Thinking outside the box

Mr. Bookworm called to me today:  “Israel did it again.”  I can’t fault him for his viewpoint.  This is what happens to people who read only the New York Times.  To them, it is always Israel’s fault, because that’s what they’re told to think.  The possibility that there might be more going on is inconceivable.

But Israel does need to change its strategy, that’s for sure.  After all, everything is a set-up.  These are not battles for territory or borders — they are battles for world media attention and visceral emotional reactions in countries and people that aren’t 100% on board with Israel’s right to exist.  In this ideological box, every Palestinian and activist death is a victory, not a defeat.  And every time they avoid death and achieve their goals is also a victory and not a defeat.

I’m not saying I know how Israel should handle these “damned if you do and damned if you don’t situations,” but somehow Israel needs to start thinking outside of the box.  Because the box is always damned.

See also Brutally Honest, who realizes just how damned Israel was with this one.

Also, the difference in reactions between Left and Right isn’t limited just to my own house.

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    Looking back in history – the Cuban Missile Crisis
    The United States considered attacking Cuba via air and sea and settled on a military “quarantine” of Cuba. The U.S. announced that it would not permit offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba and demanded that the Soviets dismantle the missile bases already under construction or completed in Cuba and remove all offensive weapons.
    The Soviets publicly balked at the U.S. demands, but in secret back-channel communications initiated a proposal to resolve the crisis. The confrontation ended on October 28, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy and United Nations Secretary-General U Thant reached an agreement with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to dismantle the offensive weapons and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for an agreement by the United States to never invade Cuba.
    Looking now at the UN
    I’ll have to leave this blank, U Thant is dead and the usefulness of the UN is as good as dead.

  • suek

    I posted a couple of links on the “Soft life of the Jews in America”  …  They might fit here better…

  • Danny Lemieux

    The issue can really be distilled down to three very simple bullet points:
    1) The Palestinians have the highest literacy rate in the Arab world.
    2) The Palestinians enjoy the highest per-capita income in the Arab world.
    3) If the Palestinians can’t import anything through Israel, they can do so through Egypt…and, if not, why not?
    These genocidaire Rachel Corrie wannabees deserve absolutely zero…I mean zero…sympathy!

  • Charles Martel

    What possible “outside the box” thinking could Israel do that would meet the exacting moral standards of the New York Times and the rest of the world’s Jew haters? I arrived here this morning after reading the AP account of the naval interdiction on Drudge. Even by AP’s debased standards it was a piece dripping with hostility and anti-Israel memes. I could only get halfway through it, but it was obvious from it how Israel’s action will be played out among tsk-tskers worldwide.

    Perhaps Israel’s thinking outside the box is doing exactly what Jews aren’t supposed to do: defend themselves. Boldly, decisively, aggressively. Europe doesn’t like it? Well, Europe doesn’t like Jews anyway, so why worry that a bunch of suicidal children don’t want you in their tree house?

    Turkey doesn’t like it? Get in line with all the other odious Muslim regimes that spend their lives and fortunes (however, no sacred honor) on Jew hating.

    Obama doesn’t like it? What can he do, bring the U.S. military to bear on Israel? Good luck with selling that to the majority of non-bootlickers in the armed forces.

    Outside of hand-wringing, there’s really not a lot that the world can do about Israel’s action. The Israelis are way past giving a damn about what their moral superiors think, and people like me and others here are way past buying into the notion that winning the favor of an “international community” that’s composed of kleptomaniacs, reflexive anti-Semites, torturers, pedophiles and dictators is even worth considering.

    When you’re in a fight for your life, what onlookers think about you is the first consideration to go out the door.


    one more bullet point:
    4) The Palestinians are blessed with outstanding leadership,


    Charles Martel, I envy your gift of rant, while composed enough, to make the salient points.
    Since, I don’t embody such a gift …
    I don’t give a flying f#@k what the world thinks of Israel as they defend their borders, which is considerably more than what is being done on this side of the world to protect ours.

  • Spartacus

    “We’re just trying to keep these poor people from being starved to death by their Israeli occupiers…”

    “Hi Dan, welcome to Laguna Honda…”

    “Hey, you teaba**ers don’t mind if I stand in the middle of your teabag party holding a blatantly racist sign while my friend takes pictures, do you?…”

    The Alinsky.  Everybody’s doin’ it.

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