Meh Culpa

Dear Madam Blogger: Meh Culpa’s reply to A Soldier’s Mother

“A Soldier’s Mother, a blogger who writes for Arutz Sheva (aka, Israel National News) has posted an article about her distaste for Zbignew Brzezinski, “Why I Never Liked Zbiggy,” which contains a number of errata. I posted a reply on the Arutz Sheva site which may or may not make it into print. I did not address what are in my opinion Israel’s recent war crimes against the Palestinians because there was only so much space and I deemed that opinion would make acceptance of my reply even more unlikely. In any case, here is my reply. I have revised a word or two, plus a little punctuation, but that’s about it.

Dear Madam Blogger

Brzezinski is 81 years old. He wasn’t given a position in the Obama administration because of his age. To say otherwise is an egregious error. Brzezinski also is a respected Democrat, yet Brzezinki’s opinion is only that, an opinion. He’s not speaking in an official capacity. There will be no US attack on Israel. End of story. Get over it.

It’s long been known in the International community that Israel would not obtain the privilege to fly over Iraq … because:

A) when the story first arose, the US still had some “custody” of Iraq and so would become embroiled in such a war begun by Israel, which would make three happening for the US at once. The US forces, depleted under Donald Rumsfeld cannot not tolerate another battlefront without collapsing;

B) allowing Israel to attack Iran could spark a war in the Middle East, making the region more unstable than it already is (a very bad idea);

C) any country that allowed Israel flyover privileges (e.g., Saudi Arabia) would earn the ire of Muslim states around the globe. Note well that the Saudis denied the report in July as did the Israelis. That’s how unpopular the notion actually is.

The US under George W. Bush provided the Israelis with defensive technology. That was a gesture of friendship. You may not like it or think it was enough because you want a war with Iran to be ineluctable, but it’s not in Israel’s best interests to have Arab and Muslim nations banded against them in a war. Nor is it in the world’s best interests, since we could have another global war on our hands. Wasn’t WW I and WW II enough? Must we again have more bloodshed on that scale? I would hope not.

I can remember listening to Old Testament readings in which the Israelis were described as stiff-necked and warlike. I’m sure it’s not always the case, but this constant hankering after war, when it might be possible to win peace, constitutes a prime example of those character traits. However, what I find most fascinating is the conservative* Israelis love-hate relationship with the US. Most Americans have absolutely no idea that their beloved friends despise them so much. But if the manner in which news is reported on this site is any indication, Arutz Sheva contributes to the ethos of drama and victimhood; this news organ evidently loves to whip up the mob against the enemies of Israel. Granted, many people around the world feel great anger towards Israel, but that state of affairs has to do with its behavior towards the Palestinians as well as its seemingly bellicose nature.

As for the the American Jewish community–it is split between old school types who would support whatever Israel wants, no matter what, and newer groups (i.e., J Street) who love Israel but are concerned that Israel’s current policies are not in that country’s best interests. I happen to concur with the latter view and would go further in saying that those policies could lead to Israel’s destruction, which I find appalling, but possible. I am also disappointed and troubled by Israel’s actions / wars against the Palestinians and Lebanon. I don’t think those policies are helpful; I also don’t think they have worked since there is no true peace. I don’t hold the Palestinians innocent by any means, but I don’t think Israel’s policies are doing its country any good.

I grew up loving Israel and now I don’t recognize it. Would the great Golda Meir have approved of using such things as pre-emptive strikes? I think not. She lived with danger herself, but recognized that pre-emptive strikes would lose Israel its friends and allies as well as its international aid. She may have said, “There are no Palestinians,” but If Israel were insecure she would have parleyed with the Palestinians and come to an agreement to keep her country safe.

There is just so much hatred any one nation can survive. At this point, I see Israel becoming less secure because of its own actions. Should there be an internationally unbacked, pre-emptive strike against Iran, which state will no doubt fight back, I see Israel losing even more status** and security, if not provoking an all-out war. A pity. I had such hopes for you.

* Used in American political terms.

** Look at what happened to George W. Bush.

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September 21, 2009 Posted by | Democrats, diplomacy, Foreign policy, Geneva Conventions, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, National Security, Palestinians, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Snark snark snarkety snark snark

I will try to be all Equal Opportunity and such, but might fall all over myself smacking one side multiple times…

February 10, 2009 Posted by | bailout(s), banks, Bush administration, Congress, Defense, Depression, Economy, far right, Guantanamo, National Security, Obama administration, politics, stimulus package, torture, Treasury, war crimes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Smuggled in: Scene After IDF Attack In Gaza on Christmas 2008

I found this video link on Global Research this morning after I saw photos of the victims of the war on Gaza (Trigger: viewer discretion strongly advised). The original video went to Google, but the quality wasn’t very good.  It was all huge pixels.  This video is the same one, as far as I can tell, but doesn’t contain the opening:

“Do I hate Jews?

I most certainly do not.

But let there be no doubt in anyones (sic) mind

Israel is a Terrorist State!”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

(more about “Scene After IDF Attack In Gaza on Chr…“, posted with vodpod)

I do have opinions about Israel’s war on Gaza.  I think the United States and Iran are using Israel and the Palestinians–whether in Lebanon or in Gaza–as surrogates because they can’t fight each other.  Not really.  You think it’s bad now? The entire region would really blow up.  And just today Israel National News reported that:

The Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Sunday that Hamas was victorious over Israel in Gaza. He said that Israel’s announcement of a unilateral cease fire shows “the failure of the Zionist government to reach a victory over a courageous rebellion.”

They always say they’re victorious.  But still, surrogates.

And on our side, there’s always talk about how Israel’s actions are vindicated or how they have the right to defend themselves. And that may very well be.  Personally, I would say, “And how’s that workin’ for you?”   Have any of Israel’s tactics created peace in the Middle East?  I don’t believe so.

I also think Israel should have given the women and children and the elderly of Gaza an opportunity to leave.  (So many babies dead, so many)  When American media outlets talk about “casualties,” the number sounds bad–over a thousand last I heard.  But they don’t talk about the number of wounded, which have reached 1.5 million.  That’s a phenomenal number of injuries in such a short time.

I’m distressed by the reports that Israel has used chemical weapons. As recently as 2001 Israel used a  gas that caused convulsions in its Gazan victims.  During this war on Gaza–or incursion, whatever you want to call it–Israel used white phosphorous as bombs, which according to Editor & Publisher is “an illuminating device  only …  okayed by international law but such use is extremely risky and dangerous to civilians. The fires it sets cannot be put out with the usual water or fire extinguishers.”  Contact with particles of white phosphorous will result in burns that don’t stop, melting tissue down to the bone.  Inhalation can cause damage to internal organs and bones as well as suffocation, with tender pink lung tissue burning from the inside out.  From what I understand, white phosphorous is much like napalm.   You don’t want to see pictures.

What’s most devastating: aside from the nukes, which they’ve developed themselves, we’ve armed Israel.  I’ve got to say, though, even if Dubya hopped-to when Olmert called, he refused to let Israeli planes fly through Iraqi air space so they could bomb  Iran’s nuclear facilities.  I’ve got to give him that.  But otherwise, we have done little to restrain them.   We need to start now, so we can rein in that Middle Eastern arms race.  I hope it’s not too late. *

* I was born during the Cold War. We used to crouch under our desks during air raid drills. It was very clear to me the desks were no protection whatsoever.

January 18, 2009 Posted by | Bush administration, Israel, war crimes | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment