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August 26, 2007

I Apply This Branding Iron To Your Brain Because I Love You

Let's say you were IDF Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2005, a period when Israel killed thousands of Palestinians. And let's say you'd stated it was critical to "sear deep into the consciousness of Palestinians that they are a defeated people."

What would this make American news outlets—for instance, the Los Angeles Times op-ed page—believe about your motivation? If you're Moshe Ya'alon, it would apparently make the LA Times believe you're motivated by love and concern for Palestinians, and that they should give you space to express this:

Under no circumstances should emissaries attempt to open a dialogue with Hamas. For the sake of Palestinian society, Hamas and its ideology must be defeated.

I say, thank god Moshe cares so much about Palestinian society. Imagine what he'd do if he DIDN'T.


Posted at August 26, 2007 08:02 PM | TrackBack

I think you misunderstood the general.

>> For the sake of Palestinian society, Hamas and its ideology must be defeated.

He is explaining the root the conflict. For the sake of the Palestinians, Hamas must be destroyed. The problem is that, for the sake of Israel, Hamas must be welcome with open arms and its leadership greeted with flowers and sweets.

You see the conflict now?!

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at August 26, 2007 08:35 PM

Weren't Hamas elected by the Palestinian People in what Jimmy Carter said was a "fair election" as their leaders? DEMOCRACY? Hell,"Tell me where is sanity"- 10 Years After.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at August 26, 2007 09:22 PM

I agree that dialogue is better than demagoguery, but Hamas are hardly pure as the driven snow. It turns out that ever since they were democratically elected, they've been busy morphing into the very thing voters thought they were voting out.

They've been trying to arrest journalists:

They've cracked down on drugs and crime through torture and beatings:

I've no doubt the elections were good, but as the US shows, sometimes the people elect leaders who are terrible for the country.

Posted by: T-bone steak at August 27, 2007 09:06 AM

For the sake of Israeli society, all op eds must be written in Hebrew, never translated to any other language, and under no condition be published in the United States

Posted by: Concern Troll at August 27, 2007 02:38 PM

T-bone: Still, they WERE ELECTED. Speaking of pure as the driven snow, look at the snowjobs WE elect. Pot calling the kettle black, ain't it.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at August 27, 2007 03:17 PM

Torture and beatings? Those damn Hamas, they're copying out of OUR PLAYBOOK.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at August 27, 2007 03:20 PM