Steve Walt at Foreign Policy, "Get ready for more stupid Mideast violence." Some great points, beginning with the idea that when leaders kick the can down the road on a difficult problem, it becomes intractable/terrifying. Think, American slavery, 1830-1861... Or, a Palestinian state, promised in 1947, undelivered for 8 decades, amidst ethnic cleansing... Walt:
If memory serves, one of the lessons of Roger Fisher's little book International Conflict for Beginners was "settle conflicts early and often." This isn't always possible, of course, but his basic insight was that unresolved conflicts are dangerous precisely because they provide opportunities that extremists can exploit, they harden perceptions and images on both sides, and most importantly, they can always get worse. ..
However one sees this situation, a key point to keep in mind is that this sort of thing isn't going to stop as long as the occupation and the siege of Gaza persists, and as long as one people has a state of their own and the other does not. If the situation were magically reversed and a million-plus Israelis were being kept in the same condition as the Gazans, I'd be astonished if some of them didn't try to take up arms against whomever was oppressing them. And I'll bet Commentary magazine would think that such actions would be perfectly okay. That thought-experiment doesn't justify the murder of innocents, mind you, but it may help us understand where such deplorable actions come from.
Domestic extremist Philip Weiss allows and encourages these kind antisemitic and hate-filled comments:August 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm
Don’t invoke 9/11, rabbi. You guys have all the claims to victimhood necessary to carry out your racist visions of Eretz Israel without trying to hijack that, too.
August 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm
When you’re not straw-manning the Congo, you’re straw-manning Tibet, and when that gets tired, you straw-man Hamas, and now you’re straw-manning Syria — and if you REALLY CARED about Syria, you’d speak to the decades-long occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Golan Heights.
Israel is the one who is starting a war with Egypt. Unequivocally. You can try to blame everyone and their grandma if you want but Israel is the one staging military attacks on Egypt, not vice versa.
I will say that there is absolutely nothing righteous about you, biorabbi. Too bad, that might have been your sole redeeming quality.