B After The Fact

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Prayer For Israel

It seems to me that Israel has no choice except to use overwhelming force against Hezbollah and Hamas.

The thing nobody really knows, of course, is whether Israel still has overwhelming force. The Iranians, and I guess to a lesser extent, the Syrians, need to check the Israeli capability out before they do whatever it is they are planning to do next.

I'm not a believer in the notion that too much force would further radicalize the "Arab street" -- whoever and wherever that is.

The destruction of Israel, and the eventual destruction of the Jews, is not radical in the Middle East and Europe. Actions Israel takes will always be seen through the prism of those who are offended by the presence of Jews in the world.

There is a broad cross-section of European guilt that they "exported the Jewish Question" from their doorstep to the Arab doorstep. They regret that Hitler had to be stopped because he had become too greedy on territorial matters. They fear that because of the last 600 or so years of disgusting European behavior, 24/7/365, Americans turn away from the foul stench coming from across the Atlantic, before the Europeans can teach the Americans where the "truth" lies.

Israel, of course, needs to be constrained by the sheer numbers of their situation. In a one-for-one, ten-for-one, hundred-for-one exchange of casualties, there will be no Israelis in short order.

Israel also needs to be constrained by the will of its population, and what it preceives to be the threshold at which, with the burden of both the history of Zionism and the history of Judaism on their shoulders, the Israelis can tolerate adapting the tactics that have ordinarily been used against them.

There is a notion that after the emergency is over things can go back to the way they were.

Beyond the constant disagreements about the nature of the way things were, an emergency that lasts and lasts is no longer an emergency. It is a lifetime --- the lifetime of a person, the lifetime of a country and of its people. There is not enough time to turn back from that.

The temptation is to take the easiest way. After all, your enemy always does.

It's what Europeans do. It's what the current American President -- he who is most enamoured of the European way of divine right monarchy --- would have us do.

I pray that the Israelis are able to find a different path in their necessary use of force.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Our Courageous "LIberal" Media

Kudos to The New York Post , a conservative paper, for being the only paper to have the guts to plaster on its front page what all the world's liberals are thinking today



I'm also looking forward to Fox News's "fair and balanced coverage" of the death of Kenny Boy Lay.

After all, when a close friend of the Clinton's, Vince Foster, died under mysterious (and convenient) circumstances, Fox was all over that, showing us all possible motives for foul play.

I am sure Fox will give this death the same amount of air play.

Now, for the first time, we read that Kenny may have had a heart attack in his past.

Since Kenny said every possible thing and tried every possible way to keep himself out of jail, don't you think he might have mentioned his poor health somewhere along the line?

Or did he study honest disclosure with Sadman Insane?

Listen, sleaze knows no political orientation. Kenny's convenient death puts me in the mind of the equally convenient suicide of Donald Mannes, so-called "liberal Democrat," here in Queens, back in the day. Donald was an old school pol in the Dick Cheney/ Tom deLay tradition of sweetheart contracts, and "the taxpayers will never know its missing" double accounting techniques. The first Donald was far along in his failed attempt to keep himself out of jail when he conveniently killed himself -- just in time to save the family fortune from government officials who rightfully thought that the money might have belonged to the taxpayers.

Enough pornography.