ANTIGONOS' BRAIN

Your Brain is Green
Of all the brain types, yours has the most balance. You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver. You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don't get stuck in bad thinking patterns. You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

It's Not About Israel (or Not Directly)

Jeffrey Goldberg has an excellent piece in the NY Times here, which explains why it is impossible to come to any reasonable terms with Hamas, or indeed with any radical state in the Middle East. Someone, on another forum, has asked me why Israel can't work with "moderate" Arabs, and my only answer to this is that there aren't any, or if there are a few, they do not possess any power -- indeed, they are at the complete mercy of the radicals and are silent out of fear.

I don't agree with Goldberg's assessment that Hamas can't be bombed into submission. I think it can; but it isn't practical to do so, since world opinion seems to feel that we must be "humanitarian" (When Hitler was blitzing London, who in Europe told him he must give the Brits food and fuel "to avoid a humanitarian crisis"? Only Israelis get told this, since Jesus, who supposedly advocated pacifism [!!] was a Jew). We know where the Hamas leadership is hiding; but bombing a hospital isn't acceptable (unless it is an Israeli one, when the world then says "tsk, tsk" to the bombers).

Hamas apparently is now willing for a ceasefire -- on its terms, which include the right to resume bombing Israel after a year (I doubt they would stop in the interval, anyway. Only Israel would regard itself as being bound by the ceasefire, and if we retaliated, we would be the "aggressors"), the resumption of food and fuel aid from Israel, and the removal of Israeli troops. No mention of international monitors, which is one of Israel's main demands.

Hamas needs a bit more pounding, unfortunately. It hasn't yet gotten the message that we won't stand for unending shelling from Gaza.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

No ceace fire this time! Keep dumping leavelets to warn civilians
and keep on fighting until you make them see their folly.
Don't listen to the jeers of the protesters, they are not getting rockets thrown at them.
Good luck!!!
Traudy Suchert USA

Estherar said...

I agree. I only hope Olmert and co. agree.

Do you think Obama's entry into the White House will change anything?

Antigonos said...

Not immediately. His first concern has GOT to be the economy. I expect he'll send Hillary on a "fact finding mission", though, and pressure will build on Israel to accept Hamas' terms for a ceasefire of barely a year, remove all IDF troops from Gaza and reopen the crossings, and no international monitors. Israel would be insane to do it, but we've been crazy before. Hamas would just use all the money it will get from the international community for rebuilding to rearm.

Anonymous said...

Traudyedels
It happens again. The protesters are winning again. So it will never end.