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A dangerous game

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Submitted by Abu Nudnik (Canada), Jul 21, 2008 at 10:11

Once Israel's precedent was "You kill us, we kill you." Justice was swift and no one undertook an action of hostile intent against Israel without knowing there would be dire consequences. That changed in the First Gulf War when GHWB convinced Israel to stay out of the war in exchange for a defensive missile system. This set Israel back on its heels and its policy of deterrence was no longer so certain. This encouraged more attacks.

I doubt that Israel will survive and Iran would not in an exchange of nuclear weapons. More importantly, Iran doesn't believe that's true. And even more importantly than that, the fact that we are even thinking of such a thing is a harbinger of disaster. The war with Lebanon (yes Lebanon, not Hiz'b'allah - a nation is responsible for what goes on in its borders and Israel should have declared war on Lebanon and reduced her to rubble till the Lebanese destroyed Hiz'b'allah themselves) was a test of three things: telemetry for a nuclear bombing, international will, Israeli will. Hiz'b'allah succeeded in all three of its intentions: Israeli and international will were pathetic, diplomatic ideas that a sovereign nation is responsible for the actions of its citizens was perverted and Hiz'b'allah and Iran learned what it needed to carry on a nuclear strike.

Plaut is right. What else does our Lebanese murderer's Heil Hitler mean? The calling of child murderers heros and soldiers equates Jewish children to soldiers "only dressed as civilians" to use the Hamas phrase, and certainly is an expression of a long-held, little believed genocidal intention of the Jewish people in Israel, an intention reversed for a willing press in the Christian world by media and myth-savvy Arab players like Arafat who, after Palestinians took over, wrecked the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and, firing on soldiers outside waiting for them to release their hostages, managed to draw their self-defensive fire and then proclaimed loudly to a foolish press and Church "they're crucifying him again," with a Nora Desmond roll of the eyes.

Beneath all this is Christian and Muslim religious supercessionism. For Christians, the son doesn't inherit till the father dies. And the Muslim enemies of the Jewish presence know that. What the Christians don't know is that there is a violent coterie of Muslims who are supercessionists themselves. First the Jews, then the Christians is their motto.

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