January 07, 2009

Who's Your Buddy? Who's Your Pal?

I don't have the time to flesh this one out, but see if this makes sense. It is commonly assumed that the United States is Israel's only real friend and without the explicit support and assistance of the United States Israel would vanish. I think this may be true but misses an equally important point. The United States explicit support of Israel is the only thing keeping many Palestinians alive. If the United States starting acting towards Israel like, say, France, then Israel might feel its very existence and those of its citizens were quite legitimately at risk. I think their perspective might best be summarized as the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hezbollah, and a few other sordid groups would suddenly become, to use a cliche, a clear and present danger justifying some rather extreme acts.

I've heard people wonder out loud before what would have happened if every Jew in Warsaw had met the Nazis with a gun instead of allowing themselves to be herded into the ghettos and starved until they were beaten and bombed into submission. Somehow, I think those events are still far too close to forget and, to borrow another cliche, they are too deeply seared, seared into their memory to allow the Jews of Israel to sit back and wait for their mass slaughter.

Without the gaurantee of the United States to step in and help them deal with the forces arrayed against them, should that become necessary, do you really think the Israelis will passively wait to be ground down in a "proportional" war of attrition? I don't. I think they will act preemptively, as they did before in 1967, to eliminate the insane medieval mindset fanatics who sit on their doorstep threatening them and their children, figuratively and literally, every day. As their very survival becomes more threatened, the niceties of taking risks to spare the lives of those not in their tribe would go by the wayside. They would build a scorched earth moat if necessary to secure their survival. That's why I think the United States support of Israel is doing more to help the Palestinians than the Israelis.

Of course, I'm not saying that all Palestinians are insane or want to see all the Jews killed. But you are delusional if you think there isn't a substantial group of people, e.g. Hamas and Hezbollah, who quite explicitly call for this and would do it if they only could. Anyway, I'm sure I could find problems with this thesis but I wanted to get it down in the ether while I had a minute.

Posted by Charles Austin at January 7, 2009 10:44 PM

Nancy Pelosi says that paying for contraceptives will help the economy. I think she must be thinking of a different type of stimulus package.

Posted by: Jon at 11:19 AM

Were you one of the 500 million Americans that Pelosi said will lose their job this month because Congress has not passed the spending bill?

I was wondering where the extra 200 million Americans even lived but then I figured they were in the other 7 states of President Obama's 57 united states.

Posted by: Jon at 09:38 AM

Nancy's just working off of ACORN's voter registration lists.

Posted by: charles austin at 10:07 AM

This is going to be a long four years.

Mere days after signing the biggest spending spree in the history of the nation, which was rushed to a vote before congressman were even able to read it, the President announces a "fiscal responsibility" summit.


Posted by: Jon at 01:37 PM

Anytime someone makes the "Robin Hood" comparison regarding President Obama, we should point out that Robin Hood took excessive taxes collected by the government and returned them to the people. Therefore President Obama is really a "reverse Robin Hood" as he is taking from the people and giving it to the government.

Yes, it's going to be a long four years.

Posted by: Jon at 09:05 AM

Oh my God! The Obama Truth Squad killed Chuck!


Posted by: Jon at 11:07 AM