Monday, April 20, 2009
What's all the fuss?
Everyone seems to be in a lather today about the imminent opening of the Durban II anti-racism conference in Switzerland. What the hell, people?! Isn't there a ballgame on cable somewhere... or maybe a rerun of 'Friends'?
Seriously, a bunch of banana republics and costumed despots want to get together and air out their anti-semitism (dressed up as anti-Zionism) in the lush presence of a bunch of spineless appeasers... and you think this is worth getting your collective panties in a bunch?
These are not our friends, folks. Never were and never will be. They hate us... but they buy our battle-tested weapons. They despise us...but they want us to show them how we are able to make our planes and missiles fly circles around theirs. They loathe us... but they fly their children to our hospitals and beg us to make them better.
Yeah, yeah, it sucks that they will trade with us for technology and/or goods that they simply can't live without... while supporting quite literally, anyone with whom we have a quarrel. But this isn't new. So why all the fuss?
It's all good. Really.
You see, even if our medical and technological exports don't keep them lining up (and trust me, they will), there is a new reason the haters can't leave us alone. You see, Israel is like the last decent looking girl at the bar near closing time. They all want - correction, make that need - something from us. But they don't want to look like desperate pansies in front of their buddies. So they call us names... and hope for an opening to get us alone.
And what do they need? Energy. The era of oil is nearly over folks, and it is pretty much a slam dunk that Israel is the only country making any serious investment in technologies for providing the world with alternative sources of energy. Yes, the energy of the future will almost certainly come from this little racist slut everyone is badmouthing... but secretly wanting to bed.
Oh we'll put out when the time comes, don't you worry. But there will be a steep price to be paid... even if stretching the previous sexual analogy to money changing hands makes us appear even more unsavory. Supply and demand, people. Weren't you paying attention in economics class?
And while our technological breakthroughs will make fossil fuel about as sought after as whale oil, it will also relegate these many noisome sheikdoms back to their natural state of decay and incestuous tribal infighting,
And best of all, Europe and much of Asia will be stuck dealing with a glut of the middle-east's second most volatile export; Islam (and it's invading mobs of restive practitioners).
When that happens, it will be interesting to see how well the virtuous and 'even-handed' opponents of racism and discrimination participating in Durban II are able to live up to the impossible standards of democratic rectitude with which they saddle Israel.
It'll be a whole 'nother ballgame trying to appear enlightened when faced with a choice between enacting Israeli-style security measures or suffering Dhimmi status in their own countries.
Good luck with that, guys.
Oh, and pass the remote control... I'm bored.
Posted by David Bogner on April 20, 2009 | Permalink
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Kol HaKavod, David. Well put...it's nauseating the way this get-together of hate-filled so-called "leaders" is grabbing main headlines.
Posted by: Su in Atlanta | Apr 20, 2009 5:27:14 PM
If anyone in the US saw 60 minutes last night, they saw the report on "cold fusion". Guess which country in which the most research is being done,and where the program went to verify results.Your sexual analogy is a good one,vilify in public,and enjoy the fruits in private.The Iranian devil gave his familiar rant today.
Posted by: ED | Apr 20, 2009 7:16:53 PM
I agree. I also think it shows the difference between those who live in the Diaspora and those who live in Israel. After needing to defend ourselves against people who want to kill us, the name-calling just doesn't make an impression.
Posted by: westbankmama | Apr 20, 2009 7:18:03 PM
From your lips....
Posted by: Drew | Apr 20, 2009 7:39:10 PM
Quite of few of us here in America were horrified that we might have representatives participating in this racist forum called Durban II. Without all the fuss we made, our new president might have made an appearance, just as a show of respect. Maybe even an apology for supporting Israel in the past.
Posted by: David Bailey | Apr 20, 2009 9:06:05 PM
The fact that more "dictatures" than democracies take part should have been proof enough that human rights would not be discussed. How can you talk about rights with people who think that rights are "relative".
Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Apr 20, 2009 10:39:37 PM
I am feeling MUCH cheerier now--thank you!
Posted by: Gila | Apr 21, 2009 8:49:53 AM
Here's how the New York Times' editorial reacted:
"In an ugly speech on Monday that served to divide and incite rather than find constructive solutions to racism, Mr. Ahmadinejad said the formation of the state of Israel left “an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering” in order 'to establish a totally racist government in occupied Palestine.'”
Words though which give us time for reflection:
1. If the formation of the state of Israel refers to 1948, why were Arab residents of the British Mandate living afterwards in Judea and Samaria and Gaza "homeless"? All of them? All were, gosh!, refugees?
2. Was Jewish suffering really a pretext or, perhaps, the justification of Zionism that only in our own country could Jews defend themselves against suffering? Is the violence and suffering now caused by Arab terror still a pretext?
3. If the Arabs had agreed to the 1947 UN Partition resolution at the time and established their Arab State, would it be racist too, or is only a Jewish state racist?
4. What are the borders of "occupied Palestine"?
Posted by: Yisrael Medad, Shiloh, Israel | Apr 21, 2009 8:57:14 AM
a pox on you Jews and all your Jew-controlling of money-making, educational and innovative opportunities!
Or as Moe Howard (another Jew) might have said: "Whyyy You--!"
Posted by: Wry Mouth | Apr 21, 2009 10:06:12 AM
Spot On Trep!
The argument for Switzerland and Norway is/was - If Israel was in our shoes they'd do the exact same thing, why, they even trade with their very own neighbours.
The real issue here is why Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria lost the Six Day War and the shame which all Arab diplomats have to carry around having abandoned the Palestinian refugees in their countries - what? are they too poor or less Islamic to be absorbed into their host countries? ask UNRWA. Bah!
Posted by: Rami | Apr 21, 2009 12:08:28 PM
Posted by: Rahel | Apr 21, 2009 12:09:11 PM
Okay, but did you really have to use that analogy? Not that I know anything about bars at closing time (*cough cough*), but it hardly sounds flattering.
Posted by: efrex | Apr 21, 2009 3:18:59 PM
Popeye's Wife. You know: Olive Eye.
Posted by: Elisson | Apr 21, 2009 4:45:37 PM
Su in Atlanta ... Don't thank me... I'm a giver. :-)
ED... sexual analogies have always been a specialty of mine. Or was it harassment. I forget. :-)
westbankmama... We Israelis do ennui better than most, don't we. :-)
Drew... Yes... don't keep me in suspense.
David Bailey... With respect, I disagree with you. President Obama feels (correctly IMHO) that he has a mandate to act as he feels is in the best interest of the country and the world (in that order). He is not making policy decisions by opinion poll like many of his predecessors did. Once he has a few fiascos he's start paying attention to the polls and demonstrations.
Ilana-Davita ... Other than the few who showed up in their pajamas, it's hard to tell who is who at these things. Proportion is sort of lost in such a gathering.
Gila... My work here is done. :-)
Yisrael Medad, Shiloh, Israel... You aren't seriously trying to cloud the issue with facts are you? puleeze. :-)
Wry Mouth... Oh, a wise guy... Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck!
You and Mr. Medad should sit down and have a fact meeting. Heck, invite two more and you can play bridge.
Rahel ... Lu Yehi
efrex ... I'm still not convinced that you aren't also the best looking girl in the bar. :-)
Elisson... It took me a moment, but yeah... what you and Rahel said.
Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 22, 2009 11:54:38 AM
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