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Monday, April 16, 2012

How to use a lie

If you repeat a lie often enough, people start to believe it, and if people start to believe it, you can use it and no one knows how to respond to it. Here's an account of a meeting between US Senate staffers and Russian diplomats. The topic under discussion was why it's okay for the Russians to support Bashar al-Assad.
The Russian diplomats, dispatched to the Hill for the meeting by the Russian embassy in Washington, said that it was preferential to keep Assad in power – with the "necessary adjustments" – because that would be better for regional stability.

When the US staffers pushed back against the Russian argument, the Russian diplomats – according to participants in the meeting -- replied that the US had no right complaining against Moscow's support for Assad. Washington supported Israel, they said, which takes similar actions against the Palestinians in Gaza.

Israeli Foreign Ministry officials declined comment on the matter Monday.
And none of the Senate staffers had an answer, and the Israeli Foreign Ministry declined comment? What the....

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At 8:29 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

"And none of the Senate staffers had an answer and the Israeli Foreign Ministry declined comment"

Which goes to show that apparently any fool can get to be a US Senate staffer.

One, Israel is a democracy whose people are under constant external attack from those Palestinians in Gaza, whereas the Assad regime in Syria is a brutal dictatorship attacking and murdering thousands of it's own people, who are simply trying to rid themselves of Assad & Co. and be free.

Even a Democrat or one of their toady staffers ought to be able to understand that difference and be able to say it politely but bluntly to game-playing Russian diplomats.

Two, the Israeli Foreign Ministry is currently in the very awkward position of Israel's major ally, the US, is now governed by liberals saturated in antisemitism, moral equivalence and a profoundly incorrect worldview. It wouldn't do Israel any good to explain that the Obama Administration and it's Democrat Congressional partners are fools rendered intellectually and morally blind by their corrupt philosophy and profoundly incorrect worldview. It's true, but unlike in the law where truth is a valid defense, in diplomacy, it does no good and much harm to point out to an idiot precisely why he's an idiot.

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Matt said...

False moral equivalence aside (which is obvious) the underlying message it seems is that if the US makes life difficult for Russia because of support for Assad, Russia will make life difficult for the US because of support for Israel.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Then I guess that so long as Obama is in office, we don't need to worry about Russia, do we?


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