Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that he will keep blowing up people in Gaza until he is sure that every tunnel under the wall is closed. Given the local geology a tunnel takes
a couple of guys with shovels about a week to dig (see update). So how will he know they are all gone? How does he plan to enforce his blanket ban on shovels and shovel-related program activities?
It brings to mind the neocon argument that we had to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan until nobody there wants us to leave, Dick Cheney’s One Percent Doctrine, or a war against the general concept of terrorism. Hostilities could last a while.
Apparently I underestimated the cost and time commitment involved.
Militants have poured an estimated 600,000 tons of cement and other materials into the ground at a cost of around $30 million to build the three dozen underground passages found so far, according to army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner.
So not as complicated or expensive as the now mostly gone Egypt tunnels but still a big deal. Of course you still have to figure out when they are all gone and make sure nobody starts digging again. Dirt and concrete are not exactly a nuclear program.