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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Turning against allies is a two-way street

So true.


At 2:30 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Speaking of allies, here's part of an imaginary open letter Netanyahu has sent to Obama:

"And you really believe that these great Israeli achievements have come at the price of the Arabs?"

"We stole their liberties, their independent judiciary, their creativity, their Nobels?"

"We built our land on dry, barren sand without oil money. The Saudi princes chose to build a medieval state of perverts and hypocrites with their great oil wealth."

"This is not about us. It is about the soul of Islam. It is about their lack of curiosity, the lack of critical discussions. The lack of liberal arts, free speech, free scientific research, a revolution of free spirits, women’s rights, urban cosmopolitanism — the lack of respect for everything that deviates from the early medieval concepts of Islam."

"It is delusional to think that you can solve our problems or create an environment for the Palestinians in which they can transform their society into a modern, open state with a division of powers."

"In Gaza, the Palestinians elected an Islamic-fascist party into office. If there were to be elections in the West Bank, they would do the same. The tribal families of the Palestinian territories hate each other as much as they hate us."

"You have no clue. You have no idea what the Middle East and the Arab world is about. It is not what Khalidi told you — a conflict with some Jews about a strip of land half the size of Bill Gates’ backyard. This is about the decline of an old civilization, Islam, following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. This is about big things, big historical events with big consequences."

"Perhaps our founding fathers made a mistake — it would have been safer to create a new Jewish homeland in Florida. But we have a history here, going back about three millennia, and that weighed quite heavily on the decision. Don’t you agree?"

"You are staring at a map of our tiny country and its bordering areas, and you think that you can find the solution there, and you are mistaken. This is about culture. Tribal traditions. Stories about a prophet who went to visit heaven on a horse, and used Jerusalem as a launch area. The Arabs and Muslims are so obsessed by their medieval aggrandizing worldly claims — legitimized by their religious myths — that they can’t live in the present and are afraid of the future. That’s why they don’t have Nobel Prize winners, no exciting patents, no cutting-edge industries."

"It’s not about us, sir. It’s about them. Please think about it the next time you bow for a Saudi pervert or have me waiting for you in a side room while you have dinner."

Your friend,


The rest here: Bibi's Secret Letter To Obama

But I think the following two sentences can sum up how I imagine Israel's Prime Minister would respond to an Obama diktat very nicely:

"You really believe that Muslims will love you the moment you bring the Israeli Jews to their knees."

"You want me to take the risk that you are wrong. I will not do that."

Allies can also turn the table too, so to speak. Heh


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