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That Land is Mine too

Updated on May 19, 2013
not blood for oil, but . . . .
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At present, no Middle East country challenges Israel's military might. In fact, Middle Eastern countries pose almost no serious threat. They cannot fight in a conventional manner, which helps explain in large part why terrorism is the preferred method to deliver the most expressive statements. But enemies of Israel frequently make trouble. They set off bombs and improvised explosive devices and once in a while, create the appearance of a credible threat. Understandably, they would rather target the US and US citizens going about their business than Israelis, who have learned and perfected suitable responses. Lately, they hit Syria twice, both times accomplishing needful tasks, primarily insofar as arms shipments are concerned. What Israel's enemies hoped to achieve with them is immaterial. They should not have deadly weapons even if they have not yet mastered their use. To be sure, they did poorly trying to hold onto them. Still, it is enough that they chant anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans, indicating by elision what they might do if only they could. The Civil War in Syria is a good example of how Middle Eastern countries are inventing new, circuitous ways to attack a common enemy. At the moment, they are sharpening their hatred and learning the craft of guerrilla warfare. Sooner or later, all animosities will unite and come to focus synergistically on the Middle Eastern showcase for American-influenced democracy.

This is a difficult situation. There is no overestimating its significance, either now or later. Perhaps it is best to simply gain perspective. Peace talks will continue despite the latest handful of semi-surgical actions. They are not particularly neighborly, but the effect in the long run is good. The current policy of blanket appeasement or delicate, two-sided diplomacy back here in the Great Satan has been tried before. It might work or, conversely, might not, allowing the enemy time to prepare another spectacular attack. Or both. There is no such thing as tough circumstances without an element of chance. Syria's meltdown is interesting, however, and that is, to an extent, the basic motivation for this hub. Complaints against Russia for destabilizing come, understandably, from the West. This aspect of the whole quagmire is probably best left for the experts. Russia is providing arms, but again, these have not dramatically impacted the Israeli-Syrian question. After all, as mentioned above, Syrians, for al-Assad or not, do not seem fully capable of mobilizing. In other words, though there is talk of chemical weapons and intolerable chaos, the problem is loosely contained. At least to the sense and sensibility of an amateur observer.

Sometimes inactivity or lack of direction or pure waiting is the better strategy. Confusion reigns. The Middle East is in terrible turmoil. But the end of this part of the end-times is far from over. Not every contemporary big-name player has exhausted his or her resources. Moreover, a lot of talent is still in the wings, yet to take center stage. An aggressive defense of the Israeli homeland seems preferable. Larger territory, if it comes about, will provide a more livable map for future, peace-loving inhabitants. The current fad of angelicizing oneself and demonizing the other has run its course. It is heartwarming to cheer the home team, but by now, everybody is out of line. It is a bad situation and nobody wears a halo. But human beings, unlike angels, must prioritize their own concerns over those of strangers. Self-interest is, regrettably, the ticket, independent of abstract rights and wrongs, and mercurial public opinion. The more major point is that later the configuration of Middle Eastern politics is bound to change for the worse. At least today, an opportunity lurks to acquire more terrain, if one will entertain for the sake of argument a rather unpopular notion. Space is not being freely offered, however, so it has to be forcefully taken -- hardly a winning proposal if the governing mindset is to make use of force only if one's back is to the wall.

War is constant in this land to the east of the Mediterranean Sea. The question is, how should it play itself out? It seems apparent that Israel and her neighbors cannot get along with one another. Peace according to Merriam Webster is an unrealistic goal. Instead, an arrangement has to be found in which hostilities are kept to a bare minimum. Israel's enemies are likely to chant and rally and lob the occasional rocket regardless of where Israel's boundaries are, pre- or post-1967. Therefore, why should Israel not add real estate to gain greater security, create buffer zones, and defuse restive settlements? The answer is speculative. Israeli's PM will no doubt mull it over. Ultimately, he will decide what is in Israel's best interests, to act against Syria before Iran, vice versa, or stand down.

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    • Superkev profile image

      Superkev 

      5 years ago

      Max, you need to figure out one thing real quick like, Israel isn't going anywhere and they have a right to exist. Until the Arabs concede that point, there is no basis for anything else to be discussed.

      And you may want to talk to the Brits and the UN about who first carved out the nation of Israel.

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 

      5 years ago from USA

      So far the middle-east were fine without the US and Isarel. Since their intervention, it is chaotic.

    • Rchrdsnc profile imageAUTHOR

      Carl Richardson 

      5 years ago from Midwest USA

      I do not think that the US is afraid of Russia. But in addition to being strong, Russia is smart. Therefore, if this nation chooses to play a bigger role, the Middle East will only get that much more complicated.

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 

      5 years ago from USA

      Have you ever been there? One nuclear bomb will suffice to destroy the whole country. Two hours by train from south to north.

      You forget that even the US are afraid of Russia and you are telling me that Israel is fearless. Then it means that their government is reckless, poor israelis!

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      Rchrdsnc 

      5 years ago

      This has been Russia's pattern for quite some time. And patterns were made to be broken. Still, I hope you are right.

    • Superkev profile image

      Superkev 

      5 years ago

      The Russians are NOT going to get in to a shooting war with Israel. They will supply equipment which Israel will then promptly blow up.

    • Rchrdsnc profile imageAUTHOR

      Carl Richardson 

      5 years ago from Midwest USA

      All this is true. But the Russians, who preside over Syria and vicinity, are very strong.

    • Superkev profile image

      Superkev 

      5 years ago

      Syria isn't going to do jack. They have never been a match for the Israeli's and never will be.

      Israel has kicked their butts in every conflict they have been in with them starting with the six day war in 1967.

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      Deforest 

      5 years ago from USA

      Did you know that Russia is siding Syria against Israel? Don't think that Israel will reiterate its criminal action swithout being punished this time. I read that Russia is going to arm Lebanon, Syria more intensively to be ready to the next arrogant attack.

      You didn't think that the Israeli dictatorship and apartheid regime will get away with its crime ad vitam eternam, did you?

      This land is NOT yours and NEVER will.

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