It is written in the Gamara that having rats in the house is a good sign for the owner. In service to the little animals, the owner finds approval in the eyes of God. The Almighty favors the strong people who defend the weak ones. This is an apt dictum for individuals, but it doesn't necessarily extend to the national level.
Intellectuals waste much cyber space on the geopolitical machinations in West Asia. The general consensus is Israel and America have formed an unholy axis to dominate the region. This dates back more than thirty years to when Brzezinski tricked the foolish Soviets into invading Afghanistan. Since the fall of the USSR, the debate has centered on who controls the Axis of Evil: Israel or the USA?
If Israel controlled America, the first thing she would institute is single payer health insurance. The USA is the laughing stock of the industrialized world for public health neglect. Jews would never allow 40% of premiums to be wasted.
Israelis limit wars to five weeks fighting. If the USA needs eight to ten years to lose a war, she should find a new occupation.
You Made Me Think, GLloyd Rowsley
challenged me to divert Israel
from her war-mongering course. In my opinion, liberals confuse winning wars
with starting them. I credit Lyndon Johnson. In 1967 he warned Israel. If they
attacked first, they could expect no help from him. They were doubly conscious
seeing that the odds were 3 to 1 against them. After the war, they were
astounded the victory hadn't produced a peace. Indirectly, it did. The 1973 war
established Anwar Sadat's position to make peace in 1978. Most courageous, it
cost him his life.
King Hussein was a remarkable man, but I still wonder how he escaped assassination when he made peace 10 years later. Yitzhak Rabin made peace progress that caused his assassination - the first in Jewish history. Ehud Barak jettisoned his political career when he offered Arafat the administration of East Jerusalem. Ari Sharon withdrew unilaterally from Gaza and that should have been the end of the hostilities. Since Lyndon Johnson, no outsider has assumed importance in the peace process. Iran plans 30 more uranium enrichment plants, so we see where they are headed. If Israeli opinions dominated US strategy, the Iranian nuclear facilities would have disappeared in 2008.
"The real terrorists are not the men in turbans we see on Al Jazeera," said the psychiatrist, Dr. Malik H. Mubbashar, vice chancellor of the University of Health Sciences in Lahore. "They are wearing Gucci suits and Brit hats. It's your great country, Madam."
I asked him to spell it out. "It's coming from Americans, Jews and Indians," he said. "It's an axis of evil that's being supervised by you people." SABRINA TAVERNISE, New York Times
Jerusalem is a Cinder
mongers have made Jerusalem
a flash point. This is one of the tactics to keep the peasants deluded. If they
are enthralled by various tempests in a teapot, they tend to forget the real problems
facing them. Their leaders start wars they always lose. They divert foreign aid
funds into procuring more weapons of self-destruction. They care nothing about
roads, schools and hospitals. If the citizen really cares about the quality of his life, democracy and human
rights, he will go into exile.
The Palestinians of East Jerusalem are not the first to experience urban blight, or the rapaciousness of government. Forty-five years ago I heard all the stories. They were in Boston and the program was Urban Renewal. The lead villain was Ed Logue. He wanted to displace the local peasant residents from their poor neighborhoods to allow the city to build low cost housing for them. Initially, the poor residents believed him and gave up their homes. By the time the peasants realized no new low-cost housing was being built, it was too late to mount an effective protest. This happened in Boston. I lost my home and eventually went into exile. This occurs everywhere; it is a universal theme with a few local variations.
If the peasants want to return to their original location, they can rent a hotel room for $400 per day.
Injustice is the way of the world. The Palestinians have reversed this. Unique among nations, only Palestinians suffer from urban renewal, human rights abuses and war. Escalating whining to a new art form, they plead before the UN to whip up a posse and throw Israelis under the bus.
The UN Human Rights Commission has become an Arab propaganda tool. The human rights conferences Durban I and II became a platform for tyrants infamous for the repression of their citizens. They denounced the USA and Israel for causing their woes. They have redefined war as genocide against Palestinians.
The Escalation in Afghanistan May be a Clever Ruse
What Do You Think of This Possible Finesse from Obama?
Progressives continue to claim they oppose war. If they are serious, they could
refuse funding the next supplemental. Likewise, the Republicans could act on
their complaints about big deficits and spending. They can join Progressives to
scuttle the Afghan War. The US Navy has a 50-year inventory of spare parts. I'm
sure the USAF and the US Army are similarly well fixed.
This saves the bacon for Obama, who would have been assassinated if he had commanded a withdrawal.