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Jul. 24th, 2006

Surely if there's one country that should know the effect of sustained attack is usually not to intimidate or vanquish but to entrench and intensify resolve, it's Israel. No? Okay then, carry on indiscriminately wiping out civilians. That usually turns out well.

Respect where it's due, incidentally: the sheer chutzpah of Israel demanding the enforcement of UN resolutions regarding Hizbollah.

What about, though, Gaza? Right now Hamas have to be feeling a bit left behind. Two weeks ago it was all about them and their wacky, provocative hostage-taking. (Not officially them, of course. "It wovm't uff," said Prime Minister Fox at a Hen House press conference today, coughing up feathers.) Now the soldier they originally captured and his captors are probably just sat drumming their fingers and playing chess, occasionally watching al-Jazeera to see if they even rate a mention now that Hizbollah have, metaphorically and literally, stolen their thunder. Is the Israeli Air Force even bothering any more to terrorise Palestinian civilians with sonic booms in the middle of the night, or to bomb their scant power supplies? Actually, I have no idea because, as we all know, in this technologically backward age media outlets can only concentrate their paltry resources on one foreign story at a time. Still, I'm sure when Israel eventually does turn its full attention on Gaza again, it will readily begin negotiating and handing over its many Palestinian prisoners (some arrested on pretexts so spurious they virtually count as kidnappings themselves), just as it has always done when Israeli citizens and soldiers have been abducted*.

* Memo - check this. Sure it's true though.

Comments

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chiller
Jul. 24th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
I have decided to start a terrorist group of ganja-smokers. I'm calling it Herbolla.
moleintheground
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
I understand why Israel want to flex their muscles and make a very, very clear statement to the effect that they will kill and kill and kill to stop anyone f*cking with them ever again. I understand it. I do. But it's also so forehead slappingly obvious to anyone with any sliver of a brain that all they're doing is writing checks to terrorists, anti-zionists, 'rogue states' etc. The initial actions of Hezbollah were so unsupportable that Israel could have 'won' this battle by just holding their hands up and saying 'Sorry, what was THAT for?' at the time, and Hezbollah would've looked like the arseholes they are. Now they look to most of the world like defiant heroes.
webofevil
Jul. 24th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Exactly.
amuchmoreexotic
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Look, this is a perfectly justifiable and measured response to destroy Lebanon's stockpiles of rockets, vans, bridges and electricity.
lowlowprices
Jul. 28th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
The other day I drafted the following comment, but decided that the tone was too cynical and embittered. I still don't like the bile, but I now realise that one cannot be cynical enough. (Ditto our dear leader's strategy: do absolutely nothing substantive, yet associate oneself with the eventual cessation of hostilities)

"Surely if there's one country that should know the effect of sustained attack is usually not to intimidate or vanquish but to entrench and intensify resolve, it's Israel. No?

Yes, but Israel understands a higher truth: none of this stuff matters as long as you've got enough bombs, cash and superpower patronage."
hengist_pod
Aug. 1st, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
hello. I like your blog. mind if I add you to my friends list?
webofevil
Aug. 4th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
Hallo. Thank you. Not at all.
besskeloid
Aug. 6th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to use Hengist Pod as a bandname.
besskeloid
Aug. 6th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Fvck, I've been beaten to it. They don't seem that great a band either.

Bah!
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