Sunday, April 02, 2006
This gunman is displaying the poor habits he and his compatriots have unfortunately picked up over the years of staging public attacks against Israeli fortifications in front of cheering crowds of onlookers.
If you're not familiar with the particulars of how armed demonstrations are typically scripted around Israeli positions, I again highly recommend seeing for yourself how it works in this important video. (Hat tip: Mensa Barbie)
The fact that three were killed and twelve wounded proves the gunmen have tragically lost any instinctive sense of the danger associated with attacking an armed opponent. They've made the mistake of assuming every armed opponent will copy the restrained Israeli behavior they've encountered so many times before -- hunkering down behind armor, or wafting a little tear gas, or firing off a few rounds of "rubber coated steel bullets." Apparently their partners in these internecine squabbles aren't playing by Israeli rules, which can make these photo-ops just a tad more risky.