[lit-ideas] Re: Brigette Gabriel again supporting Israel

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 07:24:07 -0700



In view of the fact that Militant Islam has sworn the destruction of the
infidel, your note makes absolutely no sense.  If a maniacal killer had
sworn to kill you would you say that resistance wouldn't work?  Military
resistance is THE ONLY OPTION when an entity has sworn to fight you to the
death.  You cannot treat with people that want you dead.  


Instead of your construction, had you written "what does it take for a
lasting peace to be obtained between Israel and its neighbors?"  The answer
would be simple:  Get those neighbors to quit trying to destroy Israel.  Get
them to acknowledge Israel's right to exist.  


You complain about Israel's army, but with all Israel's neighbors seeking
its destruction, it is merely prudent to have as large an army as possible.


I really did think for awhile that diplomacy was going to cause Ahmadinejad
to take a softer course, that he had some realpolitik I there some place.
The cake had been baked and was offered, but he has refused it. Realpolitik
be damned.  It is characteristic of Militant Islam that leaders fancy that
Allah won't let them lose despite the fact that on paper it looks as though
they haven't a chance.  Saddam Hussein really thought he would win -- both
times.  Ahmadinejad may very well feel that he can't lose against the US,
and it may be that he'll be luckier than Saddam.  It may be that since the
nations that criticized us over defeating Saddam the second time are now
insistent on diplomacy-only in the case of Iran, that the US is willing to
let that play out.  It won't necessarily end when Iran has atomic weapons.
North Korea and Iran are convinced that once a nation has atomic weapons,
the US's hands are tied.  I don't think that's true by a long shot, but in
the meantime this is being played out as our Left-leaning allies want.
Seems as though he'll get his atomic weapons and the lesson will be that the
EU, UN diplomatic approach was foolish and ineffective.  Of course this
won't prevent even more-foolish people from saying the diplomacy would have
worked if the US had given just a little more support to it.







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Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Brigette Gabriel again supporting Israel


Stan, even if all this is true, what does it take to convince people that a

military solution doesn't work?  It was in the process of not working big

time in Iraq when Israel invaded.  People always think it can only happen

to the other guy.  Since its inception Israel has pursued peace at the

point of a gun, and here they are.  The Vietnamese mopped the floor with

us.  Our military might is the reason hell on earth exists in Iraq. 

Military solutions don't work.


Do you think, Stan, if Bush had metaphorically baked a cake and knocked on

Ahmadinejad's door and had coffee with him and talked about his vacation

plans, do you think that there might be a better result than what there is

today?  Truly, how do you think things would look if Bush had treated A.

and his country like they were made up of human beings, responded to their

overtures instead of escalating this thing to where it is?  We were a hyper

power, not a super power, a hyper power (the French coined that word). 

Iran would have loved to feel embraced by a hyper power.  Who wouldn't? 

And how different things would be, don't you think?  Instead, Iran is

rising and we're becoming irrelevant.


I grant you that an approach like that would not have worked with Stalin,

but it might have worked in the early stages of the Russian Revolution. 

Israel was conceived in war and existed through war.  They have something

like the third or fifth biggest military in the world (third, maybe even

second in firepower, courtesy of the U.S.  China is second in size; second,

third, Israel is up there).  So, whimper or rage, war is what you have. 

It's not too late to drop the superiority and the arrogance, but the hour

is late.  And please don't write back and tell me about Hitler. There is no

comparison at all, unless you're willing to see Israel in the aggressor

role, which of course you never will.



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