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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What Israel should learn from Libya

Allahpundit describes the pathetic, two-faced manner in which the United States and some of the European countries have dithered on the question of a Libyan no-fly zone to the point where imposing one now is likely too little too late.
After watching Khamenei consolidate power two years ago by crushing demonstrators and then watching Mubarak sent into exile after the Egyptian army refused to fire, every autocracy in the region knows how to deal now with its own dispossessed. Letting Qaddafi win reinforces the lesson, but even had we acted against him, there’s no chance of NATO intervention against Saudi Arabia or Yemen or Bahrain or any other friendly regime. If there’s any “lesson” to be learned here, it’s that official U.S. rhetoric on Middle Eastern uprisings is farcically meaningless. We already knew that too, actually, from the White House’s rolling embarrassments during the Egyptian revolution, but in case there was any doubt, this should clear it up. Don’t trust a thing we say about whether X should go or Y should stay or there should be an “orderly transition” from X to Y over the span of blah blah blah. We don’t mean a word of it. We’re simply following events and trying to pander simultaneously to the democracy and “stability” factions in the region.
There's a lesson here for Israel too. The Obama administration won't intervene on our behalf if there is a 'Palestinian uprising.' But they are almost as unlikely to take any meaningful action against us if we need to put down such an uprising ourselves. They're most likely to vote "present." And the Europeans will not act alone.

We are on our own except for God. It is time that we realized it and with God's help take our fate into our own hands.

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At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anybody help out with the Al Asqa intifada? Chiding Israel for "disproportionate response" and warning against seizing Arafat's compound doesn't count as help.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Middle East is an unforgiving place.

Israel has to take care of itself. And with the Western retreat from the region and with America no longer being a reliable ally, that is going to have a major impact on Israeli policymaking in the future.

Being nice to Obama and Clinton won't win Israel their everlasting gratitude. The Arabs have realized the same truth about this Administration: it is all talk and no action.

The sooner Israel takes the above lessons to heart, the better off the Jewish State will be in the future.

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

CiJ, I love your blog, but your analysis here is completely off-base.

You think that Obama would leave Israel alone if the Israelis put down a palestinian uprising? The palestinians are Obama's favorite "victim group," and we all know of his animosity towards Jews and the Jewish State. Obama would be down your throats quicker than flowing Manischiewitz if you did anything to quell another intifada.

Like most of the world, Obama couldn't give a rat's ass if Arabs kill Arabs, but it's an entirely different story when Jews exercise their right to self-defense.


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