Sunday, July 30, 2006

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"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business." - Michael Ledeen.

Good riddance to the myth of IDF military invincibility which first died in 2000. Somehow resurrected itself and has just been killed again. What's the significance of their withdrawal? It's this; they admitted defeat in a 18 year long (4GW) guerilla war in 2000. Their withdrawal less than 3 weeks since they mounted an invasion means they've just lost a conventional one. The US army is being taught the same painful lesson in Iraq.

This is good news if and only if the Israelis and their American paymasters learn the lesson.

The lesson is this: The days are gone, long gone, when the kind of racism underlying Ledeen's statement above was either acceptable or viable. If you barge your way into somebody's country commit murder, mayhem, looting, rape, and all the other evils attendant upon tryng to terrorise people into doing your will by waging war on them you have no right to either complain or be surprised if they pick you up and throw you against the wall to teach you manners. Nor do you have any right to sympathy. There is no difference none between a nation that sets itself up as a master race and one that sets itself up as a master nation. That was the lesson of the 20th century.

Learn the lesson. It's their home not yours and neither you nor I are welcome there other than as invited guests.

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