Saturday, June 05, 2010

The coming campaign to destroy Israel

Oh no, another of my wild "over the top" claims?

No, just reporting on what the "peace" activists themselves say they are doing. According to this IPS story, the next steps are an international campaign to de-legitimise Israel and isolate it.

This kind of evil must happen, but it's hard for me to imagine any sort of soft landing in this. There's a substantial pack of these international "agents of change" at work, they are hell-bent on destroying Israel, and seem to have support in high places.

No soft landing... I don't know what's ahead, but who is going to deal with Iran's coming nuclear weapons? Obama's campaign promise that he'd sit down and talk with the Iranians has gone nowhere. I'm doubtful he has any idea what to do -- he seems entirely incompetent when it comes to dealing with problems. If Israel decides it has to act for its own survival, then what?

As an undergraduate I had a professor who had been a fairly high ranking officer in the USAF, particularly in intelligence matters, and had been a negotiator in a number of arms control discussions with the Soviets. He observed that while we are working on nuclear weapons reduction, we should note that countries don't seem to attack nuclear armed countries...deterrence works. No Arab state seems anxious to directly threaten Israel's existence, for obvious reasons. But these "civil society" "agents of change" have no such constraints. They are free to back Israel into a corner and threaten its existence, and it's extremely difficult for Israel -- or anyone -- to stop them.

Backing Israel into such a corner will to a catastrophe, these thugs are gleefully doing it, and much of the word seems to be falling in behind them.

This must not happen!

(Incidentally, IPS -- the Inter Press Service -- bills itself as "Journalism and Communication for Global Change." I'm getting pretty damned tired of leftists' "change.")

Yadda yadda yadda ... Israel will be destroyed, terrorists, al-Qaeda, all the code words.

But this time it may not be possible to avoid looking at the effects on the residents of Gaza due to the actions of the Israeli Apartheid Regime.

Coming to the point where the far right bed wetters aren't going to be able to just cry "terrorist" and be believed. Those days are over and Israel should be concerned that there has been a change in tactics.
Charles, It is a tough situation but I trust that Israel will prevail. Now off topic: see what a friend just sent me ;)
Little Zachary was doing quite badly in math. His parents had tried everything: tutors, mentors, flash cards, Special learning Centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his math.
Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school.After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn't even kiss his mother Hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work.

His mother was amazed She called him down to dinner. To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before. This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.

Finally, little Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation, his Mom looked at it and to her great surprise Little Zachary got an 'A' in math. She could no longer hold her curiosity.
She went to his room and said, 'Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?' Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no. 'Well, then,' she replied, 'Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms?' Little Zachary looked at her and said:'On the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren't fooling around.'
Ducky: Aren't you the the gent who used to post critical comments on Jason Pappas blog? Your appearance here is something of an honor, I guess.

On to your comment -- and note these are not rhetorical questions:

"Code words" for what? I try to be direct, clear, and explicit, not oblique. What did you think I was trying to say?

Also, what would propose for resolving the situation? It's pretty clear that the current situation is neither stable nor desirable; Palestinians in Gaza are living in miserable & hopeless conditions, but a pack of religious fanatics Hamas controls Gaza. Your suggestions?

And do you really think that Israel can't be backed into a corner where it suffers a genuine existential threat? If so, why?
Nat: I won't make any sort of prediction, other than a conditional one (the one thing economists can do.)

There's certainly a set of conditions, not unthinkable, in which Israel is branded an international pariah and isolated, and Iran gets nuclear weapons, and... yikes!

There's another set under which Iran itself undergoes a surprising liberal revolution and Israel negotiates a two-state solution with Abbas and Hamas loses credence and falls apart.

Both scenarios are thinkable, and there are no doubt many others. What I'm trying to make clear is that Free Gaza is working towards the first scenario, while pretending to be for something else.
Charles, Focus reports in its print edition of Monday that the German intelligence service warned the Leftist MPs who boarded the "Love Boat" that the Flotilla had been hijacked by Hamas affiliated terrorists. These MPs refused to listen. They took their responsibility. No one is crying for them here anyway...NV
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