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Vicious Cycle [Jun. 1st, 2010|04:28 pm]
Tony Grist

Israel has an entirely cavalier attitude towards its international friends. It doesn't trust them; it doesn't respect them.  It pissed off the USA by proceeding with contested settlements under Joe Biden's nose, it pissed off the UK by equipping an assassination team with stolen British passports- and now it has pissed off Turkey- its one ally in the Middle East- by shooting up its aid convoy.

There are reasons for the paranoia- we all know what they are- but they don't excuse it or make it anything but a stupid and self-destructive thing.
 
The more paranoid you act the more people hate you the more paranoid you become.

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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2010-06-02 10:35 am (UTC)
There are reasons for the paranoia- we all know what they are- but they don't excuse it or make it anything but a stupid and self-destructive thing.
Israel has always defined itself in terms of the Nazi experience, therefore it is hardly surprising that they would become just as paranoid and callously indifferent to human life as the Nazis were.

Like the old saying goes, choose your enemies carefully.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-02 10:42 am (UTC)
It feels like a Greek tragedy- with things buried deep in the past exerting a baleful influence in the present. It's hard to see how it can end well.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2010-06-03 11:12 am (UTC)
"A Greek tragedy"---yes, very much like that. There is a seeming inevitability to the course Israel has chosen, as if the gods have foreordained a bad end that everyone, except the protagonist, can see.
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