"" "By calling this operation 'Pillar of Cloud,' the IDF are, in a sense, calling themselves God," tweeted @joshua_eaton, whose Twitter bio describes him as a journalist covering religion and politics. "And they act like they believe that, too." A blogger for the website Gawker, meanwhile, said that calling the Israeli operation a "pillar of cloud" evoked "an all-powerful, vengeful God seeking to demonstrate the primacy of his chosen people, to guide them in their affairs, and to confound their enemies." "Did Israel launch this attack because there was no other rational route to maintain its security?" asked the Gawker blogger, John Cook. "Or was it pursuing a broader agenda rooted in ancient mysticism?" ""