The Wilderness of Sinai
Egypt Clears out a "Smuggler Buffer" on Gaza Border
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  • wigwag

    Can’t wait to see if Ban Ki-moon criticizes the Egyptian blockade of Gaza with the same exuberance as he criticizes the Israeli blockade.

    • Andrew Allison

      Don’t hold your breath!

    • Dan

      You mean when he criticizes it, not if he does. If it was a question of ‘if’ that might expose a double standard and that is simply preposterous.

  • Pete

    “Water-filled trenches will also be used to prevent the construction of tunnels.”

    That could be a good idea. I guess it depends on the geology and the depth of the trench …. and availability of water.

    • GS

      There is a sea at the Western end of it. It does not follow from anywhere that the water in the trench should be fresh and not salt. And the trench excavation can be done with the past-the-shelf-life explosives, which would have to be discarded anyway.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Given the spiritual predilictions of the smugglers, perhaps adding some remnants from a pig-rendering plant to the water might be a useful addition as well.

  • B-Sabre

    Whether or not Hamas was involved in the bombing, it’s probably a good bet that somebody in Gaza (like a more radical Islamist militia) was. In any event, the Egyptian Army views Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood as two sides of the same coin, and crippling Hamas deprives the MB of a nearby sanctuary to operate from.

  • Fat_Man

    The most important development in the Middle East this summer was the creation of a de-facto alliance between Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

    The Obama Administration will have to give up its delusion that a useful deal can be made with Iran before it can use this new phenomenon to the advantage of peace and stability in the region.

    • GS

      If they give up their delusions, what would be left of them? Empty footwear?

      • Fat_Man

        The more important question is what would be left of us?

  • GS

    A 20 x 20 x 13000 trench means excavating some 5 million cubic meters. A serious project, it could take a few years.

    • Josephbleau

      I could to it in 40 days with 5 cat 777 trucks and 2 911 loaders. Give me a d 10 dozer too.

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