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Monday, February 18, 2008

The definition of insanity

The long-awaited exit strategy which has apparently been the only missing element keeping the Israeli government from launching a major ground offensive into Gaza, has finally been announced.  Apparently their big plan is to invade Gaza and simply refuse to leave until the international community agrees to send in a multinational peace keeping force.

I mean, how can you argue with a plan like that?  After all, it worked out so well in Southern Lebanon, right? 

Let's review, shall we? 

Tzipi Livni negotiates a controlled surrender cease fire to cap off the rudderless wanderings she and her colleagues 'directed' which later... almost as an afterthought... came to be called 'the second Lebanon war'.  The key to that surrender, er, I mean cease fire was to be the presence of a multinational force to keep Hezbollah from rearming and rebuilding their infrastructure along Israel's northern border.

How'd that work out?  Oh yeah, total disaster!  Hezbollah is once again sitting on our northern border, and they have more (and better) rockets than they did at the start of the war.  The only difference is that now we can't shoot at them for fear of hitting a bunch of UN troops.  Well done!

So now who is calling for a multinational force in Gaza?  If you guessed 'Her Fecklessness' herself, give yourself ten points! Tzipi Livni is once again leading a French Charge (otherwise known as a surrender), except this time she seems to be waving the white flag before the fighting has begun.

Seriously, the only thing a multinational force in Gaza will provide is the 100% certainty that Israel will end up accidentally blowing up some hapless Norwegians or Canadians while trying to introduce a kassam crew to their allotted number of virgins.

Or, barring that... Israel will be so hyper-careful about shooting too near the 'peace-keepers' that Hamas et al will follow Hezbollah's example and set up their rocket launching and bomb-making infrastructure next to UN camps, making them virtually immune from attack.

What the hell did we do to deserve such leaders?  Are they really that stupid or are they simply addicted to failed policies???

It may be funny each time Lucy pulls the football away at the last minute sending Charlie Brown flying through the air.  It may be a laugh riot every time Wyle E. Coyote straps himself to an Acme rocket sled and launches himself off a cliff.  But in real life, doing the same exact thing over and over and expecting different results is a sure sign of insanity!

If Eli Yishai and his merry band of Shastitutes are too deep in Olmert's pocket to consider pulling out of the coalition, perhaps it's time for Labor's supporters (a fairly substantial chunk of the voting public) to begin pressuring Ehud Barak to finally keep his promise and bring down the government.

Enough is enough!!!

Posted by David Bogner on February 18, 2008 | Permalink

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Trep,

Do I have your permission to use the term "Shastitutes"? I think I'd like to bring it up in every conversation I have from now on. Absolutely classic.

Posted by: dfb1968 | Feb 18, 2008 2:04:42 PM

dfb1968... I hope I didn't give the impression I coined the word. I'm not that good. No, I've heard it bandied around for a few months now and was as tickled by it as you seem to be. I think I can safely say that 'shastitutes' is fully in the public domain. Go for it. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Feb 18, 2008 2:39:54 PM

To quote the immortal Shuldig of Dry Bones: Whoever said that the people get the government they deserve, was an anti-Semite.

G-d help us all.

Posted by: psachya | Feb 18, 2008 5:32:37 PM

"Shastitutes."

That is perfect.

Mind if I use that?

Posted by: Sarah | Feb 18, 2008 5:44:49 PM

I remember learning a number of years ago that R' yochanan was chastized for asking that yavne and it's sages be spared, but not asking for the beit hamikdash. This seems similar to the esteemed R Yosef who keeps his schools and kollels funded, while sacrificing sdorot and yerushalayim.

Posted by: Max Power | Feb 18, 2008 6:00:09 PM

A counselor once told a man, "There are two buttons you can push. One will give you a million dollars, the other will cause a big hammer to hit you on the head. You, will always push the second button." Funny thing, the counselor was right.

Some people people do not change. It's called having the "gift of stupid."

Posted by: Tim | Feb 18, 2008 10:04:22 PM

"What the hell did we do to deserve such leaders?" They snow jobbed everybody. The ignorant majority fell for it and elected them and now the enlightened minority is suffering the consequences.

BTW, love the picture of Yonah and Lulu. Good luck with the new addition.

Posted by: Allan | Feb 18, 2008 11:37:41 PM

How coincidental. There is a JP article today discussing the concern that the Ministry of Defense has that the UN Peacekeeping forces are all about to reduce and withdraw their troops because of a little violence against them (6 UN Peacekeeper soldiers killed in July by Arab terrorists) and home country political pressures.

Posted by: JoeSettler | Feb 19, 2008 7:32:55 AM

"Shastitutes" - fabulous.

Posted by: PP | Feb 19, 2008 8:32:02 AM

David: It gets even better!

Today's JPost Headline sort of throws a wrench into Tzippi's planned exit strategy.


Israel concerned over impending UNIFIL breakdown in Lebanon

A high-ranking defense official told The Jerusalem Post that Israel had indications Spain was considering withdrawing its forces from Lebanon. Spanish peacekeepers have come under repeated attacks by terrorist groups in southern Lebanon and in July, six members of the Spanish contingent were killed in an attack on their convoy near the village of el-Hiyam.

"Once one country pulls out the rest of the contributors will also start to rethink their participation, and it could ultimately lead to the breakdown of the entire force," the defense official said.

Posted by: Jameel @ The Muqata | Feb 19, 2008 11:27:46 AM

Jameel: Too slow. I beat you, you copycat. Wait a minute. I even told you about it on the phone this morning!

Posted by: JoeSettler | Feb 19, 2008 12:34:04 PM

JoeSettler: pssssfffft!

Posted by: Jameel @ The Muqata | Feb 19, 2008 1:49:41 PM

psachya... I have that one tacked up in my office at work.

Sarah... It is in wide use... feel free.

Max Power... Perfect analogy.

Tim... Apparently 'stupid' is the gift that keeps on giving. :-)

Allan... Unfortunately, as in the US, many people vote reflexively for parties based on what they represented years or even generations ago, and not what they stand for today. Sad.

JoeSettler... Funny, I was reading that article when your comment came in.

PP... Hey, I've missed you. It's not bad enough that you abandoned your blog... but you never come around anymore!

Jameel @ The Muqata... You and Joe Settler seem to be synced up nicely. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Feb 20, 2008 10:31:00 AM

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