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Monday, June 30, 2008

Yes, the worst politican ever

When I saw the title of this article, I knew whom it was about. And I was right. Eric Trager at Commentary has named Israel's Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert the worst politician ever.
Ehud Olmert is hardly your typical leader. Indeed, rather than making any argument for Israeli strength in the aftermath of the prisoner swap, Olmert has declared total failure, saying:

There will be much sadness in Israel, much humiliation considering the celebrations that will be held on the other side.

Israeli “humiliation”? “Celebrations” among Hezbollah’s supporters, perhaps broadcast on satellite television across the Arab world? Quite literally, Hezbollah would kill for these prizes. With these words, Olmert has guaranteed that this latest prisoner swap will be a substantial strategic liability, with Hezbollah gunning for more Israeli “humiliation” as soon as it senses an opening.

What's amazing is that this time, for once in his life, Olmert is actually telling the truth. The 'swap' is a total failure, there will be (and is) much sadness and humiliation in Israel about Olmert's government's failure in the Second Lebanon War and thereafter, and there will be lots of celebrations on the other side when and if the 'swap' is carried out (as now seems inevitable).

It's a shame that Olmert doesn't at least have the decency and dignity to draw the obvious conclusion from these results of his actions: He should call new elections and resign.


At 12:53 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Shame? That's not an emotion Ehud Olmert feels. Or he wouldn't have inflicted a national humiliation upon the country. For what? As a dubious tribute to his sorry non-leadership of Israel? Every one around the man is not coming out looking good. That may be the only saving grace to come out of Israel's wretched capitulation to Hezbollah.

At 2:33 AM, Blogger Thud said...

This is like watching a slow motion carcrash...just what the hell is happening?

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the runner-up prize goes to......

At 5:23 PM, Blogger J. Lichty said...

There is plenty of blame to go around - Olmert did not do this on his own. He did not have to fire cabinet ministers like Sharon did to get his surrender to take hold. Nope, Olmert had many accomplices to Israel's humiliation, and they need to pay in the next election.

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Luv4Zion said...

Olmert has been a disaster and disgrace. He's not the only one though. There are plenty of other politicians in Israel who are not much better. I just wish Israel could get a PM and cabinet that would deal with the problems at hand.


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