hamas does not exist to protect the "citizens" of gaza. were that the case, the "warriors" of hamas would be meeting the israelis in open combat in order to prevent palestinian "casualties." this is not the case, is it? they will not be drawn into battle to prevent the deaths of the people they rule.
the matter is quite the contrary.
to hamas, the sole rationale for the existence of the palestinians in gaza is to be casualties, and to be portrayed as casualties, the more luridly the better. were hamas to have had the interests of its citizenry in view, they would have cut short their missile attacks on israel, and sought a cease fire. but, that is not what they are interested in.
to hamas, the longer the war, the more palestinians who are killed, (especially women and children), so much the better. just so long as hamas and its operatives are not killed, so long as the israelis do not seek them out specifically for extermination, hamas is quite content to see "their" citizens killed. the more, the better.
to see its "ideological" & "theological" points made, hamas would be quite content to see gaza reduced to gravel, and the gravel and the palestinians bulldozed into the sea. the "citizens" of gaza are nothing more or less than "high profile" canon fodder to hamas, so long as hamas emerges from the whole affray its "purity" established, its status of the enemy of israel intact.
the raison d'etre of hamas is not to govern and protect "its people." the aim of hamas is to use their remains as the canvas upon which to paint their portrait of israel. the "people" mean nothing else. their "highest & best" uses, are as corpses.
and, hamas? their purpose? to provoke, to goad, to incite the state of israel into defending itself, to promote the status of hamas. they have no other purpose. and, to hamas, the only useful palestinian, the only "good" palestinian, is a thoroughly dead palestinian. just so long as he or she makes a good photo, and just so long as the death fits the narrative.
john jay @ 08.01.2014
http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/branco-cartoon-crash-of-civilization/ -- a brilliant cartoon, here. obama's & kerry's "diplomacy."