Saturday, 5 August 2006

Crazy, unstable, delusional, dangerous and paranoid

On 6 March 2012, The Economist described 'The American-Israeli relationship' thus:

"Crazy co-dependency... doomed... stubborn and unstable... increasingly delusional and dangerous... disastrous... paranoid."
The Economist explained:

"During his meeting with Barack Obama on Monday, Bibi Netanyahu said Israel 'must have the ability always to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.'

'I believe that's why you appreciate, Mr. President, that Israel must reserve the right to defend itself,' Netanyahu said. 'After all, that's the very purpose of the Jewish state, to restore to the Jewish people control over our destiny. That's why my supreme responsibility as prime minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains master of its fate.'

News flash: Israel is not master of its fate. It's not terribly surprising that a country with less than 8m inhabitants is not master of its fate. Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia and Portugal are not masters of their fates. These days, many countries with populations of 100m or more can hardly be said to be masters of their fates. Britain and China aren't masters of their fates, and even the world's overwhelmingly largest economy, the United States, isn't really master of its fate.

But Israel has even less control over its own destiny than Portugal or Britain do. The main reason is that, unlike those countries, ISRAEL REFUSES TO GIVE UP ITS EMPIRE. ISRAEL IS UNABLE TO SUSTAIN ITS IMPERIAL AMBITIONS IN THE WEST BANK, or even to articulate them coherently...

No one bears greater responsibility for the trap Israel finds itself in today than Mr Netanyahu. As prime minister in the late 1990s, HE DID MORE THAN ANY OTHER ISRAELI LEADER TO DESTROY THE PEACE PROCESS. ILLEGAL LAND GRABS BY SETTLERS WERE TOLERATED AND QUIETLY ENCOURAGED in the confused expectation that they would aid territorial negotiations.

Violent clashes and provocations erupted whenever the peace process seemed on the verge of concrete steps forward; the most charitable spin would be that the Israelis failed to exercise the restraint they might have shown in retaliating against Palestinian terrorism, had they been truly interested in progress towards a two-state solution...

Having trapped themselves in a death struggle with Palestinians that they cannot acknowledge or untangle, Israelis have psychologically displaced the source of their anxiety onto a more distant target: Iran. An Iranian nuclear bomb would not be a happy development for Israel. Neither was Pakistan's, nor indeed North Korea's. The notion that it represents a new Holocaust is overstated, and the belief that the source of Israel's existential woes can be eliminated with an airstrike is mistaken.

But Iran makes an appealing enemy for Israelis because, unlike the Palestinians, it can be fitted into A FAMILIAR IDEOLOGICAL TROPE FROM THE JEWISH NATIONAL PLAYBOOK: the eliminationist anti-Semite."
News flash (2):

Our point of view is now spittal-drenchedly mainstream.

News flash (3):

Unlike Israel, the white world IS the 'master of its fate.' This fact, of course, will not make any difference until enough of the sheeple have woken up and/or enough of the movers and shakers have abandoned the ships sinking beneath their masters.

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