Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The Implications of Israel's Failure
He goes on to meditate on the US-Israel faith in brute military strength and to hope this failure to quell Hezbullah will 'force a rethink among Israelis on the best means to secure their future.' The reason why they face such fierce hostility is that Israel has never tried to fit into 'the region, politically, culturally or ethnically'. It has always been part of the western world transplanted into alien territory and 'sustained by an American life support machine'.In the circumstances the Arab world has become 'embittered, divided and politically frozen' reliant on a terrorism which is always 'the weapon of the impotent, the disenfranchised and the unorganised in the face of profound grievance'.
Jacques concludes Arab states have to accept Israel's right to exist while Olmert's country 'must come to see itself as an integral part of the region' and evolve away from its-ironic this- 'sense of racial superiority' to the arabs whom they regard as 'less civilised than themselves.' Given that- as Jacques admits- the state of Israel came into being through the annexation of land that was arab and that the resultant ethnic state embodied attitudes of exclusivism and racism, the hope that this recent defeat will help Israel to view the arabs 'as equals seeking to live in peace' seems optimistic indeed. One hopes he is both correct and prescient but I suspect Mr Olmert's failure to cut it as a war leader means will not long survive to attempt any change of direction.
One wonders how far the Israelis would be able to sustain this claimed 'superiority' over their Arab neighbours if they had to be genuinely independent.
I on the other hand do not have to wonder about how the terrorist led Palestinian Authority would survive without subsidy. The PA would have folded after the Americans objected to buying more guns for Hamas under the guise of "humanitarian aid", had the good old EU not gave OUR money to the murderers.
Quite why you choose to put superiority in quotation marks is not immediately apparent. Israel is miliarily superior to every state in the region, by no small distance. Israel could "wipe out" any of these states in a matter of days if it so choose. I am grateful they are so responsible. Even the European based enemies of Israel would struggle to argue that Iran(or any of the other criminal states in the region) would exercise such restraint given the same opportunity.
Israel is superior - politically, militarily, economically, culturally - you name it. And it is here to stay thanks to the United States of America.
Not sure how much they get but Israel is the biggest recipient of US aid so we're not talking small grants etc.
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