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Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea

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Posted on Jul 30, 2014

According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more below.

Destroy Hamas? Something Worse Would Follow: Pentagon Intel Chief
A top Pentagon intelligence official warned on Saturday that the destruction of Hamas would only lead to something more dangerous taking its place, as he offered a grim portrait of a period of enduring regional conflict.

Et Tu, Taibbi?
No one seems to have noticed the most worrying line in Pierre Omidyar’s new blog post.

Open Carry Boobs vs. Open Carry Boobs
It seems the boobs at “Come and Take it Austin” were a little threatened by a few ladies that decided to counter-protest their protest by Open Carrying their boobs.

Liberal Zionism After Gaza
Never do liberal Zionists feel more torn than when Israel is at war.

Israel’s Moral Defeat Will Haunt Us for Years
If victory is measured in the number of dead, then Israel and its army are big winners.

Where Does Ebola Come From?
How eating bats, washing victims’ bodies, and a lack of doctors are all contributing to the worst Ebola outbreak of all time.

Israel’s Other War
In the past week I’ve seen and heard the popular statement “let the I.D.F. win” more and more frequently.

Obsession with Iran Blinded Netanyahu to Hamas Threat
When the fighting in Gaza draws to a close, people will certainly demand an investigation into what already appears to be a significant intelligence, military and diplomatic fiasco, or multisystem failure, on Israel’s part.

Earth May Be in Early Days of 6th Mass Extinction
Earth may be in the early stages of a sixth mass extinction, an international team of scientists says.

As the Gaza Crisis Deepens, Boycotts Can Raise the Price of Israel’s Impunity
I started my life under Israeli siege and bombardment.

The Civil Rights Fight of the Information Age
Net neutrality is a civil rights issue.

Shooting and Crying Over Lost Moral Army
I really wonder what it says about the Guardian or its readers that it publishes an article like the one by Yuli Novak, a former Israeli air force officer.

The Higher Sociopathy
In the annals of moral casuistry, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example of the perils of moral reasoning than the defense, brought to you by The New Republic, of the slaughter of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

When I Served, the Israeli Military Was the Most Moral in the World. No More
Once there was widespread Israeli outrage over the bombing of homes in Gaza. Now there is just indifference.

More than a Hundred Genetic Variants Tied to Schizophrenia
A multinational research collaboration has identified more than 100 genetic loci associated with an increased risk for the psychiatric disease.

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