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The Jewish people will not flinch: Putin and Obama are bent on suicide in Iran and Syria

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Sep 21, 2015 at 14:28

Hello, Vadim. and thank you for being here. Your comment was very short, but also very correct and very appropriate.

I appreciate Daniel's blog, because he is gracious enought to allow a wide range of thoughtful comment. Besides this, Daniel himself is extremely thoughtful -- to the extent that he is thoughtfully considering the broad sweep of things while other bloggers are spurting out half-baked notions in response to every event. For my own part, I would like to give thoughtful, not half-baked, comments that take into account a broad sweep of issued but that also come to bear on today's events.

Concerning Iran, it is as you say: Israel cannot assume a purely defensive posture against their threats -- neither in Syra, Lebanon, Gaza, Sinai nor Iran. In the past, they have always been most successful in acting pro-actively, attacking at appropreate moments instead of being purely defensive. Examples:

destroying nuclear reactors first in Iraq, then in Syria. They have been prevented from destroying the Bushehr reactor in Iran, mainly because of interference from the Obama Administration. Now, destroying it would have disastrous consequenses because the reactor is up and running, and destroying it would cause a nuclear nightmare in Iran. If that happens, the blame lies squarely at Obama's feet; but nevertheless, the damage has already been done.

pre-emptive raids against countries attacking Israel. The clearest example of this, was the 1967 War against Egypt, in which Israel even took the American Administration by surprize. Israel won that war handily, in six days. Since then, Israel's enemies have engaged in "fifth generation warfare", attacking Israeli civilians repeatedly with a low-to-moderate frequency. That way, every Israeli response has been condmned as "disproportionate" and even "genocidal" by the international community -- including most US allies. The lopsidedness is exaggerated not only by listing enemy military casualties as 'civilian", but also by the enemy killing their own people by using them as human shields.

pre-emptive attacks against the supply of advanced weapons to anti-Israel terrorist groups such as Hizbullah. Up until now, Israel has been free to attack shipments of Russian missles and antitank weapons, intended for Hizbullah, even as they sat on dock in Syrian ports. Now the Russians have put troops on the ground in those ports and multiplied such shipments, implicitly daring Israel to try to destroy them.

Yes, attack is far more effective than defense; but the world has been raising the ante on Israel at the same time that it actively promotes fifth-generation attacks on her througits "charities" and "good offices". In this, the world is deliberately, inexorably pressing Israel into an ultimate catastrophic war with it. It is playing "chicken" with a people, the Jewish people, who know that the consequense of inaction is, as it was in 1938, their own extermination; and this people will not flinch. The world, in other words (That includes the US) is behaving like a madman, and will meet a madman's end.

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