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