Friday, July 14, 2006

Who's Really Calling the Plays?

I want to say a few words on what may be a hot button issue... I'm talking here about the Israeli response to attacks by terrorists... or the U.S. response for that matter, but today the Israelis.

Most of the world got its collective knickers in a serious twist over Zidane, the French soccer player who succumbed to verbal taunts to get himself thrown out of the World Cup final. France lost the game, of course, after the best soccer player in the world took himself out of the game.

In the context of mid-east politics, I don't get that anyone in Hamas or Hezbollah seriously expects to "win" against Israel in the field. Their game is to foment mistrust and hatred of Israel and to gain sympathy, if not support, for their position. I think Israel is playing right into their hands.

I appreciate that Israel has a right to defend itself, but I seem to remember a time when Israel was able to do that with some finesse; when a move against Israel was an invitation for the Mossad to eat your lunch. Now a comparative handful of people can send a couple of rockets into Israeli territory and provoke a massive retaliation. They know they can do this, and they can do it over and over and over again.

An Israeli dies and Israel kills ten... apparently any ten will do. To what extent do you suppose this is going to improve Israel's position in the midEast?
Who is really in control?

Of course I can understand why Israel is reacting as it is... for the same reason Zitane head-butted Materzzi. Now Israel has been drawn into bombing columns of refugees while violating Lebanese sovereignty. Who thinks Israel has fewer enemies this week than two weeks ago? Who thinks they have more?

Maybe it's just me and I'm missing something important, but it seems to me that if you're a victim of a crime you call a cop. You don't call the army... especially when that's what the criminals are hoping for.


Blogger Patriotic Atheist said...

Hi Doc, nice to read your blog, you got some good posts. About this last post, you haven't gotten anything wrong. One of the main reasons that Russia fell was because of the Afghanistan war, they don't fight to win, they fight to bankrupt your country. That's what's happening now with Iraq and that is what's happening with Israel. As soon as we're bankrupt, then things will change, that's the whole method of operandi. Anyway, that's it, just cruising by. By the way, i'm a Navy Chief Damage Controlman located in Everett.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

There's just one thing you're forgetting. What if the cop seldom comes and never does much of anything if he does? Wasn't UNIFIL supposed to be the cop?

When people think that the cop is not going to be on their side, they are not too likely to call.

But I do agree with your basic premise, that Israel may be doing itself as much harm as good. On the other hand, I don't know if a good choice existed for Israel. Concretely, realistically, what would you have done?

1:46 PM  
Blogger The Appalachianist said...

I agree with your premise as well. It's interesting to see what the whole outcome of this will be. Israel didn't win the Moral hand, not this go around. As to what I would have done? I wouldn't have had such a heavy reponse.

11:29 PM  

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