As I discussed on last night’s program, the Guardian reported that sources close to the president-elect’s transition team are proposing an outreach to Hamas. This is like proposing an outreach to al Qaeda, and my new Townhall.com column discusses this insanity.
Charles Krauthammer’s column today focuses on how the crushing of Hamas might be within reach:
[T]he only acceptable outcome of this war, both for Israel and for the civilized world, is Endgame B: the disintegration of Hamas rule. It is already under way.
This is not about killing every last Hamas gunman. Not possible, not necessary. Regimes rule not by physically overpowering every person in their domain, but by getting the majority to accept their authority. That is what sustains Hamas, and that is what is now under massive assault.
Hamas’ leadership is not only seriously degraded but openly humiliated. The great warriors urging others to martyrdom are cowering underground almost entirely incommunicado. Demonstrably unable to protect their own people, they beg for outside help, receiving in return nothing but words from their Arab and Iranian brothers. And who in fact is providing the corridors for humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians? Israel.
In the first four minutes of this war, the Israel Air Force destroyed 50 targets, taking down practically every instrument and symbol of Hamas rule. Gaza’s Potemkin leaders were marginalized and rendered helpless, leaving their people to fend for themselves. At such moments, regimes are extremely vulnerable to forfeiting what the Chinese call the mandate of heaven, the sense of legitimacy that undergirds all forms of governance.
The fall of Hamas rule in Gaza is within reach, but only if Israel does not cave in to pressure to stop now. Overthrowing Hamas would not require a permanent Israeli reoccupation. A transitional international force would be brought in to immediately make way for the return of the Palestinian Authority, the legitimate government whose forces will be far less squeamish than the Europeans in establishing order in Gaza.
Read the whole thing. And Claudia Rosett’s post as well (HT: RobinsonandLong.com). As the transcripts of the interviews from this week’s program have shown there is great clarity about Gaza and the necessity of Israel’s mission there, even as there is great sadness about the civilian casualties that Hamas’ war crimes’ strategy make inevitable. Only a genuine dunce would endorse an outreach to Hamas, at any level. If there is any truth to the Guardian report, those dunces should be escorted from the transition offices and sent back to their university and think tank posts asap.