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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 6:12 AM 

Photo: Israeli Air Force fighter jet taking off to Gaza Strip

This week's column offers "A Respite from Reality" via some of Hollywood's more charming classics, but Powerline is featuring much more stirring fare: IDF videos of Hamas facitilities in Gaza being blown to smithereens.

To smithereens, of course, is exactly where they should be blown--and to the cheers of a grateful world. But we don't inhabit such a grateful world, just a cold planet occupied by ghoulish jihadists and their growing masses of supporters.

The Powerline videos are ones the IDF has posted on Youtube--and which Youtube first and OUTRAGEOUSLY pulled off the site as "inappropriate content" but now offers to Youtube-registered viewers who are over 18. Here is the IDF Youtube channel.

After Powerline posted the videos, the website was subject to something Powerline described as "a Denial-of-Service attack from a cabal of a half-dozen servers in the U.S.," an attack that basically overwhelms a site through massive usage. Powerline writes: "Our data center promptly registered the attack, and then defeated it," using "an advanced computer called a Cisco Guard. This device recognize malicious Internet traffic and defeats it."

Chalk one up for our side. Powerline continues:

Yet it does not strike one as quite right that Islamists can will good content out of existence, does it? So we've placed the IDF videos on a Content Delivery Network, which is an advanced network of hundreds of computers throughout the world. When you click on a video, the version nearest you will be delivered to your computer. This will make these videos, and all future PL videos, very easy to watch.

See them here and here--just in case Youtube censors the official IDF channel again. Below is one of the IDF videos, unusual footage  of Israeli air force preparations for a nightime raid.  

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