Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Getting a few things off my chest
I know it's not healthy to let things fester, yet I constantly find myself bottling up my feelings on a wide range of topics and keeping them to myself.
Part of the problem is that I have nobody to whom I can consistently vent. Those who understand/agree will get annoyed at my incessant preaching to the choir... and those who are not on-board likely feel abused by my repeating the same arguments.
So I end up storing the bile to the point where I find myself expanding the use of the prefix 'Irish' to things other than just coffee (e.g. Irish Cheerios... Irish Ice cream, etc.). So I hope you'll forgive me if, in the interest of better nutrition, sobriety and sanity, I get a few things off my chest here today:
1. Memo to the United States: It's bad enough that you don't respect Israel's sovereignty or the right of our government to manage domestic affairs without outside interference. But for kripes sake, obey your own freaking laws before you come trying to tell us what to do! Back in 1995, the Jerusalem Embassy Act was voted on, approved and signed into U.S. law. It unambiguously required the United States of America to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and to take the obvious step of moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May of 1999. The act even created funding for the move so there would be no excuse to tarry. It is now almost 2010 and every President since 1998 has availed themselves of a loophole in the law that allows them to delay the move. If even our closest ally projects open ambiguity about the status/sovereignty of Jerusalem, is it any wonder that others feel empowered to lay claim to the it?!
2. Memo to the UN: No matter how ill advised the Israeli leadership may have been to enter into a ceasefire under U.N. Resolution 1701, it is a binding international treaty. So please explain why we are the only ones adhering to it? You clowns even have observers on the ground all over southern Lebanon... so you can't reasonably claim that you haven't noticed that; a) Hezbollah hasn't been disarmed; and b) there are actually far more Hezbollah rockets pointed at Israel today than there were in the summer 2006. When the fighting starts again (as it surely will in the not-too-distant future), the blood of the Lebanese villagers who now shield these rocket batteries with their bodies, will be on your hands as much as on Hezbollah's when Israel is forced to bomb them into the stone age.
3. Memo to the the U.K.: You've had soldiers fighting terrorists in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and have caused your own share of the inevitable civilian casualties (collateral damage) as a result of the way your enemies use human shields. So you can't reasonably point an accusing finger at Israel, especially when the former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan has given testimony before the U.N. that "no army in the history of armed warfare has acted as morally, or taken such pains to protect civilian life, as the IDF did during Operation Cast Lead". Yet you allow your legal system to be manipulated by Jihadists and their supporters so that Israeli politicians, officers and soldiers are forced to avoid travel to your country for fear of being arrested placed in the dock for war crimes. This is not how allies treat one another, and it is certainly not the behavior of a country which wants to be recognized as an honest broker of peace in the region!
4. Memo to Ehud Barak: Stop using the Israel Defense Forces to carry out policing duties and political fiat. The army of any country is a security instrument that exists to fight (or at least deter) enemies. It must never be employed against its own people. By doing so you are placing many of your most loyal and patriotic soldiers in an untenable position. I suspect that, given your hard line secular / labor credentials, this has been your intention all along. After all, there is no better way to make religious Zionist soldiers appear disloyal than to give them orders that they will almost certainly consider to be immoral, and even contrary to religious law. But of course you know all this... just as you know that the construction freeze was only supposed to apply to buildings whose foundations had not yet been laid. Yet this hasn't stopped you from sending in your troops to violently confront ongoing construction that is perfectly legal (having been started well before the freeze began). And another thing about refusal; You can''t have your cake and eat it too. Refusing orders is disastrous to the fabric of the IDF whether it is done by left or right wing soldiers. You and your party were strangely silent when left wing 'objectors' refused to serve in the territories, and left wing pilots refused to carry out targeted attacks on terrorist leaders in Gaza. The politicization of soldiers began with the secular left, not the religious right... so spare me the hand-wringing about how religious zionists are the ones tearing the army apart. The solution is to issue orders that are ethical, moral and above all legal, so all soldiers can go back to doing what they are trained to do; defend the country against its enemies.
Whew, I feel so much better now. Thanks.
Posted by David Bogner on December 16, 2009 | Permalink
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Memo to the blogroller: Sure, you're preaching to the choir, but they show up to listen to the preacher as well. It's sometimes an insight we wouldn't have or ordinarily hear. So, preach on!
Posted by: Jethro | Dec 16, 2009 2:20:58 PM
Posted by: zahava | Dec 16, 2009 5:27:58 PM
How's that for some supportive listen'?!
Posted by: zahava | Dec 16, 2009 5:28:50 PM
I like the way you phrase things so I keep coming back.
Posted by: dave | Dec 16, 2009 5:58:11 PM
I like the way you phrase things so I keep coming back.
Posted by: dave | Dec 16, 2009 5:59:44 PM
I do not always agree with you but I enjoy reading your arguments. I also appreciate your honesty, your consistency and the lack of hatred in the way you present things. Keep writing.
Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Dec 16, 2009 7:45:52 PM
It is a blog. You are a blogger, in spite of your insistence to the contrary. Write what you want and you will feel better.
Posted by: Jack | Dec 16, 2009 8:44:48 PM
Thanks for getting that off my chest as well! There are a few more memos to the U.S. though, for example... if we were to apply their demands of Israel upon their own government, the American Indians would be empowered to scream "from the sea to the sea!"
Posted by: Tehillah | Dec 16, 2009 8:49:24 PM
I researched the Jerusalem Embassy Act a while back, for an article I was writing. I asked the American embassy in Israel to explain to me why the law has never been put into effect. Their answer was that, technically, the law was NOT passed. Congress passed it as part of a larger bill, and the president used a very-seldom-used technicality that allowed him to pass most of the bill WITH EXCEPTIONS. The Embassy Act was an exception. So in fact, it's not the law.
That's what they said. Feel free to do deeper research to your heart's content.
Posted by: Sarah | Dec 17, 2009 8:06:40 AM
Sarah... If it wasn't signed into law then there would be no reason for the President to sign a dely every six months. He would simply ignore it.
Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 17, 2009 9:43:49 AM
It's healthy to let it out, and you're a good writer, which makes it important.
Posted by: Batya | Dec 20, 2009 1:01:02 PM
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