered to inform the terror chieftain that the Soviets actually won the Battle of Stalingrad. But facts are meaningless in the wacky, make-believe world of Arab fantasy.

Consider Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s comical boast that he had scored a “divine victory” over Israel during the 2006 Second Lebanon war. The absurdity of Nasrallah’s boast led one of Lebanon’s leading commentators, Michael Young, to note that if Nasrallah considered the 2006 war a victory, “one dreads to imagine what Hezbollah would recognize as a military loss.”

We’ve now come full circle with Operation Pillar of Defense. No sooner did Hamas cry uncle than their fearless leaders emerge from their pitiful sewers holes to declare “victory.” Barely three years have passed since Operation Cast Lead in which Hamas received a similar thrashing at the hands of Israel. Then as now, upon cessation of Israeli combat operations, the fearless leaders of Hamas emerged from their basement hideouts beneath Shifa Hospital to declare “victory.” Then as now, Hamas was bloodied and defeated and was unable to inflict any symbolic or significant damage to Israel.

And so in the latest round of Arab initiated belligerency, we’ve witnessed three of the four predictable stages – Arab aggression, Arab defeat and Arab denial. That war will come is a virtual certainty but is contingent on how quickly Arab amnesia sets in. No one can predict when that will occur. What we can predict with near certainty is that when war does break out, it will be followed by another Arab defeat. Until ordinary moderate Muslims – and there are too few of those – recognize that their fascist leaders are guiding them into medieval backwardness; Arabs will continue to experience defeat and humiliation in perpetuity.

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  • Mary Sue

    Never mind Romnesia. We found a more pernicious form of forgetfulness, right in the middle east!

    They say the victors rewrite history to suit them; apparently also those who are under the delusion that they were the victors when the opposite is the case also do this.

    • cassandra

      Hi Mary Sue, I really like you comments. Hamas is rewritting history but I hope not for long.

      • Mary Sue

        hehe thx.

  • Tabris

    Let the Arabs live in their delusional world that's only beneficial for their opponents.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Let the Arabs live in their delusional world that's only beneficial for their opponents."

      Maybe superficially, but if they woke up, they'd also realize how evil they are.

  • UCSPanther

    Gaddafi was doing the same thing in the '80s after he narrowly survived the US air raid. I think they do it to try and hide their sighs of relief that they were not completely eradicated.

    What they consider victories, I consider stays of execution.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Gaddafi was doing the same thing in the '80s after he narrowly survived the US air raid. I think they do it to try and hide their sighs of relief that they were not completely eradicated. "

      Allowing them to live when we are clearly superior is seen as a sign that allah is on their side. They after all would kill ever last Jew and boast about their intentions. If you ask me, we play in to the hands of this evil deceptive ideology.

      "What they consider victories, I consider stays of execution."

      Really? When will we finally witness the execution?

  • ChrisLA

    An interview with a senior Hamas official in Gaza, Ghazi Hamad, was presented in the LA TImes. It is a perfect example of their declaration of victory amid the chaos of defeat: latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-hamas-rebuild-qa-20121126,0,6919116.story

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Arab amnesia is going to cost them dearly but I am concerned with Israeli amnesia, trusting
    others is not to their benefit and the outer World has been double dealing from day one.
    If Israel is going to trust let it be in their founders, history and hero's with recognition of
    their special place in the Biblical narative, a Billion people, Christians and Jews look to
    the security of Jerusalem and Israel, a transcendent and serious responsibility………Wiliam

  • Alex

    "Until ordinary moderate Muslims – and there are too few of those – recognize that their fascist leaders are guiding them into medieval backwardness; Arabs will continue to experience defeat and humiliation in perpetuity."

    Allah must be laughing his ass off. . .

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "This strange behavior of Arab amnesic denial is the norm rather than an aberration in the Arab world."

    When your entire culture and it's history are founded on lies, and when everything else must conform to these lies, we can't expect anything different until we disabuse them of these lies.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "We’ve now come full circle with Operation Pillar of Defense. No sooner did Hamas cry uncle than their fearless leaders emerge from their pitiful sewers holes to declare “victory.”"

    It's been obvious for a very long time that the only long-term solution is to ensure they have no voice to use in perpetuating their lies. Kill them till they're all dead. If anyone else (lies even harder and) steps forward to claim victory in their place, kill him too. All the way. Otherwise, the fact that we show any mercy is seen as evidence that allah gave them a spiritual victory but made it hard to encourage them.

    Unfortunately, I'm speaking the literal truth, not in anger at all. It's just sad, but I see no other way if we can't get the rest of the world to wake up and stop taking them seriously.