They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06
Cairo regime benefits from Gaza invasion
As Israel's "Operation
Protective Edge" nears its second week, with hundreds of lives lost, what
are the Egyptians up to? They're doing pretty much what they always do --
looking out for themselves. For all the dramatic changes in Egypt since Hosni
Mubarak's fall, the Egyptian military and intelligence services view Gaza in
much the same way they have for the better part of the previous decade or more.
They want to keep the Palestinians, especially Hamas, in a box, prevent the
conflict from destabilizing the Sinai Peninsula, ensure that the Gaza Strip
remains principally an Israeli responsibility, and exclude other regional
players from a role in Gaza.
Because of the
way American policymakers and other observers have come to think about Egypt,
they expect that a cease-fire serves these goals. The reality is, however, that it may
or may not. Link